Saturday, May 31, 2014

back in the {sewing} saddle

It has been eight weeks since I had my sweet baby boy, and I managed to start and finish a sewing project. I think I can declare - I'm back! Thanks mom, for watching the kids so I could actually finish these throw pillows.
fresh crafts blog - fat quarter throw pillows
Is it sad that I was proud of myself for actually taking out the iron and ironing board to get the seams sewn properly on the fold over backside? Either way, I'm happy that it all turned out well, no pattern and about 90 minutes later.
fresh crafts blog - fat quarter throw pillows
I found the zebra print as a fat quarter at my favorite quilt shop, Fourth Corner Quilts. I picked up a few more Tula Pink fat quarters while I was there for additional pillows (Tula Pink Acacia Pixel Dot and Tula Pink Fox Field Foxtrot), but may end up using them for a different project. The sunburst backing fabric was a steal at $5/yard at Joanns. Here's another little secret. Instead of craft store pillow forms I used IKEA pillows at $4/each.

Friday, April 11, 2014

play mailbox & fabric envelopes with stamps

While on vacation earlier this year, my daughter fell in love with a play mailbox that included some letters and postcards with velcro stamps. When she kept talking about it a week later I knew that I had to make one for her. So this was her Valentine's Day present this year.
fresh crafts blog - play mailbox

I found a wooden mailbox at Joann that had magnets on the door and a flag that moved - perfect! She insisted that the color of the mailbox should be blue because that was the color of the one she originally liked. It was easy to take the mailbox apart for painting and finishing it with a couple coats of clear spray paint (my new favorite thing!).
fresh crafts blog - play mailbox

And she was happy to help me go through some fabric scraps to find good pieces for her "envelopes". My favorite part are the snail stamps. 
fresh crafts blog - fabric envelopes
She has actually played with this so much more than I expected! This kid loves getting mail just as much as I do. If you ask her what kind of mail she gets in her mailbox, she will usually tell you that she got an invitation to a party from our wiener dog.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Review | First Baby Shoes Kit

I had the privilege of reviewing a kit for making leather baby booties, and I loved the experience! First Baby Shoes sent me the "Nina" kit in brown leather and I had so much fun making these for my baby boy that will arrive any day now. 
First Baby Shoes Kit on fresh crafts blog

First Baby Shoes Kit with fresh crafts helper

First Baby Shoes by fresh crafts blog

The full review will appear on Craft Critique and I will update with a direct link as soon as it is published. Please let me know if you have any questions about First Baby Shoes.

You can see that my favorite crafty helper got in on the action. And by that I mean she made me stop sewing so that I could watch her go down a slide and read books to her dolls. As part of my preparations for the new baby I made her a "Big Sister" bag that she will get when she visits at the hospital. I'll post all the details on that soon.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

new craft critique reviews

A few new reviews have been posted to Craft Critique. Click through to see the full reviews and project photos.

fresh crafts blog - Clover Wonder Clips

fresh crafts blog - Tulip Spray Dye Kit

fresh crafts blog - The Brushstroke Handbook review

Monday, March 3, 2014

random rainbows

I recently decided to expand my DMC floss collection because I have been doing more stitching on my paper crafting projects. And my mom happened to have an extra floss I spent the last couple nights winding up floss while watching TV. Only problem is that I can now see which colors I am missing (navy blue, red, purple, and coral just to name a few). Not that I need them right now - but I can see that I am missing them!
I also love doing art projects with my daughter, and she was kind enough to let me use her Do A Dot markers on a doily while she was creating her masterpiece (on the green sheet underneath).
The end result on the scrap paper under the doily is what I really loved. It gave me some ideas for future painting, misting, distress, etc. I'm still loving doilies, long after Valentine's Day.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

gold embossing paste

I have a new love! And it is the metallic gold embossing paste from Wendy Vecchi (Dreamweaver). I got it as a Christmas present and am just using it for the first time. It was something that Jennifer McGuire started using and I thought that I had to have it. She was right.
fresh crafts blog - gold embossing paste
I made my own chevron stencil by cutting a few layers of card stock with my new Stampin' Up punch. It ended up a little wonky, mainly because my distress stained background paper was warped. But I still in love with the result. I actually have a real chevron stencil, but have not found it since moving last year. 
fresh crafts blog - gold embossing paste
I used a new stamp set and punch from Stampin' Up - "Simply Celebrate" stamp set and Chevron border punch. 
fresh crafts blog - Stampin' Up "Simply Celebrate" and chevron border punch
And a few older items - Radiant Rain gold shimmer spray (mixed with the Distress Stains) and the Amy Tangerine "Capture" embroidery stencil kit. 
fresh crafts blog - embossing paste, Radiant Rain, Amy Tangerine embroidery kit
Tim Holtz Distress Stains - Ranger
Simply Celebrate stamp set - Stampin' Up
Chevron border punch - Stampin' Up
Wendy Vecchi Metallic Gold embossing paste - Dreamweaver
Radiant Rain shimmer spray - LuminArte
Amy Tangerine embroidery stencil kit - American Crafts

Monday, February 17, 2014

i love you more than donuts

I made this doughnut card for my husband for Valentine's Day this year. This was the conversation that followed...
fresh crafts blog: i love you more than donuts

Him: I really like this card. That donut is awesome. And I still like it even if it isn't true.
Me: No, it's true.
Him: Aww. That's nice. I love you too.
Me: I actually like cinnamon rolls more than donuts now.
Him: Oh. Makes more sense now.

I tried using my Distress Markers with a water brush for the first time on the donut. I'm not so sure about the technique.  Jennifer McGuire makes it look so easy! 

Stamps - Hero Arts | Stampin' Up
Dies - Papertrey Ink
Ink - Memento | Ranger Archival Ink
Markers - Tim Holtz Distress Markers
Glitter - Stickles