DIY: Dino Tails

March 13, 2011

This how-to caught my eye the other day in Craft Magazine. I could not wait to make some of my very own dino/dragon tails! So what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon? A little green tea, Law and Order reruns, and sewing!

This project was super quick and has easy to follow instructions. I used felt I had left over from a previous project, velcro bits, and a little bit of stuffing. I just simply love them. And I hope my little friends Zach and Saskia do as well!! I actually made the third tail with an adult size waistband. I have to admit……. I wore it around for a little while! It may be going right into my costume box.

my new dino tails

Thank you Jessica of Running with Scissors, for this great tutorial! I am sure these tails will be a smash hit!


I NEED to learn how to crochet!

March 2, 2011

Ok, I need to learn how to crochet. I keep seeing all these super cute projects! Here is the latest one.

While I am not super excited about the yarn/colors, I NEED an adult size puppet scarf!


Ahhhh, the Muppets!

March 1, 2011

Watching The Muppet Show is one of my fondest memories of childhood. I remember a ridiculous amount of giggling between my brother and I from the first moment of the theme song, to the last number.

This past weekend I was kicking back in a rented house with a really great group of friends. To my delight and surprise, I was woken up early Friday morning to the sounds of the show. I grabbed my blanket and a pillow and deposited my self on the sofa and watched HOURS of Kermit, Piggy, The Swedish Chef and all my old friends.

After my coffee kicked in and the ridiculous wave of nostalgia faded away, I remembered  this great video post in Craft magazine.

Enjoy!


awesome hack project with Ikea lamps

February 24, 2011

I LOVE this tutorial from Cloud 9 Fabrics! I feel like we all have these Ikea lamps hanging around our houses. Add a piece of pretty of fabric and you get this……

a stunning lamp and shade. Well done!!


Rad Godzilla Quilt

February 22, 2011

So, I love making unusual baby quilts.  Everytime I make one, its a new chance to push the limits of traditional baby design! Star Wars is an all time favorite, my baby Boba Fett is pictured below.

This spring/summer will be bringing a whole new batch of little ones. I have a few ideas rattling around in my head, but no new quilts have been made as of  yet. I will be sure to post pictures as I sew them up!

I have been remiss in the past about photographing the gifts I make, but I did manage to dig up a few shots of older  projects.

baby Fett

The Fighting Irish

trucks

But nothing, OH NOTHING, I have done has comes anywhere close piece of quilting beauty! I found this Rad Godzilla quilt in Craft magazine. LOVE,LOVE,LOVE!


Boxy to foxy t-shirt tutorial

February 19, 2011

I found this great, simple t shirt tutorial on Craft Magazine’s website. I tried a few men’s t shirts I had lying around, and now they are super cute girl cut shirts! The only tip I would add is that men’s t-shirts generally don’t stretch as much as girlie shirts do. When picking your favorite t to use as a pattern, pick one that isn’t completely stretched across you when on.

Here are a few pics my new t’s!

Sweet thrift store find. Swatch t

I am in COMPLETE control!

DANG!


Eliminate Theft at Art and Craft shows

February 1, 2011

Theft at shows happens and it sucks! I am getting geared up for my 2011 shows, and one of the things on my to do list is to reorganize my displays to deter theft. I worked in retail long enough to know that shrinkage happens, but when its one of your own handcrafted items, it hurts.

One thing I started doing last year was “hanger management”. I display my handbags on hanging racks. When I sell a bag, I remove the hanger. I notice right away when there is an empty one, and I think my would be lifters do to.

Here is a great article I found in Craft Magazine with tips and tricks.

What works for you? Any additional suggestions? I would love for us all to have a theft free season!