Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sweater Bracelet

Last year I made a LACE BRACELET using this simple tutorial.

This year, I made a Sweater Bracelet... I love it even more.

Thanks, Karla

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Kisses 25c - Start Saving Your Quarters

Hi All,  I whipped up this Valentine's shirt this past weekend during the Super Bowl.  Let's face it, since the Packers weren't playing (BOO HOO HOO) I was only half watching it.  So I was  half munching on appetizers and half working on this shirt. 

I had not really planned on making Peepers a Valentine's Shirt this year, but I found a red 3T shirt stashed away (I'm sure I intended on doing something with & just never got around to it).  So I thought I better make something with it & quick before he grows out of it.  I came up with a simple shirt that I knew I already had everything I needed to make it.
  • Striped fabric
  • Silver fabric
  • Cross stitch thread
  • Scissors, thread, needle, pins etc...
I used the  Reverse Applique technique that I have used on many projects. 
 Here is a back view.
 As a last minute addition, I added sleeves to the shirt by just following one of his existing shirts for the size.  I pinned the sleeve on & stitched it to the shirt following the existing hem sleeve.
 I used the psychedelic silver fabric to cut out a coin (I used a spool of thread as my circle template).  I've had the silver fabric in my stash for about 15 years & just knew there would be a need for it someday.
 I free handed the word "KISSES" and used Back Stitch technique and cross stitch thread to hand embroider the word.
 I had to bribe my model for a few photos.

Thank you, Karla

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Key To My Heart Necklace

Hi Everyone,

Valentine's Day is getting close... are you ready?

I was inspired by these glitter keys to make a Key To My Heart Necklace. 

I actually do not use any keys.  I have a GDO (garage door opener)  to my house & a RKE (remote keyless entry) to my car.  I don't even need a key for the ignition.  The only key I use is to my file cabinet at work.  I don't think my employer would appreciate me bedazzeling their property...unless it was the corporate logo :)

We do however have a "junk drawer" in our house that has a boat load of keys. We have no idea what these keys open... but we are too afraid to throw them away for fear we may actually need them some day.  Like for this craft!
My version is much simpler... in digging out my Mod Podge, found that I had some Elmers Glitter Glue & Diamond Glaze that I thought would save me a step or 2 + I would not have to work with Glitter.  I LOVE GLITTER, oh the sparkle, but oh the mess!

Step 1:
Clean key

Step 2: 
Add Glitter Glue, Use a tooth pick to spread around to get nice, even coverage. Let Dry.
Step 3:
Add a coat of Diamond Glaze (or clear nail polish).  Let Dry.
Step 4:
Add ribbon, chain or leather to keys to make your necklace.
I also added a charm & a button for a little extra cuteness.

There are a ton of cute and inspiring Valentine's out there in blogland to make for your kids (or honey).  These are 2 of my Favorites!

Enjoy! Karla