Handmade Holidays

Well, as you can imagine from my lack of posts lately, things around here have been crazy!  So, instead of just leaving my blog blank, I have decided to feature some of my favorite shops on Etsy.  I love the handmade goodness on these sites.  Today, I’m featuring Inspired Memories by M on Etsy.  Inspired Memories offers up beautiful, one-of-a-kind scrapbooks/memory books for those who want to save their photo memories in style.  Another great element of Inspired Memories by M is that you can custom order a book to fit your specific needs if you don’t find what you need on the site.

I have personally purchased a book from Inspired Memories by M to showcase the pictures of my now grown up Quality Control Manager Merlin. I LOVE IT!!  Here are some of the gorgeous, inspired books that are listed now.  Make sure to check out the site for more books and pictures, and remember to shop small this season…small businesses that is!

Looking for a gift for a friend or family member with a new baby girl?  Look no further.  How fabulous is this?  I love the handmade paper on the cover and the sparkly embellishments, and seriously, could you find any cuter paper than the pink birds?  Ah-dor-ah-ble!

Here’s a peek at another scrapbook.  This one is for anyone with a young one in elementary school.  It’s a perfect gift for parents or even grandparents who want to chronicle their little one’s year in school.  I absolutely love the robot and the super cute multicolored apple paper.

A Few More Mug Rugs and Lilly of the Woods Fairy Progress

I made a few more mug rugs, finally.  I don’t know where the time goes sometimes.  The summer is quickly slipping away.  I have been spending quite a bit of time working on my curriculum planning for my classroom.  I did, however, work in some time to get some more mug rugs completed.  I really like how these turned out . The first one has an antique lace doily to set your mug on.  It is super girly and so adorable.  If you are a fan of purple and polka dots and vintage, this is the mug rug for you.

I also made this one, using one of my “Fandango” by Kate Spain charm squares.  I love the colors of this one.  It is so bright and cheery.  I used a log cabin design on the left (an old quilt block pattern).  There are no fancy embellishments on this one, but I did use a thick, zig-zag stitch around the edge for some more texture.

Both of these are available to purchase from my Etsy store, if you are interested.

I’ve also been working on my Lilly of the Woods Fairy cross-stitch.  It is coming along, just taking forever.  I also realized that I’m missing some of the threads (mostly Kreinik metallics) that I need.  Here is my progress from my last post on this project.  Today I’m going to work on making a wall calendar for my classroom.  I’ll take pictures to share later.  Happy Crafting!

Today Was A Crafty Day

Today, I spent a large majority of my day working in my craft room.  It looks like a tornado hit it, but I was successful in completing not one, not two, but three projects!  I had to make some more mug rugs to sell in my Etsy store.  I am even more low on items than last week.  So I finished these three very different mug rugs.  The first one is an American flag inspired mug rug.  I just love this zigzag fabric and I thought that it evoked the feeling of the stripes in an interesting way.  The back is the star fabric from the front.

Then I made this pretty one with a gorgeous floral and natural linen.  I also added antique lace that I got at the antique market last weekend and a beaded embellishment which used to reside on a t-shirt I bought a while back from JCrew.  The beading was too heavy for the lightweight fabric of the shirt so, I took them off.  I thought it would add the perfect, girly touch for this mug rug, and I was right.  It is so cute!

Finally, I just finished this one.  It is made with a panel from some bird fabric that my mom sent me a few months ago.  I just love the colors.  I used a cool batik on the right with some antique lace separating the two sides.  Then I sewed some buttons in the bottom, right corner for some added embellishment.  I love the way this one turned out too.

Some of these will be available on my Etsy site soon.  So, if you are interested, keep your eye out for them.  I’ll also be working on more tomorrow.  I have a lot of great fabrics picked out to work with tomorrow.  Until then.  Have a restful evening, and Happy Monday.