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Make it Monday: Procrastinator’s Edition

Last week got weird quickly, but ~meh~  Today is Valentine’s Day and I’m certain I am the only mom in the world who put off making classroom valentines until the last minute, wanted them to be unique AND had to – just HAD to – work a pencil into the plan.  No store boughts for me, thankyouverymuch.  I have entirely too much paper to justify that one!

Since the “no candy” rule foiled my original plan AND plan B (future blogs, I promise), I had to dig deep down into plan C.  Plan C did not choose to manifest itself until yesterday morning.

Third graders like paper, right?  They write and draw and whatnot constantly.  At least the Khan does.  And his classroom is always crying out for pencils so I wanted to do something useful, cute, you get the idea.  These are variants of the classic notepad folder using supplies from my stash, my mother’s stash and the dollar store.

The one on the left involves a 3×5 notepad (from a pack of five costing $1), double sided tape or a tape runner, and scrapbook paper.  The paper is cut to the height and three times the width of the notepad.  Tape the notepad down to the right edge of the wrong side of the paper.  Fold the per at the edge of the notepad, fold the remainder in half (it is really folded in thirds).  Trim the corner out of the left hand edge – with a decorative edge scissors if you have one but a clean straight edge is just fine.  Attach the ribbon with tape (I switched to glue dots for this) and tie the bow with the pencil inside.

The option on the right is with preprinted cards – sold by the box at any craft store.  Just trim the card down to the size of the notepad (or skip it if it’s close), attach the notepad with your adhesive of choice, stamp the front.  Lazy? Yep.  But it was getting late and I got in a hurry.  I attached the pencil with a glue dot to the envelope.

The Khan was happy with them so I’m hopeful the rest of the third grade will too.  This is also a nice idea for a card party / game night favor, teacher gift or just a nice little “thinking of you” gift.  If you use the the preprinted cards and embellish them, they’ll have an envelope all ready for mailing, but you will pay extra postage.

Would you like to see a step-by-step tutorial?  Leave me a comment and I promise to make it happen.

 

Make It Monday – The World’s Worst Week Edition

Let’s forget about last week, shall we?  But I do strive to create weekly and I did manage to make a couple of things.  I did not manage, however, to snap photos because I didn’t find my creations all that exciting.  What is exciting is HOW I created them.  I used this:

Oh yeah!  I got a serger.  Who knew what I was missing?  I certainly did not.  But in order to try to match the Lovely Sarah’s crafting productivity, when she got one, I did too.  Then I told Hubby it was all her fault 😉  I don’t know what came over me.

However, I finally felt well Sunday and got to play with my new toy.  It is wonderful.  For those of you who don’t know what a serger does, it sews overlock stitches – look  inside the clothes you have on now and there’s most likely overlock stitching putting them together.  Overlock is definitely in your knit clothes.   The finished product is clean and professional looking because the serger also has knives which trim your seams as you go along.  I LOVE THIS!  Also, no pins.  Not pinning things together saves lots of time.

So what I got created was a polar fleece scarf:  with wrong side out, serge the tube.  Turn out the right side, top stitch with your regular machine down both sides and above where the fringe will be on the ends.  Cut the fringe.  Done.  10 minutes.

I also created more hot packs for the boys.  Cut a fabric square (I love flannel for this) roughly twice the size you’d like your pack to be, fold right sides together, serge two sides, fill with rice.  Sew the top shut with your sewing machine.  Roughly ten minutes each.

I serged around a two yard piece of polar fleece to make a lightweight blanket for the Khan.

Last, I made  a pillow case (aka the easiest thing in the world).  To make a pillow case, keep in mind these dimensions:

Full Sized Pillow: 21×30 inches

Queen Sized Pillow:  21 x 34 inches

King Sized Pillow:  21×40 inches

So when you cut the fabric, you have to allow for seam allowances and a hem on the end.  Using a full sized pillowcase as an example, it would be roughly 43 inches long with the width based on your desired hem length. Pillow cases bought in the store usually have a three or 4 inch hem which would mean your fabric piece would  be 34″ long give or take your desired seam allowance.

Yesterday, I made the pillow case by folding the fabric right sides together and serging the open long side and one short side of the rectangle.  I then finished the open edge of the rectangle with the serger (not sewing it shut, obviously, but serging around the edge of the fabric to prevent it from raveling.  Then turned the hem, pressed it and finished the pillow case using a decorative stitch on my sewing machine.    They turned out quite nicely.  Again, ten minutes.  15 tops.

What have you been up to?

Tuesday Updates

I have no excuse for not blogging yesterday so I am sorry.  I owe you updates on a few things.

20 Minute Decluttering:  I mastered my craft room.  It took a lot more than 20 minutes and it still looks kind of junky because of my set up and it’s location.  My creative space is in an unfinished basement adjacent to the boys’ play areas.  In fact, it is centered between them.  This can be… complicating.

So, without further ado, here are some after pictures of Saturday’s work:

This area is a cutting table, the bags underneath are fabric pieces as are the four totes at the end of my bookcase.  See what I mean about it still looking kind of dumpy despite being mostly orderly?  My sewing machine is in the rolling case underneath the table.

This piece I hope will be next week’s make it Monday.  I have great plans for this $10 coffee table.  In the background is my major work station.  More on that soon.  The bookcase is cluttered, I know, with my professional library, my crafting books and my cricut cartridges.  I will be moving some cartridges to the Jukebox which will help but I need to be honest with myself about the pro gear.  Soon.  It’s just too soon.

This is a better view of the main work area.  It is big enough for two to make cards or scrapbook pages and whatnot.  The Cricut, Sizzix and laminator are readily available as are the Xyron machines.  As an aside, I think the Xyron machine is the greatest invention ever.  It spoils me for other adhesives.

My desk.  Ready and waiting for rubber stamping.  On the baker’s rack in the background are scrapbooks to be filled, WIP projects, 12×12 paper and foam.  On top are Sizzix dies.
This represents the bulk of my miscellaneous storage.  The tall dresser even has the drawers labeled.  The shorter, wider dresser is full of randomness:  bubble wrap, stuff I am still learning how to use, crayons, wrapping paper…  It’s kind of scary, but I know what’s there and where to find it.  Extra Xyron cartridges are in the third drawer.  Ink pads in the rack on the top and the two boxes are ribbon.  I went back down to pick the paper pad up off the floor.  (MY KIDS!)

The remaining storage area.  Four totes on the end are fabric, on the near end is paper, embellishments, knitting magazines and a handful of in-progress scrapbooks.  Do I like how it looks?  Not really, but having it organized allows me to get some of that stuff used up.

So let me ask you a question.  As you can see, we have an unfinished basement.  We could certainly finish it with paneling or sheetrock, but it would be at our expense and, since we live in military housing, the ROI is negative by the  cost to finish it. So what can I do?  What would you do?  Leave me a comment and share your thoughts and we can come back to it on Friday, okay?

Next up, the Make it Monday update.  I did tweet it last night, but if you don’t follow me on twitter, you’ll feel cheated that you didn’t get it.  I did finish a knitting project.  After lamenting that it takes me SO LONG to get one done, I now will admit that I just don’t spend enough time on it.  I will knit a few row and put it down when my ADD kicks in and I want to play video games.  So this project, that would take a serious knitter an afternoon, took me a couple weeks. It is knitted in garter stitch, seamed and gathered.  I enhanced the pattern by knitting a band to cover the cinched part, not wrapping yarn.  I didn’t like the look of it.  Using yarn and needles I had so it fits into my stash busting goals as well.  Also, the model is adorable, right?

I also want to thank the lovely Sarah for delighting me with one of her projects this week.  Her blog is showing tremendous potential because her Pinterest addiction is worse than my own.    Look at what she sent me!

So once again, loyal readers, what should I do about my basement walls?  Would you take on the paneling or drywall costs yourself?  Another option I thought of was to get bedsheets at goodwill and just cover the walls.  It would be random, yes, but with a bit of fabric paint and a stamp or stencil, kind of funky?  HELP!

Made It Monday – First Edition

Purists may disagree with the first two of today’s crafty accomplishments but since it required considerable thought and effort on my part and I felt the same way I feel when I finish creating something when they were finished, they count.  I love it when I get to make the rules for my games, don’t you?

Last summer, my mom found a great deal on a collage frame and bought me one.  This sucker has something like 17 openings and is HUGE!  It started life leaned up against a wall in the house but my hubby hung it up to prevent it from getting broken.  since there were no photos in it except the ones on the printed sheet that came with the frame, it lovingly became known as “Cousin Lupe’s Quinceanera Pictures” because of the theme of these photos.

Visitors to my home would view the frame rather puzzled.  “When are you going to put pictures in that frame?”

“I can’t cover Cousin Lupe’s Quinceanera pictures!”

Fact of the matter is, the thing is a monster.  There is no ignoring it on the wall so I had a very clear vision in my mind of which pictures I wanted there.  Pictures it would take time to assemble, enlarge and arrange in this frame.  This weekend, I finally decided it was time to get it done.  A Walgreen’s order and an hour or so was all it took, but I am pleased with the finished result.

In case you’re curious, nearly every single member of our family is represented there – all my siblings and both of my parents, my grandparents on both sides and my step-father.  The only family members missing from DH’s side are his father and grandfather on his mom’s side.    I’m very happy with it.

The other project I finished was similar but much smaller.  I received a lovely frame from a friend and again needed to print photos to put in it.

These are pictures from the 3Day.  Silly that I didn’t have a picture of the dear friend who gave me the frame, isn’t it?

The last finished project(s) this week is this batch of Thank You Cards:

 If I were a true crafter, I would have all the details about the paper, etc., but all I can say is I used a Spellbinder, Sizzix (I think, it might be a Cuttlebug) embossing folders, the Opposites Attract Cricut cartridge, some ribbon and paper my mom had on hand to make these.  Oh and a Xyron.  Of course.

What were your big accomplishments this week?  Tell me in the comments!