Monday, April 29, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
We have the nicest Reading Teacher at our school! She is always baking cookies, teaching kids and doing nice things for everyone at school. She brings me beautiful old linens and sewing things. Today I decided to surprise her by recovering a desk chair for her. I found some pretty quilted fabrics and some funky trim, and I redid this chair. Her delight when I gave it to her was so welcoming! Before: After:
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
This weekend I attended a camp called Becoming an Outdoors-Woman. My main goal was to get a feel for fly fishing. I spent half the day Friday taking an introductory to fly fishing. I think it is a beautiful sport and it was not as easy as it looks! By the end of the day I felt pretty good about my casting. (This was on a grass field, not on a lake). Friday night we had fly tying. This was right up my alley. Saturday morning we got up, had breakfast and went to the lake to try out our new skills. Is this where I insert my fish tale? Ok, I am going to need a lot more practice to master this type of fishing, but I had a wonderful time. Yes, I want to keep trying and I hope one day I will be really good at fly fishing. It is not often I surround myself with women I don't know, but it is amazing to learn how and why so many women come together to learn about and be a part of the great outdoors. This camp is sponsored by the Arizona Wildlife Federation. These are the flies I made. I hung them on my antique minnow bucket.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
It's Spring! I have a planter on the balcony that I grow herbs in, and when I went to water them I found a quail had made her nest and had laid 9 eggs. I let my plants go in order to save the quail eggs. The mamma stays in the nest most of the time. She went out this morning so I snapped a quick picture.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
Here is a quick project. Take a glass jar and wrap it with different fabrics/lace. I tied the fabric and used a bit of hot glue to secure it. You can add a tag or in this case, a soldered saying hung with ribbon. I covered the lid with fabric. I punched holes in my lid so I could use it to hold flowers. If you didn't put holes in the lid it would be great to fill with yummies as a gift. Enjoy!
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I had a little fabric left from the Dr. Seuss quilt and I thought it would be nice to make a gift bag for the quilt. I sewed the fabric together, left an opening around the top. I painted the babies name on the bag. Made a little fabric tag with a quick drawing of Dr. Seuss on it. I put ribbon around the draw-string top. Pulled it together and my gift is ready to go!
Monday, April 8, 2013
I saw a really cute pot holder shaped like a camper. I thought it would be even cuter to make a camper and jeep that looks just like mine. I drew them out on muslin fabric with a fine point sharpie, painted them with acrylic paint and sewed them up. I attached them with a little piece of metal tape. Time for a road trip!
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
I have wanted to try this project since summer. I saw it on Pintrest and thought it was so cute! This project cost maybe .60 cents. I bought the wood Utinsils at the Habitat Store for .50 cents. I had the images. I printed the text on my computer, and then decopauged it together. Really, I'm starting to feel like my blog should be Decopauge Something! I need to finish the Dr. Seuss quilt this weekend, so I guess my "Sew New" is still relevant. Have a great weekend!
Friday, April 5, 2013
Day 5 & 6 had to be combined because I have been really busy at school. Both of these crafts took less than a dollar combined. The first project is a to-do list. I combined lots of different scrap papers and envelopes in various sizes, hole punched them, made a tag out of leftover canvas and hooked it all together with rings. The bandaides I covered with fabric that had wonder-under fused onto it. Then I ironed the fabric onto the bandaides and trimmed around them. These are a big hit with kids!
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
This project costed me almost nothing but time. I was at a sale and there was a box of free wood scraps. The wood was already a pretty color and cut to a great size for signs. I took a copy of a bar sign and decoupaged it on the wood. I drilled 2 holes to hang it. Easy Breezy! You can always pick up wood scraps at the lumber yard for next to nothing. My next sign is going to say: Gone Fishing!
Monday, April 1, 2013
I picked up a stack of vintage linens at a church sale for $1.00. I stacked them up, trimmed some down and sewed them together to make a fabric book. This was super simple and I love it! I will eventually put some colored images and sayings into my new book.