Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Marvelous Mess #24 and Features!!!

Can you believe how quick this summer is going??

It's time for another Marvelous Mess!!

Here were my fav's from last week:
Fabric and Foam Art from Jellyfish Jelly. Isn't that texture just *awesome*?? This craft is fun for kids and for adults. 

 Anti Sanding Chair Refinish from DIY Kinda Girl. LOVE the idea off taking a break from sanding....and still getting a fantastic looking chair!!
Apiary Sign at From Gardners to Bergers. Love the way this project is done!! She uses a mod podge transfer.....which I have never heard of.....to transfer the image to the sign. So cool!!

And the project I am going to feature on my sidebar for a week:
Banana Bites from From Glitter to Gumdrops. These are so simple and they look so tasty!! 
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

How to Sew A Simple Dress

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I found a fantastic site with a tutorial for making pillow case style dresses.
The site is called Nancy's Notions and the purpose of sharing the tutorial is that you make one to keep and make another one to send to needy children in Africa. Isn't that wonderful?? I decided to go for it. You won't believe how fast this project is. I made two dresses in two hours!!

This past spring I went to Goodwill and found some really fun fabric in yellow dots and blue dots. So, for today, I used the yellow to make this pretty little dress. Whaddya think? I added a lace trim to the bottom.....

 And, even made a matching headband. :-)

Here is the video tutorial from Nancy on YouTube:


There is a PDF tutorial file to download on Nancy's Site HERE ....so go there and download the file. You'll also get directions on where and who to send it to!! So, get started making a little dress for someone you know....and for someone who needs it in Africa!!   

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Durable Leather Squeaky Dog Toy

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We have an issue in this house. Chloe and Buddy aren't very tolerant.
Of shabbily made squeaky dog toys, that is.

I am determined to make them something that will last longer than 2 minutes. :-)
Wanna see what they can do to a regular squeaky in 2 minutes????

I had to get that squeaky out of Buddy's mouth before he swallowed it. :-)
So, here is my solution to the shabby squeaky:


It a leather lion with a squeaky I saved from a previous shabby toy. Not bad, eh? Leather is so incredibly durable....and doggies love to chew it. :-)

To make one of these you'll need:

leather
stuffing (saved from old toy)
squeaky (saved from old toy)

~Take an oval shape of leather.
~Fold it in half and trim one inch in on the outer egde all the way around (except for the straight edge).
~Trim out pieces for the ears, eyes, nose, mouth and sew them onto one side of the folded oval (the straight edge is his "chin" area).
~Sew the folded oval together around the Mane line....leaving enough room to stuff it (just like a pillow. No need to do any inside out tricks....you can hardly see the thread on the leather and it would make it *incredibly* hard on your sewing machine.
~Stuff the lion with the used fiber and the squeaky....make sure not to overstuff it or there won't be enough room for the squeaky to squeak. :-)
~Sew the remaining parts back up and give the toy to the dog.

Does the doggy like it?

Buddy does. :-)
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