{VIDEO} Last Minute Gift Ideas for $10

Ever run out of time for gift shopping and wonder what can you do for those left on your list? Need a creative gift idea you can make on a budget?

I hit up my favorite store and got a few things to create some thoughtful gifts for those left on my list.

What’s better than using your creativity and craftiness to make a gift someone will appreciate?

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{VIDEO} DIY Holiday Wreath

This holiday season I’ve really been in the mood to get crafty and decorate all while working within a budget. So I hit up my dollar tree store and grabbed a few items to make a new holiday wreath.

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I grabbed fake flowers, berry and pinecone fillers, ribbon, and a hanging ornament that says “joy”.  My local store also carried foam rings that would work as the base to my wreath.

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If you want some tips and ideas, check out my video below.

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DIY Glass Bulb Ornamnets

Something is in the air this holiday season and it’s not just the flu bug (cough, cough sniff, sniff).

Dori has been crafting away and making a lot of her own Christmas decorations this year. She’s even gone so far as to repurpose some of her holiday items in new and exciting ways. Along with her usual decorations, she’s added some bulbs that have been personalized.

Taking clear glass bulbs and filling with a pearlized paint began the process. Her goal was to make a little snowman for the tree with a sock cap on top!

It all started out wonderfully, filling the bulb and even painting a face on the little snowman.

We mixed and played with paints to get the right color orange for his cute little nose.

So far so good!

There goes the nose!

Adorable, no?

What we didn’t take into consideration is that the paint would need to rest so that it would dry completely and stick to the inside of the globe. Once we hung him up, looking dapper and adorable, we noticed some streaks inside the bulb forming.

Now a week later and this little guy is clear again with a puddle of paint at the bottom. Oops! Well, we’ve learned what NOT to do and hopefully our next attempt will work out better. We’ll let the bulb dry upside down, draining the excess paint and waiting to add the detail until it is completely dry inside so that we won’t lose the painted coat inside.

The next DIY bulb ornament  project involved my son. He got to make his own bulb for the tree. It’s filled with little fuzzy balls and bells all in the holiday colors.

While he watched football with Papa he stuffed the fuzz balls into his bulb and later added some bells. The colors and types were all his own decision so this ornament is very personal to him.

Then we added some ribbon  and closed it up. It’s now ready to be personalized.

My mom is great at adding well printed and decorative writing to round ornaments. She did this for family and friends and even as a job during the holidays when we were younger. I hope to soon sit down with her and create a tutorial for anyone interested in seeing more on her techniques and tips.

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #23

Ho Ho Ho hobbyist and crafters!


The holidays are upon us and we’ve got another podcast episode for you full of holiday cheer and laughter!IMG_6543

We have a few holiday works in progress. From my first Dresden plate to my mom’s first mug rug!

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Inspiration for the mug rugs come from Annies Quilt Craft on Etsy.

 

Our big topic today is on the idea of organization. We discuss the idea of over planning and squashing the creative flame and instead finding a healthy balance so that projects are easier to plan and execute.

We’re very excited for Dori’s Quilt Planner by Stephanie Palmer to arrive so we can start filling it up with great ideas for future projects and sew alongs!

We’ve been pretty crafty at home, decorating and creating our very own DIY ornaments. Check out Dori’s haul and mine on YouTube to see what we brought home to make these great crafts!

 

Dori’s gallery wall made with gift bags.


  So adorable! She watched this tutorial that helped give her the inspiration!

And her darling snowman ornament based on this tutorial.
Post to come showing all the bulb ornaments we’ve made with our tips and tricks.

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{VIDEO} DIY Scrappy Halloween Headband

There is nothing more satisfying then finding a creative way to use all my scraps.

Seriously. I’m that nerdy.

When our scrappy Halloween quilts were done, I was left with a small pile of fabric pieces that seemed big enough to be used for something.

But what?

Then I remembered our Dollar Tree haul and some headbands I bought.

Putting together the scraps and the headband with a glue gun gave me a perfectly scrappy, spooky Halloween hairpiece that is just adorable!

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Super cute!
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Here is a tutorial video with some hints and tips to make your own scrappy headband!

Linking up with week at these great crafters!


Fort Worth Fabric Studio

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{VIDEO} DIY Fall Crafts!

When we say we have hobbies up to here, we mean it! Along with cooking and sewing and quilting, I also love to create home decor. Using items I have around the house or things I find at craft stores and dollar stores, I’ve created different items to be used around the house.

This fall I put together some vases with leaves and gourds that really added a nice touch to our home. Below is my video on how to make your own.

Then I had some silk ribbon and I ended up creating bows that could either be used in a wreath or some door decor or as little ribbon pumpkins. They were simple to put together and came out super cute!

And while we’ve had some successes, we’ve also had some not-so-successful attempts to create some fall decorations. Mod Podge didn’t seem to be our forte but we tried!

Hope you enjoyed some of our Fall crafts and that it inspired you to try something crafty!

Be sure to check out our Halloween Table Runner Sew Along for more fall crafts!

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Side Stitches: Kids Apron

Ok, let’s be honest here, I have an extremely wild case of sewing ADD. I start things and never finish them. I have a list a mile long of projects I’ve started but haven’t completed or projects I’d like to start. Most of them are in a corner, collecting dust as we speak.

Maybe I just need to create a wish list! A list of things I wish to do when I get around to having the time.

I’m currently in the process of re-purposing my crafty corner. My son was taken down by a flu bug for a weekend and I took advantage of that time off to clean and weed out unnecessary items in my house. I’m not done yet but it was a good start.

So to add to my never ending list of things I’d wish to start, finish or consider doing in my future clean crafty corner, I’m adding an apron project.

My son loves to pretend. He’s been a dragon, a pirate, a firefighter, and a karate kid. You name it, he’s dressed up as it just to go grocery shopping. Recently, he informed me he would like to grow up and be a chef.

Now his past dream jobs have been (in no particular order) Bob The Builder, a zoologist, a veterinarian, a paleontologist,  and a dragon. While these are all still options in his opinion, chef has taken the top spot and he’s determined to learn to cook.

Tonight he’ll help me make Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from our favorite recipe site, Skinny Taste. We love this site and have a number of successful meals thanks to the simple and healthy recipes shared here.

And I figured why not re-purpose some of my material and make him a little apron? I was originally going to use this dragon material for a DIY lunch baggie project since he loved dragons and it seemed like a fun project. But that never was actualized and is still on my wish list of projects to-do.

So I went on the hunt today and found a simple apron pattern so I can consider using his dragon material for an apron if I actually turn on my machine and finish a damn project. And this Classic Apron pattern I found makes it seem like a piece of cake.

Some material I found for my little dragon

Will I end up doing this? Not sure but it’s another project on my To-Do Wish List. I’d like to think that I will one day accomplish one of my many side projects or even one of my larger quilting projects.

Either way I like to dream.

Add another one to my wish list and cross your fingers I get around to starting something crafty soon!

Side Stitches: DIY Lunch Bag for Jake

I like the idea of reusable materials and items in my home. I recently went through a cleaning frenzy and got rid of all the plastic containers in my kitchen and switched to tin or glass. Why? Well, we had so many mismatched, cracked or plastic containers with missing lids that I had a hard time using them and washing them was not easy.

Also they can only be run through the dishwasher on the top shelf so that meant my top shelf was always overflowing and there was never enough room to get everything in. So I gave up, tossed them all out and bought a few glassware sets.

Ahhh…much better. In my craze to find a more sustainable way to do everything, I ran across this blog, Prudent Baby. I was enthralled! Lots of DIY projects and sewing tutorials. But this project, DIY Fabric Lunch Bag, was the search that brought me to the site. And since I was on a crafting roll with all the quilts I had lined up to finish, I HAD to give it a try.

Some material I found for my little dragon

So, I went in search of dragon material and found this adorable pattern. Was able to find it for sale on eBay for $6.00 a yard. Why dragons? Because my son is a dragon.

What I wake up to in the morning...

Almost literally.

And I knew he’d just die if he could have a dragon lunch baggies for his first days in Kindergarten this Fall.

Too cute!

Isn’t it just priceless? Those chubby dragons are just too cute to pass up. So I bought a yard of it in the hopes to attempt the lunch bag DIY project and make at least one if not two.

After that, I’m tempted to try making baggies that are also reusable with this DIY Cloth Snack Baggies project. Other than finding the lining to make the baggies icky proof, I’m ready to take it on!