Thursday, October 20, 2011

Table Runner - Part One

Working on a belated birthday gift for a girlfriend.  She requested something "seasonal" and so here we go!  The first stop was Joann's for fabric.  Could spend hours there coming up with different fabric combos and thinking of other projects to made.  But this time stayed with the mission at hand, and in order to keep the time in check I brought Lucy with :)

I've used this pattern book, A Star for all Seasons, a few times for other gifts, it's very easy to follow.

Whenever Max hears the sewing machine running he immediately comes in and wants to help.  He's actually very good at putting pins back in the pin cushion!

Squaring the star blocks.

A pile of star blocks ready for the next step.

I'm hoping Part Two of this post will be a finished product.  Right now I'm assemby-lining the borders and the top will be complete!

What are you making these days?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Typography Take One

I've been seeing various forms of typography word art all over the internet world and wanted to take a stab at it.  I had a remnant black canvas sitting in storage and a Cricut collecting dust, so Saturday night I got a wild hair to go for it!

Supplies used:  black craft paint, canvas, clear glue, paper, Cricut machine, and the fabulous Modge Podge.

I wanted to create a kind of family values sign to hang up on the photo wall, so I thought of some words and went to town cutting in different sizes.  I was limited to the two cartridges of fonts I have (standard George and a Disney font).  I had a couple cream/black papers to use up that kind of coordinated the whole thing.

Here's a photo of the gluing process - very sticky business that glue!

After gluing down all the words in the form I liked, I did a couple coats of Modge Podge to secure it all down.  First time I've ever used Modge Podge, can you believe it?  Certainly won't be the last either!

It now resides on our photo wall.

Now my crafty mind's abuzz with all the possibilities - handpainted stencils on wood, holiday themed phrases, favorite Biblical passages, homemade gifts...