Sunday, December 27, 2009

Gift Exchange

Earlier this month I participated in the Gift Exchange over at Craftaholics Anonymous. I lucked out and had Heather over at Small Fry & Co. as my partner. She sent me two huge handmade bags (a teacher can never have enough bags!), a cute chalkboard frame, and a paper bag scrapbook (I've never seen them open like this- I ♥ it!).

The inside of the scrapbook...

Thanks Heather! I appreciate your kindness! And thanks Linda for hosting!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Crafting A LOT...

Somehow I was able to complete all of my projects in time for Christmas, I just wasn't able to blog about them until now...

So here are a few pictures of completed projects.

A stuffed giraffe I crochet using the pattern found here...

A personalized plate using these instructions...

And finally, I broke free of my fear and tackled some sewing. I was never really afraid of sewing, more so afraid of the inability to "get it right" the first time. This is one of the FOUR scarves I made, in addition to a couple sets of coasters (that I did not get pictures of).

Vintage Style Star Ornament Tutorial

First, cut your star shape and a circle slightly smaller.

Accordian fold crepe paper (I used streamers) about half an inch thick. Place a good bit of glue in the center of the circle (and some more around the edges).

Stretch the crepe paper around the circle and glue two end pieces together.

Glue your embellished star on top. Dry and add a ribbon to the back for hanging.

Now you have very pretty glittery ornaments to adorn your tree with or give away on goody bags!