Interview with Whitnee & Natalia of Piece n Quilt

1.Tell us a little about you and your blog. We love to sew and create new projects. We are blogging @ Piece N Quilt sharing what we’re currently making and love to share tutorials.

2.How and when did you start crafting? We’ve been crafting since we were born. Our mom has always been a crafter so it’s come naturally to us.

3.How often do you craft? On a daily basis.

4.Where do you get your inspiration? Inspiration comes from fabric, nature, photographs, our mom and each other.

5.What is your favorite medium to work in? Sewing

6.What is your guilty pleasure? Spending WAY more time than we should on crafts.

7.What makes you smile? Finishing a new project and it turning out better than we had envisioned.

8.What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)? Spend time with family and enjoy the sun.

Animal – Week 6

Craft #1 – “Hello, I’m Mr. Ed” Chandelier – Mary Beth

Giddy up!  When it comes to making chandeliers, this was my first rodeo.  I was inspired, or should I say “challenged” by a friend to make this.  She sent me a link to a similar chandelier she had found online that cost almost $400.  Yowza.   She asked if I could recreate it for less.  As John Wayne said “Courage is being scared to death – and saddling up anyway.”  Lord knows I love a new challenge, so I said I would give it a whirl.  I saddled up and gave it a run for my money.  And this one only ended up costing me $39!  Can I get a Yee haw?!

Craft #2 – Baby Tracks – Cheri

There is something undeniably adorable about baby handprints and footprints.  I love those chunky little feet.  Well, here is a way to showcase those sweet little fingers and toes….baby tracks!  These little animals are cute on their own, but add some baby prints and you have fun, meaningful art for your children’s room.
The animals are 3-D with multiple layers.  See how the owl’s little feathers curl out?  (It’s a little tricky to show you that in a picture.)  You can use handprints or footprints on any of the animals.
Here’s a quick close-up of each one….
(The tutorial would include a free pdf file of each animal.)

Craft #3 – Felt Dinosaur Play Mat – Carrie

We love all things Dinosaurs around here! So, for the animal theme I made a Dinosaur Habitat.

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This habitat is full of hand sewn prehistoric creatures… Including a lava spewing Volcano, Brontosaurus, T-Rex, Stegosaurus, and some Prehistoric Trees.

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Each piece is movable which allows for endless combinations of prehistoric play.The felt mat can even be folded up and taken along with you to      grandma’s house!

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Craft #4 – Bean Bag Buddies – Vanessa

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My son is big into animals right now and is crazy about throwing things
around so what better project to work on than animal shaped beanbags? Made
with felt and packed tightly with lentils, they’ll be able to withstand
the brutality of a 1 year old and look darn cute doing it!

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I sewed these with a sewing machine but they’re only palmed sized so
sewing by hand is feasible. I’ve got to admit I’m a bit addicted after
making the three of these. I’m already imagining all the other animals
that can be made!

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I was kinda thinking that these would be great to practice juggling with
but first I’m going to have to pry them from my little one’s hands. Oh
well, at least he’ll be occupied.

Craft #5 – Knuffle Bunny – Emilie

This Summer my children fell in love with a new friend while participating in our local library’s Summer Reading Program…

Knuffle Bunny. Now, some people pronounce it “Nuffle” while others say “Ka-nuffle” (including our family), but no matter how you say it, this story book character by creator Mo Willems is completely adorable!
Of course when this week’s theme was Animals I knew it was my chance to create our very own Knuffle Bunny for our family to love.

Now, I’ll admit, this Knuffle Bunny took a few tries. I wanted him to truly look like the real deal. But now that he is perfected I have an easy pattern which I can use again and again. When my friend’s daughter begins her first year of Kindergarten this Fall, her very own Knuffle Bunny and a copy of the two Knuffle Bunny books will be carefully placed in a little basket and given to her as a Kindergarten gift!

Don’t you need your very own Knuffle Bunny for the cute kids in your life?

Cultural – Week 5

Hello all!  I’m sorry that this post is coming late.  I got back from NYC late last night and I’ve spent the time catching up on sleep and loving on my little girl.  I’ll be slowly catching the site up throughout the day.

I love all the different cultures that are represented in this weeks theme!  The poll will be open until 9 PM Friday night, just like always, so hurry and vote!

Craft #1 –  Fabric Hawaiian Lei – Natalia & Whitnee

In my family we like to give Leis as a gift for any great celebration. Sometimes is makes me sad when we go to all of that effort to make a beautiful lei and it dies a couple of days later. So a fabric Lei is the perfect alternative. Not only is this Lei darling for a fun party it would also be darling to dress up a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.

Craft #2 – Native American Inspired Purse – Cheri

I am so amazed and intrigued by Native American leather crafting.  I thought I’d try my hand at something.  I wanted to make something I would use and I wanted to add a modern twist as well.  So, I made this leather-laced purse.
It’s fully lined with a fun, paisley print.  I made it my ideal size – not too large, but big enough to carry all the goods (and a few diapers if necessary).
I’ve never owned a real leather purse.  Making it took a bit of time, but was fairly inexpensive and not nearly as difficult as I would have thought.
Now I’ve got my own “designer handbag,” minus the price tag.

Craft #3 – French Shower Couture – Mary Beth

Oh la la!  OK, so I admit.  I am not the most cultural/worldly person.  But, my youngest sister is… so I will live vicariously through her.  She majored in French and lived in France…twice!   I never made it.  C’est la vie!  I guess the closest I will get is if I bring a little French culture to me.    And, every “salle de bain” can benefit from a little French Shabby Chic, don’t you think?  I was going after the French, vintage, flea market look for my bathroom.  I already had some artwork, but my store bought shower curtain was not doing it for me.  So, let’s say “Au revoir” to the old ugly one and “Bonjour” to the new French Shabby Chic one!

Craft #4 – Asian Tea Party – Carrie

Ni Hao! Welcome to our Asian Inspired Tea Party!

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Our guest of honor is wearing her kimono wrap dress for the occasion!

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We are serving a handmade Felt “Sushi Platter”. We have Nori Rolls with Avocado and Carrots some are even topped with Roe! We are also serving Nigiri, Toro, Seaweed, Edamame, and Ginger. To make this platter I used wool felt, beads, and embroidery floss.

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Do you want to take some home for your friends?

Please use our hand sewn wool felt TO GO BOX.

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Enjoy!

Craft #5 – Bilingual Blocks – Emilie

When this week’s theme was ethnic/cultural I knew just what I wanted to do!

Having never learned a foreign language myself, I have always wanted to make sure my children had better foreign language skills than I have. And while they are still young, this craft is made to expose them to simple vocabulary from three different languages.

There are three different colors of blocks. Green is Spanish, Blue is French and Yellow is Cebuano (a Filipino dialect which my husband is fluent in). Each block has an English word on top and the same word translated on the other side.

As the children play this classic game, when they remove a block from the tower they say the English word and then flip it over to learn the same word in a different language. This is so fun for kids and educational for the entire family! If you want your child to learn one language, you could always make the entire game with Spanish translations, etc. Or choose the languages which are prevalent in your area!

My children have enjoyed this game so much and frankly, so have I! This could also be a great study tool for older children and teens in language classes! This craft cost less than $10 to make and that’s worth saying BRAVO!

Craft # 6 – Matryoshka Sewing Friend – Vanessa

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This week’s cultural theme gave me the perfect opportunity to play with
the blank matryoshka dolls I had been coveting but couldn’t rationalize a
reason to buy. Matryoshkas are definitely one of the first things that
come to mind when I think of the Russian culture. That and vodka, of
course, but there aren’t many crafts you can do with vodka. (Hmm, or can
you…)

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The Matryoshka Sewing Friend has a built-in tape measure (because I’m
always misplacing mine), pin cushion and small cubby hole for buttons and
pins. I also used one of the smallest dolls as a needle holder (which I’m
always misplacing as well!) Most importantly, though, is the fact that
she’ll look absolutely adorable on your sewing desk!

Week 4 and a giveaway winner!

Before we get to the challenge winner, lets announce the winner of the Crowsmack Clothing gift card, shall we?

Thanks to Random.org for picking entry number 3.  That means that

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is our winner!  Congrats Ranae!  Please get you info to me quick so we can get you your prize!

Last weeks challenge made me want to move back to California and a beach so bad!  We have fun water parks and splash pool around here, but it’s just not the same huh?  I guess I’ll just have to use the awesome ideas we were shown and bring the water to us!

Cheri of I am Momma, Hear Me Roar was the winner this week.   The tutorial for the Surfboard Towel Rack is posted in the tutorial section (i’m not feeling too hot this weekend so it will get a pretty link soon :) ).  Isn’t that so fun?

We have to let another crafter go this week though.  This week it’s Heidi of Hello Color.  I’m super bummed.  I love her photography and styling choices all over her blog and in her page layouts.  Make sure to keep track of her on her blog!

Here are the results from last week.  Remember that only the first place winner will have their tutorial featured here, but the other crafters usually put their tutorials up on their own blogs remember to check there.

#1 – Cheri @ I am Momma, Hear Me Roar
#2 – Natalia & Whitnee @ Piece & Quilt
#3 – Carrie @ Tao of Craft
#4 – Heidi @ Hello Color
#5 – Mary Beth @ DIY Down Home
#6 – Emilie @ Emilie Handmade
#7 – Kim @ A Girl and a Glue Gun
#8 – Vanessa – Tried & True

Edible – Week 4

Poll open until Friday, August 6th at 9 pm MST. Hurry and vote!

Craft #1 – Purse – Kim

So this week is edible week.

Why am I showing you a purse? Maybe I sewed it in my kitchen? does
that count as edible? (she did say you can interpret it loosely)
Maybe that’s just a little too loose.
or maybe not.
INGREDIENTS:
3 cow tail candies
3 laffy taffys
1 Box white cake
1 box fondant
1 can icing.
brown food coloring
(please note: the keys and phone are not edible…..for staging
purposes only!)

Craft #2 – Western Cowboy Birthday Cake – Carrie

We LOVE birthdays cakes around here! Every year my kids plan, design and dream of what they want their birthday cake to look like.

This cake is is perfect for a Western themed birthday party! A BBQ with pony rides, games of horse shoe, and bandana gift bags filled with treats.

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This cake is so fun to make! Once you learn some of my cake decorating tricks you will be able to make your kid’s birthday cake dreams come true!

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Craft #3 – Little Man Tea Party – Cheri

Really.  Who says tea parties have to be just for little girls?  Welcome to our little man tea party.  I hope you’re hungry.

Here is today’s menu……..

Neck Tie PBJ Finger Sandwiches…….Chocolate Mustache Pettifores (with yummy cream filling)…..

…and milk in a Signature ‘Stache Cup….so there’s no confusion about whose cup is whose.
No pink, no frills, no drama…….just plain manly fun.

Craft #4 – Mint-Ginger Preggo Pills – Vanessa

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Whenever I find out a friend is newly pregnant, I always whip up a batch
of Mint-Ginger Preggo Pills in celebration of a new life and in
understanding of how rough those first few weeks can be. That first
trimester nausea is not fun at all! Luckily, both ginger and mint have
been used for ages to help calm upset stomachs. You can either eat the
hard candy plain or place a few in hot water to make a yummy tea.

Packaged in an embellished glass container, Mint-Ginger Preggo Pills are a
simple but useful way to say “Congrats on your pregnancy, hope the
vomiting lets up soon!”

Craft #5 – Edible Topiaries – Natalia & Whitnee

I love these edible topiaries, they are so darling for any party or wedding! You can use almost any fruit or veggie and it’s a darling way to show off your food The stand is totally reusable so you can use it for more than one party! These darling topiaries are shown using Grapes, Tomatoes, Strawberries, Blueberries and lettuce!

Craft #6 – Stained Glass Lollipops – Mary Beth

Project Difficulty: BEYOND EASY.  This is so easy that I almost didn’t post it for fear of getting voted off, but I decided I would anyway.  Sometimes as Mom’s we are looking for a last minute, easy project to do with our kids that doesn’t require a whole lotta effort.  This project is super kid friendly.  And Mom’s, the best part is that it has only 1 ingredient!   Yes, you read that right.  No candy thermometer required!   My boys did this with me.  They like their tie-die creations best.  You can make any shapes you like which are perfectly imperfect and ideal for little ones.  The more you do it the better they get.   We are still rookies so these may not grace the cover of Southern Living Magazine but my oldest son said “Mom, you make the coolest things” and gave me a big hug.  So for me, that was what this was all about.  And to top it off, I literally had no mess to clean up!

Craft #7 – Candy Mosaic – Emilie

What reminds us more of childhood than delicious candy in bright colors? When this week’s theme was edible, I decided to make a mosaic for my children’s room….using only candy.
I chose this damask pattern to match a large throw pillow, in their room where they read, with the same pattern.
Now this cool wall hanging lives on the wall above a reading nook and is a striking statement against their pale yellow walls. And it smells good too!

Interview with Kristin of See Momma Sew

1.Tell us a little about you and your blog.
My name is Kristin. I’ve been married to my sweet husband for 9 years and we have three awesome, busy, adorable boys. I grew up with 6 sisters (and 1 brother), so a house full of boys is definitely a change…but a good one!
Honestly, I started my blog with the sole-intention of promoting my Etsy shop. I’m not much of a writer…it feels like work to me! I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy reading other crafter’s blogs, learning so much from them, and getting to share the things I’ve made. I still don’t enjoy writing (as evidenced by my pathetic blogging!), but I appreciate how much I’ve gained from the blogging world and try and give a little back. Mostly I blog about my latest sewing projects, occasionally I’ll throw a giveaway or share a little about my kids….sometimes even a recipe. But definitely the main focus is sewing.
2.How and when did you start crafting?
I  started sewing when I got pregnant with our first baby. I wanted to make him a quilt. It took a few years but I grew to love my new hobby and now a week doesn’t usually go by where I haven’t done at least something sewing related. I enjoy scrapbooking too, but I can’t seem to manage to do two hobbies at once. So right now, I’m really behind!
3.How often do you craft?
Every week, sometimes every day. It really depends on what’s going on with life. With three little boys, 7, 5, and 3, sometimes there isn’t much crafting time.
4.Where do you get your inspiration?
Mostly other blogs….and books….and my kids
5.What is your favorite medium to work in?
Sewing….Sometimes I enjoy the planning more than the process, but I still always come back to it.
6.What is your guilty pleasure?
Nutella? I don’t feel guilty about it, though!
7.What makes you smile?
Jesus, my family, new fabric, old classic TV shows, chocolate peanut butter ice cream, silly things my kid’s say, riding my bike, mountains, farmer’s markets, raspberry jam
8.What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?
Hmm…it’s a tie between reading and baking.

Water/Sea – Week 3

Here we are at week 3!  This week is a water theme.  The poll will be open until Friday @ 9pm MST.

Craft #1 – Surfboard Towel Rack – Cheri

This crowning jewel of this deep sea bathroom is a surfboard towel rack.  It’s made from scratch, but given a vintage look.  Rather than a surfboard company name painted on, it features the last name of the family it was made for.  While the little guy whose bathroom this is will be practicing his surfing moves in the mirror, the towels will stay clean and dry.

Surf’s up dude!

Craft #2 – Zippy Flip Flops & Beach Bag – Natalia & Whitnee

I love spending time at the pool so what better way to do it then in style! These Zippity Flip Flops are darling for girls from mom to teen to little girls! The coordinating bag is the perfect summer accessory!

Craft #3 – Under the Sea Silk Canopy – Carrie

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We live in the mountains of colorado. We have beautiful rivers, mountains,and trees… but we long to be near the ocean. This weeks theme of water inspired me to bring the OCEAN to the MOUNTAINS!

I made this silk Under The Sea Play Canopy.

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It gives us a dreamy place to study sea creatures…

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And to Dance…

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Craft #4 – Beach Memory Box – Heidi

Taking a trip to the beach can be a lot of fun.
When ever our family goes, our children love to collection shell and other little fun finds.
For this round I took all our little cherished finds and placed them lovingly into a shadow box.
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This gets them “out of a box” and into their own home.
To dress up the shells a little more, I added in a few scrapbook supplies.
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It now sits nicely on our book shelf and my heart is full.
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Craft #5 – Sea Side Table Scape – Mary Beth

The ocean evokes so many emotions in me and is my ultimate sanctuary.  I love all the sights, sounds and smells (except for low tide of course –Pee-Yew!)  I wanted to try to capture that in this week’s challenge.  To me the ocean is peaceful, fresh, natural and life always seems a little simpler there.   My goal was to showcase some of my favorite photos and the new treasures I from our summer trip to Cape Cod, MA.   So, I created a Sea Side Tablescape.  The main project is my eclectic little frames, but I couldn’t stop myself and had to create a whole vignette, sailboat included!  I wanted the frames to have texture and a classic, clean/simple look.  I searched my house with the intent to “Use What I Have”.     I had my “A-HA Moments” and found random objects that I thought just might work and went to town.  The hard part was finding a way to make it so everything could be changed out easily for the seasons… and By George I Think I Got It with some clever little solutions!  You’ll have to wait for a tutorial to find out how.  In the meantime, I hope you all get to escape to the beach to soak up the sights and sounds like I did.  Happy Summer!

Craft #6 – Sudden Showers Set – Emilie

When I was growing up I wondered why anyone would ever need to buy a raincoat. Then I moved with my family 2,000 miles away and realized quite quickly that, not only do you absolutely need a raincoat, but you also need an emergency back-up plan!

In our area, sudden downpours appear out of nowhere and last for a few hours, drenching everything around us. Many times we were out an about and a sudden shower would hit, leaving us running errands and getting soaked while our raincoats hung at home in our front hall closet.

When this week’s theme was “Water” I realized I could fix this problem. I bought a simple shower curtain from Wal*Mart (for $10.88) and made two complete sets of rain gear which can be stored easily in our car for those unexpected showers.

Each set includes a poncho, hat with petal brim and easy storage bag. And because there is a variety of shower curtain patterns out there, you can make these very feminine (like mine), masculine or unisex…whichever best fits your needs.

So when Sudden Showers threaten to ruin your day, reach into your glove box and grab this quick and easy solution.

*please note that my adorable model had a much larger head than my actual child, so the petal detail of the hat’s brim was a bit lost. It is very cute and looks like a flower when on the appropriate sized head.

Craft #7 – Peekaboo Shower Curtain – Kim

Are you ever in the shower…and you can hear someone in the bathroom
(I had to sit down and explain what privacy was to my kids) But when
you pull the shower curtain aside to see who is the culprit–you get
water all over the floor? (okay, maybe it’s not that big of a deal)
BUT how easy would it be to just look through your shower curtain.

introducing the Peekabo Shower Curtain (100% hand painted onto a clear
plastic shower curtain.)

See out without people seeing in
Two lookouts in case you are “conserving water” and showering with a
companion.
and an Octopus peekhole for when you are taking a bath
Never be sneaked up on again.

Craft #8 – Fishy Backpack – Vanessa

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Whether you’re visiting the beach or relaxing by the pool, kids need
“stuff” and lots of it! Flops, bathing suit, goggles, sunscreen, snacks,
water toys, towel, more snacks. Mom will of course be bringing an
extremely large beach bag but why not promote your child’s growing
independence by allowing him to carry some of his own things. Your back
will thank you!

100% washable and lined with water-resistant PUL, the Fishy Backpack can
withstand wet bathing suits, sandy Crocs and the occasional sea creature
stowaway. Time to go to the beach!

Interview with Tina of Simple.Inspired.Handmade

I was so sad to say goodbye to Tina this past week.  Here are a few questions I asked her so we can get to know her a little bit better.  Don’t forget to check out her new stuff on her blog Simple.Inspired.Handmade

1.Tell us a little about you and your blog.

I started my blog about a year or so ago, I wanted a place to keep all my crafts or ideas I love from other blogs. As you can see I have a huge list of blogs I love to visit.  Also this way my friends and family could see what I was up to.

2.How and when did you start crafting?

While in high school (an undisclosed amount of years ago) I took a lot of art classes. My favorite was pottery; I even made a complete tea set my senior year. I was really lucky to have amazing art teachers in my life.  From there I just kept with it. I didn’t really get into sewing until about 2 years ago and even more so now. I am taking a challenging vow this year to attempt and make at least 25-40% homemade holiday gifts!

3.How often do you craft?

Since my kids and job keep me pretty busy I try to craft during nap times on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and most nights when the kids are sleeping. Thank goodness my body and run on about 5 hours of sleep!

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

Everywhere! Literally. Color combinations from nature, placement of items in stores, other blogs, you can find inspiration in everything. I know that sounds so cheesy, but, it’s the truth.

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

I am not sure I can pick just one.  Lately it’s been sewing. I could spend hours upon hours in the fabric store. I can hardly believe how many alluring, fun, and spectacular patterns of fabric the world has.  I just love looking at the tidy bolts all in a row.  I sometimes just buy a yard to have…just in case…in case I get a brain storm and can say “this is the perfect fabric for this” and pat myself on the back!

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure…ok I have three: Wine, ice cream and anything with chocolate and peanut butter.

7.What makes you smile?

My kids, I just love to hear them playing together, giggling at each other, or when Alyvia reads a book to PJ.

8.What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?

Other than spending time with my family, I like going to the beach, overnight surprise trips for the kids, and ladies night with my amazing group of friends.