Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Doom, Doom, Doomy-Doom, Doooooooom!

Today I mailed off some paper-pieced blocks that I finished for the Fandom in Stitches "Project of Doom Charity Quilt!"

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The "Project of Doom" is a Harry Potter themed quilt that was designed by the extremely talented Jennifer Ofenstein.  It is made to look like a bookcase full of wizarding books and magical knick-knacks!

In order to support "The Linus Connection," a charity that makes and donates blankets to children in crisis, Jennifer asked everyone to make a block or two for a "Project of Doom" quilt.

Here are my blocks:

The first two go together to create the Sorting Hat next to a couple of books.

The last one shows Trevor the Toad and a couple more books.

Lots of other people have submitted blocks and posted pictures up on the Flickr group.  I'm excited to see what the final quilt looks like!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Pinterest Project: Magnet Board

This Pinterest Project is a combination of several very popular pins!

First, we made "Cookie-Sheet Magnet Boards" by spray-painting some cookie sheets with chalkboard paint and mod-podging some scrapbook paper onto them.  Chalkboard paint AND mod podge?!  That's right!  It is the ultimate Pinterest craft!

Then we dressed up some clothespins by mod-podging some small scraps of scrapbook paper onto them, much like Kierstie did here.  We took it a step further by adding magnets to the backs of our clothespins so that we could use them with our chalkboard/magnet boards.

The final result is a chic and versatile memo station that will be put to good use!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Elder Sign Returns...

A while back I created some hand-stamped fabric for a gift I was making my brother-in-law.  I used elder signs and yellow signs to make a Cthulhu Mythos themed pattern.  You can read about it here.

Well, that particular post has been the most popular post on my blog to date.  So for all of you Cthulhu fans out there, I decided to make some more fabric... just for you!

Thanks to an awesome website called Spoonflower, you can now buy my elder sign fabric!  It's not tediously hand-stamped like my original fabric, but it is custom printed using actual images made by my stamps.  You can order as little as an 8"x8" square or as many yards as you want!  There are also a variety of fabrics to choose from: from your standard quilter's fabric, to a soft organic cotton knit, to luxurious silk crepe de chine.

My original design in color...

...in simple black and white...

...and in a more weathered gray.

Even if Cthulhu symbols aren't your thing, you should still check out Spoonflower as it has thousands of designs available from independent designers from all over the world!  And if you don't see anything you like, you can simply create and order your own designs!

Check out my fabric shop on Spoonflower here!

Monday, April 8, 2013

...it all started with a Big Bang!

I was a nerd in high school.  I really enjoyed math and science and was pretty good at solving physics equations and balancing chemical formulas.  I don't do too much of that nowadays as a stay-at-home mom...

But that doesn't mean that I can't appreciate the clever nerdiness of shows like The Big Bang Theory!  It's one of our favorite shows!  It inspired me to design a paper-pieced quilt block that celebrates science at the atomic level.

This atom has three electrons, which means that it's a lithium atom.  Now, a real lithium atom is 4.1 angstroms wide, but this pattern is precisely 619,512,195 times larger and measures 10 inches square.

And the best part?  This pattern is FREE!! You can download it from my Craftsy shop here.  It's also available on Fandom in Stitches.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Choo-Choo Cake!

Our little Buddy turned two last week!  We had lots of family come over for a party and we made him a train cake.  Well, more specifically, my husband made him a train cake!  He had a part-time job in a bakery during college, so he is quite handy with the frosting!

We used spring-time oreos for the wheels and an ice-cream cone for the funnel.  Buddy instantly recognized it as a "choo choo!" and couldn't wait to eat it!  

...and once the waiting was over and the candle was blown out, he immediately grabbed one of the wheels.

Happy Birthday Buddy!