sew your own reusable shopping bags

this week's contest theme on spoonflower is cut-and-sew reusable shopping bags. I entered the contest with my not-so-plastic shopping bag (1st in picture) - be sure to vote for it at http://www.spoonflower.com/contests/242
while i was at it, i designed a couple more bags. one for my love of doctor who (the middle tardis in the picture) and another fun colorful one that says "i'm a happy camper"
they're easy to sew and fun to use. go green.


fishing lures

here's another example of how talented my husband is-he ties his own fishing lures. i have no idea what type of fish these are for and i know he names them all. i just know they're fun looking and look tough to make and they're functional - they catch fish!



i'm in the lettering group at work and we have three sketchbooks that we've started passing around the group. it's always fun to see what everyone has created. i originally had planned on filling two pages before we met again, but alas i only had time to fit in one page (but i'm sure i will get another one of the notebooks next meeting and i'll add something to that.) so i sketched "amazeballs" (that's just fun to say, don't you think?) i like it; i wish i had spaced the letters better, but when you're drawing ink to paper you don't really get the option to redo or ctrl+z.


holiday hand warmers

for the past couple of years (at least), alex has made her own holiday gifts for family and teachers and friends. last year, she made those cute wood peg snowman ornaments. i think before that she made some ladybug clothespin magnets. and this year, she made hand warmers. we waited a little last minute on this project, but somehow got them done in time to gift for the holidays. i just told alex to draw some holiday art and she came up with this cute little elf baking gingerbread men. she drew a front and back view. i then scanned in her art, made a background using the elf stockings she drew, and set it up to be printed on fabric. i used spoonflower.com to print the fabric; i printed these on kona cotton. once we received the fabric, i washed them, ironed them, cut them out, and sewed them. alex helped me fill each one using a funnel. we filled the hand warmers with rice scented with cinnamon and cloves (so when heated up you get a hint of those gingerbread cookies the elf just baked.) and then i designed and printed labels instructing how long to warm them in the microwave. i think these were such a cute gift and i love using my set. the winter has been so cold and i used fingerless gloves all season, so it was really nice to reach into my pockets and warm up my fingertips. alex was really proud to gift these to people: her teacher told her that was her favorite present because alex made it herself.


chopping blocks

here's a diy from my husband: chopping blocks. last summer (or maybe two summers ago, i can't remember; must have been this past summer) while on holiday in canada, my husband and father-in-law had to take down a couple of trees. together they chopped the wood up and made a couple of slices that were around 3 inches thick. now i don't remember the exact process; this was my husband's project afterall. he peeled off the bark and then spent hours and hours sanding tops and bottoms until they were completely smooth. then he spent months getting them to dry properly. in order for that to happen we bought this product called pentacryl. it's a stain like liquid (doesn't add color) that helps the wood dry without cracking. you have to paint or soak the blocks with this pentacryl several times over about a six month time period. after this was done he gifted them as presents at christmas. they turned out lovely and i think now they just need to be oiled periodically with use.


wine bag stamps

my husband makes wine almost every year, so we gift a lot of wine. for some reason we never had a stock of wine bags on hand. and to be frank, there aren't a lot of wine bags out there that i like. so i bought a bunch of plain kraft paper wine bags and decided to design some stamps to personalize them. so i sketched out two designs: "cheers!" for the anyone wine gift; and "screw it" for a funny, edgier gift. i drew them out on paper, scanned them in to the computer, cleaned them up and then ordered a couple of stamps. they turned out great and now anytime we go to gift some wine i'm ready with a unique bag.


peyote stitch crystal choker

i was searching through my jewelry-making supplies last night looking for something to fix Alex's Glinda the good witch crown when i came across some jewelry that i made years ago. i have no idea why i had this sitting away in a tool box. i made this using peyote stitch and i attached that drop down tubular peyote stitch fit to hold the crystal (that john gave me years ago.) so i pulled out the necklaces i had found and let Alex pick one - she chose this one (it was the only one i found with a crystal) and she's so excited to wear it and show her friends. i haven't done any beadwork in years. it's hard when you have a baby and when you have cats; but my baby is pretty grown up (in fact, she asked me to show her how to make this necklace) and we don't have cats right now, so i should get back to it :)
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