Every year, when back-to-school time comes around, I know it’s time to start organizing our schedules. To make that easier I have a big bulletin board where I put notes, sports schedules, and other important items. Unfortunately it’s just a big, plain board in a corner of the laundry room. This year I decided that I would jazz it up a bit, so I started searching for ideas. Here are 15 fabulous cork board transformations that I found.Continue reading
This year has been full of challenges for me. Both my father and my father-in-law passed away within a short time of one another, and our family is dealing with the losses in the best way we know how to. In my case that includes creating things from some of their belongings. These easy men’s shirts memory ornaments are one of those creations.
With the shirts I had left from my father, I was able to make some nice throw pillows, but I still had plenty of fabric left after they were done. I thought it would be nice to make some small keepsakes for the grandchildren, which led to these ornaments.
Follow these easy instructions, and you will have your own memory ornaments in no time.Continue reading
Has your child grown out of their baby clothes? Has a loved one passed away? Before discarding their clothing items, consider making a cherished keepsake, like one of these awesome memory quilt ideas.
Memory quilts are a wonderful way to preserve special moments, like birthdays, graduations, weddings and deaths. Each one is unique, and treasured by families.
They can be made from almost any type of clothing item or accessory, and in any size. In this article you’ll find 9 articles to inspire you, plus a bonus idea for all of the scraps you’ll have after making your quilt.Continue reading
A little while ago, after a very long illness, my father passed away. He was a creative man who appreciated, and made, all kinds of art. I was lucky enough to inherit his artistic gene, and I always knew that I would make something from some of his things after he died. So, even though writing this men’s handkerchief memory quilt tutorial was difficult for me, it was also been a big step in my healing process.
My father was never without a handkerchief in his pocket. Even when he was bedridden, he would have a clean one by the side of his bed. My brother and I still chuckle, remembering how we would roll our eyes when Dad would pull out is handkerchief to wipe our messy faces. It’s one of things I will always remember about him.
He was a down-to-earth guy, so whenever we bought him new ones, we would get the simple plaid patterns because those were his favorites.
To me, those plaid handkerchiefs just screamed out to be turned into a quilt. At first I thought I’d make a larger quilt, but then realized that other family members would appreciate a quilt as well. That’s how the idea of this wall hanging came to be, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
It’s a relatively easy quilt to make, but because the handkerchiefs are so lightweight, an extra step is needed to stabilize them.Continue reading
I’m trying to be better about recycling things around the house. Since the majority of my work is with fabric, it’s easy. I just use what fabrics I have on hand. However, it’s not always that simple for other things. So when I used a soup can the other day, I got the idea for this perler bead soup can pencil cup and I just had to make it.
Not only is this project a great way to keep a can out of the trash, it uses up some of the thousands of perler beads that I have from the days when my daughter played with them. It’s been a long time since she used them, and I never got around to throwing them out, so I’m trying to use them in some of my craft projects.
Each pencil cup is completely unique, and they make terrific gifts. I could easily see one of them sitting on my desk. Kids can help make them by doing the artwork and, depending on their age, some of the gluing.Continue reading