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First Quilt!

I started and finished my first quilt!

My good friend at Crafty Calarri is a quilter as is my older sister. Mostly, I decided to take a sewing class to acquire uninterrupted sewing time on the weekend. (Shhhh, don’t tell Handy Dad!) I took the class at the Golden Fiber Arts Studio store which is attached to, but a separate business from, the Golden Quilting Company.

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I was super impressed with the quality of the class, taught by Norie Severe (see her above!). She even agreed to hold the class with just one student – me! Yep, I had a private lesson, 3 hour, Sunday, in the beautiful foothills of Golden sewing class for the last 6 weeks. How lucky am I?! Thanks, Handy Dad for taking care of the littles for the last few weeks.

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It was so fun to “fussy cut” (new vocabulary!) the center squares of each block from an amazing fat quarter bundle of Charlie Harper for Birch Collection. I purchased the fabric from one of my favorite fabric stores in Denver, Fancy Tiger.  The freedom to design each block was probably my favorite aspect of the quilting process.

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My next favorite aspect of the quilting process – cuddling under the finished quilt!

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Two in One Indoor and Outdoor Easel – IKEA Hack

It’s so easy to make purchases at IKEA as their products are useful and cheap. Last summer, we purchased two easels, and we used them outdoors over the summer. Unfortunately, the weather did warp them a bit, and since the early Fall, we have stored them in our garage. They were sitting unused for a while, so we decided they needed a bit of revamp.

There’s something different about doing art on a large scale and standing versus sitting. We decided to take out the easels and give them a try indoors. Crafty Mom put Handy Dad to work! Here’s what we did to make them work for us:

1)   We took the two easels apart from the hinge at the top. This left us with two white board easels, two chalkboard easels, two trays with paper roll attachment, and two rolls of paper.

2)   We attached the two white boards together at the hinge and the two chalkboards together at the hinge. (We don’t really like chalk in the house, so these will remain outside for fair weather fun! We need to find a fun way to add a chalk basket and eraser stand… In another Crafty Mom and Handy Dad blog post!)

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3)   We wanted two trays on the white board/painting easel so that the kids didn’t have to move their supplies back and forth (i.e. preventing a paint spill disaster). So, we screwed one of the trays on top of the other tray, but on the opposite side of the easel. Yes, it won’t collapse now L, but we think it’ll be worth it to prevent the spill and so that the easel actually gets used!

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4)   Next, we needed to add an additional paper roll dowel. We added this attachment to each side and to the top of the additional tray and connected with a dowel. And Voila! An affordable, easy to make double white board/painting easel.

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5)   We just bought some of these paint cups and these brushes. LOVE LOVE LOVE that the cups are clear so that they work for any color, the no spill, single (no paint-mixing) paintbrush opening, and the top to store. 5 for each side!

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6)   Check out the cute painting apron on G. Made a few years ago from a pattern in this book. Sad that it is almost too small L. A’s apron is from IKEA – another great, useful, and affordable purchase! They now have them in larger sizes, and they are on my IKEA list!

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Next up, should we paint the natural wood of the easel to add to the décor? Or totally silly?!

I am also considering sewing a spill mat, but might end up with a large tablecloth from Target, instead J. Likely, the latter will be easier and cheaper!

The kids have asked to paint at their new easel almost daily since we revamped – yay!

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Valentine’s Day Envelope “Stocking” Tutorial

My friend found a few tutorials for Valentine’s Day Envelopes on Pinterest, and we had a craft night together to work on creating them. Here’s one – Envelope Tutorial 1 and here’s another – Envelope Tutorial 2. Unfortunately, we didn’t finish anything tangible that night mostly because I wasn’t satisfied with the results from the tutorials. I was determined to make something like them — who doesn’t love having a reason to spoil their kids?! — and, I decided to create a tutorial that worked more smoothly than the ones I encountered.

Materials:

  • 3 pieces of “stiffened” felt – 9″ x 12″ – 2 pieces for the main envelope panels and 1 piece for the envelope flap
  • Additional pieces of felt for embellishment – can be stiffened, standard, or adhesive
  • Sewing Machine with coordinating thread; Or you could even try felt glue
  • Ribbon
  • Elastic (at least 17″ in length), 1/2″ to 1″ in width

Instructions:

1. Cut the envelope flap (a triangle with an approximately one inch flat side on each side) out of one piece of tufted felt.

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2. Cut your ribbon (in two separate pieces) to cover the edge of the triangle. Be sure to leave a bit of extra to cover the edges.

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3. Pin the ribbon onto the envelope flap. (Keep in mind that you will cover the envelope tip, so the overlap of the ribbon isn’t important.)

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4. Cut four additional pieces of ribbon to tie over the chair back. I cut one of the ends on an angle, and each piece is about 10 inches long. Depending on your chair back, these straps might be optional or might need to be longer/shorter.

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5. Pin two of the straps about 1 inch (or less depending on your chair) from the side to the inside of the flap and one of the main panels. Ping the other two to the other side making sure they are spaced evenly.

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6. Sew on the panel with the ribbon using an edge stitch around the entire border of the envelope flap. I also stitched the other side of the ribbon. (You might or might not need to do this depending on the width of your ribbon and/or where you placed your first seam.)

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7. Now for the embellishments! I used my Silhouette to cut out a name. You could also cut out Valentine’s themed shapes by hard or with a die-cut type machine. Add more ribbons, sparkles, etc.!

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I made this envelope for my good friend, Calarri’s, daughter, Amelie. (Check out her blog at Crafty Calarri!) I added a heart at the tip of the envelope, as well.
8. Next, measure a piece of elastic to fit around your chair. You will want the elastic to stretch a little so that it holds, so reduce the cut by one inch less than your measurements to create stretch. Pin the elastic about three inches down the front panel and in between the back panel.

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9. Sew around the two side and bottom edges being sure to back stitch at the top seams and over the elastic to secure.

10. Enjoy and stuff with goodies for your littles on Valentine’s Day morning! Post a picture and share any modifications that you might have made. I can’t wait to see them!

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