Saturday, October 21, 2017

Handmade Sweatshirt



ASweatshirt

Made With 





This past year I did manage to squeak out a few things for my boys.  I wanted to share with you one of my favorite things I think I have ever made so far.  My oldest has been a long time fan of the game Minecraft along with the YouTube guy called Stampylongnose.




A couple years back I ordered the most amazing Minecraft fabric and I sat on it for almost a year before deciding what was the best route for him and this awesome fabric. I eventually decided on throwing it all in and facing my fears to take over the biggest sewing project I have yet to try....... I made a sweatshirt!!









As the panel was not long enough to cover down to the waste band I used some of the square material that I used on the back of the sweatshirt and inner hoodie on the bottom front .

All in all though I think it turned out pretty good for my first major clothing project!!



Needless to say I had a very happy boy!!!




The Sweatshirt Pattern is All Ears Hoodie by Max & Meena

The Fabric was Ordered though (unknown at this time, I will update as soon I find out)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Looking Forward.....





As I sit here and dust off the cobwebs to my tiny ghost town of a blog, I am excited to make a fresh start and slowly get back to what I love.

We all have those moments in time where the world spins so fast you just need to step off the tilt-a-whirl and get your feet grounded again. I was able to focus on the kiddos while we all adjusted to a big move half way across the state. The transition to a new place and away from all our friends and family was not an easy one and my oldest took it the hardest.

We now have lived in our new place for just over a year now and as much as we still really miss our family and friends we could not be happier with our move.  My oldest now has a ton of kids his age to play with in our subdivision and we are close to all the things my Husband and I love.







I know that it will take me time to get out and meet new friends as it is not easy getting out so much when you are not feeling well. The one thing I actually missed the most since I took this time off was this. The feeling of accomplishment when you get a project done. Seeing all the fun and amazing things that you are all making. I missed feeling like I was part of something. So with that I am so excited to be sitting in my craft room which felt pretty abandoned since we moved in and I am starting to brighten up my life again with colors and crafting!!!!!

I look forward to sharing all the new things to come! Over the next few months I will be reopening my shops and getting back into the swing of things.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Holiday Makers Blog Hop


Spectacular Holiday Products 

 Makers Blog Hop



With the count down to Christmas underway, there's plenty on the to-do list. And while you may have more to do than time, come visit us each week with new featured Christmas products and possibly save a little time and get some shopping for your loved ones, or yourself, checked off your holiday list!
From November 13th to December 11th, two Makers will be featuring their best Christmas Products and sharing them with you! Not sure you follow everyone? That’s okay! Follow Mad Mad Makers on Facebook, Twitter or G+. Or you can check out the bottom of this post to see who’s scheduled when and their links when they do share their products.

I for one am so excited for the holiday season. It is definitely my favorite time of year. (except the bitter cold.... haha) Anyway I have some fun holiday felties to share with you. These are all available in my Etsy Shop.





My newest Feltie is the Mr. Snowman.  I just think he is so cute lol. He would be perfect for a bow center piece. OR perhaps as a winter themed felt tic tac toe game piece. 












Next on the list is the Christmas Tree. This makes for another create center piece or even to put on a hair clip for the holiday concert at school. 















Then we have Mr. and Mrs. Gingerbread. These are probably my favorite so far. You can glue them back to back and make some adorable ornaments from them. 


To ~ Mrs. Gingerbread on Etsy
   


Make sure you check out my shop to see what other great holiday felties are available.

From now until Christmas Day if use use coupon code MMMHOLIDAY15 you will get 15% off your entire purchase.


That includes all crochet patterns.

So don't miss out on these great patterns




The Strand of Christmas Lights 



And also the Christmas and Winter Tree double pattern pack





Enjoy and make sure to follow the rest of the blog hop!!!!


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Blog Stalkers Issue #9



I’m so sad summer is over. I’m not one that likes the cold weather. But the colorful leaves, Halloween, and sitting by the fire are great cold weather activities that I love so I’m trying to look on the bright side. We’d love to see what posts you’ve found so be sure to drop us a comment or share on our Facebook Page, we’d love to see you over there! And now for the fun part… our blog finds!

stephanieHello Stephanie Here, One of your local neighborhood blog stalkers. Recently this year I have really wanted to learn more about Art Journalling. I think it is so awesome and creative and I LOVE to doodle. I happen across this blog post called 265 Days of Art Journalling. To say the least I am very interested. Do you Art Journal?
CrystalHello! Crystal here! I’m sad summer is over. The cold weather is coming and along with it goes all the fun summer activities. But no matter what time of year it is, no matter how hot or how cold it gets, there’s always time for ice cream in this house! And what sounds better than Red Velvet Cheesecake Ice Cream?!?! If you not a sweet person, probably many things… but me? I’m drooling right now! This post from Your Tango is 30 Drool-Worthy Valentine’s Day Treats, all of them yummy looking but it’s the ice cream that caught my eye! Tell me, do you eat ice cream year round?
lisa-270x300Lisa here, Welcome Fall! My favorite time of the year. Buttermilk Pie and pumpkin everything. Fall is also my busiest craft fair season. This months blog find is one I found while looking for booth inspiration. The Sewing Lofthas a great blog post on How to Set Up a Craft Fair Booth. It covers everything from filing your space, to display pieces, to your finishing touches. Advice on how to get your customers to remember your name and more.
Thank you for following us and looking forward to next months finds….
Until next month,
Stephanie, Lisa, & Crystal

Friday, September 25, 2015

Maker Blog Hop Week 1


Fabulous Fall Products ~ Makers Blog Hop



Falling leaves, cooler temperatures, shorter days, approaching holidays… all those mean Autumn is here. Whether your a fan of the cooler weather or not, Fall offers some amazing products. And that’s what this blog hop is going to bring you! The newest, trendiest, best selling products of the Mad Mad Makers will be brought to you throughout the next few weeks! From September 25th to October 30th, two Makers will be featuring their Fabulous Fall Products and sharing them with you! Not sure you follow everyone? That’s okay! Follow Mad Mad Makers on FacebookTwitter or G+. Or you can check out the bottom of this post to see who’s scheduled when and their links when they do share their products.

Divine Debris and I are kicking off the first week of the blog hop. Make sure you check out the other weeks as well so you don't miss out on some AWESOME Fall fun.

Smalltown Dreamz offers unique, quality made Felties and Key Fobs. I have a special going on all my Fall/Halloween Felties in celebration of kicking off our Fall Maker Blog Hop. 25% off No Coupon Needed. I also have 2 brand new Feltie Designs releasing today. 




The Maple leaf is a brand new Feltie being offered in my Etsy Shop. These would be great to dress up those fall hats and headbands. Or they would make some adorable Fall hair clips. You could even use them as decorations on your Table center pieces during your holiday meals. 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/249351769/made-to-order-maple-leaf-felt-applique



Here is another type of Maple Leaf Feltie that is brand new to my shop.


 
 
 https://www.etsy.com/listing/249352077/made-to-order-maple-leaf-felt-applique




Below are some other Fall/Halloween Felties that are available in my shop at 25% off.

Witches Boot  
https://www.etsy.com/listing/241853215/made-to-order-halloween-witch-boot-felt







Witches Hat
https://www.etsy.com/listing/241957438/made-to-order-halloween-witch-hat-felt










Spooky House

https://www.etsy.com/listing/241854383/made-to-order-halloween-spooky-house











Pumpkin 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/242016470/made-to-order-fall-pumpkin-felt-applique










My 1st Halloween

https://www.etsy.com/listing/242785128/made-to-order-first-halloween-felt













Ghost
https://www.etsy.com/listing/241857631/made-to-order-halloween-ghost-felt







Boo
https://www.etsy.com/listing/242775032/made-to-order-halloween-boo-felt








Want to see more Fabulous Fall Products??? Check out the following businesses and the fabulous products they have to offer!
Week 1     9-25-15 Smalltown Dreamz & Divine Debris
Week 2     10-2-15 Gramma Beans &
Week 4     10-16-15 Kaleidoscope Art & Gifts & Crystalized Designs
Week 5     10-23-15 Sincerely Pam Blackstone Designs
Week 6      10-30-15 Piedmont Purls & AllieCat’s Hats and Crafts 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Blog Stalkers ~ Issue #6


 Summer is here and many bloggers are blogging about it. We’d love to see what posts you’ve found so be sure to drop us a comment or share on our Facebook Page, we’d love to see you over there! And now for the fun part… our blog finds!


Hello Stephanie here your friendly neighborhood Blog Stalker… Lately I have seen a lot of people starting their own blogs which is AWESOME!!! I wanted to share an really great resource that can help with all your blogging needs. Keylime Digital Designs has a wonderful stephanieround up that gives all the important info you will need for a great blog. She covers everything from HTML to Social Media. This one is definitely bookmarked so I can always go back to it.



Hello! Crystal here and another month of crafty finds! Do you remember those Scratch Cards? Yes, those black covered pieces of paper, the wooden pen-type instrument, the few seconds it took to scratch off a design only to reveal the colors beneath? I loved those, so when I ran across a DIY post about making these, I knew I had to add it to this month’s finds! Babble Dabble Do is an amazing site that offers so many activities for kids. And if you’re like me andCrystallove the DIY type projects, this is a site you’ll want to follow! But back to the Scratch Cards… this post offers detailed instructions on how to create these cards. Also, the author tells readerspros and cons to certain to suggested inks. You can check out the post here and I can’t wait to make these for my children!


Hello, Lisa here with a crochet blog find this month. I don’t know about you, but I have a bag full of scrap yarn. I can’t seem to part with it. Well thanks to Pinterest I found a pin to inspire me. Joy of Motion has a blog post titled “8 creative ways to use your yarn scraps” and I love all the ideas however, my favorite is the scrap blanket idea. It can take years to make but what a treasure to pass down. The blog includes several crochet stitch instructions perfect for beginners and she offers some beautiful patterns. This is a blog I will check in on too see what’s new. 
lisa-270x300Blog: http://joyofmotion.no/
Blog post: http://joyofmotion.no/blog/left-yarn/




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Love
Crystal, Lisa, and Stephanie

Monday, June 1, 2015

Blog Stalkers ~ Issue 5


April sure brought some amazing blog posts! Spring is here and many bloggers are blogging about it. We’d love to see what posts you’ve found so be sure to drop us a comment or share on our Facebook Page, we’d love to see you over there! And now for the fun part… our blog finds!

stephanie
Hi there Stephanie here one of your friendly neighborhood blog stalkers. Ever since I started following blogs I have been a big fan of How Does She! I find this blog amazing for families that are big on how to’s and DIY projects. She covers just about EVERYTHING from organizing to decorating, to cooking. She even added a section called How Does He where her husband gives some manly how to’s and DIY advice!!!! http://www.howdoesshe.com/


Crystal
Hi Crystal here, I’m a mother of two energetic boys… and I really do try to keep up with them. Unfortunately, I can’t find any bottled energy in the stores so I settle for trying to keep life fun and interesting for them. A few weeks ago I ran across a blog post from Skip To My Lou and immediately wanted to build all 10 DIY toys she had listed on one of her posts. 10 PVC Pipe Toys for Kids is an amazing collection of just a few awesome things you can make with PVC piping!I plan on making each of my boys their own chairs with fabric of their choosing and the ball pit is just amazing!! I might even have to go in to play! And the pipe sprinkler, that’s totally awesome! Which ones would you do? You can find the original post here.

lisa-270x300
Lisa here, this past month I joined the homemade laundry detergent (soap) bandwagon and I love it. I had been reading posts and talking to friends for awhile about trying a batch. I opt’d for a dry version because I wasn’t sure how much the liquid would actually make or what to store it in. Then I couldn’t figure out the best place to buy all the ingredients. Online or local. Earlier this month I was walking through my local Wal-mart and not only did they have all the ingredients together on the shelf, they were about $3.00 each. SCORE!! I added the Oxyclean and spent about $13 for 6-8 Months worth of soap. Yep! you read that right. I gave 3 jars of it away for Mother’s Day gifts too. I ended up with about 16lbs of detergent when I was done mixing it. **Note- mix in a ventilated room. I have been using my soap for about 3 weeks now and loving it. One son has eczema and sensitive skin. Next time I may try the liquid. I found Wellness Mama to have the best information on the soap.


Thank you for following us and looking forward to next months finds….
Until next month,
Stephanie, Lisa, & Crystal

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

What are Felties?!?!?!?!





Felties....Felties....What in the heck is a Feltie??????


Let me break down the Feltie Madness for you!!!

Felties are Felt appliques that you can use for multiple crafting uses!!!! They are machine embroidered felt embellishments that can come in an array of designs, colors, and sizes. Felties consist of a front felt piece that is backed by a 2nd felt piece to hide the thread from the front piece. You will often find stabilizer in the middle to give the felt applique extra support.





What would you use a Feltie For?????

These appliques are a great way to embellish just about anything you would want.
  • You can use them in the center of your hair bows or on a hair clip
  • They are great for felt Tic-Tac-Toe game pieces. 
  • If you are having a themed birthday party or shower you can use them as cupcake toppers. 
  • They make great scrapbooking and card making embellishments.
  • You can embellish a crochet/knitted hat or headband with them. 
  • They can also make a great embellishment on those can cozies
  • You can also glue them on to magnets or pin backings. 


There are so many more other great ways you can use them. 



Misc Feltie Info.....
The average size of the feltie runs around 1.25 inches to 2 inches. 

Here are a few of my samples that I have made. All my designs were digitized by me made from graphic designs from a variety of graphic artists. 






Special Notes about choosing colors for your Felties!!!!

*You can find a special list of felt colors HERE. 















*I also wanted to show you how choosing the right color choices can make a difference in the way your feltie will look.













~Shop for Felt Appliques

~Shop for Felt Hair clips



If you ever have any Feltie questions please feel free to message me.
I am excepting custom orders. Please note that there will be a small designing fee included in your custom order.





Monday, May 4, 2015

Blog Stalkers ~ Issue #4


April sure brought some amazing blog posts! Spring is here and many bloggers are blogging about it. We’d love to see what posts you’ve found so be sure to drop us a comment or share on our Facebook Page, we’d love to see you over there! And now for the fun part… our blog finds!

stephanieHi there Stephanie here one of your friendly neighborhood blog stalkers. I have a family that is CONSTANTLY on the go and it seems that we are gone at least 4 days a week when the weather gets nice. With that we are almost always in need of certain items. My family has been doing this for years. And I wanted to share a blog post that I found that is great from the Tip Toe Fairy
CrystalMy oldest son is a kindergartner. As a first time mom of a child in school, I want everything to be perfect! I want him to succeed, I want his classmates and teacher to love him, I want him to be safe…. as of right now, it’s off to a perfect start! And then there’s a holiday, a day in which a gift should be given to the teacher and I’m torn! I want my son to give something nice, something his AMAZING teacher would love and use… but what??? Year after year, students give teacher gifts… what would really stand out?? And there’s SO MANY blog posts on ideas, all of which are great… but I found the best gift of all, one I never would have thought of. We all like to be recognized for our hard work and our teachers have one of the most important jobs of all- teaching our children. What better gift to give than a letter to a principal or administrator explaining how amazing your child’s teacher is! Brilliant idea!! Read more from It’s Always Autumn and her post about the very best (and free) gift you can give your child’s teacher. And just a reminder- Teacher Appreciation week is May 4-8.
lisa-270x300As we near the end of another school year, I have been looking for ways to tame the paper monster of drawings, stories, and report cards. I already take pictures or scan artwork and special project but then what? They end up taking up space on my hard drive. I need organization and inspiration so I turned to Pinterest. My blog find this month has met several of my challanges. Thirty Handmade Days has a plethera of binder ideas including a School Binder. It even includes a First Day and Last Day interview form to have your children fill out. They also have binder printable for the family. http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/2013/07/school_binder_with_printables/
Thank you for following us and looking forward to next months finds….
Until next month,
Stephanie, Lisa, & Crystal

Monday, March 30, 2015

Blog Stalkers ~ Issue #3


March has come and gone. Spring is here and we all seem to be on the upside of the sicknesses.  We have some great blogs to share with you this week.  Don't forget to follow us on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/blogstalkers
stephanie
"Hi there Stephanie here one of your friendly blog stalkers. WhenI first decided to start blogging I started following a blog called U Create. I found this blog to cover so much in the DIY world and better yet just about everything that comes out of this blog is bright, colorful, and inspiring!!!! Head on over and check out U Create for yourself!!!!!  http://www.u-createcrafts.com/

Crystal
I love crochet, that's no secret! But crochet in my life is limited! What do I mean?? Well, I have a few hats, a few tops, and a few items that are not yet complete that are just for me but that's it! No crochet blanket, no slippers, no hot pads or scrubbies... so when I found this article from Moogly, I had to share it with you all! The post is about 10 FREE crochet curtain patterns. Love, love, LOVE #3 on her list... and #10!!! Hilarious!!!! One day, I will have crocheted curtains! What kind of crochet do you make for yourself?http://www.mooglyblog.com/10-free-crochet-curtain-patterns/
lisa-270x300
This months Blog find was one of desperation. Having 2 boys who both spend way to much time on electronics, I needed a solution. I wanted to incorporate a chore chart but not pay them for doing things like brushing teeth or making bed. Homework is a must but I would give time on tablets for doing it without whining (oh anything to stop the whining). I found lots of blog posts but the one I liked the most was yourownhomestore.com. I am still finding my way around the system we are putting into place but I am so excited for trying it out. So far my 7 yr old has chipped in more around the house and even has more completed that his 10 yr old brother. If you are finding yourself at a loss for finding a happy median between the tv, tablets, game systems, and just plain old legos, check out this blog post: http://www.yourownhomestore.com/family-store-and-chore-system/
Thank you for following us and looking forward to next months finds....
Until next month,
Stephanie, Lisa, & Crystal

Looking Forward.....

As I sit here and dust off the cobwebs to my tiny ghost town of a blog, I am excited to make a fresh start and slowly get back to what...