Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Quote of the Day:
"If wrinkles must be written upon our brow, let them not be written upon the heart; the spirit should never grow old."
2. Carefully open the candy bars. I snipped one end open with scissors and using the flap down the middle, peeled it open. Once the wrappers are completely open, clean (or lick--I don't judge) all the candy remnants out. Using the headband template you just cut out, line up your wrappers until you have enough to cover the entire headband. You may need to cut part of a wrapper off in order to fill the entire template. Make sure the logo is prominent when you make your design.
3. Pull out your iron-on vinyl. Using the paper template, cut out two separate templates (the grid-printed side is paper and you can trace around the template to make cutting it out easier). Peel the paper side off of the vinyl. Place the vinyl "sticky" (it's really not that sticky) side up. Now place your wrappers face down on the vinyl. If you have a brayer, roll it over the wrappers . . . this will help flatten the wrappers out. If not, press the wrappers down with your fingers. The vinyl is very forgiving, so if you need to move a wrapper, you can do so easily. When you're happy with the placement of the wrappers, peel the paper from the second sheet of vinyl and place it on the back of the wrappers. Smooth it out again with a brayer or your fingers.
4. Now it's time to iron. Set your iron to NO STEAM and on a medium (wool) setting. Using an old pillowcase or sheet to protect your ironing board, place the vinyl on the board. Cover the wrappers and vinyl with the paper from the two vinyl templates you cut out. Place heated iron on the vinyl for no more than 2 seconds (no, I'm not kidding). Do the same on the other end until the entire piece, wrappers and vinyl, are fused. If they are fused, do NOT iron the back. Only iron the back if you think it needs more heat . . . and only do iron for a second or two at a time or it will crinkle and be ruined.
6. This step is optional but adds a nice touch. If you're good with a sewing machine, add a small zigzag stitch to the outside of the vinyl making sure you don't go over the edge. (I would use the trimmings from the vinyl first to see what tension to set your machine.)
7. Final step! Set your glue gun to it's lowest setting. The heat from the glue gun can warp and wrinkle the vinyl, so apply glue to the edges of the headband only to avoid major wrinkles. Snip off any excess vinyl that may be hanging over the edge.
Poof! You're done. It's a pretty fast project once you get the hang of using the vinyl. Those of you who are more versed in headband and hairbow crafting, please give me any tips or pointers!
My nieces LOVED these headbands and went absolutely crazy over them. It also helped that I gave them the candy bar that inspired each of their looks. ; ) You'll see a little Skittles hairbow that I made for my little 2 year old niece . . . that's a whole different tutorial! If you guys are interested in that one, let me know and I'll write it up.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Quote of the Day:
"Grammy says I put the twinkle in her eyes"
Friday, November 22, 2013
Quote of the Day:
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
The above picture is just an idea. I actually like it better. The bottom picture is what I did. You can buy the "window" at a craft store. This one has a little sill on it that I could set my flowers. I bought a poster of a scenery that I liked and attached to my "window". The flowers are in a small watering can. To me this makes the room look a little airier. At a glance it looks like you're really looking out of a window. I have to say that using the old windows for family pictures is also a terrific idea. Some times you can buy old windows like that at thrift stores. Thrift stores really should be a stop on your list when needing materials. I know you can buy the letters at the craft store and then just paint them to match your room. I love it.
I've been posting every weekday with the crafts that I try. I'm thinking that I will be backing off to three days a week, because I'm going to have trouble to keep up with that pace. I don't necessarily have the time to try a new craft every day. Especially during this season when I will be repeating some of the crafts I have already posted as I will be giving them as Christmas gifts. I could repost the duplicates so that you can see the differences between each. It could give you ideas of how to do yours. What do you think?
Thank you for letting my share. Enjoy.
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Friday, November 15, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
I am almost finished with the Christmas crafts I am making for my granddaughter, Hailey. This jeans critter I made from the legs of the jeans that my brother donated. These were the same jeans that I used to make her purse. I cut down the seam of one side of the legs and then folded it along the other seam and cut out my design for my creature. I also cut out the tear-drop shaped pieces of jeans at the bottom . Out of white material, I cut the tear-drop shape just a little larger. The eyes and nose or made of felt. I used circle templates that I have made for other uses and saved. Those worked here as well. The tan over the eyes is simply the same circle as the eye only cut in half. I laid everything on the front half and stitched them on to the jeans material. The flowers are iron-on flowers. I actually ironed those on first. I stitched the matching back to the front leaving a space open to be able to stuff it. Once stuffed, I finished stitching it. I am working at fraying it a little. That would go along in my mind with the cuts I made on the white material. It probably measures about 12 to 12 1/2 inches tall. I hope that Hailey will like it. Thank you for letting my share and enjoy.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
Heat ingredients together in a double-boiler and pour into jars. Cool and seal.
Friday, November 1, 2013
I'm not really a big fan of Halloween. But my children love dressing up their children and my grandchildren are really excited about going out and Trick or Treating.
Jacob is so excited to be Superman. This is a combination between Clark Kent and Superman. He starts out as Clark and ends up Superman. He just can't wait to dress and go.