Sunday, November 14, 2010

An old pair of jeans makes a gift debut!

Here is my niece's Christmas gift, shhhh!  Don't tell her!




To tell you how I created this adorable gift I need to go back a few days. 

Gregg came to me with torn work jeans in hand an asked (more like BEGGED) me to fix them.  He also had a second pair that I could cut up and use to create the patches.  I cut all the denim I could muster out of the second pair of pants, and then I was about to throw out the mess of left overs...I saw the pockets. 
One of them had a small hole in the upper left corner.  I just could not throw them out.  I cut them out, trimming around the pocket as close to the edge as I could.  Then I ran to my box o' goodies and found these super cute Precious Moments iron on patches.  I trimmed the seam of one of the legs all the way up the leg until I had just enough for a strap and I added the pink ribbon bow because, well just 'cuz it's so darn cute!
I sewed the strap on by hand because it was just too much for my machine to do ALL those layers of denim!  I also took some cutesy purple/teal colored paisley print material to create an inner liner.  I used some Velcro for a closer and in just two hours had designed and created this adorable gift for my dear Hannah girl.  She will love it, I hope!

Sew....what are you doing with your crafty self?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Holiday Workshops

The first week of Novemeber was a crazy blast!
We spent the week before preparing many packs of paper to eventually be assembled into cards by the fabulous students.
I ended up with 9 different "flavors" to choose from with tantelizing names such as Nostalgic Christmas, The Gift of Music, Contemporary Christmas and Winter Wimsy to name a few.  Each card pack has a totally different color scheme and theme.
Our workshops had students each and every day!  Here is the fourth and final one with the girls getting crafty!

Here are some of the cards that were created...
Golden Elegance card pack used here by Maddie


Nostalgic Christmas was used here by Hannah






Chilly Willy by Mary

Christmas in Chocolates by Joy

The Gift of Music by Heather

There were more, but as usual I was too busy getting fun and crafty to get out the camera!











I am also experiementing with patterns and ideas I am finding all over the web.  Here is a set of Stocking Gift Boxes (you get all three in the kit) and they fill up nicely with treats for a co-worker or neighbor.  I can see deocrating these for kids too, baby's first Christmas and so on.
I am working on aprons and gift bags this week.  SEW I will be busy this week too!

Great news on the building project...my dad is officially coming up in January for a couple weeks to get our shop finished so we can move in!  HOORAY!  This means a Spring Grand Opening will be possible!

I hope you have a super crafty day!