Stocking Holder Redo

If I had realized before I did the “redo” that I hadn’t actually posted the original stocking holder I would have taken a before picture!!!! That shows you where my head is at right now lol!

Let me start at the beginning then….. a few years ago I saw this really cool idea for a stocking holder on good old Pinterest and just happened to have the materials, or as good as, on hand so I enlisted Chris to help me make it! It pretty much just took some scrap wood, a fence post top, a finial, a bunch of ribbon to wrap the “post” and some coat hooks. Chris did most of the “wood” part of the holder, while I did the painting and wrapping of the ribbon.

It turned out just how intended and worked perfectly for holding our stockings. I think there is actually a picture of it in the post I did last year when I made the stocking for my little granddaughter for her first Christmas! Here is that picture…. (I had to scroll way back through memory lane for that picture lol)

This year, again with the redecorating/colour scheme change, I decided it needed an overhaul lol! I ripped off all of the original ribbon, removed the coat hooks and base painted it with the same gray paint I used on the JOY sign I made this week.

I wrapped the post with that black check ribbon I have been using for just about everything lol (I bought a 150 ft roll of it from Amazon for $15.99) after the paint dried and then put the coat hooks back on.

As a side bar to the post I did a quick sort of “How To” for making a nice bow in 3 pictures.

Fold, the more folds the fuller your bow will be…..
Tie off in the centre with thin wire, a pipe cleaner or even ribbon for attaching to your project.
Fluff out the folds to make the loops of your bow until it is how you would like it to look and then attach to your project.

I made my bow and attached it to the project after it was completely dry. And here is my stocking holder….. with all the stockings I made a few years ago for everyone!

Sandie

Christmas Tree Skirt Alternative

Wow! Am I ever late posting this morning! Every year I forget how long it actually takes to decorate the house for Christmas!

With deciding to change the colours of our Christmas decorations this year to match the colours from redecorating earlier in the year, I didn’t even think about the tree skirt! 🙄

I was looking around the craft room and the laundry room and anywhere else I thought might give me some inspiration lol.

I came to our old light gray tablecloth. Note: light gray tablecloth + 2 messy men = bad idea lol.

I remembered seeing a video somewhere about turning a square of fabric into an alternative to a tree skirt, so that’s what I did!

Note again: if using an artificial tree like me… do it before you assemble the whole tree lol 😳, much easier.

The first thing is to lay your piece of fabric on the floor with the tree stand centred on it.

Fill in around the stand with some kind of stuffing. I was out of stuffing/batting so I just used some old curtain sheers I had washed and out away. You could use blankets, sheets, whatever you have. Just remember if you have a real tree to leave a space for watering.

Then all I did was gather it up in my hands and tie a nice sparkly ribbon into a bow to hold it in place. Fluff up the ribbon and fabric until it looks how you want it!

Before my new star….
After the new star Chris bought me for my birthday!

Now I don’t have to rush around trying to find a tree skirt to match!

Sandie

Hand Towel Redo – Machine Embroidery (New Cheater Technique Attempted)

Last week I decided that while I was waiting for my Cricut to cut something I was going to redo the hand towels in the bathroom because one, being one of the first projects I tried when I first got my machine they weren’t that great lol… and two, being white towels and having two men who work with their hands…well, they were getting pretty gross looking lol.

I did end up using white towels again…. what was I thinking????

I used pretty much the same sort of monogram effect on them but this time I used a technique that I remember seeing somewhere on Pinterest.

Last time I found that when I did the monogram on the towels, it sort of “sunk” in to the fabric of the towels. I read that if you hoop the towels as you normally would, but then added a layer of wax paper on top of the towel, between the towel and the presser foot , that the stitching would sit higher and not just sink into the fabric.

Here is a picture of my machine while it was sewing the monogram, with the wax paper in place.

Note: I had to change the wax paper for each colour because as it is stitching it is also cutting the wax paper around the design and it comes apart all the way around the stitch line. Not a big deal, but not something I remember reading.

I think you can see better in this picture around the letter “L” where it is cutting the wax paper.

This is what the hand towels looked like after the stitching and while there was the tiny issue with having to replace the wax paper after each colour, it definitely raises the stitching so that it isn’t sinking into whatever fabric you are using to put your monogram or whatever else on your project! (And yes, I could have chosen better colours. Definitely not thinking straight when I did them lol)

Sandie

Pencil Signs- Teacher Gifts

I saw this idea a while back and wished I had seen it while my two were still in school! We always tried to make whatever Christmas gift we gave the teachers each year, whether it was ornaments, baking or whatever. These would have been a great idea!

I started out with some 2 x 4’s. Chris cut them down and into “pencil: shapes and then a friend of his sanded them down all nice for me!

I taped them off separating where I wanted the coloured part of the pencil, the eraser and the metal band with painter’s tape.

And painted…. many coats… of the yellow for the coloured part and pink for the eraser.

When that was FINALLY done lol, I retaped them so I could paint the metal band section. Because my silver metallic paint was kind of see through I painted it first with light gray paint to eliminate probably hundreds of coats of the silver!

Here they are after painting on the metal bands.

I used the name of a friend’s wife who is a T.A. on my example, cutting her name using my Cricut and black vinyl.

I applied a few coats of varethane then screwed a few eye hooks to the top for the twine, tied a nice bow to the twine and applied the vinyl.

And that’s it! A really cute Pencil sign for a teacher!

Sandie

Minnie Mouse Christmas Countdown Sign – Cricut Project

Kim loves almost anything Disney lol. Originally it was Tinkerbell but it sort of expanded from that. Now that she has a little one of her own I think it is going to blossom even more!

When I started to think about making them a Countdown to Christmas sign, a Disney character popped into my head. Knowing how much she likes Minnie, and considering that was the theme for my granddaughter’s first birthday, it seemed the perfect theme!

I was able to purchase and download a “Disney” font package from etsy.ca which helped tremendously and there are a ton of Free Minnie Mouse “heads” you can download on Pinterest.

Armed with all of that, and some of the fonts in Design Space, I put together the pattern for this Christmas Countdown sign for them!

Here is the pattern as shown in Design Space….

I bought a wooden canvas from the dollar store and base painted it a light blue colour. Don’t ask me why… for whatever reason, blue seemed the right colour for a Disney themed project lol… even though it is a Christmas sign… weird, huh?

Once the paint dried, I also gave it a quick, watered down a bit, coat of glitter glue…. just because it is a Christmas sign lol.

While the glue was drying I did the cutting and weeding of the vinyl.

I laid out my design on the now glittery blue wooden canvas to firm up the layout.

To apply the vinyl and make sure it stayed where I placed it, I held the piece down while folding back almost half of the backing paper. I stuck it to the surface and then removed the rest of the backing paper and the vinyl stayed where I wanted it to be! I did the same with all of the pieces, except for the stars because their placement didn’t have to be as exact.

Here is the finished Minnie Mouse Christmas Countdown Sign for Kim and Family!

Sandie

Fence Board “Home” Signs – UPDATE

Since I redecorated, the sign I made for our main floor doesn’t match any longer. I had to repaint it! Like I don’t have enough to do already, right lol?

I decided to paint it in the dark burgundy colour because it is leaning on the light gray wall.

I base painted the one sign with the dark burgundy paint, the cream coloured one on the left, with the green writing and let it fully dry.

This time I decided to do the lettering on my Cricut to save some time lol! I found a nice sort of scroll-y maple leaf to replace the plaid on I painted the first time and added that to the pattern with the letters H, M and E in Design Space.

I did the usual cutting and weeding and then applied it to the base painted wood and put the twine back on for my updated HOME sign!

Sandie


I spent last night having grandma time with my granddaughter and it was wonderful but boy did she wear me out lol. How did we ever keep up with our own kids way back when lol? I did get a post done beforehand but apparently forgot to change it from just being a draft lol…. here it is….

These were fun to make… and easy… just time consuming because well, the whole waiting for paint to dry thing lol.  I made one for the front porch and one for the Craft Room and I am happy with how they turned out!

Sandie

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Family Tree Wall Art – Cricut Project

I have seen so many of these on Pinterest in those Floating Picture Frames that I decided I really wanted to do one as a Christmas gift this year!

I chose to do one for Kim and her little (for now) family… no spoiling the surprise!!! I will keep the pattern I designed in my Design Space so that when the family grows I just have to add names to cut and add to the “family tree!”

I went into Design Space and looked for a tree with the branch and tree shape I had in mind and then chose fonts and everything I wanted to make the family tree look how I thought it out in my head. Even curving the word “family,” something I learned to do a few weeks ago lol!

Here is the pattern as designed in Design Space…. you can’t see their names very well because of how Design Space presents wording in white but it definitely stands out once it’s hung on a wall!

I cut and weeded all the pieces.. and let me tell you that was a joy!!!! I was on the last name…. and when I was trying to remove the inside piece on one of the Y’s, it went flying off of the backing paper and I still haven’t found it!!!! I had to go back to the craft room and recut that piece! I am sure you can guess how impressed I was lol!

Once the vinyl pieces were ready, I applied them to the inside pieces of the floating frame and put the frame back together so that the vinyl was sandwiched between the two pieces of glass… and now the Family Tree Wall Art is ready to be gifted come Christmas Day!