Meet the Finny Dolls

Well, we finally had some time to make some extra things on the sewing machine that weren’t for us.

We overhauled our Etsy shop and called Eleanor’s Room because we plan on filling it with things that Eleanor likes…

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So far, we’ve filled the store with a handful of these dolls we started making a couple years ago.  We call em “Finny” dolls.  I won’t say why but you might have a guess.

 

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This first batch came out skinny and long-limbed.  Much like our prototypes, though they were a tad chunkier.  One new thing we did was add a removeable skirt for each.  Because if your daughter is anything like mine, she likes to be able to dress her dolls.

The good thing about having had a few of these to play with for a while is that we’ve been able to see how they hold up over countless trips to various places like parks and movie theaters.  And after spilling drinks and spreading raspberry jam over them, I have to say a trip through the washing machine does wonders and is completely safe. I would treat them as you would any favorite shirt. Stain remover and low tumble.

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They have eared hats instead of hair which also makes them easier to care for. No tangled mess for your little ones to get tied up in.

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They each have their own pattern of clothing picked out by Eleanor. The material we used is mostly cotton blends with a fleece or flannel thrown in here or there. Some recylced, some new. This shop is also part of the giant goal to zip through all that hand-me-down material I have gobs of. My hope is that I will eventually have it down to one bin of material that I already have plans for.  And possibly a few pieces to inspire just because they’re pretty.  I often get commissioned for various random jobs so I usually need some supplies handy.

 

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We decided to embroider each face. We kept it simple, while still having some personality.

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Some have longer legs than others…

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Some make their own clothes…

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And they each have at least one face and a name. This one is Dolores. She likes blues…

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Visit the shop here:  Eleanor’s ROOM.

They make great one of a kind gifts!

 

 

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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 9 – The Bunting of Christmas Past

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So…  every year I seem to find a pile of old Christmas cards that never got sent. The pile of extra ones … that either came back in the mail… or were just… extra. And I’ve thought of making a mini album with them… but I’ve never gotten around to it.

So this idea came to mind… to print out the photos onto printable fabric and turn them into festive bunting.  lol.  That way I could display them for the Holidays and stroll down memory lane at the same time…

I suppose after another five years, I’ll make another one.

 

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So bunting is one of those things I love to sew. I just love the look of it… when Eleanor (Roo) was a baby, I made a bunch and decorated her room with it. I made a big banner with her name on it. I made birthday bunting. I made Boo Bunting for Halloween. I even made Dora the Explorer bunting (still hanging in her room)!

So I thought, why not Christmas Bunting.  Actually, I was kinda shocked when I realized I’d never made any.

So two things are different about this bunting then other buntings I’ve made. One, I’ve never put photos on it. And two, I’ve never overlapped my pieces.

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So anyway, this project is pretty easy and builds on skills we learned in some of our other Christmas Crafts like Bias Tape (apron straps) and sewing triangles…(tree ornaments). 

You can make your triangles as big as you like, I made five bigger ones, and four smaller ones.

So you’ll need:

  1. Fabric- of your choosing
  2. Printable fabric
  3. Ribbon, string, or ric rac for the ends to hang it.
  4. Photos of Christmas past ready to print!

 

So here is our video 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 7 – Button Christmas Trees!

For Day 7 we have another kid friendly craft hosted by Kool Kitty and Crazy Cat!

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BUTTON CHRISTMAS TREES!

You will need:

  1. A canvas, piece of wood, mini album cover, cardboard… anything you want to use to put your tree on.
  2. Buttons
  3. Paint
  4. Hot glue or Elmers
  5. …  and then if you’re Crazy Cat and Kool Kitty you’ll end up using cotton balls, glitter, glittery pom poms, scrapbook embellishments, beads, highlighters… etc…

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So as you can see, you can really step outside the box and use anything to make your tree, but essentially all you need is some spare buttons and some glue.  You can paint your star, or you can use a sticker…  you can paint your trunk as well if you don’t have cinnamon sticks or even a twig to glue on.

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Here is the girls video of their crafting fun!

 

Enjoy and Stay tuned tomorrow for our Christmas Thanksgiving craft!

 

 

 

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 5 – Scripture Present Tags

It’s Monday and we’re gonna make this evenings craft light and easy.

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All that is really required are some tags and some pens.. perhaps a stamp or watercolors.

You can grab these tags pretty cheap at any craft store, or you could make your own.  They also sell tag punches.

Here is a link to a tag/twine duo on Amazon: Kraft Tags

And here is a link to a Tag punch: PUNCH

So it all depends on how much you think you will actually use tags.  I end up using them more than can think of.  Most frequently I use them in scrapbooking. And sometimes they end up in my planner or as a bookmark.

 

I had a pile of these Kraft tags, so I decided to use them to make some decorations for my Christmas presents. For some reason, I love the look of a brown Kraft tag hanging off a gift or gift bag. I went pretty rustic and simple with my designs.

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I started of by edging the tags with a dark ink. This is one of those little steps that I feel like if I skip, makes such a big difference. It really just adds such a nice punch to the border. Then I ended up putting a base of watercolor. Nothing special, just any kinda color to give it a pale coating. Little dripping on some, but mostly a light wash.  After that I decided what Scripture to use on each. And though you might be the type of person who hates their handwriting, I think this is the type of project that lends well to a variety of writing styles. Because of the craft and the watercolor, it kind of already has a crafty look, so I think the imperfect handwriting really lends well to it.

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I do have one set of Scripture stamps from Close to my heart so I used one stamp from that for the Anchor tag. So I might have picked something else to go with this Anchor, like Hebrews 6:19, but in this instance I actually thought that block print went well visually with it. I have some anchor themed fabric, so I used that to eyeball while I was drawing this one. It was kinda a no-brainer because I used the fabric to make myself a zipper pouch to hold my pens and highlighters so it was sitting right next to me. I just kinda looked over and said… “Oh… that would make a good tag graphic…”

“19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil

 Hebrews 6

The pens I used to doodle with are these MICRON pens. They are the 005 size so ideal for super skinny lines.

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So yea, I think before we get all wrapped up in the shopping spirit, we ought not to forget why we are here and why we are celebrating Christmas in the first place. It may not be the day exactly, but let our hearts be on the right track and our minds in the right place.

I made a nice, short video of the doodling if you so choose to set your eyes, other than that, enjoy this week of Thanksgiving and God Bless!

For some reason the music is taking a bit to attach itself to this vid, so if it’s still silent, I apologize… but should be together shortly!

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 2- Cinnamon Stick Reindeer

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Today’s craft is very special because it is hosted by CRAZY CAT and KOOL KITTY! Roo’s friend Brielyn joined us for a fun day of crafting! Or is it Cool Cat and Krazy Kitty…  or Cook kitty and Crazy kat?  If you can figure it out during the video let us know.

Cinnamon Stick Reindeer

You will need:

  1. Cinnamon Sticks
  2. Hot glue gun
  3. Black and White acrylic paints
  4. Twigs or toothpicks for antlers
  5. Cat ear headbands to wear
  6. Ribbon or twine for reindeer scarves
  7. Cotton if you want fluffy tails
  8. Pickles and pulp free OJ for snacking

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Thanks for watching!  Join us tomorrow for HOLIDAY PILLOW MAKEOVERS!!

 

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