Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cinnamon Ornaments...

I'm sorry for the lack of posts lately. My computer was infected with a nasty virus that froze up everything. All of my husband's files were ruined, but luckily, mine were saved (whew!). You never realize how important all the files you have are until they are gone!! My husband has been working hard at restoring our programs and trying to get our computer back to normal.

Anyways, let's get on with a cute project that smells oh, so good! My kids and I made some of these cinnamon ornaments for our tree last year, and we all agreed that this would become a new tradition. They are easy peasy to make, and they make your house smell yummy!!

To make these, you'll need:

1 cup cinnamon
1 Tbsp. cloves
1 Tbsp. nutmeg
3/4 cup applesauce
2 Tbsp. white glue

Mix everything together and roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters and let dry at room temperature for several days, turning often. You can also dry these in the oven set at about 200 degrees for several hours. (Don't forget to poke a hole in the top portion if you're going to hang these from your tree!).

Monday, November 16, 2009

Revamped T-Shirt...

I have a love/hate relationship with t-shirts. I love them because they are big and roomy....and I hate them for the same reason. I'm on the shorter side (5'2" on a good day), so most of the time a t-shirt ends up drowning me.

I've been wanting to try my hand at 'repurposing' for quite some time now, but always get intimidated when I see all the fabulous things you crafty ladies make. I loved this ruffle shirt tutorial from homemade by jill from the moment I laid eyes on it....but didn't think a beginner sewer like myself could make it.

Then a thought hit. Could I possibly make a cute ruffled shirt out of one of my big, roomy t-shirts? Hummmmm...there was only one way to find out!!

I grabbed 2 t-shirts (I practiced first with one of my husbands, just in case I totally messed it up!) and got to work. Here's a picture of my t-shirt before I started cutting.

I used homemade by jill's tutorial as a guide and found one of my old, dirty, oh so comfortable shirts to use as my 'pattern'. Yeah...the red shirt is pretty yucky! It's one of my 'work shirts' now, but I love how it fits, thus the reason for using it. **The picture doesn't show this step, but I did fold in the sleeves of the red shirt before I started cutting.

Here's my t-shirt with all the cuts. I guess there's no going back now.... **I used the sleeves on my red shirt as a guide for cutting the green sleeves (I know...I didn't take a picture to show them cut afterwards). And I used the bottom of the shirt for the ruffle around the collar. It turned out to be the perfect length.

And here's the finished product. I absolutely love it!! The ruffle neckline is adorable...and comfortable!

The white one was my 'practice run' using my husband's t-shirt (shhhhhh...don't tell!).

These aren't the greatest pictures....but I wanted to show you how it looks on me. Just ignore the crazy lady in the photos and focus on the t-shirt! This is to show a close up of the ruffle neckline.
And the top half of my 'revamped' t-shirt....

I sort of look scared in this one...I recruited my 8 year old to take these....she doesn't know yet to count to 3 before snapping the picture. We'll work on that!
What a fun project! My husband is worried that I might really go crazy and revamp all of his t-shirts to fit me now. Maybe I will......a girl can never have too many, can she?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Stamped Tea Light Gift Set...

As I was doing my daily 'rounds' today, I saw this cute idea on Inking Idaho. Everything else I had planned for the day went on the back burner.... I just had to try it!

My new motto is: "Use what you have". I don't have any green or red stamp pads, so I used some of my daughter's markers for those colors. And my 'heating tool' was my blow dryer....

Sorry about the blurry picture....I really need a new camera (hint, hint, Santa!).

This was a fun project with an adorable result! And I love that they could be made and personalized for any holiday or occasion (birthday, wedding, baby shower, party favor, etc.).

I've got tons of tea lights that were just sitting in a cupboard....can't wait to make more of these!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Christmas Gift Idea: CD Holder

Last year some of our friends gave us a CD filled with their favorite Christmas music, and it was in an adorable handmade CD holder. It was one of my most favorite gifts! I loved it so much that I decided to copy that idea for friends and family this year. So if you get this gift from us this Christmas, act surprised!!


Here's how I made the CD holder:
Cut paper to 5" x 11" and 2 7/8" x 11"



Score both pieces at 3" and 8".



Fold at the score lines like this.


Fold the smaller paper around the bigger one. Glue or put adhesive on one side and fold closed.

Put glue or adhesive on the edges (where the two arrows are) of the bigger piece and fold up.

All done! Now it's ready to decorate however you want!


Here's the finished product...

And a view of the back...

I added a velcro dot to keep it closed....so cute! These come together really fast! It's going to be hard to wait until Christmas to give them out!

I hope to share more of my 'handmade' gift ideas in the coming weeks. I don't want to spoil the surprise for those who will be getting them.....I guess I just won't say who's getting what!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What I've Been Up To....

Hello Everyone! I am so happy to be back! I almost hugged the 'internet man' when he got it all hooked up for me today....but I held back because I didn't want to scare him!!

Since I didn't have the internet for a whole month, and since my craft supplies were boxed up for most of the month, I had to find other things to do to keep busy.

So I learned to make wheat bread....

....and white bread. I've found that making bread is an art. And I'm not quite a 'bread artist' as of yet. My bread always tastes good, but it doesn't always look pretty. I'm now working on learning to form the loaves better. Any advice would be welcomed!

I also learned to make and bottle applesauce. Just between you and me...I am not a big fan of applesauce. I don't mind baking with it, but I HATE eating it! My husband and kids, on the other hand, LOVE it. So I made these for them. I hope they taste okay....I couldn't bring myself to taste it before bottling it.

I stole this idea from my sister-in-law. She has a table at the top of her stairs that she uses to display her holiday decorations. I modified it to work for my house and used the top of a bookcase for mine.
The framed picture was my first 'project' after unpacking all my craft supplies. I made several of the 'kids' and used them for these.....

Since we live near my husband's parents, sister, and Grandparents, I decided to make them some Halloween treats. And if you know me, you know I can't make treats without having something cute to put them in! They each got a cute box filled with my yummy sugar cookies!!

I can't wait to catch up on what everyone has been up to this past month!! And I can't wait to share more of what I've been doing! Thanks again for being patient with me during our move!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Back to Posting Soon!

This is Misty's favorite sister posting. :)

Misty wanted me to let you all know that she's getting her internet hooked up on Wednesday November 4th and should be back to the world of blogging then. She has missed posting and can't wait to show everyone what she has been up to this past month. She thanks you all for being patient as they have made the move.

~Melinda

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