Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Let it Snow

Hi it's Angie again. It has been a CRAZY month. I think that the few days that I have taken a moment to watch the snow fall outside has been some of the most peaceful moments yet. I love the snow...I love snowmen...I love watching it and how it makes everything look so new. I do not like driving in it...or having to work outside in it. So when this project popped up I knew it was one I wanted to do. I've been working on stockings and gifts for Christmas, this one I can keep up a while longer.

So here we let it snow wall plaque.
I started with a frame, that has 3 3x5 openings....I didn't like the gold trim around it, nor did I like the inside frame...typical white with a black trim. So I "fixed" it. I used my silver alcohol inks with some q-tips and "painted" the gold trim.
Ahhh much onto the inside frame.

Again I took my silver alcohol ink, added some blue stream ink and went to work.
This looks so much better...not so stark white staring at you.
I used the winter frolic cartridge and cut 2 snowmen and the phrase "Let it Snow" I cut all of the pieces in white and used markers and embossing ink to bring them to life. I wanted them more of the blue so that they weren't just for Christmas.
All that was left was to place them and put it into the frame.
So this is my new wall hanging. I hope you like it...thanks for looking.
My recipe....
a frame
Tim Holtz alchol inks in silver and sailboat blue
Winter Frolic cricut cartridge
embossing powders ...winter wonderland for snowman, light blue for the shadow of "let it snow", clear for everything else

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Homespun Stockings

This year I have decided I wanted matching stockings for my family. I also wanted them quilted, in a homespun fabric, and very simple. Since I haven't found any I liked I decided to make them myself. (This is going to be interesting since I'm really not a seamstress, quilter, or patient...and then multiply times 8)

So I was off to of my favorite places and found all of my project materials. My pattern is from McCalls, a plain cotton fabric, with a flannel fabric for the cuff, an embordiery hoop and thread.
This I found perfect it says "EASY" just my type of project. It ends up that I only used the pattern as a template and made it my own way. It does have a good pattern though.

I wanted my stockings quilted, but I didn't want to buy more material to quilt the back....being that I also like to reuse what I have I used an old sheet for my backing. I cut out the socks, the batting, and the backing and pinned it all together.
I then quilted the material in squares.

I then sewed the two sides together.

The next part was making the cuff and putting the names on them. I printed out the names off the computer in the size to fit across the cuff. I then pinned it onto the material and backstitched the name in green thread.
After sewing the cuff on I added a loop made from a lacy, antique colored ribbon. That is it....nothing to it.

There really were easy to make. I've got 2 down and only 6 more to go. I am excited to see them all hanging across my wall this year. These also would be really easy to shrink to hang on the tree, or even to cut out appliques for further deocating. I just wanted the plain jane version to go with my style ;)

plaid/homespun material for the sock
plain sheet for the backing
quilt batting
sewing machine
embordiery thread/hoop
and I used my "cricut" scissors for cutting string