Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Holiday Wreath: Fall decoration tutorial

Despite a few snags,
 my Holiday wreath with fall decorations
is almost done.
(Here is the link for the Holiday Wreath tutorial)
I didn't think I would run into the logistical problems that I did,
but hey,
that happens sometimes when you get an idea.
I'll be posting the tutorial on how to 
attache the decorations,
but for now here is how I made my fall decorations.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to do pumpkins or apples
(or both) at first,
but i settled on pumpkins because all of the fall fabric
I had was pumpkin related.
Here is the patterns I made for both.

I cut out the 2 pumpkin pieces for the front and the back. 
(I flipped my pattern piece over so that my 2 pieces would line up
when I put them right sides together to sew them.)

(To make it easier I Put an F on the front of the pattern for the front piece,
and a B on the back of the pattern to cut out the back piece)
You Should end up with two pieces that look like this...

Next I did A simple stitch with the embroidery thread to show the lines on the pumpkin.
Then I put my pieces right sides together,
being careful to leave a small gap so that I could turn my pumpkin right sides out. 

When you turn your Pumpkin (or apple) right sides out,
stuff it with some stuffing, 
and sew up your bottom hole.
(If your really good with an invisible stitch {also known as a slip stitch click here to go to a great tutorial on how to do this stitch from  Michelle Patterns,  you can use it here. If you are not, don't worry. Make your Stitches as clean as you can, we will cover over them with some embroidary thread.)
You need to make and attach your leaf next.
You can use the pattern I made, 
or just cut out a leaf shapes.
(I used a scrap of green fabric I had to cut out the leaves.)
1. Sew around the leaf leaving a hole open on the bottom
2. Cut around the the leaf (Just stopping short of the seam) 
3.Turn the leaf right side out
Now add a simple stitch of embroidery thread down the middle of the leaf

Then sew on your leaf with a few quick stitches

Now do a simple Blanket Stitch around the outside of the pumpkin with embroidery thread.
I like to start were I closed up my pumpkin.
that way I can tuck the knot
from my embroidery thread into the seam
and hide it.

keep going around...

Viola! A Fall decoration for your wreath...
Next post will be how to attach your decorations to your wreath.

Thanks for stopping by,
<3 Holly

Monday, October 22, 2012

New Painting is done...

I finished a new painting this week.
It is nice to complete something
when you have so many other projects and things going on.
So here it is...
It doesn't have a title yet...
(If you think of something, I'm open to suggestions!)
I started it on the 12th... and finished it on the 19th.
Tell me what you think!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!
<3 Holly

Monday, October 15, 2012

Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween is right around the corner,
so at work we are in full decorating swing.
Here are some of the halloween cupcakes
I made at work over the last week.

Little Frankenstein......

One Eyed Alien Monster....

Jack O'Lantern Pumpkins...

I have so much fun making these Holiday Cupcakes,
I hope you enjoy looking at them.
Thanks for stopping by!
<3 Holly

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Quick and Easy and Simple Halloween project

Here is a great little project from 
Woman's Day magazine online.

Super cute and simple.
Perfect for the kid's for school or
just a sweet treat to leave a 
co-worker on their desk.
(Click the picture from Woman's Day below to head over 
to their site for the How-to)
and while your there
check out their Halloween page for more 
halloween crafts and recipes!
Really cute stuff.
Thanks for stopping by,
and happy halloween crafting!
<3 Holly

Monday, October 8, 2012

Halloween Costume D.I.Y. Ideas

Once again I have been super busy 
with some projects,
so I have not been posting much.
My holiday wreath has
been a larger project than I expected 
because of time constraints.
with Halloween around the corner,
I wanted to share with you
some great D.I.Y. costume ideas from
the Michaels Craft Store website.
Most are for kids,
but with some creativity,
you could definitely tweak them for adults.

There are 80+ ideas.
Most of them use a combination of
T-shirts and Duct Tape.
Really fun way to maybe recycle some
 old T-shirts you have around the house.
Check them out,
and happy halloween crafting!
(Click the image from Michaels below to go to the page)
Thanks for stopping by,
stay posted for the finished Wreath!

<3 Holly
(P.S. This is my first post from my new Mac Book Pro YAY!
...Thank you Hubby for the GREAT Birthday Present!
Love you!)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pumpkin Progress

Pumpkin Wreath Progress Update:
I'm chuggin' along with 
my holiday wreath.
I'm almost done sewing all my pumpkins,
then I just need to attach them
to the wreath.
(Here is the Tutorial to make the wreath base)
Here is what they look like so far...
Hopefully I will be done soon.
Of course when you think something will be a quick project,
it turns into a 2 week long process hehe.
Thanks for stopping by,
stay posted for the final result!
<3 Holly

Monday, October 1, 2012

Pumpkin Prototype for Holiday Wreath

I've been working on my Fall Holiday Wreath
for a week now,
and it is going to take me a few more days to finish 
the decorations for it.
When it is done I will put up the
But in the meantime,
here is my pumpkin prototype
for the decoration.
 Don't have them perfect yet,
and I'm still playing with how to attach them
so that they are removable.
What do you think?
Let me know.
Leave a comment or E-mail me!!!
Thanks for stopping by.....
<3 Holly