Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My Very First Craft Show!!!!

Hello Everyone,

I am proud to announce that I am doing my very first craft show.  It would be great to see some familiar faces at the show on this Saturday and Sunday, the 19th and 20th.

The show is at the
Cafeteria at the St Rose of Lima Catholic School.  The address is 1345 W. Dakota Ave. Denver CO.  It is around Alameda and I-25.

The fair is open on Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and on Sunday are 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Please check out my website and my etsy shop to get a preview of what I will have available at my table.  Thanks for your support.

(720) 238-2696

Monday, November 14, 2011

Crochet Contest

I am participating in a Crochet Contest over at About Crochet.  I am super excited about this.  Elisabeth gives us three stitch patterns and wants us to create something unique and fun just by using these few stitch patterns.  I hope that I can create something fun and interesting for you all to take a peek at when I am done.

About Crochet

Come take a look and maybe enter your name in the contest.  I will be posting soon about what I am making.


Bedroom Wall Art

Sick of looking at plain walls, I was not sure what exactly I wanted to do in our master bedroom, but I knew that something had to be done.  I had a 50% off coupon for Micheal's.  I went in not knowing what to buy, since I really did not need anymore beads and I could not think of any type of storage thing that I needed either. I wanted to make the most out of my 50% off and not buy something too cheap that I would have paid full price for anyway. So  I found a 7 pack of artist canvases that was already on sale for $19.99.  Hellooooooo...50% off that...only $10.  I am sure that I can do a lot with these things. So I bought them with the master bedroom in mind.  I got them home and painted them with some leftover paint that I had from when we painted the bedroom. Then I found some cute stencils at Walmart for only $2.50.  I again used some leftover paint from another room that we painted in the house to make three unique pictures to hang on the wall.  I love them.  I think that it warms up the room and brings out some of the other great elements in the room like the bedspread and wall colors.  Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks I will be sharing the rest of the decorating that I have done in the master.

Have a great day!!!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Headboard for the Guest Bedroom

I have had this idea for a while but have lacked the dedication and drive to complete the headboard for my guest bedroom.  Over this past weekend I finally took the 30 minutes that it needed my attention and finished it up.

The first thing that I did was measure the space and have Aaron cut the plywood for me.  Next I painted it on one side (the one facing out into the room) with the same paint that I used for the dresser.

I added some 1.5" thick padding, gluing it down with my glue gun.  Then I added a little batting just to try and smooth down the edges of the foam.  I had some woven wool fabric in a grey color that I wanted to use for the headboard unfortunately I did not have enough so I had to improvise.  I used some of the leftover fabric that I had from the stool makeover that I did to make stripes at the sides of the headboard.  I also used the blue fabric to make a ribbon around the bottom of the padded portion so that it would look a little more finished if anyone got a chance to peek down at it.  As I went along each fabric got pulled tight around the back of the plywood and stapled using a staple gun (make sure that you have the right size staples because you do not want to have them poking through to the other side).  Here are some pictures during the progress.  I hope that you enjoy.  In the final picture I have some pink pillows on the bed, but I must say that those are going to have to go.  Maybe I will make some pillow covers and add some throw pillows to the bed instead using the tutorial over at Creations by Kara.

Overall I think that I like the look of it.  There are some more things in the room that need to change before I can call the room complete and love it for what it is.

Have a great day and a great week everyone.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

The winner of the snowman earrings made exclusively by Auntie Kara's Crafts is Brandy from With a Shot of Brandy.

Congratulations. Please send me your shipping information so that I can get these sent out to you.

Also I will be offering free shipping until the end of the month for all items purchased in my etsy shop. Please stop by and pick out a quality handmade item for the people on your list.

Have a great day.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bows for my nieces

I came down to visit my brother and nieces in Albuquerque this week. While I was here visiting I decided that they needed some bows for their hair.... mostly I decided that I needed a project to do, lol. So for the whopping price of $2.75 they have 24 new bows with barrette clips in six different colors. I used the bow tutorial provided on Ruffles and Stuff. Enjoy the pictures of the cute bows and my beautiful nieces.  The oldest one in Malaya and the younger one is Mila

Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine if you still have it.  I get to go back to Colorado tomorrow to yet another foot of snow.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Gluesticks Guest Posting

Last week on Friday I did my first guest posting on the Gluesticks blog.  If you are not familiar with this blog I encourage you to go check it out.  It always has fun ideas and Brandi hosts a great linky party on Thursdays.  The project that I shared was a little tutorial on how to make a reversible bag.  So get out your scrap fabric supply and lets start sewing!!!  Also I am doing a giveaway on my blog so don't forget to register.  The winner will be announced this Tuesday.

To make this bag you will need two different fabrics, preferably in contrasting colors.  This will make the reversal worthwhile.  If you would like you can make up your own template for the bag or you can download it free from Very Purple Person blog.  This template has perfect length straps for this size bag.  Use the template with the straight edge on the fold in the fabric.  You will need two pieces of fabric cut from each type of material (4 total).  For mine I used an old pair of jeans for the outside of the bag and a crazy print for the inside.  On the jeans I decided to use them inside out so that I would see the contracting color on the seam of the leg.
Once you have all of your fabric cut out you will put the inside fabric right side to right side and the outside fabric right side to right side.  Sew around the bottom of these separate pieces and up the sides.

Next you will flip the inside "bag" right side out and slide it into the outside bag. 

Now sew the handles together leaving about 2" un-sewn at the top.  A back stitch at the top of  the handles would be a good idea.  Now we are ready to flip the bag right side out.  Through one of the handles start to turn the bag right side out.  This will seem very hard at first and you will think that you have screwed up the whole thing, but do not fear it will soon become easier and the bag will just flip right side out.  The jean material made it a little harder because it was so thick, but if you are using two thin cotton fabrics back to back then it should be a little easier.

You will now have a bag that looks like the picture above.  Just push the inside of the bag into the outside.  Sew the handles of the bag together by putting each fabric right side to right side at the top and sewing across.  Make sure that you are sewing the handles that are next to each other together and not the handles that are in front and back of each other.  To finish, top sew around the handle openings.  You can add a decorative stitch if you would like.  I think that I am going to add flower embellishments similar to what Sachiko did in her She Wears Flowers - Tutorial.  What ever you do with this just have fun and let your creativity run wild.  Pick some fun prints that will make this your go to bag of the season.

Have a great week everyone and happy crafting.


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