|Photo Credits: Style.com|
|Photo Credits: Style.com|
One of my new years resolution’s is to keep in better touch with people, and underneath that umbrella I’m including being more diligent about sending out birthday/anniversary/etc. cards every month. I love doing handmade cards, I feel like they add that extra special something to make a person smile. At the end of every month, once the cards have all left the mail (because I don’t want to spoil any surprises), I will be sharing with you the cards I made for that month. I am going to make it a creative challenge to have different designs for each month.
Enjoy my handmade greetings!
|I just love bunting! I would like to make a full sized one just for decoration!
Fabric scraps are one of my favorite mediums for card making (next to stamps of course!)
|I think this little dancing girl stamp is my favorite! I’m still getting the hang of my embossing technique.|
|xoxo stamp + my sloppy signature|
|My best friend got hired on to her first teaching job this month, so of course I had to congratulate her!|
|Thought I would also share any gift wrapping too, something I also like to get creative with.|
|Plain craft paper and gingham scrap fabric keeps the bow masculine (this was for the Gentleman).|
I have been a huge fan of Katy at Sweet Verbena for a while now (and it’s not just because she’s a fellow Texas girl). Katy is a young blogger who is well on her way in the blogging world, her tutorials are great and she’s one of those bloggers who really makes you feel like she’s a long lost friend.
Today I’m sharing the infinity scarf I made using her very simple tutorial for my cousin Jenna for Christmas. I made this at the absolute last minute and was so glad that I did (especially considering the other half of her present never made it in the mail in time!) I’m really happy with the way it turned out..and I got to play around with my new camera taking pics!
For this weeks Friday Fashion Frenzy I’m implementing yet another new series: Lady Mockingbird Wears! I’m not big on blogs that are nothing but cute girls in their cute outfits… and I feel super awkward taking pictures of myself. However, I do think that personal style is very relevant today and I always find it interesting to see how people take current trends and apply them to their personal life. Therefore, Lady M. Wears will be just that: me sharing how I pull together inspiration from different places/trends and apply them using what I find in my own closet :). I would love to see how you do the same!
This week’s inspiration: Nautical!
|Inspiration: (clockwise from top) Nautical Napkins from Purl bee, Clipping from Lucky Magazine (been on my bulletin board for a while), Brooklyn Blonde via Pinterest
Execution: Top – H&M, Jacket – vintage, Pants – thrifted (no tag), Shoes – Shoegasm
What do you think?
I thought that now would be a great time to feature this project because many of us have started back at school (I have till the 30th!) or perhaps journaling more is on your resolution list. The moment I saw this fabric covered notebook tutorial over at / / Between the lines / / I knew it was the perfect project for me for several reasons:
|The fusible I used|
|He had me at the little bow-tie…
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|For full tutorial on how I made the print.. click through the jump!|
|Choose a fabric and dye color. It is good to research the fabric’s dye capabilities as well as carefully read the instructions on the dye package.|
|Follow the instructions on the package to dye the fabric. I chose to use the bucket technique.|
|Once fabric is washed and dried, Iron it out. I chose to cut out my pattern pieces here, since the garment I was making is quite small, as is the stamp I chose.|
|Pour out some paint onto a plate or palate, using your sponge, dab a generous amount of paint onto the stamp, making sure it is fully covered.|
|Do some practice stamps on a scrap of fabric to get your paint ratio and stamp pressure just right. These were obviously not what I was aiming for.|
|This was more like it.|
|I chose to do a scatter pattern. Continue stamping the pattern piece until you get the desired coverage, making sure to turn the stamp in a random sequence, and everything is evenly spaced. Also do some half stamps on the edges of the fabric for a more realistic look. It might help you to look at a printed fabric that you like and try to copy that ratio.|
|When finished, iron the pieces slowly on both sides to set the paint.|
|Sew together your pieces and admire your beautiful work!|
Use this technique? Let me know how it went! Have a different technique? Please share!
Introducing a new segment: Re-make of the month! You know I’m all about recycling and making things out of recycled & vintage materials, so I will be featuring a monthly project that focuses on just that! The project will either be one of my own, or one from a guest!
This month’s project is a vest I made using BurdaStyle’s Franzi pattern. For the material I used a large wool wrap skirt that I bought at a thrift store ages ago with the intent of using it solely for the fabric. Long vintage wrap or gathered skirts are a great source of fabric for smaller projects. Especially with gathered skirts, once they are deconstructed there is so much fabric in there!
Without further ado, here are the before and afters:
|Finished product: buttons were purchased, red lining was pulled from my stash 🙂|
When I Saw this craft I couldn’t wait for a reason to make it. Jessica over at Running With Scissors does so many cute costumes and outfits for kids, and these dinosaur tails are no exception. I’ve had this on my craft to-do list for a while, I just needed an excuse to make it (let’s face it, I don’t think the Gentleman could rightly pull it off). My boss’s son’s second birthday was the perfect occasion!
Here’s how it turned out:
|I made the larger of the sizes, but in hindsight I was a little over-ambitious with the length. I think he’ll have to grow into it!|
|Thankfully he loved it anyway! I had a hard time getting a good picture because he was on the run showing off his new tail!|
This project was super easy, although a bit time consuming (stuffing that tail the proper way is quite tedious, although with a smaller tail it probably wouldnt be as bad). Jessica’s instructions are very simple to follow, and all parties were very pleased with the result. I definately plan on doing this project again, they make great gifts for the little rascals in your life!
If you missed the tutorial link above, here it is again.
Now that I’m finally getting back in the swing of things in the big city, the hustle and bustle of the holiday is over, its always a good time to reflect on how very blessed I am to have such a wonderful gentleman, family, friends.
Yes, yes, I am quite the lucky girl. And as I am enjoying all of the lovely things I was gifted this Christmas by all of those lovely people in my life, I couldn’t help but share my favorites with you:
1. Coat from FM908 on etsy, 2. Built by Wendy: Coats & Jackets, 3. Leather High-top Chuck Taylors, 4. Assortment of rubber stamps, 5. Seamstress Bracelet by Monserat De Lucca, 6. Canon PowerShot s95, 7. Vintage Pin Cushion
What were some of your favorite gifts?
Amy Nicole Collins is a seamstress, designer, and pattern maker in south Texas. She is on a journey toward having a fully handmade wardrobe (with a little vintage mixed in). When she's not sewing she can be found, reading, eating cupcakes, snuggling with her boston terrier Banjo, or all of the above. Read More…