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Winter Gifts: Lavender Scented Heatables

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Winter Gifts: Lavender Scented Heatables

Winter weather often inspires me to get crafty, because I spend more time indoors and holidays are my favorite part of the season. I love giving homemade gifts!

This year I was inspired by our chilly-ass office and one of our team members who wears a coat 24/7 indoors, to make these heatable packs as gifts. All you gotta do is pop it in the microwave and you have a nice little personal heater to warm you up. They are super easy to make, last a long time, and you can customize their size as much as you want. I have one that I made back in 2010 and it still works like a champ.

Things you will need:

  • Sewing machine
  • Uncooked rice
  • Dried lavender or lavender oil (or other scent you like – I mixed rosemary in with a few, you can get creative)

Note, these should not get wet! Wet rice turns into cooked rice…which is not what you want in your heatable.

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Cuddly Fleece Blanket

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Well, 2012 is almost at its end. Figured I’d squeeze in one last post before 2013 begins!

I wanted to make this fleece blanket for our niece- but I wanted to do something different, not the no-sew tied version- and I wanted to customize it with her initial. I was hoping to give it to her when we visited for Thanksgiving, but it wasn’t done yet, and even though I brought it along on the trip it still didn’t get finished. And then Christmas was here and it still wasn’t quite done. I suppose New Years was the kick I needed to finish it for good.  Can’t have this unfinished project hanging over my head. (We’ll just pretend this is the only half-finished project on my roster right now even though my bar is covered in seed beads and hot glue).

Hey, she’s only 2…she won’t mind getting a random present not on Christmas, right? Right.

Things you will need:

Fleece (I bought 2 yards. I think. It was awhile ago, obviously.)

Fat quarter of some cute coordinating print to use for the initial

Embroidery needle

Embroidery thread in coordinating color

Scissors

Blanket stitch.

Blanket stitch.

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Dog Treat Pouch

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So our foster pup who will probably never leave us, has to go to dog school if he gets to be part of Team Fontaine. Doogie has been with us since Christmas. He has some dog on dog aggression issues, and fear of basically everything (loud noises, men, the wind) but if you’ve ever trained a dog you know that for most dogs, food is better than gold. Doogie would commit murder for some hot dog (even a Turkey dog). Though this upcoming week is his last week of this particular class, training is an ongoing thing so I decided to make him a cute treat pouch! Mostly because if I don’t have pockets it’s really tough to have that ziplock bag in one hand and ready to go when he’s doing the right thing.

Things you will need:

4 rectangles of fabric (two cotton or some other cute print, the other two vinyl or similar for the interior)

Ribbon, basting tape, or fabric that has been folded into something suitable for your drawstring

Basic sewing stuff: machine, thread, seam ripper

Ready? Bring on the bacon.

What kind of tasty treats might be in here...

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Crochet Hook Roll & Shadow Box

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Since graduation on the 6th (huzzah!) I’ve been working on setting up my new office craft room. One large haul from Ikea later, I’m still trying to get everything organized and force myself to get rid of some things. It’s awesome to have places for things though! Even just halfway done the new setup is pretty awesome.

This morning I got rid of a whole box of stuff, and finally went through the box of wedding paraphanelia – it’s been almost a year, I figured I should sift through it and at least downsize it. Months and months ago I got a set of 4 picture frames which are actually deep enough to be shadow boxes for $4 at Goodwill. I might paint them, but I might not- in the meantime, one of them is large enough to accommodate my headpiece from the wedding! It has gotten a bit banged up, to my dismay, so I was thrilled to find a safe place for it to go.

My veil and fascinator (which I wish I could wear in regular life).

That’s not really a craft since all I did was put it in a frame, but I am jazzed that it’s safe now! I might find some colored backdrop to put behind it. But I might be lazy and leave it as is.

Anyways, In the spirit of getting organized, I decided to make a roll for all of my crochet hooks, so they’re not scattered all around and next time I’m in the mood for a crochet project, I can have everything with me all neat and tidy like.

supplies

Upcycling clothes into something new.

I used an old pair of jeans that had some thigh holes going on, and a skirt I got at the swap-o-rama several months back because I loved the print. So this project was nearly free! That always puts me in a good mood. I hesitate to call this a tutorial, because I’m not sure I did the best photo/explanation job, but maybe between this and other images it will help someone figure out how to make their own. I did not use a pattern, simply looked for examples of what I was thinking of in my head and got started.

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Simplicity 3790 – Jersey and Upcycled Dress = New Shirt for Me!

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Remember that little post awhile back with the cutting out of several patterns but not actually making a whole lot? Well, today that came in handy because I wanted to make a shirt with one of the several patterns I bought awhile back and incorporate this dress I got at the swap because I liked the pattern, and the pieces were all ready to go! I used Simplicity 3790 (knit tops), combining view E and F cause I like to do my own thing.

Mhmm!

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