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Monday, April 25, 2011

Love Rocks!

After I found the perfect river rocks I used Mod Podge to adhere fabric hearts to  one side.   Do this first, as it only takes about 20 min for the Mod Podge to dry.  I love how the Mod Podge product looks like it did 30 years ago!

Some of the fabric hearts. 

Then I stamped clever sayings on the back side of the rock.  I used Versa Ink as it is a higher quality ink and lasts longer then other inks.  It does take quite a while to dry, so don't touch it for at least 24 hrs.  Don't Mod Podge the stamped side.

The finished Love Rocks! 

This is a great project for kids, and adults alike!  Give it a try, and when you do, add a link to your post in comments,  I'd love to see your Love Rocks!  :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Rock gathering is better than working.

My husband and I both had today off as it is Good Friday.  So we went down to the river with our yellow lab Roofus to collect rocks.  I LOVE river rocks, and of course have a craft in mind for them!

Roofus usually enjoys having his photo taken, but today he was a little preoccupied! 

Beautiful!

Not so beautiful!

My handsome husband.

This looks like a good one!  Oh, so does the one beside it!  I think I missed that one!  Oh well, I guess we'll have to go again.  I'll be posting my rock craft soon!

Pysanky


Pysanky is the Ukrainian art of Easter egg decorating.  You start with the lightest color, usually white, and everything that you want to remain white, you cover with hot wax, using the kistka.  Then next step is the first colour of dye, usually yellow. Wherever there is wax, the yellow dye will not adhere.  On your yellow egg, you mark with wax all the parts of the design that you want to remain yellow. Then dye it in the next colour, going in progressively darker colors.  In the end, you will have an egg with a lot of wax on it.  To remove the wax use the side of a candle flame, as you melt away the wax, the colors that were protected underneath are revealed. 

My first egg!

My second attempt.

And my third, the Hutsul women!

This really is a fun and rewarding tradition!  Happy Easter everyone!


Friday, April 15, 2011

The Puffy Quilt

One of my coworkers recently had a baby!!!  While she was pregnant we decided to make her something special.  So we had the bright idea to make a puffy quilt.  Now keep in mind that not ONE of the four of us making this quilt have ever made a quilt before!!!!  We did have the help of a lady who did now how to sew, so it seemed like a good idea!  So since she didn't work Fridays, that became our quilting day!


For this quilt you need 5 different fabrics, we decided on the fabric, stripes, owls on a yellow background, bright blue, owls on a baige background and bright green, the white is the Inner gabric of the puff and is not seen in the finished quilt, so any light fabric will do.

Picking the fabric was hard enough, but now we had to cut each colour/pattern into 25 5.5 inch squares.  For a total of 125 squares, hard work I tell you!  Then you need to cut 125 of the inner fabric at 4.5 inch squares.

Once cut, match the four corners of each large square to four corresponding corners of a small square.  Make a pleat in the centre of each of three sides of the square.  Make sure that the plearts go in a clockwise direction - it's easier to sew the pleats if they are facing away from the presser foot. 

Sew around all three sides, with a scant 1/4 inch seam.  Do not use a tiny stich!!  You might have to unpick it.  Voila!!! A Puff!!

Lightly stuff the puff, fluffing the fibrefill out before you insert it.  Pleat the fourth side and sew it up.

Arrange the finished puffs in a pattern, and pin the puffs in each row together.  Pin a lable at the top of each row so that you can easily put the quilt back together.  Sew the squares together in each row.  Pin row 1 to row 2, and sew down the row, splitting the seams so that one set of seams goes up and the other down (this makes it wasier to fit under the presser foot).  Now add row 3 and then 4, and continue on until finished.  Check the front of the quilt for any stiching that might be showing from the original stitchintg around the squares.  Unpick if nescessary.  Place the backing fabric - right sides together - with puffs.  Pin and swe around 3 3/4 of the outside edge with a 1/4 seam.  Clip corners, and turn right side out.  Hand sew the opening. 

The finished Puffy Quilt!!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Out of place necklace

I love these bright vintage beads!   I made this upcycled necklace from 3 vintage necklaces and a silver butterfly.  I like how the butterfly sits up on the side, like it somehow doesn't belong. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hair today, gone the next

So, I've been growing my hair since I donated it last in 2007 and today was the day for a trim.  I decided it was time to donate again, and so off with the hair!  And here I am (hehe) 10 inches later! 

  eeek!!! I still can't believe it's on my dresser and not on my head!!!  But whenever the sense of dread comes, I think of the little one who will have joy from this!

Hair donated to Wigs for Kids is used for just that - wigs for young people who have lost their hair due to cancer.  Typically wigs cost $1,800-$2,000 but the program has partnered with Eva's Wigs, and gets them made for about $600.  To make a hair donation, hair has to be at least eight inches long and never have been dyed or coloured.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Accordion book

This is my first attempt at an accordion book.  I got the idea from My Pink Stamper.  I have to say she is my crafting hero!  Check out her blog for the easy to follow and highly entertaining tutorial video!  I love how this card turned out and can't wait to fill it with pictures and memories.