Tropical Phone Cover

I loved my owl phone cover and I’ve used it every single day since I made it, but felt just wasn’t meant for the vigors of my purse and my day to day life… plus, I just wanted a new one!  Since we are going on vacation soon, I thought it would be appropriate to make a tropical version for my next phone cover.  I love how this turned out!

I cut each piece from plain old felt and then stitched them all together with embroidery floss (3 strands).  For the flower center I cut a very rough shape of the hot pink and then covered most of it with hot pink floss to make the pointy shape.  At the tip of the flower, I stitched some hot pink beads just for fun, but you could also just do embroidery knots too.  Then, once all of that was done, I stitched the front and back together using a blanket stitch.  I love how it turned out!

If you’d like to make one too… here is a link to my pattern.  Enjoy!  :)

We Love Clubhouses

Cody and Wyatt have always loved to make clubhouses anywhere they can find to tuck a little hideout in our house. A couple of nights ago, one of Wyatt’s blankets from the top bunk was hanging down a bit in front of Cody’s lower bunk. Cody saw it and immediately wanted a whole blanket to create a fort in his bed. I hung up a big beach towel and Cody was pleased as could be. Well, then Wyatt saw it and wanted his own fort in the top bunk. Ok… so I grabbed another blanket and tucked it into his book shelves and propped some pillows up in the corners so he could actually breathe in there. They both had their lights on to read books before going to sleep and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to snap a picture. I even broke out my tripod since it was so dark and I didn’t want to use my flash.

Excuse the mess… children actually play in here! J

Tree Pictures

I’ve gotten the itch to dive into my photography skills again lately and I’ve seen some really great tree pictures around and took the time over the last couple of days to play around in full manual mode to learn how to get a good bokeh shot of my tree lights and then also how to get sparkly lights.  Here are some of my favorites:

 

and my plant and decked out for Christmas too:

I’m a Polly!

I still can hardly believe it!  On Monday I received one of the best emails EVER!  I’ve been a guest (on the Creative Team) at The Lilypad for the month of October and it has been amazing.  It’s by far my favorite online store for digital scrapbooking supplies and by being a member of the Creative Team (CT) you can get free digital scrapbooking supplies in exchange for using those products on scrapbook pages before they are released and then the store gets to use your pages for advertising.  It’s a wonderful win/win situation for everyone.  Well, on Monday, one of the owners of the store sent me a message and asked if I’d stay on full time.  I couldn’t write back fast enough to say yes!  It’s a dream come true for me!  It’s like being a kid in a candy store for me!

 

Everyone over at TLP is getting ready for a big “holiday” for digital scrapbookers this weekend too.  It’s Digital Scrapbook Day on Saturday.  It’s really an excuse to have tons of sales at scrapbooking stores and lots of games and prizes, but it’s always so much fun to see all the hoopla in digi-world.  Of course The Lilypad will be of hopping place to be all weekend.  I can’t wait:

 

Should be lots of fun and I am so excited that I get to be behind the scenes to enjoy it all!

A Hopping HallOween

Welcome to my stop on the Hopping HallOween blog hop.  I have a fun halloween quick page to share with you today made with the ginormous collab between the designers of Oscraps and The Lily Pad.  I couldn’t believe all the stuff the designers jammed into this beauty!  You can find the collab at either store (click links below the preview):

1st half at at TLP

2nd half at Oscraps

Here is my page using the kit:

and here is the quick page for you!

Download here!

For the next stop on the blog hop you’ll be traveling to Sue Falstaff’s blog.  Enjoy!  If you get lost, you can start at the beginning of the blog hop here.

I Made Another One

Well, I guess I’m hooked, because I ended up making another iPhone cover last night.  This time I made a pattern for the blue bird from Angry birds.  This one was even easier than the other one because it’s all felt and was easier to sew.  :)

iPhone Cover

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love digital scrapbooking.  I discovered it in May 2006 and it literally changed my life.  I would stay up until all hours of the night learning how to do it and would get up early to work on a page for a just a few minutes before work.  I learned so much because I became a member of a couple of forums with other digital scrapbookers.  I’ve “met” some amazing people on these forums.  Now, my main hang out is The Lily Pad.  I love that forum.  The people there are amazing scrapbookers, but there are also a bunch of avid readers there and recently we’ve started a book club amongst ourselves.  There are also so many amazing creative and craft girls over there.  People are constantly posting cool pictures of craft projects and ideas and then I can’t get them out of my head until I make them myself.  A couple weeks ago, someone posted a felt stitched owl made into an iPhone cover and I immediately fell in love with it.

Saturday after we went to the beach, we stopped in our local 5 and dime store that has a decent little craft section.  They had a rack of felt and on a whim I decided to buy some colors and give that owl a try.  I needed one piece of regular fabric for my owl, so I ran out to Joanns after the boys were in bed.  I found exactly what I wanted in the clearance section.  Bonus!  I came home, fired up Photoshop and set to work on a pattern.  I printed my pattern and then started tracing onto the felt.  I cut the pieces out tacked them together with a little Alene’s tacky glue and then looked up the blanket stitch on the internet.  I work on it while watching TV with my husband and I just couldn’t stop until it was finished.  I finally finished it at 1:20 in the morning.  Whoops!  I guess it’s a good thing I’m a night owl…. pun intended.  :)  Anyway, this is the adorable iPhone cover I came up with.  I bought some more felt tonight to make another one… pictures to follow.

If you are interested in the pattern that I made, you can download it HERE.

You need to stitch all of the little pieces onto the front piece first.  Leave the stitching along the outer edge of the wings off, until you stitch the front to the back.  Make sure the left wing goes on first and then the right.  The pattern for the left wing is jagged and the one side is not mean to show.

I’d loved to hear if you make one for yourself!