Posts Tagged ‘craft’

High Street Keychains

Monday, August 26th, 2013

I enjoyed making these cute little keychains this weekend. They feature my High Street fabric collection. Here is a simple tutorial if you’d like to try making them yourself:)

Pretty Floral Pincushion

Friday, July 19th, 2013

What are you making this weekend? How about a cute little pincushion. This is a super quick and easy little project. Get the instructions here. Happy Weekend!

Love these Labels

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Vintage comestible (fancy term for food) labels are simply gorgeous, the time and care that went into the artwork makes them so very charming. My love of antique illustrated packaging verges on obsession, and as my friends and family know I have an ever growing collection. I think they are way too pretty to store away, but what to do with them? Frame them, yes, put them on recycled cans, even better! It couldn’t be easier to add some fun color to your desktop, table or nightstand. I am sharing three lovely labels from my collection with you. The “Dixie Maid” syrup label is a can label from the 1920′s, I researched the decade but I think her hairstyle makes it very evident. The other two labels were from fruit crates from the 20′s and 30′s. I have sized them for you so they fit around a standard Campbell’s soup can nicely. Simply print, cut them out and use spray adhesive or double sided tape. Voila!

Click on the links below to download your labels:

Canned Tomatoes Label

Canned Syrup Label

Canned Peaches Label

 

 

DIY Pressed Flower iPhone Case

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Etsy How to  - iphone case tutorial

Photo by Clare McGibbon

I wanted to share this because I think this is such a beautiful way to embellish your iPhone case. Check out this tutorial by Clare McGibbon on Etsy and learn how to make one.

 

Sweet Felt Birds

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

So easy to make, these handmade felt birds add a sweet and cheerful touch to your Christmas decor.

Here is how to sew them by hand or using your machine:

1. Draw a basic bird shape on a piece of felt (I thought about posting a template but it’s so easy I didn’t want to insult anyone).

2. Put another piece of felt underneath it and cut out the body shape.

3. Cut a little triangle for the beak in a contrasting felt. Be sure to leave enough felt on the thicker end for attaching it to the body.

4. Next prepare a loop of grosgrain ribbon for the hanger.

5. Pin the beak and the ribbon loop in place between the two pieces of felt.

6. Sew around the bird leaving a 1.5″ hole at the bottom for stuffing. Beak and hanger will now be secure.

7. Use a bit of poly stuffing to fill out the shape but not too much as the felt will buckle at the seams.

8. Finish sewing the body shut.

9. Cut two little wing shapes from fabric remnants of your choice and adhere them with no-sew adhesive. Alternatively you can sew the wings on before you sew the body together. If you want to get fancy you can finish the edges of the wings with a blanket stitch and embroidery floss.

10. For the eyes I used a simple french knot embroidery stitch.

Have fun getting in the Holiday spirit!!

Best wishes,
Stephanie

Advent Calendar

Friday, November 30th, 2012
Here is a super easy advent calendar idea using cute little vintage looking tags. I love the homemade Christmas look and this couldn’t be easier. Print numbers in a variety of fun fonts on to clear labels and stick them on the tags. Grab some mini clothespins (and little bags stuffed with treats etc.) and clip them on to a piece of ribbon strung across your mantel. In this case I used a vintage industrial chicken egg rack, but in case you don’t have one of those handy, ribbon or baker’s twine will be perfect. Happy December!! 

Downloadable Mini Spring Bunting Flags

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Here’s a fun printable to dress up your dessert table. Download them here. Enjoy!

 

 

Taking Christmas cookies to the next level

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

This past weekend my daughter and I spent a wonderful evening covering cookies with white royal icing and painting up a Christmas storm using powdered food coloring mixed with vodka. The vodka is key as water will melt the icing base. It was so much fun and we can’t wait to create beautiful confections for Valentine’s and Easter. I never realized that a ginger snap, a plain sugar cookie or a shortbread treat could become such a wonderful tiny canvas.

For these I used little shortbread cookies and painted on royal icing thinned with water (not too thin though). I put them aside and allowed them to dry overnight. The next day I had perfect little cookie canvases. I sprinkled some red, green, white and brown powdered food colorings into my palette and mixed them with drops of vodka to create my cookie paint. Using small artists brushes I painted these little Santas. I like how cute he looks with his many different expressions.

FYI I bought both the royal icing and powdered food coloring from Michael’s.

 

For the Dog Lover on your list!

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Here is a super cute gift idea for anyone who has a dog. If you don’t happen to have a picture of their beloved canine you can purchase a stock image for a couple of bucks. I found the perfect Mini Schnauzer picture here and it has an unmistakably Maisy-ish look.

Maisy is our faithful seven-year old pooch and her portrait will now hang on our picture wall. If you use Photoshop you can simply create a top layer, trace the picture and fill it in with black. I also added words that describe Maisy in a dark grey tone so as not to take away from the silhouette. This is a nice way to personalize the gift. If you don’t use a graphics software you can simply print out the photo and use it as a template for a black paper or card stock cut-out. To personalize it just write the name of your friend’s pet at the bottom. Frame with an inexpensive frame (we got ours from Ikea for $4.99) and voila, perfect gift for the pet lover!!

A Quilt for Your Summer House

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Here is the quilt I designed for my Summer House collection. The pattern is free and can be downloaded here. Happy quilting!!