Under the Willow

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

I love, love, love Halloween!  I have been so busy planning for Halloween and enjoying fall that I have forgotten to post.  Ekk! 
 

Here is a look at some of the things I've been up to this week.

I had been rehearsing to be in the 11th annual Thriller Parade (on my 30 before 30). Love the t-shirt design this year!



 
Here is my husband and I as superheroes.

 

 
And then finally the night of the parade.  It was cold but awesome.

 
This was taken after.  I survived!!

 
Happy Halloween!!!!
 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

More Halloween Wreaths

Here are two more wreaths I have started. For these I used deco mesh. First I added pipe cleaners to a wreath form and then used a wide roll of deco mesh. You attach the mesh with the pipe cleaner and gather as you go. 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
This is once around the inside.

 
And then once around the outside.

 
I added a bow, but I still feel like it needs a little something.

 
The other wreath I used a more narrow mesh. This is around the inside and outside, but it didn't seem full enough so I went around again going from inside to out side, back and forth.

 
 

 
It still needs a lot but I haven't really figured out what. Maybe some of these leaves and ribbon.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Witch Wreath Part 3: finally finished

After I went to the craft store and bought a much smaller wreath I began to place where I wanted the witch to be and started adding leaves and flowers.  I attached to the witch, filled in any blank spots, and this is the final wreath!
 
 
It is not what I had envisioned, not really grand enough.  I worry that the witch’s legs need to be more dimensional, but this will do for now.  Overall it is cute and I am pretty happy with the finished project.  Hmm… Maybe one day I’ll make a more elaborate witch and a larger wreath.  You’ll just have to wait and see.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Witch Wreath Part 2: decorating the wreath

I took a grapevine wreath and started adding leaves to it to create a full base.
 
 
 
I also placed a pre-made bow and started to figure out where I wanted the parts of the witch to be.
 
 
I kept adding leaves and flowers to fill the wreath in.  This is when I realized the wreath was too big or my witch was too small.  Opps!
 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Witch Wreath Part 1: making the witch

First I started with the witch’s hat.  I took a piece of felt and found something round to trace and make the brim of the hat.

*Update: To see my second attempt click here and here.



Next I took another piece of felt and shaped it into a cone for the top of the hat.

It took a little time but I cut a hole in the circle piece so that the cone would fit through it and form the hat.  I glued this all together.  I also glued the top of the hat down a bit to bend it.

Then I cut out some legs.  One I got them they way I wanted I traced them onto the glitter fabric so that the witch could have gold glitter shoes.  I glued the shoes onto the legs.



At the craft store I had found some wreath picks that I thought would make a good witch’s broom.  I took two and twisted the ends together.  Then I wrapped the handle of the broom with ribbon and glued it to stay.


For the witch’s skirt I took some pre-cut fabric squares, held the square at the corner and bunched it together.  I glued these pieces to a scrap piece of felt.  I then took some black tulle, cut it into squares and did the same thing.  Eventually I also added gold tulle. 




I made a few additional accessories for the hat, and then the witch was done.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Bun Bed

I saw a picture of this dog bed on Pinterest and decided to try and make my own.  So I bought some fabric, some zippers, and some pillows. 
 
 
 
 
 
First cut your fabric into squares. My pillows are 14”x28”. I made my fabric squares about 29”x29”. I placed the squares of fabric right sides together, then I pinned the right and left. Sew the right side then the left, leaving the top and bottom open. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Next I pinned the zippers into the seams I just made and sewed them to the fabric using my zipper foot. Next rip out the seam on the right side of the fabric to expose your finished zippers. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With right sides together sew up the top and bottom of the square. With the zippers unzipped turn the square inside out so right side of fabric is showing. Lay the square flat and sew down center of square to create the two pockets, this will make it look like a bun when you insert the pillows.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Insert pillows, zip up, and enjoy!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Roxie loves it!!
 
 
 

Friday, June 8, 2012

My new chair

So again I forgot to take a before picture.  At goodwill several weeks ago I found a chair that I could paint and use in my craft room.  It was just a medium tone wood with a cream seat.   And now ...




It will be perfect for long hours at my sewing machine.  Now if I can only get the room and all my supplies organized and ready.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

There is always more to be done!

This year I have made a goal for myself to get organized and to do better at cleaning and maintaining my home.  I have been struggling!  There are not enough hours in the day.  So I am going to try something new.  The idea is to make a list of small chores that can be done in just a few minutes, so that anytime you have just a little time you can pick something from the list, do it, and forget it.  You list all the chores on separate pieces of paper and put them in one of two jars.  The one jar is to do, the other is done.  When you run out of things in the to do jar you start over.  Eventually it adds up, things get done, and you are suppose to become more aware of the moments of spare time that you waste on a daily basis.  It's worth a shot! 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Long weekend projects!

Not too long after we moved into this house 4 years ago we painted all the cabinets in kitchen white.  I have been meaning to paint all of the cabinets in the bathrooms also and never got around to it till now!They still need a lot of touch up but the largest part is over.

I always get so excited about projects that I forget to take before pictures.  All of the cabinets looked like this before.



And after.


We added the knobs too.





Did you work on any projects this weekend?