Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Deathly Hallows Part 2

Yes. I am a Harry Potter nerd. I'm not a fanatic, just a nerd. And -yes- there is a big difference even though I'm borderline for sure. :)
I just finished up this colossal swap on for the premier of the last Harry Potter movie that comes out tomorrow night at midnight and I am so proud of what I made for my partner! Her favorite character is Tonks and she requested a bag or purse so that is exactly what I made her. It's a messenger bag with her favorite charachter's patronus on the flap surrounded by embroidered spells and phrases from the movie and books. Her patronus is a werewolf, and patronus's being ethereal and whatnot, I used glow in the dark thread. Love it! I made it from a pattern from a book called One Yard Wonders. I think I have to make one for myself with a rabbit on the flap. ;)

I made a ton of stuff for this swap. I think my second favorite is a decorated tea tin "from" Mrs. Weasley. I put my favorite tea, Red Lavender Rooibos.

I painted and wood burned a box for her that I sewed little cushions in to protect her own "prophecy" which is simply a painted small vial on a necklace.

 I also wrote her the prophecy on paper so she can know what it says "in the bottle". It reads:

What you’ve read and what you’ve dreamed.

You’ve imagined, but yet to see.

The time draws near for one to live.

You know his story, what he will give.

Though happiness will surely come

‘Tis bittersweet, when said and done.

A thrill will fill you at the apex

And sadness follow; nothing comes next.

Truth be told, you will be fine

As long as you open up your mind.

To read those words, or watch again,

It will never truly be the end.

I also made her a t-shirt worthy of Tonks.

Along with that, i crocheted a small pumpkin to hold her Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans and whipped up some acid pops made with purchased lollipops rolled in Pop Rocks - YUM! Plus, I added some recipes from the Unnofficial Harry Potter Cookbook that had a few of her favorites in there. ;)

Hope you guys like what I made! It was a ton of fun and I was happy to have such a great partner. :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Part of your apron!

So my kiddo and her cousin absolutely love the Little Mermaid. It's pretty sweet since that was me and my sister's favorite movie when we wee growing up, too.
Well, we had all of the paraphanalia for our room: sheets, comforters, drapes, towels, etc. and when we were old enough all of our stuff got put away and basically never seen again.
I, feeling nostalgic, found the sheets and was too excited! And my niece's birthday is this weekend, so what I decided to do was make her an apron out of those sheets. It will be such a sweet surprise for both her and her mommy!

Anywho, here is my daughter modeling the "new" apron (with many gratuitous super-hero shots):

Here's a little bit of the detailing on the apron. I put little eyelit stars and wavy "waves" all around it and anywhere the pattern called for topstitching.  I used Simplicity pattern 3949.
Thanks for taking a look!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Whimsical Note Catcher

So I created this note catcher for my mom for her birthday and I absolutely love it! It's super cute, functional, space saving, and I already had everything when I got the idea to do it, so it was free!

I bought some push pins a while back and they came in these packages where they were pushed into this brown foam. I saved the foam because I thought to myself "hey! You might use that some day!" And I totally just did. Anyway, hot glued four of them together  before adding fabric over the top. I had this creamy lace and added it to the edges, pinching and twisting at the corners (If you cut at each corner, the lace will fray and look just terrible), before twisting up a ribbon to look like a flower or star and sticking a pin in it to keep it on and in shape. The hanging ribbon I just glued to the back at a length I felt appropriate. The push pins are just plain ones that I glued buttons to the top of.

If you are looking for a type of foam to do this with, I think JoAnn's has some that you can cut down to size and make a bunch out of it.

I really like this because it has a sweet vintage feel to it without being overwhelming and it's small, only 6" square, so even if your walls are covered, there should still be a little bit of space for it.

I hope you guys like this and if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment.
Have a Happy Independence Day!