I was recently in the mood to create something new and was looking at a whole pile of different green wools. I've always liked different leaf design items and came up with the idea of making a wool leafy table runner.
What I really like about this is that it's a super versatile runner. I think it would look good with Christmas decor, plain, with spring flower, or even with a simple white pillar candle in the middle.
Its not very long ~2 feet, so can fit in the center of a long table but could easily be put on a coffee table.
Recently, both Nathania and I have been on the "lets make something new to sell" kick. This may come from the fact that both of us are tired of making our little Christmas trees. Nathania was the brain behind the cute little snowmen that we had at our last show (and will have again at our next one), and I more recently have jumped on the train with these cute new additions to our line-up.
Introducing Pippa the Penguin and her friend Poppy Puffin:
I had previously made Mr. Puffin for a charity auction and he was quite large, but Poppy Puffin is the perfect size for an ornament. I'm contemplating putting bows on Poppy...what do you think?
Pippa the Penguin is also the perfect size for the Christmas tree. Each "Pippa" will be individualized, with no two being exactly the same.
These two fine ladies will be making their debut at the next show, but if you're from out of town and want one...let us know and we'll revive our Etsy shop.
We are half-way through our craft-fair season, with only one more show to go!
This past weekend, we were at the Alaskan Christmas Bazaar at Anchorage City Church and were thrilled to see so many of you there! It was by far the busiest this show has ever been. We had a steady stream of people from before the show started until at least 3:30, which is rare. We loved every minute of it. Thank you to all of you who came out. We saw plenty of friendly faces and met many new people. It was great!
This is the only picture I took...but at least there is a picture, which is an improvement from our last show!
We now a have a break until the Wonderfully Made Christmas Bazaar at Cornerstone Church on 12/13/14. If you didn't get a chance to come out this past weekend, hopefully we will see you then!
This year we have some great new products that we are selling at the craft fairs!
First off we have wreaths:
The wreaths come in two sizes and have flowers that are made with vintage buttons. They are made with a multitude of colors and we have different color combos for every holiday!
This is one of our smaller wreaths.
Large wreath perfect for Easter or Valentines day....or everyday!
Next Hop...Cashmere bunnies! Nathania came up with these cute creations and we're making them exclusively with our cashmere wool. We have some that have wool and cotton for some pizazz and then some that are completely made out of cashmere!
Finally today, we have our friendly snowmen. These are perfect additions to your Christmas tree. Each one is hand embroidered, and has a whimsical touch unique to each snowman.
Hey all! The craft fair season is upon us!!! WOOHOO! I do love a good craft fair, and I find them so fun when I get to be a vendor too!
We had our first craft fair last Saturday at South High school...but did we take any pictures? Not a single one.
I wish I could say it was because we were so busy selling things...which we did...but it was mostly because we have a new booth design, and it didn't quite work out the way we wanted it to. One of us had to hold something up the whole day...or it would come crashing down. Yeah it was pretty janky!
Lets just say I have minimal construction skills and they were gone by the time I got to the second part of our display. oops! It will be fixed by our next show.
We did however have a great time meeting new people and seeing so many familiar faces!
Speaking of our next shows, we will be at the following shows in the next couple of months:
Alaskan Christmas Bazaar
Anchorage City Church
1301 West100th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99515
Saturday November 15th, 2014
10 AM until 5PM
We will be located in the nursery, right off the main auditorium.
Wonderfully Made Christmas Bazaar
10431 Brayton Drive Anchorage, AK 99507
Saturday December 13th, 2014
10 AM until 5PM
Our booth is located in the main sanctuary near the stage.
Well they are coupons that are on various types of packages--food, toiletries, etc.--that earn money for schools. Very similar to the Campbell Soup labels that have been around for decades.
Schools collect these Box Tops and then send them in for money to help buy different things. They are super helpful for all schools, but really helpful for lower income schools like the one I work at. Each BoxTop that a school sends in is worth 10c, and that 10c can add up! If you want more info you can check it out here.
I've been collecting them and the Campbell Soup labels for a while, but have always had a messy pile of them in a drawer and then if I don't remember to send them in soon enough they might expire. Boo! Wasted money!
A while back, Nathania had made a little box that went on her fridge to collect them. She made hers all cute with scrapbooking paper and such and actually had a label on it. I finally made one and it was easy as can be.
Here's what you'll need:
A small box--I used a straw box, but a mac and cheese box would work too.
Fun looking duct tape--I've found lots of cute stuff in the dollar bins at Target
A magnet--I used one of the free ones you get in the mail.
To make this handy-dandy organizer, I cut the top off the box, covered it in duct-tape and voila--cute box!
I just matched up the lines of the tape. and created a cool looking chevron pattern.
I then just taped the longer sides of the magnet on to the back and stuck it up on the fridge.
Now, this isn't a take forever project, and probably not pin-worthy, but it organizes those Box Tops and keeps them visual so I bring them into school more often!
Win in my book!
If you don't already collect the Box Tops and soup labels....please do! It really is free for you to do, and can help schools in need out. Check with your local school to see if they are collecting them! If not I know a great school in Anchorage, AK that would love to be the recipient!
Long time no post...but we have enjoyed this amazing summer that Alaska had this year!
Recently, I have come into some plums...for free...
Now I can't resist getting free food, and can't really think of anyone who can. So I took the plums home and made plum jam!
I cut out the stone and cut each plum into about 8 pieces. Sticky work, but isn't the color awesome! Love the color of these plums.
I put the plums in the pot with some lemon juice and some sugar and began stirring. And stirring. And stirring.
Then I got impatient and decided they were done. I put them in jars and a water bath for about 15 minutes.
The plum jam may have turned into more of a thick sauce due to my impatience. I've made this before with better success, but I should have waited until it was more of a honey consistency. Oops! It still tastes great and will be fantastic on ice cream. So I still count it as a win.
Here is the recipe I used:
8 cups of plums
3 1/2 cups of sugar
4 TBSP of lemon juice
Cook, stirring consistently until the plums become a honey like consistency. Then put them in sterilized jars and give them a boiling bath for about 15 minutes.
I have more plums....lots more so I'll probably freeze them and then make more jam...maybe even a salsa!
Admittedly, I'm falling behind on these challenges. Spring Break and a wonderful dumping of snow are to blame. Nonetheless, I will try to continue to post. Here is last weeks challenge this week...
9. Food, Glorious, Food! This is for the Food Network Junky who loves "Chopped" Wait until you have to go to the grocery store...and then challenge yourself to make a new and creative dish from the pantry/freezer. Incorporate the leftovers that need to be eaten and create a new meal. You are not allowed to go to the store for this challenge.
This is actually a weekly challenge here at my house, only for the main reason that I hate going to the grocery store. Don't ask me why, cause there isn't just one reason, but it is just not my favorite task.
I looked in my cupboard and fridge on Saturday afternoon, and was struck by how many veggies needed to be used before they were bad, so those were definitely going to be in my creation.
I also found some sausage that would be tasty in my dish so out that came as well.
My ingredients were the following:
1 orange pepper
can of diced tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
quarter of a white onion
about 10 baby carrots
a package of reindeer sausage
some left over rice/quinoa
red pepper flakes
I began by putting the pepper, spinach, onion, and carrots into the food processor and chopped them up really fine. I also chopped up the garlic. I put all the chopped veggies and the can of diced tomatoes into a large sautee pan...which should have been a large pot, but whatever...I added some water and let them cook down. After they had cooked down a bit I added the spices. I didn't measure the spices, but added them to taste. I also added a bit more water and let it cook down again.
While it was cooking I cut up the sausage and added it, along with the rice/quinoa--which was already cooked--and let those stew for a bit.
And I came up with a very healthy and hearty stew.
With St. Patty's Day coming up I decided to make a banner for the front door with Aria and finally take down the Valentines Day wreath!! I thought we should make a 3 leaf clover banner but Aria decided a 4 leaf clover would be much better :-) so 4 leaf clover it was!!
I grabbed some white and green plaid fabric from my stash, 3 corks, green craft paint and paint brushes and we got started. I cut the four leaf clover from the white fabric and using the corks with green paint Aria made some awesome 3 leaf clover prints on it while I added the stems.
After the paint dried I bonded the 4 leaf clover to the green plaid, hemmed the edges and added twine to hang it up. I wanted to add weight to the top and bottom so it wouldn't flap around in the wind so before I sewed the hems shut I put 2 bamboo skewers each into the top and bottom hems. It's what I had on hand and it worked perfectly :-)!
Start to finish it took about an hour and we both had fun making it! I loved seeing how excited Aria was to put it on our door!!
I love to run races but what do you do with all those medals and bibs that you just can't bear to get rid of because of the accomplishment they signify? Make a running medal and bib board is what you do!! I can't remember where I first saw this idea but you can find lots of examples on Pinterest.
I decided to make one for my friend Tamsin's very belated Christmas present. It is on the larger size as I wanted to add a cool saying and when I found one on the Union Jack I knew it was perfect as she is a Brit!
I picked up a board and square hooks at Home Depot and after my awesome husband cut it down to size I got started. I sanded it down primed it and then applied 2 coats of chalkboard paint that I had in my paint collection. I used chalkboard paint so she could record her PR's (personal records) for her races and also as motivation to keep training write down when her next race was. I used a gold metallic Sharpie to write PR and Next race on the board. I modgepodged the saying down making sure not to put too
much on so it wouldn't squeeze out the edges and dried it upside down so
there wouldn't be any wrinkles. Using an old bib I measured where to place the hooks for the bibs and then spaced the hooks for the medals about 2 inches apart. The square hooks have screws on the end so I predrilled the holes and screwed all of them in by hand. Simple! I love how it turned out and my friend really loved her very belated Christmas present!!!
It has been a little hectic around here lately with travels and school for Sarah and for me not sleeping well and heartburn towards the end of my pregnancy so our challenge completion has been a little sketchy as of late!! But I did attempt this last one and a late post is better than no post in my books so here it is.
Here was the challenge...
Challenge #8 Linen: Mismatched sheets, pillowcases, old towels. Can you repurpose any of it before you throw it out? Betcha you can. I dare you.
I have to be honest, I didn't re-purpose anything from my linen closet but in the spirit of the challenge I did pull out a badly neglected project! Besides towels and sheets I also keep tablecloths and napkins in mine so I pulled out and re-sized a tablecloth that I had purchased yrs ago. When I bought it I didn't realize it was way too big for my table but decided that my crafty self could re-size it and make napkins with the extra fabric in no time, yeah right!!!!
Today I finally cut off the extra 30 inches of fabric and had enough to cut out 8 napkins and then the fun began...ironing the hems. I really, really hate ironing but it sure made it easy to finish up the sewing! Even if it was tedious.
Even though I do hate ironing I really did iron the tablecloth prior to this picture! I really need a new one!! Anyone out there have an iron they love to bits??
What do you do when you're bored? I usually do something with fabric...but if you've been reading this blog for any amount of time you would know that!
The other day I was bored and wanted to make something creative, but relatively easy, so that I could actually finish it. I'm a notorious non finisher when it comes to my projects. I went it the abyss of a craft room and came up with two very easy projects.
The first one is a bangle or bracelet or whatever you wanna call it.
What you need is the following:
some random clear rings that you bought scarves on--or some ugly bracelets you don't like any more:)
scrap fabric and/or ribbon
some modge lodge
I wrapped the fabric and ribbon around the loop and then finished it off with modgepodge so that the ends were sealed and wouldn't fray.
Took 10 minutes start to finish.
They are even pretty stylish if I do say so myself...now if only I were stylish...
The next project I did that same night was to make the simplest ribbon headband ever.
I went to the craft room again---can hardly believe I made it out---and found some vintage ribbon and some elastic.
I measured about an inch of elastic and sewed it on the ribbon on the back with a zig-sag stitch. The elastic allows you to get it over your head with the majority of the headband being ribbon, and you only have a bit of the elastic showing. It works for people who wear headbands with their hair up in a ponytail--like me:)
Then I took this really awkward self portrait.
Whats great about the ribbon headband is that it's not too tight. I often get headaches because headbands are too tight. I made this one the exact tightness I wanted and I wear it all the time--without a headache.
So thats what I do when I'm bored. What about you?
Not gonna lie friends...I'm in Hawaii. But in an amazing feat of motivation I actually made something ahead of time and had time to blog about it. What?! I know pretty dang amazing. What else will be amazing is that this blog post won't get deleted if Nathania posts as well. Blogger doesn't like us sometimes and Nathania's computer has been known a time or two to erase entire posts...
But enough about the dysfunction of computers and blogger....
Onto the project. This week we challenged you to use lumber and wood. So I went out and picked up sticks. We had a huge wind storm that came through so I just went out on the ski trails and picked up some sticks. Good for my project and helps the skiers out too!
I'm pretty sure that all the sticks were birch...but I'm not known for my stick identification skills.
I brought them home...well they sat in the back of my car for a while, were chewed on by a fluffy black dog, and then finally brought in when I was motivated enough to actually do the project!
I had this great circle frame that I had taken off of a clock that no longer worked, grabbed some yarn and gorilla glue. I put some glue on the frame and then some sticks and then clamped it down with the yarn. I the progressively worked my way around, with all of the sticks going in one direction.
Now I've never used gorilla glue before, and I only used it because I ran out of hot glue sticks. It was not my finest moment. Like Nathania on her project last week, the gorilla glue expanded and then looked weird. So I have some weird spots that need to be covered up with some more sticks...or a flower or something....I can't decide.
In spite of the gorilla glue looking weird in some spots, I really do like the outcome. Where it will go in the house is yet to be determined.
This past Saturday, Andy and I hosted a "Chopped" party. What is a chopped party you say? Well its a party in the theme of the fun "Chopped" show on the Food Network.
When we sent out the invitation for the party, we gave a list of ingredients that the attendees needed to make up a dish with. Our list was : Spinach, Basil, Citrus, Salmon, Goat Cheese, Siracha, Chocolate
The dishes that were made needed to include at lease 4 of the ingredients.
We had 5 dishes, and surprisingly enough nobody brought anything similar. We had each couple "plate" their items, because you know presentation is part of the judging criteria. Then we dug in.
Our first dish was a crustless quiche that Nathania made. It included goat cheese, spinach, siracha, and basil. It was accompanied by toast and a butter that included basil and siracha.
This was our only Salmon dish of the night. It was a quinoa cake that included siracha. The cake was topped by goat cheese with cracked black pepper, salmon marinated in lemon, and a lemon wedge. It had a good kick, but was oh so good.
A tasty pesto was also part of the evening. It included spinach, basil, lemon and was topped by some crumbled goat cheese. It also had some sundried tomatoes and garlic. It was yummy.
The most involved dish award goes to our friends Carissa and Kevin, who brought a chicken dish that was served over a bed of rice, with warm spinach and goat cheese. They also had lemon and basil in the dish. Carissa even went the extra mile and brought her own presentation plates!
Our contribution to the night was a dessert. I made a crusty cookie wafer thing with chocolate, butter, graham cracker crumbs, and some chopped pecans. I added some sugar and lemon to a marscapone and goat cheese layer to make it sweet, and then I topped it with raspberries and some fresh cut basil. It was tasty.
Now, I'm sure you're all dying to know who won right?
We decided to have two winners. First the Chopped champion, determined by Andy and I, and then a peoples choice award, in which everyone voted.
Our peoples choice award was given to....
Carissa and Kevin with the Rice and Chicken dish.
And our overall Chopped Champion went to Krista and Kevin with the Salmon Quinoa Cakes.
Apparently to win you have to have a significant other whose name is Kevin...
The party was super fun, and a silly excuse to get together with some friends.
This weeks challenge: Project Finish: Look at the pile of stuff you've attempted to make and then gave up...or is that just me who starts a ton of projects, but hates finishing them? You've bought the materials and I'm guessing the project is over half done. So the challenge this week is to actually finish it. You can thank me later.
Love this challenge as I have many, many (too many according to my husband) unfinished projects scattered around the house. The embarrassing thing is that a lot of them only take minutes to finish. Like this one I found tucked away in the closet...it took me all of 3 minutes to finish, pathetic I know!!
But, now it's finished and just in time for Valentine's Day!!!
I forgot to take an unfinished pic of this next project but once again it took only about 15mins to finish. It was missing 4 corks...yes I said 4 but I also had to take corks off. Why you ask? Well because I used gorilla glue for the first time to attach them when I couldn't find my hot glue gun and I may have been a tad over zealous with the glue because as we all know more glue is better, right?
Not so with gorilla glue, less is definitely more as it puffs up when it dries and my poor corks got pushed all out of place :(! Ok, it may have been millimeters that they were pushed out of place but it was enough to displease my annal nature AND I could see the offending gorilla glue puffing up around the corks, not cool. So, corks came off, I cut off the offending gorilla glue and glued them back on with my beloved hot glue gun!!!
I got the idea off of Pinterest but switched it up a bit my alternating the direction of the corks instead of gluing them down all horizontily. Not sure where it will end up, maybe in my new craft corner to hang up
What project did you finish?
Next weeks challenge:
Lumber, sticks, wood: Make something out of a tree. Play with some stain. Go get some free pallets and finally make one of the hundred pallet projects you've pinned. Go to the forest and find some sticks...if the snow has melted...make something pretty.
I love to do crafts with my daughter and in honor of Valentines Day I decided we needed to make a new bunting for over our fireplace. I dug through my stash and collected my supplies - paint, cardboard, scissors, paint brushes, foam and a burlap bag and set to work. I made 4 cardboard stencils - 2 hearts and 2 x's and 8 burlap squares. I taped Aria's burlap to the stencil so it wouldn't move and she had a blast mixing red and white while painting her hearts.
I love how serious she gets when she paints!!
She managed 2 hearts and 1 X before loosing interest but for a 3yr old I thought that was pretty good! I was going to hot glue or sew them onto bias tape or thick twine but after I hung them up to dry with clothes pins on some thin twine that was already hanging on the fireplace I decided they looked good just like that!
Aria and I also made some sticker Valentines to hand out using Life in the Green House 's tutorial and free pdf. I liked making non-candy Valentines to hand out and Aria had fun picking out all the stickers, deciding which ones to put in the bags for her friends and stapling them all shut!!