Posts Tagged ‘handmade gifts’

Making Woodsy Wreaths

December 6th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

On Sunday we went for a family walk. We gathered a big bag of Princess Pine from the forest floor. The children ran here and there excited to find a new patch, plucking it up and adding it to their bags.

Yesterday I used the metal hoops salvaged from a broken old lampshade and some thin wire to make a hand wrapped holiday wreath.

We bathed some pinecones in glitter too but they are still drying!

I think it came out swell and I love that we were able to gather it from our back yard!

Sewing This & That

November 7th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

I have been puttering around sewing a few random things here and there. The shift of seasons always throws me for a loop. Getting into the groove of low light, shorter days and more time indoors. That cold weather groove.

I made a quilted laptop sleeve for my computer last week from pink waterproof pack cloth. The inside is a funky vintage canvas and it’s padded with batting scraps from this quilt project. I could have bought one but where’s the fun in that!

I sewed this cute cap, pattern found here. Oliver is modeling it but it became a birthday gift for an adorable little friend of ours.I used recycled fabric reclaimed from a pair of old corduroys which made the hat nice and soft and we lined it with hot pink cotton from the scrap pile.

Lastly we have been doing lots of freezer paper stenciling. Now I thought pretty much everyone had heard of this technique but everywhere the kids go wearing their newly customized shirts folks are asking. So if you havent tried this super fun stenciling technique —– check out tutorials here and here for the how to. So much fun!

ps. I don’t use fabric paint, just straight acrylic paint because that is what I have on hand and it seems to work just fine.

Oh and I don’t let the paint dry because I am too impatient, we just carefully peel the paper stencil off after painting and it always seems to come off just fine.

Oh and you know that freezer paper is kind of hard to find, just ask the local butcher for a bit of it, they are usually happy to oblige. A little goes a long way!

 

 

 

Make a Cool Worm Shirt!

August 8th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Awhile back I showed you the Baby Dinosaur shirt I stitched up for Oliver. I was supposed to have stitched TWO shirts that night but somehow it just didn’t happen.  It can be challenging to make two of everything!

Thankfully the boys are patient, and sometimes they even share with each other.

This shirt has a surprise, a little bird peeks around the back corner – little birds really do love worms!

This is an easy and fun stitching project, it takes just a few colors of felt & embroidery floss.

I have to say it makes me quite happy every time my boys wear them, I love to see them clad in their mama made wear!

 

Click the pattern, save to a file and print to make your very own worm shirt.

Make an Egg Basket from Newspaper

July 25th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

We love cooking up our homegrown fresh eggs in morning. The children head out to the hen-house with a basket and collect them, most of them even make it back into the house without getting broken. During the Spring and Summer months our lady’s lay more than we can eat. It’s great fun to be able to share fresh eggs with our friends. Often times it’s hard to find a good container to put them into – it takes dedication to always have traditional egg cartons on hand & I rarely do!

The eggs are so perfect with their smooth shells and oblong shape,beautiful even, somehow piling them into a plastic shopping bag always seems wrong.

I got fascinated my the idea that I would be able to make an origami bundle for them out of newspaper. I spent a good chunk of last night practicing different origami patterns to find a few that would work – here is what I came up with.

The most glamorous is the most difficult (there’s a joke in there somewhere).

This is called a “Fishing Basket”, I made it with three sheets of newspaper.

You can find the video tutorial I used to make it here. It’s a bit advanced, but if your like the challenge of origami I would totally recommend it, super cute for eggs.

Traditionally origami never uses tape but there are 12 eggs in there – the handle needed some tape!

The next one I made is more realistic for whipping up – kind of an egg bowl with an envelope style top

It’s super simple and holds a dozen eggs quite well. This is the most wonderful tutorial done by a 6-year-old

here! Adorable, right?

I did mine just a bit different and used three sheets of paper.

We used masking tape to seal the flaps closed and wrote messages on the tape.

It also helps to pinch the bottom down just bit to make the bowl more stable on the bottom.

Click the instructions and print to make your very own newspaper origami egg basket!

 

Make a Magic Paintbrush

June 26th, 2011 by zoe 11 Comments

I cleaned out my basement this week – AMAZING!

Lot’s of stuff went to the dump but I got this idea for recycling the  crusty old paint brushes into something fun.

 

Make a Dinosaur Shirt

June 13th, 2011 by zoe 1 Comment

I stayed up a bit late last night sewing Oliver a new dinosaur shirt. He and some friends at preschool are heavy into the “dinosaur phase” and washing his one dinosaur shirt for school each day was getting a little old! I like to keep a stash of  this high quality wool blend felt on hand for my stitching projects and when I see a good price on plain t-shirts I always buy them for making personalized party gifts. I love stitching a shirt with the birthday kids favorite animal or vehicle on it!

They whip pretty easy but half of the time is spent in making the pattern so I have included the template for this baby dinosaur below. Click pattern, save to file and print -!