Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Quick Turn Tool that will save your sanity!

I discovered this tool one day and thought the sky was going to fall! I have been so happy with it since!  You know how hard it is to  turn the fabric pieces you make for straps or handles inside out?  Back in the day, we used scissors or a safety pin and fought it tooth and nail to turn it inside out! Other than working with knits...turning handles/straps was something I hated to do! And I loved making purses, totes and straps on my skirts etc! So I had to turn them!

Well, this little tool....literally changed my life (well, okay, not literally, but sure did a great job at changing my attitude!)

This Quick Turn tool, turns those straps  inside out in literally (yes, this time, literally!) in seconds! I was making book bags for the kids at church...needed 30 of them, and I made 60 straps and turned all 60 of them inside out in about 2 minutes.... or less!

Don't believe me? Here's a video I made showing how to do it. And no, I don't make you sit through watching me turn 60 straps! But you will want this tool after you watch!

I LOVE THIS TOOL!!!!! 
                     


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Greysons Puppy Blanket ( A baby blanket!)

My daughter just gave me my first and only grand son! And he is the final grand child to this grandmother, so he is a bit special! I am so excited to have him. I won't be seeing him to much as we live to far to see to often, and that breaks my heart, but I will love him anyway all the time! I made him this blanket and I hope he will keep it forever.

My daughter is rather picky. She doesn't like my homemade/sewing things. Never has. I made all her clothes until in the fifth grade, she asked for a store bought dress for Christmas! I have made everyone quilts, but the parents don't like them (the other grand kids love them! Parents, they are so odd!)  But I wanted a thinner, softer, more of a blanket than a quilt, so I picked a thin flannel, no inside batting and a thin, soft, pile fleece..similar to Minkey and much better than anti pile/Blizzard fleece, which is rather stiff and heavy. This fleece was $14.99 a yard! But....don't panic.. I used a 50% off coupon so I got it for about $8 a yard..which is my yard limit anyway! The flannel was "Snuggle Flannel" (at Joann's Craft store) was on sale for $2.99. My daughter had said she was going to do his room in dogs/puppies so I saw this flannel and thought is was perfect and got 5 yards intending to do other things with the rest. Now, that he is born she tells me she isn't doing a theme, and doing in greys, yellows and beige! Oh well, all those colors are in there and I think she will love the puppies anyway! I think if she doesn't like the blanket, she will let it be used as a decoration item in the room... let it hang over the edge of the end of the crib or on the arm of the rocking chair.....



This is also my first time using Satin blanket binding on a quilt. Usually I use the 100% cotton that matches the pieces in the quilt, but I thought my daughter will like the satin effect..soft and smooth and maybe help it to look "expensive" and less homemade! I bought the Wrights brand of polyester satin binding.  I had real trouble with it tho.. how do you know you are catching the back edge of the binding when you are sewing it on the front? You don't do it like cotton binding where you sew it to the back, then roll it over and can see the row of stitching you made and can follow that. No, with this binding tape....you put the blanket edge all the way inside to the fold of the tape..then sew and hope you catch the front and the back edge of the binding in the zigzag stitching! Some areas I did great, others, not so great, but can't do anything about it now! I just hope after a few washes, it will soften up!

I also got all these puckers in the binding. I am on a facebook group of wonderful ladies that are like the encyclepedia of sewing....great helps, inspiration, tips, tricks etc. Great group of ladies! I was told it looked fine and that it is not unusual for it to look like this!  So, I leave it looking like this! I hope my daughter will accept it!How she got so picky, I don't know! She was not raised that way!!!


I also did some FMQ'ing on it... a wide meander stitch. The wider the area between stitches is what makes the blanket or quilt more pliable, cuddley and soft. And yes,  it did work that way! That part worked out great!
 


And one thing I didn't find the answer to, in all the vids I watched about it...when you make those corners, easy enough to make, but...once with the binding on... those corner flaps can pull open!  I was able to catch the little edge of it in the sewing of the corner, but the flaps still were "open" so I just got out the old needle and thread and did tiny stitches to blind stitch it down. If you weren't looking for it, you wouldn't see it!


So.. here it is... all done and ready to give to my little grandson, Greyson. He was a premie.  He was due April 3 but he couldn't wait. She went into labor the previous evening and had him about 12:30am on March 14. Had some problems tho in that he didn't know how to eat, or suck or what to do with anything in his mouth so he didn't eat and his blood sugar dropped to 20...fortunately with lots of tries and work from his mommy and some eye dropper feedings from his daddy, he is doing fine now.


Oh, it is 50"x50". To big for him right now, but he will grow into it! It will be a good soft blanket for her to lay on the sofa and lay him down there..and heck, if she wants to toss it over her legs while she feeds him...she can do that and I will be just as happy!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The blanket binding I used was this.... single fold, 2 inch wide. It is 100% polyester, no shrinking!

 
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Capes for the Girl Scouts!!

Hello everyone!  It has been awhile since I did a post last, you know how it goes... time gets the better of you! So much going on in life!  But I did want to share this with you all. Yes, my blog is about memories, but also crafts to make memories. Here is about my recent memory!

My grand daughters are 10, 7 and 6. They are all in Girl Scouts. 10 is a Junior, 7 is Brownie and 6 is a Daisy. That means green, brown and blue colors!  They are currently in Cookie Booth time selling Girl Scout cookies! Their favorite place is in front of Lowe's Home Improvement store!  Yes, they sell about 200 every time there! I am the "second in command"...the leader is their mother. They little ones do so well selling and not getting mad when people are rude to them.  I had mentioned to them to speak up and talk louder cause the traffic from the street and the sound the carts make on the concrete..it is hard to hear over that! Next thing I know,   I hear the 7 year old one talking to the 10 year old one, saying.."We have to talk loud so we can sell. Cute sells, and we are cute, so now we just have to talk  loud!". I had to walk away so they didn't catch me laughing! But how true it is! Those little faces and happy voices, get those grumpy old grandpas every time! They'd ask and the grumpy grandpa either ignores and walks by or says something grumpy to them and walks on... literally 9 out of 10 times...they will turn around and come back and buy a box! Some times they just give them $5 and tell them to buy themselves a box! But they got those old codgers every time!


 Well, I say that to say this. I decided to make them each a cape to wear.  It goes from hot to cold and back again, and I thought the capes would be good and I'd make them in their own colors.

Long story short.. I finally finished them last week! They loved them! I made them reversible... the one side fleece in their Girl Scout color to wear when they are doing anything girl scout related, and the other side is a "ty-dyed" flannel print. The buttons are large so easy to button, but they look like gems so they think that is just the best! So.. here are two of them (the third one was sick this day)
I am sorry they are sideways. I took them with my cell phone vertically, the right way, but when they showed up in the gallery (later at home!) they were like this and my photo editor won't rotate them without cutting the taller ones head off! It was VERY cold this day!

Good memories here. And.. I will remember this too.. IF I EVER work with stretchy fleece again, it will not be reversible!  Boy howdy, did I have a time with it! I looked at it, and it stretched!  Now that I have calmed down, I might work with it again, but... lined with a thin broadcloth only!!!

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Junk Journal for a Teen Boy (masculine theme)

Hello fellow junk journal-ers!!! I have another one done and ready to give. I made this one for my 15 year old grand son. He is a "step" grandson so we don't know each other to well yet, but we are working on it! Plus... been a LONG time since I had a teen boy in my life so I don't know "how they work" anymore! I have however, noticed things have changed ALOT since my son was 15! And a lot of it I can't keep up with or even understand very well!  But I try. 

This junk journal is not all blinged out with dangles and prettiness .... just a more masculine style. I am encouraging him to keep his memories, but offering him a different way to do it. He isn't going to want to write in it like a diary or go into detail or most likely write much at all! So... I created the style of the journal to where he can put THINGS in it that mean something to him. No writing required! He can collect memories..slide them in a pocket and maybe in later years....decide he wants to write some...or more!


I used cereal box for the cover and a thin rope for the wrap around closure...with a can pop top as the loop of the closure with an old key on the end of the rope that goes through the pop top. The only embellishment other than the closure are 2 American theme 3-D stickers.  I just used 32lb weight copy paper and folded them in half for the signatures. adding to each page.

I have a flip through on my You Tube Channel if you want to check out the pages. I have alot of pages Ideas I think you will like. I have a couple really cool embellishments that are unique and especially for a masculine theme journal.  Now, I made this for a teen boy, but.. it could go for any masculine theme you need...age doesn't matter!    So... check it out here....


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Sunday, December 4, 2016

To Do List Junk Journal



I am a "list" person. However, with an upcoming move impending.. I need a book to make lists, jot notes, reminders etc so I don't have to clutter my brain with trying to remember everything..all the time!  So I made this To Do List Junk Journal. I had this spiral notebook that I got at the thrift store, so.. I just used that and made pockets and will add clips and with the lined pages already there, I should be able to make all kinds of lists, keep track of everything and.. all in one cute little junk journal!

I have a video of it on my You Tube channel....check it out here....


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Chunky Monkey Recycled Part 2...."Blue"

Hello Friends!
I just finished another junk journal....this one is for ....ME!  Yes, I took the other half of the huge, chunky monkey one I made and now...here it "part 2" or as I call it "Blue"!  The first Chunky Monkey one, was just to.. chunky and thick and hard to write in and interact with, so I took it apart, made 2 journals with 3 signatures each! Leaving 1/2 inch between each signature as I sewed it to the spine helped alot in making the journal lay flatter so that it is easier to write in.



It is also interactive...lots of fun "hiding places" and neat little spots for journaling. I have put all memories of some kind/time in my life in this one.

I have posted a video on You Tube about it...about 15 minutes long and just about the page ideas so you can get some ideas for your own journals. I don't know/remember brand names, where I got what etc. Just...lots of ideas to share! I hope you enjoy it and leave me a "thumbs up"!


If you would like to know about the Blue's sibling...Purple... click here....

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Flip Through of Junk Journal for Ashleigh


 I just finished a junk journal for my 10 year old grand daughter. I am trying to get her to document some of her memories and so far, she hasn't really been interested. So.. I made this one in a fashion that is easier...she doesn't have to write, although there is space to write, but she can just put things in pockets or washi tape them to the page etc. No writing involved! Hopefully when she sees this one, she will get the point and start collecting!

 I just folded 8.5"x11 inch papers in half to make the signatures...there are 3 in the book. I used cereal box for the book and regular card stock to cover it.

 I can't for the life of me figure out why when I take pictures of things...they always come out yellowed. I have tried so many ways and lighting effects, but still... always this yellow cast.  I did download a YouTube video of it, and that can't out great! So...scroll to the bottom here and you can see that.  These are just a few pages in the book... this one with a collection baggie  and flip out pages........
 And this one with a McDonald's bag when Minions were "out"....made pocket page with it!

So check out the video of this junk journal...good color and I only talked about how I made the pages and things I used and didn't chatter on about brand names or where I got what from etc. Just lots of page ideas and low cost...this is just stuff I found around the house with some old scrapbook stuff left over from my scrapbook days 15 years ago! But you can do the same. I also show you about keeping mementos in the junk journals... check it out! Give me a thumbs up if you like and subscribe if you already haven't as I have 4 more of these to show you!




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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Chunky Monkey Recycled Part 1..."Purple"~

Remember when I made this HUGE chunky monkey junk journal?  I use a cereal box for the cover/spine and it is 8.5"x11" paper folded in half and tea stained. 5 hole pamphlet stitch spine.


 I filled it with my memories of my childhood (the little bit I remember after all these years) and memories of my kids and of my grand kids. I added places I have been, other family members, songs that meant something to me, pictures..and other things on paper that meant something to me or held a memory.


 It had 6 signatures. I made each signature with regular printer paper but the heavier 32lb kind.. and stacked 6-9 papers, folded the stack in half and the middle was where I tied the spine. Each signature had about 24 "pages"...meaning front and back of say 6 papers. (I forgot how many exactly!)
Well, my problem was... when I would open the journal to write in it...it was so thick and stiff I couldn't open it enough to get the pages to lay flat enough to write on. I was loosing about 1 inch of writing space from the center in. Plus, it was hard to get journal cards etc in and out of pockets. What good is an interactive journal if it won't interact with you!

So, I broke the journal down into 2 journals with 3 signatures each. Turned out really nice. I now have these......
I used the same lace and lace flowers from the original journal and just put one one each of these and cut the lace in half. Worked out great!  I was also surprised at how quickly I was able to make the covers with cereal boxes. They are pretty easy. And I did a 5 hole pamphlet stitch to bind them. Now, they open just nice and easy to write on the pages and use the pockets and tuck spots.. be interactive with it!
One of the things I did make sure to do was...I left about 1/4-1/2 inch of space between each signature. Believe it or not, that little bit of space makes a difference and allows the pages to lay more flat, which makes it easy to write on the whole page and not waste any space, and make it look right and also opens enough to let the tags and letters and things I put in it, be  able to be pulled out, tucked in and ...interactive!

I did a video flip through of it... It is on my YouTube channel "Junk Journals to Hold Your Memories" If you'd like to watch the flip through. It is about 5 minutes...not very long. It shows you everything, and I don't chatter away about what you already know! I just "flip through" the pages and mention a thing or two!

Hope you enjoy it and also...grab some ideas for your own junk journals! I have the "other half" of the journal to download so if you want to see that one.. or just follow as I post...subscribe to my channel!  And if you would....give me a thumbs up and leave a comment! Thanks for watching!


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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Junk Journal for my Grand Daughter with a K You Tube Video!

I have been working on 4 junk journals to give to my grand daughters. I am encouraging them to jot down their memories or favorite things or special thoughts and things that happen. Most people don't journal as they just don't have time to write a whole page or more. With a junk journal.. you don't have to spend alot of time if you don't want to! A junk journal  is all paper so you can literally write anywhere on the book pages! Pockets and tuck spots and envelopes...perfect for putting "things" in ...forget writing about a movie you saw...save the ticket that has the movie name, date on it and slide that into a tuck spot. Only writing you need to do is the name of the person you were with or why you liked the movie so much etc.    Anyway...I am coming down the home stretch in getting the four journals done. I now have them all with covers and stitched together.  I just have to decorate the covers and add the blingy dangles!

So...here is a video of what I have gotten done so far in the first one. This one is for my 16 year old grand daughter.  Take a look, get some ideas and I hope you enjoy the show!!! However, it is only my second video I have ever done, and holding the camera with one hand while flipping the pages with the other...a bit cumbersome, but...still...came out okay! I will be posting more videos as I get the other journals done, so if you want to follow me...make sure you join my blog in the upper left side of my main blog page or subscribe to my YouTube channel after you watch it! Thanks for watching!






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Saturday, September 24, 2016

A nice glass of Iced tea and....some storage!

As every crafter knows...easy access storage is a MUST!!!  And also, as every crafter knows...money doesn't grow on tress! So, as every crafter knows....we must use what we have very intelligently and wisely and...creatively!

Well, also in the name of recycling...I am always looking at things I throw away in case I can upcycle them. In Junk Journaling that is a must for all food boxes! Cereal boxes make great book covers!

However, here I share this idea that fell in to my lap...and I'm going...."wow...Lipton is so cool!" 
I drink Lipton ice tea... always, 24/7/365!

So I buy the box of 100...last me about 30 days. But this new way they have been packing the tea bags....what a great idea they had for me!!

 Buy a box like this..the tea bags are 25 to a section and wrapped in a gold foil. Tear open the foil (I should have saved it!) and dump the tea bags into another container. I have a mason jar for them.   Cut the top off the box.
 You are left with this (to the left)... four neat, orderly little paper "containers" that fit in the box, perfectly.
 Place papers, small in the front and larger as they go back. Each rectangle "box" hplds a different size paper.  In this picture, I use just papers cut different sizes for journaling cards.    I have 2 of these at my craft table. The other one I have things I have made in it...tags, flip pages, envelopes etc.
Here is a front view....you can clip little binder clips, paper clips, clothes pins to the front of the box. And...you have a perfect view of the papers by size so you know which section to go to based on the size you are looking for! Nice, neat, orderly, and all in a row! You can even take the whole box with you to another room or if you need to work somewhere and then clean up afterwards. It all moves very nicely and you have everything you need at your finger tips!  I think I should have covered the box to make it look pretty, but....even a devoted crafter sometimes has to take a break!

Quick and easy!  Enjoy your iced tea...and organization at your craft table!!!
 
 
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