Scribble Shop Craft Challenge!

I was chosen to participate in the Scribble Shop Craft Challenge. Yay!  The premise: I get a free box of craft supplies and I have to make something out of the supplies! 
I got my box of goods about two weeks ago: 
I got:
Stencils
Glitter dot stickers
Colored pencils
Glass Marbles
Modge Podge
Raffia
Stamping ink 
Paisley shaped stickers
Wood craft sticks
and
Ferreror Rocher chocolates!

I thought the paisley stickers were cool.

Close up of the loot!
So, the challenge is ON!  I will reveal my creation this coming Thursday!
In the meantime, I’ve been given a discount code to the Scribble Shop for my readers! 
From now until April 15, you can get 15% off your entire order by typing “CPLMRHRS” into the coupon code sectionScribble Shop sells all sorts of craft supplies – you name it, they have it!
Check back Thursday to see what I created!

Make a felt owl bunting (a free pattern!)

I made the cutest felt owl bunting for my cousin’s baby boy. It turned out so cute I had to share!
I created a pattern, and I’m sharing it for free!

Here’s the pattern!
I’ve included the PDF of the pattern below, however, feel free to email me at twostartwins{at}{gmail}{dot}{com} to request that the PDF be emailed to you directly. I’d be more than happy to email it to you.

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Results! Pinterest Challenge 2012

The results of the Pinterest Challenge to-do list are IN!  Six bloggers, including myself, were in for this challenge. One blogger had to bow out and a couple gals didn’t get to all of the pins they had intended to conquer. But overall? SUCCESS! Here are the results!
Kylee, who blogs over at Two Pretzels, made three pins. First she made slow cooker creamy chicken and wild rice soup!
She says, “it was SO easy and ridiculously good. In no way, shape or form would you ever be able to consider this delightfully creamy soup low-cal, but it was fantastic. Does it count for something that I used non-salted butter?” 

Kylee continues, “I’m usually put off by creamy soups, but I was thrilled that this one didn’t use a Campbell’s ‘cream of’ soup in the recipe and it was smooth and not oddly clumpy or separated like some cream soups can be. May it be noticed that you could probably add cauliflower and some other veggies and it would be just as good. AND, you MUST eat it with crusty bread.”
Next, she made Tea Tin Fridge Magnets.
She says, “Well, I didn’t have a tea tin, but I DID have a mini olive-oil tin that is as cute as a button. I wasn’t so fantastic at using the hand-held can opener to get the top of the can off (few little scrapes on the tin) but hey, it’s a homemade craft!”

She says, “I cut up a left-over fridge 4X6 picture frame magnet that was in not-so-great shape and hot glud it to the back of the can. And wah-la.”

“It’s the perfect litlte holder that holds our family’s necessities: a couple of pens, a sharpie and a couple of pencils. I love that they’re up high so that a certain pair of 2.5-year-old hands can’t easily get to them.”
Next up, she made Kid Artwork.
She says, “This one was easy – I bought a canvas and used some leftover stickers that we got in the dollar bins at Target in Missouri this past summer. I applied the stickers, Lila {her daughter} painted.”

“The paint dried, I peeled off the stickers with the help of an Xacto knife, and …”

“… there you have it, the finished product. We hung it next to another one of Lila’s masterpieces. I kind of love it.”
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Sarah D, who blogs at Turtle Parade, was going to make Art from Toddler Scribbles but instead decided to make S’More Cups!
She said they altered the recipe a bit and it was EASY. And very delicious.
Joss {her daughter} helped to crush up the graham crackers for the crust.
She made the crust with crushed graham cracker, powdered sugar and butter.
She smooshed them into mini cupcake tins and baked them.
Joss then dropped three chocolate chips into each cup and then four mini marshmallows.
She put a single chocolate chip on the top and put them back into the oven for a few minutes.
YUM! 
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Sarah P, who blogs at A Random Sampling, made Little Valentines!

Sarah says, “This project was super easy. Cutting out all the little hearts was a little bit tedious but nothing a glass of wine couldn’t fix! I printed the cards off of thirtyhandmadedays.com. I used some pre-cut card stock that I found at Michaels for the backing. I also had a bunch of coloured paper clips that I thought were more fun than regular silver ones. I had all of the other supplies I needed sitting around my craft room (scissors, hot-glue, glue stick and embroidery floss.) This project was super easy and made me look like the Mom who had it together (it was dead easy.) I might be kicking myself for starting this handmade trend so early – but I made over 17 over the course of a weekend, so what’s a few more than that when my daughter hits school, right? ;)” 
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Nadja, who blogs at Athena Bees, completed four pins! Wow!  First up, Skinny Taco Dip

Nadja says it turned out great! She used reduced fat shredded cheese and fat free sour cream and cream cheese.
Next, her and Athena made 2-ingredient strawberry fudge.

She says, “Candy made out of a can of frosting? Yeah.” 

She says, “we used boneless skinless chicken and fat free cream cheese and served it in little flour tortillas. Muy bueno.”
And lastly, they made angel food cake skewers!

She said Athena LOVED these – cake for breakfast!
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Up next, me! I had intended on doing two pins, but only got to one. 

I made a version of these wax paper hearts. I filled the hearts with mini cinnamon dots. Except, wax paper wasn’t working for me. It was too slippery for my machine. It kept getting bunched up, and it didn’t look as pretty as my inspirational pin

It could have been because I was trying to use a zig zag stitch. Either way, I wasn’t happy with the results.
So, it being a Sunday when I tackled this project, I decided to use newspaper instead! To great results!
I had a lot of fun going through the paper and picking out what to cut out. I used a heart cookie cutter as my pattern.

I gave these hearts to my colleagues on Valentine’s Day. We had a meeting in the morning so I set one at each person’s place. I even personalized a few. A woman who does beading crafts got the beaded heart (above) and the HR people got hearts with classifieds on them, ha! {This was a part of Operation: Social Wendy! It was a success – I was nervous at first about giving them something I made but everyone really really liked them.} Isn’t that Yanni one funny? 
Now, I will say, filling the hearts was really difficult! I said a few curse words! I ended up cutting a paper towel roll into quarters and used that as a guide for the cinnamon candies. A few of the candies went in at a time; they rolled all over and all over me and the machine and the table and the floor, but the good thing about that is I had two little helpers that enthusiastically helped to clean up because they got the eat what they picked up!
The girls each got a heart on Valentine’s Day – they got the funnies!
Overall, despite the frustration of getting the candies into hearts, this project turned out really great and it’s one I would tackle again. 
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Wow, aren’t we a busy bunch?!  THANK YOU to those who participated. I enjoyed seeing everyone’s finished projects. We’ll do this again!

I made a purse, again

I made a purse this weekend! This is the fifth purse I’ve made out of this pattern. {This was also the first project I did in my awesome new craft room! Heaven! It was heaven. I had so much room to spread out and I could find everything that I needed thanks to my organized boxes of supplies. Aaaaaahhhh!}

I added a doily to the outside of the purse because I’m quite fond of doilies.

I added a key fob to the inside of the purse so my keys don’t get lost.

The inside lining of the purse is a coordinating fabric with the outside. 
This past fall I had made a Halloween-themed purse, but I don’t have a picture of it! Drat.
Previously to the that one, I made an owl purse from the same pattern:
I had made one out of sewing themed fabric:

I originally made a Christmasy one: 

I love the purse because it’s big and squishy and holds all that I want it to hold. Plus it hangs just right on my hips so it doesn’t get in the way when I’m out and about and I can wear it as a cross-shoulder bag if I want to, too. It’s been fun to customize it to my needs also, like adding a bigger inside pocket and adding the key fob. 
I had originally gotten the pattern off of the Oh Fransson! blog. The pattern is no longer available on her blog but you can purchase it here.  

Gingerbread house making!

The girls made Gingerbread Houses with Girl Scouts on Saturday – they had so much fun!  Their little houses came out a bit wobbly and we had to do some repairs to them when we got home (both of their roofs fell off, oh no!) but they came out cute none-the-less! The girls wanted to EAT them! I was aghast – NO! They can’t EAT their creations!  I put them up on the counter and we’re all going to just admire them until they get all hard and crusty and fall apart again!

A crafting crisis and possible shop shutdown?

Well, I’m in a pickle. When we moved out of our house last year, I had packed up all of my sewing stuff including all of my doll-making stuff. For an entire year while we were in temporary living quarters I didn’t sew any dolls and I thought that I really missed it. Turns out, I didn’t. 
This past weekend I made two dolls for an auction basket for my aforementioned work event. I had decided that I was going to change up my doll pattern a little bit. So I worked up a new design: the dolls had skinnier legs and arms and a different backside. I changed up my pattern because how I was making them before wasn’t quick and it wasn’t always fun. I used to sew the dolls all together inside out, then flip them right-side out to stuff them and then I would sew up a little “zipper” in their back. Like this: 
That gray seam up her back is a bunch of hand stitches of embroidery floss. I started to not like that process, because it was often difficult to stuff her arms and legs inside her body then sew around the seams then flip her back out. I started to not like that seam either … I didn’t like how it was so noticeable. 
So, with my new pattern, I made the arms and legs thinner and decided I was going to machine sew the bottom of the dolls shut. I *hated* it. HATED IT. I was getting soooo angry while I was making the dolls then I was getting mad at myself for getting so angry then even madder at myself because I always told myself that once I didn’t like making the dolls, I had to stop. I realized I had reached that point. Sadly, my time away from the dolls didn’t make my heart grow fonder.
Here are the dolls that I made this weekend:
It’s supposed to be a boy and a girl but they don’t look all that different! I do like their arms and their legs, but their butts, I don’t like. 

It wasn’t easier to stitch them up by their butts as I thought it was going to be. And I really don’t like how it looks – it looks unfinished. That picture makes it look nicer than it really looks in person.
See my dilemma?  I dislike the back stitch look and I dislike the butt stitch look and I don’t care enough to try to work it out into a way that I DO like. I just need to BACK AWAY FROM THE DOLLS! I’m not 100% satisfied with my end product so I need to stop making them. My heart’s just not in it anymore. 
This is our donation basket – it’s quite cute even if I am mad at my dolls. The monster dude is from my friend Abby
So … ho hum. I’m bummed about it. It’s not that I’m sad about not making them anymore, that’s a bit of a relief. I’m just sad about losing interest. On the other hand, I started making the dolls because I made my first two for the girls when they were younger. They loved their dolls back then. Now that they’re older they’ve lost interest. 
On a related note, I may close my Etsy shop. I’ve realized lately that I just don’t have the time to spare to keep it updated nor do I have the desire anymore. I haven’t made a decision about it either way … but the thought of closing it is niggling around in my brain and it won’t leave. I know I’ll come up with something else to make … I’m not going to stop making or sewing. I just don’t know if I’ll ever make large quantities of something again… I dislike feeling like an assembly line and that’s often how I felt when I was preparing for a craft show and making up 25 dolls to sell. And then the letdown and great disappointment of not selling my stuff is just too much. I haven’t had an Etsy sale in a long, long time and I’m indifferent about it, because I know I haven’t been marketing my shop. That doesn’t bother me much. But there’s been plenty of times when I’ve gotten excited about a new product or a craft show and I worked myself up in a tizzy creating and sewing stuff, only to be disappointed when nothing sold. I kinda just don’t want to play that game anymore.
Sad times. But, I know something new and exciting is around the corner. I just haven’t discovered it yet.

A bazillion sparkles

This weekend I was tasked with making a mirror ball trophy for a work event – we’re hosting a Dancing with the Stars dance competition this coming weekend. It’s our major fundraiser of the year and I’ve very excited about it! {It’s a formal affair and I found the perfect outfit – a sequined skirt! I will have to share photos.} 
The trophy came out just as gaudy as I thought it would!
The box was white – I spray painted it glittery. The styrofoam pieces were white also – I painted them black. 
Claaaassssy.
Gluing all of those fricken jewels on took FOREVER. 
Gaudy as it is, it’ll serve its purpose!