Saturday, January 28, 2012

It's the little things...

If there is one thing I enjoy most in this world... it's sewing. It's so satisfying to take fabric and some notions like this:

And turn them into this...

My brother had asked me to make him an ipad case and when I stumbled upon a tutorial over at Fresh Lemons, I knew it would be perfect. He plays the drums, so I embroidered a little set on the front. The tutorial for this case is one of the best I have ever followed and is easy, as well.

On a different note: I have to send a huge THANK YOU to Jenn over at Broomsticks and Lace for giving me a blog award!

Liebster is German for "dearest" and this award is for blogs with less than 200 followers. Now, as a recipient I am supposed to give the award to 5 other blogs with less than 200 followers... but, it appears that all the bloggers I enjoy visiting have more than 200 followers... So, I am going to have to get back to you all on this.

Until next time!


Saturday, January 21, 2012

A Valentine's Day Wreath

I started making wreaths like this about 6 or 7 years ago (maybe longer, not sure) and even though I would make them in different colors for any time of year, they became my go-to Valentine's Day item to make.

They are very easy really, they take more time than anything. I finished mine in an afternoon.

All you need to make this wreath is:
- a styrofoam wreath
- some cardboard to re-enforce the back
- glue (I used Aleene's Original Tacky Glue)
- 2 yards of felt in the color of your choice (I always buy extra felt just in case)
- a pencil, chopstick, or something to puncture the styrofoam with (I used the end of a small paintbrush).
- a little cup
- ribbon to hang the wreath

I start by tracing along the outside and inside of the wreath on the cardboard, and then cut it out. You can trim as necessary. The cardboard will be covered, so it really isn't a big deal if it's a little crooked.

Add some glue all around the cardboad.

And stick it to what will be the back of the styrofoam wreath.

While that dries, cut the felt into 4x4 inch squares.

Now you can begin to add the felt to the styrofoam. Pour some glue into a cup. Take your pencil or stick instrument of choice. I used a small paintbrush end, and place it in the middle of a square of felt.

Dip the felt into the glue.

Then stab (sorry, couldn't think of a better word) that end into the styrofoam wreath.

Repeat the process all around the wreath, making sure to place the felt close enough to one another that they create a sort of ruffled look.

Once you finish, let it dry. I let mine dry for 24 hours, just to make sure it rests enough. Then I used some red ribbon and just wrapped it around the entire wreath and hung it up.

Hope you get to try this out. It's a lot of fun to have as decor... if I do say so myself.

Until next time.


Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

I wish everyone a very happy and healthy 2012. May this be everyone's best year yet!

I took this picture while standing in my parents' yard looking out into Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora. The sunset seemed just right.

I have had limited internet access. Well... who am I kidding, I haven't had internet access! I haven't had the opportunity to keep in touch with anyone over the web. I trust everyone is well and had a very happy holiday season.

Happy new year!