Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #21

My apologies for being noticeably absent on my blog and social networks the last few days.

We have been on a "septo-gradu-versary-tirement" vacation with family. There was a lot to celebrate this year (my mother-in-law's 70th birthday, my daughter's high school graduation, our 20th anniversary, and my father-in-law's retirement.) Whew! It's exhausting just to think about all of that.

So, in honor of all of these occasions, we packed our bags and headed to the Caribbean for a few incredible days in the Dominican Republic.

Since I'm not quite ready to give up that island flavor, this week, I'd like to share a beach inspired Etsy treasury made up of previous Crafty Saturday submissions.

If you'd like to make your own treasury of Crafty Saturday items, you can find them all in my Crafty Saturday list on Etsy.

Now let's start sharing!

Product Review: Crayola Window Mega Markers

Product Review: decorating car windows with Crayola Mega Markers for graduationI couldn't let the last day of my daughter's senior year pass without doing a little something special. So, when I saw some Crayola Window Mega Markers on a recent trip to Jo-Ann I started scheming.

My plan - Go to her school on the last day of class and  decorate her car windows.

I was a little nervous about putting any marks on her windows because my daughter LOVES her car. She takes really good care of it, so I knew it would be critical to use a product that would wash off easily.

Crayola Washable Window Mega Markers Everything about the Crayola Washable Window Mega 4-Color Marker Set seemed perfect. The package included four "school colors" markers that were blue, red, black and white. They have broad tips for decorating large areas. Most importantly, they are washable.
So, on the last day of school, after a quick stop at the grocery store for a couple balloons,  I found her car in the lot and set to work.

I used the red, white and black markers (her school colors) for my handiwork.

Overall, I was pretty pleased with the result.
If I had it all to do over again, I would have brought a damp towel to wipe down the windows before applying the markers. We live in the desert, so there is always fine layer of dust on everything. The dust made it a little difficult to use the markers.

I also think these markers would have been easier to use if it hadn't been 100 degrees outside. Again, it's just one of the hazards of living in the desert.
My daughter was happily surprised when she got to her car that afternoon. She proudly drove it around with the decorations for a couple days. But as I expected, they were washed off by the end of the weekend.

Product Review: decorating car windows with Crayola Mega Markers for graduation

Happily, as I hoped, the markers easily washed off the car windows even after a couple days in the blazing sun.

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #20

Are you excited that it's finally the end of the school year?

It's been a pretty big deal around here because my daughter graduated from high school this year. Needless to say, the last couple of weeks have been kind of hectic and now that it's over, I'm ready for a little rest and relaxation.

These two items from last week's flower themed link-up are pretty and pink and they put me in a peaceful, gardening state of mind.

Take a deep, cleansing breath. Ahhh...

Crochet Flower Fairy Hat by MadebyTK
Faery Garden Goddess Bead by veddma
If you'd like to see more of my favorites from last week, check out my Crafty Saturday collection on Wanelo.

Now, let's start linking.your amazing handmade items and original designs!

Graduation Day!

Mischief Managed Graduation Cap: Harry Potter Marauder's Map inspired mortarboardI'm feeling a little Pomp and Circumstance coming on! Today is pretty important in our house because our daughter will be graduating from high school this evening. I am so proud of my girl, but I am having a tough time wrapping my head around the idea that I'm old enough to have a kid in college. And don't even let me start thinking about becoming an empty nester in three months. But I'm going to put my worries aside and just enjoy today's celebration.

Like so many events in our house, graduation prompted a crafty project. This one however was created by my daughter, not me. She is a child of the Harry Potter generation and decided to decorate her mortarboard with her representation of the Marauder's Map.

She used a wash of coffee to give her paper a vintage finish. Everything else was hand drawn, by her, with pen. I especially like the way she incorporated the Empire High School "E" at the center of the castle and represented the school mascot, the Ravens, with a flag flying above the castle.

Mischief Managed Graduation Cap: Harry Potter Marauder's Map inspired mortarboard

Now, high school diploma in hand, she'll be heading to college, Mischief Managed!

Sewing Tutorial: T-Shirt Quilt Part 3

Sewing Tutorial: How to make a keepsake T-shirt quilt
It's hard for me to believe, but in just three days, my baby will be walking across the stage to receive her high school diploma. In honor of this momentous event, I have been working on a keepsake t-shirt quilt that has been years in the planning.

I started collecting the shirts for this quilt when my girl was in elementary school. I am including school shirts, sports and choir shirts and even a shirt from the school university she will be attending in the fall :)

In case you missed the beginning of this project:

Part 1 - Preparing the T-Shirt Blocks
Part 2 - Completing the Quilt Top

Now on to Part 3 - Quilting and Binding

The finished quilt is 68x88 inches and is large enough to fit on a standard sizes dorm bed. The materials listed are what you will need to complete the entire quilt.



After finishing the quilt top, you should have about 5 1/3 yds of black flannel remaining.  Cut the piece in half so you have two (approximately 2 2/3 yd) pieces. Create the back of the quilt by sewing the two pieces together, lengthwise using 1/2 inch seam allowance. Press the seam open.

Lay the quilt back, finished side down, on a work surface. I had to use the floor because I don't have a table or counter that's big enough.

Smooth out any wrinkles.
Unroll the batting and lay it over the back. Smooth out any wrinkles in the batting the best you can.
Next, you'll position the quilt top. It's easiest to do this by folding the quilt top in half lengthwise, right sides together.
Then you can line up the center seams on the quilt top and back.
Unfold the quilt top and smooth out any wrinkles.
Use curved safety pins to secure the layers of the quilt.
I pinned each of the four corners of the t-shirt blocks.

You can quilt designs into the sashing strips and borders if you feel like being fancy. Since I only have a standard sized sewing machine and a relatively small work area, I chose to "stitch in the ditch." If you haven't heard this term before, it means you stitch along the seams where two pieces of fabric are joined.

By doing stitch in the ditch to quilt this piece it will create a simple, inconspicuous grid of quilting.

I like to roll one side of my quilt toward the center. Then, starting with the center row, I stitch across the quilt, unrolling the quilt as I progress from row to row.

Repeat the process, rolling the quilt to the center from the opposite edge and stitching across.Then, repeat the process again, but roll from the sides of the quilt and stitch down the columns.
Once the piece is quilted, you can remove your safety pins.

You'll notice that the edges of the batting, quilt top and quilt back are all different sizes.
Carefully use scissors or a rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler to even up the edges so they are the same size as the quilt top.

Finally, bind your quilt with satin blanket binding.
Hopefully this t-shirt quilt will provide some warm memories of home while keeping my daughter cozy and when she heads off to college in the fall.

Sewing Tutorial: How to make a keepsake T-shirt quilt

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #19

Happy Crafty Saturday and a warm welcome to all of the new participants from last week's link party!

In addition to pinning all of the weekly links to my Crafty Saturday Show and Sell Pinterest board, I recently started a Crafty Saturday Show and Sell Faves Collection on Wanelo where I feature 100 of my all time favorite items. This is going to be an ever changing collection because as new items get added, older ones will be removed.

I just loved some of the adorable critters that were linked last week.

Bengal Cat Card by EchidnaArtandCrafts
Carved Bone Bead Bracelet by CharmedBaublesNBeads
Watercolor Moon Ballon by MakaiErin
If you like Crafty Saturday Show and Sell, I hope you'll take a minute to invite your friends by sharing this message:

You are invited to share a handmade item from your Etsy shop at the weekly #CraftySaturday link-up.

Just copy/paste the message and post or tweet it on your Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.

This week, April showers bring May flowers, so share floral or garden themed items from your shop!

Sewing Tutorial: T-Shirt Quilt Part 2

I have been collecting my daughter's t-shirts for this quilting project for ten+ years. I have to admit that cutting the shirts and creating the blocks for my previous post was a little bittersweet. I'm a very proud mama, but with graduation just days away, it's a little sad to think that we'll be empty nesters in a few months.

Sewing a keepsake t-shirt quilt like this is not a terribly difficult project, but it is a little time consuming. So, I am splitting the tutorial into three parts. Just in case you missed it, Part 1 was about how to prepare and cut the t-shirt squares. Now, I'll show you how to cut the sashing and borders and piece the top of the quilt.

The finished quilt is 68x88 inches and is large enough to fit on a standard sizes dorm bed. The materials listed are what you will need to complete the entire quilt.



Wash, dry and iron the three pieces of flannel.

Once all of your t-shirt squares are cut, use a cutting mat, rotary cutter and grid ruler to cut:

38 - 3 1/2 x 12 1/2 inch rectangles from the red flannel
24 - 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch squares from the white flannel
Before you start sewing, you should decide what order you will be placing your t-shirt squares. You want to set them in five rows of three.
Start with the top row of squares. Using a 1/4 inch allowance, pin (right sides together) then stitch a red rectangle on the right side of each square in the row.

Press the seams to one side.
Pin (right sides together) and sew a red rectangle on the left side of the first square. Pin (right sides together) and sew the second and third square/rectangle pieces together.

Press the seams to one side.
Finish the row by pinning (right sides together) and sewing the pieces as shown.

Repeat this process to create the remaining four rows.
Next, you'll create the strips that go between each row of squares.

Still using 1/4 inch seam allowances, create six strips that look like the photo.

Press the seams to one side.
Lay out the rows of squares and flannel strips that go between them.
Pin (right sides together) and stitch them all together using a 1/4 inch allowance.

Press the seams to one side.
Now it's time to make a black border around the quilt top.

From the black flannel cut:

4 - 5 inch x fabric width strips
4 - 10 inch x fabric width strips

The 10 inch wide strips will be the side borders and the 5 inch wide strips go on the top and bottom.

Start with the side borders. Sew the short edge of two 10 inch strips together. Repeat with the other two 10 inch strips. Press the seams open.

Center the side borders on the quilt top. Pin (right sides together) and stitch the side borders to the quilt. Press the seams to one side.
You'll notice that the borders are slightly longer than your quilt top.
Use your cutting tools to evenly trim off the excess border.
Next, sew the short edge of two 5 inch strips together. Repeat with the other two 5 inch strips. Press the seams open.

Center along the top and bottom edges of the quilt. Pin (right sides together) and stitch the top and bottom borders of the quilt.

Press the seams to one side.
Again, you'll notice that the borders are longer than the quilt.
Use your cutting tools to trim the excess.

Now that the quilt top is assembled, in Part 3 I will show you how to quilt and bind your t-shirt quilt.