Make Madness 2018 – Day 17 & 18| Dog Beds

With Baseball Opening Day around the corner (March 29), I knew I wanted to make dog beds for my two dogs using fabric from their respective teams. Ellie is a San Francisco Giants fan and Mindy is a Chicago Cubs fan.  Coincidentally, I am a Cubs fan and Mike, my husband, is a Giants fan. 🙂  We’re a two team family.

About 3 1/2 years ago I wrote a post about how I  make my dogs beds (Anatomy of a Dog Bed) and I used the same exact method today.  I still love the Velcro closure and using standard pillows for the “stuffing”.  All the dog beds I’ve made over the years have stood the test of time, although a couple have needed some repairs due to doggie nibbles.

Here are today’s (and yesterday’s) dog beds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

 

 

I love my bed, Mom.  Do you think I could get a collar to match?

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Make Madness 2018 – Day 16 | Decoupaged Easter Eggs

In preparation for Make Madness, I found a slew of cardboard eggs that I had great plans for at one time.  While I had my napkin collection out for Day 12 (Mini Lined Envelopes), I decided to use them to decoupage these eggs.

I chose a napkin with vintage writing, butterflies and flowers (a Parisian feel), cut it into strips and used a 50/50 solution (50% Mod Podge/50% water) to glue on the napkins.  Full strength Mod Podge can be a little too much for the thin napkins and cause them to tear.  After they were completely covered, I set them to dry and then added another coat of glue because I wanted to coat them in glitter.  I chose silver, goal and iridescent glitters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After I’ve finished a few more, these will look lovely in a glass vase maybe surrounded by twinkly lights.  I love the vintage look and how the plain cardboard plays against all the glitter.

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

Hey that glitter is almost as shiny as my coat.  Not quite, but close.

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Make Madness 2018 – Day 15 | Dog Paw Applique

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that I really like to get the most use out of any material I use: fabric, yarn, paper, etc.  I really dislike waste and after any project, I’ll set aside the remnants for other potential uses.  I don’t always know what those will be, but something always comes up.

So with that in mind, I have a fairly good sized stash of scrap fabric.  While browsing Pinterest, I came across an idea to just begin sewing all the scraps together in a hodge-podge fashion and making full pieces of crazy pieced fabric.  I didn’t really want to go down the quilt-piecing road (although it’s always an option) because I wanted to explore the idea of creating applique pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

I organized my scraps into color families and chose the purple pile today.  I sewed the pieces together fairly randomly until I had a solid sheet about 10″x 15″.  (The eagle-eyed among you will spot the fabric I used for the dog’s collars from Day 2 of Make Madness 2018.)  Then I applied a piece of Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive to the back of the fabric.  With the released paper still attached, I drew and cut out dog paw shapes.  Because the fabric was such a mixture of prints and colors, each paw was different.

 

Then I removed the release paper, and ironed the paw onto a piece of solid fabric.  For today, I chose a scrap piece of duck cloth.  Making sure the paw was securely attached to the duck cloth, I used my sewing machine to sew the paw pad outlines.  My free motion sewing leaves a lot to be desired, but that’s just a matter of practice, practice, practice.

I’m really pleased with how the paw turned out and can see using this technique in the future.

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

 

 

You know what one of those paws would look good on, don’t you?  Yep, a dog bed. Or two.

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Make Madness 2018 – Day 14 | Sock Gnomes

A couple of months ago I found a tutorial (video below) on Facebook that showed how to make Christmas gnomes out of socks.  Specifically those fuzzy socks that look like slippers.  The end result was super cute and today I thought I’d give it a whirl.

I followed Jenny’s instructions and while her gnomes are really detailed and adorable, I was pretty happy with my result.  I used a faux fur for the beard on the gray gnome and braided some yarn for the pigtails on the pink gnome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

 

 

 

So gnomes?  Not sure what they are, but they look fun.

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Make Madness 2018 – Day 13 | T-Shirt Yarn

For several months now, I’ve made a serious effort to have a “Use it up, Wear it out, Make Do or Do Without” attitude. I’ve been doing a lot of decluttering and after spending hours sorting through piles of stuff, I find myself wanting to buy a tiny house and live a minimal existence. 😉  Not really (I know my limits), but I definitely am trying to be satisfied with less.

With that in mind, I need to replace the bathmats in our bathroom. While it would be super easy (and faster) to go to the store and grab a couple of mats, I thought I’d try to make some myself… out of t-shirt yarn.

So t-shirt yarn was today’s Make Madness project.  I shot a video showing how to do this and my end results but there are a bazillion tutorials out there – just search “t-shirt yarn”.

Here’s a quick video of today’s Make Madness.

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

 

 

I heard you mention dog beds. I’ll be here until they’re finished.

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Make Madness 2018 – Day 12 | Mini Lined Envelopes

Today I wanted to make something using the paper I dyed on Day 7 of Make Madness 2018.

So I grabbed my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Maker and made several mini envelopes.  So much fun.

I love to line my envelopes and usually use scrapbook paper or any patterned paper, but today I decided to try using decorative napkins.  They worked great.  It’s important to remember that napkins have a backing piece that needs to be removed or else the decorative top won’t stick to your paper.  I used a glue stick to attach the napkin and they look super cute.

These are great for tucking in lunches, as gift card holders or as additions to any mixed media or junk journals.  Really the possibilities are endless.

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a quick video of today’s Make Madness.

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

 

 

Are they big enough for, say, a cookie?

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Make Madness 2018 – Day 11 | Lotion Bars

 I don’t know about you but I suffer from incredibly dry skin especially in the winter.  I’m constantly on the look out for lotion that will actually moisturize my skin without having to spend a small fortune.

I’ve seen recipes for lotion bars around Pinterest and today I decided to give them a go.  I regularly make soap so I had all the ingredients and was particularly drawn to the recipes that contained Shea butter.  Shea butter has wonderful moisturizing properties and always makes my skin feel very soft.

I was all set to make a simple lotion bar with coconut oil, beeswax and Shea butter when to my dismay, I found that my Shea butter was rancid.  So I had to resort to making my lotion bars with out it.  There were several recipes on Pinterest and they basically all said the same thing:  1 part coconut oil, 1 part beeswax, scent from essential oil.

So that’s what I did.  I used 1/3 cup of each oil, 10 drops of lemon essential oil and 10 drops of peppermint essential oil.  I melted, constantly stirring, the oils (which are solid at room temperature) in a heat safe Pyrex bowl over a saucepan filled with water at a rolling boil.  Once the oils were melted, I added my essential oils, stirring the whole time and then carefully transferred the oil to my silicone ‘dog paw’ mold.  [Yes, dog paws]. You can obviously use any shaped silicone mold.
I let the paws cool and as they cooled, they hardened.  I also popped them in the fridge for 30 minutes to ensure that they were completely solid before removing them from the mold.  Don’t they look amazing?  I need to make sure Mike knows they’re lotion and not white chocolates.
They are wonderful to use, smell great and would make great gifts.

 

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need a paw you just need to ask.

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