Saturday, January 19, 2013

{Post 1,112} Valentine Picture

I love knowing how to do all kinds of new things, but I hate the learning process, when it's just work, Work, WORK!!  

With that riveting, revealing, and brilliant introduction, I present to you my very own Valentine scripture verse canvas:

I made it on Photoshop all.  by.  myself.  Then I was able to perform the miracle of getting it into a file that I could take to the photography center at Walmart and have it printed into an 11 x 14 poster.  Then I Mod Podged it onto a canvas.  Voila!  I need to go ahead and make my next idea verse into a sign before I ferget how ta do it...again!

{Post 1,111} Spring Mantle Finished

It is no exception that everything I do takes way longer than I think it will.  This simple scene took so long to get together.

Here is the finished product:

My new friend, Kath, asked for more info on making the wreath.  Here are abbreviated directions.  A styrofoam wreath form, fabrics cut with pinking shears (I used a pinking blade on my rotary cutter) into 2-1/2" squares, a metal knitting needle to push the squares into the wreath about 1/2" apart after applying a dab of hot glue at the point.  I made a row along where the "flat" of the wreath would be, leaving the back uncovered then filled in rows up to the top.  I put the right side of the fabric towards the center (although I picked a fabric that would look good from both sides on purpose).  I pinned the ribbon into the back when I was ready to hang it.

Here are a few pictures of the wreath in progress:

I like the wreath because it looks so fluffy, like cherry blossoms or a hydrangea blossom or something like that.

Here are some shutter/window pictures.  I got all of them at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore in town.  A dollar per piece.  I broke the single-pane glass out of the window, sanded it just a tad, removed the weather stripping, and painted it with several coats.  Then I asked my DH to add a horizontal piece to give the wreath more stability after it was hung.  The shutters took 3 coats of paint.  I'll likely do another one later.  I just put a tiny nail in the back of the window frame to hang the wreath from the back.  Some in process pictures.  Notice the brown shutters lying on the shelf behind the window frame (under the whisk broom--nice, I know!).

Friday, January 18, 2013

{Post 1,110} Valentine Wreath

Here is a little craft I started tonight.  It's a heart-shaped styrofoam wreath that I'm gluing squares of pinked fabric into.

So far:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

{Post 1,109} Are Those Quilt Blocks?

What do you know?  Quilt blocks on my hairdo blog!!

Here are some paper pieced blocks I worked on this AM.  I am going to make them when my scrap box gets too full.  Since it's a plastic spinach box, that happens rather quickly.    These are 4" square unfinished.  I'm taking them in my to-go bag for de-papering in my free time tonight before church.

No real solid plans for them yet other than to make a bunch!

Spent the first part of the sewing time piecing a back for my grandson's first quilt from me.  Head on over to my secret blog to see it.  If you don't have the URL, email me, and I'll get it to you.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

{Post 1,108} Knot Braid

It's another hairdo.  This one was my very own idea.  How about that?  I was lying down on my bed reading with my feet up in the air (having problems with my feet swelling a LOT).  I started combing my hair with just my fingers.  I wondered if I could tie my hair in knots down the back to keep it out of the way?  Here's the result of my experiment.  Keep in mind that I did not comb it thoroughly first, so this is very rough.  Still, it's another twist on hairdos.

I divided it into a top section, then divided the section in half, doing a simple right over left tie, then added the next section down and repeated the tie motion, and so on until I ran out of hair.