Thursday, May 7, 2015

Coasting

I made 28 sets of coasters at one time.  Although the "one time" stretched over a few days. 

While my oldest three were at school and the younger two were at the table playing with playdough, I went and gathered a bunch of my larger scraps of fabric.  Turns out I had a lot.  Variety is good right?



Although I have a great sewing space in the basement, it's nice to get some natural light, so I brought up some of the equipment upstairs.  It was nice to have the change.


I cut all my fusible fabric fleece and fabric into 4 1/2" squares.  After fusing everything together I had to go back downstairs and sew everything up.  Now I have 32 sets of 4 total to sell at the market (I had made a previous 4 loooong time before).



 It was an enjoyable process and very satisfying to use up some fabric I've been wanting to get to for awhile.



Sunday, May 3, 2015

More Craft Show Display Props


I have already made a couple display props for some of my products but I still needed something for my kitchen scrubbies and bookmarks.  Here's what I came up with.

With a quick trip to the Dollar Store I picked up some plastic plates 4/$1.25 and 2 Margarita plastic cups $1.25 ea.


I then measured the diameter of the cups and made a small dot on the plastic plate to indicated how far the cup should go.  I added E6000 glue to the cup rim and stuck that sucker down.  I did this twice.


I did the same thing for the bottom of the Margarita cups.


I then stuck both plates with the cups on top to make a cupcake-like tray.


Set it to dry with weight on top to ensure a tight seal.


And Voila! A stylish way to display those cutie scrubbies for $3.75.  Almost good enough to eat.


Next up is the bookmark display.  I saw this idea on Pinterest.  I took a book that wasn't being used and folded each of the 200+ pages in half.  


I glued some pick cardstock to the inside of the book and added washi tape to the edges.  This is what it looks like on the bottom.


Add the bookmarks, and there you have it, another prop, this time for free.



Things are comin' along. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Makin' Yarn

I constantly need to have my hands busy.  Especially when I'm watching a show.  I can't just sit and watch.  No.  I'd feel like I'm wasting time.  If I'm not folding clothes or crocheting I turn to this soothing project during TV time:  Making yarn.

I've made yarn from clothes before. But here I am making it out of sheets or old duvet covers.  I keep this project in a bin and accessible so when the opportunity strikes I'm ready.


 Just look at those beautiful balls.


We're planning on ripping out our carpet and putting in a laminate floor which means we're going to need some sort of area rug.  That is what this will be for.  I plan on making a rug but for that I'm gonna need lots of yarn.  I've seen many methods but this is the one I use.  The only difference is I cut them into 1" strips instead of 2".


My neighbour mention she has some old sheets that she's going to give me and I got so giddy when she mentioned it.  They're Micky Mouse sheets, so you know those balls will be colourful.  Umm, that didn't sound so good, but I think you know what I mean.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Menu Chalkboard


I'm going to start this off by saying, I hate cooking.  Don't mind baking, love eating, but HATE cooking.  Especially when I don't know what to make and it's 5:15pm when everyone's belly is grumbling.  I then get panicky and grouchy.

I knew I needed a solution and I've tried planning before.  It worked for a little but I would just put my plan on a little piece of paper on the side of the fridge.  Little white piece of paper on a white fridge?  So uninspiring.

Self discovery: I guess I really do need things to be, not only functional but also pretty to keep me inspired to keep up with an organizing system. 

I decided to make a chalkboard menu board in the kitchen.  I had a picture frame that wasn't being used.


I then took out the glass and picture and was happy to find a smooth surface underneath.

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From there I painted the board with some chalkboard paint like I did in the Craft Show Price Sign Post. I jazzed up the border with some washi tape and tried my best to do some fancy lettering.



I used a command hook for the top and a couple dollar-store cheapy ones to take some weight off on the bottom.  The bottom ones also keep the board from banging every time we open the pantry.  Also to keep things from banging I added some second skin on the bottom part of the frame where the hooks touch and a piece of plastic wrap on the top hook.




And that's it! My kids love it, as do I.  Now they don't ask me what we're having for breakfast or snack anymore.  It's a sanity saver in more ways than one.  I still can't say I love cooking but it is much more bearable at least.

 
 
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Craft Show Price Signs

I had to come up with some price signs for the upcoming outdoor Farmer's Market I plan on attending at the beginning of June.

I had a couple Ikea picture frames laying around at home.  Then I found a white one at the thrift store for 25 cents!  Score.  Although brand new, they're only $1 anyway, but at least it saved me a trip to Ikea.  I also had some wooden coin things that a neighbour-boy was selling last summer.  I knew they'd come in handy at some point. 


Here's how you turn them into display signs.

Each frame has two hard plastic sleeves that you sandwich a picture in between.  I suppose you could make a price sign and put that in there, but I wanted little chalkboards. 

We only need one of the plastic pieces for each frame.  Like my fancy painting set-up?  I used little plastic medicine cups for drying.




 Here's one coat of chalkboard paint:


Two coats:


 Three coats and then primed with a big piece of sidewalk chalk:


Here's the fun part.... Placing them in the picture frame:


I have little holes drilled into the wood pieces as an option to hang the them, but I may end up duct-taping them to what I need.  We'll see. There you have it, a low-cost price signage solution.


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