Category Archives: Crafts

Guest Post: Ribbon and Lace Angels by Textile Ranger

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Thank you to Textile Ranger and Deep in the Heart of Textiles for the directions to these breathtaking ornaments.

ANGELS

I have always been the family’s go-to recipient for things they no longer wanted, but deemed too good to throw out.  As a result, I have bags of sewing notions and boxes of supplies for making miniatures.

At the International Quilt Festival this year, one of the booths displayed a small metal dress-maker’s form clothed in lace scraps.  I adapted that idea to the supplies I had on hand, to make some textile angel Christmas decorations.

Here are the supplies I used:

  • porcelain doll heads and hands
  • spools for the bodies – I used Gutermann spools, with the thread-locking base removed
  • pipe cleaners for the arms
  • scraps of lace, ribbon, seam tape
  • double stick tape
  • tacky glue

(If you want to use similar porcelain doll heads, Factory Direct Craft looks to be a good source.  I haven’t purchased anything from them myself, because I am already covered up with these things.)

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Creative Juice #166

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Creative Juice #166

Neat stuff found online.

Creative Juice #149

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Creative Juice #149

Read these wonderful articles, and spend the rest of the weekend creating stuff.

Creative Juice #334

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Creative Juice #334

You can’t fail to be inspired by these wonderful articles.

Creative Juice #131

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Creative Juice #131

Get your artistic on!

  1. Korean artist Aeppol.
  2. An easy way to try out free motion quilting ideas.
  3. I love Zentangle challenges! It’s always interesting to see the unique interpretations. Here’s one recent challenge and the responses.
  4. The things we skip that end up costing us time and productivity.
  5. Too beautiful to eat.
  6. Funny animal photographs. Best viewing strategy: check out each year’s finalists. Click on the first picture to enlarge, and then click the arrow at the right side of the pictures to scroll through.
  7. Some little art works made from found objects.
  8. I love how this artist challenges herself. We could all practice one thing daily for an extended period.
  9. Playlist for air turbulence.
  10. As if you needed an excuse to drink wine, here are some things you can do with corks.
  11. Architectural drawing, including some in-progress videos!
  12. Celebrating Women’s History Month with the Rockettes.

Creative Juice #125

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Creative Juice #125

Stuff to make, thoughts to ponder.

8 Craft Ideas for Gifts and Christmas Decorations

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8 Craft Ideas for Gifts and Christmas Decorations

When our five children were small and we were barely getting by on Greg’s teaching salary, the best Christmas gift ideas were things we could make ourselves. Life has changed, and I don’t often give handmade gifts anymore, but here are some beauties I’d like to make some day.

  1. Handmade Christmas cards. These can be a family project.
  2. I made these beaded candy cane ornaments with my kids when they were small. We made lots and gave many as gifts and used the rest on our Christmas tree. For extra sparkle, be sure to use red translucent and crystal clear beads rather than opaque red and white.
  3. Many of my neighbors lost trees during two horrendous storms this past summer. If I had known about this rustic Christmas tree project, I would have offered to haul away some of their branches.
  4. I’ve been wanting to make pillowcases this way. I’ve seen them done up in Christmas fabrics, juvenile fabrics, and designer fabrics. Gorgeous!
  5. Remember latch hook rugs? You can use the same technique to make rag rugs. The author used cut-up bed sheets and tied the strips to the canvas, but if you have a latch hook (you might be able to find one at a thrift shop), you could do it a lot faster.
  6. Crafty people, do you have more buttons than you know what to do with? (Did you inherit your Grandma’s prized button box?) Make a button garland.
  7. If you like to embroider, you can make a lovely snowflake/floral mandala.
  8. I find it hard to part with fabric scraps. I believe in my heart I’ll use them someday in projects like this English-paper-pieced bookmark.

Christmas balls

Now it’s your turn. Are you making Christmas gifts this year? Or have you in the past? What was a successful craft project? Share in the comments below.