Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Kiss-mas Trees

Again, I don't recall where I got this idea (note to self: must remember to take notes in order to give credit where credit is due). I knew I wanted to make something for The Mister to put in his office at work. I had sent him with a candy dish in 2008, but I wanted to send him with something that didn't have to come home since said candy dish did not return until Halloween this year.

I started out with one of those Styrofoam cones found in the floral department. I got green because I thought tree equals green. When I started adding the Kisses I decided I didn't like that the foam was a light green and the Kisses were a metallic forest green. It offended my delicate sensibilities. So I grabbed some foil paper and covered the cone with tinsel cheer. The silver Kisses tend to blend, but I just ate those so that the tree was made up of mostly red and green.

You handle that how you see fit.

If one is nice, two is twice as nice, don't you think? Since the cat tore the tree to smithereens this year we're thinking about making a giant sized version of this next year.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Cat Nap Anyone?

This time the cat got the benefit of my sewing energy. I found this really cool, bright, softer-than-soft fleece in the remenant bin. I knew the cat would love it for a bed.

For this bed I just cut out a 20"x20" (I have 2/3 of a yard of fabric). I used the yummy fleece on one side and canvas on the other. I serged up each side leaving a small opening to stuff the pillow and add some catnip. Then I top stitched the opening and handed it over to His Highness.

It's good to be Pikachu.


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Still A Longhorn Girl

Yeah, I know it's A&M. But we have to love our Aggie neighbors. And if I'm going to mess up on collegiate fabric it's NOT going to be UT. No way.

This tote bag was made with vinyl and has black nylon straps. It's 20x20 finished size and is flannel lined. I think I'm going to add this to my craft show inventory for now. I have several yards of this type of fabric in various colors and patterns that I've picked up in thrift stores and clearance racks. I'll probably create a little personal sweat shoppe in order to repurpose all this goodness.