Monday, November 30, 2009
Also, Keri and Marcee, I can't find your e-mail addresses within your profiles. Contact me at melcollette (at) gmail (dot) com and send me your shipping addresses. I'm excited for you to get your blankets!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The winners, via random.org, are
I'll be e-mailing you to get your addresses and preference for the boy or girl blanket.
Thanks for joining me to celebrate lemonade!
Monday, November 23, 2009
She first made a grid, marking the fabric every 2" with an air/water soluble marker. Then, starting on the left side, match one of the markings with the one directly to the right. With a needle and thread, stitch the two together a few times to make a pleat.
After finishing your stitch by knotting it off, continue matching dots in a vertical column, skipping a mark in between.
While it is a really time consuming thing, it has a really glamorous effect with fabric. Right now I'm working on doing smocking for the front of a pillow, except I did my grid every 1" so it is a little smaller scale. And I added pearls. I'll show you as soon as I'm done!
This picture is about a fourth of what she actually did. Amazing. Can you Imagine this at the top of a drapery panel? Luxe, I know!
Friday, November 20, 2009
So, with this bushel of lemons I was given tonight, I decided that even though it isn't summer anymore, I might as well make lemonade. So, my friends, from now until Monday, November 23rd at MIDNIGHT, we are setting up a Lemonade Stand here at the Crafty Cupboard. That means... GIVEAWAY! Yes, you heard me. Or... read me.
ONE lucky winner will receive this blue beauty for that cute little boy in their life:
And ONE lucky winner will receive this pink piece of perfection for their girly girl, or friend's girl, or niece, or hey, themselves.
That means TWO winners! Cool, huh! All righty, here are the rules:
1. Leave a comment with your name and e-mail if it isn't in your profile already. Tell me something neat about yourself. Or a deep dark secret you swore you'd take to you grave. Actually, I take that back. Just tell me something I don't know about you!
2. Post this giveaway on your blog and in ANOTHER comment, put the link to the post (I'll be checking!).
This means you have TWO entries. And since I am picking TWO winners... hey, I might be asking for your address come Tuesday when I post a winner!
Good luck, and I am excited to learn something new about everyone!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
One of the things you may or may not know about me is that I do NOT like cooking, or baking for that matter. I always say "maybe I'll like it if I had a bigger kitchen" or "if I actually had nice pots and pans and bakeware" or "if I were abducted by aliens and underwent a mind warp." But when and IF I make something, it had better be easy, and it better taste good in the end. Or I run to my room in tears claiming I'll never make food again. It's that bad.
This is why I love snickerdoodles. They are easy, and really delicious. I got this recipe from my culinarily-talented (I'm sure that's a term somewhere) sister, who probably got it from my mom. The secret to great, soft, decadent, saliva-inducing snickerdoodles is the cream of tartar and the cooking time. 8 minutes, no more, no less. Don't even think about it. Do this, and you have reached perfection and can go about life without a care. Ha.
I even put up with my lack of counter space for these babies. Mmmmm....
3 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 T sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1. Mix dry ingredients
2. In separate bowl, beat butter for 30 seconds
3. Add sugar; beat until fluffy
4. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla. Beat well.
5. Add dry ingredients to butter/sugar mixture
6. Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon in separate small bowl
7. Roll dough into little balls and coat with cinnamon sugar mixture and place on cookie sheet, flattening slightly with fingers
8. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Then I made a felt sandwich. I first pinned my tabs (3 per felt panel) onto the top front of the felt piece, centering the middle tab and eyeballing the other two. Then I put another 11 1/2" x 14 1/2" piece of Christmas fabric on top with right sides together. I sewed around the edges using a 1/4" seam allowance, and left a hole for turning.
After clipping the corners (makes a better point!) and turning everything right side out, I ironed the opening down a 1/4" so it would look like the rest of the edges and topstitched around the entire panel at 1/8".
PLEASE don't use my pattern for selling purposes. THANKS!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen is a fun, really well-illustrated book about a boy with a great imagination regarding his family car.
And how about extendable wings so you can fly around the world? I'll take it!
This one is a real winner. I love looking at the pictures and thinking of how we all wish our cars were equipped with such great ideas!
So, for a great gift idea for a car-loving little boy, I'm thinking this book along with some Matchbox cars and a Car Caddy (like this one, or the one on this week's So You Think You're Crafty competition) would be PERFECT. Let the imaginations run wild!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Are you excited? I am.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
But my closet was overrun with junk and I've had to move out to the dining room. So, I probably SHOULD keep it clean because it is right next to the front door of our apartment...
But if everything is out, I know exactly where it is. It's either in one pile or another, right?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
To begin, gather a strip of fabric, needle, and thread. I am using a scrap piece of fabric to sew it on to for this tutorial.
The strip of fabric is whatever width and length you decide. The wider the fabric, the thicker (taller) the flower. Longer strips will result in bigger flowers. My strip is 16"x2.5," leftovers from quilt binding :).
Begin by making the center of your rosette. If you think about a regular rose just starting to bloom, the center is still in tight bud form. I folded my fabric in thirds,
and created a triangle by folding down the right corner to be flush with the left side of the fabric, and then the left corner to be flush with the right side of the fabric.
I tacked this little point down to my main fabric. It will be the starting point of my rosette. Obviously.
I just began twisting the fabric and winding it around the center point. I tacked it down to the fabric every inch or so.
It will start looking like a flower fast.
When I got to the end, I tucked it under the other layers and tacked it down so it wouldn't sneak out. Then I made sure it was all secure to the base fabric.
The back might look crazy, but you can iron on some lightweight fusible interfacing to cover the threads. That will also make sure they don't come out for some reason.
You now have a finished fabric rosette. There can be a million variations on this- I used raw edges for a more shabby look, but the skirt rosette had no raw edges. Different fabric textures will create really great rosettes. And a bunch of these in little groups? SO cute. Put them on pillows, clothes, headbands, purses-- the possibilities are endless!
Enjoy your little rosettes!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
It ended up being about a 2T size, so for the REAL skirt I'll do larger dimensions. But truly, for a mock-up, this skirt rocks.
It still fit, but it was tight. And short.