Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kids Halloween Craft: Toilet Paper Tube Monsters




 The kids informed me that it had been a really long time since we had done a fun craft. 
Which was true...we tend to do that sort of thing only in the colder months--if it's nice, we are outside!!! 

So, I found some fun ideas for them and they picked the toilet paper tube monsters.
I'm shocked how well it went--even my not-quite-2-year-old participated and enjoyed it.



Luckily we had all sorts of fun supplies on hand: pom poms, pipe cleaners, construction paper, googly eyes, glue, and pre-painted tp tubes (yeah, I realize that is an odd thing to have "on hand" but we did!! left over from other craft projects). 



I started out by cutting out eyes, teeth and mouths and such, but in the end, they enjoyed doing that themselves, so I just let them.

They came up with some creative ideas! I was impressed with their use of pipe cleaners. 


It was a fun afternoon. It was one of those (glorious) days that we were having leftovers for dinner, so that time of day that is usually reserved for chopping and cooking was turned into crafting and we enjoyed it.












Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Girls' Toy Room Embroidery Hoop Project


 Hurray! I finished my embroidery hoop projects and got them up on our toy room wall. 
I must say, they are looking quite cheerful in there. They add a nice finished look to the toy room.



I like the color scheme I used--mostly warm pinks, reds, yellows and oranges with a bit of turquoise.  It matches most of the toys we have for our girls.



 I so enjoyed doing these embroidery hoop projects. I am going to have to think of some other things to do now that I'm finished with them!

Even my youngest likes them. :) 





Here are the links to each of the projects if you are interested. 
 






 
 http://www.our-everyday-art.com/2014/10/flower-garden-embroidery-hoop-art.html


 
http://www.our-everyday-art.com/2014/10/sisters-and-banner-embroidery-hoop.html




http://www.our-everyday-art.com/2014/09/patchwork-embroidery-hoop.html 



http://www.our-everyday-art.com/2014/07/ribbon-embroidery-hoop.html 




http://www.our-everyday-art.com/2014/07/embroidery-sampler.html

 
 

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Flower Cottage Embroidery Hoop Project

 And now for my all time favorite embroidery projects: 
The Flower Cottage!
Too cute!


I found this pattern by Ellison Lane and loved it!
I decided to just wing it and not purchase and use the pattern (I'm quite lazy about following patterns), and as you can see, mine is a little lop-sided and not nearly so cute and symmetrical as hers. Oh well. I don't mind. 

It was such a fun project though--there were so many different embroidery stitches to use.

I think my favorite part is this great big pink and orange flower with the french knot center. So cute! Of course, the little girl peaking out the window is great too. I almost didn't put her in, but alas, the house looked lonely and empty without her.



Such a colorful little cottage. 
And now this is my last project...it's time to put everything up on the wall!


 

 It feels a bit sad to be finished with my embroidery projects. Embroidery has appealed to me for a long time, but now that I have done it, I love it! There is something so fulfilling about picking out the colored threads and watching them transform a plain white piece of fabric. Each stitch adds more color and more shape to your image. I love it! I love how each stitch also adds so much bold color to it. I suppose if you use more subtle colors, that would not be the case, but either way, I like watching my images take form with each stitch I make. And I really like how there are so many different stitches to do. 

Hmmm, seems like I will have to think of something new to embroider. :)


 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Flower Garden Embroidery Hoop Art


This whimsical little embroidery hoop project sure was fun--all the different flowers and the cute little blue bird. 
I like that it looks like a flower garden with all the flowers in a line. 
I like how the flowers are big and the bird is so small, 
and I like how the flowers are many different shapes and sizes.


I liked using little french knots for petals and middles.



 Fun project!

Only one more left and my wall will be complete!
 




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