Red {week 6}

Well, I meet Nemo this weekend.  I went to bed thinking it was all a big hype.  It didn’t really seem like that big of a storm.  But when I woke up I was blown away.  This is looking out the window of our 2nd story window down onto my car.


I swear there is a car in there.  See…


But that was about the worst that we were hit with.  It took about an hour for 2 of us to dig out, then my husband spent the next 5 hours helping our neighbors.  The complex had a snow plow working non stop through the night Friday. It was joined by two front end loaders and a little bobcat about 8am Saturday.  They didn’t stop until about 8pm and came off and on Sunday. They’re back this morning along with two dump trucks to cart off the snow; they’ve run out of room to pile it.  So. Much. Snow.

But now on to what you are really interested in; the RED projects. The poll, as always, is in the sidebar and will be open until Thursday night.  Get your vote in early and spread the word!

Craft #1 – Charming Red Necklace – Catherine @ CathGrace

For my red project I was originally fairly stumped, you see, I’m not really a red person. Oh, I like red well enough, but I much prefer things in the blue or green family. After thinking and thinking about it for a bit, I came up with a project that I not only love, and think I will get a lot of use out of, but it also makes me rethink my opinion on RED! For my project, I offer up this “Charming” Red Necklace (Oh ouch, bad pun!)
The faceted red glass beads are all hand strung onto silver wire, and then there are more than 65 charms hanging from the 3 glass bead strands.

Some of the charms came from earrings missing their companion, some from local markets, and some are just plain ones from the jewelry department at Michael’s that I got on clearance forever ago, (there are also a couple of handmade glass beads that were gifts from lamp-working friends.)  The back is closed with a toggle clasp, and there is a hanging charm dangling down at the end of a row of red beads. I love how many colors I am going to be able to wear with this necklace, and how eclectic it is, it looks like something out of a great vintage store or boutique

I hope you think my project is as “charming” as I do! And I would LOVE your vote!

Craft #2 – Love Embroidery Hoop Art – Valerie @ Occasionally Crafty

Thanks again for your votes last week!  I’m actually kind of amazed to still be in the competition.  And I’m excited to get the chance to you show you my “Red”-themed project.

Well, of course the first thing that popped into my head this time of year was Valentine’s Day– so, I combined my love of embroidery with Valentine’s Day, and came up with this Love Embroidery Hoop Art.

I designed the pattern myself, using a pencil to trace it onto my fabric.  Then I placed my fabric and batting into an embroidery hoop, and got to work on the text.  I used a simple running stitch.

I used some fabric from my stash to create the letters, adhering them to my hoop fabric with Heat n Bond.  I added an applique stitch and some outlining to help the letters stand out clearly against the white fabric.

This makes a great little wall hanging, or you can display it on a stand with your other Valentine’s Day decor.

I “Love” it- and I hope you do to.  If you like it, please vote for me!

Craft #3 – Red Baron Toy Plane – Kim @ Maiden D’Shade

When we were first given the themes for the competition, I figured I’d do something for Valentine’s Day when “red” came up. But I was walking through a thrift store one day when something caught my eye. It was missing pieces and it was well worn. I decided to buy it. It would take a lot of work to fix it up, but I was up for it. And it would be my “red” project.

As you can see, this guy was missing some wheels and it’s rudder. The propeller was lose and had some permanent marker on it. And the whole thing was pretty scratched up. Nevertheless, I knew I could give it new life.

I sanded it down. I bored out the old propeller axle. I designed and cut out a rudder (that took a few tries). Because the new wheels didn’t align with the old holes, I had to improvise by adding a block of wood with a channel routed out. It got sprayed with a wonderful glossy red. I stained the prop and the struts. I cut the crosses out of black vinyl and placed them on squares of white vinyl (my inspiration photo is here). Then applied the vinyl on the plane and it was done!

I’m really happy with out it turned out and I hope it earns your vote! :)

Craft #4 – Valentine’s Outfit – Camille @ Sugar Baby Boutique

The first thing I thought of for “Red” was “VALENTINE’s OUTFITS!!” So excited. I’ve been wanting to make some cute love day outfits and this was my shot. I pulled out my cute striped jersey and made a little pattern for some cardigans. I thought it would be cute to add some fun heart patches on the elbows. Originally I was going to use some plain red jersey, but, I found some cute red polka dot socks in my fabric stash and knew they were meant to be the hearts :) I hand sewed them on using a blanket stitch. When I finished the cardigans, I felt like we needed more. So, I pulled out some red stretch lace and used it as an overlay on my plain red jersey I had bought for the hearts. It was PERFECT for a Valentine’s day midi skirt. Top it off with a fun headband and my girlies are set for the big day.



Craft #5 – Little Red Riding Hood Cape and Basket – Christy @ Inklings & Yarns

Who doesn’t love dress up clothes? Nobody, that’s who. My Little Red
isn’t even old enough to understand what dress up is and she still
loves this cape and basket I made her.

The cape is made from red stretch velvet and a little satin ribbon. I
used one of her many hoodies as a template for the top, measured her
from the shoulders to the floor, and just winged (wung?) it from
there. The basket is made from soft cotton yarn, with an added bit of
ribbon to match her cape. The basket is her favorite part. She loves
to put things in it (most notably, Cheerios).

Even the Big Bad Wolf approves.

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  1. Mike says

    # 3 – Great plane! Looks very real.

    Reminds me of the song back in the ’60’s: “10, 20, 30, 40, 50 or more, the bloody Red Baron was rollin’ up a score. Many men died fltin’ in that streak, of the bloody Red Baron of Germany…”