Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Have a Thankful Heart

Made this thankful heart board for Thanksgiving based on an idea I saw here. I need to get over my worries when it comes to sanding boards.  I may take the sandpaper to this one some more when I figure out some good sanding techniques.  It looks a lot better too on my bar next to some small pumpkins and other Fall decor.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Thankful leaves banner

I saw the idea for this thankful leaves banner on Carina Gardner's site a few days ago.  Today, I sat down and made it with the kids before lunch after making Indian headbands with paper feathers.  I cut the leaves out by hand out of yellow, golden yellow, orange and red card stock using the template Carina provides.  It didn't take long to make. K* was taking her time writing on her first leaf and S* was busy in the living room, so I just cut them out myself.  And I just happened to have a stash of mini clothespins in my crafty supplies to use to hang the leaves up.  We decided to hang it in the window in the kitchen.  I figure we haven't been doing it all of November, but a few days the week of Thanksgiving break will still be fun.  I'm glad we sat down and did it this morning.

Some links to other fun thankful ideas I thought about doing, but never got around to.  A thankkful board. A thankful tree.  Another thankful tree. And another tree.  Some sort of thankful turkey would be a cute idea too!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Orange Polka dots & Turkey

Orange polka dots fabric from JoAnn's; Turkey shape from silhouette; Skirt pattern based on the pink fig girly skirt

I love how the white ribbon looks with the orange polkadots fabric.  Orange seemed to be the color of the week last week when I was sewing.  I love Autumn colors.  The turkey applique was quick & easy and I was able to sew it all on with my sewing machine (unlike the candy corns for Halloween last month). I had K*wear this outfit for some pictures I took of her & S* over the weekend.

AND, a peek at some of the latest fabrics to join my stash (as if I needed more....)  About half I hope to use before Christmas to make some things for my kids.

Fall Yard Stake

This fun Fall yard stake was a project option at our recent church craft night.  Since I didn't make one, I snapped a picture of the one my friend down the street made.

Polkadots & Summer in Orange

Pattern: Polkadots and Summer by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co.
Fabric: White twill and Orange scrappy and happy baby #3530 by Jane Selck

It was my first time sew pleats in clothing.  They weren't too bad to iron & sew.  I'd put pleats in something again.  Actually, I hope to (someday) make some skirts for myself with pleats.  We'll see though.  I got the pattern earlier this year (or was it last....) as part of a kit.  I thought I'd try it out with some different fabric before cutting into the kit fabric.  You have to add the seam allowance yourself for this pattern, which I'm not a big fan of.  Especially when trying to do some minor alterations to length and such on a pattern I've never sewn before.  In the end it turned out though.  I don't understand why people make patterns without the seam allowances, there must be some reason for it, I just don't know what it is.  This is the first pattern I've run into that though.  I have some others that you need to add the seam allowance, but I'll just cut out the next size up and use the difference as my seam allowance, I hope that will work.  This pattern however, I was making the biggest size, so that wasn't an option.