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Am I The Only One?

September 26, 2011 06:48 by ehouston

Am I the only one who starts thinking about Christmas as soon as the weather begins to change?  I mean, I don’t even know what the Little Guy is going to be for Halloween yet and I am already worried about getting gifts together in time.  This year I plan to make most of what I give.  I love to give homemade gifts as much as possible, not only to give something from the heart, but because it keeps big dents out of our little budget. 

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I have a few things started already, along with a few purchases for those folks on the list in which handmade will just not do.  Now maybe the goal should be getting everything that can be completed done before the end of the month.  HA!  We will see.

So, have any of you started your holiday "to-do" lists yet?

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Scrap Crafts : Barkcloth Bookmarks

March 15, 2010 01:57 by ehouston

I don’t know about you guys, but I not only have a ton of textiles I also have a ton of scraps.  You may think, well why don’t you just toss them away?  For some reason when it comes to vintage fabrics (especially) I just cannot get rid of even the little bitty bits.  I have been known to save scraps so small they cannot hardly be considered for sewing.  However, a while back I gathered some of those little pieces together and created these…

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…little bookmarks.  There is something about vintage barkcloth.  I just love the texture and the fun patterns.

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Don’t you think the selvedge makes for a neat border?  (Maybe that’s just the textile junky in me)  As you can see I also had some fun with my sewing machine’s different stitches.

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This last version is my favorite because I am total fan of the really mod, atomic type patterns of barkcloth from the 1950’s. 

This craft project was almost a total “Green” project.  I say ‘almost’ because the backing fabric used was newer cotton canvas, however it was just the scraps left over from another project.  I used cardstock I had gathered from the recycling bin at work to create an inner piece to add some stiffness and stability.  The ribbons and rickrack were all vintage bits purchased from estate sales and thrift shops.  Basically all the pieces were to be discarded, but I was able to bring them together into something useful…and pretty cute, I might add!

So, do you have any projects created from what you swept up off your craft room floor after another project?  Do you have TONS of bits and bobs laying around and waiting for a way to be used?  Are you really just a Hoarder?   Come on, you can tell us…  Do we need to call TLC for an intervention?  ;o)

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PS- I have sold all but one of these bookmarks.  Here is the lone survivor in case you are interested.  I hope to create some new ones soon!


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The New Year is Still A Baby, But I Feel Like an Old Lady....Slow and Way Behind!

January 6, 2009 07:14 by ehouston

 

As this new year began I had such high aspirations to be on top of this blog with new and exciting (well, at least to me) topics.  It seems that so far I have spent all of my time trying to think up how I want to approach posting here going forward, as well as, how to handle all of my other responsibilities.  If only I did not have a regular 9 to 5.  It just really gets in the way of my fun time.  ;0)

So, I decided to stop over analyzing everything and just get moving (I keep saying that about the diet and exercise program I plan to begin.  Let's hope this action rubs off on other areas of my life too!).  I plan to start some regular features, but I am not ready to designate specific days of the week to each.  Just like in grade school, I don't want to be caught on Friday wearing my Monday undies.

I am cooking up lot's of new things, so please check back soon!

Mmm....Yummy!

;0)

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