Archive for February, 2013

Twenty-eight of 28

February 28, 2013

Yea for me, I did it! Today’s project is the last one for this month. It’s a crocheted butterfly that I used to decorate a card.


It’s crocheted out of tatting thread, (which is as small as sewing thread!) and a size 13 steel crochet hook. The smallest hook I have is a 14 — that’s tiny!

It was certainly a challenge to crochet with something so small. Especially since my old arthritic fingers can’t feel and move like they did in my younger days.

But I think the card came out pretty nice. It’ll be given away for a birthday coming up in March.

This month-long project was a challenge for me even though most of the projects I made were small and didn’t take a lot of time to make. But unfortunately, I started the month with no thoughts as to what projects I was going to do. “Flying by the seat of my pants” so to speak. I got behind a couple of times, but I was able to catch up.

What have I learned from this experience, you asked? Well, having some kind of a plan and an outline before I start something like this for one thing. It would help keep the anxiety down and make it a lot more enjoyable of an experience for me. I think I also learned that I have more self-discipline than I thought I had.

I really did enjoy working on all these little crafts and am pretty proud of all the projects I made. As I look back over what I’ve accomplished, I’m quite surprised by how many projects there are. Go ME!

Will I try this again? Probably not in the near future. The housework has suffered from lack of attention even though I’m retired and have all this extra time now. Actually, there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. But, hey, I’m going to have fun trying anyway!

Twenty-seven of 28

February 27, 2013

How many of you out there in blog-land have made yo-yo’s out of fabric? I’m guessing a lot of you have. They’re so easy to make and can be made out of some of the smallest pieces of fabric. And they’re so cute and can be used anywhere!

As I’ve mentioned, yo-yos are super easy to make just by sewing a running stitch around the edge of a circle of fabric. But a couple of years ago, I bought a “yo-yo maker”. The name brand is Clover and they come in several different sizes as well as a heart shape. Once you get used to using this little gadget, it really does make the process of making yo-yos a lot quicker. I like it, and have since bought more of them in the different sizes.


As today’s project, I decided to use my yo-yo maker and make some yo-yos to decorate a T-shirt.


Sorry, this pic isn’t very clear, but I wanted to show how I have the little yo-yo flowers coming out of the pocket of the T-shirt. Here’s a close-up,


I embroidered the stems and leaves and found a couple of ladybug buttons and an applique butterfly to attach. As you can see, I used buttons for the centers of the yo-yo “flowers”.

Now I’m ready for Spring to arrive!

Twenty-six of 28

February 27, 2013

While I was searching through my scrap fabric the other day for the denim to make the flower, I came across a patchwork heart that Daughter C. had started those many years ago when we used to craft together. It was only half done and would have been a shame not to use it. So my mind started whirling and this is what I came up with…….


It’s a decorated journal make from the composition books that are so popular around Back-to-school time. I had to add a few more fabric pieces to make the patchwork big enough for the cover. Then I found some old, wide rick rack to add to the side.

It still needed something, so I added some buttons to the plain piece of fabric at the top. (It sort of goes with the button fabric.) Lastly I grabbed the paint pen and wrote “thoughts” on the other piece of plain fabric and trimmed around it with tiny rick rack in red to match the only piece of red fabric in the patchwork.

So what do you think? Pretty neat, huh?

BTW, here’s a Just Because Pic……

This is the view from my sewing room window this morning.


Just WOW! Doesn’t God do beautiful work?


Twenty-five of 28

February 26, 2013

Remember the little denim flower that I blogged about yesterday? Well, here’s what I did with it today!


I found this red tote bag among my stash of supplies and thought how pretty it would be all decorated with denim.

A little further digging and I found this denim pocket along with several others that Daughter C. gave me several years ago after cutting them off some old jeans that her boys had outgrown.  I think we were going to use them in crafts that we were doing at the time. Anyway, she knew that I’d probably find a use for them.

The mouse applique is one that I’ve had around forever! It’s so old that the iron-on sticky that’s on the back is no longer there. Not to worry, though, I just sewed it onto the pocket.

Then I sewed the pocket onto the bag and glued the denim flower to the top for decoration. It still looked a little bare, so I dragged out my paints and wrote “MY STUFF BAG” on it.

Pretty colorful, isn’t it? Now what can I find to “stuff” into it?

Twenty-four of 28

February 25, 2013

This project was for yesterday, but I didn’t get around to getting it on here. It’s a denim flower from FaveCrafts.


It’s so super easy! It can be made in about five minutes. If you go to the website for Favecrafts, it’ll have a video tutorial on how to make them. The combinations of colored denim and buttons could have you wind up with a whole flower bed of denim flowers.

I’ll have to find something that I can decorate with my cute little flower now.