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Monday, December 28, 2015

Hot Chocolate Bar

Lately, I get a lot of my ideas and inspiration on what is trending from Instagram.  It may be my favorite app.  Hot chocolate bars are everywhere lately.  I was trying to decide what to put on my 3-tiered stand at Christmas time and decided this would be perfect!  Since part of my theme this year is "vintage Christmas" I decided to hunt for vintage Santa mugs at the antique store - so fun!!  The tray is vintage too.  The jars mostly came from Michael's or Goodwill.  Straws from Michael's, then I added Starbucks hot chocolate packets, marshmallows, mini chips, wafer/fudge stir sticks and peppermint stir sticks (not shown in this pic).  
vintage Santa mugs, vintage Christmas

Monday, December 21, 2015

Two Sided Fleece Blanket

I love how this blanket turned out!  

For this project you'll need:
2 yards print fleece fabric
2 yards solid color fleece fabric
lots of pins
sewing machine

Step 1:  Lay out the solid color, right side up.

Step two:  Lay out the print fabric on top of the solid fabric right side down.  So right sides together.

Step 3: Pin the two sides together, all the way around.

Step 4: Sew around the edge with a 1/2 inch margin, leaving about 8 inches open on one side, to enable you to turn it right side out.  Also when you get to the corners, stop 1/2 inch away from the edge and leave your needle in the fabric and turn the fabric to begin sewing the next side.

Step 5: Turn the blanket using the 8 inch opening you left.

Step 6:  Top-stitch around the entire blanket, which will close the 8 inch opening and give your blanket a more finished look.
My brother-in-law Lance loved it!!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Colorful Vintage Christmas

These pictures are my inspiration.  

It's a Wonderful Life

Christmas in Connecticut

Here's what I took from the pics - common elements - colorful, old fashioned C9 lights, garland - tinsel or popcorn, colorful ornaments and tinsel.

Then the colorful, vintage idea expanded to include "Merry & Bright" so I created my mantle with Heidi Swapp marquee letters in bright, colorful, glittery paper, a chalkboard background and an oversize ampersand.

I found a mix of colorful ornaments at Target, Michaels, Hobby Lobby and an antique store.  I bought a bunch of tinsel.
And made a popcorn, cranberry, orange garland.

I love how it turned out - colorful, cheery, vintage - just like the old movies I love!

Merry and Bright

Monday, December 7, 2015

Ruffled Burlap Christmas Tree Skirt

DIY burlap tree skirt, burlap Christmas tree skirt

My sister commissioned me to make a Christmas tree skirt for her and had a specific idea in mind - a ruffled, burlap tree skirt in red, green and burlap colors.

I did a little research and found this blog tutorial to help me get started.

I had a couple yards of regular colored burlap already, so I bought red and green burlap from Hobby Lobby, 2 yards of each.  I also decided to buy a plain, red felt tree skirt from Walmart as the base.

Step 1:  Cut the burlap.  To do this, I measured 3 inches in and then used a safety pin to pull out the thread.  Then that open space in the weaving was my cutting guide.  (Yes, this process is time consuming.  Yes, burlap gets fuzz all over you.  No, you don't need the entire 6 yards, you could probably stop after cutting 3/4 of each color.)

Step 2:  Sew along one long edge and both short edges of every strip of burlap.  (Yes, this process is time consuming, but I think it'll be worth it, because it frays so easily.)

Step 3:  For the outer circles, you'll need several long strips sewn together and it's easier to do it at this point then after you've started pinning. I think you need 4-5 strips for the outermost ring.

Step 4:  Start pinning along the outer edge of your base.  Do this by just folding a pleat every 2-3 inches and pinning it down.

Step 5:  Sew down that ring, in the same direction as the pleats.

Step 6:  Measure and mark two inches above that ring with a fabric pen (or chalk, as I used).  You can kind of see the chalk markings in this pic.

Then just keep repeating steps 4-6 - it does get easier because each ring gets smaller!

The only part that gets more challenging as the rings get smaller is having the bulk of ruffles to move around while you're sewing.

It felt very good to get this one done and my customer loved it!!

Monday, November 30, 2015

It's A Boy! - Care Package

After waiting anxiously for months, my sister Jordan and her husband found out they are having a boy - they were so excited!  Since they live over four hours from the rest of us, we weren't there to share in the excitement.  So I came up with a way to show them how excited we were.

I had the idea to send a package full of either pink or blue items.  A few baby gifts, but mostly things they can use now - blue post-its, blue plastic cups, blue dish cloth, get the idea.  When we found out it was a boy, we went out shopping for blue items.   Dollar Tree was a great place to start.

We added a card, blue balloon and blue confetti to the mix and shipped it off!  Jordan and her family loved it!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving "Gobble" Tshirt

My mom and I made my niece Hadley a Thanksgiving turkey shirt a few years ago and this year we wanted to make one for my nephew Henry.  We searched online for inspiration and found this:

So we bought a t-shirt and some fall fabric (Henry accompanied us on the trip to get fabric).

And I used Microsoft Word to create a pattern for the letters and the parts of the turkey.

You can have a copy of my pattern here.

Then I cut out the paper patterns.  Then I cut around them on the fabric (some people would trace, then cut, but I didn't want the extra step or to see fabric marker on the edges).

Then my mom took over and used double sided fusible interfacing to attach the letters to the t-shirt.  I really don't understand how to use that stuff.  #maybesomeday  #futureLyndisProject

We think he's going to look craaaazy cute it!!!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Last Minute Birthday Card

This was so easy and I loved how it turned out!  I keep blank cards and a pack of candles from Dollar Tree to use for decorative purposes, so I had everything on hand.

I used a typewriter style font to type "make a wish" on the front, leaving room on half the card for the candle.  I also typed Happy Birthday on the inside of the card.  (And upside down you'll see my Etsy Shop name: TheBurlapFlower.)

After I printed the card, I used a double sided glue dot to attach the candle and it worked really well.  I only used one in the middle, but two probably would have been better.  

And you're done - so easy!!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Embroidery Hoop Bunting Wall Art

DIY bunting wall art, craft room wall art

This project was actually really easy to make!  I bought an embroidery hoop from Michael's for only a couple dollars and I had all the fabric.  I used my rotary cutter and mat to cut little triangles for the bunting.

I used a pencil to faintly make lines and then I used my sewing machine to sew the two lines.

Then I used a q-tip to put a small dot of  Mod Podge on each flag, to keep them in place during sewing.  Then I sewed over the top of each flag.

I positioned it in my embroidery hoop and then cut off the excess fabric.



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