new tree skirt

christmas, crafty

It’s been quite a while since I decided to take on a crafty project. I’ve been thinking about it for a couple months or so, but didn’t quite find the right one to whet the appetite again.
I did fiddle with a Halloween costume, which was pretty fun. Enough to get the idea going, but not enough to satisfy the hunger.
With the holiday season approaching, I decided to pick one project to complete each week through New Year’s Eve. They’ll be mostly small projects, hopefully completed within a few hours and not expensive. We shall she what I come up with.
Obvs Pinterest is the perfect place to find some awesome DIY projects. So, naturally I scoped out the possibilities there. And, quite perfectly, I found this tree skirt. Since I was able to acquire a Christmas tree this year, but do not have a tree skirt, I decided it was the perfect thing to kick off the season.
I picked up four yards of bleached muslin at the local fabric store and, thankfully, I already had a canvas painting drop cloth in my stash of stuff. (I am continually amazed at the stuff that made the move to Alaska.) I also grabbed some red ribbon and already had a glue gun and practically new bag of glue sticks.
Thanks to my awesome roommate (former) I had my cutting mat and rotary cutter in my possession, which made quick work of cutting the four yards of muslin into two-inch strips. (I ended up using about three yards or so.)
I cut the canvas cloth into a four-and-a-half foot circle, and got to gluing the strips of fabric onto the canvas, pinching it along the way to create ruffles.

It’s a good thing I have Hulu and some shows to catch up on, because this tedious and takes a long time.
Also, it seems my legs don’t like being curled up in a ball on the floor for long periods of time. A sign of old age maybe? Oh well. It didn’t stop me much this time around.
Either way, I ‘finally’ finished the ruffles and glued some red ribbon along the top edge, leaving some tails to tie a bow. I need some more ribbon to finish the other edges, and most likely need to pick up more glue sticks as well. There was only one glue stick missing from the bag, and now there is only 4 left over. Glue eater, this project. But since I finished it with my sanity in tact, as opposed to sewing it, I’d say it’s worth it.
Anyway, now I have a homemade tree skirt! And I’m rather surprised how good it turned out. Haha. And I rather like it, which is a nice bonus after working for hours on something. ūüôā

DIY: sugar scrub

crafty, diy, do it yourself, exfoliate, holiday craft, pamper, sugar scrub

It's been a while since I've done a do-it-yourself project. I've been itching for the perfect project, especially with the holiday season upon me.


The holiday season means it's time to get my girlies a little holiday cheer. And since I've recently discovered Burt's Bees Sugar Scrub, and I'm totally hooked, I'd love to get those girlies a pamper-yourself gift.  But at $13 a piece, I can't exactly go out and purchase 6 of them.


What's a girl to do?


MAKE a sugar scrub. Duh.


And with an excess of pint sized canning jars, it seemed the perfect thing.  I found these directions for an easy mix, made my own adjustments, and ta-da! An exfoliating, moisturizing, sugar scrub for the ladies in my life. Next time I'll experiment with other add-ins like peppermint oil, coffee, and cocoa powder. Because it just sounds wonderful! Also, I'd search a bit harder for coconut oil that does turn solid.


And, when I do it again I'll use the small jam jars.  Because these jars are taller, and harder to get your fingers all the way inside, I attached large popsicle sticks to scoop out the goodness.

Happy Holidays!



boston, crafts, crafty, motivated, plans, salt lake city, scrapbook, scrapbooking, screen print, screen printing, sew, sewing, weekday, weekend

It's been a long time since I've tackled the crafty projects with any type of consistency.  Which is too bad since I like to do it so much.  

There are a couple projects on the list, other than sewing on buttons and mending tears. The first of which is to start and of course finish scrapbooking my NYC trip.  Originally I had wanted to get it finished before I went to Boston.  But that didn't quite work out as planned.  So I'm still working on it.  With the weekend here I should be able to finish it and pack the mess away.  It's been a long time since I've done this scrapbook thing and I forget the mess it makes.  Sheesh!




After this project is wrapped up and completed, finally, I have plans for some screen printing, sewing, and a certain yarn shop.  I always feel more creative and motivated when it's warm and the sun is shining. I'm ready for summer!

In other news, it is Friday.  I'd like to say I'm glad it's the weekend, but it looks like it will be as busy as any other day.  I'll be working a few hours on Saturday and then again on Sunday.  Family party tonight, dropping Ellie off tomorrow, laundry and cleaning.  Grocery shopping is already done so at least I don't have to worry about that part.


lessons learned

crafty, PennyJo

I'm back from Idaho Falls.  And it was an awesome trip.  

I sold 1 thing.  Only 1.  

And what an interesting experience the whole thing was.


We realized part way into the fair that this was not going to be well attended.  Which was disappointing.  

We were looking around at the people that did come to see what they were buying.  And it really wasn't much.  


I realized early on that this particular experience is not the one I should base my future on.  But we both came away from it with notes for next time, plans for revamping our individual talents, and pretty optimistic about the experience. 


And I was completely exhausted.

We met some fun people.  Gathered some good ideas. And made new plans.  There is a whole page in my notebook of ideas and plans.  It'll be a couple weeks before I can really tackle it and start on new stuff, but it's all there waiting for me.


A successful trip.

And in 4 days I'll be turning around to drive up spend Christmas there.  Can't wait.

Until then, I need to get some shopping done.

The girls in the booth behind us had these wonderful cupcakes and cookies.  We traded scarves for cupcakes at the end of the night.  And they were soooo yummy!