National Button Day

 

Today is National Button Day, so I got out my Busy with Buttons book, hit up Pinterest, and found come cool crafts and a sewn project to adorn with buttons.

Button Balloon Birthday card for Bry {her birthday is Tuesday!}

Button bracelet that Bry ended up confenscating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A small little pin cushion for Bry to use in her new tent

The new addition to my sewing space! Which just so happens to be my favorite button craft today. I am definitely making more of these!

Did you celebrate National Button Day? Share your posts below!

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DIY Lip Balm

Many lip balms out there contain ingredients that can be harmful to your skin and lips causing more damage. Isn’t the reason you use lip balm is to help with chapped lips? Why cause more damage by using a product claiming to do just that?

You could go out and buy an all natural lip balm and lip balm that doesn’t contain phenol, menthol, salicylic acid, vitamin e or alcohol. Or you could just make your own!

It’s really easy and only takes a few ingredients. Ingredients you may already have!

Gather:

Coconut Oil

Petroleum Jelly

Beeswax

A pack of kool-aid {yes, Kool-aid!!} in any color {we used cherry}

Small container for the lip balm. I found mine at Forever21; they came in a beauty kit with some bottles in a cute bag. Even came with a funnel!

Shave one tablespoon of beeswax into a microwave safe bowl

Add 4 tablespoons coconut oil and 4 tablespoons of petroleum jelly

Heat in microwave for about 45 seconds or until melted

Mix in as little or as much of the kool-aid as youd like until dissolved. We used cherry, but as you can tell, it turned it a nice plum color. We got it for flavor purposes more-so than color preference.

Pour into the container and let set for a couple hours. Or put in the fridge for about an hour. Then use and enjoy!

The containers came with cute little spatulas too.

Loving the plum color too! When you apply the lip balm there is a slight hint of the color.

I added a cute little label to them


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Weekend Art Challenge with Jeff Claassen

A good friend of mine and amazing artist Jeff Claassen has been doing this ‘Weekend Art Challenge’ series on his blog. Last weekend, and the first of this series, was to paint a self portrait. I used to paint before all of this sewing. I wasn’t any good and I was better at abstract than realism because let’s face it – I can’t draw for crap. So I skipped out on this series since I haven’t painted in… 8 years. And I am glad I did because even that sweet Evy {who is 10} would have beat me out of it.

But this weekend was a challenge I wanted to take! Paint, draw, sew, collage, screen print {or any other medium} a turkey hand! Heck yes.

Weekend Art Challenge 2

So I got out my fall colors, traced my hand on some lovely red gingham fabric, and sew’d up this little cutie; who will be the first fall decoration of our home {I know, I know – I’m a little late.}

He is currently perched upon our fireplace mantle gobbling away.

Happy fall, happy turkey, and happy weekend art challenge!

Thanks Jeff for the opportunity to participate – it was a good kick in the butt to get our home decorated for fall!


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Thankful Thursday

Its Thursday! Time to share this past weeks worth of Thankfulness.

I am thankful for:

amazing support from my great friends

Sabbath

the dollar section at Target {and not in a selfish, materialistic way. it has given me the opportunity to purchase great items without breaking the bank}

our heater in the winter and our a/c in the summer

Bry, who is the most sweetest thing I could ever ask for

Oliver and the smile that lights up my face

my {little] family’s health

What are you thankful for?


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Sewing Basics | What You Need to Get Started

A friend of mine had asked to come over and get some information on sewing basics and what machines are the best starter machines so she could get something put together for her man for Christmas. Her asking inspired me to put together a very basic post on what you would need to get started and some of the best rated machines out there to purchase in a wide price range.

First things first… Sewing supplies

You can either purchase a great starter kit on Etsy, Amazon, or Ebay. These are great resources to be able to get everything you need and even some extra fun things. You could also purchase everything separately and put together your own kit.

-fabric cutting scissors

-mini thread scissors

-thread {cotton or polyester} in several colors

-pins {several}

-needles {several}

-buttons {a few for mending}

-measuring tape

-pin cushion

-thimble {one will do, but is also not necessary}

-threader {a couple}

-fabric marking pen or pencil

And if you want to get serious {and make your life so much easier when cutting fabric} you should get:

-rotary cutter

-cutting mat

-6″ clear cutting ruler

And of course, one cannot sew with out fabric!

Here are some great places to purchase fabric from:

Fabricworm

JoAnn Fabrics

Fabric.com

Etsy

There are lots of different types of fabrics out there {refer to the book linked below Fabrics from A – Z} to sew with, but for beginner projects you should get quilting weight cotton.

That is about it as far as basics go for supplies.

You’re going to need a machine to utilize all of these supplies and create some cute little projects. There are so many machines out there to choose from and depending on how serious you are about your sewing adventure, you really have to be careful on what your first purchase will be.

For me, I went to Walmart and purchased a Brother LX-3125. It wasn’t the least expensive, but it was a basic model for a great price. I believe I purchased it for around $70.

It has a lot of the basic features and has been a great machine. I bought this because I was sewing only a couple styles of bags and did some normal hemming. This machine has been great for me and still gets the job done! Walmart ratings are 4 3/4 stars. 119 5 star ratings out of 158 – I would say thats a great rating!

There are other good basic models to buy in other brands. Good housekeeping has a great article on the best beginner machines. For that article.. go here.

What you need to consider when purchasing a machine is what your budget is, if you want to purchase local or online, and what exactly it is you want out of your machine. Here are three basic models with good ratings to start you out with:

Brother CS5055PRW – Project Runway, Limited Edition

Currently $129.99 on Amazon {click picture to take you there}

This machine has:

-50 built-in utility, decorative and heirloom stitches, each with multiple stitch functions.

-Sew fleece, elastic and other stretchy fabrics with the built-in stretch stitches.

-One-step bobbin replacement with quick set drop-in bobbin.

-Embellish or join quilt blocks with the built-in quilting stitches.

Janome 2212

Currently $149.00 on Amazon {Click picture}

This machine has:

-Easy turn dial pattern selection

-12 built-in stitches including a four-step buttonhole

-Stitch width adjustment and length adjustment ensures ease of use

-Drop feed for free motion sewing and quilting

Singer 7258 Stylist

Currently $164.99 on Amazon {Click picture}

This machine has:

-SINGER Stylist 100-stitch pattern sewing machine

-Adjustable sewing speed

-Push button stitch selection

-Automatic needle threader

These are all great machines to have as first sewing machines. As long as you keep up with maintenance on them {your book that comes with your machine will tell you how to keep it cleaned out, etc.} your machine will last you a very long time. I would search around online for any local sewing machine places that sell and/or service machines. That way if anything breaks and it’s outside the manufacturer’s warranty, you can take your machine in to get fixed and serviced. I’m fortunate enough to have a place here in town that does that. In fact, I bought Bry a used, refurbished sewing machine for $60.. and it’s just about better than my own machine!

Now that you have the supplies, fabric, and machine you are just about set. Oh, but what to sew for your first project?

Mine was a box bag! My friend Breana and former co-blogger of Sew Basted I Wanna Purl showed me how to sew a box bag and that one night with that one bag took me to where I am today!

So I have compiled a list of projects that you could start out with that are very easy!

One Hour Skirt

Lavender Bag

Wash Bag

Pillow Cover

Zippered Pouch

Pleated Headband

Box Bag!!

Those projects should get you up and running and each teach you basic sewing structures that you can take in to creating projects of your own or incorporating what you have learned into more advanced projects.

Check out my post on sewing vocab and their meanings!

Books to invest in:

1 -2 – 3 Sew!

Fabrics from A – Z

Seams to Me 

24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby

Alright, now that you’ve got the basics, lets get some projects started {and maybe even finished?}

If you’re new to sewing and have completed your first project and would like to share, leave me a comment.

If you’re a seasoned sewer and would like for me to add anything to this post or change something, let me know!

Happy Sewing!


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Thankful Thursday

November is the month of being Thankful. And with Thanksgiving right around the corner I wanted to focus on our family recognizing the things we are thankful for. So I made a ‘Thankful’ jar. We write what we are thankful for on a piece of paper and slip it into the jar. Then on Thanksgiving while we are sitting around the table with our families, we will each read off what we wrote. I am even encouraging people who come over to visit to write something and put it in the jar!

It was really easy to make, too!

Grab a jar or container {I used a left over half pint mason jar from various projects}, a pen, and some paper. I used some rub-ons that I got from Heidi in the huge scrapbooking stash {I also used the paper for this} she gave me to decorate the jar.

We plan on each writing something at least once every day to put in there. It could be anything – something someone did for you that day that you were thankful for, or that week. Or something in life or in general you are thankful for. It can be anything from something sentimental to something silly like ‘I am thankful for cookie butter from Trader Joes’. Anything!

Then on Thanksgiving read off what everyone is thankful for!

I’ll be doing a weekly ‘Thankful Thursday’ post for this month, listing off the things I have been thankful for the past week. Since it is the first day of the month and it just so happens to be on a Thursday, I am going to share with you one thing I am thankful for..

My amazing kids.

What are you thankful for?


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Halloween Fun

Though I wasn’t able to do an actual craft every day of this month that was Halloween related, we did do at least one Halloween related thing. But I sure did craft a lot and our house ended up looking pretty awesome for Halloween.

Here is the last week of Halloween related things for yah!

Awesome finishing touches on the house
Creative pumpkins this year

The kids got their Halloween pictures done

We had a pumpkin contest!

We took the pumpkin to a local pumpkin patch

Oliver and I enjoyed the Fall Festival at Bry’s school

I made a bat necklace

And we went Trick or Treating!

What a fun month of Halloween crafts, decorations and just all around fun!


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Halloween Roundup | Pumpkins

Every year we head over to my sister-in-law’s to carve and decorate our pumpkins. Depending on what day of the week Halloween falls on, we tend to do it as close to Halloween as possible. I don’t know about you, but I like to keep my pumpkin as fresh as I can until I carve into it; sometimes those icky bugs and this icky weather {in my parts anyway} make the pumpkin look sad and saggy by Halloween time if I cut into it too soon.

This year I really don’t feel like carving my pumpkin, though; I feel like just straight up decking it out with trims and fabric and maybe some washi tape!??! I want a pretty looking pumpkin! So here are a few inspirations to decorating your pumpkin – along with a couple awesome carved ones for you intense folk!

 Spider Pumpkin

Cheshire Cat

Painted Pumpkins

Pumpkin Tree

Chevron Pumpkins

Washi Tape Pumpkins

Hamburger Pumpkin {Yum!}

Hanging Man {source unknown}

Spider Man {SO COOL!}

Are you decorating {or carving} a pumpkin this year?


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Halloween Roundup | DIY Yard Decorations

We decorated the front of the house weekend before last and this week we are getting our front yard ready. We plan to make some creepy graves and add dome more webs, but I want to add a few more scary things too. Maybe some pumpkins? Dress up our pink flamingo?

What yard decorations are you pulling out for Halloween? Not sure? Here are some fun{ny} diy yard decorations that are sure to scare or laugh the pants right off of your trick or treaters!

1. Grounded for Life!

2. Spirit Jugs

3. Halloween Graveyard

4. Boarded Up

5. Ghost

6. Crashing Witch

Fun and easy diy’s to do to mix in with your already purchased items. Have fun decorating! I will update you all when our yard is finished.

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