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ten on tuesday - the fabric edition

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I Heart Peeps

Easter was lovely and long.   We had quite a fun (which translates to exhausting for mama & daddy) three-day extravaganza.  I won't bore you with tons of photos, but I do have to show you this one:

Plush Easter Peeps!  So cute!

I found these little plushie peeps and I cannot stop taking photos of them.  They are so cute!  I always buy peeps for the kid's Easter baskets because...well..it's tradition...but you know...they taste ...um...  disgusting! 

And we almost always throw them out *unopened*.  *ugh*  I really don't like that, so when I found these little stuffed peeps this year I was so excited!  These will be the new tradition. Yay.

Recycled Easter Egg Dye Project

DIY Recycle Easter Egg Dye project to make ombre tags!

After the egg coloring was finished hubby was cleaning up for me (yes, that's right, I have *the* best husband in the world - see number 4 for more proof), and he asked,

"So can I throw this egg dye out?" 

I don't know why, but the words "can I throw this out?" just trigger something in me and my natural reaction is to say,

"No way I can make something with that!"

I got that *I can make something* gleam in my eye and Oman looked just slightly annoyed so I knew I better jump up and make something immediately to prove that I wasn't being the ultimate pack rat. 

The first thing I saw on my desk as I went into the kitchen was a little stack of manila tags...so into the dye they went!  And you can't believe how cute they turned out!

DIY Recycle Easter Egg Dye project to make ombre tags!

DIY Recycle Easter Egg Dye project to make ombre tags!

To get the ombre effect just hold the tag longer for a darker color then lower and hold it less time, then lower again for even less time etc. 

Each time you lower it, the lower stripes will get a little darker, so just experiment with how long to hold each layer.

If you have a limited amount of tags you can experiment with some plain paper first until you get the hang of it.

You can also dunk the whole tag with or without the string, for a pretty, hand-dyed look. 

If you crumple and fold the tag before you dunk it, you will get some lovely texture variations too!

DIY Recycle Easter Egg Dye project to make ombre tags!

I also experimented with the little white wax crayon that came with the kit and that looked even cuter!  See my little birdie?  (can you tell that Molly Chicken is influencing me?)

DIY Recycle Easter Egg Dye project to make ombre tags!

To get this effect just draw over the tag with the crayon.  (I haven't tried it, but if your kit didn't come with a clear crayon you could probably use one of these watercolor resist crayons and get the same results.) 

It's a little tricky because you can't see too well what you're drawing, but it seems to come out cute every time anyway, so don't stress about it!

Now I have quite the collection of tags to use for projects.  I'm thinking of adding some stitching to them too.

If you like these and want to try it you should run to the grocery store right now and see if they have the egg dye kits on clearance.  I usually pick these up the week after Easter for less than 50 cents!

And if you *really* like them, but have no desire to make them yourself then check my etsy shop in a couple days because I'll have some listed there. :)   

DIY Recycle Easter Egg Dye project to make ombre tags!

 

Things Boys Say

Things you hear frequently in a house of boys:


"Ha-ha...you will never defeat me!"
"Why can't I just wear *this*?"
"What? I don't smell anything."

 

Things you do not hear:

"Would you braid my hair?"
"I think we need more pink around here"
"Wanna play barbies with me?"

 

Handy Hubby

My husband can fix anything.  Really, he is a genius.  He has fixed everything that's ever broken in our house or figured out a way to replace it with almost no money. 

Last night the dryer made the most awful sound and it wouldn't stop.  This morning he opens it up, does some tool-y things to it and now it works better than before!  Really, it had gotten so loud and now you can barely hear it.  I {heart} my handy hubby.

(and also, tonight when I told him supper was ready he said "yay!" as if he was about to go on vacation...and that is even better than handiness to me.)

I Also Heart Fabric (some more)

Let's talk about the quilt show some more shall we?  I didn't get to finish showing you everything anyway.

There was so, so much beautiful fabric.

Beautiful fabric fat quarter, report on the quilt show at Pink Paper Peppermints

 

Did I mention the fabric was beautiful??

Beautiful fabric fat quarter, report on the quilt show at Pink Paper Peppermints

 

Pillowcase kits, report on the quilt show at Pink Paper Peppermints

Cutest pillow case kits *ever*.

 

He Makes All Things Beautiful

Pillowcase kits, report on the quilt show at Pink Paper Peppermints

My mom bought me this one for Little-O's room.  I'm going to be re-decorating it this summer and I just fell in *love* with this!  It's so sweet and retro and I just love all the little sayings about the Lord.  I want to do a mural with those little birds and sun!  Can't wait.

French Roses Quilt Pattern

French Roses quilt pattern by Heather French at Pink Paper Peppermints blog

My mom bought me the pattern for this one too!!  I'm so excited, this wlll be my first quilt!  Isn't it a gorgeous pattern?

French Roses quilt pattern by Heather French at Pink Paper Peppermints blog

 

It's called French Roses by Heather French.   I just love the way the flowers are all rustic looking and fuzzy around the edges.

French Roses quilt pattern by Heather French at Pink Paper Peppermints blog

I like the colors they've used here, but the fabric I want to use is the Ginger Blossom collection by Sandi Henderson

I am *so* in love with that fabric.  Gotta sell some stuff on etsy to raise the money to buy me a whole lot of Ginger Blossom! 

And then you will get to see the journey of a first time quilter which may or may not be pretty.  I don't know...*LOL*...

And here is all the beautiful fabric my bought me as well (it's a good thing to go to the quilt show with your mama.)

Pretty pink fabric fat quarters.  Report on the quilt show by Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints blog

Notice a color trend at all?

Pretty pink fabric fat quarters.  Report on the quilt show by Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints blog

I just love the birdy paint by number one...

Bird paint by numbers fabric fat quarters.  Report on the quilt show by Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints blog

 

Vintage Quilt Love

Can you guess what these are?

Vintage cutter quilt pieces, report on the quilt show by Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints blog

Vintage cutter quilt pieces, report on the quilt show by Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints blog

They are these:

Vintage cutter quilt hearts, report on the quilt show by Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints blog

Gorgeous quilted hearts cut from all sorts & styles of vintage quilts.  They are so beautiful. 

I'm making all kinds of wonderful things with them that hopefully will end up in my shop if I can manage to let them go!

Each one is so sweet and unique.  I just love them. I may put a few of them all on their own in the shop so you can play too!

 

Beginnner Sewing

Here are some of  my first sew-y things.  I am trying not to be too perfectionist about it, but I do see a lot of flaws when I look at these.  I still love them though and I'm falling more and more in love with fabric everyday!

The first one is this little bunny.  I made him from an old bandana because I wanted to practice on something besides my lovely fabric.

Cute little bandana, plush bunny

I found him at Crafty Carnival.  She has a wonderful tutorial for him and a little pillow to put him in as well!  You have to go see, they are so cute.

He didn't come out looking like the pillow type to me though.  He kinda looks like he has an attitude...you know?  Like he's saying..."you want somma this?" 

This is my angel baby:

Sweet little fabric angel baby

She is from a pattern my mom gave me called "Small Snippets" from Mary's Patterns.

(Edited March 2015: I've removed the links because they are broken.  I'm not sure what's happened to Mary's Patterns but I have not been able to find the company online.  If you know, I'd love to find out, she had the sweetest patterns and I get frequent email requests for them from this post.  I did find this one on Amazon used-don't know how long it will last though!)

I have to say even with her imperfections I am really crazy about her.  I have never made anything like her before and I just can't stop picking her up and looking at her. It's so amazing to take little bits of thread and fabric and create a beautiful little thing.

She is *very* tiny.  I should have put a quarter in the pic with her to show you.  It would have taken up her whole dress, that's how tiny she is. 

And I just love her.  Did I mention that?

I want to make lots more of these little snippets.  Oh if only there were 48 hours in day. (24 of them occurring after children went to sleep...wouldn't that be fabulous??  Oh...but then I would miss the children....a little...)

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Look what my library just got in!!!

 

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I am so excited!!!

I must go fall asleep reading these now and dream sweet, fabric-y dreams...

Hope you're all having a fantastic week!

Grace and Peace,

♥ M~

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"She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing."
-Proverbs 31:13 (the message)

 

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