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Making Crafty Valentines

February 14th 2017

It’s February!

After Christmas, this is my favorite month for creating, sewing, I get so many ideas for making crafty Valentines. I love all the lovely pink and red fabrics that make the sweetest eye candy for any creative project you can think of (or steal from Pinterest).

i heart fabric summercrafter

There is always such a variety of crafting, wrapping and heart-y goodies in some stores, I find it hard to resist! This loot is from Target dollar bin section.

valentines goodies summercrafter

¬†Growing up, Valentine’s Day was always a great “Gal-entine” day celebrating with friends, going to card shops, movies, shopping and getting ice cream. When I was a teacher, it was always a great time making crafty valentines with construction paper in the classroom to put in our special mailbox.

wood heart sign Romans 58 summercrafter

This year, my bestie from Texas was in town and we shared a crafting day, it’s another great way to spend the day gabbing, painting and creating. This wooden heart was part of my Target loot. We painted them and cut vinyl letters on the Cricut to make this verse, Romans 5:8a. A beautiful mess summercrafter

We made a beautiful mess, a nice memory and a crafty Valentine, such a great time!

summercrafter and friend

Needless to say, my crafting and sewing for heart day did not end there. I made this cute I Heart You Mini , tutorial and pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew. I am sending it off to one of my favorite fabric enablers ūüėČ To be enabled yourself, follow her on Instagram @oneygirldestash for her fabric goodies.

iheartmini summercrafter

After making this, I had planned on making another mini but started playing with scraps to make heart pillows, small ones for doorknobs, sidetracked for sure.

heart from scraps summercrafter

I knew these babies would get lost in pillow puffiness so I “log-cabinized” them with more scrap pretties. So fun!

log cabin hearts summercrafter

They turned out so cute! All that was missing was some fragrant filler. I’ll have to buy some lavender.

heart pillows summercrafter

Then I started toying with more scraps. I sewed 4 random strips together, folded them in half to cut these heart shapes.

stitched hearts summercrafter

Once I added the batting, I stitched around the outline and instantly loved the result. Why hadn’t I done this before?

Sadly, I sewed them up and sent them away so quickly, I do not have the final product photo to show you. Shame on me! You can be sure they went to good homes and I should have those pics soon.

DIY ornaments: Photo Card Keepsake

December 2nd 2016

Do you have tons of lovely holiday photo cards of loved ones, family and friends and don’t quite know what to do with them? Well, I have the solution!¬† I think preserving them¬†and using them as¬†gift tags and ornaments¬†for those¬†families is a great way to recycle jar lids and those pictures. A great DIY ornaments project.¬† I’ve had this idea for a while and I’m so glad to finally be able to share it. I do hope you’ll find this tutorial helpful so you can make your own. ¬†Please read all the way through before you start.

photo jar lids gift tags

First, collect all your holiday photo cards.

photo cards

Start collecting jar lids of all different sizes from mayonnaise, pasta sauce, pickles, salsa jars, whatever! Ask people to collect for you too like family, neighbors or church members. Invite them to make some DIY ornaments with you!

jar lids

Here is a visual of what you’ll need to make them but don’t be limited by it, please. A list follows below.

supplies

  • A circle template, I like to use this circle ruler for best¬†visibility
  • Embellishments: jewels, stickers, paper, felt, fabric, pom-poms, buttons, jingle bells, charms glitter, etc…
  • Ribbons for hanging (13 inches for Ragu lids) you’ll have to measure ; )
  • Cord, pom-pom trim or rick rack for front edge
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

You may find that when you see mine and start making them, you’ll come up with all sorts of variations. ¬†Let’s start! ¬†You’ll have to compare photos and lids to make sure the size matches.

photo jar lid 1

 Use the circle template around the picture and the lid. It should be the same or slightly smaller than the lid opening. I did not need to trim any of my pictures when using this template.

photo jar lid 3

photo jar lid 2

Trace the circle around the picture and cut it out.

photo jar lid 4

Apply Mod Podge to the inside of the lid and insert the picture. Press down firmly until the picture stays down, it may lift if not glued down all the way.

photo jar lid 5

I also used a small brush to apply Mod Podge on the inner parts of the lid of your DIY ornament.

photo jar lid inside

Then I put a scoop of fine glitter and rotated the lid to get it all around.

photo jar lid glitter

Tap out excess. I used a dry brush to remove excess glitter from the photo.

photo jar lid dry brush

After the glitter dried, I applied Modge Podge to the picture, but in the end, it’s much better WITHOUT!! The picture is well protected in the lid and really, we won’t be playing toss the ornament or anything like that! photo jar modge picture Essentially, this is how the picture part goes. ¬†The back of the lid can be decorated in many ways.

This one is the simplest done with card stock and paper. ¬†Paint some Mod Podge on the lid and smooth over the card stock until it sticks down well. Once it’s adhered securely, you may paint over it with Mod Podge to seal the paper.

photo jar lid simple paper

This one is done with felt which is a great medium, especially if your lid is a little warped or not flat enough. Use the circle template to trace and cut out a circle from the felt.

photo jar lid felt

Then, simply apply hot glue to the lid and press down the felt. Then Secure the sides that are “unstuck” with more hot glue then embellish as desired.

photo jar lid felt jazz photo jar lid felt gems

Another option is to paint the lid. I used a sealer just to prep the area.

photo jar lid sealer

Then 2-3 coats of paint should do. Just enough so you can’t read the lid!

photo jar lid paint

Re-positioning embellishments with paint is not recommended because it will peal off.

photo jar lid santa

I put the year of the photo, since we parents tend to forget.

Next, we’ll take care of the hanging ribbon and edges: ¬†Make sure you mark the center of your lids on the top and bottom¬†this will come in handy for positioning back decor and ribbon so they hang right side up!

jar lid centers To attach the hanging ribbon, start on the bottom center, and got glue an inch at a time and press until you get to the top center and STOP!!

photo jar lid attach ribbon

Then you get the other end of the ribbon and start at the bottom and repeat until you get to the top.

photo jar lid hanging ribbon

Glue the ribbon together (just a dab) where they meet to make a loop.

photo jar lid felt gems

Then we have this exposed edge that doesn’t go with anything! photo jar lid fix edge Cover it with some pretty trim. Start at the front center point and work your way around hot gluing on the metal edge, one inch at a time until you are back at the starting point.

You can use pom-pom trim,

DIY ornaments jar lids

Some cord trim and cover the ends with a cute detail,

DIY ornaments jar lids

or some Rick Rack (my favorite)

DIY oraments jar lids

These hand crafted keepsake DIY ornaments are perfect to use as gift tags

DIY ornaments Jar lids

and to hang them on the tree!

DIY ornaments jar lids

Backs of DIY ornaments (above)

Photo side (below)

DIY ornaments jar lids

I hope you were inspired to personalize the holidays with some DIY ornaments and photo card keepsakes. happy Holidays!

Down Time Train

October 14th 2014

I have been quilting away designing patterns and quilting the quilts to go with them. So fun! But the other day I felt like painting and taking a break to recharge my batteries and relax with a different kind of craft.  Painting has a way of just soothing the nerves.

So I was at Joann’s just leisurely walking around, not collecting too much in my basket, (that’s a good thing!) when I came across this little wooden train. (Sorry I painted it too quickly, no naked shots) and I know a little big guy who is getting a new room decked out in “non-Thomas” trains. Well, that’s all the excuse I needed, a little “down time” train.

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Before getting started though, after 11:00 pm I played with markers to make sure I had the right colors.

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Painting alone was not enough of course, I had to embellish.

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It is the perfect size for an entry door, on the knob,

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on a hook

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or on a closet door.

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It was so much fun to make this, I’ll have to try this again soon, maybe with some wood Christmas ornaments I’ve been collecting over the years. ¬†What’s your “down time” craft?

Showcase your vacation memories

September 12th 2014
Since Summer has ended and we are ready to usher in the Fall, maybe you’d like to highlight your summer pics in a shadow box and remember those glorious days of Summer?
Here is a post from the past in which I did just that. I highlighted that Summer’s vacation (2011) in a shadow box. You can¬†see the materials I used¬†here¬†in the “part 1” post. I still have it hanging in our recreation room. Great trip!
“First of all, let me just say that even after seeing and handling the box almost everyday, moving it here and there around my¬†Craft Corner area, I overestimated how much I could actually put inside it.
Secondly, in case you did not know,¬†Sanibel¬†is the Sea Shelling Capital¬†of the world, not Cape Hatteras, so there goes¬†the “shelled” paper idea (part 1). Since the box has a really nice “linen” type base through which you insert pins to hold the photos, ephemera etc.., I left the background as is. It serves as a nice contrast with the grey frame and other “cool colored” pics I added. As art would have it, omission is sometimes necessary. Some¬†of the pictures never made it on there, partly because I didn’t want to cut them, I¬†rather overlap.
The Big Picture

The inaugural item for the shadow box was a doodle I worked on while I planned the vacation. Then I fiddles with the layout of the photos and figured out how to integrate a map of the area. I thought this was important  because we did quite a bit of traveling up and down the Outer Banks; then a Hurricane (Albert) hit later that summer, and  sliced through that, now familiar, strip of road.
After much trial and rearranging, I finally had the layout how I wanted it, but I had to cut out the map. Apparently, I subconsciously arramged the pictures in order from North to South to show a glimpse of each area we visited. When I super imposed the map over the photos, it fell right into place, I was pleased. Being a stickler for details, I like for the documentation of a trip, such as this, to be as authentic and accurate as possible, it’s the librarian in me. : )

A doodle, of the forthcoming vacation rendered that Spring at a faculty meeting.

Wild horses on the beach in Corolla (pronounced Curulla, not like the car): DO NOT DISTURB or you’ll be fined!

Cape Hatteras light house, view of Pamlico Sound from the house balcony.
Here is the map that runs through it, pretty much aligns with the location of the photos except the horses, I had to hand write that town as it was on the very northern tip of the island.

These are the infamous wooden fences, their purpose is to trap the constantly shifting sand to preserve the dunes and prevent beach erosion.

One of the mamy boardwalks along the highway for beach goers, and kite boarders. Swim at your own risk: no life guards, lots of wind and wild surf. Brrrr, that water is cold!

An amazing ocean view from an empty lot on Ocracoke Island, which we explored by golf cart. This island was home to BlackBeard the Pirate.
Once that was finished, I added some color with “beachy” embellishments and a thought reading from top to bottom, can you read it? It says “we are blessed,” and we are. My favorite part is the mounted illustration at the bottom by Mary Engelbreit, and the quote “Sounds of the wind, and sounds of the sea, make me happy just to be.” By June Polus. That really should be my motto, mantra and motivation in life!”

 

Award Ribbons

March 24th 2014

This is just a quick post about some Award Ribbons I made for the Stuffed Animal Night contest at Awanas last week at church!

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Awanas is a children’s ministry that helps to develop spiritually strong children through games, fun activities and most importantly bible verse memorization and teaching. You can read all about it here!¬†

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I’ll be posting a tutorial soon, start collecting your papers, ribbons, some cardstock, posterboard or cardboard, Mod Podge and hot glue! You can make some too!

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This was a great craft for using up extra papers in pads (so you can make room for more!)