Thursday, January 22, 2015

Handmade Hot/Cold Rice Packs

Today, I want to share with you another craft that I made for Christmas gifts.  They are hot/cold rice packs.  These are great to put in the freezer or stick in the microwave and place on sore muscles or joints.  My husband also uses his by heating it and putting it in the bed to keep his toes warm!  I followed this link to make them.. https://mycreativenergy.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/tutorial-how-to-sew-a-rice-and-lavender-heating-pad/  I used fleece for the inside so it would feel cozy.   I also added scents by pouring in some different potpourri rocks into each bag.  For the guys, I used some woodsy looking material and black fleece.  For the girls, I used different floral patterns and blue polka dot fleece.  And for my brother in law -- I used the houndstooth pattern.  Hope you enjoy looking at them.  You should try and sew one up for yourself!




Thanks for stopping by!  Come back again soon. 
 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Monogrammed Purses

Today, I wanted to share another project that I sewed as Christmas gifts for my family.  I saw the tutorial for these beautiful monogrammed purses on pinterest and had to give it a try.  They were so fun to make and I loved getting to choose the fabrics for the inside and outside of each purse.  I found the material and cute embellishments at Hobby Lobby.






 


 
I also made this tote bag and matching scarf.
 
If you would like to give these bags a try; here is the link. http://www.sweettmakesthree.com/2014/06/easy-sew-handbag-diy-bag/  Thanks for visiting.  I plan to post more of my handmade Christmas gifts soon!
 
 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Lap Quilts made with Love

Hello friends.  I know it has been a while since I have posted anything and I am sorry.  I was SO busy during the holidays trying to finish all the projects I was working on for Christmas gifts.  I am going to share them  with you over the next few posts.  They are not that spectacular -- but I was happy to get them all finished and have a little something "made with love" for my family members.  One of the first projects I started on was a lap quilt for each family.  I made four different ones.  Here they are:

Tea Time Quilt
 

 
Blue and Brown Quilt
 
Patriotic Quilt
 
 
Shabby Flower Quilt

 


I made each of these quilts with either the strip design or the basic block.  I really enjoyed making these and hope they hold up well!  Come back soon and I will share some of my other handmade gifts I put together!  Thanks for visiting!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Place Setting Ideas for Thanksgiving

Hello again, Friends.  It's almost Thanksgiving!  I love this time of year.  The fall leaves, pumpkins and family gatherings.  I also love seeing all the beautiful tablescapes.  We have SO many at our Thanksgiving gathering that I am not able to do individual place settings.  I do love displaying some of my favorite Thanksgiving décor though!  I wanted to share  few  post I have seen with fabulous Thanksgiving tables.  First --go over @ The Fabric Shopper  http://fabricshopperonline.com/tutorial-tuesday-place-settings/  These place settings are adorable! 

Pocket Placemat from Lil Fish Studios
Pumpkin Placemat from Cherry Heart
Burlap Placemat and Napkin Ring from Simplicity Creative


And look at this wonderful table over  @ http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/11/chalkboard-placemats-for-thanksgiving.html.
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Sorry I can't give credit for who did this one .. but I LOVE the long box filled with fall décor.  This one I might can do!

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And for something more "fun" and not so elegant... Check this out:  http://www.thepartyanimal-blog.org/thanksgiving-paper-bag-turkey-leg-place-settings/



And there is Simply elegant.... http://www.alittletipsy.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-place-setting.html
A Little Tipsy: Thanksgiving Place Setting
Thanksgiving tabletop from Katie Brown Workshop: http://createtv.com/CreateProgram.nsf/vLinkTitle/Katie+Brown+Workshop?OpenDocument&Index=K

http://30smagazine.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/thanksgiving-tablesetting-modern-crafty/
Modern yet crafty......................

And from Houzz.com; one of my personal favorites:  An outdoorsy Thanksgiving table.
Nestle candles in a bed of hazel nuts for your next dinner party. For an all-out natural look, include scattered leaves and beautiful winter gourds.

I hope you have fun decorating for your Thanksgiving dinner.  I'd love to see your pictures so please share!  See you soon!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Woodland Quilt for Addison

Hello friends!  Happy HUMP day!  In case you have not heard, I am going to be a grandmother in February and  I am so excited.  It's a girl!  I couldn't wait to get started making her something.     I saw this material at www.fabricdepot.com and knew I had to have it.  It is designed by Me-O-my for SPX  Fabrics.   Addison's nursery is a woodland theme and I fell in love with these colors.  (The pictures do not do the fabric justice).  I decided a quilt would be the perfect thing to make her.   I sewed a strip quilt because that's my favorite type (and one of the easiest) to do.  I already had the blue and orange fabric on hand.  I used a light batting because it does not really get that cold here in Alabama.  It turned out to be a rather large quilt for a baby --  but she can grow into it.  I had fun doing embroidery stitching around the little critters.  I also had a good friend to embroider her name on one of the strips. (hmmm...wish list -- embroidery machine) She did a wonderful job!   I can't wait for Addison to be here so I can wrap her in this quilt and rock her all day! 

 
 

 
 

 


 
 
 
 

 
 
Thanks for dropping by!  Come back soon.

 Cathy C

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"How to have that dream wedding at less than nightmare cost" (Part 2)

Hello friends!  I hope you enjoyed my first post on "How to have that dream wedding at less than nightmare cost". This is the 2nd post in my series and I want to share a few other things I learned.  (If you missed the first one, you can find it here:  http://www.crosson5.blogspot.com/2014/10/how-to-have-that-dream-wedding-at-less.html)  Now... down to business....This is very important and saved us tons of money.....so read this carefully.......Use all the talent your family and friends have and are willing to offer!  Most family and friends would love to help out in any way possible.  A wedding is a family affair so don't be afraid to ask those family members for their help. Here are some of the many ways our family members helped: 

Hilary's aunt is a budding photographer with a lot of talent.  This was the first wedding she had ever done and she handled it like a pro.  We are fortunate to have such a talented family and she really put a lot of time and effort into this.   Wish I could share them all but --- Just check out some of these gorgeous pictures she took:


 

 
 
 
 
Beautiful, fun and creative pictures with a  great "family discount!"  Here's another talented family member -- Hilary has an Uncle who is a hairdresser and fixed her hair, my hair, the mother of the groom, the flower girl and ALL the bridesmaid's hair.  (He did a BEAUTIFUL job!  It was ALOT of work too.)  He was so sweet to do this as a gift to Hilary and John.
 
 
  She has another uncle who does wood work and was so sweet to cut out some of the props we used.
 
 
Hilary's soon to be mother-in-law bakes cakes.  She made the bride's cake and it was beautiful AND delicious.
 
 
 
She also has an aunt who bakes cake.  She made the groom's cake and it was a hit! (Who doesn't love anything with Uncle Si on it?)
 
 
I also accepted help from any of my friends who offered.  I borrowed props from a friend of mine who runs a thrift store.  I had purchased LOTS of things for the wedding from him (candle sticks, serving pieces and such) so he was more than happy to let me borrow some props for the photo booth. (fur coats, hats, etc.)  I borrowed the mink coats and purchased the dancing shoes in bulk for less than .50 cents per pair.  The shoes were a hit and actually very comfortable for dancing. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
Another savings -- Hilary's grandmother works for a company that prints wedding invitations.  She let Hilary and John pick out their invitations and napkins and gave them to them as part of their wedding present.  Also -- both Hilary's grandparents wanted to help financially in some way and they helped to secure the deposit for the reception venue.

Hilary's father built the back drop and the photo booth for us.  He also helped with SO many projects that I can't remember them all.  Here is the backdrop with an explanation of where I found some of the materials.

 
The three chandeliers up top were bought from a bridal shop that was going out of business.  I bought all three for $75.00.  Hilary and John plan to use them in their new home.    I put battery operated candles in them and hid the electric wires to keep from having to worry about running electricity.    I purchased the mantel from a friend who has an antique booth.  The framed  "R"  was a thrift store frame that I covered in burlap and Tracy cut the "R" for me.  The coffee bar was a shaker's table from my kitchen and the cake table was a small antique table from my living room.  I already had the white curtains and the topper lace piece was a king size dust ruffle I purchased from a thrift store for $3.00 and then cut the center out.  I sewed all the table cloths and curtains  from burlap that I purchased at Hobby Lobby using my 40 % off coupon.  (I purchased 2 bolts.)


This is the photo booth that Tracy built.  The photographer on the left is Hilary's cousin.  He enjoyed taking the pictures and he wrote down everyone's email address and gave to me.  I emailed everyone their pictures after the wedding.  This was a lot of fun. 

Sorry this post is so long... I just keep thinking of things I want to share with you.  I had intended to share about the dessert bar and the great groom's table find.... I guess I will have to hold that off till Part 3.  I am so excited to share it with you.  Thanks for visiting.  I hope you are finding some of this helpful.

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