Close to my heart- Sugar Rush – stamping and fussy cutting – Love Art

Lately Friday nights have been crafty. 

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Last friday we stayed up late again with some watercolors.  I love how kids can just come up with 10 paintings in one night and adults can maybe…  maybe complete one.

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So I decided to snap a pic of her painting in her light up kitty ear headphones and scrap it… immediately.  lol.

The stamp set I used was the January Stamp of the month set.

This month is is this:

Easter Bunny

So you can get prepared for Easter!  lol.  It’s a good idea to take advantage of the stamp of the month, because you can get it for $5 with a qualifying order. And then it’s gone…. sniff sniff….

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So for this layout I made embellishments by stamping, coloring and fussy cutting. You can see this process in the video below.

Stuff I used in this layout:

Micro tip Scissors

Water colors

Water color pencils

Sugar Rush kit

Foam tape

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And then I made a coordinating pocket page for the other side.  This seems to be my go-to style.  One 12×12 and a pocket page….  lol.

We did a part 1 and part 2 process since it was kinda long…

 

 
 

 
We’ll be back for more crafting next week!  God Bless!

xoxox

 

Ritty and Foo

 

I mean… Fitty and Roo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 11 – Bible Backpacks

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This is my favorite sewing project so far! I think it’s because of my obsession with school supplies and accessories of the like..

And I also think this would make a great gift for a lot of friends of mine..  heh…

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So this fabric I found at Hobby Lobby was perfect for our Bibles. I’ve already made some other stuff out of it, but I still had some left.

This project is really simple and takes about 20 minutes to make.

You will need:

  1. Fabric, one or two choices.
  2. Interfacing
  3. Elastic
  4. Sewing machine
  5. Yourself
  6. Cookies
  7. Twix
  8. Coffee

Items in italics are obvious, but I didn’t want to insult you.

Anyway, our Bibles are 7.5 x 6.5′.

So I cut my material as follows:

        2 pieces background fabric- 7.5 x 4′

        2 pieces pocket fabric – 6 x 4′

        Interfacing, 1 piece 7.5 x 4′.  1 piece 6 x 4′

        Elastic pieces – 7.5 – 8 ‘

 

Here are some links to materials:

Elastic – This is the exact stuff I used.

Interfacing – Makes the project more sturdy – (optional). I also see this at Walmart all the time.

I got the material I used at Hobby Lobby. They probably still have it. lol.

Janome Hello Kitty sewing machine – I got this machine for Roo not last Christmas, but the one before. I also had a $50 gc from Jo-ann fabric, so I got it for $100. I say this all the time, but I am still amazed at this machine. I mean, you just can’t get a machine that cheap that is as sturdy as this one. I’ve made soo soo many things on it and have not had one problem. Not one! It’s heavy weight which I like…  I alsolutely hate the brother machines and the new singer machines that I can pretty much toss across the room because they’re so light. They actually fall off the table while you’re sewing because they can’t hold themselves down.

So anyway, my point is… Janome so far has been a great brand for me. lol. Well, for Roo… when I finally give her machine back.  hahahahahhaa

But I highly reccomend this brand for a really good inexpensive machine! They have a variety of Hello Kitty ones now… they are all on amazon. So you can’t go wrong. Some are less than $100.

So here is our process video to learn how to make these YUMMY pen totes… highlighter cozies… Book buddies…  BIBLE BACKPACKS! It’s really a Bible frontpack because that’s where I put mine… but I guess you could also put it on the back.. Just hate the whole…not laying flat thing..  hahaha

 
We hope you have fun making these for all your friends!
Or making these for all your books! heh…

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Enjoy! And have a blessed week!!

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 10 – Quilted Christmas Zipper Pouch

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This is another project that you could simplify if need be. You can totally skip the “quilted” part and save yourself a few steps.

And to be honest, I originally did not plan on doing a quilted pouch.  I was just going to do a straight up normal run of the mill zipper pouch. But the closer Christmas gets… the more quilty I feel.

Have no idea what I mean by that. Someone does.

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So anyway, for this zipper pouch as is, you will need:

  1. Fabric
  2. 7 in’ zipper – (like a dollar in walmart… sometimes less) You can also get a whole lot from amazon ridiculously cheap. If you’re planning on making christmas gifts… (wink)
  3. Batting – the fluffy stuff in the middle.  There are many different brands.  No need to break the bank here.  Should be able to get a roll for less than $5. And again, you can find this at walmart.
  4. If you are planning on quilting, make sure you locate your sewing machine’s quilting foot.  Mine looks like this. It should have some kind of circular hole at the bottom. And like I mention in the video, my sewing machine does not allow for the feed dogs to be dropped… so it kinda makes it difficult to do free motion sewing, but it is possible! So for small projects, most machines can quilt just fine.  If you have a darning plate attachment, that will help as well. I’m pretty sure mine came with one, but I can’t seem to locate it..  lol.  Also, these items are cheap on amazon. You can usually find a replacement for your machine pretty easily. Make sure it fits your machine though. My old singer quilting foot was a totally different beast than my Janome.  So be careful!

And that’s basically it. Very inexpensive to knock out a bunch of these.

You’ll need two pieces each of:

  1. Outside fabric
  2. Lining
  3. Batting

All cut at 8 x 7, or however big you want your pouch. I cut the batting slightly smaller. You can watch video for more details about that.

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And even if you’ve never quilted before, I don’t think you need to worry about your stitches. I just kinda went wherever with them. For a gift, I may plan out a better design, but for the tutorial I didn’t get too serious about it.

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For my outside, I first stitched four squares of different Christmas fabrics together. You don’t need to do this, but you can if you’re feeling extra adventurous! I think it made a nice effect.

 

So here’s our tutorial! Enjoy!

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 8 – Part 2 – Christmas Apron

Ok, here is Part 2 of our Christmas Apron craft!

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Here is a diagram of the total measurements for fabric you will need for the adult size:

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We are fairly new to doing sewing tutorials, so forgive us if this was confusing! We are tweaking as we go, and sometimes things seem easier than they might actually be…

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If you wanted to simplify this project even more, you could leave off the ruffles and the yo yo.

Here is the video for part two which includes putting the top together, making and attaching the straps, and making the yo-yo detail.

We hope you enjoyed this craft!  Stay tuned for a few more crafts coming up shortly!

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And here is Part one of the apron vid if you missed it!

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 8- Christmas Aprons – Part 1

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

We are winding down here and we almost forgot to post our vid.  I must apologize for breaking this one in two parts.  My iron had a freak accident and is now slightly detached at the bottom…  lol.  So, the safety level is now at code red.

So I’ve since procured another iron from walmart, but have not had a chance to finish our video, so we will post part 2 as soon as get that done!  (Really need that iron for the apron strings…)

 

For the material we cut so far:

Roo’s Top= 10 x 10″, Bottom =  20 x 12″

Mine Top = 13 x 12′, Bottom = 26 x 17″

And also for mine, three strips 5 x 32″ for ruffles.

So you need to cut two  pieces for the top part of the apron, (one liner, one main fabric.. could both be same.. up to you)

And one piece for the bottom half of the apron and you’ll hem around the sides and bottom edge.

And the for the ruffles, I cut one strip in the same fabric as the bottom half, and two strips in the alternating fabric. ( again, up to you which fabric for what…)

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

 

 

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 6 – Woofie Warmers

Today is for gettin’ snuggy!

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I’m pretty sure many of you are pet lovers so we thought we’d incorporate a doggie/fuzzy pet project in the mix.

It’s gettin chilly out there and your wittle woofies need to keep warm!!

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In this craft, we show you how to crochet a super super simple style “Woofie Warmer.”  Essentially, it’s just a mini scarf I guess you could say, but in the interest of making something suitable for a doggie, we thought we’d give it a different name.

WOOFIE WARMERS!

You will need:

1.Wool/Yarn of choice

2.Crochet Hook

3. Buttons to fasten

4. Needle and thread or use yarn to attach

 

Like I mention in the video, the chunkier the yarn, the bigger the hook you’ll need. I am making the middle woofie warmer (shown in pic above) during the tutorial so for that I used a J sized hook.

This project uses only a single crochet stitch so it’s perfect for a beginner.  After chaining, you single crochet all the way! Then it’s edged with a slip stitch and that’s it! Attach the buttons and you’re done!

So far Norma is really enjoying her neck temperature when we go outside… heh…

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I think she looks rather appropriate don’t you?

And here’s the video!  Stay tuned tomorrow for another episode of the 12 Crafts of Christmas featuring Crazy Cat and Kool Kitty again!!

 

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 4 – Christmas Tree Hangy Stuffings!

 

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It’s Day 4 already!

Today we have made for you some stuffed Christmas Trees.  (Been watching too much chopped…)

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Anyway…  these are again, a super easy craft that is perfect for beginner sewing enthusiasts and people that like mushrooms on their pizza.

Like the pillow cases,  materials needed are slim.

TRISMAS TREE TOURNAMENTS!   I mean…

CHRISTMAS TREE Hangy STUFFINGS!

You will need:

  1. Fabric of choosing
  2. Stuffing or polyfil
  3. Trim, ribbon, or lace for decorating
  4. Sewing machine that also doubles as a heater/radio.  Oh, I guess that makes it triple.  Actually.. .a plain ol’ sewing machine should do the trick… just in less comfort.  
  5. Ribbon if you are making them hangy.
  6. Potpourri if you are stuffing them to put in your husbands sock pile.
  7. Hot glue if you just wanna nix the sewing machine and make a hot mess…  heh…

Tree ornamnets

 

Watch our day 4 video for the directions on how to make these in the most talky drawn out time consuming way possible.  lol.   I’m sure you’re smart enough to get out the important bits.  Roo and I can beat around the bush a bit…  my apologies.

Check back tomorrow for some other type of craft that might involve sheep, pumpernickel, or recorders.
 

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 3 – Easy sewing – Christmas Pillow Makeovers!

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For Day 3 of the 12 crafts of Christmas, Roo and I decided to jazz up the living room by covering up the ugly with festive! So we wrapped our pillows in Holiday fabric!  This is one of the easiest sewing projects as well as one of the quickest.

Pillow Covers

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You will need:

  1. Festive Fabric
  2. Hello Kitty sewing machine.  Or boring plain sewing machine with nothing decorative on it at all.
  3. Coffee. We ran out today.  I don’t know how I let this happen. Someone bring me coffee.  Thanks.
  4. Pins

These are pillow sham style so they are completely removeable, so you can take em off and wash em.  Or maybe you leave em on all year because you’re that type of peeps.

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Here is our Day 3 vid…  sry for the nighty time… but that starts at like 4:30 so it’s hard to avoid sometimes…  we promise to do some of these in the daytime when people are alive.  🙂

 

Tune in tomorrow for stuffed Christmas Tree Ornament making!
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APPLE CHIPS: The easiest Healthy Snack you’re not making!

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Can you tell we like apples around here? Simplist snack ever! INGREDIENTS: APPLES. That’s it. just…. apples… even if you just have one apple, you can make a whole tray of chips! But if you have two, go for it! Unless you wanna practice on one first. That might be a good idea.

You’ll need parchment paper, a couple baking trays, and a mandolin for best results. Actually, for any results, you’ll need these things. haha heh…. well, only because they will burn without the parchment, and you really need to get the thin slice a mandolin can offer to achieve the proper chiplikeness. And I’m sure you have a baking tray or cookie sheet lyin’ around somewhere!

If you don’t know what a mandolin is:

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You don’t have to get the biggest and baddest, mine is a fairly cheap one from walmart and it does the job like a champ! So bottom line, you need to make super thin slices. You don’t want apple chunks! You want chips! Even though my friend Amanda’s mom always told me via Amanda “Chips make chunks.” That’s advice for a different sort of life lesson. not for making snacks.

Anyway, back to making these instead of just letting your kids consume the 5lb bag of sour patch kids. I find about one medium size apple fills up a tray. So I usually do two apples and two trays at a time.

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Sidenote: Apples are on the dirty dozen list of produce that gets megadoses of pesticides and the sort, so if you can splurge for organic, please do. Either way, wash em real good. I sliced mine from bottom to top, seeds and all! It makes for a pretty star shape in the middle and the seeds just kinda fall out on thier own. And no apple tree has ever grown in the stomachs of those who’ve swalled apple seeds so no worries there. Spread out your slices on your trays and try not to overlap. They do stick together so some slight edge overlap is ok, just don’t pile em up on top of each other. Set the oven to 200° Bake on one side for 40 mins or so. Then flip em’ and bake another 40 mins. I have noticed a difference in baking time with different apples. The first time we made these, I used fuji apples. They needed about 45 mins on each side. Last time I used Braburn and they only needed 35 mins each side. They were also not as sweet so we added some cinnamon. So use your judgement, when they start turning light brown, it’s time to take them out. They may be still a little soft, but they harden up as they cool. So far, the fiji apple chips were the sweetest and definitely our favorite. With absolutely nothing added to them. Plain apples, no sugar, no cinnamon… I couldn’t believe how sweet they tasted on thier own after baking them. This is that kinda snack that people try at your house and then go home and immediately try to make for themselves.

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If your end result looks like potpourri, you probably did it right. If your end result looks like potpourri, you probably did it right. And maybe you’ve been making these for years and I’ve just arrived in the “now” Either way, Cheers! God Bless!

Baked Apples

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An old fashioned fav in our house that can be tweaked as you like. You can get as simple as brown sugar and butter, or get crazy and throw dates or raisins, apple pie spices, and some vanilla ice cream. Ok, I didn’t think I’d be mentioning vanilla ice cream so soon.

But anyway, here goes:

Ingredients:

1. Some Apples! – Granny smith or Golden would probably be my first pick, but this time we used Gala because we already had them. I don’t think you can really go wrong, though for some reason a honey crisp doesn’t seem like the best choice. I have no idea why, but I just feel like they are the watermelon of apples… and baked watermelon just doesn’t sound good. Hey, if you try it and it’s good, let me know!

2. Brown SUGAR! – A staple in a lot of my meals and desserts.

3. Cinnamon!

4. faux Butter! – I use Earth Balance – (click for website and nutrition information) So far this is the only company I have found that I trust to be totally free of animal products. So I can be sure there are no eggs or dairy in the mix. They do make nut spreads, but there are no traces of peanuts or tree nuts in thier buttery spreads according to them so I can feel safe in feeding these to my daughter. And it’s also non-GMO and gluten free. The two spreads I use most often are the Earth Balance original and the Soy-free spread. The soy-free spread in my opinion has a slightly better taste and is great for baking pie crusts and breads! But the original gets the job done just as well.

The rest of these ingredients are optional:

Maple Syrup

Raisins or dates

nutmeg

clove

stickers

Wait, except for stickers… they are not easily chewed..

STEP 1

Preheat the oven to 375°

STEP 2

Cut the core out of your apples from stem to about a 1/2 inch from bottom. Remove any seeds.

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You don’t have to be neat about this… just go crazy.

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STEP 3

Fill your apples all the way to the top with the brown sugar. Then sprinkle on your spices.

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STEP 4

If you want to add syrup or other ingredients, do that now…

Then throw a pat of Earth Balance on top of each apple. You can sprinkle more cinnamon and spices on top of the butter also if you like.

So really, this is a “to your taste” recipe. There’s no set measurements because every apple is different! I just go by filling it up with as much of the stuff I like as I want! Remember to overdo it on the brown sugar, because most of it melts in the oven.

STEP 5

Fill a baking dish about a 1/2 inch with boiling water and stand up your apples in it.

Bake for 40-50 minutes depending on size of apples and that’s it!

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Top with “So-Delicious” Creamy vanilla frozen dessert and you’ve got an awesome after dinner sweet tooth tamer.

So-Delicious is again another company that makes dairy and nut free ice cream that uses special equipment to ensure that there is no cross contamination of nuts. A lot of the time, people with nut allergies can’t even have regular ice cream because of the nut traces that may be in the product. So so far, this is the only ice cream I’ve allowed my daughter to have.

Here is a link to an allergen and certification chart for thier dessert products.

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You can also get coupons and recipes on thier site!

So, if you take them out of the oven, and they look like they’ve just aged 68 years, then you’re good! They will taste much better then they look. heh

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ENJOY!!!