Jan 30, 2016

The Love Season is Here - DIY Heart Necklaces!

With February already here - well, I guess it's not really here, still a day away - I've been getting some emails and questions about my heart necklaces.  I normally create a new design each year and good news, I've got one in the works.  However, until I'm ready to share that tutorial, I'm re-posting some info on necklaces from years past.  

I've had a couple of emails from people finding the picture of the necklace on Pinterest but then couldn't find the tutorial to make it - to make it easier for you, I've included the link below for you.  

These necklaces can be pulled together pretty easily and without much expense.  Plus, you can get the kiddos involved.  My girls are getting too old for craft-dates with friends (I know, it's sad) but when they were a little younger, we invited a bunch of their friends over and we made these.  They were a hit!



And, here are a few other necklaces I've made over the years.  I don't have tutorials but if you are visual person, you can probably figure them out.  You just need some Sculpey clay and jewelry supplies.  


The Necklace in the top left corner is probably the least expensive and simplest to make.  Here are some visuals on how to make the heart.  It's just a heart shaped out of clay and then carefully stamped with a texture pad.  And, once the heart is made, you just need to poke a hole in it and bake it.  Then add paint and glaze. 


Here it is a little bigger and with more of the chain showing.


And here's one more with a complete tutorial



Enjoy!  And, Happy February!

Jan 6, 2016

Happiest of New Year to you!

Well Hello there, and hello to 2016!

It's been far too long since I've been here and just wanted to drop you a quick hello.  I'm still around.  Still crafting.  Just haven't been posting much.

All is well, no complaints.  The new year rolled in nicely with memories carried over from a calm Christmas and quiet days at home.   Just the way I like it.


I do hope your holiday season was filled with happiness and joy as well.

Because I've received some emails about the following, here are just a few quick things to catch you up to speed on:

Ornaments:  


I know, Christmas just ended but I am still getting emails daily from people wanting to order.  Good news!  You can - I reopened the Etsy shop and you can start early in purchasing your 2016 Christmas ornaments.  I mean, after all, there are only 353 days til Christmas and you and I both know how quickly those days are going to pass.  Plus, ordering now means you avoid the crazy rush that made me close the shop early in December.

My Girls:





Many of you have been reading this blog since it's beginning.  I've waxed and waned my way through almost 7 years of blog posts.  I admit, it was much easier to post when the girls were little and I didn't work but still, since you are still reading and some of you have asked for updates.  The girls are doing great!

The twins don't look so much like twins anymore.  This past year they have really branched out in their own ways.  It's fun to see them become more individual as they work to define and create their own selves.  And Miss M, well, she's reached a new point in her life and besides the college adventure she is currently on she is looking at leaving the nest for good.  It's too soon to say but I am preparing myself both mentally and on my Pinterest boards to embrace this change and possible upcoming life event. 

Crafts:

Yes, I'm still crafting. I didn't blog it but my two favorite projects are as follows




Bug was in a dinner theater for her school and needed a mid-evil looking dress.  Believe it of not, they are hard to find in stores in December so I took a dress we had on hand from Miss M's prom days and just did a super fast presto-chango.  Took in the sides, changed out the waist, added some trim and long sleeves.  Yes, you are seeing correctly, I used a paper towel to craft a quick pattern for the sleeve.  I tell you what, paper towels are good for all kinds of things.  And, in the end, it turned out pretty good.


And, I also made trees for my mantle.  Just simple green felt cut into leave shapes for the one and then the other I just hand drew a tree shape and cut it out.  Next I hot glued the felt onto a Styrofoam cone. Nothing fancy or hard but it was fun.  I know Christmas is over but I might just have to make more and if I do I'll be more mindful and take pictures for a tutorial that I can share.

So that's all I have to report.  Thank you so much to those of you that have emailed.  I'm not very good at staying on top of my inbox and I know I didn't reply to everyone but your emails matter and mean so much!  Thank You!

Bring on 2016 and bring on the DIY projects and craft adventures!

Smiles,
Amy  

Oct 31, 2015

Happy Halloween - Please Help Groot!


Hello There.

So, Halloween is wrapping up for us here in Colorado.  It's been a fun time but as it draws to a close for another year, I do have one BIG favor to ask.  

Can you go and vote for my friend Groot, I mean Frank!

He made an amazing Groot costume - it's HAND MADE! I'm a creative person but this kind of thing just blows me away.  Anyway, he is in the running for a costume contest and I'd love to see him win.  Please take just a second to vote.

You can vote here:  http://woobox.com/cybb5b

You don't have to like the first page, you can if you want, or you can click "skip" and head to the picture page.  From there look for, and vote for,Groot.



I adore his little family and would love to make this a Halloween they will always remember.
Plus, look how awesome their whole family looked, they have some serious talent.



Good luck to them!  And thank you all for voting!
vote here:  http://woobox.com/cybb5b


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Oct 25, 2015

DIY Halloween Costumes - T'shirts and Tulle

It is less than a week before Halloween and my girls are without costumes. Now before you panic for me, it's ok! They are getting older and aren't quite as into Halloween as they were in years past. However, that doesn't mean that I don't have to come up with something quick as they do have a party to go.  This happened last year too and we were just fine.   I've learned something over the years that always helps.    



Here what I've leared:  T-shirts + Tulle = fast, inexpensive costumes.

Don't believe me?  Here are three examples from last year that we pulled together really fast.  And, my apologies for the crappy photos.  I forgot to take pictures until we were at the church for the party and all I had was my phone. 


 

Miss M as Minnie Mouse:  Black t'shirt with red tulle skirt.  I can't really take credit for this as she made her own costume.  But, I helped a little.  She took her tulle, about 6 yards - it was $0.78 cents a yard, and left it folded in half like it comes from the fabric store.  On the fold she ran a super quick hand stitch across the full length and then pulled the thread to make it gather.

From there she took a 3 inch black ribbon, folded it in half and placed it over the fold of the tulle and sewed it in place.  She left extra ribbon in the back to tie the skirt on and create a bow. (sorry, no photos of that).

She paired the skirt, which took about 30 minutes to make with a black t'shirt, leggings (the tulle is see-thru) and mouse ears which she made by attaching felt circles to a head band.  And, she used left over tulle to add a bow. 


See!  Easy!

Bug and Jet as Glinda and the Wicked Witch of the West.  They chose these costumes on their own.  Which, since they are twins, I found it really funny.  


Glinda:  To make Jet's costume I grabbed a cheap pink t'shirt from Walmart $3.33, some pink tulle, fake glue-on gems, silver ribbon and poster board.

I started with the t'shirt and tulle.  I gathered the tulle and I sewed it right onto the t'shirt.  It fell at a weird place when added to the bottom hem of the shirt so instead I added it up from the bottom by about 4 inches.  This made the skirt start at her waist instead of her hip.

The first layer I sewed right on to the shirt, this gave it volume.  Then I added a second layer by making a skirt just like Miss M's above only I unfolded the tulle so the skirt was full length and hit the floor.  After it was all put together, I had Jet put it on and I trimmed the bottom so she wasn't tripping on excess tulle.  

I then took the tulle I had trimmed off and attached it to the shoulders of the t'shirt to make puffy sleeves.  Once that was added I just glued on the fake gems to add some sparkle and interest.  And lastly, I made the hat from poster board, painted it silver, added on some silver ribbon and fake gems and that's it - done!    



Elphaba/the Wicked Witch of the West:  For Bug's dashing look we already had a lot of the pieces.  They just needed to be dressed up a bit.  We had the dress and hat.  So, we added a black t'shirt underneath and that was that.  Really truly, she could have been done there by just adding a hat.  However, she looked a little blah.  Here's where the tulle comes in.

Using black tulle, I made her a black tulle cape - sorry, it's a little hard to see in the photo.  What I did is gathered one end of the tulle together by doing a quick stitch and then pulled the thread to gather it.  On that same end, I sewed on black feathers and a ribbon on each end so the cape could be tied around her neck.  It looked a whole lot more witchy that way.  Is witchy a word?

Then I took a $3 Target Spot witches hat and added some tulle for interest.  Add in a little green face paint, some stripped socks, and a broom and this kid was all set.

It all worked about fabulously!  And on the cheap, too!
  

Also, my previous post I shared my spiders but never showed you where I put them.  I'm not going to share a photo of the whole house but here's a small snippet of what I did.

You can't see it, but my whole porch and unseen railing are currently covered in spider web and spiders.  There are 40 or so spiders of different sizes crawling all over the place.  I also have my "beware of Spiders" sign hanging by my door - so fun!

Happy Halloween to you all!  I'm off to figure out how to make this years costumes.  Wish me luck!

P.S. Update on Ornaments:

The last day to order ornaments will be November 26th.  I know that feels like there is still a lot of time but it will come quick.  And, depending on interest and order amounts, I may end sooner.  If you had wanted to purchase a personalized ornament, please do so soon.  You can order from my Etsy site here: www.etsy.com/shop/Thenshemade



Oct 4, 2015

New Spiders and Ornament Updates

 
Just a quick little weekend update.  I made more spiders!  I hate spiders -  the real kind, but these - the fake ones, are making my heart happy. 


They are super easy to make and I had Bug and Jet help which meant we had some much needed Mom and Me time.  I pretty much followed the same steps as I did in the tutorial I posted HERE but this time I added heads and left off the googly eyes.  


The goal was to get them hung on my porch this weekend but instead I got hung up with strep!  So, the spiders are all over my living room floor patiently waiting for me to get better so I can hang them up.  Hopefully soon!

Also, not at all related to spiders, I just wanted to let you know the new ornament designs are up and ready for purchase in my ETSY SHOP.  Here's what they look like:



First Christmas Together Ornament.  You can include the couples name, wedding date or First Christmas on the back

And then there are these:


New this year, the Reindeer, The Gold Winged Angel and the two-part Christmas Tree with hanging name.

And, last but not least, I did also list several set of my Christmas Gnomes (or Santas)



Each set has five ornaments in it and all come with different hats and stitching.  These would be cute as ornaments, or hung on a garland, or you could add them to the top of a gift as package decoration.

Ok, and with that, I'm off to rest.  Hoping to kick this strep thing and return to normal soon.

Hope you all had a great weekend!