Popcorn Snack Pack

For Fathers Day, I decided to make a Popcorn Snack Pack for my dad. I was looking for the classic popcorn containers like at the movies but couldn’t find any. When I ran across these small pails, I thought they would work wonderfully.  Red and white is perfect.  I then printed the word “POPCORN”  and attached them to the pails.  They turned out great.

Everything in this snack pack was purchased at my local dollar store except the seasoning jar and the small baseball cap. I chose the baseball cap because my father had a men’s softball team – and even a field – years ago.  I know he loves the game. To add a more personal touch, I made a Crazy Herb popcorn seasoning (I’ll share the recipe tomorrow). So for around $10, I was able to get this cute and personalized gift for Dad. Sure hope he enjoys the treats.

Work Space Curtain

The last curtains I have made was for what used to be our bedroom before we moved to the other side of the house.  This room is now my work space.  I chose the fabric because the walls were painted dark green and I thought a green print on white fabric would match perfectly. Since this used to be a bedroom I wanted to make sure light couldn’t get through the curtain so I backed it with a dark blue denim.  You will notice I put loops at the top instead of just a hole for the curtain rod.

 

 

Bathroom Redecoration

In January, I shared the redecorating of my bedroom. Once the bedroom was done we started work on the bathroom. I had this maroon paint which I painted the walls. Then I took a pale yellow for the ceiling. For extra color, I used bright yellow for the accent color: vanity door, trim, towels and rugs.

 

When looking for a shower curtain, Mac picked this white with yellow and grays. Not something I would have picked but it really fit into the color scheme. The shower curtain also made it possible to add a gray color into the bathroom look.

 

 

As we are aware, most shower curtains don’t go all the way to the ceiling. To solve this (to keep the heat in the shower), I had this great white and yellow fabric and made a valance, I guess is what you would call it.

 

 

There are still a few little things to complete like framing the mirror we installed and finish the caulking in the shower. We sort of stopped redecorating for a while but I have really got to finish these couple of little things.. I do have plans the living/dining area but haven’t got motivated to start it yet.

Easter Flag

 

I found this Easter Basket in a pack of appliques and thought it would make a great flag. I cut out all the pieces separately so I could embroider them. The plan is to stuff the basket handle and the rabbits separately then attach them to the base of the basket. The rabbit bows will be appliqued once the rabbits are attached. The bow will only be partially filled with batting so I can use that is the way to hang it.

 

 

 

The difficulties with this type of flag is using one color of thread instead of using the colors of the bows. If I make another one, I will make the rabbits a little longer so I can applique directly to them and not to the basket. I will also sew all the batting into place instead of stuffing some of the smaller items so they appear more even. I did have to tack the bunny ears to the yellow bow so they would stand up.

 

 

It turned out great and a little unique as it is not a typical flag shape.

Mexican Flag – Wood

In our wood shop we are making flags. The first one we have made was the American Flag. Since we did not have many nibbles for the American Flag we decided to make a 3 panel Mexican Flag. Each panel is 24” tall and 12” wide which makes the total size bigger than the American Flag. The trickiest part is the symbol. I printed the symbol on my ink jet printer and glued it on the center panel. Then used polyurethane to seal it onto the wood. I have found that you can use freezer paper to transfer onto plain wood. But I couldn’t get it to look good so we stuck with the paper applique. Several people said they liked it at the flea market but no one ordered a flag.

Sleep Mask

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This year I will be making sleep mask for gifts. They are relatively easy to make and turn out nicely. You will  need fabric, fleece, batting, elastic and bias tape. This one I made had a soft blue fleece and a white fabric with blue flowers. I didn’t have any blue elastic so I used a silver/gray elastic.

 

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You can see that there are 3 layers to making this mask. You take a template (which you can find on line) and cut a pattern for all three: a front fabric, a lining and a back fabric.  

 

 

It is a combination of machine and hand sewing. sleep-mask-3

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Hat Day

Today is Hat Day so I am sharing what I have done to revamp a hat I was given.

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Last year I started buying hats. I currently have 6 hats of different colors.

 

 

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A friend gave me this white hat that she had removed the decorative band.

 

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It was a little big and had no interior trim so I sewed a piece of foam for a better fit.

 

I had purchased these 3 scarves last year. I have decided to use the star multi-color scarf as I have a blue hat & a black hat.hats-6

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As you can see I folded the scarf several times to give it the right width for a hat band.

 

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Once in place, I stitched the scarf into place on the white areas of the scarf so it wasn’t obvious as to how it was attached. I also stitched under the top end of the knot which was tied in the back.

 

With this white hat and multi-color scarf, I will have a hat for any color combination I wear this summer.hats-15

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