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Big Sewing Competition!!!

If you havent already make sure you stop over at Family Ever After and check out the Big sewing Competition she has going on over there. Her and her sponsors have put together some great prize packages.

 

There are tons of Giveaways plus the top 3 winners will get some awesome prizes.

 

I would love to do something like this, However I am still to new to have anything to submit for it. I will definitely be watching this and Hopefully she will do it again next year and I will have something to submit for it.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to try to win some awesome fabric, patterns and other material.

 

You can find a quick link on the right hand sidebar.

 

 

Good Luck to all the contestants !!!

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Pom-Pom Tree for Valentine’s Day

Tree of Love

Fun Valentine’s Project for you and the kids

Week 4 of the 5 Weeks of Love Challenge

I saw an idea like this as I was searching for a something else and can not find where I saved the website name. So if by chance anyone knows who just recently did a tutorial for something like this let me know and I will be sure to put their name on here as an inspiration to how this project came to light.  This was a lot of fun to work on with my little one. We played a counting game while we were holding the pom- poms on to set.

I wasn’t really sure how this was going to turn out but I wanted to give it a try anyway. I added the feathers for some extra flair and texture.

Honestly I think the hardest part was getting the support at the bottom just right to support the top.

The materials I used were

  • Pom-Poms
  • Chinelle Fuzzy Sticks
  • Glue
  • Feathers

These look really cute in the window cill or the table as Valentine’s Day Decorations. I made a purple one for myself. I thought it was one of those things that would look nice on a shelf in my crafting area.

Happy February!!!

Valentine Magnets

  Valentine Magnets

Week 2 of the 5 Weeks of Love Challenge

 

As we enter week 2 of the 5 Weeks of Love Challenge I wanted to add something that not only has to be used during Valentine’s day but they are cute enough to be left up for however long you like.  I love magnets because I like to hang things for reminders, to hand our little ones art work, or just little love notes to the hubby. What better way to hang those cute little notes then with a magnet of love.

So there is an ever abundance of these bottle cap images going around and I never have those type of caps lying around here, I decided to try something with some of these images. This was actually a really fun project can be easily made on your pc and printed on your printer. Once again I acquired some of these bottle cap images from Listia, I didn’t want to take the time of designing my own just yet, however I did just recently finish my first set. I was able to pick up these cute Valentines Day images for very few points and seeing how they were already made to size all I had to do was print them out.

The supplies I used were those 1 inch decorative clear stones (which I picked up at my local wal-mart for a little over $3.00 for a 3 lb bag), hot glue, your 1 inch images cut out, and a magnet strip. Make sure when picking out your magnets that you use a heavier duty magnet, seeing how the stones are a bit heavy. You don’t want them to drop every time you shut your refrigerator door. The process is actually quit easy, however because of the hot glue this isn’t a project I would let the kids work on by themselves.

The first thing you do is take your 1 inch circular image and place it on your workspace. Apply a decent amount of hot glue on top of the face of the image, Then take your stone and press it down over the image, making sure the hot glue has covered the entire image between the stone and the image. This will make for a clearer image. The next step is to take your stone and flip it over and apply a decent amount of hot glue to the back, then securing the magnet onto the back of the image. Make sure when doing this last process that you make sure there are no big lumps that make the magnet stick out far on one side otherwise you will have an unstable stone that will most likely fall on one of your toes. Really that is all there is to it. I decided to take some of my silver glitter nail polish and painted the backs of them just for a little extra bling.

Below are some other magnets that I did that are great gifts birthdays, holidays, or just because.

Happy Crafting!

    

                                                                                                                                    

 

Valentine’s Day Charms

    Valentines Day Charms    

Week 1 of the 5 Weeks of Love Challenge

I have recently started working with beads again. It really started by me going through all my stuff after christmas this year and organizing it. I came across this huge bag of glass beads that I have collected over the years. I sat down and organized them by color and realized that I had some really cool looking beads. So as the ideas started rushing into my head the next thing I knew I had 5 Charms/Keychains done. After finishing them I sat back and realized they would make great gift topper or just a great side gift if you are giving a a lot of small items for valentine’s day. These would also make great valentine’s for your kids to give to their friends as they make great charms for backpacks and other accessories.

Small little trinkets like these are things that your loved ones can carry around all the time, to remind them that you were thinking about them and that you loved them. These are quick to make and they don’t cost a lot to make either. These are great projects for you and your children to work on together. There are plenty of pretty plastic beads for the younger children to be able to string together and wear.

The only supplies I used were a handful of glass and Tibetan silver beads, embroidery floss, clear bead string, and a plastic circle of some kind. I use the plastic reminder pieces for knitting/crocheting. I look forward to making some more of these in the future. I would like to make one for myself using Swarovski Crystal Elements. I think that would really sparkle.

Beading can be a very expensive hobby so its best to look on Craigslist, Garage sales, or even your auction sites like Ebay and Listia can have some great deals on bead lots. You don’t need a lot of beads to make something small and beautiful like this. Just enough to give it some color and class.

Valentine’s day doesn’t just have to be about the celebration of love between a couple. This can be a holiday about celebrating the love of everyone around you. Here are some other great charms or key chain ideas that you can make for your loved ones that celebrate the love of a life. As much as we know that Valentine’s Day is just one of those made up Hallmark type of Holidays why not take the time to tell all the people who you care about that you love and appreciate them. It never hurts to take the time to show someone you care or that you were thinking about them.  

I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed making them. I look forward to another great week. I am still looking into finding a blog for our Featured Friday spot. I do have a couple of blogs in mind I am just not sure on how to contact them to ask them permission to feature them on this site. Untill next time…..

Happy Crafting!

This was the bead project I worked on with my little guy and an idea for the younger kids to give as gifts or to make for themselves.

The 5 weeks of Love Challenge.

The 5 Weeks of Love Challenge.

With a fresh new start to the year, I would like to challenge myself. Since our next big unofficial holiday is in about 5 weeks, Yes I mean Valentine’s Day. Every week for the next 5 weeks I will make and then post a Valentine’s Day Project so that you can get some ideas on what to make for a loved ones for this unofficial holiday.

 Nothing says LOVE like something from the heart. 

 For a wife and mom on a budget I have to get pretty creative sometimes with gift ideas. With all the new supplies I received during Christmas from my loved ones I should be able to use most of it and not have to spend hardly any money at all.

I would also like to set up a Featured Friday during this Challenge. We will choose one person every week to  feature your homemade Valentine’s Day projects. If you are interested in having your project featured on here please email me at smalltowndreamz@gmail.com. I will post your project on friday with links to your own blog.

Check back soon to see what we come up with for week 1 of the 5 weeks of Love Challenge.

Happy Crafting!

 

 

 

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