Friday, September 30, 2011

Cacoon Jacket

I picked up this little flyer from JAF for a Cacoon Jacket & thought I would give it a try with some sweatshirt fleece I had hanging around. The directions were pretty easy & only 1 seam + some hemming.

This is what it looked like all cut out.

You add a few gathers (I did pleats).

Note: the pattern called for it to be cut 36", when I tried it on it was way too long for me.

(it hung hung way below my butt)

I altered it, by cutting the center back to be 26" and then slowly tapered

to cut off zero up by the neck.

Ta Da...

Super cozy for the weekends (or casual Friday at work).

Thanks for looking, Karla

Thursday, September 15, 2011

2 quick (and cheap) fall crafts

Hi All,
Are you ready for fall? Seriously, I'm not - I want another month of summer, But I have a few decorating ideas to help me get ready for a beautiful MN fall & brace myself for a not-so-beautiful MN Winter.


You'll need: Mod Pogde, empty glass pickle jar, colored tissue paper, leaves &

candle (we use an flameless one with the boy running around) Tear up the tissue paper into random size pieces & Mod Podge on to the jar.
I found these cool leaves,I think they were all chewed up by Asian Beetles, But I loved the lacy look of them & thought light flickering thru them would be beautiful.
Mod Podge them on to the jar over the tissue paper - I used a super thick coat.
* word to the wise, store your leaves flat, not is a crumpled ball will make this project easier*
I tied on a little birch branch disc with some raffia, dropped in a candle & Done!

Pumpkin Banner:

I found these felt pumpkins at Dollar Store in WI. I was not sure what I would do with them, but I had to have them. My Mom suggested this project & I turned out super cute!

I punched some holes, ties them together with some raffia (just something about fall makes me want to decorate with raffia... must remind me of hay).

Hang it above the porch french doors with some little Command Hooks
Each of these crafts took about 15 minutes & cost virtually nothing.

Plus I was lucky enough to have most of the craft supplies on hand.
Thank you, Karla

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Halloween Wreath revisited

Remember my LY Halloween Wreath ???

It is still cute & one of my Fav Projects. But this year I stepped it up a bit.

I added this big guy...

And this glittery little lady spider...
+ a few scary cob webs & I'm all ready for Halloween.

A much more impactful wreath - I'm making another for my sisters classroom because everyone was so generous to keep saving bags for me.

If making wreaths is up your alley, here are 2 blogs that you have to see for ideas...


Nesting Place

Can you guess which one is my Favorite???

Click HERE to see

Thank you, Karla