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Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Denim Bag and Quilt Scraps

This is what I had to work with today:

A larger denim tote bag that was given to me about 2 years ago! And a quilt that has been much loved and cut Mom found this at a thrift store for $2.

After thinking for a few minutes..and drinking a glass of sweet tea..
I decided to make this!

For my owl pattern, I simply drew out an owl figure onto some old newspaper. I then pinned it onto my quilt piece and cut it out.
 For the eyes, I used some plain cotton fabric and cut the circles using my Spellbinders dies and my Cuttlebug.  The triangle nose was cut free hand.

Pretty simple deal. And took less than an hour to put together. My kind of craft!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

It all started with a ruffled skirt...

When I first saw this little girl's ruffled skirt at the thrift shop, I just KNEW I had to have it! I loved all the pretty ruffles and the color combo: gray and yellow!! And for $2, it was a steal! This skirt was about a size 10 in little girls. The only label on it said "65"
 But, I wasn't sure what I would do with it..til' one day it hit me!
Please forgive the blurry picture...I took it a few months ago with my cellphone.

I found this cute fat quarter at WalMart and it matched really well. A bargain for 75 cents! I found these purse straps many moons ago on clearance for $1 but can't remember where. 
So maybe a ruffled purse, right?  That would be cute........
But instead, I made my sister a Ruffled Apron! I had been stalking her Pinterest trying to decide what to give her for her birthday. She had pinned a cute ruffled apron. So here is my version:

First I cut the elastic band off of the skirt. I then opened up the skirt by cutting up one of the seams.
 I measured how wide the skirt should be by wrapping it around me. (very technical, I know) Trimmed off the excess.  I then turned the sides of the skirt in a bit and stitched the raw edges. With the polka dotted fabric, I made a band and stitched that on.

I loved the fact that skirt, (now apron) had a thin, white lining fabric. It just finished off the apron so well. I was really pleased with my "repurposing project" and hope my sister was just as pleased with her "new" apron!

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Thinking of You

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Ours was super busy...I'm so happy to be able to slow down today.
As you know, every Monday I share a new challenge with you from Craft Your Passion Challenges. Today I'm sharing Challenge #120. The theme is Black & White PLUS one other color! I chose to use my favorite color........PINK!

Card Details: Digi image- Delicious Doodles, Sentiment-Microsoft Work, Glittery Black Cardstock-Doodlebug Designs, Cardstock-Bazzill, Rhinestones-The Paper Studio

Thanks for stopping by today!!! Have a wonderful Monday!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Little Masterpiece!

My first ever ATC! Of all the years I've been scrapbooking, crafting, and cardmaking...I had never made an ATC! So this challenge over at Meljen's Designs was so much fun for me!
I just love these little things! What a wonderful way to use up all of those scraps in my stash and it was quick gratification!!! I hope you get to try out our Challenge #119 for yourself.

ATC details-Digi Image-Little Artist Mouse (Meljen's Designs), Patterned Paper Scraps-The Paper Studio, My Mind's Eye, Cardstock Scraps-Bazzill, Misc-Stickles, Border Punch-Martha Stewart

Linking to:
Sassy Cheryl's Show Me #83
Whimsy Stamps Challenge Blog #48 Punches and Edgers

Thanks for stopping by to visit! Your sweet comments are always welcome.
Have a wonderful Thursday!

Monday, July 16, 2012

New Challenge Monday!

Hope your weekend went well! Today I'm sharing a new challenge for you from Craft Your Passion Challenges, this challenge calls for Kraft Paper and Lace and/or Ribbon. I have used a beautiful image by our sponsor, A Day for Daisies.

Bookmark Details: Digi Image-A Day for Daisies, Patterned Paper-My Mind's Eye, Rhinestone Brad and Pearls-The Paper Studio, Misc-Vintage Lace Trim

Linking to:
Simon Says Stamp and Show--Anything Goes
Cupcake Craft Challenges #201 Le Tour De France

Thanks for visiting today!! Have a wonderful Monday!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Happy Birthday!

TGIF!! Hope your Friday is going well! I just finished up this card and thought I'd pop in and show it to you! I found this paper pad in my scrapbooking stash and really like the colors and patterned paper designs.
It's an oldie but a goodie from Making Memories. This was a great buy at Ross, it was a paper pad kit w/ embellies and stickers...950 pieces in all for $3!

Card Details: Digi Image-Bugaboo stamps, sentiment-Microsoft Word, Patterned Paper-Making Memories, Misc-Cardstock

Linking this to these challenges:

Wishcraft-Waste Not Wednesday Wk 26-Have had this digi stamp forever. 1st time using it. :)

Have a wonderful Friday!

Monday, July 09, 2012

Going Gothic!

Happy Monday! Going Gothic is our theme this week over at Craft Your Passion Challenges. Challenge #118 is all about going Gothic.
On my card I am using an image by one of our sponsors, The Paper Shelter.

Card Details: Digi Image-The Paper Shelter, Patterned Paper-Unknown, Cardstock-Bazzill,
Flowers-The Paper Studio, Green Bling-The Paper Studio. others-Unknown

This was a super fun challenge. I really hope you will join us and play along. is a very special day! It is my sister's Birthday!
So...Happy Birthday to my dear sister, Arlene!!! Wishing you a wonderful day!!! Love you!

Have a great Monday!!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

New Meljen's Challenge!

Good morning!! I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! Ours was sort of quiet. Stayed home with the hubby and he grilled burgers for us. I had one son working and the other lives it was just our daughter and us. Guess that's what happens when the kids grow up. {{{sigh}}}.

I can't was a nice, relaxing day. Until my dryer stopped working. {{sigh}}. It runs, but doesn't heat. Not good for a dryer that's only 2 years old! Guess I'll be looking for a repairman today!

On a brighter note, today is the day for another fun challenge at Meljen's Designs. The theme for Challenge #117 is to use RED or BLUE. 

Card Details: Digi Image-Meljen's Designs, Senitment-Microsoft Works, Patterned Paper-My Mind's Eye, Misc. Machine Stitching, Buttons, Twine, and Stickles.

Thanks for stopping in today. I wish you a wonderful Thursday!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Handmade Gift Exchange Part 1

So..I jumped the gun and started posting the Handmade Gift Exchange Part 2 and almost forgot to post about what I sent my pal, Ashlee!

I just love Handmade Gift Exchanges, so when Linda of Craftaholics Anonymous posted her gift exchange, I just HAD to sign up!

This is what I sent my pal Ashlee:

A cellphone/gadget pouch.

A collection of handmade cards and a gift tag.

This was such a fun swap, I looking forward to the next one in November!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a blessed Tuesday!

Handmade Gift Exchange Summer 2012 Part 2

Don't you just love surprises?! I do! That's why I joined Linda's Handmade Gift Exchange over at
Craftaholics Anonymous.  I love handmade things so this swap was so fun for me!!!

I received these wonderful handcraft items from Sara Sach of Posh Pooch Designs. She is SO lucky to be on vacation right now, but I'd like to thank her for my wonderful gifts! And my fur babies thank her too!!!!

She sent me this wonderful crocheted bag:

And these super cute pooch bandanas!

This is Bella, modeling her bandana!

I couldnt' get the labs to cooperate, but they'll be wearing these tomorrow!

Thank you so much Sara for these wonderful gifts! And thank you
Linda of Craftaholics Anonymous for letting me participate!

Monday, July 02, 2012

My Little Honey Bee

Wow! Already Monday again!! How the weekend just flies by!!! It is time for another challenge from
Craft Your Passion Challenges. Challenge #117 goes really well with this week being that 4th of July is 2 days away!!! So how do you celebrate Indepdence Day? Chillin' or Grillin'??? THAT is the theme for Challenge 117.

I am using a super cute image from our sponsor Digital Delights.

Card Details: Digi Image-Digital Delights, Sentiment-Microsoft Word, Patterned Paper-My Mind's Eye, Border Punch-Martha Stewart, Misc. Stickles and Twine

And it goes OH SO perfectly with my niece and nephew's new HONEY business, Perez Beekeeping.

I sincerely hope you will get to play along with our challenge this week! You could win an awesome prize!

Linking to these challenges:

The Crafty Bloggers Network-Anything Goes
Fashionista Challenge-Winged Things
Make it Monday-Anything Goes
Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful Monday!