Sunday, February 10, 2008

Crafty Weekend: Project #2

Ok, so this is more like a finally finished project...but whatever. I'd had it cut out and some of it stitched together, but now it's ready to be used. This is the tote version of my grocery bags. I don't like it as much as the other style, but I already had it cut out so...

I decided it was too plain, so I added a flower out of ribbon, scrap of an old pair of jeans and some buttons:

Here's the bag. Fruit punch colored broadcloth, reinforced with iron on interfacing, gussets are a seersucker print and handles are from an old pair of jeans.

Oh, and here's the lining. It's a lime-y green floral on a white background. The flowers have the same pink center as the outside fabric.

Sorry the pictures aren't too great. It's really overcast and starting to get dark.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Silly Crafting

The hubby's out of town, so I'm declaring this my crafty weekend to help pass the time.

Project #1: Melted Crayon Hearts (do you remember doing these as a kid?)

And here's a shot of the one in the window:

They're so silly, but fun to make!

First, you start with some old crayons (or new ones, whatever. *shrugs*.

Lay down a sheet of waxed paper (however big you'd like)...I did all of this on the back of a cookie sheet. It provided the stability needed, but didn't cause any problems with the ironing.

Using a cheapo pencil sharpener, sharpen your crayons and sprinkle the shavings evenly all over the waxed paper. (You don't have to go too crazy. Remember that the shavings will spread some as they melt).

Lay a second sheet of waxed paper over top once you're happy with how it looks.

Now comes the fun part! Take your iron (I used my old one from college) and put it on the lowest setting. Iron over the sheets until the crayons melt and run into each other. (The wax paper may stick to the iron a little at first because of the static, but keep going!)

Set it aside to cool down.

Once cooled, I laid cookie cutter shapes on the paper and traced around them with a pencil, then cut them out.

After you've got your shapes, you can hang them! I used crochet thread and a needle to thread them together into garlands and then taped them up!

A crappy picture, but you can see it all together here:

Oh, and a closeup...look what Pyper's mommy gave me yesterday! She said it was to keep me company this weekend and an early valentine's gift. Awww...