By LuLu

The chronicles of a compulsive crafter!

Grow Green! June 11, 2009

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Right after we moved into our house in March I planted a small garden. There wasn’t much time to get it all in the ground, but I managed tomatoes, cucumbers, bush beans, zucchini, and hot peppers. I planted everything I needed to make salsa, spaghetti, and pickles plus my favorite veggies to pick and eat fresh.

Here is a wide view of my garden!

Here is a wide view of my garden!

This picture is missing the hot peppers I just transplanted from their pots on the porch to just in front of those lovely bean bushes! The peppers just needed more sun and water than they were getting on the porch. other than being incredibly green my garden seems to be fairly productive right now. Here are some close ups!

Here is a cluster of 5 Tomatoes plus there are others on this plant!

Here is a cluster of 5 Tomatoes plus there are others on this plant!

my beans are growing nicely... I even ate one yesterday!

my beans are growing nicely... I even ate one yesterday!

Plus my cucumber plants have several flowering blooms. The zucchini got a late start, but the plants are getting stronger. I ‘m hoping to make my way out to the farmers market or the flea market this week/weekend and see about getting some fresh strawberries to make jam! I want to try my hand at canning them. Its a nice feeling to be a do it yourself er. I’m still fairly young, but compared to my friends even much older ones I’m the old grandma of the group… Its okay though I love my life and my lifestyle! I’ll keep making, growing, canning, and doing my own everything as long as I can!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time – get muddy!! ๐Ÿ™‚
~LuLu

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I’m a Winner! June 7, 2009

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As you know I entered almost all the Sew mama, Sew giveaways, and well guess what I won! I won 2 give aways! ๐Ÿ™‚ YAY!

The first from the blog Twisted Fate is a super cute pair of wool longies in the neatest cranberry and green! These will be super cute and warm over all my cloth diapers – (that I need to finish sewing!) You can see her original post here, but my not quite as good picture follows below!

The nameless longies!

The nameless longies!

I’ve also won something from the blog Trash Can all the way in the England. I’ll post pictures when it arrives! (I can’t wait!)

***EDIT*** I just found out I also won tons of ribbon scraps from Just for Me Sewing again I will post pictures of them when I receive them, and more pictures when I use them! YAY!

Okay so that’s it for real! ๐Ÿ™‚
~LuLu

 

School’s out for summer…

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It’s that time of year again. Where all teachers in unison sing “School’s Out!” the 1972 classic by Alice Cooper!

As I face my new found freedom I am left wondering what will I do to fill all my time!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I do have a 2 week training coming up soon, but other than the summer is my oyster ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is what I have been up to lately.

I’ve made several of these Juggling sized scrap balls. The original pattern was for a much bigger ball, with a little modification it has become my husband’s favorite Juggling balls. The idea behind the scrap ball is that you make the ball and leave the seam open for stuffing as usual, but instead of filling with fiber fill you leave it open on your sewing table and stuff with all that unusable scrap! I love it because it keeps my sewing table clean and makes something neat in the process

Here is the origional one. It's too big to juggle, but fun for games and toss!

Here is the origional one. It's too big to juggle, but fun for games and toss!

Here they are in action!

Here they are in action!

I’ve been toying with some reusable grocery bags I already have a ton that the stores have given away, but they aren’t very pretty! This is a bag I made using a regular plastic shopping bag as a pattern.

Flat and empty... sort of boring! :)

Flat and empty... sort of boring! ๐Ÿ™‚

Full and exciting!

Full and exciting!

This bag holds a TON 2 gallons of milk fits in easy with room to spare! Plus it looks so exciting and inviting!

This summer I’ll be making recycled crayons from all of these old broken and now NAKED crayons. As a teacher I end up with tons of broken crayons. I always like to give the kids new ones for Christmas or for summer because I like to be the teacher who gives educational/constructive gifts. Well the old crayons end up pealed (Naked) and then formed into what my kids call Crayon Cookies! (Because I used a round muffin tin as a mold) Well this summer I want to step it up and make some more exciting shapes so I’ll be on the hunt for new molds!

Naked Crayons - Oh the potential!

Naked Crayons - Oh the potential!

More to come later! I’ve got lots of sewing I want to be doing!ย  Until next time – Get messy!

~LuLu

 

I’ve been Crafty! May 31, 2009

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Even after my last post all the Sew Mama, Sew giveaway blogs are making me feel a little guilty for not investing more time in my blog!ย  I do have valid excuses, I promise! But lets not get bogged down with excuses… instead lets look at some of the pretty things I’ve been sewing! (yup I took pictures! – See I didn’t totally forget about my Blog!)

My first purse attempt - Now one of my favorite patterns!

My first purse attempt - Now one of my favorite patterns!

This is the Buttercup Bag – The first sewing project I had made in a LONG LONG time! Its from a free pattern that can be found here! I’ve since made several more (in better fabrics) that I LOVE! This is the basis for some other purse ideas I’m working on!

This was an old prom dress that I loved the fabric on, but it no longer fit me or my life!

This was an old prom dress that I loved the fabric on, but it no longer fit me or my life!

So I cut it up and made this skirt! No pattern - no nothing just an Idea and some scissors!So I cut it up and made this skirt! No pattern – no nothing just an Idea and some scissors!

So I know the second picture isn’t the greatest, but you can still see the cute skirt I made from the old dress! I love the fabric and color! I like to wear this with leggings and some cute black flats and it looks super trendy! ๐Ÿ™‚ For this project I knew what I wanted to do, but not quite how to do it so I just JUMPED IN! It turned out pretty good for having NO IDEA what I was doing! ๐Ÿ™‚

I was inspired by some fellow crafters and their NO BUY promises. I decided to see if I could make Undies that I liked and would wear. This is what I came up with

I decided to see if I could make Undies that I liked and would wear.

I also decided to try Freezer paper and bleach stensiling! :) Every one needs a pair of panties that say Juicy don't they?

I also decided to try Freezer paper and bleach stenciling! ๐Ÿ™‚ Every one needs a pair of panties that say Juicy don't they?

I’m a big blog reader. Possibly an obsessive blog reader that’s what inspired me to make my own blog. Well a lot of the blogs I read talk about a no buy or only buying hand made items. I haven’t been brave enough to make that promise yet,ย  but I’m working on it! I decided that for my Birthday (April 20th) I wanted a panty pattern. So after much deliberation and searching I found the Kaotic Kraft Kuties Knicker Pattern on Etsy. Plus my good friend – inspiration Amy Karol – The angry Chicken Recommended it too! ๐Ÿ™‚ These were a bit tight in the leg, but they fit my mom… So now my mother has a LuLu original pair of JUICY undies… LOL

I wanted a custom shirt to wear while our school celebrated student's reading success!

I wanted a custom shirt to wear while our school celebrated student's reading success!

This is what I came up with!

This is what I came up with!

My school was celebrating the students who met their reading goals – (my WHOLE Class) so I decided I wanted something special to wear. I’m not really a big T-shirt girl, but we were allowed to wear jeans so I decided to see what I could do. I was recently given some shirts – long sleeve that didn’t fit right – too short for how I like them plus LONG SLEEVE in FLORIDA! So I took the blue one and used it as the body… cutting off the sleeves and the green one became the bottom and the edge of the sleeves making a mock ringer T. I really liked how it came out. Then I made a Freezer paper stencil and painted I Heart Books! All in all I know its nerdy, but so darn cute! – Plus there is enough of the green shirt left over to make undies ๐Ÿ™‚

I love my new skirts!! :)

I love my new skirts!! ๐Ÿ™‚

The possibilities are endless!

The possibilities are endless!

So using Amy Karol’s 5 Min Skirt – Another FREE tutorial – I came up with these two Lovely thing!! The Polka dot one is knee length (and may soon be worn with leggings) the flower one is a very modest calf length, but my husband loves it! I like the Polka dot one the best – it makes me feel soooo sassy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay that’s all I have pictures of now, but not all I’ve been doing… See why I haven’t posted!!! All that on top of buying, organizing, and fixing up our new house…

Oh yeah! I've also been making these! Homemade Pizza! YUMMY!

Oh yeah! I've also been making these! Homemade Pizza! YUMMY!

Yeah homemade pizza! Super yummy and not terribly bad for us… that is if we keep it to one or two slices!

So that’s not even all i’ve sewn lately so I’ll have to post again soon!

Until then feel free to ask questions and get crafty!!

~LuLu

 

Label Update

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So after entering hundreds ofย  Sew Mama, Sew giveaway entries I decided that I had been neglecting my own blog. So I’m here to finish my first topic of labels. I decided to skip the stamping labels because I’m not quite sure I want to get into carving my own stamps yet. I’ll need some more time to research and practice before I attempt that! However I did find that both the Iron on and the Printed labels both work nicely. I’m a bigger fan of the fabric printed ones that I made using this tutorial.ย  They just look a lot more professional, are neater, and stand up a little better in the washer. That being said, the fabric embroidered ones that you order online still hold up a lot longer.

Next post I promise to get some pictures of all the crafts I’ve been upto! The sewing machine has been going almost daily over here! ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time – Get Crafty!

~LuLu

 

Labels and Tags – Part One April 3, 2009

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So as promised I tried out making my own labels using the Allyson Hill Tutorial. I know I have 2 more types of labels to try. (see previous post) I am going to try the iron on labels tonight I think .

As for the printable fabric I followed Allyson Hill’s Tutorial and every thing came out GREAT! The only problem with the first batch is that they were created by me in Word. So they weren’t the fancy 2 sided labels that Allyson had…. BUT for my birthday my hubby got me Label Factory Deluxe 3.0 and I LOVE it!! It made making the lables a lot more stress free. That being said I would have easily survived with plain ol’ word. *but being spoiled is nice too* The only semi consern with these tags is that they were time consuming when putting the fray check on them, but I would (and will) do this again.

The iron on labels

The iron on labels

With the iron on labels – the first problem I had was finding a way to print in reverse… as I had never done it before. After Hubby Got me Label Factory deluxe 3.0 though that was no problem!! The program has a setting for Iron on transfer paper and does all the flipping automatically (so you don’t forget!!) printing this way i was able to get almost 90 labels on a page. Which is quite impressive for one sheet of paper. Since you don’t have to allow for seam allowances on the iron on lables its easy to fit a bunch on a page. This method could easily be done in word as long as you remember to flip it for printing in reverse. I think this method would give you the ability to customize a lot, but they don’t look as professional as the ones done on printable fabric.

Now I’m off to sew theses on to a large scrap of fabric and see how they hold up to washing and drying and washing and drying and washing and drying… you get the picture. I’ll post more when I see how they stand up to the washing.

Labels before wash

Labels before wash

The last method of stamping the labels on I’m really looking forward to, but I’ve still got to get the fabric pigment or ink or what ever its called and a stamp. I may try it with a plain jane smiley face or what ever I have around here instead of having one custom made right away, but I LOVE the idea of being able to make Tag less Clothing…. Especially for the little ones… *I know I hated tags!!*

Until next time — Be creative!!

~LuLu

 

The first order of business! March 27, 2009

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My goal for this weekend and upcoming week is to create tags for my creations. I have read a few tutorials that I am looking forward to testing out and seeing what works best for me. They all seem fairly easy once you get the basic design down. I will test my success (I hope) or at least be able to show you what not to do!

The first tutorial I am going to try is Allyson Hill’s method using printable fabric. *edit* I found a way to make your own fabric paper HERE. Of course I found it after I bought mine!

The second method I am going to attempt is my own idea of iron on transfer paper.

The third method is from Instructables and deals with stamping on ribbon with fabric ink.

I hope to have my labels designed tonight and be able to start the experimenting and testing tomorrow!! We’ll see..

Until then… Be Creative!

~By LuLu