October 26, 2010

Clean or Dirty Magnetic Dishwasher Sign

My husband and I have crazy schedules - as I am sure many of you do!

He is a full time student, part time worker and full time daddy, I am a full time worker and full time mommy, and there are many days where we literally pass each other on the way in and out the door for ten seconds. 
So, we tend to share the chores, and currently, the setup for dishwashering is:
I rinse and load
He unloads
My half tends to take considerably longer, but I really don't care for the unloading part, so it works out:)
The problem is, sometimes it is hard to find a moment to tell him whether the dishes in the dishwasher are clean or dirty!
(I seem to recall a similar problem in my home when I was growing up).
So, I devised a plan, so that we always know whether the dishes in the dishwasher are clean or dirty!
This wooden drawer knob cost a dollar or two at home depot.  It is about 2+ inches in diameter.
 I painted it white, and painted the underside silver.  To see how I did this check out my post here!
 I asked Sean what his favorite and least favorite colors were.  He said he likes green, and doesn't like pink (at least when he wears them), which worked for me...because I like pink:)
 So his half is green, and my half is pink.
 I printed the words "clean" and "dirty" - and transferred and then painted the words on the knobs - (just like I did on this plaque)

 I added some sparkles for the clean side, and some splotches for the dirty side...
Finally, I sprayed it with a protective coating, glued a super strong magnet on the back, and stuck it on the dishwasher!
When the dishes are clean, the clean side is up. When the dishes are dirty, the dirty side is up.

It will probably move to the fridge, high up where my kiddies can't get it, but either way, it works great!

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October 23, 2010

Broom Parking Halloween Sign

The other day, I saw this great free printable and loved the saying!  I think it is so clever!  So, being the crafty lady that I am, I decided that I wanted to use the same saying, but do something a little more than just print it out on paper.

I got this wood plaque at the craft store for just over $3, and painted it orange. 
Now, this would be really easy to do with vinyl lettering...if you had that option;) But since I don't, I often use paint. 
I pick out a font I like on the computer, make it the right size, and print it out on regular printer paper. 

I cover the back of the paper with chalk or pencil lead rubbing, which acts as a transfer - but rubs off the wood when you are done. 

After lining the paper up on the wood, I carefully trace around the letters with a pen or stylist.  This leaves the chalk or pencil lead impression on the wood. 

Using the chalk/pencil lines as guides, I use my embossing tool (looks like a pen with a fine metal tip on the end), dip it in paint, and trace it along the lines.  It takes a little while, but still looks great when you are done. 
 As you can see, I traced it line by line, waiting for the line above to dry before starting the next. The witch hat graphic I found online, and traced and painted it using the same method.
After I was finished painting it, I roughed up the edges with sandpaper, and brushed some of the edges with distress ink - to make it look a little weathered. 
 I bought a couple of hooks at the hardware store, and screwed them in evenly on the bottom of the plaque. 

Finally, I added some hanging hardware, hot glued a plastic spider to the sign, and draped some spider webs along the corners. 
So easy and so funny!
 I got this great kid's broom and set it in the hooks, and even added a little plastic toad, sitting on the broomstick. 
 As I get around to it, I may embellish the broom a bit - but I just love the way it looks on the wall!

If you like this project, check out another of my painted Halloween Projects:

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October 18, 2010

Chicken Roll Holder Basket Cover

Are you looking for the perfect handmade gift?

Funky Chicken Roll Basket Covers!

Made from quilted fabric, these colorful, funky chickens are a delightful addition to any dinner table!
It has been a tradition in my husband's family to use one at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner for years.

The elastic bottom fits around a basket or bowl, keeping the rolls inside warm and waiting....
for someone to snatch one from the holes underneath the wings!

Choose one with fun and funky color - or go with the more traditional (seen below).

No matter what, one of these chickens makes a GREAT gift, and will charm any dinner table!

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October 16, 2010

Felt Trick-or-Treat Bag - Doggie Treats!

This is another one of those projects that, when finished, I am absolutely in love with!  I feel like in this particular case, the pictures can't even do it justice.  It is so cute in person!
My youngest daughter LOVES dogs.  So, when we found this doggie Halloween costume a few weeks ago, we knew we had to get it for her.  She loves wearing it already - and she looks adorable.  

Since I didn't get to make her costume, and it doesn't really need any embellishment, I decided that I would make her a candy bag to match.
I made this one a "Doggie Treats" bag --- but you could make it into any kind of treat bag - whatever fits your costume!
A couple of years ago, I made a felt trick-or-treat bag for my older daughter, to match her Oregon Duck Fan outfit.  It was pretty amazing, but I made a couple of improvements from that one when making this one. 
I knew I wanted to make a bag with dog bones on it. My husband told me that it would be funny to call the bag "Doggie Treats" - because of course the bag has Halloween Treats in it
...just a tiny pun.

What I didn't anticipate, and another thing that I really love, is that my dog bones turned out looking like skeleton bones, which makes the pun that tiny bit funnier:)


I used felt - which I got from the roll at the fabric store.  It is made with recycled bottles, and is pretty thick and sturdy. 
For my bag, I decided to make the outside front and back black, and the inside and sides purple. 

Fabric Needed:

4 - 9"x9" Squares of Felt (outside front and back of bag, plus inside front and back of bag)
2 - 3.5" x 27" rectangles of felt (this long piece becomes the sides and bottom of the bag)
4 - 1.5" x 14" rectangles of felt (these become the handles)
Scraps and pieces for embellishment

I cut 2: 9"x9" squares of black felt, and 2: 9"x9" squares of purple felt.  The bag is made entirely with doubled up felt.

I also cut 2 long pieces of felt, 3.5" wide by 27" long (the same length as the three sides of the square added together).  These pieces become the bottom and sides of the bag. 

You will want to embellish the front and back of your bag before you sew it together.

Whenever I make letters, I start by printing bold letters off on my computer.  Then I cut them out, trace them onto felt, cut the felt out, and sew or fabric glue the letters down. 

Of course, embellish with any design you can think of!
For this bag, I cut white felt to look like skeleton bones.

Embellish the front and back of the bag before sewing the bag together (making sure to leave 1/4" from the edge clear for a seam allowance).

On this bag, I only stitched along the straight part of the bone, as shown.  By leaving the ends un-sewn, it added a very cute 3-D aspect. 
The red lines show where I sewed
If you also want a design on the side of the bag, now is the time to do it.  I did add bones to the ends of one long strip, so that the sides of the bag would be decorated too.

To sew the bag together, take 2 square pieces of felt (one outside piece, and one lining piece) and put them together, right sides out (wrong sides together).  For me, this meant the front of my bag, with one of the purple inside pieces.

Take the 2 long pieces of felt, right sides out (wrong sides together).  Line up the edges, as shown, and them pin them right sides out (wrong sides together).

Before it gets pinned

After it has been pinned, looking at it from the front

After it has been pinned, looking at it from the back
Sew along the edge, using 1/4" seam allowance.  Stop 1/4" from the end.  Note: the seams will be facing OUT. 

Then, pin the bottom edge of the bag to the long strip, right sides out (wrong sides together), and sew along the bottom edge.  Stop 1/4" from the end of the bottom edge.

Finally, pin the 3rd side, right sides out (wrong sides together), and sew with 1/4" seam allowance all the way to the top/end.

Looking at it from the inside

Front and sides sewn together!
Do the same for the other side of the bag.  Pin in place, along all 3 sides (2 sides and bottom) and sew with 1/4" seam allowance.  Again, seams will be facing out.

For the handles: I sandwiched 1 piece of 1" thick grosgrain ribbon between 2 pieces of felt.  I make my felt handles 1.5" x 14" - but you decide how wide and long you want your handles.

Sew across one short edge - catching the ribbon and 2 felt pieces.  Then, sew down the 2 long edges, 1/4" from the edge - keeping the ribbon hidden inside.

To attach the handles to the bag: Put the ends of one handle in between the pieces of felt on one side of the bag, (both ends of the handle go on the same side of the bag), close to the edges/sides of the bag.  Pin them in to hold them in place while you finish sewing.

Once the handles are place, sew the handles down securely, between the 2 pieces of felt that make up the front of the bag. Do this on the front, and the back.  (You can also wait to fortify them as in the picture below until after you have sewn around the entire top of the bag - see next step).

The only thing left to do is to sew the top closed.  Sew all the way around the top of the bag, with 1/4" seam allowance.

Your bag is finished!!

Front and Side

Kids often want to pick out their own costume, so making a trick-or-treat bag gives you the chance to add your own personal touch.  It is easy, fun, and SO ADORABLE!!

Happy Halloween!!

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