Feb 3, 2011

How to make a Valentine Card Mailbox

Valentine's Day is just around the corner!   Time to start thinking about cards and mailboxes so I'll be ready for the big day at school!   Here are my favorite valentine mailboxes.   Click on the links below each box for instructions.

Alien Chews a Card - Instructions Here

Cat Chews a Card - Instructions Here

Valentine Mailbox - Instructions Here

Make your own Patchwork Scottie Dog

Click here to visit Denise Schmidt Quilts for the free Scottie Dog Pattern and Tutorial.

Free Lumberjack Hat Pattern and Tutorial

About the cutest hat I've ever seen!  I love it. 

Click here to visit Delia Creates for the free pattern and tutorial.

Preserving A Child's Artwork

Finding it difficult to throw away the hundreds of my children's and grandchildren's art paper's I've collected over the years I came up with a way to enjoy their drawings throughout my day.
First I took a photo of the art I wanted to preserve.   Then using my computer reduced them to the size I wanted and printed them in black and white on regular copy paper.

Then I transfered the drawing onto prewashed and dried, white cotton muslin simply by placing the fabric on top of the drawing and tracing it lightly with a pencil.   Holding the fabric and paper up to a window so the light shines through may be necessary if you can't see the print through the fabric.

Then I used embroidery stitches to fill in the artwork.   If you haven't done embroidery and would like to try this wonderful craft click here for a link with easy to follow embroidery instructions by video.

I used strips of colored cotton material to boarder each piece of white artwork and then sewed them all together to make a quilt top.   After machine quilting and binding - they were finished.  
Here are some photo's of the finished quilts. 

I love the children's artwork and the quilt will become even more valuable as they grow older. 

Jan 31, 2011

Easy to make- Rainbow Necklace

I love this great dress-up/ teething toy, easy to crochet

Jan 26, 2011

DIY - Studded Ballet Slippers

Spring Bed Garden DIY Project

Add a little bit of color with this handmade night light.  
Super sweet. 

Toddler Slippers - Crochet Pattern

Thanks Lisa at Good Knits

Where To Go To Learn To Make A Papier Mache Folk Art Doll

Folk Art, papier mache dolls from the 1700's and 1800's are fascinating to me.   I love the forgiveness of the process.   The paperclay as well as the painting of the doll head can be reworked, changed, redone over and over again.   If you are interested in the process of this wonderful art here is a list of resources. 

Jan 25, 2011

Big Sister Gift Idea for New Baby

Nothing's sweeter than preparing for a new little one's arrival.  Including older children in the preparation and celebration makes it extra fun!   Mama's Doodles has this simple idea that's super easy for kids.   All you need is fine grit sandpaper, crayons and a baby T-shirt.

Visit Mama's Doodles for the simple 6 step instructions.  Oh so sweet!


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