Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Jam Jar Topper

Ugh!!  Another stupid, pointless, waist-of-time, FELT project.  I am getting really frustrated with these kindergarten craft projects. (Wait until you see the donut and the ice cream cone!) 

This project was provided by Amy Adams at

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cloth Baby Shoes

How adorable are these?  These are such a fun gift to make!  In fact, I saw this project on the Michael Miller blog over a year ago and made shoes for my nephews in their dad's favorite baseball and football team fabrics.  They are pretty quick and easy!  Imagine the possibilities.  You could make a pair of shoes for every outfit, every occassion or maybe just make a pair for each day of the week.

This project was provided by Joanna Armour/Michael Miller Fabrics at and

Friday, July 23, 2010

Flat-Iron Case

This is a pretty cool project.  This flat-iron case is insulated so you can pack your flat-iron without having to wait for it to cool down.  No more waiting around for it to be cool enough to throw in the suitcase.  Genious!
I think I may have used an insulator that is a little too thick, so next time I will change that detail.  Otherwise, I love this project.  Love it!!!  Everyone who owns a flat-iron needs one of these.

This project was provided by Singer Sewing Company at

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Passport Cover

The full description of this project is "Regional Colors Passport Cover."  The intention is t0 represent your home town or home state in the cover.  But, I didn't feel like doing that.  So, I just made a passport cover that I thought was bright and cute.  I am crazy about anything black and white, plus it will go with my luggage!  This literally took 15 minutes to make.  Very fast!  Perfect project for a beginner. 

I decided to line it with this adorable purple Burberry-esque fabric I have. Just a little splash of color is what it needed.  I am toying with the idea of painting my initial on the front using this technique.

This project was provided by Kathy Beymer at

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sleep Mask

I have always thought I would make myself one of these, but I didn't know if I would actually wear one.  There are so many cute ways to design a sleep mask.  The possibilities are endless...

I covered elastic for the head strap, but you could also make a tie-on sleep mask.  I just know that I am not a calm sleeper and it would come untied in the night!

That's right...minky dot on the back.  I figured it would be cozy and comfortable having that covering my eyes.  I don't know about you, but I need cozy and comfortable when I'm sleeping!

I have never worn a sleep mask before, so I figured it would be hard to blog about the benefits if I didn't give it a shot.  So, I tried it out and I am still on the fence about it. 

I turned off the TV and all the lights, crawled into bed and put the mask on.  Obviously with anything new, there is going to be an adjustment period.  I felt a little anxious and uncomfortable at first.  Not to mention, the dog was very confused.  This mask is not in any way tight, but I felt like there was all this pressure on my face.  I actually took it off twice and then talked myself into putting it back on.  I knew I had to do this.  I had to just get past the initial shock to the system and let my mind adjust.  OK, OK...maybe I am being a bit dramatic.  But, I did lay there for 30 minutes...blatantly aware that this mask was on my face.  Finally, I fell asleep.  I certainly appreciated having complete darkness to fall asleep in (because I can't sleep if there is a light on, or the alarm clock screen is too bright, or the bright lights from the casino where I was staying in Reno are peeking through the curtains).  Even more so, I appreciated having complete darkness the entire night and straight on to morning.  I think I may have actually experienced a more productive sleep than normal.  It may take several tries before I am completely used to it, but I am going to keep trying.  I think this could be a good thing. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Elle Tie-On Slippers

Honestly, I am embarrassed to even post this blog.  These have to be the dumbest things I have ever made.  Dumber than some of the stupid felt kid toys.  Seriously?!?  Who would wear these?  Seriously!

This project was provided by Lisa Ancarrow-Maltby at