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succa-felt aka Pinspiration numero – cincuenta y nueve

I had seen these really cute felt succulent on pinterest.  And when I was finally ready to make them, I visited Shaken Together Life to follow her tutorial.

I cut out some shapes of succulents making sure to vary the size.
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I used a glue gun to layer some rocks and then just started glue gunning each piece to each other.  It was actually a lot of fun and less frustrating than I thought it would be.
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As I was cutting these pieces I didn’t think that it would come out right.
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You can totally see the glue in this one.  But it still looks alright.
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Here they are all finished.
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I made the smallest jar with my sil and got the other two from Target.  I bubble-wrapped them so they’d be safe in the mail.  Luckily enough they arrived in tact…from Ohio to California.  Yay!

pretty up the cork aka Pinspiration numero – cincuenta y cinco

I had seen this make over of a cork board on pinterest and decided that I needed to do that with my cork board.  You can find the tutorial at two twenty one.

I had found this super cute print that was vertical but I couldn’t decide if I wanted my board to have to sit vertical or horizontal.  And with that print once I put it on I’d be stuck with that one option.

I asked on Instagram and most people, all three of them, said horizontal.  I probably wouldn’t done it horizontal in the end but I can’t be sure.

If I did it vertical you wouldn’t see as much of the print.  This one is the vertical one.

So I waited and waited and waited and waited until I found some prints that I absolutely loved and wasn’t a one-way only print.  I got to work.

I laid out some plastic that I had on hand from painting.  Then I used some spray adhesive, which is what the plastic is for.  I don’t what that stuff on my rug!!

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Then I laid the fabric down and smoothed it out and flipped it over.
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And scrunched up the corners like so.
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I took some thumbtacks and pushed them in allclosetogether.
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It’s not very straight at all but it adds some character.  Hahaha!
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Now all I have to do is add the sawtooth hanger things to the back so that I can hang this on the wall.  Currently it’s leaning against the wall collecting dust.  Oops. I’m going to have to get on that!

Eye Spy, You Spy aka Pinspiration – numero cincuenta y cinco

As I was perusing Pinterest a. long. time. ago. I came across an “I Spy” bag.  I thought it would be fun to make and fun to play with for my friend’s son.  He was close to turning one also.  Here it is on Pinterest but if you don’t want to go through pinterest you can find it on Make It and Love It.

I had some light blue fleece in my stash so I decided to make a blue fish.  His parents love fishing. I first made a template to make sure that the fish would be big enough after I cut a big hole in it.  I cut some stiff clear vinyl to cover the hole and then pinned and sewed them together.

I read that it would be easier to use fabri-tac (glue for fabric) before sewing so that’s what you see here.

Because fleece doesn’t fray I just topstitched it closed but left a small opening so that I could fill the fish with poly beads and other fun goodies to “spy”.
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Some close-ups.

And here are some goodies to be i-spied.
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Some other items included are a big button, trucks, leaves, sewing machine, cupcake, and many other things.

My friend suggested that this game probably isn’t really good for a one year old.  He wasn’t too interested in playing with it.  She said it’s probably more for like a three year old or so. So if you plan on making one or getting one for a gift I’d hold off until the kid is at least two and a half.

Harry Potter Robes

I love Harry Potter.  And so does my cousin.  He went to the WB Studio and seen the Harry Potter robes but they are so expensive that he ended up not getting them.  My mom had suggested that I make some for him. I hadn’t made anything on my own, without a pattern, before so I was a little hesitant.  But we went to Joann’s and got some fabric and I started looking up some inspiration.

I’d only made a few garments so I thought I would start with cutting a front and a back with a hood on the fold.


After I finished cutting this is what I ended up with.  I couldn’t figure out what happened or what I did or what I could do to salvage it.


But I sewed the pieces together as I had imagined in my mind and this is not what I was thinking. LOL!


So I looked up some more inspiration and found this image.  Since I had taken my cousin’s measurements I just adjusted these measurements to fit his.  Looking at these images reminded me of the Kwik Sew 3423 nightgown that I made a while ago.


Here is the Kwik Sew 3423 pattern that I loosely based the robes off of, along with the image above.  You can read about the nightgown here.


I laid out the material on the fold and sketched out a front piece, mirroring what the screenshot shows two photos above.  I did the same for all the other pieces.  Also, first time using chalk.


After I cut the black pieces out I traced them on the maroon piece.


All the pieces cut out of both the black and maroon fabric. I opted to not do a lining for the back piece as no one would see if it was there or not.


As is stated in the Kwik Sew pattern, you sew the shoulder pieces together first.


Then I sewed together the lining and outer pieces of the sleeve.


Then attached them to the body.


Finally it’s looking more like it should.


The sleeves are being hemmed.


Then I attached the hood which is what you see here, unhemmed.


Here it is all finished and hemmed.


It’s not the best but it’s as good as I could make it with my pattern-needing brain that didn’t have a pattern to follow.

And here’s my cousin wearing the robes.

Hello Kitty, Quilt Me aka Pinspiration – numero cincuenta y cuatro

In March 2015 I made my first quilt.  A basic straight line baby quilt.  I found 30 Handmade Days tutorial on Pinterest.

I found these cute Hello Kitty prints and these super cute coordinating prints.  Girly but not too girly.  And those colors!!!  Yum!

I cut all the pieces, strips only in varying size.  I’m sewing them together using my sewing machine table.  I had just gotten it and was super excited to use it.  Having that extra table length helps out tremendously!

This is the back.  I used two coordinating prints from the front to showcase in the back.

A VERY blurry picture but it’s showing how the quilting process.  Just straight stitches but I had to roll up the ends to fit in the “throat” of the sewing machine.

Another quilting shot.  Look at the topstitching!  Haha!!

The very first time that I ever ran out of thread!

Applying the binding by machine.  Love those binder clips!

The completed top side.

The completed bottom side.  I used the remaining scraps to make the binding so that’s why it’s a bit different on all sides.

I had a lot of fun making this quilt.  I’ve even made one more since and have another in the works.  I’ll be posting them soon. ish.  Haha.

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