Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Wreath

Wow. Long time no see. I have been busy with work and Christmas projects.

I made a wreath! Christmas wreathI think it turned out awesome. It doesn't have as many ornaments as some of the other wreaths like it, but for the first one I've ever made I really like it. It's hard to tell in the pic, I used silver garland to wrap my wreath base and hot glued on shatter proof ornaments.


I am also decorating my tree with all handmade ornaments...so that means it only has about 10 ornaments so far. Its getting there. I will try to take pics of it soon and post them.

I've also decorated my office at work. I'll post pics later. I can't believe Christmas is almost here! Where does the time go?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Halloween Part 2

Wow. I thought having a month long Halloween segment would help me post regularly, guess not. But I am posting now so that's something. I just want to apologize in advance for the bad quality of some of the photos. All pictures are from before the miracle of the digital camera.

Ghost Busters Rock! This was a cool costume. My mom took a simple jump suit patten and turned it into the coolest ghost busters costume ever. It has a velcro panel in the front, when pulled down, reveled insides (ie bones, heart, etc.). The costume was basically a ghost dressed up as a ghost buster. I wish I had a picture of the panel, so you could see what I am talking about. My mom made the ghost buster symbol out of felt. Bro even had a proton pack. My dad took a toy proton pack similar to this one, and painted it to make it look more authentic. Of course, I can't find any pics of it. Its frustrating when I know I have pics of all of the costumes and accessories but can't find them. I bet Nov 1st I will find all the pictures I am looking for :0P





Little Mermaid Costume. I have a hard time deciding which of my Halloween costumes is my favorite, but this one is high on the list. I am not sure what year this costume is, but I think I'm in second grade because that is when I cut my own hair. It was really long. Ok on to the costume. The tail had a metallic looking green mesh. It really made the tail shimmer. I also like the fake rhinestones my mom used for the jewelry. And of course there is a Crown. Almost all of my costumes had a crown.







Prince and Princess Costumes! I don't know what year this is from either. I guess my parents didn't think to put the years on the back of pictures. But its cool that my bro and I had a theme. Easier for mom! We loved to play with the horses long after Halloween was over. What was cool about these costumes was the two for one deal. Not only were you a princess or prince, but a horse too! I liked the horses because they had elastic so they stayed around our waists without us having to hold them. I think if they had been stick horses we wouldn't want to carry them while trick or treating. I really like my bros, the silver material really looks like armor. He even has a helmet!


Slimmer.
This is a pumpkin my dad carved. Probably the same year my bro was a Ghostbuster. I can't remember what we used for the arms. I think we used ping pong balls for the eyes.








Here is the side view of the princess costume. Till Next time.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Halloween!!

I can't believe it is October. Where has the time gone? Pretty soon it will be Halloween. I hope all of you like Halloween as much as I do. In honor of this spooktacular holiday, I'm going to share with you my costumes and pumpkins from years past. I was going to make this a once a week segment for the month of October; but I have a lot of pictures to share. I will try to post at least twice a week. So without further ado...enjoy my first Halloween segment.

1988...SheRa and Thundercats!
My mom is awesome at making costumes. She never said, "They don't have a pattern for that. " We told her what we wanted and she found a way to make it. My brothers Thundercats costume is a prime example. Mom took a muscle man costume and parts of the pattern to my costume to make Lion-O leader of the Thundercats! I think this is one of the best costumes she made. It one first place at our city's costume contest. Like the red furry creature on bros head?We always joke that the red hair was a rug or carpet, but I think its fake fur.
Thundercat Costume

This is me, SheRa, alter ego of Princess Adora and also the twin sister of He-Man. I was a goofy kid. I think I am happy because I won clue...I won first place at the city competition too. I think I was 3 almost 4 in this picture.

As a kid, I loved to wear the gold gauntlets and gold boots around the house.

Mom always made Halloween special. I can remember being excited when the costumes were ready to be tried on. Mom would even take a vacation around Halloween to finish our costumes.Shera Costume

Dad says that people around us at the costume contests would say it wasn't fair us to win first place because we bought our costumes at specialty costume shops. But what they didn't know is that my mom made all of our costumes. I think it is a huge complement to my mom. She always worked very hard on our costumes.
Costume Contest
Me at the costume contest
Pirate Pumpkin
Dads First place pirate pumpkin.

That's it for today... stay tuned for more.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Long Time No See!

It's been awhile. Everything's been crazy lately. I moved into my own apartment! I really like it. I am now only 10 minutes from work; before I was an hour away. I am still not totally unpacked yet. I have a lot of decorating I want to do. Hopefully, I will be able to put up some Halloween decorations.

Even though I'm busy...I have found time to craft! I made a coffee themed tote bag, and coffee cup cozy. I'm pleased with how the bag came out. It took about an hour to make and I learn a lot about bag construction from it.

Here is what I learned:
1. Don't be clever and use contrasting thread for the top stitching, unless you can sew a straight line!
2. The straps don't need tons of fabric. I used about a 6inch wide strip and sewed it down to about 1 inch. Don't ask me how I managed this, because I have no idea. The straps ended up a bit wonky because there was too much fabric.

But all in all I like the bag. I made it for a friend for her Bday. The cozy I crocheted from a bunch of patterns. I messed with it until I liked it.

My friend is a coffee fanatic, she enjoyed the gift. Hopefully she will get some use out of both items. For here birthday we went to Nashville. We spent the afternoon walking around the Gaylord Opry Hotel. It was beautiful. Almost like an indoor tropical jungle. Paradise. We took a lot of pictures of orchids and other exotic flowers. I hope I can go back again and spend the night it was a cool hotel. I leave you with pics from the hotel. I will take some pictures of my other crafty goodness and get them up tomorrow...Hopefully.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

On my desk... and This is....

On my desk... and This is....( I know its cheating)
This was supposed to be my Sunday entry for this is...but I never had time to finish it. So you could say this post was a work in progress! And since I know I probably won't get around to posting my On my desk, I am going to cheat and use this post as both. I know I'm bad.
This is...My works in progress and On my desk....

First wip....
A pillowcase. I am doing a dessert (side note: desert, dessert...it gets me every time...very confusing) theme. This is the first time I used the iron on transfers. Before, I was tracing the transfers with a water soluble pen. I like the iron ons...but my lines did not transfer well they are a little wonky. I think it is because I didn't tack the transfer down; I tried to hold it in place with my fingers (I almost ironed myself). Next time I will tack it down and hopefully the pattern will stay in place better. I have not tested to see if the transfer ink washes out, but the lines are small and the stitching covers them well.













Second wip...
The beginnings of a fall wreath! I am excited about this one. I want my wreath to be simple and elegant. Fake flowers are not my cup of tea (silk plastic ones, that try to mimic the real thing), so this wreath will be embellished with buttons and felt leaves.














Third wip...
A scarf. This is turning out different than my original idea, but I like it. The main part of the scarf is butter suede...is think that's what they called it at the fabric shop, I don't remember. I used my new found skills with my darning foot to machine quilt the scarf. Then added the apple with my new felting tool...but that is for another post. The quilt batting I used for the inside is making the scarf stiffer than expected. But maybe after it is washed, it will soften up. If not, its OK...I wanted this scarf to be more of a statement piece anyway.






















Last but not least...Crochet Flowers
Have you ever wanted to start a project but though "there's no way I could do that"? That's what I thought about crochet flowers. I have known how to crochet since grade school. I may not be able to crochet a sweater, but I know my way around a ball of yarn. But for years I thought flowers would be really hard. Turns out there not. Once I mastered the magic ring (my saving grace found here). Now I've been crocheting this little guys like crazy. No idea what I'm going to do with them. But I like the satisfaction of completing something once thought impossible. I used a great tutorial found here.

That's it for today. Till next time.
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Friday, August 8, 2008

Spell with Flicker

This is a fun program. It grabs flicker images to spell words. Find it here.
CR A28 Brass Letter F t- Y D O O Bead Letter D A24 Dismantled Neon Letter s-ca

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Cool Wreath

Wanted to share another wreath I found. What a cool way to display toys. I could see some one doing this with their chidren's first toys! How cool would it look in a child's room. I want one of my one.

My crazy crafty world

Does anyone else find it hard to focus on just one project. I have, it seems like, a million craft projects going at once.
I have chairs to finish reupholstering. I have embroidery projects, crocheting, sewing, Christmas stuff (I know its early but it pays to plan ahead), resin pendants, scrabble tile necklaces, and more. And now I have another project/ craft I want to do. I should be banned from flickr so I don't find more crafts I want to try.

Back story: Soon,I am moving out of my parents house and into my own apartment. I've been thinking about how to decorate and decided I wanted to make a wreath for my front door.

So off to flickr I skiped to look for ideas:























wonderful wreaths uploaded by: Roxy Creations

Here is a montage of some really cool wreaths. I have a lot of ideas for mine. I want to do one for fall and one for Christmas. I can just imagine one hanging on my front door. I hope to find alot of things I need for this project at yard sales and op shops. I want to make a ornament wreath for Christmas and I'm sure I can find a lot of ornaments at yard sales!

WOo new project (like I really need another one)!!!! ;o)

Thursday, July 31, 2008

On My Desk

On my desk this week...

More Button Art! The top on is a hello kitty design. She is holding a spoon and wearing a chef hat. The Bottom on is a robot holding a balloon. Click the pic for a closer look.

Underneath the button art is another pillowcase I am working on. This time for me. I am using Aunt Martha Patterns. All Desert themed. I'll be dreaming about cupcakes and candy with this pillow.

Next is a flour sack tea towel for my grand mother. More Aunt Martha patterns. I love the retro 50's look of the animated kitchen ware.

And last but not least... a quilted purse I am working on. The fabric is fabulous...a Disney princess design but its in a subtle white and lavender. Its for a friends b-day. It late of course. I have a lot of trouble getting handmade presents done in time. I really need to work on things way in advance. :o(

This purse has been giving me problems thought. I started out quilting it with a normal presser foot but it was pushing the top fabric out of whack. I ripped out all of the stitches and tried using my new darning foot. Which worked a lot better. Except it is hard to make straight lined. Now I realize I need a walking foot. I went to buy one yesterday but the store was sold out. Just my luck. Guess I'll have to continue using the darning foot for now. Though, I think all of the line stiching is complete. Any more quilting on the purse I can do designs.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

This is...what makes me happy

This is...
Whoo! I finally remembered to post my this is this week.
So here it is...
This is what makes me happy.
Flowers in the spring time...














Snow...
























Amusement Parks in the summer...
























My Family...



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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Whoo!! The X-Files: I want to believe

I don't know about any of you. But I am super excited that the new X-Files movie is comming out soon! I am counting down the days and trying to think of a craft I can make that is x-files related. I think I am going to make a fake badge and name tag to where to the movie!! Any other sugestions?

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Bowling = fun!

Its funny how something that I am bad at, can be so much fun.

Take bowling for instance.

I suck at bowling...my highest score ever is 100. But...I love to bowl. Its a conundrum.

Rolling a 10lb ball down a lane to knock over pins...watching your carefully placed ball land in the gutter at the last second. It is all frustrating, but a good frustrating (if that is even possible).

And when your ball finally hits some pins you jump up and down in victory. Ok...so it was only 3 pins, don't steal my thunder.

Wearing shoes that probably 100 other people have worn.

Searching the entire place for the perfect ball (a blue sparkly one!).

Rolling a granny ball to see how long it takes to get to the pins.

I have never had so much fun doing something I am bad at.

High score this week end = 73.
Fun score = of the charts.

Some times its not about winning, its about having fun with friends. Rejoicing for the small victories in life. Like hitting a strike when all of your other tries where in the gutter.


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

On my desk...

On my desk...
Another button art collage! This time an owl embroidery with blue buttons. I am excited about these button collages I really think they will look good hanging on my walls. This one still needs the fabric glued to the back.

Button Brooches! I bought a great bag of scrap ribbon. It has really awesome patterned ribbon and some great basic ribbon. I think I am going to make key fobs with some of it.

Reversible Headband! This is the first head band I've made. They turned out pretty well. I love the fabric. Both came from a yard sale. I really like sailor themed items. And It seems to be really in style.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

What I'm working on...

Latley I've been thinking a lot about my future apartment. Yes, I am leaving the nest and flying on my own soon. I have mixed feelings about it; but I know I have to venture on my own. Anyway, I know most apartments don't let you paint so I need cool wall art to offset the bland walls. So here it is my cool wall art!

It's inspired by the button collages I have seen on ETSY. I love making them so far I have two made...but I haven't had time to take a pic of the second. They are super easy to make and quick too. The hoops are 4 inches, I think. I was lucky to find them at a yard sale! I also have two 10 inch hoops for button collages also from yard sales. Come to think of it most of the buttons came from yard sales. This one is a seahorse under-the-sea theme, the pink buttons are supposed to represent coral.

I want to make several in different sizes to hang in a cluster on my walls. I will probably find cordinating ribbon to hang them all with. I can't decide if I want to hang them with all the same ribbon or different ribbons. I guess I'll decdide when I make more.

Button collages are a good way to use your button collection. And if you are like me you have a lot and can't part with any of them.

I still need ideas for easy art for my walls. If you have any ideas for me leave me a comment.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Quilt Show 2008

This past weekend a quilt show was held in my home town. I was super excited. I've been wanting to learn quilting, but all my quilt projects never seem to get off the ground. Any way,My mom and I went and had an awesome time! There were so many cool quilts. I am so inspired now to really start learning to quilt. I got to try my hand at a long arm quilting machine. It was totally cool and now I really want one. But it was a little out of my budget...okay it was way out of my budget, but a girl can dream can't she?

I think I'm going to start with small lap quilt or wall hanging instead of trying to jump into a full size quilt right away. I'll let you know how it works out. Here are some of my favorite quilts from the show. All of the photos I took can be seen
here on flickr. If you have any quilting tips for me leave me a comment and let me know! Top: This one has a really cool illusion effect. Up close when I was taking the picture I didn't even notice it. Bottom: This one is made from neck ties!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Sounds Sounds Everywhere


Blue Angels Show
Originally uploaded by Sports Addiction
This week is Freedom Fest Week where I work. They have hydroplane races, airshows, and more. My building is about two blocks from the festival area and the jet planes are doing practice rounds. Everyone I have talked to say they hate the sound. But I love it! Low flying jet planes is one of my favorite sounds. The big roar, the shaking of the buliding when they fly really low its amazing. I think I am the only person in the building the jets don't bother. It is a little distracting though...everytime they fly over I want to run to the window to look at them. I probly won't get to see the actual air show but seeing and hearing the pracitce runs is the next best thing! Here are my Favorite sounds: the cunch of leaves in the fall, low flying jets, thunder, and laughter.

What are your favorite sounds?