Friday, April 18, 2014

Fabric Easter Eggs

Can you believe that this is the Friday they call Good?   Easter is but a couple days away.   For everyone who celebrates Easter, my wish is that you have a grand day with family and friends enjoying each other's companionship and honoring the specialness of the day.

I finished decorating the rest of my fabric eggs.   I just used little bits of specialty yarn and flowers held on with glue...








After running some errands today, I returned expecting the entire tree either bare of eggs or on the ground.   The kitties only took off one of the eggs and left it right in front of the tree.   Very nice of them.

Did you ever watch the HGTV show Small Space, Big Style?   I really enjoyed it and got lots and lots of ideas which I will need when I get back to NYC, probably living in a studio apartment with about 350 square feet!

Well, a lot of the episodes are on YouTube in English but with subtitles!   They are done segment by segment...four per show.   So far, I have found almost 20 shows.   Lots of fun.

Another surprise find.   Eons ago, Lee Remick and Angela Lansbury did a Christmas Movie for television called The Gift of Love which I fell in love with.   Unfortunately, my vhs copy finally gave up the ghost.   So what did I find?   The entire movie on YouTube.

I have also found some long shows with Carol Duvall, a crafter whose show I loved to watch, also on HGTV.  Can you guess where I spend my time?

Well, I have to make my grocery list...Greek Easter coming up with spinach pies, grape leaves, kibby, baklava and all the accompanying goodies.   Guess I will be in the kitchen all day tomorrow...

Again, please have a great weekend and enjoy yourself...
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See you on Monday...


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Finished Tree Branch and A Frugal Fabric Craft

It was a very comfortable day today.   A little cool, but sunny.  The door to the cat's fence has been open all day and they have enjoyed lounging in the sun and meowing at anything that moves.  

TREE BRANCH FINISHED
Also, there was very little wind today - very unusual for this area - so I was able to spray paint the branches. I had some spring flowers in my trailer so I brought them in and used them to decorate the container...

And here's the entire tree...
I thought the family was playing tricks on me because the egg decorations disappeared and then reappeared.   No.   It was my two kitties who decided they wanted to play with the decorated fabric eggs!   So they batted them off the tree when I wasn't looking.   Then when someone found one on the floor they would hang it back up.  

Well, I am not really happy with Chip and Dale, but I guess the shiny decoration was more than they could pass up...

FRUGAL FABRIC CRAFT
When I cut out the shapes for the eggs, I had lots of little pieces of fabric left over.   I also had an empty nut container...

So, I applied the fabric to the container using glue, finishing off the top and bottom with paper tape.   When it was dry, I applied a coat of Diamond Glaze.   And this what it looks like...



The cover goes on and off easily so this will be a place to keep small miscellaneous decorating items.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Decorating with A Branch Tree and Fabric Eggs

I guess the best I can say is that there was no snow today, but it sure was cool, windy and not very welcoming outdoors...well, the sun did come out late afternoon.   Okay, I guess it is better than the northeast and midwest with their snow...

BRANCH TREE:
I wanted to make something that I could use to hang my swaps on as well as other things.   So, I decided on a branch tree of sorts.  First of all, let me tell you, there are not many usable branches around here but I did manage to find a few.  

I used an entire small container of plaster of paris, a small white plastic container, water, an old wooden spoon, a large plastic bucket (the type used for kitty litter), some empty recycle items and old rags.   A weird list, right?  

First, I trimmed the branches to fit.   Next I added water to the plaster of paris (in the container which I was going to use to hold the branches) and stirred until smooth.   After realizing that the branches would not stay in place,  I placed that bucket in the larger bucket and re-added the branches using the recycle items and old rags to hold the branches where I wanted them.  This I let dry for several hours.

And this is what it looks like with the plaster of paris solid...

When the wind dies down, I will spray all the branches white.   Also, I plan on decorating the bucket and adding natural items inside the bucket - like pinecones and rocks, etc.   By the way, the bucket is heavy and will not tip over.

FABRIC EGGS:
In celebration of spring, I wanted to add some fabric eggs to my trees.  First I cut out the pieces - four per egg...

Next, I machine sewed two pieces together in a long single line - the same way I sew quilt pieces together.   Saves time.   You do not have to start and stop, just add the pieces as you sew...

After they were all sewn together, I clipped the seam allowance about every half inch, turned and finger pressed the pieces...

I then sewed the two halves together on the machine on one side after which I clipped the seam and turned right side out.

I hand sewed the final seam, stopping about halfway and adding the fiberfill before completing the seam...

The fun part is next.   Decorating with trim and flowers.   I used both glue and needle and thread to attach the decorations.  Here are the three I have finished...



Well, that's all for today...
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