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How To Make A Tie Fleece Blanket

Posted by Kimberly on November 6, 2007

Browsing around the internet the other day, I ran across a really fun site that I managed to get lost in for a couple of hours:  Hubpages.

Hubpages is so full of content shared by a variety of people on a multitude of topics; including the one I want to share with my readers today:  How to Make a Tie Fleece Blanket.

While I found so many crafts I wanted to try, the Tie Fleece Blanket really stood out to me.   How often do we find ourselves invited to a baby shower and need just one more unique item to put in that gift basket?  Or wouldn’t it be nice to have a small blanket to carry along for those summer movies in the park?

Whatever the occasion, this craft project is easy, inexpensive, and has so many options available with fabric choices.   Within minutes I already had several matched fabric pictured in my mind!  And my favorite part?  It’s a NO SEW project!  (Those of you who read regularly know that I have absolutely no sewing skills! lol)

Robin, the creator of this Hub, offers detailed instructions that are clear, concise and very easy to follow.  Images clearly show the steps are also included.

I haven’t yet got started on this project, since I’m still working on making my own appliques and shirt to include a how to here.  So, if anyone gets started before me, or has done this type of blanket before, I would love to hear if it is as simple as it seems to be, along with your likes or dislikes about it.

And I’ll let everyone know how mine turns out! 🙂

P.S.  This is also an excellent idea for craft fairs and bazaars.  And for my Cheer Corner folks, try making these in your school colors and selling them as a fundraiser to students and other fans!

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I Love To Craft.com: A Great Resource for Crafters

Posted by Kimberly on November 5, 2007

I Love To Craft.ComWhether you’re looking for great craft fair projects or getting ready for Christmas, I Love To Craft.com offers some great crafting ideas!

Since Halloween is now passed and the department stores are pushing us all to do our holiday shopping now, one can only image that I headed straight for the Christmas crafts

While I didn’t find their projects to be as extensive as other craft sites I visited, I did find the quality of the crafts offered to be superior.    One craft in particular that I loved and cannot wait to get started on is their No Sew Country Santa.   I absolutely adore primitive crafts and this will be perfect for adding to my country Christmas collection.   The No Sew Country Santa is a great idea too for the limited skills craft (such as myself) as a craft fair project.  Since primitive is in, it’s sure to be a hot item!

After leaving the Christmas section, I was next drawn to the Homemade Gift Ideasarea.   In there is where I found a really neat gift idea for anyone having to or wishing to provide gifts to a large group (such as Cheerleading Squads, Sunday School Classes, etc.):  Cell Phone Covers.  There are very few people these days who do not have cell phones and these inexpensive handmade gifts are easily customized to each recipients favs.

There’s a great deal at I Love to Craft.com that is fun, simple and neat to make!  Take the time to visit them and browse around until you find your favorite craft project.   And, before you leave, be sure to visit their craft forumfor more ideas and socializing with other crafters!

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New How To Guide, New Products & Whatever Else Comes to Mind

Posted by Kimberly on November 4, 2007

It has been a busy, busy weekend! 

When I wasn’t running a child to an activity or trying to complete my own errands, I started my latest craft project:  making my own appliques. 

Amazingly, even with my limited crafting skills, making my own appliques were not difficult at all.  With the help of Free Appliques.com, I printed the “School Spirit” letters (also known in many programs as Collegiate lettering) I wanted.  Later, I found some perfect fabric for my idea for $1.00/yard at Wal-Mart!  Then I gathered up some web fusing, felt, and fabric paint and I was set to get started.

As it stands, I’ve completed my appliques to the point that they are ready to apply them to the t-shirt I’ve chosen to use.

If everything goes as planned, I will have this new How To guide listed within the week.  So, if you’re looking for another idea for craft fairs or Christmas gifts, this will be one to look for.   If I screw this up….well, I’ll just post a link to someone who really knows how to do it.  🙂

Moving along….there is some great products coming up this week; including M2M themes Park City Luxe and Snow Blossom, both part of the 2006 line.  These 30 yard and 28 yard, respectively, themes are absolutely adorable! 

This week will also see the addition of Black grosgrain ribbon with White Dippy Dots, Emerald Swiss Dots, and Black Swiss dots.

The Halloween sale was such a huge hit, that I’m working on another sale idea; so stay tuned, you don’t want to miss out!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  I’ll see ya next week! 🙂 

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50 Craft Fair Project Ideas That You Can Start This Weekend!

Posted by Kimberly on November 2, 2007

Wow!  That’s my one word comment on all the wonderful folks I’ve had visit my blog searching for information about craft fairs, whether on finding ideas for projects or selling their crafts.  I shouldn’t be surprised; after all, it’s that time of year again when there’s a craft fair on every corner and plenty of shoppers willing to line a crafters pocket. 

Want in on the fun?  Here’s 50 Craft Fair project ideas that you can get started on right away:

  1. Korker bows (or a multitude of hairbow styles)
  2. Tutus for toddlers and children
  3. Wreaths
  4. Baby blankets and throws
  5. Christmas Tree Skirt
  6. Christmas decorations
  7. Candles
  8. Soaps, lotions & other bath products
  9. Gifts in a Jar (recipe mixes)
  10. Wood crafts (primitive signs, etc.)
  11. Flower pot bird bath
  12. Diaper cakes
  13. Magnets
  14. Ribbon Angel
  15. Glamour Ribbon Garland
  16. Beaded birthstone angel
  17. Clutch/coin purse (very fashionable!)
  18. Tin Can Luminary (votive candle holder)
  19. Christmas stockings (follow pattern then embellish!)
  20. Wedding items (bridal bouquets, veils, etc.)
  21. Girls’ boutique clothing
  22. Floral arrangements
  23. Blue jean apron (make from toddler jeans & embellish for a HUGE hit!)
  24. Baby Nursery Wall Letters
  25. Kitchen apron
  26. Dishtowel angel
  27. Juice Pouch purse (can use with a variety of food containers!) or a Bikini Purse
  28. Jewelry
  29. Plastic bag holder
  30. Life sized Christmas characters
  31. Clay Pot Characters
  32. Embellished lampshades
  33. Mason Jar lamp
  34. Stained glass
  35. Lava lamps (big hit with teens!)
  36. Decorative switch plates (or even outlet covers!)
  37. Decoupage plates
  38. Decorative pillows
  39. Place mats
  40. Doll clothes
  41. Boutique diaper wipes case
  42. Sock Monkeys
  43. Diaper bags
  44. Bird feeders / bird houses
  45. Cloth dolls
  46. Metal crafts
  47. Decorative mailboxes (see ideas 1 and 2)
  48. Stenciled art (lawn furniture, fabrics)
  49. Gift baskets
  50. Pinatas

I hope you enjoyed browsing this list.  There is so much out there, so many unique ideas.   And the more unique the idea, the more desirable the product; so be sure to put your “your special” touch to everything you create! 🙂 

For additional ideas, or for more detailed instructions to some of the ideas above, be sure to visit You Can Make This. com!  Also, for AWESOME deals (and super fast shipping) on craft supplies, be sure to visit Create for Less!

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