The Making of a Princess Sign

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I wanted to do something that combined my Crocheting and Wood together so I thought I would share my project of a hanging sign. I started with a piece of solid pine. It can be any size you want.  This piece happens to be approx 7″ wide, 3″ tall and 1/4″ thick.  I got these from Ben Franklin in a pkg. You can get these at any Craft Store.

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Next I painted the pieces with Acrylic Paint.  I put a couple coats of paint on to cover the wood. You can find Acrylic Paint anywhere you find craft supplies. After the paint dried I used a 1/8″ drill bit to drill holes where I wanted the Ribbon or Twine to attach to the sign.

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I wanted to find an easy way to get the lettering onto the sign. I had used Stencils and did not like using them, so I searched on the internet and found this Come Together Kids: How to do Custom Lettering without a Fancy Machine. I was so excited to find a simple and easy way to transfer lettering.  You will need word processing software. Print up lettering in any size you want to fit the sign.  I have a few examples in the picture above.

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Here I used a drawing graphite pencil but it will also work with a regular pencil.  I cut the lettering out the way I wanted it to appear on the sign. You want to flip the paper over and use the pencil to color over the entire lettering. You do not have to color the whole back of the paper just lettering.

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After coloring the back of the saying I placed it on the sign and taped it down so it would not move while working on it.  I then took a pencil and traced around the lettering to transfer it onto the sign.

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Sorry the picture did not turn out real clear but you can get the picture that it does transfer the lettering onto the wood.  I then proceed to outline with the paint and fill in the lettering. Here is a finished Sign Below!

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As you can see I I cut out the letters for this sign.  I glued the Crocheted Butterflies onto the sign. You can use anything you want to dress it up! If you feel inclined to you can paint a little butterfly, flower or anything you want on the sign. I cut some 1/8″ Ribbon out and ran it through the drilled holes from the back to the front. I then knotted the ends and cut off any extra. You now have a sign for hanging.

Hope you have fun with this project! If you have any questions feel free to ask 🙂

Handcrafted Gifts for the Holidays

I know the Holidays are approaching and will be here before we know it. I thought I would put this out there seeing the focus is going to be on Shopping this weekend!  I am and always have been in support of Local and Small Businesses and buying Hand Made items for the Holidays.

Being a person who makes, gives away and sells handmade items I know what goes into making those items that are unique and one of a kind!  When it says Handmade it is just that and you know that the item or items will be of a quality that you are just not going to get with a Mass produced item.

You will also be doing business with that person who has taken the time to produce this item. You will be able to ask questions and have an idea what actually went into the making of that item.  There is usually a story behind most Handmade items because they are made from this person’s passion or out of a love of doing that craft.

I wanted to get some answers to this question so I posted this statement and question on Facebook

“I purchase Handmade Items because of the quality of the product that has been made from an artisan! What are your reasons for purchasing Handmade Items?”

A couple of the comments I got to this question were…

” Because the maker of such items put all his/ her heart and soul while making them and because no matter what, no one item is identical.”                                                                          ” Cause my mom makes awesome items! plus because someone took the time to make the item by hand in a world that is all about instant gratification”                                                     Got to love the support from Family 🙂

I also agree with Handmadeology on all his reasons for shopping local and handmade businesses!

10 Awesome Reasons to Buy Handmade Gifts This Year | Handmadeology.

Here are a few links to get you started 🙂  http://www.etsy.com,  http://www.artfire.com/http://www.zibbet.com/https://www.facebook.com/HandmadeShopsOnlinehttp://itsbetterhandmade.comhttp://onfireforhandmade.com/

I know I love to shop on the internet from the comfort of my own home.  I can be in my PJ’s and just sit and shop to my hearts content, plus see all the wonderful items people have made.  If you are looking for that unique gift for someone or just for yourself don’t forget to check out those Local and Small Businesses that sell Handmade Items!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Thanksgiving Crafts

Hi Everyone! Boy November is flying for me. It is already the middle of the month and Thanksgiving will be here soon! I know I am thankful for so much in my life. The love of my Family and Friends and of course my Husband who puts up with me through thick and thin! 🙂  I am very thankful for the support that my customers have given me and have stuck with me through my whole learning process of online marketing and selling!

I have come across some very cute projects that can be done easily and wanted to share them with you!

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Thanksgiving Place Card.

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Thanksgiving Turkey.

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Shortcut Chic Harvest Banner.

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Apple Pilgrim Character.

Here is one that involves my passion of Crochet!

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Kids Table Thankful Turkey.

This one is not a pattern but shows what you can do in Crochet for Fall Decorations.  This is one of my creations! Let me know what you think 🙂

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I hope you have fun with these crafts and creating your own memories! Take a moment and bring to your mind what you are Thankful for this year! Thanks so much for taking a look, Have an Awesome Day!

More TMNT Power! A Crochet Beanie Hat!!

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This Project came to light because of my son. He saw a picture of a TMNT Beanie Hat and posted it to my Facebook page.  Above the picture he posted was the comment Me? I then commented back and said I take it you want me to make you one of these!  His post back was yes and Michelangelo please! I thought it was comical.

I have to give him credit for quite a few of the ideas that I have on what to crochet and what I come up with for designs.  He does end up being the person that I try out a lot of my patterns on.

The picture he posted was a Beanie that was Knitted, so my challenge was to come up with a crochet version. The making of the Beanie was easy for me, the hard part was getting the design created for the mask on the TMNT Beanie. I ended up redoing it 3 times before I was satisfied with the finished design.

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The TMNT Crochet Beanie finished! I sent a picture to my son and he told me he loves it and can not wait for me to send it to him.  I was happy to hear he liked it!  When coming up with a design I sometimes come up with good ones and then there are times that I end up having them flop!  My son will let me know what he honestly thinks.  I like that because I am able to have someone I can bounce ideas off of and know that I will get constructive criticism from him.

Not sure anyone wants to see my head shot with the hat on but I figured this way you can see what the Beanie looks like on a real head! 🙂

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Would love to know what you think about the TMNT Beanie! Thanks for taking a look and Have a Wonderful Day!!