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Where did you get those Wine Bottles!?

23 Oct

I don’t know why I am mentioning this again, but we allll know I love crafting, and the occasional alcoholic beverage.

And sometimes I like to mix these two awesome things together…but not in the usual “pop open a brewsky while I stitch” way.

So also with my love of crafts and alcohol, I love to participate in some sweet themed parties. We did an Edgar Allen Poe party for my birthday, a sweet Prom themed party in June, and last weekend for my close friend Sam we pulled together a ridiculously fun King Henry VIII Party. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, feel free to hop on Netflix and enjoy some of The Tudors.

Anywayssssss, she loved my Raven wine, and the other one I made…and I stupidly didn’t take pictures of. We whipped up some for hers, and I’m gonna give you the rundown on what you need to do this. That’s right! A tutorial on how to make your own wine without having to actually own a winery.

I swear it’s super easy!

What you need:

  • Wine – Duh.
  • Label Paper or just Paper. The first time I used just normal paper and a glue stick.
  • Printer

To make things simple I used PicMonkey to edited my picture. It was super easy with this program! I actually didn’t do any “real”editing. I literally made 2 changes: I rounded off the corners of the picture (I used classic painted portraits of each queen) and added text. I like to have fun and make so called witty names for each wine, and used the year they died as the vintage year.

I was Jane Seymour. We named her wine “Seymour Sons” since..she..had a son. And was the only wife to have a son. Damn me and my addiction to play on words.

When I printed my pictures, I did it directly from the folder. I have Windows 7, and it was pretty simple. On the top of the opened folder there’s a bar that gives you options. I clicked the “Print” one.

I chose the one that prints 4 pictures per page, and unclicked “Fit to frame”.

I’m sure y’all appreciate my sweet MS Paint skills. 

Once printed you just cut them out and stick them on. Well, first you want to remove the other label first. If one is stubborn, just stick in some warm water. Or I’m sure you can just stick it in that cold box for a while. (Disclaimer: Warming or cooling wine may alter the integrity of the wine, but hey, I’m fine with that.) When I glued then I just rubbed the glue stick all over the back, and slapped it on.

There are so so so many things you can do with this! So be creative and have some fun!

And for your viewing pleasure, I thought I’d include a picture of my husband.

Oh did I forget to mentions, it’s of him wearing my corset? What a sport!

Happy Drinking!

Bre

PS: If anyone can get why I named each of the bottles as I did, then a giveaway will commence!

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Embroidery Floss Storage

11 Sep

When I’m mid project (like, I will literally stop in the middle of a row and grab my laptop) I like to seach random things. Today it is craft storage. Specifically all my embroidery floss I have collected (quite quickly at that.)

When I saw this, I knew I had to do this! So I started on my search for some sweet clothes pins. I went to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 stores. Yep, five, and could not find them. I search craft stores, grocery stores, even the dollar tree. Why must these buggers hide from me? I could order them online, but look at me, I’m lazy. So I thought, FINE I’ll give in. I’ll use the simple cardboard bobbins by DMC to store my floss.

Then, it came to me. I have tons of scrapbooking paper from my wedding. I could make my own! So I’ll show you how to do it as well.

Whatcha Need:

  • Sweet thick paper – Cardstock, cardboard, whatever you want. (you could just get some cardstock or cardboard and decorate them yourself with neat stamps! Or even paint them some sweet colors.)
  • Cutting Impliment. Perhaps an exacto knife (Like I used) or scissors? Some kind of fancy piece of work?
  • Optional: Cardboard DMC embroidery cardboard bobbins
  • Optional: Glue – I just used a glue stick.

Whatcha Do:

1. Trace the bobbin (or use the cardboard piece you popped them out of as a stencil) and cut out the new bobbin. For the slits that hold the thread I just place the cardboard on top and cut them in the same places.

Then wrap the thread around and write the number on the back. Fancy, aye. If you want or need more stability, you can follow the next couple extra steps.

2. Glue the new bobbin to the old…Yeah, seriously, that easy. I just used a glue stick, glued them together, and did a tiny bit of clean up.

There you go! Quick, cute, and rather inexpensive to update your embroidery collection. If you want them to have more personality, feel free to make your own stencil. maybe a fancier top and bottom? Maybe just stamps on cardboard that has a great shabby chic look.

Show off yours!

Cheers!

Bre

So you wanna make a blanket?

22 Aug

There are certain milestones in sewing, knitting and crocheting. There’s the first scarf that took way too long. The socks, or atleast, sock for those who lost momentum. There’s the sweater we all know and love. Then, there’s the blanket, or for fancy yarn kids, afghan.

I can say with pride, I made a quilt! Yep, with my own bare hands. Well my hands, and a sewing machine, I made an adorable lap quilt for my grandma. When I made it, I didn’t use a pattern, and I cheated and used some flat sheets (you know, for beds) as my solid fabric. Pretty sure the most time consuming item on the quilt agenda wasn’t the squares, or even the actual quilting. Oh no, that bias tape I made specialty was quite the task! Mostly because I used all the print fabrics alternating to vamp up all that blue. For some silly reason, I’ve seem to not take a picture of the finished product. Who does that? haha.

Anywho, I also started to knit a blanket. I’m pretty sure I’ve made 3 full squares now? Maybe? After it boring me (that stockinette stitch apparently does not keep my interest) I’ve finally decided I’m going to frog it and start again. Since I’ve been looking for something quick and easy, I thought I’d share some patterns you too could attempt at creating your crafting milestone! For quilts, some of my favorite blocks and patterns was from Oh Fransson!

Picture Credit to Elizabeth Hartman from Oh Fransson!

Charm Squares Baby Quilts Pattern

Picture Credit to Elizabeth Hartman from Oh Fransson!

Nine Patch Lattice Quilt Pattern

I used the “wonky” version to make these squares for my squares.

This is 4 of my wonky squares sewn together.

Look at those beauties. My Grandma loved how unique this end up looking. I got the idea to use bed sheets from the next pattern. However I got some very low grade sheets at that, haha. I’m sure that quilt won’t stay together forever, but I’m still oh so proud. Anywho:

Picture Credit to Elizabeth Hartman from Oh Fransson!

12 + 2 = Q Quilt Pattern

Now on to the Knitting!

Picture credit to chemknits.com

10 Hour Afghan

You can make this smaller of course for less time. It’s basically large needles (or hook for crochet), bulky or multiple strands held together. This one she used 8 Strands. As you can tell there are 2 strips sewn together. I’ve been meaning to find some discount yarn and large needles to do this for a small throw. could make it up during a marathon!

Picture credit to verypink.com

Log Cabin BlanketRavelry

This guy is really neat since it has a very quilt like look. And it’s super easy! There is even a video to help out! I plan to use my many scraps for one of these. Well, this and some mug cozies.

Picture credit to verypink.com

Mitered Squares

now that bright yarn you saw earlier where I was talking about using to make a afghan. Those are going be turning into mitered squares. I have an idea with the black as a base color, but we’ll see how that goes. What’s great is this is pretty mindless knitting and can be altered rather easily.

Now go get ’em tiger! Make some awesome blankets for this winter.

Let me know if you have any awesomely easy patterns that you know of!

Happy Crafting!

Bre

Tutorial Tuesday: Butt Gap!

31 May

When asking for tutorials, my friend Riana asked about how to get rid of the dreaded butt gap. The lucky girls are reading going “wtf is butt gap?” Well I have been blessed with a bubble butt. Along with that bubble butt, I don’t really have hips, and my waist is an about average 10″ difference from my hips. Since I don’t have hips, but ba-donk-a-donk, buying jeans can be an issue. A stressful, annoying issue.

You know when you put your jeans on and they fit perfect in front, maybe snug, BUT of course in the back it pops out? Ugh, how annoying, right? So when you bend over your pants fall down and half your crack is hanging out. Yet when you put on a belt to try to relieve it, you get that bunch in the back. Well with my knowledge of darts, and advice from seamstress co-worker Andrea, I fixed my pants! All you need are a sewing machine (or needle and thread if you have patience), couple pins, and the jeans.

First thing I do is put on the pants and check out how much gap is in the donk.

Please excuse the blur. Taking pictures of you bum is harder than you’d think.

Now I’m pulling in this picture, but you probably won’t need to. Try to evaluate and guess how large the gap is. Hmm, 2 inches maybe?

Pick the spots that you will be sewing in the darts. Usually a good spot to pick are the middle-right side, and middle left side. If you have a larger bum bum, or the pants are really gappy, you can also add one right in the middle as well.

If your pants have belt loops around these marks, you are very lucky. You can temporarily remove these guys and put the darts here, so they are more hidden. Yes it takes work, but it’s totally worth it if you get the chance. Sadly, most of my jeans don’t have belt loops in the right spot. Now remember when marking/pinning, you don’t have to have it go as far down as mine are. You could try to just do it on the top section if you like. But this doesn’t always remove the whole gap.

So if you had about 2″ gap, pinch the marked spot and pin. You want to start sewing on top about 1/2″.

This one was about 1/4″. This is already sewn, but this shows what I mean by pinch.

This one is about 1/2″. Now if you are like me (impatient, and can’t sew straight) your line will look like this beauty. Since it was really thick, my pants got stuck under the foot of my machine, haha. I’m not too picky, and it gets the job done.  Notice how it is sewn at an angle. That is what helps with the contour of your body. So there’s still room for the butt, but now it will fit a bit more snug on the waist/hip.

This is what it should look like after:

Oh the beauty.

Try on your pants. If it’s too tight, you will need to take out the seam, and just re-do it (1/4″ instead of 1/2″. Since it’s on the fold, the 1/2″ is a whole 1″ taken off the waist.) If you need more taken off, just make another line further in.

After all of that, you still have one more option. IF you want a neater look, you can sew the darts flat. Just fold it over to one side, and sew the top, and bam, it’s flat. I don’t really bother, cause as you all know, I’m lazy, haha.

And there you go! My donk! In my altered jeans! Now I won’t have to worry much more when I need to bend over. While you’re at it, you can check out my Zoeanddoyle Tension engagement ring. Tehe.

Well I hope this helps you girls (and lads) with the awful butt gap!

Happy Altering!

Bre