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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Owl plush made with vintage bed sheets

Hello!  What I made yesterday :)  Owl plush made from vintage bed sheets.  This guy turned out pretty cute but.......next time I will only use the vintage bed sheets for certain parts of the owl.  Because the sheets are thin and transparent they do not layer well.  I will try again hopefully with a better outcome.  I think details are lost on this feathered friend.  No worries, we still love him and he will happily live on my daughters bed.

Hope your having a fantastic week!  What are you working on?!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Clothespin wreath

I love this idea!  A quick and easy enough craft I'm just going to have to try using a embroidery hoop. You can find the tutorial here: http://www.pollywantacrafter.com/2010/11/vintage-clothespin-and-embroidery-hoop.html
Have a great week!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Hoop L♥ve

  What I've been working on the last couple of weeks. Lots of hoops and vintage sheets going on here.  My new obsession....vintage sheets!  I love them.  They're faded and polyester usually, but yet I still love them.  The pretty floral motifs.....and if they are embroidered....for get about it.  I'm all over it.  I have found a couple of great Etsy shops that sale fat quarters of vintage sheets. I have also been checking out my neighborhood thrift store.  I did score a really cute pillow case this week and a fitted/flat sheet combo.  I was really excited about this find never having looked for them before.  I've also got an obsession for vintage Pyrex, but who doesn't?  Plus that's a whole other story :)

I'm ready for the weekend!  Looking forward to our soccer Saturday tomorrow!  Chill time with the family:)
Have a great weekend!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Halloween festive!

   So we are starting to really get into the Halloween groove around here.  Lots of decorating happening.  Pulling out some of the old decorations, which I have a ton of.  The kids don't understand...."Why can't we put it all up?", I try to tell them it would be waaaayyy to much stuff.  Needless to say the majority of the decorating happens when they are at school ;)  They love coming home to the house done up Halloween style.  My daughter said,  "Now it feels like Fall!".  I also tried a new decorating idea as well.  That is pretty lame only one new decorating idea because there are so many cool ideas out there.  One is better than none and some times that's what gets the ball rolling.  So I have some pics, a little tour of some of the Halloween stuff around our house.   I love the prints of vintage images on old book pages.  I also love how inexpensive it is!  Visited the thrift store for an old vintage book and then found some great free vintage Halloween clip art here http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/2011/01/vintage-valentine-clip-art-gorgeous.html .  My favorite is the owl.  He is just so cool looking.


I didn't notice until already framed and hung that she is riding her broomstick backwards?!

I just had to trim down the pages to 8.5x 11 to fit my printer.

I found these frames for super cheap at the thrift store.  I thought they looked old.  We drilled holes for jute rope to hang them.
Other creepy corners around my house!  These pics aren't the greatest due to lighting issues.  Oh well!  I must share any way :)  Little coffin mummy,  a handmade little dude with creepy critters crawling about.

A favorite for my kids!

Got this guy at a craft fair way back, I still love him.

Our entry way.

Hand me down vintage pumpkin light.

Kitchen window full of pumpkins.

Vintage paper witch.

Pumpkins we grew ourselves.

Little pumpkins scattered all around our house.

My daughter made a bunch of these little ghosts and we tuck them here and there all around the house.
So that is some of our Halloween festive decorations!  I love to see how other people decorate their homes too.  I hope you all have a great week :)) 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Oilcloth g♥♥dies

Well I've been wanting to sew with oilcloth for awhile now.  I've been intimidated by this cloth.  It's only $8.99 a yard.  For some reason I've put this cute table cloth on a pedestal.  Well I went for it this weekend.  I found a book "Sewing with Oilcloth".  It has a range from difficult to not so difficult step by step projects in it.  So I made the makeup bag and the wallet.  I thought those were two small projects that seemed easy enough to start with.  So I bought 3 fat quarters to make these two projects per the books instructions.  I have plenty of oilcloth left over to make more!  I'm happy about that :)  So take a gander at my first attempts with the oilcloth.

Back of make up bag.

I love how the inside is lined!

Zipper detail

These pearl snaps were little boogers to put on!  I may use Velcro next time.

Lots of space for cards and cash.

Inside of wallet.

The book!
I must admit the oilcloth is a bit difficult to work with, or maybe it just takes some getting used to.  I'm definitely making more stuff with it!  It's just stiff.  I'm really happy with what I've made and excited to make more, like the super cute buntings on the front of the book.  So that's the crafty stuff I did this weekend!  I hope you all have a great week!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

In the name of L♥ve

In the name of L♥ve by WithWhimsy
In the name of L♥ve, a photo by WithWhimsy on Flickr.

Personalized wedding wine cozy! Would also make a great anniversary gift. Now available in my shop!! A great gift idea :))

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Faux Bois!!

  My favorite new word as of late!  A fancy way of saying wood grain.  I love how wood grain is fashionable right now.  It inspired me to make this sunglasses/eyeglasses pouch with the pattern.  I love nature and being inspired by it.  So the out come is a whole lot of texture on this pouch.  I just hand drew what my idea of wood grain looks like.  Some split stitch and back stitch going on here.  I blended some browns for interest and depth.  I love this pouch!  So this is what I've been working on lately.  How about you?!

   Have a great weekend!!

Monday, October 3, 2011

The crafter does not fall far from the crafty tree!

It's true!  My little dolly Hanna has been so very busy.  She loves doing crafts with me and absorbs how to do all things crafty just like a sponge!  She has all but mastered the sewing machine.  She embroiders and has just learned the split stitch.  Glue gun..no problem.  Iron...easy.  Making her own patterns..sky's the limit.
This kid amazes me everyday.  So this is a little braggy blog post about her and what shes been making lately.  So I made a fall/Halloween bunting last week.  Well my girl wonder took the scraps and made this adorable micro bunting and hung it on this chest of drawers!  I must admit I like hers better than the one I made.  Simple and cute!
This little squirrel pillow project is when she decided on her own to master the split stitch.  She didn't care for the eye so she put a button on instead. 

Yesterday she wanted to google how to make a 3 dimensional bird.  She found this cute pattern.
Made them herself!  Wow!

 This is her current stitching project.  She drew out first.  The rooster on the fence is blended with red, green and orange. 

 Oh yeah and she paints too.
I love this water color she did.  The house is charming!  Apple tree and whats not to love about a hen with a bonnet :))

She so inspires me!
I hope you all have a great week.