Christmas Craft Sale/WIP/Cheater Floating Method for Machine Embroidery

I’m starting to think we should have named our blog Oops she did it again because yesterday I fell asleep again doing my post… I mean like full on asleep with my laptop on my lap. I’m surprised it didn’t try to take my snoring and use it in my speech to text program lol. Either way, I apologize for not having a post yesterday! Now for the actual post…..

Yes, a very long title, and yes, sorry another Craft Sale Post lol! Because that is pretty much all I am working on right now… other than trying to stay awake, that will be the topic of my posts for at least another week after this one. Then it will turn into a lot of Christmas gifts and decor!

Saturday (after grocery shopping) and Sunday I spent at my sewing machine, working on tea towels and potholders for the craft sale.

This is everything I got done over the weekend…. embroidery wise….

Out of all of them, I have to say that this set is my favourite so far….

I know I have posted at least one potholder project and probably a few tea towels. I am sharing them again this time because due to my laziness/lack of time I found a sort of cheater way to “float” the potholders while embroidering them that doesn’t require me to do a basting stitch on each one first.

What I did instead of running a basting stitch on each potholder…. I just pinned them, top and bottom to the stabilizer, fastened the stabilizer to the hoop and embroidered it like that. The first time was an experiment to see if it would work… and it did!!!! That in itself saved/will save me a lot of time both doing the basting stitch and having to remove it after stitching!

Potholders pinned to Stabilizer, ready for stitching!

Today I am off to the doctors and then back to my sewing machine and Cricut, trying to get everything for the craft sale done by next weekend!!!

Sandie

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Wall Collage

Between the dollar store and my Cricut I managed to get my “Wall Collage” done yesterday!

I had seen a bunch of examples of a wall collage on Pinterest and thought it would perfect for the empty wall that used to have the mirror we ended up putting in the bathroom.

I looked at quite a few examples before I decided what I wanted to do.

I chose to go with a family theme for most of the items.

I made 3 signs using my Cricut.

Once I had assembled what I was going to put on the wall I laid it out on the trundle so I could find how I wanted to place everything and to measure it.

I measured and marked and started to hang everything.

I was very happy with the results. This wall is the first thing you see when you walk in the front door and I think it makes a pretty good impression!

I even put a little battery light in the middle because I thought it would be nice to have a little light in that corner.

Here is my wall… with little light on and off! (You can also see the cute cow a friend made for me years ago!)

Sandie

Quick Cricut Project – Potato/Onion Bin Label

I figured that since I’ve redone just about everything else, I might as well do the same to my potato/onion bin.

I painted it with a light gray chalk paint to start.

While it was drying I went into the Cricut Design Space and chose the font I wanted. I was even able to find some potato and onion clipart type images and a few “swirls” I thought would finish it off.

When the paint was fully dried I attached the vinyl design I had cut.

Now I have a revamped Potato/Onion Bin!

Sandie

Bathroom Sign

We were sitting watching TV the other night when there was a great resounding crash. It took us a minute to determine what it was. Well… the wire that was on the back of our bathroom mirror to hang it by broke. The mirror fell off the wall, hit the vanity and then shattered everywhere. The fall even broke the wooden frame going around the mirror! It not only scared the crap out of us, it also meant we had to replace said mirror.

We decided to use a mirror we had somewhere else in the house to replace it (this also means that I now have a “feature wall” to decorate… one that is one of the first things you see when you walk in the door!).

Because it is a different shape/size mirror than the last, there is a space between the mirror and where the back splash starts. I thought that would be the perfect place to add a little sigh lol… and give me the opportunity to play a little! You can see the space I am talking about below. Don’t mind the out of proportion look of the picture. I was trying to take it without being in it lol.

I went down to the craft room to find a piece of wood that would work for this sign. I found a piece of fence board that would be perfect!

I base painted the fence board in a light gray colour to match the bathroom.

While it was drying, I designed a little bathroom sign to cut using my Cricut.

When the piece of wood was fully dried, I applied the vinyl I had cut out to the sign and then gave it a coat of varethane to seal it. I thought it would be easier to clean considering it is going in the bathroom.

I decided last minute to sand the edges of the sign to give it a more “vintage” look, and I was very happy with the results!

And here is my little sign, hung up to add a bit more decor to the bathroom!

Sandie

“Tide Pods” Pumpkin Containers

I have been saving the containers I get my Tide Pods laundry detergent in. I had no idea what I wanted to do with them, so I just left them on a shelf in the laundry room until I decided.

Last week I finally decided exactly what that would be! I was doing laundry and looked over at them and thought to myself, “they look a lot like pumpkins.” So that is what i decided to turn them into.

They would be great just as decor, or a great place to put Halloween goodies in on the big night!

Sandie

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Redecorating- DONE!!!!!

It’s done… and so am I lol! 😴 It took me the whole week to get it all done… washing the walls in preparation for painting, filling any holes in the walls and then sanding them smooth, the actual painting, cleaning everything before putting it back up, pulling out the old rug, and then finally putting down the new rug! Dillon helped me do that yesterday!!!

When I was talking to Kim she asked me if I took a before picture, and I was like crap… why didn’t I think of that? So… I did the best I could and took a sort of “before” picture.

This is my “sort of” before picture. I couldn’t believe the difference once I looked at the pictures side by side. It looks so much brighter and fresher!

Sort of Before Picture

This is during the painting…

This is after I put all the furniture back in.

Here it is after we took the old rug out and washed the floor so it was nice and fresh before laying the new one. (I tied up the curtains so they weren’t in the way lol)

And here are my after pictures!!! The new quilt I got for the trundle!

And here are the rest taken from different angles.

Now I just need to wait for the new rugs to go under the dog feeding “station” and in front of the trundle, and I can rest lol!

Sandie