Friday, June 28, 2013

Summer Hoodie Tutorial

Today I am a Contributor over at Ginger Snap Crafts!  I love Ginger's blog - she has such great crafts, ideas, and tutorials.  I am sharing this fun tutorial for altering a Hoodie Sweatshirt.  They are so much fun to make!  Click HERE to go to the tutorial.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

VIntage Ball Mason Jars

I was at Target and look what I found in the canning section!!  I have wondered how long it would take the mason jar people to make some reproduction vintage blue jars.  Ball is offering these as a limited edition in celebration of their 100th Anniversary!

I have always loved vintage blue jars and I have a little collection of them.  But these are fun because you can give them away, or really can something in many ideas!  How cute would they be for the 4th of July as centerpieces!!!  I might have to go and get another case of them.  They were $10.99 which I thought was not bad.  What do you think would be cute to use them for?


Monday, June 24, 2013

4th of July Shirts

 I am totally excited!  Everyone's 4th of July shirts from last year still fit & I don't have to make new ones!!!!  Yea!!!

All of these made possible using Heat n Bond fusible appliqué!!  My favorite stuff EVER!!


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Monsters University Movie

Everyone had a great time at the movie.  Don't you love the shirts!!  Some of our reviews were:

It was so funny!
It's my new favorite movie!
I can't wait to see it again!!


Vintage Kitty Pillow

The day after my Toonces passed away, I was on Etsy looking at every item that had a black cat: fabric, clothing, jewelry, accessories, quilts, pillows, artwork, greeting get the idea - pretty pathetic!  By the way, there are 37,221 items that come up when you search "Black Cat."  Anyway, I came across these fabric squares with original artwork of different breeds of cats.  And one of them looked exactly like Toonces!

Isn't it cute!  I love what is says around the image:
Soft velvet black coat
Always by my side
purring motor firing love
feeling all warm inside

I had to have it!  I contacted the seller to ask a few questions and you will never guess what....she lives 2 miles from my house!  So I arranged to pick the items up so we could meet!

Her name is Maria Nicodemus.  She paints these beautiful pictures of kitties and has them printed on high quality canvas-like fabric.  You can find her Etsy shop HERE or her blog, Ginger Eyed, HERE.

Here are some of her creations:

This is what I ended up ordering:

My daughter has a Bengal Kitty, so I bought this for her - I cant wait to make something WILD out of it!

Here is Marbles already messing it up!

This is how I made my vintage black cat pillow:
I have a large collection of vintage sheets - I pick them up everywhere I go.  When we were preparing to burry our dear Toonces, I cut this sheet in half and used one half to wrap him in.  (pass the Kleenex).  I kept the other half.  I thought it very fitting that I use this fabric to make this pillow.

My pillow form is 18" so I cut my fabric 19".  I loved how the hem of the sheet was in different fabric then the main part of the sheet and I wanted to use the lace trim also.  I included the hem in the pillow body.

I ran out of my favorite Therm O Web fusible fleece, so I used their sew in fleece and Heat n Bond basting spray.  (This stuff is amazing!)  The sheet was pretty thin, so this gave it some soft stability.

I couldn't quite decide what to do around the cat image.  I had some eyelet lace and sewed it to the cat square.

Then I pressed it under.  I also added a larger piece of eyelet along the lace that was on the sheet.

I used basting spray under the cat image to hold it in place while I top-stitched it on.

I finished the pillow with more of the sheet fabric on the back and an invisible zipper at the bottom.  I put a down pillow form inside & it feels all soft and squishy....just like Toonces :)  I love how it turned out.  Now every time I walk into my bedroom I see this pillow and it makes me smile :)

It matches the other vintage sheet pillowcases I made!


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Monsters University {MU} Party

We have been waiting for the Monsters University movie to come out since we heard about it last year. Monsters Inc. is one of our favorite movies of all time.  To get everyone excited, we hosted a MU party for all our friend this week.  It was super fun!

First I emailed out "Enrollment Applications" to everyone.  Each "monster" was to fill out an application and submit it to my by a certain date.  There is actually a Monsters University website that totally looks like a real college website!

 Once I received all the applications, I emailed an "Acceptance" letter with all the details:  when Freshman orientation was, a schedule, campus map, and list of items to bring.

 I gathered a team of older girls together to be my:
We even made shirts

We transformed our yard into the MU college campus.  The front yard was set up with a table, banners, balloons, signs for registration.  I had two girls out front "checking" people in.  I totally spaced taking pictures of this.  We had almost 30 kids!  The night before we stayed up till midnight creating a monster for everyone and creating a laminated MU Student ID card.  Disney has a website called Create-A-Monster.  It is so much fun.  You can pick your monster body, skin, fur, hair, eyes, horns, etc.  Then you type in your first name and last initial and it generates a monster last name.  We did this for all 30 kids.

This is me, Amanda Needleman.  Now how do those Disney people know I sew!!!

On the website you can also generate an ID card like this one:

The faculty had these ones:

We laminated each card and placed it in an ID card holder.

The back of the ID looks like this.  I made a fake barcode with a barcode font.  I put 8 circles and when they went to each station they got a little Monster sticker to to put in the circle.  

When the children were all checked in they pinned on their name tag.  They were all totally into this!!

As the children walked along the side of the house to get to the backyard, we made a sign with all the incoming freshman.  I printed out each monster and then after the party, they could take it home (that's why some are missing.)

We also had a meet the faculty poster and all the faculty members signed it.

We set up the MU campus like this: Cafeteria, Library, Scare Floor, Gym, Student Center,  and Art Club.  This is where you can let your imagination go crazy.  I had so many ideas of what we could do - with this large of a group I had to scale back.


The cafeteria was fun.  We were just open for snacks.  I made popcorn balls - you can't tell but they were neon green.   Jell-O brand came out with Monsters University Jell-O & Jell-O molds.  The green was s'lime and the blue was Berry Scary.

 We also had Monsters University fruit snacks.
For the drinks, I got purple and green Hawaiian Punch water bottle mixes and the children could mix their own drinks.

I decorated with a few doors.
 Student Center
 I found this poster at Wal Mart - I love all the monsters!  At the student center the moms hung out and talked.  Towards the end of the party we had a little "School Dance".  We played scare dance.  It's like freeze dance, only when you freeze, you have to do a "Scare" pose.

Art Club
 The Art Club was a hit.  I had river rocks, paint & googley eyes.  Yep, we made monster rocks.  They turned out super cute!

At the gym we played a version of "Horse" only "Scare".

The Scare Floor

I think this was the biggest hit!  We turned our shed into the scare floor.  The children sat around and one would go into the shed (which is pretty scary) then come out and try to do their best "scare".

The Library
 The library was a blanket on the grass.  I bought this cute Monsters University story book at Sam's Club.  It has about 10 different stories with pictures.  The children sat around while on of our faculty read it to them.  I thought it would be cute to make monster bookmarks - but I ran out of time.

 Most of the children brought plain T-shirts.  During the party I ironed on an MU.  Don't they all look cute!!  We will all be wearing them to the movies on Friday!!

The hot pink came out cute

I love the green & white stripes too (Target).

It was a really fun party.  Can't wait to go to the movie now!!!