Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cross Stitched Sewing Box


During the holiday season I go a little overboard with Dutch Christmas Cookies . It is the only time of the year I eat them. At the end of Christmas I am left with a bunch of empty tins, that for quite some time, have lived in my pantry, collecting dust. While I could just throw them out or give them to a thrift store, I thought this year I could make Cross Stitched Sewing Box for all my stitchy friends. 

The supplies you need for this project are: 

Cookie Tin
Spray Paint
Drill with small drill bit that you can get your yarn or floss through the hole
Washi Tape
Glue
Cardboard
Scissors
Yarn or floss 
Pen 
Image to cross stitch 


 Creating your pattern on your tin could be your first or second step, depending on what you feel comfortable with. I spray painted my tin first and then added my pattern. The only problem I came up with is that I needed to touch up the paint job after drilling the pattern. If you paint afterwards, you may fill in the holes with paint. At any rate, to add the pattern to top of the tin does require the use of a drill so remember your safety glasses. Tape your pattern onto the lid of the tin and then drill the SQUARES of the graph. Think of how you are going to stitch the cross and this will be a no brainer. Stitch all for corner of each stitch. 


 As you can see from the picture, the holes create a box for your cross stitch. 


 Once you have your holes drilled, your lid should look like this. 


 I used an acrylic yarn to cross stitch the lid but you can use floss if you wish. Acrylic yarn will cause a slight fray, but I kind of like it because it gives the tin a sweater feel to it. 


 Once the lid is done, you can work on the inside of the tin...the guts. Cut two pieces of heavy weight cardboard. One 7.50 inches and the other roughly 4. If your tin is bigger than the average cookie tin, measure your piece of cardboard before cutting. 


I did a preplacement before gluing everything in place. Now that you have everything in place you can glue it in! I glued the two pieces of cardboard together first and then glued it to the bottom of the tin. I used a pen to place where the cardboard was going to sit. I used a glue gun but you can use gorilla glue or another kind of epoxy. 


Fill in your sewing box! I filled my with floss, a pin cushion, pencil, paper, quilting wax, scissors and needleminders 


 I was worried about snagging everything on the holes I drilled so I covered the back with washi tape and then added a magnet with a clip to hold my floss and pattern. 

One down....  more to go! 

Friday, December 5, 2014

A little Christmas Crafting


Christmas crafting has taken over my life. It is so much fun to throw on a silly Christmas movie and get my holiday craft on. I am obsessed with ornament wreaths. They are so easy to make and are super duper fancy.

You can make your very own wreath with this awesome tutorial video I made for Craftster.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tute Thursday: Confetti Glassware



I love the look of confetti glasses and plates. I think it looks so festive but it can be expensive! I bought two glasses and it ended up costing over 20.00! I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my very own. I wanted a nice place setting for Thanksgiving and below is what I created. 

I used glass/enamel paint on the glassware and have washed them several times by hand. Nothing has rubbed off! I think I might make some for Christmas and the summer. 

You can make your own confetti glassware by checking out the latest Craftster video. 




Monday, November 10, 2014

I Blame the Hallmark Channel



Has it really been since the 23rd since I've been here? Holy macaroni! Where did the time go? I had no idea that I have been gone for so long. I blame the Hallmark Channel. Yep, you guessed it, they got me again this year. Another year of sappy romance holiday movies. It is like a bad virus that comes back every year...a bad, sickening sweet, can't get enough of the crappy romance virus. If I had the energy, I would shake my fists at them, but I can't because I am too busy holding onto Iggy and crying about how much the guy with the perfect teeth loves the misunderstood female. 

As you know by now, I am a SUCKER for a made for TV Christmas movie. It doesn't even have to be a  good one. I will watch all of them. The only saving grace is that I trap OMP into my madness. Many times I have been cussed at (under his breath, of course) about getting him sucked into some sappy movie that involves a little girl dying of cancer and the town granting her last wish. 

Each week Hallmark is debuting one or two new movies, but they are not the only ones who have cornered the market on holiday TV, ABC Family is making a list and checking it twice with their 25 Days of Christmas. The 25 days before Christmas is filled with our favorite movies, stop motion animation and a few new broadcast to keep our days filled joy. I will not lie to you when I say that I usually tape everything on ABC Family since a lot of it is from my childhood. 

So, there ya go, one channel pulling at your heart strings while the other let's you relive your childhood memories. I know it is only November 10th but Christmas plans: shopping, watching movies, listening to music, all start after Dias de los Muertos. It will go nonstop until December 26th when Christmas is put away and I start planning for the new year. C'mon, do you really expect anything less from me? A girl needs to stay jolly and bright! 

You can see the Hallmark Channel lineup HERE. 
Check out the 25 Days of Christmas HERE. 



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tute Thursday: Decorate Foam Pumpkins


Heading back down to the Craftster video vault to pull out this Halloween-Fall gem. I still have these pumpkins and I'm planning on using them for my Thanksgiving table. This craft is very simple but you have to be very delicate with the napkins, They can easily rip and when you decoupage them, it can be a bit messy. The above pattern napkins I got from Ikea. Have fun and create these pumpkins to fit your style. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Feel Good Friday

you should buy this print at The Dreamy Giraffe


You made it to Friday. Go you! You deserve a medal and cupcake and cocktail!

This weekend I am going to a pumpkin carving party. I don't want to do the same old thing. Baby Savers.com has over 700 free pumpkin carving patterns. There is something for everyone. None of this are naughty, they are kid friendly. You can find them here. 

This ring. I need it. I need everything in Moon Raven's shop. Oh OMP-are you listening to me? 

This...this is my life. Every day, every night, every minute. 

Well, there ya go my little chickadees! Some cuteness, some sassy and a little craft. How's that for a Friday? Have a great weekend! Get out there and enjoy the fall season! 

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” 
Chad Sugg

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tute Thursday: Eerie Edibles



Is your little monster a pick eater? Why not serve them up some yummy worms! These are SO gross but very yummy. They are perfect for your next Halloween party or just a night in, watching your favorite scary movie. Check out the video below on how to make your very own jello worms and other dismal delights.