Sunday, April 24, 2011

Repurpose, Reuse and Vintage-y Stuff

While on vacation this past week, my mom, my kids and I went antiquing/thrifting. I picked up quite a few things. Of course I left my linens in Alabama. Sorry mom, guess you will have to mail them to me. I am going to "re"start making grandma aprons to sell in my Etsy shop. I say "re" because I have made some to sell in the past and love every minute of the process, from designing to sewing to decorating the little tags.
Above: Here's some of the "finds". Vintage kitchen utensils-I absolutely loovvee! I am going to add a vintage utensil with every apron. I think that this just adds to the vintage feel of the apron. Rt-whisk, spatula, vegetable crinkle cutter, ladle, another crinkle cutter, spoon, potato masher, egg beaters, rabbit ear sifter, another cutter. Above-these small molds are going to go with the children's aprons, child's muffin pan and tin cup-which I am probably going to keep and put pencils in it.

Above: Fruitcake tin full of zipper-Score!! for only $2.

Above: Love the graphics, but rum & brandy fruitcake sounds yucky >:(

Above: Vintage tin for sewing machine attachments. I have not heard of a Emerson machine, but I loved the box and it even still had the attachments. Score!!-$1.75.

Above: Tin came with the book for the attachments. Very neat!

Above: I am always on the look out for wooden spools. I just love them. I want to do something with these spools and the little clay mice that I sculpt. That may come later on this summer/fall.

Above: Some more goodies in the bottom-vintage ric rac, rulers, buttons, zipper, etc.

Above: Paper measuring tape. I will probably use this on homemade cards or tags for the aprons.

Above: Isn't this little table runner sweet. I bought it to make four towels to go with the aprons, but I don't know if I can part with it. The little girl feeding the chickens is so adorable. I believe that the edging is tatting.

Above: Two sweet little doll dresses. Not sure what I am going to do with them yet.

Above: Vintage apron that my mom gave me from Kansas City. Love the red.

We are all sinners and by God's sovereign Grace and Mercy we are saved from the wrath that we all deserve! Jesus is risen! The Lord is Almighty! Forgiving our sins by the blood that was shed!
Happy Easter, everyone!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Time For A Torial....

A tutorial today! I am going to finally show how to "flock" something.  The image below is going to be used in a birthday card for a preschool friend of D#2. The theme D#2 and I picked out was princess. You can read about the gift we bought the birthday girl here. I was really bummed that I didn't have a princess stamp. I thought for sure that I had bought one. But, no, my stamps are real organized and there was not a princess stamp. I had to improvise. I googled princess cartoon image and found this one. It is a retired stamp from Stampin' Up. I drew the princess on a plain piece of paper and designed her like I wanted. I knew that I would want to paper piece some of her dress to make it look more professional.
Above: Hand drawn princess. Colored with my Copic markers.

Above: Here are the supplies that you will need to make the flock: yarn and scissors.

Above: Cut the yarn into tiny fluffy pieces. Zoom in for a closer look.

Above: Apply glue to the area to be flocked. If the area is small, pour a little glue on to a piece of paper and use a toothpick to apply the glue.

Above: I just smush the flock on and press it into the glue. Let it dry for about 10 minutes and then lightly brush the excess flock off with a soft bristle brush.

Above: Here's the finished card. I love using the corsage pins, but I always make sure to clip the point off, especially if it is for a child.

Above: I love to hang the card from the handle of the gift bag. Usually I use an envelope larger than the card so that I can punch a hole in the envelope to hang it. Today I had a eureka moment. I thought why not make a hanger for the card. So, I used the normal size envelope and taped a scalloped circle on to one short side of the envelope. The tape needs to be really strong. I use something called "red line tape". It is very sticky.
Above: The "red" is the backing. You just peel that off and it becomes double sided sticky tape. I usually buy mine at Wally World over in the office supply section. H Lobby also carries it and you can use that awesome coupon!

Above: Here is the back.

Above: D#2 modeling the present.

Gotta go now, thunder is rumbling so I should get away from the computer.
Have an awesome and crafty weekend!!!