Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Sleigh before Santa Claus!

October 10th 2011

We are in October, I feel a pleasant change in the air; much like when Mary Poppins descended down on the front steps of the Banks Residence on Cherry Tree Lane, umbrella in hand.  We just recently, September 23rd, and quite happily, welcomed the Autumn season of 2011…not that I’ll see any leaves changing in these parts.

Doesn’t the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day
Parade “officially” kick-off the
Christmas Season or at least the lighting of
the Rockefeller Center Tree

So why am I seeing Christimas trees everywhere?  I have seen them in so many stores: Walmart, K-mart, JCPenney, Cracker Barrel, Michael’s, Joann Fabrics… really?!! Even Home Depot had them scheduled to be out by September 30th.  The worst part is you see them before the Halloween stuff, which incidently is also out of control, in my opinion, Christmas, Halloween trees? Thanks Pier 1, but no thanks.  This is the epitome of NOT delaying gratification.  There is a time and season for everything under the sun.

One of my  resources
for craft ideas this year.
I like running across Christmas stuff serendipitously or on vacation. It’s something to do, something to look forward to, something that brings a smile to my face, seriously, my face lights up–like a Christmas tree, pardon the pun.  It’s a pass time I enjoy, but what I mostly like about Christmas is the anticipation, the smells that come about with the Christmas season; baking cookies, the scent of pine, making crafts right up until the day of… But I like to savor the season and countdown as it approaches, not hijack it as soon as summer ends!
I’m just saying.
Please feel free to chime in, anyone?


October 7th 2011

Sometimes my mind thinks of projects on its own. It takes over and keeps me up at night. Jodie  at Ric Rac experiences these things too. So I am not crazy. But the whole process takes on a life of its own until you get it out of your system. That’s when I have to do a “shotgun” craft and see if this bright idea will work.  Sometimes it does and other times it doesn’t.  But once I try it, I am done, unless I really love it and start embellishing, changing the theme or making lots of them to give away. 

Finished product.

Ok, so I saw this hanger lying around and I got this idea.  It was FAST, EASY and I used mostly SCRAPS! I was so eager to try it, though, there are some improvements to do for the next one.
1) Cut strips with pinking shears to reduce 
unraveling and loose threads. 
2) Choose different patterns to differentiate
horizontal and vertical strips.
Next attempt, a Christmas tree….stay tuned.

Bend a hanger into a pumpkin
like shape.

Glue strips across hanger as shown.

Pull strips taut and secure
with hot glue at bottom of hanger.

Weave horizontal strips over and under
securing with hot glue on both sides.

Completed weaving.

Cut features from contrasting fabric.

Wrap green felt around hook

and glue green ric-rac on
curved part.

Artist by God

October 6th 2011
Do you fly by the seat of your pants, wing it or work well under pressure?

Do you think outside the box, color outside the lines and get ideas out of thin air?

Do you have a green thumb, a fashion bug, or a creative flare?

I would bet that you are the creative type, and some people don’t even know it!

Most of us, arts and crafts kind of people, have been told throughout our lives, one way or another, how talented and creative we are, haven’t you? Well, as of late, it seems that I cannot resist this need, urge and desire to exercise this creativity in my own life;  so I started searching for inspiration and affirmation to do so.  The first inspirational quote I read that really became a catalyst on this quest was this:

 When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have
a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’
by Erma Bombeck. 

Then I picked up the Fall Issue of WHERE WOMEN CREATE  and it was as if these ladies were talking to me personally, and here is what they said:

  •  Neglect not the gift that is in you…” I Tim. 4:14 from Susan Branch
  • “…the older you get, the less time and energy you have to accept being unhappy!” from Holly Becker
  • “..the blog was my way of holding myself accountable to a new creative path that I wanted to go down.” from Leslie Shewring
  • “Go after your dreams. Don’t wait for things to come. Make them happen.” from Kim Stoegbauer
I feel that if we have talent and it is a gift, I am not using mine to its full potential.  I am so happy when I do it; I have a sense of purpose and feel this inner joy when I am creative, it’s what I am supposed to do. So why don’t I do it more? Life.  So I pray and ask God about it, and I read this:

Then the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.  For the whole article click here.

We have an appointed gift; we have been given these skills and abilities from no less than the Creator himself.  Then God saw that everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. Genesis 1:31

That’s pretty cool, don’t you think? So create, paint, craft, sew, make jewelry, build,crochet, knit, sculpt, decorate, post blogs, arrange flowers, tie dye, bake cakes, write, cook, plant a garden, teach, it’s all good and it glorifies God!!
What talents are you using? Please share!

ME Inspired Mini-Ribbon Board

October 3rd 2011
Confessions of a Fabric-o-holic: I collect Mary Engelbreit fabric but I don’t want to cut it.  I just want to look at it, stacked neatly in my beautiful craft corner. I need a really GREAT idea to be worthy of this much treasured material!

Wal-mart used to carry ME fabric until they got rid of their fabric section, it was by Cranston Village. I would go weekly and buy a few yards, even if I already had it.  They do not sell any of her fabric in my neck of the woods anymore, I have to look online for fabric stores that carry her line. Moda fabrics used to make it, I acquired much of her collection through this shop, they have great pre-cut fabrics and a Christmas section.

I made this mini ribbon board with left over Mary Engelbreit fabric (Attitude Girls) and a piece of  foam board for another ME fan. This was done under 30 minutes, and look how cute! 

Foam board (3 x 13)
Scrap strips of fabric, folded over, fused and hemmed. (I had these left over from headbands I made for vacation.)
3 thumb tacs (For attaching Ric-Rac to front)
Hot glue gun
Piece of ribbon for hanging
Everything is attached with hot glue. DO NOT GLUE RIC-RAC to front, only to the back!!!
Start with the materials.
Cut the foam board, mine measures 3 1/4 x 13.
Hot glue the 2 strips so they meet in the middle.
Fold them over to the back and hot glue down.
Wrap Ric-Rac across the front but only hot glue to the back.
Use tacs to secure to the front so you have space between.
Hot glue a short piece of ribbon to back, for hanging.
Strip of foam on the back covers the tacs coming
through, hot glue down to secure.
Cover the back with felt or scrap fabric for a finished look.
That was easy!