Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pottery Barn Kids Knockoff Felt Donuts

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A couple of weeks ago we spent some time playing at Pottery Barn Kids.  Yes, I regularly take my kid to stores to play.  :)  Pottery Barn Kids is one of those stores that I adore, but would be very unlikely to ever purchase anything from because I think it's crazy overpriced.  Case in point:
Four felt donuts for $19!  (Sorry I don't have a better picture, they're not for sale online even though they're in the store.)

So naturally I decided to make my own.  Total cost- less than $1.  I already had tons of embroidery thread I could use to make the sprinkles and sew the felt, as well as some leftover stuffing after making my dinosaur, so I just picked up some pieces of felt on sale at JoAnne's for 25 cents apiece.  After making four donuts I still have plenty of felt left over other projects. 

There was a little bit of a learning curve to this.  The first pattern I made looked proportional on paper, but didn't look as well once it was sewn.  (That's the one on the top.)  The others looked a little bit better, so I'm keeping the second pattern. 
I used this tutorial from Escape Artist and this one from LisaJHoney and adapted them to make the donuts look more like the ones from Pottery Barn Kids. 

So these are going in the Christmas gift pile for my daughter who is getting some other play food as well.  Since she loves bringing us pretend snacks to eat, I'm sure she'll love these.  Think I should make the PBKids cupcakes too?  They look a little more involved, but I bet I can make them for a lot less than the $24 they cost!

Now that I've made some felt food, I'm totally excited to try to make some more.  I'm thinking of making burgers or pizza as well.  What do you suggest?
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Santa in the Chimney

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I absolutely fell in love with this card from Live, Love, and Scrap, so I decided to duplicate it with my scrapbooking group since I have (and love!) the Simply Charmed cartridge.  Since I don't have a gypsy, I cut out the shadow of the chimney and traced it onto a piece of black cardstock folded in half to make the base of the card.  Also, since I only have a baby bug and couldn't cut the chimney at the same size, I cut it at 5 1/2 inches.  Isn't this adorable?  Check out Live, Love, and Scrap to see a video on how to make this card. 

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Felt Christmas Trees Tutorial

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I'm sure that I am not the only one out there that has been obsessed with Pinterest lately.  It's such an amazing resource for crafting inspiration.  Lately it seems I've been lazy, though, and have been spending more time pinning things I want to make rather than actually making them. 

I found these cute Christmas trees on Pinterest and knew I wanted to make some.  I also really wanted to make some Christmas decorations in non-traditional colors, so these are the trees I made.

Aren't they adorable?  My daughter (21 months) is obsessed with them because they have buttons. They are so easy to make.  Let me show you how I did it.

You'll need:
Scraps of felt (I have LOTS- sheets are only 25 cents usually on sale at Joann's)
Rick rack (I got this at Walmart)
Embroidery thread
Assorted buttons
Glue (I used Aleene's Super Thick Tacky)

First cut out your felt shapes- two trees and one stump.  Cut some pieces of rick rack and find some buttons you like.

Glue the rick rack onto the felt

Sew on your buttons.

Add a little loop of rickrack between the 2 layers of felt.

Then sew a running stitch around the edge.

Ta da!  Hope you enjoy!  I'm planning on using these for the lower branches of our Christmas tree to keep it toddler safe, but I might make more to put on presents as well.  They'd also make a cute garland.  Happy Crafting!

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Friday, November 25, 2011

3D Snowman Card

Pin It I have been learning so many new crafts from my neighbors, and this adorable 3D snowman card is one of them. 

The card can be folded flat to be sent in an envelope, and it has a tiny piece of velcro that holds it closed when it is standing.  Here is the back/side view.

Wouldn't these make great holiday cards? 

**Edit 12/1/11 - I have the link to the original card which includes instructions on making it!  Click here.  She also has a singing reindeer, an angel, and a tree
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Turkey Pots

Pin It One of my crafty neighbors taught me to make these cute little turkey pots, which make a great Thanksgiving decoration.  They would also be perfect for place settings at a Thanksgiving table.  I filled mine with candy corn and kept one for myself and gave another to a friend.  Aren't they sweet? 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gobble Gobble!

Pin It Last week we had a fall festival in my neighborhood and I wanted to make something super cute for my daughter to wear.  I had this tiny spool of fall-themed ribbon that I picked up in the dollar section of Target and was inspired by all the ribbon turkeys on Pinterest.  So I made this:

Eek!  Don't you love it?  Here is the tutorial I used.  All I did differently was use different ribbon and add googly eyes.  One week to go until Thanksgiving, you have more than enough time to make one yourself!  Let me know if you do.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Craft Consignment Haul

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While getting some new bobbins at the sewing store a couple of weeks ago, I was thrilled to discover a flyer for a craft consignment sale.  What a great idea!  I asked my crafty neighbor along, and we both scored BIG time!  Consigners were able to drop off their unneeded craft supplies which were priced and organized by category- fabric, scrapbooking, crochet/knitting, etc.  So when we arrived everything was easy to spot and really reasonably priced.  So want to see what I got? 

CUTE pre-cut fleece- imagine how fast I can make these into more taggies.  The blue fabrics will be perfect for some boy taggies.  

A play wallet for my toddler- future stocking stuffer

A ton of plain colored 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock

A FREE scrapbooking magazine- so what if it's a few years old, it was free!

A ton of black and white ribbon

Cute blue coordinating fabrics- what should I do with these?

Some pink coordinating fabrics, also awesome. 

Chipboard alphabet

A circus themed scrapbook pack- I'm considering circus theme for my LO's second birthday party

A bunch of fall/halloween scrapbooking supplies

So I got all of this for $18.50!!!  What a steal!  I may do some consigning next year, but I'll definitely be back to shop.  :)

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Friday, November 11, 2011

He's Here!

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I am so excited about the newest addition to my family - a nephew!  I decided for a new baby I wanted to do some new crafts that I had never done before.  Recently I purchased this great book called One Yard Wonders and Steggie the stuffed dinosaur just had baby boy written all over it.  It has a ton of different crafts you can make using only one yard of fabric, and the patterns are all included on tissue paper pattern sheets.  Actually I discovered that some of the projects use less than a yard, so I had some left over after making Steggie to make a wipes case.  My sister-in-law gave us a cute wipes case when my daughter was born, and I was suprised to find out how easy they were to make - just a glue gun, some scrap fabric, and matching ribbon and you're done in no time!

Making a stuffed animal was so much easier than I had expected, so I'm already starting another from the same book.  I'll keep you posted.  :)

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Fall Decor

Pin It I am not the best decorator.  I love watching HGTV and seeing how other people decorate their homes, especially for the holidays.  But when it comes to decorating mine, I choke.  First of all, I'm a minimalist.  I hate having STUFF.  But I love holidays.  Now that I have a house I'm starting to try to get in the groove and find my decorating style. 

Last year I purchased a few small things for Halloween & fall, but to be honest, I had a hard time finding things I liked.  I did fall in love with these great leaves from AC Moore and LED candles that smell like pomegranate and are very toddler-safe.  (The tray and bowl are from Target- a gift from a friend last year.)

I changed out the photos on our mantle to be more festive and added another string of leaves there, but I needed a little something more.  Luckily Kohl's keeps sending me these coupons for $10 off a $10 purchase, so I went and bought two of these candles for $1.50.  They're not LED, but they smell like hazelnut and were really pretty. 

Naturally we needed some mums and pumpkins for our front step as well.  My daughter picked out her own pumpkin- the creepy bumpy one.  She's into bumps.  ;)

We got these at the Farmer's Market, so in all this year I spent less than $20 on fall decor.  That's what I call a Happy Fall!

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Halloween Wrap Up

Pin It I'm recovering from a bit of a cold, so I'm a little behind.  I wanted to share the costume I made for my daughter for Halloween this year. 

I wanted to make sure my daughter's costume was simple, warm, and comfy.  She already had some bunny ears from Easter, so I figured I just needed to make her a tail.  While it was easy enough to find a long sleeve white tee, I could not find white pants, so I made some.  It was my first time making pants.  I bought an adult extra large tee at Walgreens for $3, and I used a pair of her current pants to make a pattern.  To make her tail I used a scrap of fuzzy material I had leftover from making her stocking last year.  I cut out a circle, hand sewed a running stitch along the edge, then pulled the thread tightly to make a tail.  I stuffed it with fiber fill, and it was as simple as that.  I ended up using safety pins to hold on the tail, since I thought it might annoy her and I might have to take it off.  But she loved it, and loved showing it off to the neighbors. 

(Forgive the terrible picture.  I need to work on my nightime/indoor/toddler shots. Also please ignore her two beloved baby bottles.)

My husband thought that her outfit was a little plain and that I should do something with the shirt, so I decided to do a freezer paper stencil.  I found two fonts that I liked on my computer and printed out the message on the rough side of a piece of freezer paper.  I cut out the letters, ironed the freezer paper stencil onto the shirt, and used matte fabric paint to paint the greeting.  I was pretty happy with it.

Well, then it rained.  I take that back, it poured.  So nobody really saw much other than her bunny ears.  Eh, at least I only spent a few bucks on it.  By the way, if you need a tip for keeping a bunny ear headband on a toddler's head, here it is- tie pigtails over the headband.  Worked like a charm.

How was your Halloween?

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sympathy Card

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Every once in a while I have major crafter's block.  When one of my best friend's mom died, I definitely had one of these moments.  What do you say to someone at a time like this, especially someone you are so close to?  It may have been easier to go out and buy a card, but I really wanted to make one.  Here is what I made.

I found this lovely Colorbok paper pack at Target which was just the right colors. I had some plain cardstock to use for the base and for the bird's wings that worked quite well with the Colorbok paper. I borrowed the Give a Hoot Cricut cartridge from a friend to cut out the bird, which is usually holding a flower in its beak, but I replaced it with a leafy branch I punched out. I trimmed the flower and leaves on the bottom right out of the paper from the pack to use as an embellishment.  I printed the greeting on my computer.

While this is not the kind of crafting project I enjoy, I do feel that it turned out as I wanted it to.  I will say it is nice to take the time to try to really think about the other person and try to find some way to express your love and concern in a way that they will find meaningful as well.  I hope she finds it so.

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