Monthly Archives: December 2012

Bitty Baby Doll Dress

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Bitty baby doll dress

Bitty baby doll dress

I mentioned that I have been busy the past few weeks making Christmas gifts.  This is a dress and diaper cover that I made for my Great-niece, Leeann.  It is made to fit her Bitty Baby by American Girl Dolls.  I purchased the pattern and fabric from Joanne’s and I already had the lace and buttons in my stash.

McCalls pattern M4338

McCalls pattern M4338

I used the McCall’s pattern pictured here.  M4338.  I had so much fun making the dress, it took me back to when I first learned how to sew and would make Barbie Doll clothes.  Maybe that is what I should have made for Leeann.  She is five and out of the mouths of babes came her reaction when she opened her present.

Me:  “The dress if for your Bitty Baby.”

Leeann:  “I don’t really play with her much!”

Gotta love their honesty.  Next year…maybe Barbie clothes!

 

 

Christmas Money Tree

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money tree

Christmas money tree

My brother-in-law was looking for an interesting way to give his daughter money for Christmas this year, so we got on Pinterest and found a money tree.  I went to the site for the money tree, but decided to make a few changes.  I thought about the Pumpkin decoration that I had made in the fall with the roll of toilet paper and thought that same idea would work for this project.  I gathered the materials and then waited on the money!

materials for the money tree

Materials for the money tree

I used:

3 12″ wooded skewers

green marker

wire (silver is pictured, but I went with green)  I used 50 inches of wire and had extra to cut off when I was finished

1 fat quarter of Christmas fabric

2 paper stars cut out with my Cricut

sticky strip tape

money (we used 8  $50.00 bills)

Fold the money accordion style

folded money

folded money.

You can see the green wire I used in this picture. The top left hand corner shows you how to fold the bills.  Fold in half and then fold the sides down.   I wanted the value to show, so I folded the front together and then folded the value sides down.    First color the skewers with the marker or you could also paint them so that they are green. Now wire the three skewers together about two inches up from the bottom.  Place the first folded bill in between the three skewers.

folded money

folded money

I really didn’t have a picture of the first bill that was placed in the tree.  You will see what I mean in the next steps.  This picture shows the tricky middle folds you will have to make in the next 7 bills.  The first bill will not have a middle fold, but you want the tree to gradually get smaller, so you have to make folds in the middle of the bills as you add them to the tree.  This takes a little “playing” so that you can get the right gradation to the tree.

adding the folded bills

Adding the folded bills

This picture will give you an idea of how you add the bills to the skewers.  I kept two skewers to the back of the bill and slipped the bills behind the top skewer so  that they were kind of sandwiched in.  Start the wire from the back of the skewers and wrap it in a criss-cross around the front of each bill as you work your way up the tree.

back view for the money tree

Back view of the wiring for the money tree

This is the back view of the top of the money tree.This shows you how to end the wiring, but it is also how I started the wiring.

money tree

money tree

This is a good picture of the front of the tree with the wiring.  Clip off any extra wire before you add the star.

Now on to the bottom of the tree.  Place your toilet paper roll in the middle of your fabric with the right side of the fabric facing the table.  Now before you start tucking in the fabric, put some scrap fabric or batting into the bottom of the roll to help the tree stay upright.

fold in the fabric

fold in the fabric

Now start folding in the fabric to the center of the roll of toilet tissue.  The amount of fabric will depend on the size of your roll of toilet tissue.  This is a regular roll, so I did trim some of the fabric.  Just play with it untill it all fits with no raw edges showing.

base for tree

base for tree

tree

insert tree into base

Now add your star.  Make sure you put plenty of  sticky strip on the star, because you are going to place they over the skewers.

add sticky strip

add sticky strip

This is a gift anyone would be happy to receive.  I am sure you could use if for other occasions, by changing out what you put on the top of the tree.  Have fun!

Peppermint tray

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Peppermint tray

Peppermint tray

Just like everyone else, I have been very busy with friends and family over the past few weeks.  I haven’t really taken the time to do many postings.  Some of that was due to the fact that I had been working on some Christmas presents and didn’t want to post them before they had been opened. Also, both of my children are home for a week and I really didn’t want to take away from family time to busy myself on the computer.  Well they both got up early today and went to the gym, so they are taking a nap.  I thought this would be the perfect chance to do a post.  Now it seems like some of my posts are not going to be timely since they are Christmas Posts!

This peppermint tray was “pinned” by my niece and I thought I would try it.

Walmart mints

Walmart mints

I just picked up a bag of mints while I was at Walmart.  I thought I would like to make a shaped tray, so I started with one mint and then started surrounding it with other mints.

peppermint tray

Peppermint tray

I put parchment paper down on my cookie sheet before I started. (you can also use waxed paper) I got this small tray completed and did not have enough mints to make it any bigger, so I put the rest of them together to make two small coasters.

Peppermint tray and coasters

Peppermint tray and coasters

I then looked a couple of “pins” and they stated to put the mints in the oven at 330 for 7 to 9 minutes.  This is what I did.  The also cautioned that a higher temperture may cause the mints to “smoke”.  The tray turned out, but the coasters became a little miss-shaped.  They tray was really not big enough to put anything on.  I would suggest you buy more mints. and make it a little bigger.  It is also “sticky”, so you would have to put it on another tray.   I am going to keep it and maybe use it for Valentine’s Day.  You can check out one of the sites I used here.

finished tray

Finished tray and coasters

 

 

Personalizing Vinyl Toys

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vinyl toys

personalizing vinyl toys

Mickey Font

Mickey Font

My sister bought her grandchildren matching desks for Christmas and of course we wanted to avoid any fighting over which desks was theirs, so I went to my trusted Cricut for a solution.

Mickey Font Cricut

Mickey Font Cricut

I decided on the Mickey Font Cricut Cartridge for the lettering.  I just cut the letters out 2″ high using  black vinyl.  I then peeled off the back and centered them on the desk.  The letters are easily removable if you want to reposition them or remove them altogether.  This desk was from Step One, but you could easily add vinyl cutouts to Little Tykes or any other vinyl toy.  It only took about a 30 minutes to complete from start to finish.  In fact it took me longer to do this post than it took to actually letter the desks.  Now all that is left is to deliver them on Christmas Eve.  Merry Christmas everyone!

Upcycled Man’s Tie into a bracelet

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bracelet made from man's tie

Bracelet made from man’s tie

My daughter recently purchase a bracelet that was made from a man’s tie.  Her’s had a leather buckle on it, but it also had a price tag of $55.00

My son moved to CO this summer and brought me all the items he didn’t have room for in his car.  Among those items were loads of neckties.

tie bracelet

tie bracelet

I thought I would try my hand at making one of these bracelets.  I really have to say that this may have been the hardest step, deciding which button to put on the bracelet.  Oh yea, I really, really, really do hate to make button holes.   I read some blogs on how to make a tie bracelet, but I choose the simple route.  I just measured my daughter’s wrist and added @ 2 1/2″ to that measurement.  I used the skinny part of the tie, you know, the part you never see.  I turned raw edges in and slip-stitched the opening closed.  I then put in a button-hole and sewed on the button.  How fast was that.  You could really make a few bracelets from the same tie.  I think I will try to make the little wristlets I have seen on Pinterest from the rest of the tie. My New Year’s Resolution is to try some more of those “pins” and report on how they work out.  I really didn’t take very detailed pictures of this bracelet, but my nieces have picked out ties and I will get busy on those bracelets and post the results.  Have fun with this.  It would be a great way to use a tie from a special occasion or maybe one of your dad’s.  What a sweet memory!

bracelet from man's tie

bracelet from man’s tie

bracelet from man's tie

bracelet from man’s tie

Happy Wizard of Oz Birthday Ms. B

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Wizard of Oz Dorothy

Wizard of Oz Dorothy

“There’s no Place like Home”  Ms B  said it best!  This is my great-niece and I made the Dorothy costume for her for Halloween.  Our family seems to have a fascination with the movie, “The Wizard of Oz”.  It is my brother, Jim’s favorite movie.  Cassidy is Ms. B’s sister and I made her a Dorothy costume when she was 4 and 8 and a Glenda (? good witch) when she was 6.  In fact, I am such a horder that I used Cassidy’s pattern for Ms B’s costume.  Ms. B’s mom decided to use “The Wizard of Oz” theme for her 4th birthday party.  It was priceless.

Wizard of Oz cupcakes

Wizard of Oz Cupcakes

The cupcakes had rings on them with the characters from the movie. Of course we had to collect one of each for my brother .(LOL)

Ruby Slipper cupcakes

Ruby Slipper cupcakes

She also had ruby slippers on some of the cupcakes.  She said she got them online if you are interested.  The most amazing thing at the party was the “Tin Man” that Bentley’s (Ms B) grandpa made.

Tin Man

Tin Man

He was holding all the balloons on the food table.  Here are some up close pictures if you would like to make oneyourself.

Tin Man

Tin Man

Tin Man

Tin Man

Tin Man

Tin Man

Wizard of Oz necklace

Wizard of Oz necklace

This is the Wizard of Oz necklace Ms B got.  It has her name, the Tin Man and her ruby slippers.  I believe they got it on Etsy.

Wizard of Oz necklace

Wizard of Oz necklace

Great Uncle Jim checking out Bentley’s new necklace.  If you want to make the Dorothy dress, I used Simplicity pattern #7801 and I think it is still available.  It includes Dorothy, Wicked Witch and the Good Witch. They also had a candy table with some cute names like “the lollypop guild”.  I hope this gives you some ideas for a party of your own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Frolic Santa Christmas Cricut Card

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Winter Frolic Cricut Christmas Santa Card

Winter Frolic Cricut Christmas Santa Card

I’m at it again. There is just something about playing with the Cricut that I love. I found the red glitter paper at Hobby Lobby. The image is from the Winter Frolic’s Cricut cartridge. Everyone one will either be sick of seeing all the posts or run out and want to buy the cartridge. I am still using the DCWV “the Christmas box of cards” for the base of my card. The snowflake emboss card is from Stampin Up and can be ordered here. Read the rest of this entry