January 05, 2014
For Christmas I got a new Kindle. While waiting for it's delivery, I spent days shopping online for the perfect case. I didn't like anything I saw in the Amazon marketplace but more than one that I loved on Etsy. But I also didn't want to shell out 1/3 the price of my device for a case. I began hunting tutorials and came across a few that I really liked (one in particular for it's wording alone) but I still wasn't satisfied with what I saw.
So....I decided to make my own.
Step #1: Pick the proper book. It needs to be similar in size to the device it will house...and it needs to have a decent title. You're going to appear to be reading this particular book for...well...possibly the rest of eternity so you might want to avoid titles like The 24 Hour Diet or The Beanie Baby Handbook. I went with Agatha Christie's Curtain. Can't go wrong with Hercule Poirot. I also pickeused out fabric to line the book with that compliments it's colors (I like a festive lining). Walmart has lots of beautiful fat quarters. I actually used a fat half but could have gotten away with a quarter easily.
July 05, 2012
I haven't blogged under GirlGoneGreat since my wedding almost 5 years ago. I did start a new blog in '08 that I have been very active with: www.otherpiecesofme.com. I also blog for FLOR's design blog, Musings, here: www.flor.com/blog.
I'm going to go ahead and remove myself from this blog, though I would love to keep in 'virtual' touch with all of you since you were my first blog friends.
Best to all!!
--Girl aka Coasting anon (over at my 'new' blog) aka Miriam (IRL)
May 23, 2012
I made a clothespin apron. It's just a simple 2 (giant) pocket half apron made to hold the massive number of clothes pins I need to hang the 85,000 articles of clothing the FarmHands dirty each day. I had one of those pin bags but it didn't stand up to years of use and was beginning to fall to pieces on me.
I emptied my scrap drawer and pulled out one of the largest pieces of non-flannel fabric I had and stitched this up. I had to to a bit of piecing together as I didn't have quite enough of any one fabric to make the waist band with.
April 01, 2011
Busy Mom Designs.
It's super easy works up so much faster than blankets, and is fun to wear. Or give away. The top one is for a 5 year old little girl who has just begun treatments at St. Jude, and the bottom is for my cousin's 1 year old little girl.
May 11, 2010
March 27, 2009
I thought my 3 year old would like to do this this Easter, so rather than pay for some, I made my own using things I had around the house. (I did have to print the picture of the donkey, the praying hands, and the sword, and I used mailing tape as "lamination"). Different sources tell you to use different things, so I compiled my favorites and made my own.
Make your own Resurrection eggs
1.Jesus rode into
The people waved palm branches.
Item -- Piece of palm branch or a donkey.
2. Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
Item -- 3 coins or plastic “silver” money
3. Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples.
Item – bread
4. Jesus went to the
to pray to God. gardenof Gethsemane
Item- praying hands
5. Soldiers came to take Jesus away.
One of Jesus’ friends tried to protect him with a sword.
6. Soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head.
Item -- Small thorny branch, or a large thorn all by itself.
7. Jesus carried his own cross.
Item – toothpicks or Popsicle stick cut and glued in a cross form; or, a small plastic cross from a Christmas ornament or necklace.
8. Jesus was nailed to a cross and
his side was pierced with a sword.
Item -- 3 nails
9. They gave Jesus vinegar mixed
with gall on a sponge to drink.
Item -- A small sponge
10. After he died, they
wrapped Jesus in a cloth.
Item – cloth
11. They placed a big rock in front of
Jesus’ tomb where he was buried.
Item -- A small rock
12. Jesus is alive!
Item- empty egg
March 25, 2009
March 23, 2009
March 04, 2009
One of my favorites is the tiny one I made with random scrap pieces from other butterflies. I hated to throw the scraps away, so I glued them all on a solid piece & then cut this out.
February 22, 2009
I "finished" Bear's blanket just before Valentine's Day, but it looked like it needed something to finish it off around the edges. I let my daughter pick the color she wanted me to use for the trim, and she adimantly stated she wanted pink and not turquoise when I held them up. I had hoped for a deeper pink, but the selection at the superstore was limited.
Last night, I finally tried to do the pattern on the link that Needlefingers posted in her comment, but let's just say it looked even more crooked than the rest of the blanket... Couldn't get the scallops even for the life of me. I thought about repeating the pattern I used in the blanket, but really wanted to try something different. So I did something simple, and I like the result.
February 01, 2009
I hadn't shared anything for awhile, so I thought I'd show you the cake I made for my grandson's eighth birthday. Pretzels for the arms and legs, half-doughnuts for the shoes, cookie monster plastic eyes that came with another set, I added a little icing to them. Icing covered pretzel nose, and marshmallow sleeves. The teeth are little squares of styrofoam, but, after my son heard me complaining because I couldn't find anything but styrofoam to use, he told me I could have used Chiclets!
January 13, 2009
December 18, 2008
December 16, 2008
November 05, 2008
I finished this baby blanket for my friend's newborn son yesterday, Election Day. Does the fact that it's crooked have any political significance? j/k
I really need to learn some more stitches, but I'm doing well to make something usable with the little crochet that I can do.
With fall here, perhaps some of you other "hookers" and "knitters" have projects to share?
I just had to share a pic that showed what the cake looked like before it faded in the car.
So the main differences between the pattern from the site I listed in the previous post's comments and mine are that I used a 6" pan for the head instead of 8". And I used fondant for the scales instead of necco wafers. (I also used fondant for the waves, bubbles, flowers, facial features, etc. and that's brown sugar at teh bottom to look like sand).
September 05, 2008
I've begun planning for Juliana's Halloween costume. She's going to be Curious George and we're going to try to get Brett to be the Man in the Yellow Hat. I'm pretty cheap, so I've been thinking of cost-effective ways to turn Juliana into a monkey. I got her brown leggings (which she will wear under skirts in the fall anyway), and a brown shirt (also usable at other times besides the 1 day). Today I made her monkey ears out of felt and hair clips. I clipped them onto a headband so that they would be in front of our existing ears. I think I'm going to get some beige felt to put inside them too, but our little town didn't have any. She will also carry around a banana... I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a fake one. I bet they probably have one at Hobby Lobby or something. Anyhoo, here are the monkey ears (pardon J's bedhead... she just woke up. She'll be wearing loopy pigtails with her outfit.)