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Glitter Christmas Bulbs

9 Dec

Oh, I’m pretty much in love with these.

I took some replacement Christmas bulbs and FINALLY used some of the gorgeous micro-glitter I bought a long while ago on sale. Sometimes stuff is so pretty I want to make sure I have a project that does it justice, like that glitter, but I’m trying hard to do projects that utilize what I already have.

To make them, first I used scotch tape to cover the metal end. Then I held that end while I sprayed adhesive to the glass and shook glitter all over it. Any kind of glue would work, I just wanted to try spray adhesive. And let me just say, it sucks to get that all over your fingers, so wear a glove or something if you use it, too. You probably already knew that.

Don’t forget to put the extra glitter back in the container! I rigged up some foil holders so the bulbs could dry upright, but I’m sure you could just lay them gently down after a couple minutes. I think using clear glass bulbs gave them a nice luminosity, but any kind would work.

The pictures just couldn’t capture how sparkly and bright these bulbs are! I may add wire hangers by wrapping thin wire around the metal end and then making a loop to hang them, so they can be  ornaments for the tree. Or I may make more and glue them to a wreath. For now, I’m content to look at them in a bowl.




Sewing Some Simple A-line Skirts With Zippers

24 Aug

I bought all the fabric I used SO long ago, and this summer all these skirts have been in heavy rotation.

I used an out of print pattern: Burda 8879. My friend had already cut it out, so I had to trace and modify it to my own measurements. Once I got that down, I was able to sew them up quickly.

Now I’ve been loosing some weight, so I need to rip the seams and take them in a few inches. That will involve reinstalling the  side zipper, but I’ll do it (happily) one day while I watch a movie or something.

Sparkly Fabric Cuff

11 Aug

Anything shiny, glittery or sparkly makes me so happy.

I’ve had these assorted color, hot fix Swarovski crystals around forever and I just could not figure out what to do with them because they felt so special to me. Because I’m a goof like that. But I finally decided to do something, anything, so I can just look at them all the time, giving me a shot of happiness. So much better than staying in my craft stash. Sheesh.

This project also get me to use the pearly snap inserter I’ve had for awhile.

I love the plain muslin with the crystals. I’ve got some more cuff ideas a-brewin’…

Beaucoup Bags

5 Aug

I’ve been working on more zippered bags!

I started by cutting a bunch out. I have tried a rotary cutter before, but never really got the hang of it until now. And now I love it and want a much bigger cutting mat so I could cut without having to rotate the mat or the fabric! New tools: gateway to more, bigger, better tools. Yup.

And the work might look done, but I still need to close the inner seam with hand stitching. I’m going to watch a silly movie and finish them tonight! That is the plan. My other plan of baking this week kind of fell to the wayside, so I could at least get these ten bags done.

Zippered Bags

21 Jul

I’ve been having so much fun sewing up these lined, zippered pouches. The tutorial on Design Sponge made it relatively easy, and now I think I’ve got the hang of making them.

I love making something that is so nicely finished, and I love choosing fabrics to put together. It’s also great to have something to do with smaller pieces of fabric I have left over.

Sushi fabric is the little secret inside!

It’s hard to show in a picture, but I did some metallic red stitching on one side of this one. I love anything sparkly. I also wanted to show the bottom seams, which make the bags more structured.

This one is super 80s in a good way to me. That’s Peter Max fabric on the inside!

I named this one Picnic. It’s a little bigger than the other two- I used a 9″ zipper instead of a 7″ one. AND I ordered 150 zippers off eBay in assorted bright colors. I can’t wait to see what I get and to be able to choose from a big pile when I’m putting more bags together.



Crazy Quilt Garland

12 Jul

After the floods in New Orleans, I had the idea to do a crazy quilt with the themes of love, home and family in mind.

Our four cats and our dog are allowed on the bed, so making a crazy quilt and actually putting it on the bed was not happening, and we’re lucky to have walls pretty full of art. So a garland of pendants hung up high seemed perfect.

This one is a night sky, with vintage rhinestones as the stars. There is Adam’s zodiac constellation, Aquarius, and mine, Aries. And the two big stars in the upper right corner are him and me, hanging out in the atmosphere together.

It’s a bit hard to see, but I embroidered the nest in the bird toile with silver thread. Our home’s living space is on the second floor (Adam’s metal shop is on the ground floor,) and I always call it our little nest.

These words are the ones my friends, coworkers and I texted each other after the floods. We are safe. I am safe. Such a relief to hear from your loved ones in that time.

I can’t wait to add to this ongoing project! I’d like to add one to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary, even though it’s already passed. Some pendants will just be pretty, some will have special meaning. Maybe someday it will go all the way around our bedroom.



Vintage Barkcloth Messenger Bag

13 Jun

One of the first sewing projects I did was a tote in a great vintage pink barkcloth. It was my main bag for over a year in the mid-1990s- overalls, my Doc Martens and my homemade tote. Oh yeah. But despite all the use, I always thought the double handles were kind of odd, and I always wished they were long enough to wear the bag cross-body.

I forgot I wanted to take a picture of the tote until after I cut the sides, but you can see how it was.

I’ve been trying to make an effort to use supplies I already own in all my crafty pursuits. Minimal shopping with maximal making. I didn’t use a pattern, but instead pieced together the bag’s rectangle from the pink barkcloth and some leftover purple upholstery fabric. The lining is muslin I had on hand.

I had a little figuring out to do over how to sew it all together with the lining, and because I couldn’t find an online reference quick enough, I used some safety pins to try my options until I puzzled it out. I sewed the flap’s three sides together with the purse and lining still inside-out and with the pockets facing. This worked for me because I planned on doing some topstitching and I knew I could close the remaining seam of the pocket part in that way.

Here’s how it turned out:

I think I’m going to use this bag as frequently as I used that tote bag, and I’m happy to have that vintage barkcloth back in use!