Crafts

Creamer Pin Cushion

Pin cushionIf there is something I enjoy doing it’s thrift store shopping. It’s like a treasure hunt! You never know what you will find. I even have my preference in stores and it’s a good thing they aren’t too close to home 😉

On my last outing, I purchased this beat up silver soldered (cryptic way of saying silver-plated) creamer. I always search for these heavy silverware pieces to use for crafts but around these neck of the woods they aren’t very easy to find, or the price range isn’t to my liking 😉

When I purchase items like this one, I attempt to search its history online. For this particular item, what I was able to find out was the following:  This is a 2oz silver soldered creamer dated 1935 from the luxury hotel Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco and was manufactured by Gorham Manufacturing Company (one of the largest American manufacturers of sterling and silverplate – Wikipedia).

But as always, I didn’t end my search there. I tend to get side tracked with peoples’ histories… For example, did you know that Mark Hopkins was one of four principal investors who formed the Central Pacific Railroad? His wife convinced him to build this massive mansion on Nob Hill, San Francisco. You’ll have to look at a picture, it was massive! – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Hopkins_Jr. Mark Hopkins passed away at age 64 in 1878, leaving no will for an estimated fortune of $20-$40 million (if that’s a lot of money now, imagine in 1878!). His wife inherited the money and hired a fellow, 22 years her junior, to manage the completion of furnishing the estate. They end up marrying and she changes her will to exclude her adopted son with Mark (they had no other children) and to leave her fortune only to her second husband. Juicy stuff, right? After she passed away in 1891 (only 4 years after her second marriage), her second husband donates the mansion and grounds to the San Francisco Art Institute for use as school and museum.  The mansion survived the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake but was burnt down in the three-day fire that followed the quake. A mining engineer and hotel investor purchased the site and constructed a luxury hotel. But I digress…I just find this information fascinating! Who knew an old beat up creamer could have led me to such a story!

 So back to what I was initially doing 😀  I decided to make a pin cushion with the creamer.

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Materials used: creamer, fabric, pillow stuffing, craft glue and rubber band.

I cut a square piece of fabric, stuffed it with…stuffing 😉 and tied it with a rubber band. IMG_2884

I tried making the cushion a bit stiff so that once the pins were placed on it, the pins would hold upright and not fall to the side. So be sure to check before moving forward. To hold the cushion in place, I glued it to the creamer with a transparent craft glue. For the final touch I cut a strip of lace and tied it to the handle and also made a label which reads: ‘Please enter your pin’ (get it? Pin as in phone pin or atm pin versus an actual pin? 😀 I read this somewhere and thought it was funny :P).

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And that was it! Hope you enjoyed this project and history info too 😀 Have a wonderful day!

Best wishes,
Rosaly

Crafts

Last minute Halloween pillow cover

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Hi!

Halloween is just around the corner but you still have time to make this quick and easy pillow cover.

Start by picking the fabric you want to use for the pillow cover. I made an envelope pillow cover which I find to be one of the easiest pillow cover to make. If you need a tutorial for the envelope pillow cover I found this step-by-step instructions provided by Momtastic – http://www.momtastic.com/diy/168123-diy-simple-envelope-pillow/.

 

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I choose to use a checkered beige and tan fabric for my pillow cover.

 

Next, choose your image. Today I chose a scaredy cat. I searched online for the image and then used my cricut machine to create a stencil. If you do not have a cricut machine, or a similar device, no worries, you can also create the stencil by cutting out the image manually (I actually did this manually in previous years, prior to obtaining my cricut machine :).

Last step, paint the image onto the pillow cover using fabric paint. Let dry. Place your pillow inside the newly completed pillow cover and you are done!

 

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Placing the stencil on the pillow cover.
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Painting in progress.

 

The variations to this project are endless. Just by simply choosing different fabric patterns and different images you will obtain a completely new pillow.

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Hope you have enjoyed this project! Share with us your Halloween pillow cover!  🙂

 

Best wishes,
Anabela

 

 

Crafts

DIY Baptism favors

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Hi there!

Just recently our youngest son was baptized. We had a very small party attend the ceremony and therefore only needed a minute amount of favors. Usually when you think of party favors, you think of big quantities, especially since the supplies needed are usually sold in bulk 🙂 My sister had the idea of using small jars (which can be individually purchased) and fill them with lavender (bonus…my sister has lavender plants :))

We made labels using a cricut machine and glued a picture of my son on top of the labels. The picture had been printed on regular printer paper, not photo paper.

We also printed a thank you message on a separate label (we used transparent paper). With these thank you labels we did not use the cricut machine, we simple cut rectangles.

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After filling the jars with the lavender, we wrapped both labels and a cross using string around the bottle’s neck. IMG_2418

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Simple and sweet. And you don’t necessarily have to use these favors only for baptism, but for any occasion!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you a wonderful and blessed day,
Rosaly

 

Crafts

Floral wreath

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Hello!

And Happy September! Today I wanted to share with you this floral wreath project that I made for my double door entrance.

I enjoy changing my front door wreaths frequently and instead of having a huge collection of wreaths, I have opted to use my grapevine wreaths multiple times a year and simply switching out the accessories (for example, changing out the flowers, ribbon, etc).

Materials used:
-8″ Grapevine wreath
-Plastic flowers
-Ribbon

Pretty simple, wouldn’t you agree? 😀

Below are the steps I took to complete this project via pictures:

 

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I used 8″ grapevine wreaths.
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The flowers were positioned upward and downward. I didn’t use anything to hold the flowers in place since they were easily secured with the grapevine twigs.
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I then wrapped ribbon around the middle section between the two floral bouquets.

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Lastly, I made a bow using wire-edged ribbon and attached it to the wreath.
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Completed wreaths hanging from my front doors.

 

Thank you for stopping by! Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Best wishes,
Anabela

 

Crafts

Fire engine embroidery hoop art

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Hi there! Happy Monday 🙂

So I’ve been seeing these adorable wall decors using embroidery hoops and I have wanted to make one for my boys for some time. As the copy cat that I am 😉 I searched through Pinterest (my always go-to site) in search of ideas but found nothing that grabbed my attention so I took matters into my own hands 🙂

My oldest son (who will be 3 on Saturday!) loves anything that moves- cars, airplanes, trains, helicopters, motorcycles (you get the picture 😉 but he especially loves fire engines! He went through a phase that all he wanted to watch was Fireman Sam…over and over and over again… I actually had to ‘cut the cord’ before he would turn into Norman Price! (For those unfamiliar with the show, Norman is a bit of a menace ;).

I knew I wanted to make something with a fire engine and that’s when I thought of doing the following- I would use two embroidery hoops, one bigger than the other, and I would have a fire engine on one with its ladder extending to the second loop reaching up to a kitty stuck on a tree. Perfect, it would incorporate my son’s love for fire engines and Mommy’s love for kitties 🙂

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I was initially planning to do some embroidery- maybe around the trees and to add some grass and flowers- but as I came to find out, the fabric I was using wasn’t good for embroidery (the needle would leave big holes) so I opted gluing fabric to create the scene without embroidery.

Materials needed:
Embroidery hoop 7in
Embroidery hoop 5in
Green cotton fabric
Blue cotton fabric
Fabric containing fire engine pattern
Green flannel fabric
Brown fabric
Cat button
Crafter’s glue

Instructions:
1. The first thing I did was stitch the blue and green fabrics together. These pieces would create the background for the bigger hoop.

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I found these fabric quarters for 97cents a piece.
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Prepping for stitching. The green fabric can’t be seen here but it’s underneath the blue fabric.
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The two pieces have been stitched together.
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I unfolded the fabric and ironed to flatten the where the two had been stitched together.
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I stitched once again but this stitch would remain visible.

 

2. I then cut out the fire engine from the fabric I had purchased on Etsy.

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Fire engine fabric

 

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I was positioning the fire engine to see how it would look.

3. I wrapped both embroidery hoops with strips of the fire engine fabric. I used crafter’s glue to keep the fabric in place.

 

4. I placed the background fabric in place on the bigger hoop. IMG_4295

5. I cut out a tree truck from brown fabric I had at home. This fabric had a pattern which was perfect for the tree trunk. I then cut a piece of green fleece for the top of the tree. Lastly, I loosen the embroidery hoop and passed the excess green fleece so that the fabric would stay in place.

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Here I’m just placing the pieces, without gluing, to see how everything looks.

6. Before continuing, I cut the excess background fabric on the big hoop and did a running stitch through the fabric as can be seen in the picture below.
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7. For the smaller loop, the background was only a piece of blue fabric. I cut some green fleece for the tree and cut some tree limbs from the brown fabric. Once again, I loosened the embroider hoop to pass the green fleece. I then repeated step 6 on the smaller hoop.
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8. Once the trees were glued on both hoops, I then glued the fire engine to the bigger hoop and glued the ladder continuation to the smaller hoop. And to finish off, I sewed the kitty button to the tree limb on the smaller hoop.

 

I placed the hoops on the entrance wall in my son’s room at his eye level so he can see them when he walks in 🙂 And yes, there have been quite a few times I have to reposition the hoops since he decides to touch them 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

Best wishes,
Rosaly

 

 

 

Crafts

Retro Toaster Cover

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Hi everyone!

I know…once you read the title you thought, what??? A toaster cover? Who uses those anymore? Are we in 1955? 😀 And I get it. I never thought I would have one (or make one) but here is what happened. I was searching for an embroidery pattern on Pinterest when I stumbled across a photo of a vintage toaster cover. I thought what a perfect way to showcase embroidery; to actually be able to see it and enjoy it everyday. You see, the very few kitchen towels I have embroider are never used…how can I use them after such hard work!? 😉

But before we move on, I have a confession to make, I’m by no means an embroiderer nor a sewist. For those who master these skills, you would cringe to see how I complete my projects! But I’m ok with that. I still enjoy doing them and I learn as I go 😉 Having said that, I won’t attempt to teach you how to sew or embroider here today but I will share with you the steps I took to make this toaster cover and show you that you too can make it, even if you don’t excel in sewing or embroidery.

So, for the embroidery pattern, I used a toaster pattern from Stitcher’s Revolution and followed its iron-on instructions:

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I purchased a yard of retro looking fabric (at least I thought it had a retro vibe to it 😉 at Joann’s. The yard was a bit too much fabric but it was in case any mistakes happened(shopping with two little ones isn’t very easy so the fewer trips I need to make, the better! 😉IMG_4268

I measured the height, width and depth of the toaster. I cut 3 pieces of fabric – 2 identical pieces for the sides and one longer piece that would run from the back, over the top and to the front of the toaster.IMG_4251

I just realized I didn’t take many photos of the actually sewing portion of this project but it’s just the same, it probably wouldn’t have been much help since there were many pins holding everything in place 😀 I essentially pinned the pieces of fabric while on the toaster and then inverted the fabric and attempted to sew as best as I could.

On the border of the two identical sized fabrics I put some piping which gave it that extra touch to the piece.

On the side that I attached the embroidery pattern, instead of sewing the white fabric with the embroider directly on the busy flower pattern, I added a red fabric with small dots separating the two. I went wild with my sewing machine and tried a new stitch on the border of the embroider pattern 😀

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Here I’m almost at the finish line… just need to hem the bottom and add a trim to it:IMG_4259

No longer do I see this on my counter: IMG_4266

Now I have a cute toast saying: ‘Butter me up!’ 😀

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P.S. Don’t look too closely at the picture, you just might find some mistakes 😉 But you know what? I still love how it came out and it makes me smile when I glance at it in the kitchen.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Best wishes,
Rosaly

 

Crafts

Fourth of July

Hello!

It’s hard to believe that today is already July 1st! And that also means we are days away from the 4th of July therefore I quickly made some last minute decorations.

First, I made my front door wreaths. Materials used: grapevine wreath, red ribbon about 2 inches wide, blue and white paper, cardboard paper and string. I wrapped the grapevine wreaths with red ribbon. I then made a center piece for the wreath using – blue cones and a white star out of paper that went in the center of the wreath. (Instructions on how to make 3D paper star via Doodlebug Design Inc. – http://www.doodlebugblog.com/2012/07/tuesday-tutorial-patriotic-3d-stars.html#.WVgHQ7pFxes).
It will be easier to use pictures as step-by-step instructions 🙂  –

 

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Some of the materials used.

 

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Step 1: Wrap wreath with red ribbon.

 

 

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Step 2: Cut a circle out of cardboard paper that will fit in the center of wreath. Make a hole for string to pass through to later hang this center piece from the wreath.

 

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Step 3: Make paper cones out of the blue paper and glue them on to the cardboard.

 

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Step 4: Make a 3D star out of white paper. Glue the star to the middle of the blue cones. Pass a string through previously made hole on cardboard and tie to wreath so center piece is hanging in the center.

 

 

 

 

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Finished product hanging on the front doors.

 

 

 

Secondly, I  decorated my mantel. img_40971.jpg

 

I made some 3D paper stars (as mentioned before, instructions on how to make 3D paper star via Doodlebug Design Inc. – http://www.doodlebugblog.com/2012/07/tuesday-tutorial-patriotic-3d-stars.html#.WVgHQ7pFxes) and I hung some aged USA flags. In order to age the flags, I soaked them in tea until I obtained the desired brown tint to the flags. Picture tutorial:

 

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Step 1: Utilized small fabric flags (removed from stick).
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Step 2: Soaked flags in tea to obtained an aged color. Once desired color was obtained, allowed flags to dry.
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Step 3: Hung flags on the mantel using string and mini clothes pins.

And now I’m ready for the 4th of July parade and BBQ 😀

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Best wishes,
Anabela

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