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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Wet dogs, ugly stockings and green marshmallows

Today was the first in several days that did not rain in the O.C. We made the best of our day of sun before the rain starts again. My mum, niece, my sister's dog Kinsey, my dog Paris and I went to HB Dog Beach.
Dog beach is full of dogs, every breed you can imagine. Paris doesn't really care about other dogs. He's more of a ladies man. We usually chit chat with other chocolate lab owners.
Paris will be 13 in May. He loves laying on the beach.

And I love him.
Next stop, the thrift store. My sister and I have a favorite thift store outside of the O.C. It is huge and crowded and the service is awful but we love it. There are always a lot of treasures. Here I am holding the world's ugliest stocking. Oh yah, I'm wearing a child's hoop skirt. (I didn't buy either.)
I did buy some shiney blue shoes. I don't usually do thrift store shoes but these looked brand new.
And I love this chicken plate. I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it or put it in my Etsy store. I also bought some cute tops and a Super Bowl decoration. I'll show the latter during my Super Bowl open house.
Next stop, House of Fondue. I gravitate towards any type of "House of." Can you see that the sign says, "Euro-Chinese Restaurant?" Not a lot of cars in the parking lot. That doesn't discourage my sis and me.
Dinner was good but you have to see our dessert. We ordered chocolate fondue. The chocolate was good. The assortment of goodies for dipping was very interesting: apples, strawberries, cherries, bananas (so far so good right?) then it gets unusual one big pink marshmallow, one big white marshmallow, lots of little color marshmallows, marachino cherries, cookie assortment, dried apricots and get this-raisins.
As much as we laughed about the selection when it came, we still tried it and it was great. Although, skewering a raisin is harder than it sounds.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really didn't do anything extraordinary today but I had a great day. I'm glad that I could share it with you.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I'm honored

My polka dot turkey is featured on the V and Co blog. I love Vanessa's tutorials and ideas. She's also super funny. I have never made a stuffie and I can't understand written directions most of the time but her pattern was full of pictures and really easy instructions.

I've been a veggie for 18 years. I thought it was really funny when I told my family I was making a turkey this year. They laughed really hard when I showed them my "stuffed turkey."

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Heart Table Runner

I whipped up this table runner to coordinate with the Valentine's Day pennant I made last year. Since I set the goal to create more tutorials this year, I've included pictures and directions.

Heart Table Runner
You'll need:
Heart Pattern (see below)
White felt (sold by the yard)
Red and white fabrics (probably a yard total)
Buttons and ribbon
Sewing Machine
Needle and Thread
Pinking Shears and rotary cutter

First, make your heart pattern. Fold a piece of 12 x 12 scrapbooking paper in half and draw this:
Unfold and cut it out along line. Lay pattern on top of two layers of white felt and cut out using scissors or rotary cutter. Repeat until you have 6 white hearts cut out. Now, cut out your red and white fabric hearts.
See, you have 6 white hearts and 6 red/white hearts. Now, place a red/white heart on top of a white heart and pin with the right side facing up. I only do one pin in the middle but you can do a few if that makes you feel more comfortable.
Don't stress if the sides don't perfectly match. We'll take care of that later. It's time for some sewing. You can see how the felt is totally wider than my red fabric. So, I'm using my top piece as my guide.
 Sew all the way around the heart. I use about a 3/8 inch. Don't go smaller but you can go a little wider. Do this for all 6 of your hearts.

Using your pinking sheers, cut all the way around the outside of your heart. The width from the stitching doesn't matter as long as you don't cut your stitches. Now, let's attach our hearts.

 Using a needle and thread (I used red thread) you are going to connect the hearts with a ribbon on the back and buttons on the front. You'll do this pointy ends (of the heart) together and then rounded ends together.

 I used 3 inch long strips of 1/2 inch ribbon but you can use wider or more narrow ribbon if you like, depending on the size of your buttons. This is a picture of the back.

This is how the rounded edges are attached.

Attach all the hearts and you are done. You can make it longer or shorter. Just remember to do an even number of hearts.
Enjoy! Thanks for visiting my blog today. Thank you Tip Junkie for featuring me. And, welcome Craft Critique Valentine's Day Carnival visitors. Please leave me a comment and say, "hi." You may also enjoy my new pink candy tutorial.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Party Hat Banner

nI made a banner for New Years so my kitchen window wouldn't be naked until Valentine's Day. I was going for the look of party hats. I might add a pom pom on the tops so they look less like Christmas trees.
This one took a little longer than my usual triangle banners. In order to finish my edge, I used ric rack, ribbon and pom pom fringe. Which, I think, added more to the party hat look.I used a bunch of fabric that I had leftover from other projects around the house. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'm hoping to have lots more fun stuff to share with you this year.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Goodbye 2009. Hello 2010!

I had a pretty great year. Here are some of my creative highlights. I hope to create more in 2010. I'll do more tutorials this year and I'll reconnect with my cardmaking roots.
Thanks for visiting me. And, thank you for all of your supportive comments throughout the year. They really keep me motivated.


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