Thursday, August 30, 2012

First Day of Kindergarten!

These past few weeks have just been hectic trying to get prepared for the first day of Kindergarten!  However - day one went much better than I expected.  :D

The week before school started; Madailein had an opportunity to meet her teacher and go on a "treasure hunt" throughout the school.  She just sat right down at a desk and made herself at home - as if she's been doing this for years!!

Here we are the night before the first day reading Little Critter's Best Teacher Ever. She loved this book!

Of course, no first day of school would be complete without the perfect outfit!!

I got the idea for the "When I Grow Up, I Want To Be A..." chalkboard from Pinterest (my new addiction!)
Most kindergartners will probably say they want to be a fireman, policeman or teacher - not my Madailein!  She wants to be a wedding planner when she grows up!!  I think someone has been watching too many episodes of Project Runway and Say Yes To The Dress with me! 

Madailein (and Mommy!) have survived the first week of school!  Yea for us! 
How did your first day of school go?  Did you do the chalkboard idea too?  I would love to see your pictures!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Two By Two

With fall fast approaching, I am now in full swing crafting mode!!  For the craft show, I decided to do some of the embroidered blankets that have been selling so well at work.  There is so much snuggle flannel in my fabric stash; this was the perfect way to use up my stockpile!!

For the first blanket, I found some adorable Noah's ark designs.  Usually I embroider on anti-pill fleece; however I am trying a new version of the blankets for the craft show.  Now I am using flannel on both sides and plan on using a satin blanket binding around the blanket to finish it off. 

The animals are too adorable - but I would change the colors used for the zebra's if I use the same designs again. The zebras looked cuter in my mind then in reality!!

 You can't have a Noah's ark blanket without the ark!!

Next step, I just need to find some blue satin trim to make complete the look.
Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Easy Abstract Painting

Creating a one of a kind abstract painting is easier than you think!!  I personally am not much of an abstract artist and typically struggle in this area - so I can definitely vouch for this method. 

First - take some photographs of random objects.  It can be flowers, furniture, appliances, the staircase, dishes...anything that looks interesting to you.  Don't get too attached to the photographs because now you are going to print them and cut them up.  That's right - cut them up!!  Take a handful of your favorite pictures, cut them into squares and rectangles, then rearrange into a large square.

Next - start painting!!  Your mind won't be so focused on trying to paint the exact objects that you photographed.  Instead, you will start to just see lines, shapes and colors.

In my abstract painting above, the photographs that I dismantled were of chairs and vases - though you would never know it!  This technique works really well with black and white photos also to create beautiful gray scale art.

There you have it - an easy way to create a unique masterpiece of your own!! 

Happy Crafting!

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Turtle Love

I had the honor of creating another baby blanket for a coworker. She did not have any theme in mind, just that it had to be for a boy. I love having so much freedom to come up with a cute blanket!! To start, I rifled through my supply of baby flannel and found the perfect turtle material. Who doesn't love adorable turtles?! I knew I could find the perfect embroidery designs with baby turtles. 

The back of the blanket is a blue turtle pattern snuggle flannel and the front is a white anti-pill fleece.  Three of the corners are graced with these super cute turtles; while the fourth corner contains a message to the new baby.


Overall this blanket took me approximately 4 hours to embroider and sew together - but it turned out so cute it was worth the time! 

Happy Crafting!! 

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