My Obsession is Growing...Inch by Inch

Inchies are tiny 1" x 1" pieces of artwork and my new obsession! I made my first set last night and I've barely stopped crafting since then.

Here is a shot of a few of them next to a Quarter for scale.

Ocean/beach themed: made with watercolor pencils, magazine clippings, sharpie marker and glitter

Romantic Theme: made from torn pages of Othello, images from vintage cigar ads and words from my Scrabble dictionary

Silly Monster theme: made for a swap partner from watercolor pencils and construction paper

Super Mario themed: made for a swap partner with watercolor pencils and sharpie marker
And here's the whole lot that will be sent to my swap partner. If they were all lined up together, the whole row would only be 1' long!
Now that I'm going to have all these Inchies, I need to figure out something to do with them! Maybe magnets?

Woodland Embroidery Hoop

Every couple of months I organize a Hoopla Swap on Craftster. Embroidery loving crafters around the world swap stitched hoops with each other. It's always such a fun and talented group. I really enjoy every round!

Our most recent round was OTT (One Tiny Thing) themed so we're working on hoops that are 4" or less. One of my partners likes woodland creatures so this is what I came up with for her. I was inspired by a quilt I saw in a Scandinavian book.

I'm doing something quite different for my other partner but I'm having just as much fun with it. I'll post that as soon as she receives.

Mimosa Drinking Doves of Peace

My girlfriends came over on Saturday to craft! We had a great time drinking mimosas and making dove ornaments to decorate our houses and give as gifts. We used a pattern from the book Fa La La Felt and from start to finish I'd say they took us about an hour.

We did a photoshoot with them having a little bird-bath in our mimosa glass.

Claire's Bird:

Lisa's Bird: 

Lisa also made a super cute peppermint ornament using rolled felt, cellophane and a little ribbion but we didn't get a picture of it.

Adventures in Book Binding

Book binding is a craft I've always wanted to learn. I'd love to be able to make handmade journals and photo albums. I've been looking around for local classes to learn the technique but until I try the real thing, I gave this small version a try. I used this pattern and was really happy with how it turned out! I will be making more of these!

Carpe Diem Quilt

I made this wall quilt for a recent swap partner who likes skulls. There's nothing like a having a skull hanging on your wall to remind you to Seize the Day (or Carpe Diem)!

I like how it turned out - you almost need to stare at it for a minute before noticing the skull. I cut fabric for another one and will hopefuly find time to make it before next Halloween.

I found the pattern in the book, Whip Up Mini Quilts. I still need more quilting practice but I've been enjoying making these smaller quilts. They are much easier to manage in my small sewing machine.

Snow-Gingerbread-Elf-Man Ornament

I made this little guy from a pattern in the book, Fa la la Felt. I'm not sure if he's a snowman or a gingerbread man - maybe even an elf? Perhaps a bit of each? I think he looks cute when sitting on my craft desk.

However, I don't think he's quite as cute when he's hanging. In fact, I'm afraid he looks morbid! Does it look like this poor little snow-ginger-elf man has just been to the gallows??

I think this decoration will be better as a sitting ornament instead of a hanging one :). 

Countdown to Christmas

November is zipping by! In preparation for December and the countdown to Christmas, I made an advent calendar. I was inspired by this awesome idea on sweet paul.

I used match boxes, xmas papers, stamps, hot glue and some fun little trinkets!

I started by stamping all of the match boxes with the numbers 1 - 25. Next time I make one of these, I'll save the stamping for the last step so I don't smear any of the ink.

I decided to line each box with a holiday paper to make the calendar even more festive and finished looking.

Next, I glued together the outsides of the the boxes with hot glue. One row of 9, one row of 7, 5, 3 and 1.

Then I cut out the paper to wrap around each row. I scored the paper at the corners and hot glued it around the outside.

I hotglued each of the rows together to form the shape of the tree and added a button to the top.

Then came the fun part, filling each box with a little treats and trinkets!

Let the countdown begin!

Felted Nesting Bowls

I've always been scared to try felting. When you spend hours knitting something, the last thing you want to do is throw it in the wash to be "agitated" but I finally overcame my felting fears with this project!

I used double-stranded Cascade 220 and a great pattern I found on Etsy to make these felted nesting bowls. They were fun to make and they are perfect for organizing little crafty bits and bobbles.

This is what the bowls looked like before I put them in the wash.

After they came out of the wash, I set them on molds for 2 or 3 days to dry completely.


One Pattern, Three Ways

I love Dangercraft's patterns. They are all adorable, easy and use the magic loop method for knitting in the round - which is SO much better than DPNs. One of my favorite designs is Daphne and Delilah the Mommy and Baby Monster.

I've made it a few different ways using different yarns and needle sizes.

For this version, I used Vanna's Choice yarn and size 8 needles. The finished size of mommy monster was aprox 13".

I made a couple big foot versions of the pattern for a sasquatch loving craft pal. I used a fun fur yarn for this and size 5 needles. I also added some big felt feet. Finished size was aprox 6" tall.

This is a baby big foot made from sock yarn and size 2 needles. Finished size is aprox 3" tall. He's hiding behind a little felt branch.

Introducing Gertrude and Hank

I love knitting but it's a time consuming hobby and I rarely have the patience to finish full sized sweaters, blankets, or other big items. That's just one of the reasons why I love making knitted stuffies. They are super cute, quick to make and a wonderful way to use up yarn stash.

I made these friendly twins recently, Gertrude and Hank. They crack me up. I used a pattern from the book, The Knitted Odd Bunch with a few minor tweaks.

I used silk/bamboo yarn and stuffed them lightly so they are cute and floppy. Finished size is aprox 16" tall.

Hide Your Brains. The Zombies Are Coming!!

Halloween is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with zombie crafts!!

This zombie frog is made from a couple of children's sock, felt and buttons!

This pumpkin head zombie was made from felt and is less than 2 inches tall. He was inspired by the book Zombie Felties.

I've shared this zombie octopus before but he fits the theme so what the hell!

Crafts for "Cat People"

I've had a couple of swap partners lately that are "cat people". I'm more of a dog person myself but can't deny that kitties are cute!

I made a couple of throw pillows for them to celebrate their love of cats.

This one was made for a Halloween swap. My partner loves black cats so I thought this would make a fun decoration for the holiday. I used a bright orange fabric, felt, buttons and embroidery floss.

I am crafting for another swap partner that has adorable Siamese kitty cats. This one is for her!

These projects involve very simple sewing and a bit of embroidery. I think they make unique gifts and provide a fun way to personalize your couch!

Halloween Quilt

I made a Halloween quilt! I used the Oh Frannson Mix Tape quilt pattern (again), some Halloween printed cottons, beige linen for the sashing, spider web fabric for the backing and spooky tree fabric for the binding.

It's a small quilt that is meant to be used as a wall hanging for the holiday. I sent this one off to a recent swap partner but I have enough fabric left over to make my own!

I still have a lot to learn about quilting and definitely need more practice but I'm enjoying the process.

Is it a Cat? Is it a Bat? It's a Cat Bat!

I found the pattern for this Cat Bat in the book, Plush-O-Rama. It was really fun to make and sewed up pretty quickly. I will be making more of these little hybrid creatures soon! This project is a great way to use up fabric and felt scraps.

Fabric Scrap Cards

Let's start a holiday card revolution. Instead of sending Christmas cards, why not send Halloween cards this year?!

I made these cards with some scraps leftover from a Halloween quilt. I cut the fabric into squares using pinking shears, attached the squares to blank cards using a glue stick and then stitched around the squares with the sewing machine.

I'm going to give this set as a gift so I packaged each card with an envelope and slipped it into a clear plastic sleeve then tied them up with a Halloween ribbon.

These were fun and easy to make and a great way to use up fabric scraps. I'll be making more of these to send and also to give as gifts.

Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes

I combined two of my favorite things for dinner tonight, Macaroni and cheese and cupcakes!

I used this recipe from Framed Cooks with a few tweaks. I added a bit of nutmeg to the egg/milk mix along with salt and pepper. I also topped the cupcakes with a slice of Roma tomato and a mixture of melted butter and Panko bread crumbs.

They were fun to make and also fun to eat! If I made them again, I think I'd use Ina Garten's mac and cheese recipe because it's just impossible to beat.

Simple Halloween Banner

If you've read my last couple of posts you may have picked up on the fact that I'm excited for Halloween!! It's one of my favorite holidays and I've been crafting up a storm to celebrate this year.

Here is a very easy project that I made recently. I found plain cardboard banners on sale at the local paper store. I picked up some spooky craft paper and small orange and black ornaments and here's the result...

This project was very quick to make. I used one of the cardboard pieces as a template for cutting the paper. I cut out all of the triangles that I wanted and then hole punched them in the required places.

Next, I organized the layout of the colors and patterns and then used rubber cement to adhere the paper to the cardboard.

Lastly, I strung the whole thing up on a black satin ribbon. I tied on the ornaments and used glue to attach the ribbon to the cardboard. This prevents everything from sliding to the middle.

I considered adding letters to spell "Halloween" or "Trick" on one side and "Treat" on the other. In the end, I was really happy with how it looked without any additions.

Stay tuned for more Halloween posts in the coming weeks!

More Clothespin Crafts

I told you I bought a lot of clothespins right?

I made these from felt, craft glue, a little polyfill, a couple buttons and clothespins of course! I put magnets on one or two of them but I actually think I prefer to just clip them around the house and use them as easy decorations.

Here are some shots of them hanging around the house!