DIY Christmas Card with Window

Why buy a card for less than a dollar when you can spend a ton of money and time making your own? Because I love handmade gifts and appreciate when someone goes through the effort to make a card. Card making is something that I have never been able to do well but I amContinue reading “DIY Christmas Card with Window”

Making Harry Potter Inspired Fleece Scarves

Years ago, I crocheted a Harry Potter scarf for one of my grandsons. He wore it until it started falling apart. He’s 13 now and still asks me to make him another one but I cannot get into crocheting lately so I decided to make one out of fleece instead. I decided to make HarryContinue reading “Making Harry Potter Inspired Fleece Scarves”

Making a Padded Tablet Case

I learned a lot of things not to do on this project. I’m making two for two of my grandsons and the second one will be much better so I hope one grandchild doesn’t get upset that his looks a little different. First, let me apologize for not taking photos of the first few steps.Continue reading “Making a Padded Tablet Case”

DIY Pin Cushion on a Canister

I had to stop all my projects to make a pin cushion. The pin cushion I was using was lopsided and hard so every time I pulled a pin out while I was sewing, I had to stop to wrestle with the pin cushion. It was seriously messing with my flow. Now, you would thinkContinue reading “DIY Pin Cushion on a Canister”

Rant about shopping for plus-sized clothing!

Shopping for a plus-sized dress can be a nightmare. It is easier to find cute styles for plus-sized women today than it was ten years ago but they are still expensive and the selection is limited. Let me share a not so pleasant experience from a few years ago when I needed a dress forContinue reading “Rant about shopping for plus-sized clothing!”

Steampunk Mixed Media Book Cover

When I say “mixed media”, I really mean it. This cover used chipboard, clay, metal pieces, plastic, foam sheets and more. I like Steampunk because I can use my imagination and found objects. A lot of the pieces on this cover came from an old microwave we had in our garage. I based my designContinue reading “Steampunk Mixed Media Book Cover”

Steampunk Faux Leather Arm Bracer

This should have been a snap to make but I ran into a few snags. Maybe by sharing them, others won’t make the same mistakes I did. This is part of my series on the Steampunk outfits I am making for Halloween for my boyfriend and me. The first thing I did was measure aroundContinue reading “Steampunk Faux Leather Arm Bracer”

Upcycling a Vest to Make it Steampunk (Edited)

Edited: I added some details. Read at the bottom of the page. I had so many plans for this vest but, like with a lot of my bright ideas, I had to change some of my ideas and adapt the design. Originally, I wanted to add lots of faux leather to it but I discoveredContinue reading “Upcycling a Vest to Make it Steampunk (Edited)”

DIY Steampunk Hat and Goggles

This is my third post in my Steampunk series on my boyfriend and my costumes for Halloween. I love Steampunk. It gives you the freedom to get creative because it is a mixture of the Steam era in England, Victorian times, the old west and post apocalyptic times. It is way more than just gearsContinue reading “DIY Steampunk Hat and Goggles”