Saturday, March 28, 2009

My Elvis Hobo Bag

This is a picture of my Elvis Hobo Bag. I said the other day I was into the seventies lately well I guess you could include Elvis into that era. Right? Anyway, I drafted my own design and used a fabric from Walmart. The O rings on the handles are actually keyring rings.
I made this purse for around$6.00. That includes 1 yard of fabric $4.44,1 magnetic snap I bought off the net(I bought 25 of them for $14.00), the O rings were from Walmart(a package of 8 were .69).
You can find my tutorial for the hobo bag at my free tutorial website.
I love doing tuts and sharing what I can do. I also love looking for information on the web for things I'd like to learn to do.
I ran across a wonderful site last night. Although I am still looking through the site, it offers tons of crafting tuts as well as other things you might be interested in.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Groovy Feeling

This is my 70's Flashback Purse/Tote. I have had this thing for the seventies lately. I bought a couple of CD's with 60's and 70's music and made this. Maybe I'm showing my age or maybe I am beginning to realize what an unusual period the 70's were. Although I was a teen and believed time stood still. In my life time I have seen Kennedy shot, man landing on the moon, Woodstock, Hippies, Beatniks, cures for polio, the first computers (weighing about a billion tons), the first cell phones (weighing about a billion pounds), the Wall coming down, nuclear bombings, mini skirts, midi skirts, ankle length skirts, sizzlers, the list goes on and on. No other time in history has there been so much achieved. I guess I'm lucky in many respects that I got to see it all unfold not just in the history books.
Anyway back to my purse.... It has pockets on the outside as well as the inside with an magnetic closure. This has become my favorite purse pattern.

Here is the inside of my 70's purse/tote. You can never have too many pockets.

I like making pockets to completely line the inside. Everything has a place.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Another jewelry set

Made this set the other day. Jade beads, crystal beads, antique caps with wooden leaves. The necklace I put on a satin ribbon.
I love doing jewelry and if you have a variety of beads it's a really quick way to make a matching set for every outfit you have.
I love shopping at Fire Mountain Gems online.
They have the largest varieties I have found on the web and I think the prices are good. But I do shop beads and findings at Walmart as well as JoAnn Fabrics and Michael's. Walmart just recently got in a new shipment and they have some striking pieces right now.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Get Well Card

Early this year I got interested in making cards.
Here is a card I made for a friend who is in the hospital. The flower medallion came from the site Fred She Said. Some really nice free 3 D sheets are available online free but it does take time to look for them. I spent a lot of time over at PhotBucket browsing through albums. If you are interested in card making and decoupage go to PhotoBucket and reach 3D sheets (images).
It's amazing how talented people are. One of these days I will get me a Photo Shop Pro.
I am not artistic as far as drawing goes but that shouldn't stop me or anyone else from trying.

FingerSkate Cake

Here is the cake I made for my oldest grandson.

Bake a 9x13 cake. Use food color to dye your icing grass green and a small amount dyed black for the lettering and ramp. I iced the cake green putting a big glob in one corner. Then I used the black icing to run a strip down the blob and along the cake to make the ramp. Then I used a grass tip (has a bunch of holes in the tip) and placed the grass around the cake and along the ramp. I bought a cake box and a gold cake board.

I also bought a set of Tech Deck skate boards and put them on the cake ran a green border. Wrote on it and viola!

He loved it. But of course, you can never get a serious picture of him.
If you click on the picture of the cake you can see the details close up.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Update on my Spring Time Quilt plus Girly Party Favors

I'm working diligently on my spring time/birds with fruit quilt top. Hand work is slow going for me. I work on it every evening for about an hour. I am almost finished with the center piece.
But I'd like to share a cute party favor idea I did.
I used 2 koolaid drink pouches for each one of these cute little purses. I cut along the bottom rounding them abit then rinsed and dried each one of the pouches. I added a length of thin cording to each side and then sewed from the top of one side around to the other side making a pouch.
Added some beads to a small length at either side. If you look at the picture you can see what I mean.
I then added some candy and stuff to each one.
The girls loved them. LOL I also got some orders from them.

Friday, March 6, 2009

2 years and multiple crafts later

It has taken me 2 years to get this far on this quilt. I just finished appliquing all the flowers (?) on the backing blocks. Now all I need to do is lay it out layering the batting and back fabric to it. It's a bit larger than I first realized. Each block is 25 inches. I just can't decide if I want to quilt it or tack it.

I have been working on the spring time bird quilt every evening while watching T.V. I have been hand quilting that one. Going around all the birds and fruit. I hope to get that one done in the next month. I plan on giving it to hubby around Father's Day.

Monday, March 2, 2009

One UFO down....

Finished House quilt.
Tacked together. I love this block.

I'm working on my spring time bird quilt in the evenings while I watch TV. I am hand stitching around the birds and fruit in the center panel.
Slow going though.
I am also working on another UFO that I have been working on for about 2 years.
I'm not sure what design it is but it has a starburst pattern appliqued onto a plain background. The first try, I didn't have a pattern just one single piece. I sewed 15 pieces together and then added a center circle. Making it look like a flower. After that I cut out all the background blocks and realized I had cut them all about 2 inches too short. So I put it away. Months later pulled them out and embroidered something in the center of each one. Then I put it away. Life has a way of getting in the way... so here it is 2 years later and I am just about ready to finish appliquing them onto the plain background blocks.
Now all I need to do is add batting and a back fabric.