Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Grocery Bag Holders

I think I am officially the queen of finding tutorials and following them. It appears as of late that I am not all that creative on my own. Maybe that should be my New Year's resolution.

Anyway, about 1 1/2 years ago I made a GROCERY BAG HOLDER for our kitchen so that we would have somewhere to store our plastic grocery bags. My mother saw it while visiting and mentioned that she would like one so I made her one for Christmas. Her kitchen colors are greens and yellows so I tried to follow her color scheme.

I love this project because it is so useful and it helps brighten up your kitchen or closet (depending on where you hang it). Once I finished my mother's bag I decided that I should also make one for my best friend Mary.

Her kitchen colors are light blue, navy, and brown. I found this fabric at JoAnn's and thought it would be perfect. After it was finished it became my favorite. I love the floral design and the colors are beautiful. I hope you enjoyed your gifts Mary and mom!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Hooded Teddy Bear Towels

One of my Christmas gifts to my husband this year was a Teddy Bear Hooded Towel. He recently mentioned that he wanted a hooded towel like our son Bennett. He was wondering why adults don't get hooded towels as well. So, I made him one as a surprise. I decided to make a matching one for Bennett. Here's Bennett modeling his towel for us. I love the cute little ears! You can find the tutorial HERE.

A close up of those ears! This was one of the more simple projects I have done. From start to finish it took me about an hour to cut and sew two towels. What a fun gift this would be for all of those baby showers I have coming up!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

For 2010 I made a goal for myself to design our own Christmas Cards. I did this for a couple of different reasons. I first thought it would be fun, then I realized it would be cheaper and therefore a bonus, and lastly I wanted to learn how to manipulate pictures/text in GIMP (a free online program comparable to Photoshop). I absolutely LOVE how they turned out! Here is the final product:

The names are a bit off centered due to the printing at Costco. I off centered them so that once they were cut they would be centered (that was a tricky business). Anyway, Merry Christmas to you all! I have posts about all of the crafty Christmas presents I did this year ready and coming your way this week! Hope you enjoy and are inspired to create something.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Airport Car Seat Bag

With all of the traveling we have been doing to show off little Bennett we have been struggling to keep his car seat clean and free from rips (no rips so far luckily). The plastic bags that they have at the airport cost at least $5 and they rip so easily that they really are not all that protective. My husband decided to do a quick search online to see if he could find something we could buy to protect the car seat and he found THIS tutorial on how to make your own airport car seat bag. Genius! Of course he knew I would want to make one. He literally found the tutorial on Thursday and I had it made by Saturday night. I bought the heaviest material I could find - it is a heavy canvas fabric that was actually pretty cheap and on sale. They mostly had light colors so I went with red thinking it would show less dirt than the creams. Plus our luggage is red so now our car seat fits right in! Here is how it turned out:

Can you tell how much I LOVE it? It is amazing, and so easy to carry! I think everyone needs this bag. Who wants one?