Colorful Snips and Stitches

IMG_0656.jpgI am so excited to show you this new pillow I’ve made! It has been my therapy these past few days. On the days when I feel like I just want to shut the world out, I come down to my happy place to snip, cut, and sew.IMG_0661.jpgI have to tell you, that this book may be one of my favorites. Wild Blooms & Colorful Creatures, by Wendy Williams is filled with wonderfully, colorful projects.IMG_0663.jpgI made this wall hanging about a year ago. It was so fun to rummage through my scrap stash and pull out all sorts of green fabric for the clam shells and patchwork border. (Psst…see the two green squares on the bottom, right smack dab in the middle that are touching? They drive me crazy!!)IMG_0666Here’s a little hoop art that I thought that I would want to sell, but I think I need the reminder to always be thankful. She looks good on my wall.IMG_0667.JPGHere’s another idea I got from Wendy’s book, the Wee Farm Village. I had an old vintage towel that has holes in it, so I decided to use it as my background fabric. The scene needs some more work done on it, like the flowers need stems, there definitely needs some grass, clouds and maybe a few birds flying around.IMG_0662.jpgFor this most recent project, I made one of these Still Life pillows.IMG_0654.jpgNope it isn’t exactly the same, but it isn’t suppose to be. I used what I had in my scrap  bins and started cutting and sewing.IMG_0660.jpgDuring the whole process of making this, I had colorful felt strewn all under my feet, thread in jumbled messes and buttons littering the table. When I am in the zone, I really don’t care about neatness. I can spend hours at a time cutting and hand stitching these flowers. I get lost in the process.IMG_0657.jpgThe challenge for me is to have each of the flowers be different. No two are the same. I embrace the “craftiness” of it all. See how the top rim of the pot (aqua with white buttons) kinda goes wonky toward the right? I’m ok with that.IMG_0658.jpgI had posted on Facebook a picture of this pillow in progress and wrote “to take my mind off things, I cut and sew.” The next day a friend said that “No way would that be calming to me!” She said she would stress and fret about the colors, the cutting, the stitching and everything else in between. It’s a beautiful thing to me to see how God made us all so different, yet all together our differences are what make us so much fun!IMG_0659.jpgI guess what I’m going to fret and stress the most about is worrying about my guy peeps deciding to lay their sweaty bodies on this pillow or throw it on the dirty, dog fur floor to ret their purty little heads on. NOW THAT my friends will stress me out!IMG_0656.jpgHmmm….I wonder what I should make next?

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MC’s Bedroom Grows Up, part 3

20140422-102933.jpgYesterday I ended Mary Claire’s bedroom redo here. You can see the first part of the transformation here. The interesting thing about this room is that it needed to be grown up, but yet not completely leave my daughter out. Sure she is moving onto adult life, but she still needed to feel like this was her room. I really like the way it has turned out, fresh, comforting and updated.

I wanted to show you some cute accessories I made for little to no money.

20140422-103627.jpgDo you see the paper patchwork above her bed?

20140422-103719.jpgI turned it into this! My first thought was to use an old shutter to hold her photographs. But it was just too much shabby paint and looked too heavy up there.

It was a great moment when the idea came to me that I could reuse the patchwork board. I tore off the paper and covered it with a green polka dot fabric.

20140422-104145.jpgI added ribbon, stapling it in the back.

20140422-104259.jpgButtons were hot glued to the x’s and miniature clothespins help hold the pictures to the board. Easy-skeesy!

20140422-104459.jpgI made this burlap heart pillow using materials I had in my craft closet!

20140422-104609.jpgBurlap for the pillow cover and a super soft fuzzy fabric for the heart.

20140422-104835.jpgLay the fuzzy fabric under the burlap, with the fuzzy up. Pin well.

20140422-105401.jpgSew using a satin stitch on the heart line. Using small scissors, carefully cut only the inside of the burlap heart.

20140422-105610.jpgThe fuzzy fabric should be peeking out. Turn burlap over and trim fuzzy fabric close to stitching.

20140422-105730.jpgSew the two burlap squares together, leaving an opening for pillow form. Sew closed. I love!

20140422-110048.jpgThe Dream pillow was made by wrapping fabric around a roll of quilting batting. The ends were drawn together with a ribbon and glued closed. I used my Cricut machine to cut out the word “dream” from iron-on vinyl.

20140422-203858.jpgThis is another Pinterest idea.

20140422-204600.jpg(pic vialovestitched) I was inspired to recreate these pretty butterflies.

20140422-204913.jpgI had an old shadow box frame from a project I did years before, a butterfly punch and of course, some pretty papers. I wrapped the back with tan fabric. Then attached the paper butterflies with adhesive dots. I think folding the wings and using the dots to raise them off the back gives the project a bit of dimension.

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20140422-205743.jpgSo, whatcha think? I’m very happy with the results. But most importantly, Mary Claire is very pleased with her new bedroom.

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