Hello and Welcome

I am a first time blogger, welcome to my blog post.

I come from a long line of musicians and artists.  My mom cooks and my dad plays bass and sings.  I remember going to my grandmas and her and my aunt would always be doing something creative.  It didn’t matter who we visited there was always something going on whether it was painting, playing music, taking photos, writing, crocheting, baking or gardening.

When I was younger my mommom made the comment that even though school was out for the summer I always had a paper and pencil in my hand.  This was definitely a true statement; I loved to draw.  In middle school we learned basic sewing and my sister and I use to make stuff for our Barbie dolls but it was in high school I learned about crafting and i’ve been doing it ever since.  

I love to draw even though I no longer do it as much.  I like to sew and paint and whatever project takes my fancy after looking at Pinterest for hours. My favorite thing to do is make gifts for my family, whether it’s a birthday, Christmas, or just because…..my family stands behind me and encourages me to keep moving forward.

I hope you enjoy my blog and i’m looking forward to sharing my new projects and all the fun with you!

I’m not sure where I found this picture but it was done by Fiona Childs and I think it fits.

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Who’s got pumpkins?

I always thought fabric pumpkins are pretty cool….I decided to try and figure it out and looked and looked for directions.  I remembered seeing something one time on making them and since I couldn’t find the directions went off of memory and got creative.

Pumpkins

If you know how to make a fabric yoyo, you can make a pumpkin.  What you will need….

  1. Fabric of your choice in assorted colors / patterns.
  2. Pot lids in various sizes (the bigger the lid, the bigger the pumpkin).  If you don’t want to use a pot lid or you can make a template using the thumb tack, string and a pencil method.
  3. Leaves; you can use silk or make some from green felt.
  4. Wood dowel or small piece of branch for the stem.
  5. Wire (optional) to make the vine (thicker gage)
  6. Embroidery floss.
  7. Needle and thread.
  8. Fiberfill.
  9. Hot glue.

Trace a pot lid onto the fabric using a pencil.  After you are done, cut the circle(s) and your ready to make your first yoyo.  Using a needle and thread stitch around the edge of the fabric using a basting stitch, when you get to the end, gently pull it to gather it into a pouch leaving an opening big enough to stuff. After you have stuffed it to the firmness you want, finish pulling the edge closed and stitch together to hold the in place.

Get your embroidery floss ready (do not separate strands).  You will then take the embroidery needle and push it up through the bottom of the pumpkin and pull it out of the top to start making the pumpkin shape; you’ll want to make sure you pull it tight enough as you go around to keep the shape.  You can tie it off either at the top or bottom of the pumpkin.

Next, grab your leaf (leaves) and hot glue it in place.  You would then cut a piece of dowel to the size you want for the stem and paint it green or brown or use a piece of branch and hot glue it to the center of the pumpkin.  If you choose to, you can add a stem by using the wire; cut the desired length and bend it in a spiral shape using needle nose pliers or a pencil and hot glue it in place.

These are great for fall decorations or make a set and give them as a gift.  I sell them at craft shows and the little ones are a big hit.

I hope you enjoyed my pumpkin tutorial.  Please feel free to share a pic and/or leave me a comment.

Thanks for stopping by!

Teresa

 

Unicorn Horns

Can I just say how much I love Pinterest?!  How many of you get lost on Pinterest?  I get on there to look up something or just see what’s new to my feed and I end up spending hours on there….You can search ideas on everything from crafts to home ideas to recipes.  Depending on your searches and saves, pinterest will start sending suggestions to you.

While on there I found a bunch of cool unicorn ideas; one of those ideas is a unicorn horn headband.  I used a pattern I found on pinterest; however, came up with my own design for the flowers and the look of the headbands.  You need 5 things if you want to make a unicorn headband.

  1. Headband.  I found my headbands at the dollar tree; I originally used the elastic but I made them for a craft show and the moms asked about the normal headbands, so my second round i’m using the normal cloth covered headbands
  2. Felt.  Your choice of color for the horn and roses
  3. Hot glue
  4. Embroidery floss or contrasting thread
  5. Centers for the flowers (optional)

Unicorn horns

These were a big hit with the munchkins at the craft show, not recommended for children under two years of age.

First you need to find the pattern, or make your own by cutting a cone shape and cutting the tip off.  Once you have the pattern made, pin it and then cut it out of the felt (your choice of color)  You’ll also need to cut a circle just larger than the opening of the horn to cover the headband and stuffing. This pattern is the one I found on pinterest. unicorn horn

After you have cut the horn you can give it a quick sew on the sewing machine or hot glue the edges and turn it once cool (I used the hot glue method).  Once you’ve turned the horn right side out and stuff it.  Once it’s stuffed, get your headband ready ….you’ll hot glue the horn to the headband covering the opening.  Once the headband is on the hot glue, run a bead of hot glue on the headband the size of the opening and take the circle you cut and cover the opening, gently pressing it to the headband and horn… it will be hot so be careful. As the glue cools you’ll be able to make sure that the edge of the circle is secured to the edge of the horn.  Let cool completely and trim the excess once done.

Once the horn is cool, you’ll take either embroidery floss or thread (I used thread) and wrap it around the horn to make it look like the unicorn horn.

You will then need to either use silk flowers, or make your own rosettes and attach them to the headband.  There are a lot of different felt flower tutorials on Youtube and Pinterest you can view if your unsure how to make your own.  After the rosettes are made, you can add some glitter glue to the centers and let dry, or use pearls (colors of your choice).  Attach to the headband and horn once done with hot glue.

Finally, you’ll want to make ears out of the felt and attach them.  You can also embellish with some tulle to make it look like a mane in the front and back if you choose.

My daughter, who is almost 21 decided to dress like a unicorn for halloween and asked me to make her a headband.  They take a little time but are super easy to make.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial…. Please feel free to share your pics and/or leave me a comment!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Teresa

 

 

 

Autumn…..

Well…it’s that time of the year again.  My favorite time of year!  Fall is finally here and I hope it’s here to stay.  I love the changing of the leaves, the way they smell when they fall & cover the ground.  The sound they make when you walk on them.  There’s nothing better than going outside with your coffee or hot chocolate and just breathing deeply and smelling the earth.

I love to go to the nature center and walk around.  There’s nothing more peaceful than being out in nature and enjoying the quiet of the earth. Sure there are other people but the nature center is so big not everyone walks on the same paths.  My daughter and I went when the leaves were just starting to change and unfortunately, we didn’t get much nature time…I can’t wait to go back and see the changes.

Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is coming….My lovely daughter will soon be 21.  With the changing of the season, also comes the changing of my daughter into an adult.  I feel like i’m always working and between that and her going to school and working part-time, we both cherish the moments where we can spend an entire day together just hanging out.

I hope you enjoy your fall….  Mother nature is an amazing thing and God paints a beautiful landscape.  Take the time to smell the the air, the earth, and see all the beautiful colors and just enjoy the world around you.

 

 

 

Ahhh… Vacation

Vacation is finally here!

My official vacation started Friday but I ended up spending the day sick, so I slept and watched as my husband and daughter played Nancy Drew Mysteries all day.

Today, however, I am feeling much better and have been able to get stuff done. During the week my husband does the cooking because I work full time….so when I come home dinner is usually done, so on vacation I like to cook and bake.

If you’ve never had frozen hot chocolate, it’s a must try.  My suggestion is to make it from scratch and then freeze it.  I made this for the first time the other day and both the hubby and daughter liked it a lot so I made another batch for the freezer.

I also made chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies; another favorite in our house and a white cake with chocolate icing…..we now have snacks for the week 🙂

What are your favorite vacation treats?

Meet Miss Molly….

Hi there,  I know it’s been a while since I have posted anything new….  However, we’ve been busy.  Over the last 3 1/2 weeks we’ve had a new addition to our family…her name is Molly. Molly is a Coonhound and Short Haired German Pointer mix.  She has the markings of both her breeds and her ears are a combo as well but her bark is definitely coonhound.

We adopted her when she was just 6 months old and is now coming up on 7 months; don’t let her size fool you…she is a big girl but still a puppy.  We lost our dog Jetta last August, a month before her 15th birthday.  I know some people say you should get a dog right after you lose one, but it took a while before our hearts were ready for another one.

Molly has been through three homes prior to us….she was found in a ditch on the side of the road by a friends son when she was 4 months old and they took her in. Unfortunately, because she is very energetic they couldn’t keep her with little ones running around as well.  Molly was adopted out to a family who didn’t really have the time she needed and because of this was not a good fit for them, so 3 1/2 half weeks ago she became ours.

The first night was hard on her and the first week difficult.  As we came up on the second week we had a few struggles with dominance and her trying to make the rules.  As we came up on our third week she became accustomed to our routines and us hers and she’s learned some new tricks.  We are now coming up on a month and she is totally different than when we first got her.  She still has moments where she reverts  back due to insecurities but it doesn’t last long.  Lots of hugs, kisses, good girls, play times, belly rubs, and walks help.

My advice to anyone looking to adopt a new puppy or even an older dog….find out what the breed is; do you have the time and energy to give them the attention they will need. What is your lifestyle? Are you away from home a lot? Do you hike, boat, bike, run?  As long as you have the patience and the time you’ll have an amazing new family member who will love you unconditionally.

 

 

 

 

 

Imaginary

via Daily Prompt: Imaginary

There once was a little girl named Neva who had an imaginary friend named Tim. You see, Neva was an only child and she really wanted a brother.  Unfortunately, her parents were not able to have any more children.  Neva and Tim played together every day.  He kept her company when she was lonely.

One day Tim told Neva he was moving away and they couldn’t play anymore.  Neva was mad at Tim for having to leave but she forgave him.  Then one day, her mommy and daddy told her they were moving to a bigger house in the country.  When mommy asked about Tim, Neva said Tim moved away.

Mommy gave her a hug and told her it was okay and that friends sometimes move and that she would make new friends.  When they moved to the new house Neva never saw Tim again but she talked about him sometimes.  When Neva went to school she made new friends and soon Tim was forgotten.

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Image by Parent Support Hub

Has your child ever had an imaginary friend?  How long before they outgrew them?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tutorial: Sticky Note Make-over

Welcome to my first tutorial!  I hope you enjoy it!

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create a sticky note take-along.  It makes a great gift for someone or for yourself.  I’ve also found they come in quite handy when i’m out and I need to leave a note for someone or if i’m out and need to remember something, I can write myself a note.

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • Sticky notes of your choice – I like to get them at the dollar store; you can the mini’s as shown below or the full size
  • Card Stock in two colors – you can find it wherever craft supplies are sold
  • Glue or glue tape
  • Mini hook and loop dots (1/2 in) – I get mine from the dollar store, they are alot cheaper than buying name brand
  • Stickers/embellishment of choice

For this tutorial I am using the mini’s which measure 1.5 inches by 2 inches.

Cut main card stock color 2 in x 4 in.

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If you don’t have a scoring tool you can fold the card stock around the sticky note and press the edges with your fingers.  If you are using a scoring tool, score on the long side at 1 3/4 and again at 2 1/4.  You can also use a ruler and draw a pencil line where you want the folds to be.  Be careful you don’t press too hard and crack the card stock.

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Once you have scored/pressed your edges glue the mini in place (I use a glue stick, it works well).  You will want to put the glue on back of the mini and place it where you want it, making sure it’s lined up correctly.

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If you like the way it looks without adding a tab, just add your embellishment and your set.  If you are going to add the hook and loop tab cut your second piece of card stock to size and glue it in place.  In this example the width is 1 in by 5 3/4 in.  Score at 1 3/4, 2 1/4, 4 1/8, 4 3/4.  You can leave the remainder of the strip as is and attach the hook and loop dot to that or you can fold it back a 1/2 in to reinforce where the hook and loop dot will be attached.  (see pic below)

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Attach your hook and loop dot and then add your embellishments. In this example I just used stickers I purchased at the dollar store. You may have also noticed rounded corners…. I prefer my corners rounded so I clip them with a corner rounder.  However, you can leave them square.

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These make great teacher gifts at the end of the year, stocking stuffers during the holidays, or just because. They are easy to make and I find they do well at craft shows depending on your show.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, please let me know what you think.