Tuesday, February 27, 2007
I also have been adding to my helium.com articles. One of my latest ones I thought you might enjoy reading especially if you like making handcrafted items for gifts. Although I initiated the topic, I am no longer ranked #1 at the moment but the other articles written on the topic of “Why Make Crafts for Gifts” are great reads. I find great joy in creating my own gifts for people instead of always purchasing ready-made.
I hope you enjoy these articles and that they inspire to try something new or keep up with the projects you have. You might even join in on the conversation by writing your own article or leaving a comment here or at Craft Critique.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Wow! It feels so good to actually finish a project. I love to start projects. I love to learn new techniques and will take an interesting class whenever I am able to. But most of the time I start a project or finish a class it usually gets so far then ends up unfinished because I find a new project or new technique I just have to try. Of course, I have finished many projects over the years but compared to all the projects I have started the list is quite short. Lately I have been trying to start items that can be easily finished and this tote bag is one example.
The punchneedle emboidery piece was squared to the best of my ability. I added a couple of borders to complete a quilt block I wanted to use for a pocket on a tote. I used Heavyweight InnerFuse by Dritz to fuse together the block with a piece of muslin. The block was then trimmed again. I used a satin stitch across the top edge of the block. Then I centered and pinned the block to a ready-made denim tote and stitched it to the tote with the same satin stitch as the top.
For everyone who regularly stops by and have seen my little tidbits about Craft Critique, my bio has been published over there. And because of that I have several more people checking Crazy Crafting Mama out.
I'm still a newbie in blogland and have been enjoying every minute of it but I'm still learning my way around so if you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me or leave a post. One of my favorite things of doing this is being able to be apart of the very large crafting community and being able to have conversations with everyone.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
I had seen a pincushion made from a miniature flower pot and I thought I would try to do one with my miscellaneous cups. So I bought a couple of the Pebeo Porcelaine 150 colors and a booklet. Following the directions for painting on a glazed teapot I first painted a base of a fuchsia color. After drying I then did a rag technique with gold. Then when this dried it was heated in the oven. I cut a square of fabric about 1" larger than the diameter of the mug. I placed fiberfill inside the mug, tucked in the sides of the fabric and glued the fabric in place. I used a jewel glue to glue on trim, tassels and buttons. And that's it. It was really easy and it looks great. I also made a couple for gifts. I'm hoping to do some more and hope to share them here with you.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Special Note: Make sure you watch the video in the review because if you don't know much about die cutters (like me) you will understand the concept a little more.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Every year she picks out a cake she would like. This year she picked out the doll cake pan the Wilton Wonder Mold. Although it makes a cute cake it would not be enough for the number of people who would be at the party so I used a 12" round pan to make a big 2 layer cake on the bottom. The doll dress was a Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix and the base was a Duncan Hines Moist Dark Chocolate Fudge mix. YUM!
She wanted the doll to be Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Usually I get to use a picture or pattern from the Wilton pan as a guide but not this year. I simply mixed up my batch of yellow icing and starting doing a dress. I used a #47 basket weave tip upside down to make long strips of yellow for the dress. I darkened the yellow icing and used a #103 petal tip to make ruffles down the sides and along the bottom of the dress. I switched to rose colored icing to make rosettes using a #16 star tip and a #4 large star tip for the bottom shell border. I also used some of the yellow to make some polka dots on the bottom cake. Then I was running out of icing (I made all the icing without color before leaving home) so I just added a couple of rosettes to the dress and sprinkled on some shiny pink sugar crystals. All the icing was made with the buttercream recipe from the Wilton decorating books. It took me about 2 hours to do the decorating but mostly because I was making up the design as I went instead of following a plan and because I had to wait for some of the cake to cool off. It's a lot tougher to make a cake outside my own kitchen. Luckily I have my own cake tool box for my major decorating supplies.
The cake was a hit but so were the special crowns I made for the 3 girls from $1 foam crowns from Michaels and $1 foam purses my daughter made. We used pastel glitter glue and a few sequins. See the photo of the lovely models. Mine is the one on the right.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
The first critique is done. It is a scrapbooking tool called the Crop-a-Dile. This thing means business. Wait till you see what it can do for hole punching and setting eyelets. I haven't used it yet but from the reviews from those who have, it makes me want to go out and get one. I have non-scrapbooking ideas for it. Scrapbooking is not one of my crafts...yet. From what I've heard it is very addictive and I do have plans to do some. I do have a sweet little girl and lots of pictures sitting either in a box or a computer file. Hope you stop by and check Craft Critique out.
Friday, February 2, 2007
Thursday, February 1, 2007
It is a really new forum. The articles I've done so far started from an original article then I wrote another based on it. The articles are then read and rated by members. You also have to rate articles and that can be frustrating at first because until you write in a couple of different categories you could be seeing very similar articles before the subject changes. And some articles are better than others but that's what the rating is all about. You get to choose.
It has only been officially operating since October 2006 and it has a lot of kinks to work out. According to some press if it is going to take off, 2007 will be the year. If it does work I can see someone buying it like Google did YouTube. I think that's part of the fun factor that this could be the "next cool thing".
You really should check it out. And while your there you can check out my 2 crafting articles, The Lost Art of Crafting and Homemade crafts: Do imperfections matter?