Sunday, May 23, 2010

4 Quiet Book Pages Finished

Flower Page

The felt flowers come off and can be buttoned on whichever stem you please.

Purse Page

It has a working zipper and goodies can be placed inside.

Tic-Tac-Toe Page

Complete with a little pocket to place X's and O's.

Shapes and Colors Page

Shapes attach with velcro.

Most of these ideas are pretty basic and I saw them in more than one place online, although the purse one I remember from here.

Only a few more pages and the cover left to complete!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Magnetic Menu Board with Rose Magnets

This is a craftalicious original, brought to you by my mother, Becky of Mesa, Arizona.

She has always been little miss crafty pants and is very multifaceted. She's a talented woman, that one is, so I'm sure you will see more of her on this blog in the future.  This is her tutorial for a magnetic menu board with matching fabric rose magnets.

  • metal sheet (bought at Home Depot or Lowes) mine is 12X 18 inches
  • fabric to cover front and back, wrapped around short ends of metal sheet
  • wide ribbon which is wrapped on the 2 long sides of your board
  • glue gun and glue
  • round disk magnets
Directions for board:
  1. Cut one piece of fabric to cover both sides of metal sheet, overlapping about 1 inch on backside. Cut within 1/2 inch on both long sides. Do not take fabric to the exact edge.
  2. With hot glue gun, glue only short edges of fabric after stretching it around metal sheet, overlapping fabric on back side and gluing the edge down.
  3. Glue ribbon on both long sides, folding half of ribbon on and around edge of metal sheet.
Directions for fabric rose magnets:
  1. Cut several 1.5 - 2 inch strips of fabric per rose petal. Each flower needs 3.
  2. Fold lengthwise and roll each strip and secure with glue on end.
  3. Glue raw edge of each roll to the raw edge of the next petal. Rolls are flat on bottom so that magnet disk can be glued to the underside.
Place Magnetic Menu Board on any pedestal to display or hang on a wall.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Birthday Organizer!

A friend had told me about the "birthday organizer" idea a while back but I couldn't picture exactly what she was talking about until I went into Archiver's and saw one on display. I love paper crafting so I knew I'd have a ton of fun putting this together. Not to mention, it would keep me from missing so many birthdays. :)

In the front cover, there's a pouch to keep stamps and envelopes on hand at all times. In the past, far too many cards have become "belated" birthday cards because I just couldn't ever get to the post office for postage--belated no more! :)

I also listed all of the holidays this year for quick reference.

My game plan to keep me on top of birthdays...Two Sundays a month I will sit down and write my cards for the birthday's that month and then I can tuck them into the sleeve on the right until it's time to stick them in the mail.

So for anyone who seems to miss birthdays like I do, or for those who can't sleep at night and are looking for something to fill those late night hours, this may be the perfect project for you as well. :)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Tackling a shirt/dress pattern

My mom was in town from Arizona and she just happens to be the sewing queen. I knew this would be the golden opportunity to tackle a pattern that I knew I'd need help with. We started with the dress below. We worked on it together and when I felt confident enough, I made the shirt all by myself! I'm pretty sure I can do facings now, which I had no clue about before. the pictures are a bit funny, but what do you expect when you have a 4 yr old who NEVER stops moving? Looking forward to many more sewing adventures. With every project, I get more confident.

This pattern was by McCalls. 

Saturday, May 1, 2010

April's Craft Night

For April's craft night we worked on fabric bracelet's that we found from V and Co. The tutorial can be purchased here. This project was a bit more tricky then we thought that it was going to be. Please be kind when looking at the photos and don't look too close. The purple bracelet was the first one that I did. The blue turned out better, but I am not sure if it is my crafting ability or what but I was not overly impressed with them. I may try again but we'll see. Just wanted to at least put them on the blog and maybe get a few tips or tricks on the bracelets.