Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
i made this dainty little pillow to reside on my couch and keep my neck free from aches and pains.
here's how i did it.
purchase a circular pillow from any thrift store.
(since i'm low on cash i made one myself).
you'll also need my favorite adhesive, fabri-tac...
...and some ruffle trim (pictured below) available at joanns.
**you could also make your own trim, its just a little more time consuming**
i used approximately 4.3 yards of the trim.
1. start by placing a dollop of fabri-tac at the base of the pillow and adhere the trim. continue adding fabri-tac to the lip of the trim and adhering it to the pillow in a circular motion, using pins to hold it in place while it dries.
2. once you close the gap to the center, cut of excess trim and glue the end into place.
3. make a yo-yo out of coordinating fabric. heres a good tutorial on how to make a yo-yo if you don't already know. sew a nice little button in the center of the yo-yo for embellishment.
4. now, glue the yo-yo into the center of the pillow. this hides the end of the trim and any glue that seeped out.
enjoy! hugs and kisses, kg.
Monday, August 24, 2009
after being inspired by these yummy looking pie pops, i decided to give it a try.
i first attempted to use the lollipop sticks. but they fell out after baking.
so i decided to nix the sticks and just make bite sized pies.
flavor: cinnamon strawberry (!)
store bought pie crust
fresh strawberry preserves
1. unroll the pie crust and cut into circles (i used the rim of a glass to form a perfect circle).
2. place a dollop of strawberry preserves in the center of a circle and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
3. take another crust circle and place on top. using a fork, press the crust circles together...this also forms that pretty design around the edge.
4. brush the egg whites on top and bottom of the mini pies (this gives you that golden color).
5. bake at 375 until golden brown.
6. let cool and enjoy.
Friday, August 21, 2009
i just won 1st place in the crazy for quilts contest!
which means, i have $1000 worth of fabric coming my way!
here is a link to my entry if you want to check it out.
i'm so stoked. i won't have to buy fabric again until i'm in my thirties!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
another how to for you!
my last how to was so well received, i have decided to post a second one.
ideally i'd like to post one tutorial every wednesday, if my schedule allows.
so thats the plan...
as a crafter/designer, i draw inspiration from all types of little things.
to keep this inspiration, i like to put the little things on display.
instead of that boring old corkboard, i use:
a couple of nails
some crafting wire
mini binder clips (clothespins work too :)
1. find a nice empty spot on your wall in an area where you create.
2. drive two nails into the wall as far apart as you want your display to be (mine is roughly 3 feet long). leave about 1 centimeter of the nail sticking out of the wall.
3. take some wire (i used 24 gauge crafting wire) and wind it around one nail 5 times. stretch it taut and wrap it around the other nail 5 times. cut off excess with wire cutters/scissors.
4. now use those mini binder clips, available at all office supply stores, to hold your sketches, pictures, inspirational sayings, etc....!
change it out frequently to keep inspired. do several rows to have lots of space for hanging.
and you won't have to continue to poke holes in your wall!...just the original two.
ALSO...you could cut out letters from pretty paper and display sayings, mottos, etc...like this one from failedfeminist:
stay inspired. always.
x's & o's.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
one of my favorite things to search for on etsy is ipod cozies and sleeves for your gadgets.
you can find my handmade ipod cozies here.
here are a few of my other personal faves....
Sunday, August 16, 2009
some folks in new zealand and the people at outdoor knit gathered together to create this:
craftivism at its finest.
it's such a simple and beautiful thing.
will someone please do this with me around the nashville area? i'll provide the yarn!!
one of the many crafty blogs i follow is ohsohappytogether.
the girl that runs it is always posting fantastic tutorials. like this one.
its her adorable version of an anthropologie bag that cost $298. ridiculous.
you should visit her blog. show some love.
i held a little potluck brunch today and it was quite tasty.
here are some photos.
i made my famous deviled eggs and my ma's broccoli casserole.
the casserole is so easy and super delicious. here is the recipe....
16 oz. bag of frozen chopped broccoli
1 can of cream of celery soup
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1. cook broccoli. drain.
2. add all ingredients together and mix.
3. pour mixture into 8 in. X 8 in. baking dish. top with bread crumbs.
4. bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
Friday, August 14, 2009
a few days ago i was googling myself (yeah thats right) and i came across a blogger/designer who blogged about my etsy shop!
she was really sweet and supportive. plus her blog lah mode is absolutely adorable.
check it out here.
my amazingly crafty friend pattie wilkinson, a.k.a pattiewack also wrote a super sweet blog about me.
she is such a dear person to me. we both worked at simplicity creative group and i learned so much from her in the small time we spent together. she is now back in california and i hope to visit her soon!
check out her blog here.
don't you just love supportive people? its people like that who make creating and sharing so worth it...
Thursday, August 13, 2009
i have been a fan and a follower of stelabird for a couple of years.
the girl that runs it has a really cute blog and an even cuter etsy shop where she sells her adorable owl plushies.
anyhoo, she and her bf are about to open up a real life shop called the felt bird!
i just sent off some of my ipod cozies and yo-yo brooches to be sold there.
the shop is in enid oklahoma and you can follow the progress on the felt bird blog.
so, next time you're in oklahoma stop by the felt bird and support local crafters!
i blogged back in june about a quilting contest i entered in for the alliance for american quilts.
there were two categories, the under 30 and the over 30.
there were a total of 84 entries and only 3 were under 30!
so that means i have a pretty good chance of taking home a prize.
the 1st place prize is $750-$1000 worth of fabric!!!
they announce the winners on tuesday...so wish me luck!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
so i thought i'd give it try.
level of difficulty: super easy.
1. just take a mason jar and drive a nail through the center of the top.
2. remove the pump from a store bought soap dispenser (below).
3. widen the hole you made so that the pump fits snug inside.
4. put some super glue on the edge of the bottom of the pumps base, so that it adheres to the jar top. let dry.
5. now fill with soap. the more colorful the better.
purty ain't it!?