Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fallen Soldier Quilt

This came in the mail from England and now I have the daunting task of making it into a quilt.

I have to say - I'm truly honored that I have been trusted with this project.

I've been reading that I need to treat the material as though it was a neutral color .... deciding on the pattern and fabric choices was really tough.

I spent a long time looking at quilt patterns and finally decided on this pattern.


I considered so many patterns and fabrics - it was quite overwhelming to decide. I feel that this pattern will draw focus to the camouflage fabric but not to be overwhelming or heavy in design.

I'm cut and already to go. I'll let you know when it is finished. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Paper Roll Craft: Super Hero Bracelets

Our girls are quite taken with super hero's. In particular Wonder Woman and her magic bracelets.  One rainy day we decided to make Super Hero Bracelets.

I thought that this would be an easy craft to make out of toilet rolls - however I under estimated the complications of what happens to the consistency of a toilet roll when a small child applies copious amounts of wet paint. Here is what we learnt.

We cut out toilet rolls once down the back and then in half. We then stuck the join together again with blue painters tape on the inside and stuffed the tube with old newspaper. 

This may seem like a strange way of doing things - to cut and then stick back together etc - but we went through a couple of versions of this before the toilet roll pieces survived - when you paint the toilet roll it tends to collapse go floppy. This was the best process we came up with. 

 After you have cut, taped and stuffed your toilet roll you are ready to:
- paint (allow to dry)
- apply a light layer of glue and then roll in glitter (allow to dry)
- seal on the glitter by applying a layer of gluey glaze (1 part glue to 2 parts water) (allow to dry)
- add some super hero gems/sparkles

Once all your paint, glitter and glue is dry remove the newspaper and painters tape from inside and round of the corners.

Your little one will now be ready to go and fight some super villains.

What would your super hero power be?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Princess Tea Party Ideas

We had a really fun day for our baby bunny #1's 4th birthday party. The theme was a Princess Tea Party. Here are some little crafty bits we did to make the day special.

I decorated our chandelier with my tulle pom poms.


I found 100 yards of ribbon for $3.99 at The Tulle Shop. I made holes in paper plates with a hole punch and tied a big bow onto the side. 

For party favors we spent a long time painting boxes. Once they were dry we glued on gems and dipped the tops in glitter to soak up any extra glue. We filled the boxes with princess jewels and wrapped the boxes in Princess ribbon that I had found in the $1 bin at Michaels. Our labels were made from this paper punch - it is a really great paper punch for labels - not too small.


I found pink satin chair covers for $2 each. The girls were SO excited by sitting on their Princess chairs - I can see us using these covers for years to come. Not only did they look gorgeous but they washed and tumble dried really well too. The ribbon for the bows was that cheap indoor nylon ribbon you can find in huge rolls at craft stores.

Our gift bags were plain white paper bags that we glued foam crowns onto - we dotted the crowns with yet more plastic gems. 

I made center pieces for the table out of tissue paper flowers. The tissue layers of the flowers are tied together with pipe cleaners and then the pipe cleaners twirled around ribbon wands. I put ribbon around some cheap glass drink dispensers I found at Target some years back. Our birthday bunny had requested pink lemonade. My favorite lemonade recipe is delicious - though I tend to add a ton of ice to help water it down and make it less sweet. To make the lemonade pink I add pureed (and sieved) strawberries (a 16oz box) - sliced lemons and strawberries make it look all the more delicious.

The end result was really pretty. The girls - all dressed in princess clothes - danced (a lot), sang songs and went on the treasure hunt. Our tea party menu was PB&J sandwiches, fruit salad and mini cookies - topped off by an ice cream cake!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Valentine Quilt

It has taken a while but I have finally finished my Valentine Quilt which is a design from a this book by Elizabeth Hartman. I really like the book - I must go back and visit its patterns and ideas again.

I'm very pleased with the quilt. The top of the quilt has been sewn together for quite sometime (pre bunny #3) but I just hadn't got around to putting all the layers together and quilting the beast.

This quilt it pretty much all made up by fabric scraps from my scrap bin - which is now mysteriously full again - how does that happen?

I used a swirly whirly pattern during the free motion quilting. The same sort of pattern I used on the Mother's Day Cushions.

I even used up the last few strips of scrap fabric left over on the back of the quilt.

You also might remember I used some of the same left over scraps to make this quilt for baby Flora. 

Getting projects finished feels good - with the three little ones constantly underfoot and demanding my attention - finishing these kind of projects feels like a monumental achievement!