In an effort to make a little extra money, I made some bags for my mother-in-law to sell at a little shop in Coburg.
All of the bags were made out of material from curtains that we had up in our old house.
The owls were hand-appliqued with old jean material, wool sweater (for the wings/beak) and button eyes.
At preschool we love to do crafts with hand prints, footprints, or fingerprints. Well, one mom in particular caught on to this theme and for teacher appreciation and end of the year gifts she gave us her own creations.
So Grace, Owen and I decided to do our own for their teachers.
Earlier this fall I attempted to crochet a sweater for Grace. It turned out pretty well considering it was my first attempt…I usually just do blankets and scarves….
The pattern I used was the “Swing Set Cardigan” on Lion Brand’s website. It is a free pattern and pretty easy to follow. Since it was for smaller kiddos I just used a larger needle. I do wish I had made it longer as it turned out rather boxy…There is a sunflower button to keep it closed.
Unfortunately it is itchy…I may have to try another one in super soft yarn…
I recently had some 11 x 14 poster prints made when there was a sale at winkflash.com. I have had them for a couple of months but no frames to put them in.
I didn’t want some cheap poster frame and the cheapest frames at Target were about $20.00, so I decided to try Goodwill.
Two of the frames were $9.99 and one was $6.99. I was hoping they would all be around $6.99. O’well,.
I wiped down the frames and removed the glass and cleaned it up…This part was a bit of a chore, I didn’t want to remove the staples/nails completely, but some of the glass was really hard to get out because it was wedged in by those staples.
The frames dried in just a couple of hours, but I waited to reassemble until the next day.
Now we just need to hang them:)
The reason I had wanted the book was for the Charming Handbag. It is so cute! You are supposed to enlarge the pattern but I decided not to and made Grace a cute little purse just to try out the instructions…It took me a couple of hours from start to finish…
You may recognize the outer fabric as our old curtains from “the old house”. The inside is from an old pair of jeans…
Well, now that Christmas is over, I can post about some of the crafts that I have been working on this month.
We really tried to keep our gift-giving costs to a minimum this year, but I still wanted something special.
I made bracelets for the Grandma’s…of course I forgot to take “in-process” pics.
I used clear flat marbles and craft glue and the little pics were from my picture orders from Winkflash which I punched out with a big circle punch. I alternated he pictures and a punch of scrapbook paper.
Then for the Grandmas (2), Aunties (3) and the girlfriends of the BILs (2) I made bags out of old sweaters. I used Betz White’s tutorial and then the embellishment inspiration came from cindygert’s blog (just scroll through her blog, lots of beautiful bags). I actually used some different free clip art online to print out…
I was most pleased with the oatmeal bags. The wool had felted nicely (it was actually a sweater of Danny’s that we “ruined” before we were even married, I have been holding on to it for that long hoping to find a use for it…) The thicker oatmeal wool held the shape of the bags better than the other bags did…