Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Chart of Shoe Types

If you have ever had to try to explain what a mule, Mary Jane, T-Strap or a kitten heel to a fella in your life and either their eyes glass over of the give you a "what the"  puzzled face  Glittermamawishes posted a nifty little visual that you can show them so they won't be wondering why you want to go around walking on a kitten.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Small Mickey Mouse Shaped Cookie Cutter - Under $1 Shipped

I found this deal on a blog I follow, Keeping Cents and I thought I would share it with you all.

It is a small Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter, probably about the size of your pinkie wide and just a little bit taller.

While it is intended for cookie purposes, I a seeing craft applications in its future...just not sure what yet, so stay tuned.                                                                 

I just purchased it on the link posted for the link at and picked one up for .72 cents and that includes shipping (although it did indicate shipping could be 2-3 weeks).

For the link to the deal visit Keeping Cents

Disclaimer:  I have no affiliation with Keeping Cents, Amazon or Mickey Mouse - just sharing a cheap fun find.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Lightening McQueen Pillsbury Pre-Cut Sugar Cookies

For Easter Pillsbury has a new line of pre-cut cookies out - Lighting McQueen from the "Cars" movies, which would be fun to bake with a youngster in your life.
I found the above for sale at Kroger for $2.77, but prices vary. has a coupon for $1 off two packages.

What are your favorite cookies to make?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

You Are Your Words Collage

I created the above using two free online photo programs - no sign up required!

This could be used to make a great, inexpensive personalized gift for someone.  I used my son's graduation picture and typed things that described him, his likes and dislikes, but  could use a poem, song or bible verses or a list of quotes or whatever you would like.

Items used
The first program is You Are Your Words you need to pick a photo that is portrait length as opposed to landscape.  You also need to have a minimum of 400 that you can type or cut and paste from elsewhere.  

After uploading, you have the choice of 6 colors and 6 different fonts and can also make the words lighter or darker and when you are done you click the download button to save it to your computer.  I chose white, blue and darker blue backgrounds and a different font on each.

Now to the second program, which is PicMonkey (although there are many other programs that will create a collage and they would work as well, I just used this one).   

I picked "Create A Collage" on the first page, uploaded the three photos and selected the "Ducks in A Row" for three pictures and then saved it, then printed it out as I plan on framing it and putting it on the wall.
Thanks for stopping by and If anyone makes a version I would love to see it, just leave a link in the comments section.  

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Friday, February 22, 2013

No Sew Fleece Blanket from a Kit

This was made from a kit my son got for me for Christmas as he knows I like crafty things and our neighbor Dora made one and loves it and recommended it and he had made one previously for his Grandma.

 I am not for sure where he bought it, but I am guessing Walmart, but you can do the same thing with a two pieces of fleece that are a 1 1/2 yards and can easily be made while watching an hour long television program by laying them right sides facing out, cutting strips and tying them together.

Here is the blanket and link to the tutorial posted for the one my son made four years ago:

See Easy Gift To Make No Sew Fleece Lap Blanket and 1000's of others - or share your own on Cut Out + Keep

The only difference in the one he made and the instructions for this was to cut a 5 inch square out of each corner and I ended up using a inch wide ruler and measuring in 5 inches whereas on the one he made and on his just used a Popsicle stick for the length and width of the strips and just angled around the edges with diagonal cuts.

But looking at them side by side they look about the same so either way works fine as far as the blanket goes.

As far as my son goes, he was around 15 when he made his blanket and now a few inches taller at 19 but slouching.  In the first picture he is peaking over with pride and in the second one had to be bribed with gas in his vehicle so I could take a picture of the blanket and he doesn't want to be seen with anything that pink.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day:)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Redkin's Tips for Hair Color, Cut, Style and Fashion Tips

Source: via Kathryn on Pinterest

I am posting this to share a short article on Redkin's site by celebrity haircolorist Tracey Cunningham and fashion stylists MAC+MIR that give you quick tips for hair color, cut, style and fashion tips based on your face shape by picking which of the six shapes shown that best reflect your face shape.

As trying to do the the picture in the mirror thing to show mine made me realize I need to clean off the area around the sink as there isn't a square inch of counter top to be seen I instead pulled an older picture back from my bleached blond days at Cedar Point (an amusement park) that best shows I am an "Inverted Triangle"

It advised having it darker at the temples and lighter from the chin on down and having fullness around the jawline and fashion tips like wearing scarves.  

While we all know that black roots on blond hair are not attractive, I have found since I have gone back to dark hair that retouching the graying roots that are coming in with a shade that is one shade darker than the rest of my hair does seem to make my wide forehead not look quite a wide.

I did notice there was a typo in the "Circle" section under fashion tip where I am sure they meant to say "necklines" and instead typed "snecklines" but it did give me a chuckle imagining what a "sneckline" might be.

For a link to the article on Redkin Click Here

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great day:)

Disclaimer:  I have no affiliation with Redkin and have received nothing for this post - just find the article useful

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Free "Pictures to Pixil Quilts" Mini Class at Craftsy

Photo:  Source

Currently Craftsy is offering a free online mini class called "Pictures to Pixil Quilts" that puts a modern spin on an age old hobby.

I am not a "quilter", but I signed up as it sounded interesting and I might make a wall sized hanging for a modern art look.  It is taught by a photographer that quilts and wanted to make something beside the traditional calico quilt and came up with a method.  To sign up you need to create an account, add it to your basket, check out and you can start watching right away.

Craftsy is a site that has online learning course for all sorts of crafts, many do have a fee, but the rates are about the same as you would pay for a comparable class at your local craft store or community education but with the convenience of being able to watch them on your own schedule.  Another nice feature is they have a 30 second playback button for those times when your kid asks where their socks are and there is also a pause button for when you get up and show them their socks are exactly where you told them they when they claims they can't find them.

The free mini classes they offer are to give you a taste what the online courses are like.   In the past I have signed up for their "Sewing Machine 911" and found out things about my sewing machine that I didn't know before even though I have sewn for years.

To check out their site click here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2013 (or the 70's revisted)

Source: via Kathryn on Pinterest

With New York Fashion Week being last week, has released their top ten color picks for Fall Fashion colors with Emerald being "the" color for this year.

They have a video that explains the this color trend in more detail.

While this might seem new and exciting, have a look at the 1970's color chart for Chevy and GMC Truck Exteriors at the bottom of the page (Source).  

Just because something is "in" style, depending on your own coloring, it might not look good on you.  You can still incorporate it as an accessory, such as belt, bag or shoes, but be careful what you wear near your face.

There is an old book that came out in the 80's called "Color Me Beautiful"  by Carole Jackson which categorizes a person as a Fall, Spring, Summer or Winter based on the undertones in the skin and it does help in picking out shades that do and don't work.  There is a little more about it on Wikipedia, but you can probably find the book at your local library because it was a huge fad back then to find out what "season" you were.

At the time I was in a modeling class and in one of them they had a makeup artist figure out each class member's  "Season".   I  was designated a "Winter" and look best in "jewel" tones.   I didn't think much of it until I tried on a suit in what was close to the "Linden Green" and the sales girl asked if was was feeling alright - when I asked why she said the color in my face seemed drained.  It wasn't the color in my face that was drained, but the color to the suit next to my skin made it look that way.

I guess my point is, wear what you like and if it happens to be on the top ten list, feel free to point that out and that it is currently "in" and you are being trendy.  But if your favorite go-to colors aren't on the list it  doesn't might be "in" next year.   Pick what you like and wear it with pride.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Vintage Inspired Convertible Capelet from a Sweater

Give an old sweater a new life!  

I got the sweater as present but never wore it because unless I wore a long sleeve shirt  underneath it was itchy, so I decided to turn it into something more useful with versatility.  

It is convertible in that it can be worn three different ways depending on your mood, but my favorite is the Vintage Inspired Capelet that has sort of a 1930's vibe to it.   Also, the "flower" is put on a pin back and can be used on its own.

Items used:
-  Sweater
-  Sewing machine and thread
-  Scissors
-  Straight Pins
-  Pin back
-  Velcro
-  Cylindrical object (I used a margarine tub lid)
- Seam gauge or ruler
- Paper
- Pen or Pencil
- Hot glue gun or needle and thread.
First flip the sweater upside down and cut straight across off underneath the arms from side to side.

The bottom part is what you will use to make the shrug.

Save the top part can be used to make the band and the flower and the sleeves can be saved for another future project (leg or armwarmers).

For the cut edge, use a zigzag or serger stitch to prevent unraveling all the way around and stitch 5/8 inch away from the edge as another preventative measure.

Turn under on the wrong side and stitch down all the way around and stitch 1/2 inch from the turned under edge

You now have the basic capelet completed (the first smaller picture above).

Now for the flower.  Place the cylindrical object on the paper, draw around it and cut out on  paper cut it out.

Next fold the paper into a quarter then measure in 1/2 inch or so in and cut away.  Repeat.

Pin the outside and middle layers along with the center onto the top portion of the sweater.and cut out each.  You will have 3 descending sizes of circles when you are done.

The large ring is for the bottom of the flower, the medium in the middle and the smallest center is for the top of the flower.

Zigzag or serge around the raw edges on all three circles.

Next, on the top side, using a basting stitch on the machine (or you could also do this by hand) sew a small quarter or other large coin size circle in the middle of each circle and leave  the tails on each end long as you will be gathering them up.

On the bottom side of each circle, gather up the threads and tie in a a knot on each and it will create at "bump" for the center of the flower.   Stack them on top of each other starting with the largest at the bottom, the medium one in the center and the small on on the top and push the "bump" in the center up into the next one.   Stitch around the center "bump" to secure all layers together.

Clip any lose threads and either use a hot glue gun or stitch the flower the pin back.  The pin can be used on this project or to pretty up anything else you would like.

To make the band cut a strip from the top of the sweater that is 8 inches long and 4-5 inches wide.   Zigzag or serger around the edges to keep it from unraveling.

Fold in half, right sides together and stitch one end and the long side together.  Turn inside out and zigzag the open end together (it doesn't look pretty but it isn't going to show as it will be on the inside of the shrug when it is used.    Stitch one side of the velcro to one side, flip over and flip another piece of velcro to the other side.

To use with the shrug, gather up the fabric on the shrug and wrap so the center of the band is on the outside and the two pieces of velcro hook together on the inside (third small picture above).  You can also move the band around to create a different look

For the look in the large picture above, the band was moved off center and the flower pinned to the band through the band the the shrug to secure it in place.)

Although I didn't take a picture of it, you could also use the shrug loose and pin the flower on it somewhere.  It could also be pulled up over the back of the head to create a mobius or scrunched and twisted for a cowl/infinity scarf look.

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