Category Archives: Crafty Gal

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

No. Not Christmas. (Although that’s wonderful too.)

It’s Craftober!!

Shhhh…It’s a real season. Don’t believe me? I dare you to drive to a Joann’s, Michaels or Hobby Lobby parking lot and find a close parking space. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

See?!

(in Oprah voice) CRAFT-OBER!

This Crafty Gal likes to get down during Craftober. I own more colors of felt than crayons in a box. Embroidery thread? Got hundreds of strands. Fabric and hoops and glitter, oh my! Looking for a crafting book in my city library? Sorry, I checked them all out and they won’t be back on the shelf for weeks.

Because it’s CRAFTOBER!

Made a trip to my local Joann’s this past Sunday for a few more things. Right now, I’m in the dreaming stage — dog-earing pages in my books, making patterns, culling my stockpile, deciding what to make, getting the stuff I need. This year’s crafting budget is very slim. Luckily my favorite supplies are sold in the 4/$1 range.

In a few weeks, I hope to turn all of this:

And this:

I’ve had these giant bottlecaps for years. I’m making something with them this year!

Into stuff like this:

Owl iPod pouch. Made this last night while watching a movie. Multitasking. I haz it.

Happy Craftober to you all!

 

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Why I will never put Hallmark out of business

Besides family, religious meaning and the presents, Christmas means so much more to a wannabefoodiecrafty gal like me. It means lots and lots of baking and crafting! And hopefully some cold weather days thrown in the mix (in FL you never can tell).

For the wannabefoodiecrafty gal (WFCG, for short) the season starts eaaarrrrllly. When Joann’s starts merching their seasonal stuff in September, the planning and decision making begins. What am I going to make? Who am I going to make stuff for? When can I get all this done?

I started thumbing through some of my crafting books and supplies last month. My son was being his usual nosy self, peeking over my shoulder. Immediately the cross stitch pattern of a train ornament caught his attention. Throughout all his begging and pleading a grand crafty idea was born.

HANDMADE ORNAMENTS!

Not just any handmade ornaments, but special ornaments that focus on each one of my kids’ interests, milestones, etc. in 2011. It’s like Etsy meets Hallmark without all the cranky old lady kitsch.

First ornament is complete. the train cross stitch looks great. The sewing, eh, I’m still learning (see: ganked up stitches in the second photo). Most important thing is that my son is excited about his ornament and can’t wait to hang it on the tree.

I’m currently working on felting a saxophone for my oldest daughter (her band instrument) and something ballerina themed for my youngest daughter who LOVES dancing. My hope is to be completed with these two the day after Thanksgiving so that we can hang our special ornaments on the tree that night.

Who knows. I may even give Hallmark a run for their money, but probably not.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself

Yesterday I posted about my innate ability to procrastinate about everything, even my kids costumes. There was a lot of franticness, fur flying and swearing as I tried the non-sewing method of getting fabric to fuse (BTW, Stitch Witchery does not fuse felt on to faux fur).

At 1:00 I finally gave up and hoisted the sewing machine out of the closet. Thirty minutes later, I had the dang thing threaded and was ready to go.

I can officially say I can sew a semi-straight line, thread a sewing machine needle and could possibly make something using straight stitches (pillows or curtains, maybe?).

The sad part of all of this is that the faux fur leg warmers I made were not used. The costumes look good without them.

Sewing machine? Fear conquered.

The fur is a flyin’

Last week I blogged about conquering my fears via using a sewing machine. Yeah…I don’t have time for that now. It’s T-minus 5 hours and I have to pull together an Ewok as well as Remy (from Ratatouille). So I’m snipping and stitch witching to create some leg warmers and fur bits for the kids to wear tonight. Luckily it will be in the low 60s tonight which is PERFECT To’T-ing weather in FL.

I’m totally covered in faux fur right now but finding the humor in it all. The flying fur reminded me of this Kids in the Hall gem. Probably one of my most favorite KitH skits of all time. Enjoy as I crazily pull these together this afternoon.

She’s crafty…

I’m a little bit crafty. I can scrapbook, cross stitch and embroider. I’ve also altered a few things in my day. I create a Halloween and Christmas wreath every year. Made my own Christmas cards too. But there’s one crafty thing that scares the beejesus out of me…S-E-W-I-N-G.

SCREAMS

Isn’t that just silly? A modern-day homemaker scared of sewing?? I mean, I have all the markers of a sewing afficianado:

1. My mom sewed. My clothes.

2. I used to sew Barbie clothes on My First Singer sewing machine when I was 9.

3. I LOVE crafting. Joann’s is my church, yo.

4. I own a sewing machine (still in the box, but whatev)

5. I own more yards of fabric than any non-sewing woman should.

What the heck is my problem? Why haven’t I taken up the machine? The answer is simple…that &*$(*% bobbin gets me all the time. And that fast moving needle?!? I freak out thinking that I’m going to sew my fingers to my project. (YUM!)

Dumb…dumb…dumb. A grown woman should not fear these things.

This is going to help me conquer my fears (hopefully):

This is probably the world’s most awesome craft book ever. There’s a good mix of sewing and non-sewing projects with lots of Wookie representation (the Chewbacca jack o’ lantern ALONE makes this purchase worth it). There’s one project in particular that caught my daughter’s eye and inspired her Halloween costume this year.

I present to you the Ewok Hat:

Any Star Wars fangirl/boy knows that the Ewoks were L-A-M-E. But the heart wants what the heart wants. And she wants to be an Ewok for Halloween. So I’m embarking on project Halloween costume this week. Hopefully she won’t have to go as an Ewok with finger attachments on the hat.

Wish me luck!