Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Owl Taggy Success!

Look at this little lady enjoying her new owl taggy!! Bet she can't wait to chew on it, and rumor has it, her brother is pretty jealous. (maybe he needs one too) 
This is my sweet little niece Lauren. Has anyone tried making one of these for the babies in their lives? If you missed my last post, find the tutorial here. Please send pics if you make one!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Renaissance Kristie!

I've always wanted to make a renaissance dress, and I finally did for the Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Fair this year. It turned out so cute, I just had to share! I made the dress from a pattern I got at Joann's. The headband was really easy and fun to make. Choose the link below for a tutorial.

I found this idea at It's a brilliant and easy way to make a headband. I will definitely be making more like this. Give it a try, it's easy peasy!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Time!

I love Christmas, and I'm sure it's any crafter's favorite time of the year! I spent all day yesterday decorating and writing Christmas cards. It was awesome! Check out some of these holiday pointers.

 Tree too small? Decorate a big box to set it on! It makes your tree look taller, and it's super cute!

Don't have a lot of gifts under your tree yet? Just add a bunch of empty gift bags. It looks really festive and will put you in the holiday spirit!

Wrap the paintings and photos on your walls. I've seen this done before, but this was my first try at it. I think it turned out pretty good!

Jazz up your gifts with a fancy bow. These are easy to make, and it's much cheaper to make your own than to buy one. Below are instructions for my favorite bows. Please give them a try, and let me know how they turn out.

There are so many bow tutorials out there. If these don't work for you, try something else!

Don't like the wreaths you find in stores? Decorate your own! Pick out a plain wreath and you can add whatever decorations you like! My husband added lights, ornaments, berries, and flowers to this one. I love it! It's exactly the wreath we wanted!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Adorable Gathered Clutch!

These are so cute! I found the idea and tutorial at This is an awesome wallet/clutch, but it would also be great for a pencil or makeup bag!

There's so many possibilities!! If you sew a lot and have fabric scraps, you probably won't even need to buy fabric to make one. I made these all out of scraps I had from previous projects. 

 Here's the pockets I put in mine. You can totally be creative with this part. If you try making these, please send me a picure. I'd love to see how it turns out! Also, friends and family, don't be surprised if you unwrap one of these cuties for Christmas. ;)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pincushion Thread Catcher

Check out this link for the best idea ever! It's genius!

This is great for someone like me who just lets my threads and scraps fall all over the floor. I usually intended to vacuum them up, but that never happens ;) I will post pics when I get a chance to make one of these. If anyone else makes one, please send me pics!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Greeting Card Boxes

Not sure what to do with old greeting cards? Make them into cute little boxes, of course! All you'll need is a card, scissors, a ruler, tape, and a pencil, then you're ready to make something adorable and useful! I took the greeting cards I got last Christmas, made them into boxes, and put them into a cute santa basket for a fun decoration this year.

Separate the front and back of the card. It usually tears in half pretty easily.

Cut the front into a square. Do the same to the back, making it about 1/4 inch smaller, so it will fit into the cover of the box.

Draw a diagonal line connecting each corner.

Fold one corner into the center.

 Then fold it again to the center.

 Repeat this on the opposite corner, then unfold and repeat on the two remaining corners.

 Unfold and it should look like this.

Cut along the two closest lines horizontal with the pencil line up to the square in the center.
 Repeat on the opposite side.

 Fold the uncut corner.

 Fold again, and repeat on the opposite corner.

 Fold up the sides to form a box shape.

 Fold over the side flap.

 Repeat on the other side and secure flaps with a piece of tape.

 Repeat all steps to make the bottom of the box.

 Then you're all done! Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Origami Flowers

These origami flowers are so cute and easy, and you can use almost any kind of paper! I hung some from the ceiling to decorate my sewing area. I'm thinking these would make great Christmas ornaments too! Easy to follow instructions here.

I made this one out of a People magazine.

The top flower is made out of a Wall Street Journal. The bottom one is post its.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Owl Taggy

Owl Taggy-perfect for baby to chew on!
Owl Taggy Back
I found a tutorial for this lovable little creature here.  It was adorable and very easy to follow. The owl has a layer of plastic on the inside to make it crinkly. Babies love this, along with ribbons to chew on! I can't wait to give this to my niece!