Monday, March 2, 2015

I am an ADD Creative Soul

If you are a creative person you know how it feels when you get an idea you want to try and you just can't wait any longer.  I am that person who will stop in the middle of one project and start a new one just because I have to try it now!  The other day I walked into my craft/sewing room and noticed a skein of yarn I had purchased a few days before.  Even though I had my table stacked to the brim with three other projects in process I pushed everything out of the way and started making a scarf out of the yarn.  See the lovely result here A Girl Can Never Have Enough Scarves.

My piled high work area before
I just jumped into a new project.
 
At that moment I decided I was an ADD Creative Soul.  There is really no other way to describe my brain when it comes to the creative process.  I am not this way in any other aspect of my life. (A procrastinator by nature but not ADD).  The lure of what could be created by that new idea just reels me in so fast my head is spinning.  I am sure there are others out there like me that jump from one project to the next and then wonder why our crafting/sewing areas are always in disarray.  Well now I have a diagnosis for you - Attention Deficit Creative Soul.  I guess I could seek treatment for my constant lack of attention but I like to think it keeps things fresh and always moving.  Oh look, I wonder what I could do with that new package of spoons?  Gotta go see you soon.

Danna

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pinterest Challenge and Giveaway

CHALLENGE
 
Everyone loves Pinterest and all the wonderful ideas, recipes, DIY projects you can find.  But I wonder if there are more people like me who "Pin" ideas quite frequently but never seem to get back to acting on those wonderful finds.  So, I thought it would be fun to challenge myself during the month of March to select one pin per week and actually use or do that pin.  Then I thought maybe some of you would like to join me in this challenge.  Who knows we might just find a new favorite recipe our family will love or create that perfect gift for an upcoming celebration.

Here are the guidelines so we can all share in the fun:

1. Select one or more pin(s) from any of your personal boards per week.  It can be a recipe, craft project, cleaning solution etc.  Anything that is already pinned on your boards.  Save the new pins for another challenge.

2.  Actually do the action the pin requires.  For example, make the recipe, create the craft, use the cleaning solution, try the new exercise etc. 

3.  Share a comment on this blog post what pin you used and how it turned out.  Did your family like that new chicken dish or did they give it a thumbs down.  Did you try that new exercise and you have not been able to move for three days.  You get the idea.

4. BONUS FUN: For every pin you try and share a comment I will place your name into a drawing for a free gift at the end of the month.  You may try more than one pin per week but please share a separate comment for each pin you try.  That way you will get the proper number of entries for the prize drawing.

I hope you will join me in using some of the wonderful ideas found on Pinterest.  Ideas are wonderful but they can not enhance our lives if they stay on the shelf or in this case the Pinterest board.

Have fun!!

Danna

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Girl Can Never Have Enough Scarves

Okay, okay maybe I do have a scarf addiction.  But please do not try to do an intervention.  I wear all my scarves so I am not neglecting anyone of them.  This latest scarf is made using the same process as several of my other yarn scarves. Click New Scarves - Superbowl Fun to see the process and other variations.

I love the variegated look of this scarf.
 
This yarn I purchased at my local dollar store, so yes, the yarn was only $1.00 for the skein.  Using the same method as above I looped the yarn back and forth and then stitched down the center.  The scarf is super soft and very light weight.  The length of the scarf is slightly shorter than the ones above and not quite as full.  I like the fact that it drapes nicely and feels warm and cozy but still lightweight.  In Texas we can get up with temperatures below freezing and by the time I leave school it is 70 degrees.  So this scarf is perfect for the unpredictable weather.
 
It was only $1.00 for the skein.

The yarn has these loops about every 8 - 10 inches
 
It only takes about 30 to 45 minutes to make these scarves (word to the wise take the time to roll your yarn into a ball or it can take all day to make one.)  I am always on the look out for interesting yarn for this scarf pattern so, for a dollar I certainly could not pass up this skein.  I went to several other locations of the dollar store and was unable to find any more of this yarn  Reminder to self - if you are standing in the store and you have an idea that you think is a good one and the supplies are only a dollar - buy two!
 
Danna
 


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Repurposed T-shirt scarf Tutorial

I love, love, love scarves.  I have a closet full of them and still want more.  The fact that you can dress up even the simplest blouse or t-shirt by just adding a scarf is remarkable to me.  So, I am always looking for new and different ways to make scarves. I came across this scarf a while back and decided to give it a try.  Upcycling Your Promotional Products

Here is my version of the t-shirt scarf

One of the main reasons I was intrigued by this scarf was the fact that since it was made from t-shirt material it can be worn even in the summer.  I know in Texas that seems crazy but some places I go the air conditioning works really well and I get cold even with the 110 degrees outside. 

I had the tie dyed t-shirts left over from making these scarves Scarf Crazy - Fun and Funky. The tie dyed fabric gives the scarf a little more depth and is just plain fun.  To add some extra detailing I appliqued several flowers in various locations on the scarf using raw edge applique.

The flower appliques work well to break up
the straight lines of the scarf.

Stacking the flowers is also a great way to use up the last scraps.
 
I have created a PDF pattern and tutorial for my sizing and variation of this type of scarf.  You can search and find hundreds of really cool ideas using the same theme. The PDF is here Repurposed T-Shirt Scarf
 
So if you love scarves and are looking for a way to use up (or preserve) those old t-shirts give this pattern a try.
 
Danna
 
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Baby Wipes Box to the Rescue

Several weeks ago we had a plumbing issue with out kitchen sink.  As do most people I keep my soap packets for the dishwasher under the sink.  The plumbing issue had water all under the sink right where I keep my dishwasher soap.  If they had been in the original cardboard box they would have all been ruined. But under the sink would have been squeaky clean.  Since I keep mine in an old baby wipes container they were safe and sound.

My baby wipes box saved the day!

The dishwasher packets safe and sound.
 
I think in honor of the wipes box saving the day I need to give it a face lift.  Maybe I could put the word "SOAP" on the front in vinyl.  What clever ideas do you use old baby wipe containers for?  Share a comment below with your great ideas.
 
Danna

Monday, February 23, 2015

Ice Days in Texas!

Today we are all home because there is ice covering our area.  Now all those people up North and in the mountains think that Texans are crazy to cancel school and everything else just because we have half an inch of white on the ground.  But you have to realize that we are not trained to drive or walk on anything cold.  Also our white is typically solid ice not snow and there is a difference.

My husband and I went to Walmart late yesterday to get something from the hardware department (hoping it would fix our broken dryer) and while there I thought it might be a good idea to pick up some extra groceries.  When I approached the bread isle I started laughing.  Here is why:

The bread isle at the local Walmart
 
This is the bread isle and at 3:00 in the afternoon it was practically empty.  You would think that they were predicting a major blizzard that would have us all home bound for a month.  The forecast is only for one maybe two days.  So, I guess in Texas if you are going to be home due to icy weather you must eat lots of toast or sandwiches. 
 
The icy weather has given me the time to schedule several posts on the blog and update my new Etsy page - check the top of the sidebar for the link to my Etsy page.   Keep watching in the next few days there will be lots of new crafting ideas and a challenge and contest starting the first of March.
 
I hope you and you family where ever you live are safe and warm.  As far as Texas goes it is chilly outside but toasty inside.
 
Danna

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Budget Friendly Fun Valentines for a Large Group

I enjoy giving even a small token to my coworkers on holidays but working in a school makes that list somewhat extensive.  So I am always looking for ways to create something fun and unique on a budget of nothing or very little money.  This year I came across a really cute Origami Heart Bookmark.  Not only is the bookmark a folded heart but it is a corner bookmark which I thought was really fun and unique.

The corner bookmark Valentine

I created my bookmarks out of old book pages (you know how I love old book projects) so the only cost for the Valentines was a little bit of my time and a pack of index cards.  I enjoy this kind of project because I can do it in front of the TV.  The folding of the origami is slightly complex but once you have done 4 - 5 you can really go to town.  Here is a great tutorial video that I watched to learn how to fold the bookmarks.

You can start with any size square, the larger the square the larger your bookmark.  I made my squares approximately 3" x 3".  I chose this size based on the book pages I was using since the pages had two columns.  This allowed me to get 6 squares per page.

The only change I made to my bookmarks was the addition of a colored heart punched from picture book pages.  I wanted mine to have a definite Valentine's feel and thought the colored heart added that special touch.
I added a colored heart to the center of my bookmarks.

I made about 100 of these and then placed them on a 3x5 index card with my greeting stamped on the card.  So the only cost for my Valentines for the whole school was $1.00 and some time.  They turned out to be really cute. 

A large pile of bookmarks ready to be put on cards.

The center stamp is hard to read but it says Happy Valentine's Day

I stamped READ on the same angle as the bookmark.

They would make a great gift for a book club, classroom or for those friends who enjoy a good book.  Did you create something special for your family and friends this Valentine's Day? If you did please share a comment below and tell me about your project.

Danna