So yesterday with our sudden small blizzard I had the full intention of going in strong with trying to get as much done on my baby owl quilt as possible and actually I think I did get pretty far. That will be updated in a post next week when I share it for the WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.
Anyway just as I seemed to be cruising along on the quilt I stopped to get something out of the drawer when I looked up and saw my brand new shipment of pom poms staring me in the face and they started calling to me. Wouldnt you know with in 5 min I had my sewing machine and fabric moved and out-of-the-way and 1000 pom poms staring me in the face. There were so many colors and sizes, Honestly I was a little overwhelmed for about 2 min trying to figure out what I was going to do with all these poms. Seeing how I won these in an auction for free on Listia and free shipping to boot this was definitely one of my better so-called “Savings” when it comes to keeping the budget down. After sorting through all the colors and of course separating them into their own colored bags I took my favorite color and then the obvious contrasting colors of black and white, pulled out the hot glue gun grabbed an old throw pillow that needed some restoration and got to work.
I used some of my purple fleece fabric to finish it off in the back. I think its cute. If I would have known then what I know now then I would have covered the whole pillow in the fleece before glueing on the Poms. There are a couple of spots that I am going to go back and fill in where the old ugly green fabric is showing through. Also I probably would not use the bigger ones on the edge. The picture in my head didn’t exactly turn out in real life.
I measured the Fleece to the size of the pillow knowing that it had a bit of stretch in it so that it could be pulled tight. I took the edge of the fleece and hot glued it to the edge of the last row of Poms securing it just underneath so the poms would stick over a bit hiding the fleece edge as much as possible.
So this is what happens when I get sidetracked. I finish other projects and not the one intended. Has this happened to you? I am sure it happens to everyone. I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s always a bad thing. I say as you are not getting sidetracked when it comes to the important things then its ok in my book. Well I look forward to sharing what I did get finished with the Owl Quilt, maybe I can sneak a few more hours in and get the baby almost done by Wednesday.
Happy Crafting from my home to yours
Yarn Art as I like to call it.
This was a piece that I did a while back that I would like to share with everyone. This was an old bottle we had lying around and it was just something that really did not look very attractive. I am not saying that this made it look anymore attractive, but I like to think that it’s at least an improvement. I used a bunch of left over yarn shrivels to decorate this and used hot glue to secure it on to the bottle. This project was pretty fun but I suggest some sort of finger guard to protect from the not glue. My poor finger tips were pretty tore up after completion.
I really love to upcycle old stuff, or reuse something. As a mom on a budget I like to save money where ever I can. Here is another Upcycled idea I did with my little boys old baby bottles.
Well I am glad that I shared some of these ideas with you. I know I am not the first to think of either of these ideas but never the less I always like to share. Soon I will be decorating the covers to all my containers. I will update these and share how they look after their sweet little makeover.
Make sure you take a look below to see some of the upcoming projects that I will be finishing or working on in the near future.
Up coming projects…….
I am big on upcycling so it was only right that when we were done having our child and knew that we couldn’t have more I decided to use the left over bottles for storage. These are great for storing , buttons, beads, pins, small embellishments, the list can go on and on. The other night I was looking at all the left over bottles and started filling them with all my odds and ends. I wanted to share this one because last week I had posted about upscaling your tomatoes and wanted to share that you don’t have to have a tomato to store your unused sewing pins.
I really like the way this one turned out.
The supplies I used were:
- Hot Glue
- 1 Large Chenille pom poms
- 1 Baby Bottle
- 1 4×4 in square fabric
- 1 6 in piece of ribbon
First I glued the Pom Pom onto the bottle cover.
Then I took the fabric and glued it over the pom-pom to the bottom edge of the bottle cover.
Then take your ribbon and glue it around the bottom for a little decoration and to hide anything from the fabric after being cut.
What do you use to store your odds and ends?
A Tomato Makeover
If you are like me I love to customize things to my liking. So when I got all my sewing supplies, I knew the little red tomato would not stay red for long.
This project is a perfect no-sew kind of project. I took some of extra fabric I had lying around and decided to cover up my tomatos with it. This was very simple to do and it really doesn’t take long to finish. You don’t have to use just a tomato, you can also make your own pin cushions. With my project list getting longer and longer these days, I just decided to do the quick cover up. The supplies that I used were:
- Hot Glue
- Pin cushion
I had a smaller tomato that I did the same thing to so that they would match. I also used the pins with the balls on the end to give it some bling since I can’t use them in my sewing projects anyway. Since I took the pictures for these a week ago, I have since added a button on top to finish my tomato off, as an added embellishment.
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.