Archive for November, 2009

Fabric Yo Yo Pins and Hair Ties

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Fabric yo yos!  I had forgotten about these things for ages then rediscovered them a few years ago as a fun way for the twins to learn hand sewing.

When Alexandra, the princess (for Halloween) needed a brooche to keep her cape on for her costume yo yo’s and pin backs (found deep in the recesses of my craft supplies and never used) were a perfect fit.

 And now I’m seeing yo yos in a whole new light….Christmas gifts!

Put two together (one larger, one smaller), and they make a pretty flower.  Add a button or a bead or a fabric covered button in the center to make each unique.

Then glue them to a pin back or barette, or stitch them onto a hair tie for a beautiful hair decoration.

Cut a circle from your fabric.  Remember the finished yo yo will be a little less than half the size of your circle.  So if you cut out a circle that is 6 inches across, your yo yo will be about 2 and 3/4 inches across.

Working with the right side of the fabric down, fold over the edge of the fabric about a 1/4 inch and do a running stitch with needle and thread.  Be sure to have a knot in the end of your thread then go Up through the folded edge and then back down through the folded edge and continue.  The closer together the stitches are the more ‘ruffled’ your yo yo will look.

When you’ve stitched completely around your circle pull the needle end of the string tight to bunch up your fabric to the center.

Once your fabric is completely bunched to the center do a few more stitches up and down through the folds in the center so it stays in its shape.

Stitch through and tie off the thread on the underside of the yo yo.

For a double yo yo flower make a smaller size yo yo and then place it on top of the larger one and stitch them together through the center.

To apply them to a pin or barrette I took the easy way out and hot glued them on.  And for a hair tie I stitched them on.

Sunday Scripture

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak;

remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Acts 20:35

Christmas Packaging from Upcycled Pasta Boxes

Friday, November 27th, 2009

As I sit here thinking that it’s early for me to start our Christmas packaging, but in the dark recesses of my mind, I also know that every year I think it’s early and then all of a sudden it’s a day or two before Christmas and I’m in frantic mode .  

So we started our Christmas boxes this week, and since we give lots of food we thought these boxes would be perfect.  There’s a little window to show through the mixed nuts or candies or cookies that are tucked inside in a sealed plastic bag.

Trying to be green (and frugal) we used all recycled stuff. 

Pasta Boxes (ours had the window on the bottom but many have the window at the top or middle which I think would be cuter)

Old Wrapping Paper, Construction Paper, Tissue Paper, and Magazine Pages in the color that we needed.  Some ribbon and Mod Podge.

Oh… And a stapler to attach the ribbon handle at the top sides.

For bigger recycled gift boxes ideas check out this post.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Be thankful… 

and have a very Blessed Thanksgiving.

The opposite of recycling. Excessive Newspaper Ads.

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

This was this morning’s newspaper (that thin thing on the left).  The pack of 24 store advertisement is on the right.

For all the talk of going green and conserving you would think that having a pack of ads that is three times thicker than the actual newspaper seems a bit, well, not green.

How much paper and energy is wasted to print 24 seperate store ads (3 of them being 1/4 inch thick magazines).  And half of them just had a seperate ad in the Sunday paper just two days ago. 

I’m done venting.  Now I guess I need to go do a few newspaper crafts.

Homemade Chicken Coop

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

We are so excited we finally got our chicken coop done! 

And getting so excited about building a chicken coop means we are 1.  Getting old  2.  Need more friends/hobbies or both  3.  Are a little odd  or 4.  All of the above.

We are proud that we built the entire thing for free, with stuff we had laying around the garage (yes, we do have alot of junk stuff laying around our home).  The base for the coop began its life as a potting table my dad made for me a few years ago that I didn’t use anymore.  The vinyl flooring is for easy cleaning and was leftover from our addition last year.

We’re starting with just three chickens.  Peep Peep the rooster and Golden Star and Golden Splash the girls (Peep, Star and Splash for short in case I’m lonely and need to be out there talking to a bunch of chickens by name).  We figure we’ll hatch a few more in the spring to get the whole egg to chick education.




Sunday Scripture

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,

and saves the crushed in spirit.

Psalms 34:18

Punched Tin Art

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Jarod made this great nail punched art at his church club last night.

I just love it!

And it’s not hard to do and it doesn’t take too much time. 

Now I do realize the metal can be sharp for the kids to work with, but if I do the cutting out the metal and nailing it on a board then its a a pretty kid friendly craft.   Oh yes, and there’s that whole hammer and nail thing to punch the holes, but with supervision I think I can keep the kids from doing too much damage. 

And I love the idea that we can recycle old metal cans or lid tops or pie pans or metal roof flashing…so many things to work with, so many possibilities!

Can you say Christmas gifts anyone!

 Here’s a few links I could find on the subject.  When we get around to making some of our own in the next week or two I’ll post a tutorial.

Punched Tin Lanterns.

Pie Tin Punched Art.

Snowman from Upcycled Baby Food Jars

Monday, November 16th, 2009

The kids love snowmen and this year we’ve made it a challenge to come up with lots of different snowman projects for ourselves.

With way too many saved baby food jars (I just can’t bear to throw away a perfectly good jar that must have a purpose some day) this seemed like a perfect way to start snowmen for the year.

We used three of the medium size baby food jars, although I was thinking that one larger one with just one smaller jar on top would be nice too.  Or even two medium ones. 

Other supplies were paint, glue gun and some felt and buttons.

Step one.  Paint jars and lids white.  (I took the easy way out and spraypainted them since I had white spray paint handy.)

Step two. Glue lids on two jars and leave one lid unglued for the top jar if you would like to put candy or hair ties or some such thing in it.  (The kids always like to put stuff in stuff, so why not a secret snowman hiding spot for little things.)

Step three.  Glue the jars together.  Bottom to lid making sure to put the jar with no lid on top.

Step four.  Paint a face on your top jar and paint or glue buttons on the middle jar.

Step five.  Devise a hat for your snowman.  We went with the traditional top hat and painted the lid black then cut out some felt for the top part of it and glued it on. 

Step 6.  Add felt scarf and any additional accessories.  Perhaps for a snowlady?

Put the lid/hat on top and you’re done.

Sunday Scripture

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful workds which You have done;

And Your thoughts towards us cannot be recounted to You in order;

If I would declare and speak of them they are more than can be numbered.

Psalm 40:5