Handmade Thanksgiving Place Card Turkeys

I had some free time with the kiddos this past weekend and with the Thanksgiving holiday this week, I thought it was time to get crafty!  So Caroline and a non-participating Jack created some adorable Thanksgiving turkey place cards for our table this year.

I’m sure you’ve seen tons of samples of these on Pinterest – I found this adorable one here from this source.

Non-participating Jack was NOT down AT ALL with putting his hand in paint so that was an utter fail right out of the gate.  Caroline however was a bit of a better sport and I was able to convince her to do all the hand print feathers.

But even Caroline cried “fowl” when I asked if we could paint with her foot.

No way.

So we called an audible and painted the turkey bodies with the side of her hand for more of a “profile” turkey look. 

Once the painted hands were dry, we cut them out and glued them to the back of the body with a glue stick.  I cut out beaks and feet to attach as well. Then I created a stand for the place cards by cutting strips of card stock about 3″ wide.  I folded the paper into quarters and glued two of the sides together to create a triangular stand.  Then I glued a stand to the back of each turkey.  Caroline wrote out each person’s name in festive Thanksgiving colors and we attached that as well as a goggler (whoops!  How did we forget that before!).  Done!

Now we’re all ready to be festive!  Happy Thanksgiving!

–Martta

Oreo Owl Cupcakes

I Pinned it, and made it! Yes, I love Pinterest, and have thousands of Pins, but how many have I actually made? Maybe 20-ish. The teeniest drop in the bucket, when compared to how many Pins I’ve saved! I don’t think I’m alone in this either. So no judging, just do it!

My Mom actually emailed me this Pin, but of course I had seen it all over Pinterest… cutest cupcakes!! And because I am not so talented in the confectionary creation department, I go for the easy decorations. Frosted cupcakes, Oreos, and Reese’s Pieces? Easy.

Here is the Pin I saw…

Here is the original post from One Charming Party…

http://onecharmingparty.com/2010/10/21/halloween-school-party-food-station/

And here is my version… boxed cake mix, with homemade frosting… Yum!

Of course my kids had free license when it came to decorating, but I did strongly encourage they have normal owl eyes this first round. My son added yellow cheeks and a brown piece of hair, and my daughter went with two tufts of blonde hair for her sweet owl. Mine, of course is the boring one on top. 🙂

I used this recipe for the frosting, but made a couple of small changes. A whole stick of butter instead of the 6 Tbsp, and heavy cream instead of sweetened condensed milk. I recommend doubling the recipe if you want to cover a whole batch of cupcakes.

Here are a couple more pics, just for fun…

Make these with your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, or just neighbors and friends! They are so easy, and just plain fun!

Happy Fall Y’All, as they say here in the South. 🙂

-Heather

Easter Bunny Paper Candy Pouches

It’s time to fill up those Easter Egg string baskets I made for the kiddos last year.  Since I’m sure they will be covered in the chocolate bunny category, I wanted to give them another bunny filled with jelly beans.  And the Easter bunny paper candy pouch idea was born.  

I saw the concept of sewn candy pouches around Christmas time through a pin from Peppermint Plum.  See, how cute at these?  

But I wanted to make it Easter special.  So I found an image of a bunny I liked and cut out two bunnies.  It’s best to do cut both at once so all the edges match up. 

Then stitch up those bunnies. 

I left a generous opening in the fluffy tail region so I could stuff the pouch with jelly beans. 

Make sure to work them into the ears and feet.  Then just stitch closed. 

I went with a light green thread to coordinate with Jack’s light green basket, but it does draw attention to the stitching!  So OCD folks, beware.

I needed a final touch to top off my bunny and decided a little pom pom yarn tail was just the ticket.  I used the fork technique to create my pom poms.  You can find a good example of this technique here

Just a little dab of hot glue to stick the tail and I was done!  Love my adorable bunny and I’ve enjoyed eating the extra jelly beans that I just couldn’t fit in the bunny…..

–Martta

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Kindle Fire Case – Lined Pouch

I’m on a “I pinned it, I made it” roll here folks.  My latest project is a Kindle case for my Mom.  

When I saw this adorable bunting zipper pouch on Pinterest made by Suzanne at Just Another Hangup, I knew I had to make one.  

But I already had a case for my Kindle….what I needed was someone who didn’t have a case for their Kindle.

Thank goodness my Mom did me a solid by not only receiving the new Kindle Fire for Christmas, but also by being too lazy to get a new case for it by the time her birthday rolled around.  Woot!  I’ll take advantage of that!

But you know, of course, I didn’t want to exactly duplicate the bunting case (although it is totally adorable).  I decided to go with a kite theme instead.

I rounded up the scraps from the reversible shopper I made for Mom – she just loves batiks – and I picked up a 1/3 of a yard of linen and a matching 12″ zipper.  I also pulled some medium weight interfacing and batting from my stash.

In all honesty I actually made this little pouch twice – I’m a chronic under-sizer when it comes to making sleeves for electronics.  Especially when I don’t have one in hand to test with (Hint, Hint ;)) …..Anyway, the first attempt was adorable!  And perfectly petite!  It *just* fit the Kindle Fire.  But it had to be persuaded to do so…..that’s no good!  I wanted to throw it into the pile of other not-quite-right sewing projects, but it’s cute as a pouch all the same so my Mother is enjoying it as a mini-purse

So here I am back at the drawing board with a few modifications to that original pass for this second round.  The first thing you’ll need to do is cut your pieces.  I’ve gone with 9″x7″ cut size on this pouch because that will be plenty big when you’re finished!  You’ll need to cut:

  • 2 Exterior pieces
  • 2 Interior pieces
  • 2 Batting pieces
  • 2 Interfacing pieces (optional)

The interfacing is optional, but my linen is so flimsy, I wanted to add body and hopefully prevent a few future wrinkles.

I wanted to jazz up the interior and really work with the kite theme so I didn’t just cut a rectangle for the interior pieces.  I actually pieced a kite shape together from my remnants.  But being lazy, I didn’t want to measure and cut all the pieces.  So I laid it out and played with it a bit before hand using one of my exterior pieces as a guide.  As long as you’ve got a square (or mostly) corner piece this lazy method should work for you.

I started with the top and once I had that in place, I added the bottom pieces.    

You can play with the angle until it looks kite-like enough for you.  Then sew all the pieces together and press the seams

I used one of the exterior fabric pieces as a guide to cut out my interior piece. 

Using this same method I made a little mini kite to attach to the outside of one of the exteriors.  My only recommendation here is to trim back the seam allowance on the points of the kite so they don’t accidentally sneak out when you’ve attached it to the pouch. 

Now on to the batting.  I didn’t want to get too fancy with the quilting here so I just stitched along the seams and added a border all around to attach the batting to the interior pieces. 

Ok is almost time to assemble, but I need to decorate that exterior fabric first.  Here’s the hard part – you’ve got to pick your kite placement.  There’s really no wrong choice here.  So I picked a spot and pinned the kite in place.  I did some freehand sewing to come up with a kite string – retracing the path a few times to match the style of the pennant pouch.Then, I covered the end of the string with the kite and stitched it into place as well.  Finally, I folded up a few scraps of fabric and cut out triangles to use as kite tales, quickly attaching them on the string. 

Now it’s on to assembly!  There is a wonderful blog post over on Flossie Tea Cakes that explains how to assemble a lined pouch and I’ve used this method for my pouch.  It’s a little difficult to make sure you’re stitching the zipper straight as it is sandwiched between two pieces of fabric, but all your ragged ends get tucked inside away from potential catches on zipper teeth.

It’s looking great now!  Just needs a finishing touch.  I don’t have a nice matching navy ribbon so I grabbed one more remnant of batik and stitched two narrow rectangles. I cut out the rectangles and threaded it through the zipper to act as a perfectly coordinating zipper tie.  Excellent!  I hope this one fits – I’ll have to ask Mom to send me a picture when she gets the new pouch.

–Martta

Frilly Apron

Chalk up another one to the “I pinned it, I made it” board!  I have been obsessing over this apron on Pinterest forever:

I think I’ve pinned it to my sewing board at least three times.

I went into Jo-Ann’s this weekend to pick up a zipper…..I’m not exactly certain how I found myself at the cutting table with ten bolts of fabric.

Sometimes these things just happen.

What really set the whole ball rolling down the hill was the Japanese inspired Koto fabric.  I just knew I had to have it.  And the frilly apron was the first project that came to mind.  So I pulled in four coordinating fabrics and set off all excited to get started on my project.

My first problem was that this pattern is from Australia so all the measurements are in centimeters.  I had to do some fast, fun math in the Jo-Anns to get the fabric cut.

Now, as everyone knows, Jo-Ann’s is the Bermuda Triangle of math.

It is simply impossible to do math in there.  I don’t care how smart you or your iPhone is –  math just doesn’t work there.  I think it’s because they operation in fractions.  In reality, no one remembers fractions from the fourth grade.

No.  One.

Don’t be such a liar, I’m talking to you too.  You know you can’t do fraction math either….especially when you’re converting from the metric system.

So here are my best guesses on the fabric required for this project:

  • Fabric 1 (Koto Print): 3/4 Yard
  • Fabric 2 (Orange Scrolls): 7/8 Yard
  • Fabric 3 (Green Doily Flower): 1/3 Yard
  • Fabric 4 (Pink Lace): 1/3 Yard
  • Fabric 5 (Chinoiserie Floral Medallions): 1/3 Yard

Note: I actually did pretty good, but I probably could have gotten away with 1/4 yard for fabrics 3 and 4.

On to home to print the instructions and do a little bit of quiet time thinking.  

I had to do a bit of conversion and make a few cutting pattern drawings.  I did make some minor adjustments to the pattern.  First off, I increased the size of the bib.  The size the pattern called for was way too small.  Just like those adorable Williams Sonoma aprons that cover only one boob.  You might as well only have on a skirt apron.  (or worse, you end up with all these oil spots on one half of your shirt one a nice clean shirt on the other side.  It’s really hard for your dinner guests not to point and laugh).  I wanted two boob coverage.  Second, I like to wrap ties around my waist and knot them in the front.  So I increased the tie length by about 15″.  Third, I decreased the length of the strap by about 6″ because, again, I want the apron to sit up higher.

Here’s what I came up with for cutting instructions:

From Fabric 1 Cut:

  • Cut two trapezoid bibs.  Top length 10.5″ and bottom length 17.5″, 11″ tall.
  • Cut one strap 22.5″ by 2.5″
  • Cut one frill 6″ by 44″

From Fabric 2 Cut:

  • Cut one apron skirt 25.5″ by 10″
  • Cut one waist 25.5″ by 5″
  • Cut one frill 6″ by 44″
  • Cut two ties 4.75″ by 44″

From Fabric 3 and 4 Cut:

  • Cut one frill 6″ by 44″

From Fabric 5 Cut:

  • Cut one frill 9.5″ by 44″

OK, simple so far right?  Let’s cut it all out: 

And on to assembly!  I used 1/4″ seams for this project.  The first step is to make the frills.  They recommend serging or zigzagging the tops of all frills and I agree (you know, after I finished the project).  I also think a rolled hem would be best on the apron skirt and frills.

Step two has you marking lines for frills – I marked mine at 3.25″ from the top and 6.5″ from the top.  Then you move on to attaching fabric 2 and fabric 5.  It took me a few read throughs to get this right so I’ll just show you a few pictures which will really make the instructions clear.  First pin fabric 2 to the skirt bottom with right sides together.  Sandwich over the fabric 5 frill and sew.

Flip both frills down and press. Oh and apologies about the lighting here.  I’m still trying to figure out all the settings on my new camera and white balancing orange under lights is practically impossible.

On to more frills!

Now attach frills 3 and 4 on your markings.  I did attach my frills differently than they recommended – I pinned right sides together lining up the raw edge along the marking.  Then sewed and flipped down.  (Oh except for the top frill which I lined up raw edges to raw edges).

‘Cause that’s how I like it.

With all the frills attached, it looks fab. 

And, hey!  You’re already on step 7 of 10.

And here comes another confusing part – the waistband.  I pressed in one long side of the waistband 1/4″ and sewed the other long side to the top of the skirt. Seems straightforward enough so I’m moving on.  I quickly sewed the ties and turned them.  Don’t forget to back stitch at the turning opening so you won’t rip out too many stitches in the process.

I pinned the ties to the front of the waistband. 

Then you fold the waistband over, sandwiching the ties inside the waistband.  Stitch along the raw edges and turn the waistband.

Press and the ties are complete.

And now we’re on step 10.  Excellent, do the easy part first and make the bib with strap. I finished it off with a bit of top stitching myself.

Now I’m supposed to “Neaten lower edges of the bib”  Hmmm.  OK, let’s just say I’ve done that.  I cannot for the life of my figure out what they are trying to tell me to do next.  But somehow you’re supposed to attach the bib to the waistband so that’s what I’ve done.

I decided to match the centers and raw edges of the bib and waistband and sew.

I pressed the raw edges under and folded the waistband in half.  Then I pinned the waistband with bib to the apron skirt. I top stitched all the way around the ties and waistband, catching the bib and turned under raw edges of the waistband.  Got it?  Here’s what the back looked like when I was done.  And here’s what it looks like from the front.   Pretty dang cute if I do say so myself!  I don’t have a dress form, but I sport it pretty well. 

Now, how close is that to the original?!  I love it.  I’ve already made it messy by wearing it while I made dinner.

–Martta

UPDATE: I love this apron so much I just had to make a mini version – check it out here: Mini Frilly Apron

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60th Wedding Anniversary Photo Collage

More from the adventures of Crafty Kelly – this time she takes on Martha Stewart!

In July 2011, my maternal Grandparents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. A feat very few accomplish. To celebrate, my family held a party in their honor in my hometown of Milton, Florida. Family came in from as far away as Washington for this big event and we were excited to have many local friends attend. It was wonderful to hear stories of my grandparents (and even a few of me as a child!).

We held the celebration in a local community center and I wanted to do something that was memorable and could serve as a conversation piece. I was flipping through my Martha Stewart magazine one day and saw inspiration similar to this (the particular one was a Giant 50 made with black and white photos): 

If you remember from my Pizza Bites post, I’m not that crafty but in my head this seemed like an easy project.

Remember these words.

So, I reached out to my aunts, uncles, cousins and Facebook to gather the pictures I needed. I ended up receiving way more pictures than I needed, but I used the extras to create an updated family scrapbook for my grandparents via Snapfish 🙂

The pictures I chose for this giant 60 were ones that had multiple people in them (ideally siblings, cousins, families). I wanted to express how much of an impact two people made when they fell in love in high school. Once I chose my pictures, I went through the task of scanning each photo, cropping and converting to black and white. Then I printed the pictures at a local retail store.

I live in Virginia and was flying down for approximately 36 hours to attend this celebration, so I carried the pictures in my bag. I arrived in Florida on Saturday, late nonetheless, on a humid, rainy afternoon (the party was on Sunday). In my mind I didn’t think this giant 60 would take long to put together. That evening, my aunt suggested we work on assembling it as a “Cousin Bonding Event.”

This might be a good place to mention that I am super Type A.

We gathered in the dining room and started to put this together. Unfortunately, a small dining room table and about 15 adults made this blog writer very cranky, very fast. I imagined putting this together kind of free hand, taping the photos to one another and placing on the wall at the community center. However it wasn’t quite working out and difficult to envision on the dark wood table (this was more of an issue when we went to do the 6). Plus there were lots of opinions flying around in regards to the best way to do this and transport it to the community center. Here is a photo of the progress at this point: 

Soon, someone mentioned placing these photos on poster board. I will admit that I wasn’t thrilled with this idea but after two hours and little progress I was up for anything.

So I headed out to the local grocery store to pick up some poster board and adhesive strips. When I got back to the house, we laid the photos out on the poster board and it worked a lot better. The poster board also made it easier to transport the giant 60.

If we had access to the community center sooner, I think we could have just taped the photos directly on the wall without the need for the poster board, but in light of the circumstances, this was a better decision. We were able to knock the 0 out fairly quickly that night (there were also 13 less voices) 🙂 The next morning I woke up super early and knocked out the 6 with my mom before too many people arrived.

I would estimate that I needed approximately 130 photos for this size project. 

Unfortunately my entire time there, it did nothing but rain. So, we used trash bags to transport the giant 60 to the community center. Fortunately this worked and it stay dried. I immediately went to hang this on the wall and after using the super adhesive strips, we were able to get this to hang without falling. Here is the finished product. 

Fortunately people were able to discern that this said 60 and not “Go” and it turned out to be a great conversation piece. I was pretty proud of myself. The bonus of this whole project was that I was able to get a lot of pictures of my family members that I did not have – even some of me and my parents and brother! 

I hope you can try this out at your next event – anniversary or even a birthday! I think it would be great for a kids birthday to see how they have grown. 🙂

–Kelly

I Pinned It and Made It

It seems like everyone is obsessed with Pinterest nowadays! I must admit, the bug has bitten me too.  It has become the number two hole that I throw time into after Facebook.

After months of pinning I found myself in the same spot so many pinners do, tons of ideas and nothing to show for it!  I needed to transition myself from this motto:Into something a little more reasonable like: 

So I vowed to actually start working on all those great ideas that I’ve collected on all my boards.  As an inspiration, I’ve created a new board on Pinterest.

Yes, I realize that sounds ironic.

But it’s not!

Because this is the board of things I’ve pinned and made.  Oh yeah.  I am actually making my pins happen.

Here is my most recent addition:

I saw this personalized state pillow by Red Envelope and thought it looked really cool. But yowzer!  Check out that price tag!  And the wall art version starts at $79.95.  But I thought I could make a knock off so I pinned it.

And here it is ladies and gents: my very own personalized state wall hanging that I made for my sister-in-law for Christmas.

A little bit of quality time with Photoshop, a frame from Target and I’ve got myself an awesome knockoff for less than $15!  Best of all, I pinned it and made it!  Check out all of the other fun things that I’ve made and the pins that inspired me on my I Pinned it and Made it board on Pinterest.

–Martta