Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hummingbird Arrival!

Spring is here and my little Hummingbird friends have returned.  I thought I might be a little but I was pleasantly surprised.  I hung two feeders out with sugar water (4 parts water and 1 part sugar, boil for 2 minutes and cool)  and that same day, which was April 5,  my feathered friends showed up.  It's been a week and I have three regular visitors.  I hope they are spreading the word on where the SUGAR STATION is located!

I love catching them in action.....!











Hummingbird Sunset....God's Creations!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Dino Backsac!

A special little boy had a birthday this week and his gift was a backsac painted especially for him.  He is 3 years old and what little boy doesn't like dinosaurs.  I painted this same dinosaur on a t-shirt for my son 17 years ago.  You might be wondering  what the dinosaur is holding....a cassette player!  My son is 20, guess that tells you I never throw anything away....NEVER!

I made the bag similar to this mustache backsac except I painted the dinosaur on a piece of fabric and pieced it into the front of the bag.  I love making these bags because they are so simple and you can change it up depending on the person you are making it for.
 I transferred my dino pattern onto a piece of orange fabric.
I used plain acrylic paints with textile medium added to make it permanent.
 This is the finished painted piece.
 I stitched two rows of trim under his feet.
                                             This is the finished bag for the Birthday Boy!
You can refer to  this backsac tutorial for details on bag construction.
After filling it with dinosaur books, colors and a few extra goodies he's all set!
Happy 3rd Birthday Joe!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Birds of a Feather Flock Together!

My sister Sheri turns 60 on February 7....!  She had a special Bday gift request from me this year.  Her request involved one of her favorite things.....BIRDS!  She found a picture of birds on a wire here and asked me to make something using this!  Not much to go on but I knew it had to be bright and colorful with lots of her favorite colors, especially ORANGE!

I started off painting the 12 x 12 canvas with Gesso to build up some texture.  I mixed mat gel with my orange paint and painted the entire canvas, let it dry and painted it several more times adding a little white to the top to lighten it up.

I cut each bird piece from the original copy and traced them onto scrapbook paper.  Deciding on which paper pieces to use was the hardest part of the whole project!  After cutting each piece I started laying them out on the canvas.  I used the mat gel as my glue and glued the pieces overlapping to add dimension. After the bird pieces were glued down I cut a piece of black twine and laid it underneath the birds and glued it in place and let everything dry. After the twine was dry I punched brown circles out, cut them in half and laid each half over the wire.  I pinched the pieces with my tweezers to fold over the twine.....instant bird feet!

Using my brush tip markers I shaded around each bird piece as well as the twine.  I used a blender pen to pull the color out to add a shadow.  I added some shading to the tops of the birds as well.   I added a few highlights with my white gel pen.  After everything dried, I added some dimensional shine to several places on the birds head feathers and tail feathers.









My sis loved her gift made especially for her!  
I wouldn't know what to do without my best friend! 
She's not a big fan of pics so I'm lucky she let me snap this!  
Love ya Sister and Happy 60th Birthday
and MANY MANY MORE!

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

HEART T-Shirt

FEBRUARY = RED + HEARTS!

I found this cute idea on http://wobisobi.blogspot.com for the altered t-shirt and thought I would give it a try.
I tried it on two different style t-shirts and both turned out really cute.   The instructions on the blog were super easy to follow.

I used a Ladies Hanes long sleeve t-shirt  on the first shirt.  The second shirt made from a Men's Hanes T seemed to cut better and was easier to sew.  The original tutorial suggested the Men's Hanes but I thought I would try both.  She was right...!  I followed her directions on both projects.

 I traced a heart on paper, cut and traced the shaped onto my shirt with chalk
 The lines are 3/4 inch apart.....mark with chalk.
 CAREFULLY cut along your marked lines.
 I put a piece of cardboard inside so I wouldn't cut through both layers by mistake!
 I used a piece of red knit from a skirt I purchased for $2...SCORE!
Cut a piece big enough to cover the heart area on the shirt front.
I had enough to do both shirts and enough for several more.
 Turn T inside out, put the cardboard back inside the shirt.
 Pin the contrasting fabric over the heart area.
 Turn T right side out and stitch around the outside of the heart shape.
 Pin between the slips and stitch on each solid piece from 
side to side of the heart shape.
 Turn to wrong side and cut away the extra fabric close to your heart.
 All finished and ready to wear!
I repeated the same process with the Men's T.
I cut the neck in a circle on the Men's T 
like the original tutorial suggested.




I love the way they turned out!
CUTE...QUICK...EASY...
3 of my favorite things when doing a project!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

DCC Show Group Gifts...77th USO Tour to Korea!

Twelve of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Show Group will be leaving soon to travel to Korea for the holidays.  The remaining 27 cheerleaders give the girls a gift,  Show Group will be gone over the holidays including Christmas day.  My daughter is a DCC and that's how I got involved in the gift making.  The cheerleaders decided to give their DCC Show Group teammates a Christmas stocking and my suggestion of a travel pillow.   I love practical and I hope their pillow will come in handy on the long flights and down time.

The details of the gifts were left up to me so I decided to go with a patriotic theme since they will be traveling to military bases to preform for the troops.  What could be more patriotic than RED, WHITE & BLUE, STARS and a touch BLUE JEAN!  The theme started to take shape and I ran with it!
 This is the pattern I used for the stocking. 
 McCalls 2991... view C.
 I cut the body of the stocking from a red quilted fabric. 
I found mine at Walmart.
 I used the star fabric from Joann's for the outside cuff 
and solid red for the cuff lining.
I cut all 24 pieces out at once...assembly line style!
After sewing the stocking according to the pattern, 
 I attached a 6" piece of red ribbon to make the hanger. 
 I sewed a star button on for an accent.
I attached a silver star with a small red
ribbon on the center of each cuff point.
I filled the stockings with a few goodies also!
On to the travel pillow......
 I made me a pattern out of wrapping paper to cut my fabric.
I found the travel pillow forms at Walmart.

 I cut a piece of jean fabric 8"X 9" for each pillow and 
monogrammed the girls name in the center.

 I found an image of the USO logo and added 
77th to the image and printed it out on fabric sheets
you feed through your inkjet printer.
I printed two to a page.
I cut a piece of white fabric from my pillow front pattern 
piece and laid my design out to determine what size 
each fabric piece should be to fit the pattern.
I added a row of red rick rack to some of the jean pieces.
 I assembled it like you would a quilt....and after it was complete 
I stitched around some of the fabric shapes to add some detail.

 The back panel center edges were turned in and stitched 
to finish the edges.  They were overlapped to form the 
opening for the pillow form to be inserted.
Right sides were sewn together and turned and pressed.
I inserted the pillow form in back opening.
Sew...repeat 12 times...equals success!
Each girl has their own comfy travel pillow
as well as a keepsake!

Gifts all complete and now they need to be wrapped!
 I printed out a copy of each of the 12 girls
from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader site
and made a sticker with my Xyron sticker maker.
 I cut a piece of red card stock a little larger than the 
sticker for a backing.
 After sticking each picture on the red card stock 
I punched a small star on the bottom and at each corner.
 All 12 complete...beautiful group of young ladies!

The gifts will be given to the girls on Game Day December 15, 2013!  
They will leave for Korea on Monday the 16th!
Each gift was MADE WITH LOVE!
Merry Christmas and Safe Travels
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