Metal Washer/Nail Polish Necklaces

I have seen similar to this all over Pinterest… Imagine that lol…. and I have been wanting to try them ever since! 

I was out in the shop last week and saw a box full of washers sitting on the truck Chris is working on.  I asked him if he had uses for all of them and thankfully he only needed a few for his project and gave me some to “play” with!  These necklaces are the outcome of my playing.

I already had a bunch of necklace cords in the Craft Room so Sunday afternoon I made these! The yellow one is my favourite.  I used a zigzag motion with the toothpick and it almost looks like flowers!


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Teddy Bear Stuffed Toy – Sewing

I found a cute little teddy bear sewing pattern when I did a search online for a different pattern.  It was very easy to make and turned out pretty well for my granddaughter.  I think the only thing I would change if I were to make it again would be to make the ears bigger on the pattern  They turned out smaller that I thought they would and I think teddy bears should have big ears lol!

I used the pattern for the teddy bear itself and then just made a little skirt and straps to add to it once it was sewn.


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Mini Craft Room Update

I thought I would share the generosity from a few family members regarding the “now in use” craft room! Everyone has been so generous providing me with a few new items for the craft room.

First, when Dillon and I were out grocery shopping, we had to stop at the Canadian Tire store to pick up a few things.  Dillon surprised me by buying a 4 ft. folding table that I can use in the craft room so I have a big surface when base painting or to use as a cutting table when I am sewing.  It is great because it folds flat, meaning I can stash it behind the futon or the door when I am not using it, and it has a handle for if I want to carry it outside in the summer to use for any number or projects!  Right now it is covered with the base painting for 4 of the 8 or 9 projects I have on the go lol!

Next is a paint bottle rack that my mother-in-law (who is also a huge crafter), that she made herself but didn’t end up needing!  It is a wooden rack that hangs on the wall…. which means almost all of the paint bottles that were on the change table I redid are gone!!! While not all of them fit in the rack, I managed to get 84 bottles into the rack!!!!

How cool is that?  AND, I was given gift cards for Michael’s stores on my birthday and Christmas.  Because I don’t have a Michael’s store closer than an hour’s drive, Kim offered to go pick up the things I wanted for the craft room.

Ever since I saw one on Pinterest, I wanted one of those cute rolling racks for rolled storage.  Kim picked that up for me and some cute boxes for even more storage.

I put the two flowered boxes she picked up on the change table where the paint was and the other two (that she offered to return because he hubby picked them lol) I just put on the electric fireplace because the sort of blended in!

Polymer Clay Mug # 4 – Dragon Eye

Here is my final Polymer Clay mug, the fourth of the mini series of mugs I was making for birthday gifts for family.

I was originally going to put some sort of bicycle on this one or something to do with cycling but when I mentioned it to Chris he said, “Dillon isn’t going to want a mug with a bicycle on it,” lol.  I still can’t figure out why not but I went in a completely different direction.

I have seen so many really cool dragons and dragon eyes done in polymer clay and they didn’t seem all that difficult to do so I winged it and made a dragon eye with scales and horns and all that fun stuff on a mug for Dillon.

While I doubt he will actually use this as a mug… for fear of getting a horn up the nose if nothing else lol… it was still fun to make!


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Polymer Mugs – #3 – Nintendo Controller

I FINALLY finished the 4 Polymer Mugs I was making for birthdays on Wednesday!!!!!  I have posted the first two I made, Polymer Mug #1 and Polymer Mug #2 previously, so now it’s time for the last two. I still need to put a light coat of varethane on them but at least the part that takes the time is completed!

I decided to do a mock Nintendo controller on the mug for my son-in-law because he is a game/comic nerd lol…. hence the Baby “Geek” Dress I posted that I made for my granddaughter!  This mug was fairly easy to do.  The hardest part was trying to keep the edges straight for me.

I still don’t know if they are dishwasher safe because I haven’t actually gifted any of them yet, but I would guess not.  On most of them there are pieces that could fall off so I think I would just hand wash them!


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Baby “Tag” Toy Purse – Sewing Project

I have bits and pieces of fabric (now) in bins in the craft room.  I spent most of Sunday in the craft room sewing. I have to say it was really nice not to have to lug the sewing machine to somewhere to set it up to use.  Now I only have to go downstairs to the craft room and everything is right there where I need it and it can stay there!

Back to the purse toy lol…. I thought I could use up some of my scraps making  some baby toys. This is the first of the toys I want to make.

 (I bought one of those leather look storage benches to double as a toy box in the living room for my granddaughter and as a place for the nosy cats to lay and look out the window.  When I put all the toy we already have for her in the new toy box, it was only half full!!! I texted Kim and told her that I was going to have to do some baby toy shopping so that the toy box wasn’t half full/empty.. depending on how you look at it.  I decided to start by sewing some new toys instead…. for now at least)

I started off with two different pieces of fabric and a pile of ribbon I had laying around… and of course a bit of batting and a matching button that didn’t get in the picture.

The first thing I did was cut out a Purse shape with both fabrics.

And a rectangle of fabric that I would sew into a  tube that would serve as the handle of the purse.

I lightly stuffed the tube/handle and folded in the edges, then put it aside until I needed it.

I pinned folded, 3 inch strips of ribbon around the base of the purse and ran a quick stitch around the base to hold the ribbon in place for when I attached the front to the back.

I laid the fabric pieces, right sides together, on a small piece of quilt batting and cut around the purse shape so it was the same size.

I sewed all the way around the outside, leaving a space for turning and then clipped the edges.

I turned it right side out and pressed it.

I stitched across the purse where the flap met the base of the purse and ran a stitch close to the edge all the way around making sure to close the opening I left for turning while I sewed.

I pinned and then sewed the handle to the purse, on the backside, just below where the flap meets the base of purse.

Then all I had to do was attach a pretty button to the flap and the little Tag Purse was done!  It’s already been added to the new toy box!!!

Baby “Geek” Onesie Dress

When Kim and Dillon were small I used to make almost all of their clothes myself. Surprisingly enough they loved what I made for them and wore it all the time.  I remember the time I bought some sparkle denim to make a pair of jeans for Kim…. she loved them!  I made everything from said jeans to jackets, Hawaiian type shirts for Dillon, PJ’s, you name it… I made it for them!  I am really looking forward to continuing that tradition with my grandchild/grandchildren!

I have been seeing dresses made from baby onesies all over the internet and it looked fairly easy.  I knew I still had some Marvel Comics fabric in my stash, and with my granddaughter’s parents both being “Geeks,” so I decided to try my hand at a onesie dress.

Making a onesie dress IS as easy as all the pictures show, easy enough I just winged it lol.  Instead of a gathered skirt, I decided to go with one a little more structured for lack of a better word and made little fake pleats aka folds for my dress…. and I am happy with how well it turned out!  I can’t wait to see my grandbaby wearing it!


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