Coffee – the essence of life Free SVG

I am participating in the September SVG blog hop with the theme of coffee. It is the essence of life, isn’t it? At least for some, it is. Show your love of coffee with this free SVG file or one of the many others shared in this hop.  [coffee essence]

Making a Christmas Present for your Cat

I am participating in a round-up of Christmas in July posts. I am sharing a post for an animal gift, specifically for our new kittens. This fish is sewn, stuffed, and filled with catnip. The fabric is also painted using Marabu fabric sprays.  Of course, I had to give it to them now in order to share this post, they took a minute to warm up to it but they love it.

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Materials:

Directions:

If you want the pattern, it is a free download here. [fish]


print out and pin to fabric


cut two

Video Tutorial:
painting the fabric


pin wrong sides of fabrics together


sew most of the way around, leaving an open space


remove pins and turn inside out


fill the fish with stuffing


put a desired amount of catnip into the fish


with needle and thread sew the opening closed


the cats checking it out!

Every day in July, a participating blogger will release new free crochet, knitting, sewing pattern, or craft tutorial. Each week will have a theme.

I am posting towards the end of the round-up so you will be able to see a lot of the projects at the following link.

[Christmas in July]

Glamping – Free SVG

glamping mug

It’s summer and time to hit the road, get back to nature, and do some glamping. Share your enthusiasm with this free campy SVG file. Don’t forget to go and grab all the other free SVG camping files in the July SVG blog hop. 

glamping

Check out all the fun free SVG file pictured above and linked below.

Christmas in July – Recycled Ornament

With the temperature outside reaching close to 100 degrees, it is really hard to be creative with a Christmas theme. But, for Christmas in July, a blog hop with the Creative Crafters, I made a recycled Christmas Ornament. The ornament is made from pull tabs from soda cans. 

Materials:

  • Hot glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • pull tabs
  • beads
  • thread
  • needle

Directions:

I have to apologize, I was so busy trying to figure this out, I didn’t take photos. I will try to walk you through the steps with my words.

To begin, I drew a circle on a scrap piece of paper. Then I laid out the soda tabs around the circle (as pictured above). 

Using hot glue, I glued the second layer of soda tabs onto the original circle. This time I staggered their placement.

Next, I threaded an embroidery needle with a green cord. I sewed it in and out around the soda tabs. 

In the second round of sewing, I added a bead. Then I joined the cord and made a loop for hanging. 

The hot glue doesn’t fully hold the soda tabs long-term. This is why I added the cord. 

Having finished, I would have liked to have red beads in the right size for this project. I would also like to add some ribbon or a floral pik, center top. 

Check out the other projects made for this Christmas in July blog hop. After the 17th, feel free to add your own Christmas in July project to the hop. The link-up will be open until the 22nd.

How to Make a Trinket Box with Little Birdie

I am participating in the Designer Crafts Connection group blog hop that is sponsored by Little Birdie this month. The decoupage trinket box is what I made with the supplies Little Birdie provided.

The Designer Crafts Connection group is hosting a blog hop that is sponsored by Little Birdie this month. The above decoupage trinket box is what I made with the supplies Little Birdie provided. I really enjoyed the creative process of making the trinket box and I added a few parts as I was creating that I had not originally envisioned. These additions were the stenciling and the feet. I am excited to see what the other designers made since I believe we all received different materials to work with. 

This is the box I received from Little Birdie.


The box contained two coasters, two packs of the decoupage paper, Deco Magic in matte and glossy, and Varnish.

This post and photos may contain Amazon or other affiliate links. If you purchase something through any link, I may receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. Any supplies used may be given to me free of charge, however, all projects and opinions are my own.

Materials:

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Directions:


To begin, I mixed ivory chalk paint and blue together for the inside of the box.


I painted one coat inside.
 


The outside I covered in one coat of the chalk paint.
 


I began to decoupage over the outside painted surface, one side at a time.
 


After each side was decoupaged under and over the paper, and it had dried, I cut the paper for the opening.
 


I then decoupaged the inside of the box.
Note, the edges are messed up but they get fixed before I finish the box.


I stenciled the light blue color on the top of the box.
This hints at the inside color.
 


The focal image was fussy cut from the decoupage paper and added to the top of the box, then the entire box was covered three times with the decoupage glue.
 


I decided to add feet to the box and painted beads to match with blue paint and then sealed them with the decoupage glue.
 


Using mixed media glue, I added them to the bottom of the box.
 


Here is the inside of the finished box.
Notice those edges are all cleaned up!
This might be my favorite part of the trinket box.
 


Here is the finished box from the side.
I really think those feet are a great addition.

Don’t forget to check out the other designer posts for this blog hop with Little Birdie. Just click the logo above.