Archive for September, 2010

Alice Makes Some Cards

It’s about time I write about these!

Mom's Day cards

I made these way back in May, before I started this blog. One day I was fooling around improvising crocheted flowers, and I came up with this design that I really liked. So I decided to make a couple into pins for my mom and mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. But it seemed like such a small gift… so I thought I’d make it into a card instead.

under the flower

I had a lot of fun using my sewing machine on cardstock – it makes a super-satisfying pop every time the needle punches through, and it’s a lot easier to make a precise design on a stiff card than it is on fabric.

back view

Of course, I had Caleb sign it, too!

These are the first of many cards I’ve made by embroidering designs onto index cards covered in tissue paper. I’ll post more later, along with pictures of the process so you can see how I do it. It’s not real hard, but it’s time consuming and takes a fair amount of detail-orientedness and precision.

If I ever get around to opening an Etsy store, this is the type of thing I’ll sell!


Alice Makes a Ruffled Pillow

I’ve been putting my crafty area to good use! Here’s what I made this weekend:

Super Girly Pillow

Possibly the girliest pillow ever! I loosely followed this great tutorial from Oh So Crafty, except instead of using a button-up shirt, I just used another t-shirt and made it an envelope-style pillowcase. Super easy. Then I made a pillow to fit inside, out of another t-shirt. All in all, I used the backs of two t-shirts, and the bottom half of another shirt.

close-up of the ruffles

I’m quite pleased! (Thanks, Oh So Crafty!)

I bet it would also be cool to make the ruffles out of the front of a t-shirt, design and all! I wonder how recognizable the design would be, after being sliced up and ruffled. I might have to try that sometime.

I have a bit of a t-shirt problem. Caleb and I have three boxes full of t-shirts that we no longer wear. Several of them are sentimental enough that we definitely want to save the designs for a t-shirt quilt or pillows or something. Out of the shirts that we’re not so attached to, a few have cool designs on them – but I’m afraid to modify them (like turning them into ruffles), in case it ruins them and I regret chopping them up. Of course, if I never do anything with them, they’ll just sit in a box forever, which is a sad fate for a t-shirt! I just have a hard time being brave enough to do bold things with those old shirts. So I’m slowly using up all the blank parts of the shirts, and the printed designs get saved for who knows what.

Maybe once it’s been a few more years I’ll feel less attached. Let’s pretend that will happen, OK?

Alice Makes a Designated Crafting Area

Holy Hallelujah!

Ok, so I wasn’t planning on taking the summer off from blogging, but it kinda happened anyway. We were literally traveling every weekend, so that kept me pretty busy. But now things are winding down, so there’s a chance that I’ll start posting again. Though I’m beginning to think that my original goal of weekly posts was a little far-fetched.

BUT, back to the hallelujah part: check it out!
My new craft area

A table just for crafting! And look at how much stuff I can store under it… All this stuff was in our bedroom closet and the pantry, of all places:
Storage space

Compare that to my previous craft space:
Dinner table - boo

Takes a lot of work to get that clean enough to eat on, never mind bigger projects.

This bodes very well for the future of this blog – now that I have room (and slightly better light for taking pictures), I’ll be making a lot more things to show you!