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 Making & Celebrating 
Thursday, March 05 2020


 

I am so very excited to be sharing a brand new product, DecoArt Fluid Ready to Pour Acrylic now available at Michaels! I was provided a Vivid four pack collection to use and compensation but all opinions shared are my own experience with the product. DecoArt  products have always been my favorite for painting my craft projects. A couple of years ago I tried paint pouring and so enjoyed it. With these new pouring fluid paints no medium is required. So easy! 
 


 

Just look at these colors! Basically you shake gently and can pour directly from the bottle. 

For this project  I wanted to recycle a 3D object, this sad little dressform I had tried to paint before and was not happy with the results. I was inspired by this favorite piece of fabric and just look how the colors were perfect! I also thought having the wire bottom to hang onto would make it even easier. 

i started with the Magenta, squeezing from the bottle in a random fashion, turning the dressform so it flowed across. 
 

i repeated with two remaining colors, Tropical Blue and Chartreuse,  one at a time, rolling and tilting the form. Flipped it over to add some to the back. I used a Dollar Store tray underneath to catch the drippings. It made a very unique design there too. 
 


 

Look at how cool the back turned out! Even when it dried the colors stayed as vibrant. The acrylics are both fast drying and permanent. Quick clean up too while wet if needed just using soap and water. You can also seal it with a topcoat for extra brilliance! 

i finished my project by painting the stand black and adding ribbon. Such a perfect piece for my craft room! Have some fun with any 3D piece you want to recycle. DecoArt Fluid Ready Pour is really easy to use and I am already thinking of other pieces to pour. This is brand new and now available at Michaels! 

Happy creating!

Debra 


 

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Friday, February 28 2020

When you receive a pretty package of felt hearts in the colors of the rainbow, it is happy mail! Hearts and Rainbows are two of my favorite things and was sent to me by creative  friend Laura Kelly. We work together on many projects together. The hearts reminded me of one of my pretty sewing fabrics . I had an old change purse I wanted to recycle and the hearts would be the perfect finishing touch! 


i used the change purse as a template, cutting fabric slightly large, one piece for both sides. I folded a narrow edge around the fabric and then glued around the top and sides.  My favorite glue adheres instantly, Beacon's Fabri-Tac. Make sure to open change purse wide when gluing around the sides. Simply embellish! I used a fun pom pom trim from Trims by the Yard. Simply stacked and glued the hearts, added a button. Ta da! 
 

This super cute change purse is perfect with my black and white striped purse! 

Create with Style!

Debra

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Friday, February 14 2020


 

I am delighted to be partnering with Fairfield World on this post. Making stuffies has always been my first love and now with grandlittles to sew for it is even more fun! I designed this Plush Stuffie Sloth for sleepovers at Mimi's house. I have been using  Fairfield World Poly-fil forever and now adding the Poly-Pellets for weight. The sloth can sit when not being hugged and the paws are squishy. (So I am informed by a four year old expert :)


 

Here is what you need to make your own sloth stuffie.
Fairfield World Poly-fil
Fairfield World Poly-fil Poli-Pellets
1/2 yard Cashmere Tan Kunin Plush Felt
9" x 12" craft cuts Kunin Premium Felt: 1 Cream, 1 Black, 1 Walnut
12" x 18" Fleece
Fabri-tac by Beacon
Sloth Stuffie Pattern
Scissors, Marker, Paper, Clips, Pins, Measuring Tape, Ruler, Sewing Machine and thread, Needle
 

1. Plush felt has a nap. Cut out pieces with nap running down when you brush it. For body pattern piece tape paper together to make a piece 13" by 17". Fold in half and draw a curved oval from center point at top and to 6" width at bottom. Cut and you will have a curved body piece 12" wide at bottom. Print off pattern page and cut out pattern pieces. 

2. Fold plush felt in half wrong side out. Draw pattern as shown. TIP: Cut out larger than needed around pattern pieces. It is easier to sew plush pieces this way. Use clips to hold pieces together. 

3. Cut face pieces out of felt and glue in place on sloth face. 

4. Sew around arms and feet for sloth. Cut out and turn right side out. 

5. Fill feet and arms two thirds with pellets. Glue feet at this level inside. Sew top of arms tightly shut. 

6. Insert feet 1" from either side of lower edge of body and clip in place. 

7. Sew around body leaving 3-4" open in center of body. 

8. Stuff body with Poly-fil. Fill last two inches with Poly-Pellets. Turn upside down. TIP: Easiest way to sew this flipped upside down, hold between your knees and use a back and forth ladder stitch to sew tightly together. 

9. Plush felt is very forgiving, when you pull the stitches tight they disappear!

10. Glue on that cute face. TIP: I like to position the face first before adding the arms. You can then adjust arms to the right level.

11. Place arms on side seam and stitch in place. This plush Sloth is going to get a lot of loving so the arms need to be very secure. 

12. I added a bow cut from a 6" square, folded in half and sewn leaving an 1" opening. Turn right side out. Tie strip around center. Cut a fleece blankie 12" square.

The plush Sloth well as you can see these grandlittle girls love her. Me, I get to partner with my favorite brands and create what i love for those I love. What could be better! 

This is me, Mimi Magic Maker!

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Saturday, January 25 2020

There is something special about baking and the warm aromas that come from the kitchen. It is just so welcoming! "Baked with Love", gifts from the kitchen are some of the best! I love baking for family and for my guests at our B&B. This week a special package arrived with a stamp from Expressionery designed by my creative friend Laura Kelly. I am very happy to share some of her very fun products. This stamp is perfect," Baked with Love from Quartermain House."

I also enjoy baking with fun bright kitchen items, my polka dot mixing bowl and colored whisks, teal and red my favorite combination. I usually mix up a basic muffin mix using the best ingredients. I always use butter and lots of fresh fruit. 

Cranberry and orange muffins with a crumb topping warm out of the oven were served this morning to the guests. I like to have warm muffins, fresh juice and hot coffee in the dining room to greet them when they come in. 

Of course we also have to have fresh cookies for the guests and the grandlittles. I baked a batch of salted caramel chocolate chip cookies and added each one to a special stamped treat bag. The felt hearts are a cute addition for Valentines. I die cut hearts from felt and added embroidered letters, decorated a stand with pom pom trim and put together this sweet treat display. I appreciate the brands I work with that have wonderful creative products, JOY SA Letters, Kunin Felt and Trims by the Yard. Thank you Laura for the special stamp, it will be well used between Quartermain House B&B and the grandlittles! 

Heart + Hands Create Magic!

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Sunday, November 03 2019
Fairfield Winter Holiday Pillow Party

Who doesn't love a great pillow party! Especially one that involves talented bloggers and designers, great companies and an awesome giveaway plus the theme "Holidays!" What could be better! My favorite time of year. My pillow reminds me of my childhood going to pick out an tree and seeing all the pick up trucks carrying trees home for the holidays. 

Thank you to hosts Laura Kelly Designs and Hedgehog Hollow and the sponsors, Fairfield World, Beacon Creates and Tonic Studios USA

In deciding on the design for my pillow I was looking for holiday inspiration in one of my favourite magazines, Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts issue. (I have been fortunate to have some of my designs featured in the past.) It is such a festive issue and upon opening the magazine on the "from the Editor" page was a wood antique truck with string art tree designed by Dominique Russell. The truck reminded me of my childhood. I translated the pattern into felt and created a cozy pillow. This issue is available right now!

I traced the pattern, cutting out all of the individual pieces.

You will need:

  • Fairfield 20" square Pillowform
  •  2/3 yard Kunin Premium Felt
  •  9" x 12" craft cuts Kunin Premium Felt: 1 Red, Apple or Pirate Green, Black, Lagoon
  • Beacon Fabri-tac
  • Embroidery Floss in White, Red, Teal and Green
  •  (Optional Die cut Snowflakes)
  •  Scissors, measuring ruler, embroidery needle, sewing machine and matching thread (optional, can also be glued with Fabri-tac), paper and pencil.

STEP ONE: Cut out pattern from magazine or use similar pattern of choice. Cut out pieces from felt and layer in position. Take a photo to refer to. Cut a 21" by 44" of white for the easy envelope pillow. Simply fold felt strip overlapping the extra 4" in the center of one side. Sew down each edge and turn pillow. Smooth and flatten. 

STEP TWO: Embellish applique pieces with embroidery stitches. I used a straight stitch on the truck and tree. Layer the tree on the truck and glue with Fabri-tac.

STEP THREE: Blanket stitch around wheels. Add to bottom of truck by 1/2". Glue in place. Add and glue bumper over wheels. 

STEP FOUR: Blanket stitch top of truck back and straight stitch remaining pieces. Glue in place. Glue completed applique to front of pillow. Add die cut snowflakes or Holiday message. Insert pillow form.

Thank you to Fairfield World for providing the pillow forms, they are so soft and make a cozy pillow! They support "Stuffed Love" and feature Crafters who create for a cause on their website.

Enjoy the pillow party and check out all of the fabulous Holiday pillows here! Enter to win a $100 Gift Card from Michaels and 10 lbs. of polyester stuffing from Fairfield World on my  Home Page. Watch for the hashtag #FFWPillowParty2019.

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Friday, October 18 2019
Aprons and Attitude!

I have always loved aprons and have made many. There is something about wearing a pretty or sometimes saucy apron that just adds some attitude! This is Lucy in an apron I made for her and the attitude is all hers! Being Mimi to the grandlittles has taught me a lot! More than that, about life in general, about being more present, embracing magic, mayhem and messiness often all at the same time. This past year of being 65,  I would say in my sixties I have felt a more youthful, lighter sense of spirit. Life is filled with much laughter and many hugs. I know I am very lucky and that attitude is for any and every age!

Baking requires cute aprons, mixers and lots of colorful sprinkles! On the practical side an apron does keep most of the clothing mess free. These matching aprons also a requirement by the girls were made from a tablecloth so very washer friendly. If you want to make an apron for a little. Here is the link to a full tutorial. 

I grew up with a Mom who wore an apron and my grandmother did too. The history of the apron has been a practical one of keeping clothing clean. In the days when wardrobes were limited, a piece of fabric was much easier to wash. For hundreds of years aprons kept clothing clean for both men and women, tradesmen and maids. Certain periods in history it also denoted class with more elaborate aprons and during the Puritan Era, long white aprons from neck to floor were worn by women and girls.

These days with the interest in cooking for pleasure, the era of Instagram and foodies, aprons are both practical and stylish. Here are some of my  favorite apron designs, all with an ATTITUDE of fun, fashion and flare! (and yes a lot of pink)

This apron includes some of my grandmother's recipes transferred on to fabric. Wearing it reminds me of her and seeing her in the kitchen next to the old wood stove that always had something simmering. 

This apron I upcycled from a sundress making ruffled flowers from the fabric. Definitely a summer party apron!

Oh and then there were these Shirt Tale Aprons I designed, modelled here by two lovely WBN members. Upcycled from mens shirts each one had a special story in the pocket about where the shirt came from, slightly saucy and a little spicy. My favorites. Ah might be time to bring back that Apron with serious ATTITUDE!

Aprons and Attitude wear them both with great style and flare!

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Monday, April 01 2019

Hooray for Spring and gardens, gnomes and bunnies! I love making crafts with socks and this DIY Sock Bunny Gnome is super cute and easy to make. There is also a great giveaway too, check it out at the end of the post. Let's do it!

You will need:
9" x 12" craft cut Kunin Classicfelt: 1 White
9" x 12" craft cuts Kunin Co-ordinates: Pink White Dot, Lagoon White Dot
Poly-Pellets and Poly Fiberfill Fairfield
Pair of Socks
Fabri-tac by Beacon
Plastic water bottle
12" Fluffy yarn
Assorted Buttons
Pom Poms, 1 white, 1 pink
Thread
Scissors, Ruler, Pencil, Clip
 

1. Fill bottle half full with poly-pellets. Stretch one sock over bottle and tie over top of bottle.

2. Turn second sock inside out. Draw line at angle to create hat. Cut along line and glue along seam. Let dry and turn right side out. Cut out a 4" by 2" pair of ears and two inner ear pieces slightly smaller.

3. Pull a thin strand of yarn and tie around center of remaining yarn piece. Glue inner ears to outer ear pieces. Fold bottom edges of ears together and pinch. Glue and clip until dry.

4. Stuff top of hat. Insert over bottle and pull down. Fold over brim and glue into place. Insert ears into brim and glue. Glue beard to center of gnome just under hat brim. glue on nose pom pom.  Glue buttons and top pom pom on hat.

5. Bend top of hat into shape.

These bunny gnomes are so easy to make and super cute for Spring and Easter decor!  What is even better too is this great giveaway with Laura Kelly Designs! Enter below!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, October 17 2018

I have been making  costumes since my daughter’s first Halloween. Thirty plus years later I am still designing and making costumes for her and the grandlittle girls too! This is one of my very favourites and hers too. The fabulous make up adds to the Queen of Hearts costume. 

This costume was so easy to make, basically two pieces of felt by the yard and ribbon plus a striped tshirt. The rest of the family were dressed as Alice, the White Rabbit and one of the Knights. 

Last year the family costume theme was the Circus. Anna at three wanted to wear a tutu. What a cute clown she was! I made a clown hat from polka dot felt. A paper birthday hat made a great pattern for the cone shape. 

We also had a very fun Witches birthday party last year! I made these cute brooms with Kunin Felt and set up a corner to surprise the grandlittle girls with witchy attire! 

The cutest part was the girls riding the brooms backwards. They loved them and still dress up at least once a week in their witch costumes. Want a witch broom of your very own, https://www.kuninfelt.com/2017/10/31/5-minute-witchy-felt-broom/

Creating for my girls and grandlittle girls is such a treat and I think of all of the memories we are making too! ❤️

The best thing about making costumes is the fun of deciding on a theme and then putting it all together. DIY different pieces, add some thrift store finds, glue on buttons, trims and make up. Let the Trick or Treating begin!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Debra

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Tuesday, July 24 2018

                        So excited to be part of another Craft Lightning monthly challenge!
This month's craft material is burlap
and time allowed 15 minutes! I live in a historic and very old house, 175 years old
and it has a lot of doors to the outside. The back storage has two doors
and was needing a little decor. A large burlap flower banner would be perfect!

Materials: 2 yards of 6" wide burlap ribbon
1 yard of 3" wide burlap ribbon
3" mason jar cover
Assorted black buttons
Hot glue
Needle and heavy duty thread

1. Cut burlap in two 1 yard pieces.
2. Gather thread along one edge of each piece.
3. Pull gathers tight and secure thread.

4. Glue the gathered edges around the mason jar lid.
5. Glue the buttons to the top of the lid.

6. Glue the narrow burlap ribbon to the back of flower.

                     

         Hang and enjoy! Change it up with different color buttons.
Make larger using more layers or a wider burlap.
Follow along and enjoy the whole round of Craft Lightning
this month!           

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Monday, May 21 2018

It is time again for a Craft Lightning challenge with wood! Time 15 minutes, medium wood. A group of talented crafty bloggers show their stuff, hop along to see it all, link in sidebar. My inspiration, a collection of wood hoops and birthday party season for five of our grandlittle girls! Requested  themes unicorns and princesses with lots of pink! The 8” wood hoop Unicorn would make a cute craft for the girls to make and take home as a party favor.

You will need: 8” wood hoop. 9” x 12” craft cuts of Kunin Felt Corduroy White, Coordinates Gold Dot. Felt scraps for ears, mane and cheeks. 1 yard Peapod pom pom trim White Expo International. Daisy or flower appliques. Fabri-tac Glue Beacon Adhesives. Scissors.

Insert corduroy felt into hoop. Tighten. Trim off excess. Glue pom pom trim around outside of hoop.

Cut a 2” by 4” triangle from gold dot for horn. Cut two 3” teardrops for ears from pink. Cut a 4” scallop piece for mane. Cut two 2” hearts for cheeks. Glue horn and ears at center top of hoop.

Glue on mane, cheeks and flowers. I give the little girls lots of extra flowers so they can personlize their own unicorn. Use a fabric marker or dimensional fabric paint to make eyes.

Crafting with little ones is so much fun, depending on their age a couple of helpful tips to make it the most fun and rewarding for everyone. With the younger ones I am preparing the hoop with the corduroy felt and pom pom trim glued on. They each get a little bag filled with all of the other pieces to glue on, suggesting where the horn might go but after that just encourage their own crafty style! Small bottles of glue are easier for little hands. Sharing markers and glue between each pair of children encourages working together. If one is having difficulty with the glue, help out by putting the glue on the pieces. The child can then place them. This is a quick and easy craft, make it into any animal by just changing the colors. Change the hoop size too. Crafty quick projects are the best! Hop along and Be inspired by the Craft Lighting wood challenge this month!

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