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Bet you thought I had flown the coop! Not at all. I have been busy with work and making things, craft shows, and this and that. I have so neglected my blog and all of you and I apologize for that!

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I have been playing with some vintage neckties. They have been a hit and are currently available at two local shops, Nest on Semmes Ave across from Forest Hill Park and Handmade Happiness Boutique in Chester. I put my own spin on them by adding vintage buttons to the center.

Will try to be better about the ole blog. Promise!

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I thought I should return to blogging of the crafty nature.  After all, I am supposed to be crafty!

On Saturday at Feathernesters it was a lovely lunch with my friends Angela and Amy.  Crafting of ornaments for both of them ensued on the night before and here is what they received.

A dove using a tutorial from Bella Dia for Amy. 

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The felted sweater I used was a bit thin so I decided to sew it and turn it instead of sewing as the tutorial indicates.  I didn’t cut it any larger to accommodate for it.

Owls using this Japanese tutorial  for Angela and Amy’s daughter, Brianna. 

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I couldn’t get what to do with the bottom, so I used the sewn together owl to cut a circle that I sewed onto the bottom.  It made a nice base so it can stand or hang. 

Angela gave me some scrapbook paper and I used a bit along with some text from a magazine to make this pendant for me.

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Inspired by the owl ornaments, I made this owl brooch.

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And I had given you a few sneak peeks previously and now that they have been received here are the items.

The sneak peek  for Christy, my Sweet Sister Swap partner, was the button closure of this felted wool patchwork tote. 

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The patches are made from sweaters that I thrifted/felted and cut randomly.  I then added the patchwork squares with pinked edges for a bit more color and some pretty vintage buttons to hold down the centers.  I was hesitant to use fusing as it might burn the wool.  I put lots of pockets on the inside, too (a must).  The inside is a thrifted skirt that I liked the material.  I also lined the inside of the handles with it. 

I was so happy how this turned out that I will soon make myself one.  I came thisclose to not getting this in her box of goodies.  If you want to see what I sent to her for the swap you can see here

And this sneak peek was the button on this necktie scarf for Kiva.  She won the 100th post giveaway.

kiva’s scarf

Whew, that was a lot of craftiness.  What could she possibly have left?  Stay tuned!

Hope your weekend was great and the week off to a good start.

 Can you picture it?  A 5′ 10″ dwarf with a silly hat and the funny shoes sewing away! 

I am, in the words of my friend Clara, statuesque.  Always taller than the others and “big boned” {insert: never met a sweet that I didn’t like}.  I remember in grade school, since I was a sturdy kid, I always got the privilege (??) of carrying my teacher’s tray back to the cafeteria after lunch.  The untold joy of “you’re tall, can you get that for me?”  And the one that makes my heart sing…”Hey grab that side of this very heavy thing and HEAVE!” 

Never was good at basketball and contrary to assumptions, you are “not good” at b-ball just because you are tall!  However, if they needed a wall on the court to stand there with arms flailing and jumping, I would be the girl! 

Apparently, I have some things to work through (still)! 

I owed a couple of items so got busy last night making the promised.  First, I worked on the Christmas postcard for Barbara.  Here is the back of the card, the front will be posted once she has received it. 

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I have an aversion for solid backs on my cards.  It is always a challenge to see what I can use and still have the writing/address show up.  Since I posted the pic of the other card already, I felt I owed Barbara a new one.  I really like it and it was made from material I thrifted from the Goodwill last week.  The fabric dictated the design which you will see when I post the front as soon as Barbara receives it.  It is going out today, Barbara. 

Next, I made the necktie scarf that Kiva requested.  Kiva won my 100th post giveaway and was able to choose from all of my crafty repertoire for her prize.  Here is the sneak peek of what is going into the mail today for you, Kiva.

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Is that the coolest button!  I was digging through my bountiful bottles of buttons and came upon it.  Love it and it is the perfect compliment to the tie it’s on.   I will post the entire scarf once Kiva has received it so I don’t spoil her surprise.  She has been feeling a bit puny, so hope this will make her smile. 

And a bit of humor for us all:

Helpful Holiday Diet Tips

 1. If no one sees you eat it, it has no calories

2. If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, they cancel each other out

3. If you eat standing up, it doesn’t count!

4. STRESSED is just DESSERTS spelled backwards

5. If you eat the food off someone else’s plate, it doesn’t count

6, Cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breakage causes calorie leakage

7. Food used for medicinal purposes have no calories. This includes: any chocolate used for energy, brandy, cheesecake, and Haagen-Daz Ice Cream

8. When eating with someone else, calories don’t count if you both eat the same amount

9. Movie-related foods are much lower in calories simply because they are a part of the entertainment experience and not part of one’s personal fuel. This includes: Milk Duds, popcorn with butter, Junior Mints, Snickers, and Gummi Bears.

Hope your week is winding down well!

The brooches were finished,
the buttons and pinbacks attached.

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While stockings were started, 
the cutting, gluing, embellishing, and stitching begun.

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While visions of snowflakes danced in my head.

Most of my friends would say I am a bit flakey!  Hope all is going well!

I went to Diversity Thrift  yesterday and they had 2 totes of scarves marked at $1 each.  Since I love scarves and handmade stuff, I dug around.  Imagine my surprise when out I pulled this shawl.

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I thought this must be a mistake and checked it carefully for the tag with the real price on it.  It was not there.  Diversity has a policy that if it is not priced that you cannot buy it that day.  It is sent to be priced and you can buy it another day.  I took it to the register and let them know where I found it and got it for $1!  HOW COOL IS THAT! 

 It is in perfect condition with no holes, pulls or stains.  I am thrilled!  Wraps, scarves and such are the greatest for this time of year.  When you never know how the temp will go.  Also, since I am a plus size kinda girl, it was also stunning that it fit with enough to wrap over the shoulder.  Ah….life is good!

I also got some fabric scraps, small satin roses, a wee book, a vintage dictionary, a Japanese piano chord book, and 2 smallish cookbooks for a friend that loves cookbooks.  All for the great sum of $5 total including my shawl.

The necktie flowers are still in progress since I was out most of the day yesterday.  All that is left are the buttons (covered for the daisies) and uncovered for the roses. 

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To make the covered buttons for the daisies, I use large flat buttons, a bit of batting, and a yo-yo of fabric.  I stuff the yo-yo, cover the button and then sew it tight around it.  I then sew the button to the fabric from the sides of the button instead of using the holes.

Hope the week is starting well!

Today I am working on some projects involving the left over tie pieces from my necktie scarves.  I use every bit of the ties.

From the 2″ at the very end I use this pattern for necktie daisies. And for the piece in between I make necktie roses.  Mine are not as full as I am not using as large a piece of tie.  I use about 12″ or so depending on the length of the tie.  I also stitch the pin back directly to the flower instead of gluing.  I feel it is more secure.

And here is a recipe to share.  It is much more appetizing than its name!  Even better when warmed up the day after and topped with whipped cream and/or ice cream.

Dump Cake
Submitted by: Wilma Hull
Rated: 5 out of 5 by 66 members
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Ready In: 50 Minutes
Yields: 24 servings

“This cake is just as easy as dumping ingredients in a pan.”

INGREDIENTS:

1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie

filling (or any pie filling)

1 (15 ounce) can crushed

pineapple (tuna can sized)

1 (18.25 ounce) package

yellow cake mix

8 ounces chopped walnuts

1/2 cup butter (1 use 1 stick of margarine)

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a 9×13 inch pan dump cherries and pineapple.  Do not mix. Sprinkle dry cake mix over pineapple, and cherry mixture stir until just combined. Then sprinkle walnuts over top. Drizzle top with melted butter or margarine. (I cut the stick of margarine into pats and be sure to cover the entire top as this helps to brown it.)
2. Bake in a 350 degree F (175 degree C) oven for 35 or 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy! 

My sweet sister, Christy, spoiled me once again!  Look at this lovely wrapping on my presents!

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All of the presents were wrapped in fabric.  I commented on her blog about a piece of recent thrifty fabric she found and lo and behold, there it is (the yellow one)!  It is all in the little details.

Here was the goodness inside:

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Some thrifted neckties for my crafts, Christmas holiday tags, a leaf dish filled with Reese’s (of which I am recovering from the tummy ache this morning), fabric, a stamping book for inspiration, some fall flowers and a scarecrow, and a turkey place card holder.

But the best part is this!

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Her sewing is impeccable and all of the letters are sewn on and the thread is the straightest and perfectly outlines each letter, too.  A girl that lives in the land of “winging it” can only appreciate details like that.  When my stitches go a bit wonky, I make it all go a bit wonky so it looks like I planned it that way! 

And how appropriate was it that I received and opened this package right after I finished my Thankful post of yesterday.  The mailman rang the bell just as I hit publish.  Thanks, Christy for another great swap package!  You can see the goodies I sent to her here.

Image from Simply Green

I have mentioned before how Anthropologie gives me so much eye candy and inspiration.  Danny blogged about a window they have in the store made from recycled materials.  How lovely!  I appreciate their displays so much and often go to browse and check out the sale homegoods.  You can read more about this window here

And, did you read today that Neil Diamond finally acknowledged that his song Sweet Caroline was inspired by Caroline Kennedy?  I LOVE Neil and he can feel free to write a song about me any time.  Crafty Cindoline, perhaps?  Forever in Crafts, maybe?  Crafts on the Rocks?  Forever in Buttons?  Okay, I will stop NOW! 

Well, I have one item only to work on today.  To recap, here is my list:

  1. Finish brooches
  2. Coffee cozies
  3. Crocheted flower brooches
  4. Journals
  5. Totes  I decided to not make the totes. 
  6. Button push pins

Here are the crocheted flower brooches all buttoned, pinbacked and ready to go.

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All that is left today is to make the journals and go to the bank to get some change (1’s and 5’s).  I need to make the price signs for the items and then stack it all by the front door so I won’t forget anything.  I am so excited now that the work is all done about the craft show. 

Christy asked me to post a pic of the tie scarf on me so that you can see how they sit.  I wouldn’t wear it with the lime green sweater and would wear it with a turtleneck.  

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My friend Brenda and I went to see Dan in Real Life this afternoon.  I would highly recommend this movie to you.  It is not the typical Steve Carell movie.   I thoroughly enjoyed it and left feeling good.  Go and see it soon!

Brenda was the friend I made one of the tree pendants for.  She is a big crafty supporter.  She always wants to know exactly how it was made and what was involved.  She is a great photographer, too.  Sadly, you have to take my word for it as she doesn’t have a flickr page or a blog, but trust me! 

I picked up the newest edition of  Crafts ‘n Things.  There is a true holiday crafty bonanza in this issue!  Go and get it NOW

I also had a hankering to make a stop at the local Goodwill.  Check out the bounty I found there!

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The flowered fabric to the left is a pattern stitched on the fabric.  It is lovely.  I liked the little birds with the holly in the middle, the top left is ornament fabric and on the right plaid ruffle trim.  And oh, the country Christmas tree fabric, too.

The highlight of my trip was this cute little apron.  It is way too small for me and most likely for a little girl.  Check out the circus themed Christmas fabric on this one!

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It must have been for a special little girl as someone spent a great deal of time on this. 

I hope you have a great weekend!

Here is where I stand at day 5:

  1. Finish brooches
  2. Coffee cozies (cut fronts, sew, and sew buttons to close)
  3. Crocheted flower brooches(starchand sew on buttons/pinbacks)
  4. Journals
  5. Totes (May not make them as I am working on another item) I decided to not make the totes.  See new item below.
  6. Button push pins

Here are the cup cozie fronts all cut and ready to be pinned and sewed. 

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Today will be spent sewing these together, turning/pressing, and sewing the outside stitches.  Buttons will probably wait for Friday evening after dinner/movie with my friend Brenda.  We are hitting an early movie and then a bite to eat. 

I also worked on some booth and show prep items.  Using Heidi’s inspiration, I made a banner for my booth.  She blogged about the process and where she found the circle letters.  You can find them here courtesy of Allsorts.  I used Word and formatted the picture to 4″ then printed and cut the letters.  This was the first banner I have made.  Heidi, I will save the crepe borders, etc for another time.

Behind the banner are my thrifted drapes from the Goodwill in the craft room.  Not the greatest pic of them, but there nonetheless!

I purchased brown paper lunch bags and used my $1 stamp from Michaels to stamp on them.  The stamp I purchased said thanks and thank you in several different types of fonts.  I punched two holes at the top of the bag in the center side by side to thread through some of the raffia ribbon I cut into lengths to make a bow.  Quick, simple and easy!

Here is the long teased about substitution for the tote bags.  I made some necktie scarves.  It is super easy.  You buy a thrifted tie, sew a buttonhole on the front, make the opening about 17.5″ to 18″ (depending on your preference), sew on a vintage button and sew up the end that you cut off. 

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My other passion is scarves.  I have a ton of them and add them often to my outfits to give them a bit of jazz.  So this will be a new addition to my obsession.  The brown/white one is for me.  I loved the tie when I first found it and had my eye on it all along. 

Since it is my nature to try new things, I was reading on swap-bot about a pendant swap.  In her description of the swap she mentioned that she glued the images to dominoes.  I had bought a jar of various colored dominoes a while back.  I didn’t know what to do with them or why I was buying them, but now I do. 

First, drill a hole in the domino.  Then, mod podge an image to the front (I used an image from this scrapbook paper), print some of your favorite quotes very small (8 font) and mod podge them to the back.  Sand the edges a bit on the picture side, mod podge again to seal the picture/quote to the front and back (make sure you go over the sides, too), add a bale made out of twisting sterling silver wire or use a couple of jump rings and you’re done.  It still needs a bit of tweaking, but I really like how they turned out.  They are super easy and the longest part was waiting for the mod podge to dry.   

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Lesson learned in this process is to make sure you know how wide you need the opening so you don’t have to go back later and try to make it larger as the chain doesn’t fit.  I placed them on a tag that I embellished for a couple of quick gifts for friends.  My friends love it when I am “perfecting” a craft as they get lots of freebies! 

That is what I am doing here.  Hope your week is going well!  I think I might take a break to buy some marked down Halloween candy.  Ah…crafting through the sugar rush, it doesn’t get any better than that!

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- the army of the kind."
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