Posts Tagged ‘craft’

Gangsta Ode to Craft

January 19, 2011

I’m not sure what little kid didn’t play with boxes when they were little. I can remember occasions when my nieces and nephews would toss the toy aside to play with a box, building school buses or airplanes, playing house…even in this age of technology. So if you’ve ever painted on a box, cut holes in a box, stacked boxes or sat in an empty refrigerator box, you’ll enjoy this gangsta ode to crafts.

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A few of my favorite things

July 15, 2010

I haven’t been blogging much lately but I assure you I have been busy crafting. I’m not going to apologize again for not turning it all into paragraphs and pictures straight away but I can promise there is plenty to be shared. In the mean time I am unapologetically enjoying that I have work to do, sun to bask in, and new crafting adventures to indulge.

While I do all this, I thought I’d share some work by Ken Baily. Someday he will line my kitchen walls with two of my favorite things…dogs and food.

I love my westies 🙂

Jasons Got A Brand New Bag

June 18, 2010

Recently my friend, and talented Graphic Designer, Jason enlisted my help stitching together a pattern he had come up with for a laptop back. He’s pretty creative and while he doesn’t sew that much, this was the fifth evolution of the laptop bag he’s created since headed off to college.

He’s just graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology by the way and is leaving New York for his new job and exciting new life in San Francisco. Yay for Jason!

Every time he constructs the bag he incorporates lessons learned from his last creation. I think this fifth round bag will last him a while. To see the history of bag designs check out his blog here.

Jasons Got a Brand New Bag

Jasons Got a Brand New Bag

The bag has two front pockets with a handy little flap over it to keep things from falling out. Inside there are two compartments for laptop and books. On the side there is a pocket for pens. One major change to this bag was running the loops and D-rings for the strap through the interior of the bottom of the bag. That adds a lot of support and I think he’ll be able to stuff this bag and not worry about weight.

I made a minor change in the pattern to give him some sharp clean corners and sturdy pockets, but for someone that doesn’t sew he came to me with a very well thought out plan.

Jason is also a talented screen printer and plans to embellish the bag with an original design. I’ll let you all know when he does.

Good luck in San Francisco Jason! And thanks for including me in on the project!

New Coloring Books!

March 31, 2010
Lions and Tigers Custom Coloring Book by Megnificent Made

Lions and Tigers Custom Coloring Book by Megnificent Made

I’ve sewn up a few new custom coloring book designs for the Megnificent Made store! In addition to this new animal print book, you can find whales, apples and pears in fun spring and summer colors.

Megnificent Made takes your photographs and turns them into coloring books. Then, they get packaged in these cute fabric folders that hold a set of crayons! They’re great for travel, keeping kids busy, and make great keepsakes.

Speaking of great keepsakes, now is the time of year many people are looking for unique ones. It’s Graduation time! Everyone loves a little coloring, no matter what age. Why not put together some memories for your graduate’s big day? It’s a unique twist on a scrapbook or photo board. Let friends add their mark on your memories at your graduation party!

Learning to Knit

March 26, 2010

Yesterday I arrived far to early to an eye doctor appointment, and it just so happened to be next door to a JoAnn Fabric’s craft store. I ended up picking up a pair of knitting needles and a little $2 booklet on knitting for beginners.

I was lucky enough to have a grandmother and a mother that taught me to crochet when I was little and I managed to get about half way through an afghan that ended up a garbage bag full of squares in the closet. I need much more instant gratification than that.

Despite my failure to keep up with crochet, I had always wanted to learn to knit. I think I like that the needles click, and that the work always seemed very light and flexible when it was done. I know crochet can be too, but mine never was.

Since yesterday I have made about 6 very crooked little bookmarks. They’re ugly and the stitches are terrible but I have discovered what I have always wanted to know….how on earth fabric is created by banging two sticks together.

Now that I know it I am not so sure what to do with it. I looked up beginner projects and came up with a list of pot holders, dish rags and scarves. None of which am I willing to put in massive effort for.

I think my foray into knitting will end here. I honestly cannot think of anything fun that needs to be knitted by a beginner for summer. Can you?

In the mean time, here is something knitted that I cannot make but Vegangurl can.

Fruit Cozy Set by Vegangurl

Fruit Cozy Set by Vegangurl

I don’t know why you would need these but I like that the fruit is dressed up. I guess it would keep an apple clean, but isn’t that what the banana peel is for? Is a banana not already cozy? Someday, I could knit something this interesting.

St. Patrick’s Day Party

March 22, 2010

St. Pat's Day party

The St. Patrick’s Day Party was on saturday and everything went off great! As usual, we have heaps of left over food but everyone really enjoyed themselves. The crowd was suprisingly shy about the games but once people got goin it was a lot of fun. For St. Patrick’s Day party ideas check out these posts…

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Ideas

Shamrock Candy Pots

How-To Party Puffs

St. Patrick’s Day Menu Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day Beer Mug Flowers

DIY Party Lights

How-To Paper Garland

How-To Rainbow Cupcakes

How To (Shamrock Candy Pot)

March 12, 2010

One of many in a string of St. Patrick’s Day Party posts! This post will show you how to put to use the paper flowers I taught you how to make in my video tutorial. For St. Patrick’s day I changed the shape to a shamrock…but it’s the same idea.

St. Patricks Day Planning

You can do this the easy way and just cover a box with pretty wrapping paper, but I wanted mine to hold candy. Cut four 6×6 squares of foam core and wrap them in pretty wrapping paper. I got this roll from Party City for 99 cents.

Glue all of the edges of these pieces together to make a cube. On the inside, to make it a bit stronger, use the hot glue like caulk on all of the joints.

St. Patricks Day Planning

Set the cube down on top of some foam core and trace the cube on the inside to cut a shape that will fit inside the cube. Cut it out and wrap it with the wrapping paper.

Push this last piece down inside the cube about an inch from the top. From the bottom inside again use the hot glue like a caulking gun to secure it in place.

While holding that inside platform from the bottom, poke a hole in the top to insert the stem of your flower. Secure it with hot glue around the stem.

Fill it with candy!

St. Patricks Day Planning

Decorate the box with ribbons or cut outs. I filled mine with skittles to match my rainbow cupcakes. I had looked into green M&M’s but they’re so expensive! Try dying jordan almonds in a bag with food coloring, or selecting Jelly Belly Jelly beans in the bulk candy section is even a little more cost effective.

How To (Party Poofs)

March 11, 2010

Here is a super easy party decoration that can also be used in beautiful baby room decor.

All you’ll need is:

  • 8 sheets of tissue paper
  • scissors
  • pipe cleaner or wire

To start, accordian fold your stack of 8 sheets of tissue paper together. Around the center of the stack of folded paper twist the pipe cleaner or wire.
St. Patricks Day Planning

Cut the ends of the stack to either a rounded end or a point.

St. Patricks Day Planning

Start to pull out individual sheets of the tissue paper towards the center fluffing them out.

St. Patricks Day Planning

Fluff and round the ball as you go. I hung mine with thread from the metal twist in the center of the ball.

St. Patricks Day Planning

Ta Da! Check out all of the St. Patrick’s Day party ideas in my “How-To” section. Menu ideas, decorations and drinks!

How To (Party Lights)

March 10, 2010

Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to turn your pendant lighting into party lighting!

St. Pats Day Decorations

We have a big St. Pat’s Day party coming up and I’ve taken charge of the decorating. These fun cellophane ruffles fit over your pendant lighting and can be reused again next year!

For this you will need some ribbon, a piece of plain paper, and a roll of cellophane wrapping paper. You can buy this clear paper in fun colors at the dollar store (thats where I got mine in gold and green). It is, I think, the same kind of stuff you would use to wrap a gift basket. It comes on a roll the same size as wrapping paper.

Cut a piece that fits your pendant light leaving some extra space to hang past the bottom rim of the light, and  add a few inches to the top so that it can be folded over and create a clean edge at the top. I would say an extra 3 or 4 inches.

Also cut a piece of plain white paper that is the circumfrance as the top of the pendant light plus an inch or so to overlap. I doubled this paper up for strength.

At the sewing machine, fold over the top of your green cellophane lengthwise. Put this piece, fold side down, on top of your white paper strip. Start sewing down the lenght of the white paper strip stopping every few stitches with the needle down in the paper and the foot up to fold the green cellophane back on itself. This will create lots of little pleats. My pleats were each about a half inch in width. Space them out so that your green cellophane ends at the end of the white paper.

St. Pats Day Decorations

It will look like this from behind when you remove it from the machine. Next you’ll need to cut a piece of your accent color, in this case gold, that will hang out below the green and fluff up above it. This time at the machine the green cellophane will be face down and you will lay the accent cellophane over the top of it. Sew it the same way stopping every few stitches to fold it back on itself and finishing it off at the end of the white paper.

St. Pats Day Decorations

To apply it to your pendant light, put a roll of tape on one end and over lap that end over the other while it is on your pendant. I added a white ribbon to cover up the stitch and thats it!

They look so pretty all lit up and cast a lovely green glow. The best part is they are sturdy enough for a second use!

Keep looking back for more ideas for your St.Pat’s day party including menu ideas, drink ideas, and a few more decorations!

How To (Paper Garland)

March 9, 2010

This is a really easy party decoration that you can pull off with what you have at home. You can use plain paper you have around the house, print out some beautiful patterns, or buy some sparkly patterned paper from the craft store.

Depending on how you would like the finished product to look, glue two pieces of paper together so you have pattern on both sides. Use a festive hole punch to pop out large shapes or just cut circles, squares, diamonds…whatever you like! I was hoping to find a shamrock but instead I found this 1.5 inch flower. Close enough!

St. Pats Day Decorations

While you’re at it, cut out a few sheets of extra punches to use as confetti!

Pull some extra thread out of your machine so you have enough left over thread to tie up your garland. Stack two flowers together and sew down the center. Back stitch at either end of the flower.

Lift the foot and pull the flower out the back of the machine a bit so you leave a space before you add the next pair of flowers. Continue this until your garland is long enough.

St. Pats Day Decorations

Clip the garland from the machine. Take one of the flower pairs and fold each flower in half away from the other. It will make an “X” shape if you look at it from the end.

St. Pats Day Decorations

Fold all of your flowers in half…and you’re done! I made six strands to hang from the chandelier in the dining room.

St. Pats Day Decorations

Up next I’ll show you some fun cellophane lamp covers in green, green party poofs, and potted paper shamrocks with green M&M’s.