New Fall Craft Show Projects-2015

DSCF5368We have participated in craft shows for three weekends in a row. Thankfully, this weekend we can take a break.

After each craft show I was either making more of things that had sold or making new things to fill in the holes from past sales. The shows were good, but keeping up with more projects was quite a whirlwind of activity. I didn’t take time to get pics of before or during steps of the new things, but I did make sure I snapped finished photos.

DSCF5345Fence Board Snowmen

I should have thought these through a little bit better when I designed them. After they were finished and I was loading them, I realized they were about an inch and a half too tall to stand in the trailer. I had to lay them down to get them in. (sigh) I will definitely be tweaking this project next time I make them.

DSCF5348Snowman Wall Hangings

The snowmen were made using a white chenille bedspread. For something a little different with the wood construction, I chose to put the horizontal wood braces on the front.

DSCF5353Giddy Up Signs

I’ve made these “Giddy Up” signs before, but it’s been a few years. They were made using the inner panels from old doors.

DSCF5357Stenciled Bench

This was a transformation from a yard sale find. A little paint, a little sanding and a little stenciling.

There were many more projects that were just remakes on things I had sold a lot of or sold out of. Most of those I had already posted on my blog in the past so I didn’t take new pics.

DSCF5362My front porch finally got a transformation into fall. I hauled a screen door home from my storage unit to add height to the display. I really like the way it looks. It’s kinda perfect that it’s black too.

Happy Fall Y’all!


Valentine’s Day Etsy Listings

5-1-DSCN4402New/Old Etsy Listings


Yes, Finally!

I have finally been able to unpack my Etsy merchandise that I had packed away when I was preparing to sell my house. Yep, do the math. That was eons ago. I had added things to my shop as time went on, but the things that were packed up and stored stayed that way until now. It was kinda like Christmas when I opened my boxes!

I added all my stash of Valentine merchandise yesterday.

1-fb scrappy tagsDo you remember these scrappy tags?

6-2-DSCN4406How about these owls?

4-Etsy HeartsThe chenille and quilt hearts?

3-Etsy Hearts-001Ticking hearts?

2-DSCN4786Painted blue jean hearts?

I don’t have a lot of each one left, but it felt good to get what I had posted. I’m working on some new things made from a great “junk” find I found at an auction last weekend. Can’t wait to show you.


Sew Fabric Tube Pumpkins for Fall-Tutorial

2-Fabric Tube PumpkinsAre you ready for a craft show best-seller? These pumpkins practically flew out of my last craft show booth. Even if craft shows aren’t your thing, several of these fabric tube pumpkins will add that touch of fall to your home that you have been wanting. One pumpkin is quick to make, but if you make several using an assembly line technique for the steps, you can finish them in an afternoon.

Things You Will Need:

Measuring tape
Straight pins
Sewing machine
Embroidery needle
Crochet thread
Long soft-sculpture needle
Jig saw (optional)
Silk fall leaves
Hot glue gun

Cut a 15-inch-wide by 25-inch-long rectangle from fabric of your choice. I have used fabric of any color, design, texture and weight that I thought would make a cute pumpkin.

Fold the rectangle in half with the short ends together and the right sides facing. Pin the short ends together. Sew the pinned edge using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. You now have a tube. Do not turn right side out.

y772Thread an embroidery needle with a neutral crochet thread that coordinates with the pumpkin’s fabric. Sew a running stitch around one open end of the tube, 1/2 inch from the end. Cinch the opening closed. Hold the end while wrapping the remaining thread around the gathers (1/2 inch from the end) five times. Knot the end and cut the thread. Tip: Some fabrics may have fibers with a loose or open weave. To prevent the thread of the running stitch from pulling out of the fabric when gathered, knot the thread on the needle in two strands. When you have stitched the running stitches around the opening, insert the needle between the strands, just above the knot. Cinch the fabric and continue with wrapping the thread.

y773Turn the pumpkin right side out. Fill the pumpkin with stuffing. Sew a running stitch around the opening. Cinch to gather the opening closed. Knot and cut the thread.

y774Thread 3 yards of the crochet thread on a long soft-sculpture needle. Yes, that seems like a lot, but you don’t want to stop part way through making the pumpkin spines. Knot one end of the thread.

y775Insert the needle through the center of the gathers on the bottom of the pumpkin. Don’t worry, the knot will not show when finished. Pull the needle and the length of the thread out the top of the pumpkin. Pull the thread over the side of the pumpkin and reinsert the needle through the gathers on the bottom and back out the top. Cinch to squish the pumpkin and create a spine in the side of the pumpkin. Repeat, evenly spacing six spines around the pumpkin sides. Bring the needle out the top. Knot and cut the thread.

y771Gather a stick from your yard with a diameter approximately the size of your fingers. Break the stick to a length of approximately 4 inches long, or use a jig saw to cut the stick. Apply hot glue to the center top of the pumpkin. Stand the stick in the glue and press down. Hold until the glue has cooled.

Peel four fall leaves from a silk leaf floral stem. Apply hot glue to the back of the leaves and arrange them around the stem of the pumpkin.

3-DSCN7369If desired, finish the pumpkin with a few strands of raffia tied around the stem.


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Chenille Bunnies and Chicks

49-DSCF0781Since moving I have had to utilize every possible empty space for storing my crafts and craft supplies. That included the space under my son’s bed. He’s away at college so I figured he wouldn’t mind. 😉 This last week I was going through some containers under the bed and I came across a WIP box of chenille bunnies and chicks that I had made a few years ago.

48-DSCF0759The items in the box were a variety of pre-cut and pre-sewn pieces, along with the other craft supplies needed to complete them. Since Easter is still two weeks away I decided to make them and take them to the store where I sell them locally.

49-DSCF0781Chenille Bunnies

51-DSCF0787Chenille Chicks

50-DSCF0785Squeezable and adorable.

52-DSCF0789I have a tutorial for the chick that can be found here.

Chenille Scottie Dog Stuffies

2-DSCF0492More sewing with scraps.

1-DSCF0490These cute little Scotties were made using my abundant stash of chenille bedspread scraps. They were the perfect project for those chenille scraps I just couldn’t throw away after finishing something else.

3-DSCF0494Why Scotties? Well, I love anything vintage and I’ve been seeing a resurgence of them a lot lately. So much so that I had to do a little research on when they were previously popular. You know how things seem to come back in style…look at owls. Anyway, I discovered that the 1930s, 40s and 50s were these little pups decades to shine. Wow! It’s been quite a while for their rebirth.

1-DSCF0496Just like my woolie birds, I used an applique for my pattern.

4-DSCF0495The bows are black grosgrain ribbon I had on  hand.