Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Stitching

My youngest daughter has requested a 'rubby pillow' for Christmas. Rubby pillows are pillowcases with embroidery. She rubs the pillow as she goes to sleep each night. One is on her bed right now and she has asked for a new one. :)
I thought it would be nice to make one with a CHRISTmasy theme so she could put it on her bed throughout the season.
It needs a good ironing, but I am very happy with how it turned out.
I think I am going to make the rest of the children one as well as my nieces and nephews. :)
I believe I am going to have busy fingers for the rest of the season.
Merry, merry!
My Cup Runneth Over...
Chas

Friday, November 27, 2009

A gift for my Sister

The other day I showed you a sneak peek of a project I was working on. Well, last night I finished it and delivered it to my Sister this morning.
It's an advent calendar with 25 pockets holding a treat for each of my precious little nephews, and a portion of the Scripture account of Jesus' birth for their family to read together.



A gift she can use each year and enjoy with her loved ones.
I hope you have a Merry day.
My Cup Runneth Over...
Chas

Thursday, November 26, 2009

How to make 3-D Snowflakes

Yesterday after school time, I had plans for us to decorate the schoolroom with some crafts.  We made the ever popular paper chain for the tree... and then we made something pretty nifty I wanted to share.  3D Snowflakes.

First... start with 6 equal size squares
Fold each square into a triangle
Ok, now on the triangle, cut slits... 3 on each side, but NOT touching in the middle, and obviously getting shorter as you get closer to the middle.
Now open up your triangle and lay it in front of you, so it looks like a diamond.
See, it isn't perfect, but it will still turn out really pretty. :)
Take that middle section and pull each side up and tape, it makes a little loop. See what I mean?
Turn it over so this side is down and pull up the next two sides and tape.
They are beginning to look like figure 8's. 
Flip it again and tape the next and again for the last. 
You will have something that looks like this...
Side view
Make each of your triangles the same way, until all six are finished.
Hold the tip of 3 of your pieces in your hand and then staple together
Do the same for the other 3
Take both sides of three, bring together in the middle and staple again.
You can also tape/staple each of the touching edges to give a little extra stability.  We did that.  Then I took a piece of yarn and hung them from our ceiling.  We made them out of printer paper which we have an abundance of, but you could make them a bit nicer if you had card stock or some heavy weight paper.  A variety of sizes makes a nice little display, like the one in our schoolroom. :)
Have fun!
My Cup Runneth Over...
Chas

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Quilled Snowflakes

Yesterday I came across a project that I just had to try out.
It was inexpensive.
It was a rather fast project.
It had GREAT results.
Love ALL those factors.
Quilling.
Have you tried it?
Oh my, I really enjoyed it, although I need a different type of glue than what I used.
I love to learn how to do something new and this was really fun.
I got my inspiration from here. I do recommend that if you try this and want to add glitter, get the ultra fine glitter, this is such a delicate project the regular glittery flakes are just too big... my dilemma in this case. But otherwise, I am quite happy with my first quilling attempt.
Learning something new, (and enjoying it) now that is a happy thing. :)
My Cup Runneth Over...
Chas

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Arts of Virtue~How to make Pumpkin Puree


Learning to do things ourselves, to make them healthier and more inexpensively. Remembering how our Grandmothers did things, with love and determination to stretch every penny. That's what my Arts of Virtue series is all about.
Today we will make our own Pumpkin Puree.
Let's begin...
Lop off the top and cut it in half.
Scoop out all the fleshy inside and the seeds and put them into a bowl to be used later.
Cut your pumpkin into wedges and place on a large sheet pan.
I have heard you can place them fleshy side up or down. I chose up.
Roast them in your oven at 350* for 45 minutes or until the flesh is very fork-tender.
Peel the skin off the flesh and cut into chunks and toss into your food processor.
Puree until smooth
Measure into zip-lock baggies and freeze until needed.
I put 1 cup per bag.
When you're ready to make a pie, muffins, pancakes you have your own pumpkin puree waiting for you in the freezer!
And don't throw out those seeds, we will talk about those later! :)
My Cup Runneth Over...
Chas

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Lazy Days Skirt

I joined up for a Sew-a-long with a friend from Twitter. She blogs over at Day To Day. I love her blog because she is incredibly crafty and has fabulous ideas!  When she announced she was going to do a Lazy Days Skirt Sew-a-long, I knew I just had to join in.
So this afternoon after getting Logan's bag finished and cutting out several more, cooking up some lentils for supper and helping the kids with school... I decided to get Carlie Jean's skirt made up.
Most of the skirts you will see over at Mel's blog are so bright and cheery, but being that we have entered fall and I LOVE this time of year, I decided to go in a different direction.
I had this rust colored fabric I bought on close-out just waiting to be made into something lovely and when I thought about it, I knew that this was the project!
The trim I have had for at least 20 years waiting to be made into something... I know it is much older than that, because it was old when I got it from a friend.
The buttons.... I just love em. I know they don't necessarily match. But I just loved the way they looked.
Another sweet feature is that it is long enough that I believe unless Carlie grows a foot she should be able to wear it next year also.
I love a happy ending to a fun project.
Go by Mel's blog and see all the other Lazy Days skirts, I am sure they will inspire you to make one yourself. :)
My Cup Runneth Over...
Chas