Thursday, September 27, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #1 - My Project To-Do List

My to-do list is ever growing! I have so many things to do and so little time. Here is a list of things I want to get done soon!

1. Make cute little marble magnets.

2. Modge Podge altoid cans

3. Sew potholders. I have MANY cut out.

4. Denim Aprons.

5. Baby Shoes - OMGosh...they are so incredibly cute.

6. Baby Bibs!!!

7. More grocery bags...lots of people want them!!!

8. Fuse plastic grocery bags and sew them into bags!

9. Baby quilt for girl at church.

10. Shirt for myself - I bought a pattern and everything!!! (I only paid $2.50!!!)

11. Necklaces out of things I made in pottery. I can't wait to show you.

12. Clothespin dolls.

13. Finish the dresser!

I thought I would have a difficult time coming up with the list but I could go on and on. I plan to do a lot of stuff while I am on vacation. I have BIG plans! I want to have a posting extravaganza when I get back so be sure to stop back by!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Handy, Cute, Cheap & Easy Aprons!

What happened to the days when women wore aprons in the kitchen? It wasn't just for looks you know - aprons protect your clothes. A couple of weeks ago I was cooking and stuff splashed on my shirt. I thought "not again". Silly me. Then I was browsing the internet and viola - everyone is making aprons. So, when I was at Goodwill I picked up a pillow case with a ruffle for 25 cents! I did a little cutting and some sewing. I came up with an apron for me and a little sweet one for Elise. I would have taken a picture of her in it but she is refusing to wear it. Once I start wearing mine I think she will like hers!

Pottery 101

I can't really teach you how to do pottery online so I will show you some stuff I have made.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Who Doesn't Need New Cute Potholders???

Check my latest project out! I made potholders. Not a big deal, I know...BUT these are made from my old jean leftovers. If you are interested in making your own check out the instructions HERE! They are really easy and so inexpensive to make. I think they will make a cute gift!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Old Vinyl....Repurposed

Last spring, during a pottery class, one of the ladies was talking about some of the activities she was planning to do with the kids in her summer program. I was so intrigued by one of the cool things they did with the kids...they melted old record albums and made them into bowls. They did theirs in the hot summer sun but I decided to brave it and try it in the oven. I started with four albums I snagged on Freecycle. Oh, and don't feel bad - they had some scratches and probably wouldn't have been very good to listen to anymore. BTW...when we went to get them Jude was totally fascinated. He wanted to know what records were! Ha.

Okay - here is what I did...
Looked at the pretty albums & preheat your oven at 200 degrees.
Find a heatproof bowl to set the album on. As you can see I used a metal mixing bowl. Put it in the oven. Set your timer for 3 minutes. Wait. Suggestions for killing time: eat a peach, paint your toenails, sweep the kitchen floor, flip through a magazine....
OK - time is up. Use oven mitts (so don't paint your fingernails while waiting)!! Remove the bowl. With oven mitts on your hands form the old record into the shape you like. It cools pretty quick. After a minute or two I used my bare hands (it was easier).

I did 4 albums. They make a nice set, don't ya think? I have no idea what I am going to do with them. Another website suggested lining them with parchment paper and using them as a chip or popcorn bowl. Who knows....

This one was my favorite.
Here is why I think this is a great craft...
  • It is unique.
  • Very quick.
  • EASY.
  • No clean up!

Friday, September 7, 2007

My Pink T-Shirt

I am feeling my wardrobe is a little drab these days. I went to Target and picked up a few clearance items to spice things up a bit. While I was there I decided to breeze through the men's department and see if they had anything good for Jake. Apparently he has been feeling a little drab himself these days because he even mentioned that he needs a few new things. Anyhow...they had these t-shirts on clearance. From the picture you can't really tell but it is a very soft cotton t-shirt. I bought one for him and this pink one for me. After I got it home I decided I didn't like how it looked on so I cut it all up... Here is what I did.

First I cut the sleeves off. I just followed the seam. Then I used a straight edge to cut off the top. I cut it right at the neck line.

Next, I sewed the armpit area. I just folded it over twice (so there wouldn't be any fraying going on) and sewed along the line I cut. Then I folded the top over twice but left enough space to insert a ribbon!

Finally I added the ribbon & tied it to make straps. Isn't it the cutest shirt!? It only took me about 45 minutes to make. I think it will go faster next time. I can't wait to make more! Oh, and did I mention this type of shirt is SO in style now. How convenient.

Thursday, September 6, 2007