- Buy a blank tote available at your local craft store. You can also make a tote as I did for my bridesmaids' but actually, I like this a little better (sssshhh, don't tell).
- Find an appropriate photo by doing my favorite thing: A Google Search! This one popped up and it was perfect for the party theme...it beat out a picture of a really creepy guy lounging in a moonbounce (my quote for that was going to be "Who invited him?")
- Add a quote. I like to use this vintage typewriter font I found and downloaded here.
- Make a publisher file. I love Microsoft Publisher and could find 8million ways to use it. For this, it's great for arranging your "artwork."
- Print art onto transfer paper. You can get this at craft/office supply stores. If you're transfering onto dark fabric, be sure to get the paper appropriate for your project. Since this was light fabric, I had to mirror image my art and words (VERY important and spelled out in the directions that will come with your paper.)
- Finally, use your creativity to add a few little goodies. In this case, the transfer was not a 100% success...so the buttons were not just a cute addition, but also the perfect way to hide my boo boo.
Monday, May 18, 2009
We have since lost my grandfather to Alzheimer's and he is always missed and remembered fondly as an amazing man. Perhaps I connect most with his creative abilities. He was a Marine who taught himself to not only knit, but to play the piano and paint. So I wanted to carry on this special tradition. Knit, I cannot....but quilt? I could try!
So as a gift for the first high school graduate in my family since my brother in 2001, my cousin is getting this: I dub it The Cheater Quilt!I had the best intentions to piece and quilt but am under a bit of a time constraint and trying to actually quilt with my machine proved very difficult. But with practice I will get better. So instead, I made the front one color (fabric A) and the back another (fabric B). I had to do the math (I consider myself a "word person" and I had multiple trips to the fabric store)...so with 44" wide fabric I got 4 yards of A and four yards of B. I split both fabric A and fabric B into for pieces measuring 22"x72" and stitched them together to create a front and a back that measured 88"x72"....almost exact to the 72"x90" twin batting! Very important....get a good iron and press your seams. It just makes everything lay better....sewing 101, I know.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
On a side note, my mother is really the one responsible for my crafting. She taught me how to sew when I was a kid, signed me up for arts and crafts camp, encouraged my wacky creativity and gave me my first (and only) sewing machine. So thanks Mom!We completely forgot to get her flowers, so I had to improvise. Some ribbon, a good tutorial and a little imagination later and voila: A lovely corsage for momma!
I think I will promise to start doing my own tutorials...but truely the link above is where I learned this fun skill. It's really perfect for making brooches or even a whole bouquet as shown. If you like crafting with ribbon, Offray's main "How To" site is also really wonderful. Enjoy!
Monday, May 4, 2009
My hat was vintage that I purchased years ago for a high school play. I hadn't done much to it since then and thought it was a great excuse to give it new life! I used tulle and handcrafted the flower. I think it turned out rather lovely!
We did not have a pre-existing base for Alina's hat, but as we were watching the Derby coverage she was drawn to the smaller, chic looking ones. I found a shoulder pad in my crafting stash that would serve as the perfect base. She looked lovely!
Next year, I'm throwing a derby party....this was too much fun!
If you'd like to take a look at some AMAZING "Hat Porn" check out the Kentucky Derby's Official site and their Hat Parade!