Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I've been a very Busy Bee...This is what I have been doing this past week...What about you?!

I have been sew very busy this past week crafting. I thought that I should share all of my craftiness with all of you. Hopefully you will be inspired to make something crafty too...

Pumpkins made out of 2X4's...

I saw this tutorial for 2X4 Pumpkins at
Sassy Sanctuary and just had to make them too.

My finished 2X4 Pumpkins.
Nesting box stand...

I have been having trouble with my hens kicking all of the bedding out of the nesting box resulting in cracked and broken eggs. The solution was to make a stand for my nesting box. The hope is that the only reason to jump up and enter the nesting box is to lay an egg, and not empty the box of all the bedding.  With the help of my Uncle Peter as my personal carpenter this is what he came up with, and I love it!

The nesting box stand in progress.

This is what it looked like when we placed the nesting box on the stand...Perfect!

The finished primered and painted nesting box & stand.

Pearl & Star enjoying their newly remodeled nesting boxes.

The last 2 days I have found cracked eggs either because of lack of calcium or because they are laying eggs on a hard surface. This is the solution that I have decided on. I went to Lowe's and purchased some indoor/outdoor carpet on  a role for $2.79 per linear foot x 3'. 

I purchased one foot and cut up the carpet to fit the inside of the nesting boxes.

Indoor/Outdoor carpet cut 10.25" x 11".

 The hard wood inside of the nesting box before adding padding.

This is what the nesting box with Indoor/Outdoor carpet installed looks like. Then I covered the carpet with wood shavings for added comfort and padding.

A unique way to present a baby shower gift...

I attended my friend Marissa's baby shower yesterday and I wanted to make a unique baby shower gift. So I decided to make onesie cupcakes with hair bow frosting, and a baby sock corsage of roses. I wrapped them all up in a cupcake box and tied it with a bow. I really liked the way it turned out. Marissa loved it so much so doesn't want to unwrap them.  This is my version of what I learned...

The inside of the box showing the onesie cupcakes and baby sock corsage.

 Baby Sock Corsage

Onesie cupcake with hair bow frosting, tied with a ribbon resting in a cupcake wrapper.

The finished product presented in a pale pink cupcake box and tied up with a bow ready to be presented to the recipient.

Fabric Origami Christmas ornaments...

Our quilt guild is hosting a Christmas ornament exchange to be held at our annual Christmas potluck. I found this great pattern for a fabric folded star last year and thought it would be perfect as a Christmas ornament. As most of you know I don't buy my Christmas presents I make them.
Fabric Origami Stars 2

First you have to make it out of paper for practice and to use as a reference.
Paper star front.
Paper start back.

 Then you make it out of your choice of fabric stiffened with Stiffy Fabric Stiffener (can be purchased at Michael's for $6.99). Don't forget to use a coupon.
Plaid Stiffy Fabric Stiffener- 16 oz.

Origami Fabric Folded star 2 front.
Origami Fabric Folded Star 2 back.

If you are interested in learning this technique I will be teaching 4 workshops in the month of November at the Quilter's Cocoon in Riverside.
Here are the dates and times:
Thursday, November 3 10:30-2:30
Saturday, November 5 1:30-5:00
Saturday, November 12 10:30-2:30
Thursday, November 17 10:30-2:30
 The cost is $25 not including a materials fee of $10. You will have 3 completed ornaments by the time you leave. They only other supplies that are required is the pattern, rotary cutter, mat, a Fiskar's bone folder, retails for $6.99 (can be purchased at JoAnn's with a coupon) and an old gift or credit card. You can also purchase a kit with everything that you need to make 3 ornaments for just $16.95 plus shipping & handling here.
Just think...won't your friends and family be impressed if they receive one of these beautiful ornaments this Christmas?! I know I would be.

Wow! I am exhausted! I hope that I have inspired you to get crafty too.

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