Saturday, March 31, 2012

Our Fabric Week Winner

We have a winner for our fabric

Congratulations to Mippy!!! We will be contacting you soon to get your shipping information. Thank you everyone for your entries.

I would like to thank everyone for all your support through our 4 weeks of giveaways. This has been a  very busy month for us and we were so glad to be able to share this with everyone.

We look forward to having more giveaways in the future.

Happy Crafting

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Homemade Book Cover

Ok so I am sure we all have one a big book full of our favorite patterns, craft ideas, or just a few of your favorite things. Well I wanted to make a nice book cover for my big book of crafting ideas. This is a great project for any beginner sewer.


So the first thing I did was take my measurements of the book/binder then measured out my fabric. I measured the length and width about 1/3 inch longer on each end so that you have enough room to work with. 
After I finished sewing both the top and the bottom in length I did the same for my inside pocket cover. I had changed fabric for the inside cover. 


 After my length edges were sewn up. I attached the inside pocket cover to the outside cover on the width edges and along the length edge. to make a pocket

 I slipped it over my binder to make sure everything fit ok.

 Last but not least I added a small decoration piece on the outside to give it a little contrast.










This was a very quick and easy project.

Happy Sewing

Smalltown Mama


Remember we have a free fabric giveaway going on right now. Just click on the link found on our side panal. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dressing up a Container

First I would like to say how sorry I am about the lateness of my posts these past few weeks. I was sick for a while there and then the hubby surprised me with a mini vaca to just get away for a couple days and relax. Wouldn't you know I left my laptop on the counter when we left and didn't realize it till 200 miles later. So I will be posting my projects the remainder of the week. I hope you enjoy.


My first project I dressed up a nestle quick container that stores my pens. This is a very fast and easy no sew project. I love containers, and I have containers to hold just about everything. Just recently I have started dressing up my containers so that they have a little more style.

I am also a big fan of pens and markers and have just about every color of sharpie and gel pen. Anyway so what I did for my pen container was take some plain white fabric, some brown ribbon, and some teal glitter. Ohh and some glue!

First I layed a line of glue down and placed the fabric right over the line.


Each time I rounded a side on the short sides I would lay a line of glue down to secure the fabric to the container

 Then I wrapped the fabric around the container enough times so that you don't see any writing. If you are using a clear container you won't need as much fabric.

After I layed my fabric down then I glued down the brown ribbon.












Next I glued the rim of the container then layed some glitter over it to just give it a little bling..

Last I labeled the container. I will eventually add some extra details as I come across them.

What do you do with your empty containers?

Happy Crafting!
P.S.  REMEMBER we have a Giveaway going on right now for a free fabric charm pack. Make sure you click on the link below to get the details on how to enter.







Saturday, March 17, 2012

Fabric Week

I know that I am about a week late on posting fabric week and to our fans I am so sorry. Both PhotoJewels's house and my own have been dealing with some nasty cold and flu viruses. So Now that we are cleared up for the most part I know have some extra time to get things back in order.




So now on to the important things.........

FABRIC WEEK!!!

This one is my favorite. So their for I will be personally sponsoring this one. This week we will be giving away some of my favorite fabrics in a charm pack. I love quilting and its always good to have an extra stash here and there.



I can't wait to show you some of the neat projects I have in store for you this week.

Here are the details on how to enter

1. Follow us on our blog page and then leave a comment below that you are now following us or that you already are a follower of Smalltown Dreamz.

2. Tell us what is your favorite fabric craft is. It doesn't always have to be sewing or quilting.  

****Bonus Entry**** As we have recently found out is not allowed to make LIKING our Facebook page a requirement we do feel it would benefit you to do so. This way you can get exclusive updates and join in our private games and giveaways that we do on Facebook. 

If you do become a Facebook Follower comeback and leave us a comment that you are now one of our friends and this will get you a bonus entry into the giveaway. 


The winner will be chosen by our Mr. Random and we will announce the winner Saturday Afternoon 3/31/12.
 I look forward to another great week. 






          P.S. Happy St. Patties Day

Monday, March 5, 2012

Yarn Dream Catcher

Its yarn week!!! And my favorite week since crochet is my favorite craft-type hobby!! Crochet is my way to relax! Almost every night before bed, I work on at least two rows of whatever project I'm working on. If your like me and LOVE to work with yarn, please check out the post below or click here to find out how to win a great yarn-related mystery package!

Unfortunately, since I LOVE to crochet, I don't do much with yarn besides crocheting. I did a search to find more yarn projects and came across a great site and found one that I thought adults and kids alike would like to do!

Its a Yarn Dream Catcher can the instructions can be found here.

Hope all of you enjoy yarn week as much as I will! And don't forget to check out the giveaway!!!

Until next craft...





Saturday, March 3, 2012

Yarn Week

Yarn week is here!!



We have a special sponsor this week. Our very own PhotoJewels is sponsoring us this week. I am so excited. If you haven't already looked at her Facebook Fan Page definitely go and take a look. She has some fabulous items that she has finished for photography props. You can catch most of her stuff for sale in her ETSY Shop and also her blog page at EK Crochet.

This weeks giveaway is going to be for a Yarn Package containing a small circlular knitting loom, crochet hook, yarn, and a few extras. The giveaway runs from today until 3/9/2012 at midnight CST.

 I will give you a small hint this week. Their will be a finished item and then also some material for you to make something for yourself. This is the only hint I am going to give for this weeks giveaway.

To enter into the giveaway this week their will be 2 ways to enter plus a bonus entry.

1. Follow us on our blog page and then leave a comment below that you are now following us or that you already are a follower of Smalltown Dreamz.

2. On a separate comment below go to PhotoJewel's Facebook Page or her ETSY Shop and look to see what she finished. Come back and tell us what your favorite items was. 

****Bonus Entry**** As we have recently found out is not allowed to make LIKING our Facebook page a requirement we do feel it would benefit you to do so. This way you can get exclusive updates and join in our private games and giveaways that we do on Facebook. 

If you do become a Facebook Follower comeback and leave us a comment that you are now one of our friends and this will get you a bonus entry into the giveaway. 


The winner will be chosen by our Mr. Random and we will announce the winner Saturday Afternoon. I look forward to another great week. 

We have a winner!!

I really didn't think it was necessary to do Mr random when only one person signed up for the giveaway.

CONGRATS to our winner KAYLA from Kayla's Kards. You are this weeks Mystery Stamp Package Giveaway. I will be contacting you shortly to get your information. Thank you to everyone that has supported Smalltown Dreamz through our move to our new blog page.

Today will start a new day look for our next post. Yarn Week starts today. Giveaway information will be up shortly.

thank you again

Friday, March 2, 2012

Shaving Cream Stamping!

This has to be one of my favorite techniques when stamping! When I was gathering supplies for this project though, I realized I use glossy paper a lot when stamping. If you're like me and enjoy the glossy paper, I encourage you to check out how to do 'Polished Stone.' Its another one of my favorite and somewhat similar to this one!

What you need
  • Glossy paper/photo paper
  • shaving cream (not the gel)
  • reinkers/ink refills of 2 or more colors
  • stamps
  • paper towel/cotton ball/tissue
  • tooth pick/popsicle stick/flat knife




  1. First, find something disposable to work with. It makes clean up a lot easier. I used a plain sheet of printer paper. Put a generous amount of shaving cream on your surface and spread somewhat flat.
  2. Put a variety of drops on top of the spread shaving cream. You will find different amounts will give different results. 
     3.  Take your toothpick/popsicle stick/flat knife and spread the drops in various ways. There are so          many possibilities with this, and no two will be the same..
     4. Place your glossy paper (glossy side down) over your shaving cream and press down slightly.
     5. Remove the glossy paper. There will be shaving cream on your paper. Slowly wipe away shaving cream.
     6. When you are done, your paper should look like some variation of the picture below.



You can either leave it as is, use it as a background or stamp over it like I did in the picture to the left.

Hope you find yourself playing with shaving cream when stamping!



 Until next craft....


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Local Shout-Out!!

In light of Stamp Week I was tooling around on Facebook and came across a great Facebook Shop Page for Homemade Cards, Bookmarks and other great items. Seeing how this is about as far as I have dipped my toes into the stamping world. I was truly amazed with this young girls talent. Kayla is just starting out into the blogging world and I wanted to give her a shout out. She is one of our local crafters and I always try to give our local community some much needed love.

If you get a chance go on and check out everything that Kayla has to offer. You can find her stuff for sale on Facebook and you can get there by clicking on her logo or by clicking here. You can also check out her blog page here at http://kaylas-kreations.blogspot.com/.


 Here are some other cool items she has in her shop. You all know I have a soft spot for owls. Ha Ha!




Remember we have a Mystery Stamp Giveaway (Valued at $25.00) going on here this week. Click here or on the Giveaway Button found on the sidebar to get the details on how to enter.

As always Happy Crafting!!