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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National Hobby Month

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Whats your hobby?

I craft, paint, draw, sew, scrapbook, make paper products, bake, garden, and do alot of other things.  I enjoy trying new things and being challenged (even if I do get frustrated. lol)

Some of my favorite projects are the paper products I make and some of my sewn items.  I also enjoy painting, and making toys which go over well with the kids; I try to change it up based on the show i’m doing and time of year it is.

Here are a few of the things i’ve made….

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I find crafting in any form is a great stress reliever and it’s something I really enjoy.  It’s also become a family affair with my husband and daughter.  It’s a great way to spend time together.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Teresa

Quilting

I sew and I can do basic quilting, meaning I can put squares together, stitch up the seams and tie a quilt.  However, i’ve always wanted to learn more.

I started really watching videos on Youtube for the Missouri Quilt Company.  The lady Jenny, who does the instruction goes over the steps, shows you tips and shortcuts and makes it look so easy to do more than basic sewing.  I think this is the year to step it up…I asked the nieces and nephews what their favorite colors are and am looking at some designs she’s done that appear to be easy enough to do.

Hopefully i’ll have these done by Christmas 2018…. Most of the videos i’ve watched you can put together a top in a weekend. With that being said, i’m going to add time to my schedule to do at least one a month.

So far I like the Rail Fence, Nine Patch, and Pin Wheel.  Any suggestions on something easy enough to try?  Below are some of the patterns I found on google…..69

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Time to Clean the Craft Room….

Christmas is over and so is the holiday craft show season…. like many crafter’s with the new year here it’s time to get organized and see what supplies you still have or need to replace.  You never know how much you have until you have to put it back.  Over the next couple weeks I will be putting my craft room to rights, re-organizing my supplies and seeing what I have or need….it’s also a good time to purge those things you’ve had for years and have never used (although this is difficult. lol).

I’m dreading and excited to be going through everything. I have a tendency to find supplies I forgot about or projects I set aside to do something else that had to get done, which gives me ideas for all new projects.

As weird as this sounds, I put on the four Shrek movies to clean to.  Last year I was able to reorganize my room in the time the four movies were finished.  I used to play a game with my daughter when she was little to get her to clean her room.  I would set a timer and she had to beat the clock….I guess this is the same theory.

I have a small craft room which causes storage problems… my hubby and I have been throwing around some ideas and hopefully i’ll have a nifty new room by summer.

Please feel free to share your stories and comments.

Thanks for stopping by!

Teresa 

My Ideal Space solutions….  I think I need to go to Home Depot 

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Can you believe….

Can you believe it…. The first weekend in January is already here.  We made it through the first week of work and now the weekend is here.    January and February are typically longer months…. but once March hits, BAM! It’s summer.  Make memories this year, make each day count, and don’t rush your days…. before you know we’re going to be in the next new year.

Have a fabulous first weekend!  Get a start on those goals and projects. 

Thanks for stopping by…….

Teresa 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and Welcome 2018!

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2017 flew by….before I knew it Winter turned to a brief spring and then Summer.  Summer came and went and Fall hit us.  Halloween turned to Thanksgiving and then Christmas was here and now we are in a brand new year. I decided a long time ago that I would no longer make resolutions but set goals; unfortunately, I still failed at some of those.  However, new year new goals and i’m very determined to stick to them this year.

To start the year off my family and I will be starting the Keto diet.  Unfortunately, we can’t start that until all the junk from Christmas and New years is gone but we will start incorporating the foods into our diet now so that when the other is gone we won’t go into carb free shock. lol

I also have plans for my blog, my crafts, working on my business and Etsy shop and getting ready for the craft show season.  I’ve been throwing the idea around for a few years about writing a craft book…I have so many ideas.  This is another goal i’ve set for myself but there are so many factors; I need to decide on the # of projects I want to show, what they are, write the instructions, photography, then decide if I want to reach out to a publisher or self publish…any thoughts you have on that are welcome.

My ultimate goal is to open up my own store; I have had this dream for years but I always seem find reasons not to do it.  It would be a craft and hobby store but not just a regular store.  I want to be involved with the community; have open sewing where people can come with their groups and have a place to do their projects. I want to work with the schools for workshops on textiles and product creation; since schools do not have Home Economics any longer this would be an ideal way to take lessons they learn in Social Studies and put them in practice.  I also want to host events that will help bring the community together.  Art and Music….they bring everyone closer.

Like I said, I have goals and I am determined to meet them this year.  My husband and daughter support me and with their love and support I can accomplish anything.

I think it’s time to start working on my timeline and start working on things in order, I have a lot to accomplish 🙂

What goals or resolutions do you have this year?  Any advice you want to share?

Thanks for stopping by!!!  May your new year be full of happiness and good things.

Teresa

 

 

 

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