Thursday, February 11, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

I love Valentine's Day. I think it's the all the pink and red and the romantic decorations are what draw me in to it. Like these cupcakes that my hubby made for our daughter's Valentine's Day school party today. How sweet was that? Daddy making the cupcakes?!?? I get to take the credit later today. After all, I did put the heart shaped toothpicks into the cupcakes :)

Now while he was busy making cupcakes I've been busy making romantic decorations. I found this Ruffly Felt Rosette Wreath tutorial on Domestifluff and fell totally in love with it! I thought, hey, this would make a great heart shaped Valentine's Day wreath. The tutorial uses a styrofoam circle but I could not find a heart-shaped one so I purchased a 12" straw heart-shaped wreath... have you ever try to make something with a straw wreath?? .. ugh.. I had a mess everywhere. So luckily I bought two and I tried a second time using my 10 yr old's suggestion to leave the plastic wrap on the wreath .. it worked!

It is some what time consuming making all of the 3" felt circles (289 to be exact). I used my OLFA Circle Cutter (which by the way is the neatest little tool) to cut my felt circles.

Here is a demo video on how to operate the OLFA Circle Cutter ...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 1, 2010


Wow! Has it really been this many weeks since I've blogged?!? Life has just been too busy. I've been working on several projects with my new serger as well as with my regular sewing machine but I haven't had to chance to share here on my blog. I will start out with my most recent handmade goodies and will work backwards to share what what I have been doing.

This week I made some aprons that would be really cute for Valentine's Day or any time of year. I branched out and made a few vintage-inspired aprons as well some sassy aprons with pleated bottoms (which I have to say I really think came out nice). These Sassy Pleated Aprons are my own pattern.

It has been incredibly cold and snowy here so I've been keeping myself busy doing some crafty type things with fabric. I've been trying out a few tutorials that I have found online and would like to share them with you as work on them. In January it was my mom's 70th birthday so I made these adorable no-sew fabric baskets for favors using this tutorial at CraftStylish. They were a bit messy but I had a great time making them and think they came out great:

This tutorial is so versatile. The little favor baskets can be re-used for holding things such as paper clips, bobby pins, sewing pins, loose change, etc. How about making them with kid friendly fabric and then they can be used to hold tiny little toys (like polly pockets - anyone with a little girl must have polly pocket pieces that need a place).

I'll be back (soon I promise with more).