39 posts categorized "Craft"

June 05, 2011

May Giveaway Winner!

May Winner

Please send your mailing address to: kali.patton@gmail.com.

One of my cousins got married over the weekend so we were swept up in a whirlwind of parties, dinners, sight seeing, dancing and reminiscing. So much fun! The best part? We gained a crafter! I'll post more on this later, right now I'm catching up on laundry, lunches and resting. Hope you had an awesome weekend!

May 30, 2011

May Giveaway!

In honor of my recent craft shows and my upcoming shop update, this month's giveaway is going to be a doozie. The lucky winner will be snuggling up with a Spike plush!


Rear View

Who couldn't love that little face? Spike is a beastie that roams coffee and soda counters in fast food restaurants. Without eyes, Spike is completely blind. He is able to navigate by walking backwards swishing his long tail tail back and forth like a walking stick. While this is a great way to navigate obstacles on the ground, his horn causes some problems above, frequently spilling soda, and knocking lids and straws around. If you've been to a fast food restaurant with a messy soda or coffee counter, I would not be surprised to find a Spike lurking near by.

Are you just dying to take him home?

Here are the rules:

To enter just sign your name in a comment and tell me what your favorite soda or coffee drink is. My current is an iced coconut mocha. Yum!

For a bonus entry tweet a link to my giveaway or post a link on your blog. (Make sure you post an additional comment here letting me know so you get your bonus entry!)

The winner will be randomly selected Sunday night (June 5th) at 6pm. Good Luck & remember to check back to see if you've won!

DIY Embroidered Greeting Cards

This year one of my goals was to write more Thank You's. I love how personal and sincere hand written notes are, and handmade is even better! For this tutorial I machine embroidered my cards using a sewing machine with fancy stitches. That said, it would be a breeze to convert the steps for a straight stitch sewing machine or hand embroidery.


Let's get started!


Materials: - Blank Cards/Paper - Embroidery Thread - Sewing Needle - Scissors - Craft Glue - Buttons/Decorative Paper (Optional) IMG_2096

1. Pick out a cute stitch or plan out a cute design and then start stitching it right onto the front of the card. If you are concerned with making straight lines either lightly draw them in pencil with a ruler before you start or use the measurement guides on your machine as you sew.

DIY Embroidered Greeting Cards

2. Once you've finished embroidering your design embellish with buttons, trim, yo-yo's or pen drawings. Trim off your thread ends and secure in place with a dab of craft glue. If you don't want the backs of your stitches to show, line the inside of your card with decorative paper cut to fit.

DIY Embroidered Greeting Cards

Super easy! If you decide to try the tutorial, post pics for me to see. Hope you have fun!

May 12, 2011

Craft Fair Booth

I've been sorting through literally thousands of photos that I've taken over the past month. Please bear with me as I finally get them organized and posted! Here are some photos I took of my booth at my first craft show of the season. I'm marking number five off of my list. After this I am pre-registered for two more shows and was recently asked to join two more. I'm thinking about it...

kalidarling booth

kalidarling booth

Critters & Coozies

Lazy Lefties


This show was lovely. My friend Tricia volunteered to man the booth with me making the whole experience that much more fun. I met some great folks and chatted with a few of the sweetest kids I've ever met. The weather took an unexpected turn and while it didn't rain, we did experience some significant winds hence all of my curtains being tied up. The book cases were something new I tried. I liked the look, but they were just as cumbersome as you would imagine without being wholly stable. I'm still experimenting with the set up.

Eek, it's getting late. More posts to come as the photos are uploaded. Thanks for reading! - Kali

May 02, 2011

April Giveaway Winner!

Congrats Dos! You will be receiving the modded beach towel. Details to follow!

This past weekend was one of my busiest in memory. Some major highlights being a local craft show, National Quilt show and some quality time with family and friends. Be ready for some seriously picture heavy posts this week revealing some new plush, snapshots of my vendor booth, a shop update and my favorite quilts from this years show. It was so inspirational! I can't wait to share so here's a sneak peek:


April 27, 2011

Little Feet

Cutest Feet Ever

Things are finally taking shape. We've spent the past few days tying up loose ends, tagging and packaging finished items and finalizing displays. So exciting! I've been putting in a lot of extra hours over the past few weeks and I really can't wait to get to the show and see everything put together.

If you're in the area and you'd like to pop in and say the show is at:

Maplewood and Richmond Heights  ART FAIR     

1800 Princeton Place

Richmond Heights, MO. 63117

Friday, April 29th, 2011

I just wanted to pop in with a few progress shots. Now it's time to get back to my sewing and thankfully, my coffee.

Monster Assembly

April 18, 2011

It is sooo on!

There are just under two weeks before my spring/summer shows start. It is serious crunch time! I've been working on some new items, putting finishing touches on some older ones and in general just doing everything I can to build up my stock. In addition to the ever present purple fuzz tumble weeds, every flat surface in the house is now covered with fabric, monster parts, sewing tools and really important notes written on tiny scraps of paper (Where's a Trapper Keeper when you need one?) It looks a lot like this:


Any time I'm making more than 1 of something I always construct it assembly line style. It speeds up my process and breaks a large looming project into smaller manageable pieces that offer a quicker sense of accomplishment. It's nice to sit back after an hour of work and see a large pile of finished legs or horns. Knowing that I've crossed something off of a list is the biggest relief! A standard checklist of mine would look something like this:

  • Cut out pattern pieces.
  • Trace pattern onto fabric.
  • Cut out all pieces.
  • Sew all eyes.
  • Sew all teeth.
  • Sew all mouths.
  • Sew all legs.
  • Stuff all legs.
  • Pin skins.
  • Sew skins.
  • Stuff skins.
  • Close plush.

After each step I'll usually take a break. This method is also great for busy schedules. Sometimes I only have an hour to work at a time and with this list I can pick something small to tackle and still feel accomplished when my hour is up. What are your favorite tricks for tackling a big project?

April 14, 2011

DIY Kawaii Egg Caps!

Add a new twist to your egg decorating this year with these easy Kawaii Egg Caps!

DIY Kawaii Egg Capps

This project would be perfect used as a Spring decoration around your house, center piece on a dinner table or name holders for individual place settings at the table. Added bonus... they work up super quick!

Before we dive completely in, if there is anyone who doesn't know how to crochet or hasn't crocheted in the round before, but would really like to try - I have a  few suggestions. SNB - The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller is a God send. I would recommend it to anyone. I am a very visual person and usually find instruction books confusing and frustrating, but this is a gem! It covers all bases in a clear and focused manner without being overly technical, and the illustrations are great.

You've tried the books and you're still stuck? Time to head to the yarn store. Not the big box chain store, that little mom n pop place whose prices are a little higher, but who make up for it with amazing quality, selection and service. You've never asked them for help? Why not?!? I have never encountered a privately owned yarn store whose employees weren't falling all over themselves to aid a fellow crafter or talk shop. A wealth of knowledge just waiting to be tapped!

Now lets get started.

DIY Kawaii Egg Capps

For this project you will need:

  • Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Sugar & Cream Cotton)
  • Size F Crochet Hook
  • Needle & Thread
  • Felt (Assorted Colors)
  • Fuzzy White Yarn (Optional - Used for chick fluff and lamb ears.)
  • Craft Glue (Not Shown)
  • Scissors (Not Shown)


  • ch = Chain
  • st(s) = Stitch(es)
  • sc = Single Crochet
  • sl st = Slip Stitch
  • [ ] = Sets apart a group of stitches to be repeated as a whole
  • FO = fasten off

* All rounds in this pattern are joined by working a slip stitch into into the top of the turning chain that started the round.

Foundation Ring: Ch 3 and join into ring by working a slip stitch into the first stitch of the chain.

Round 1: Ch 1, 5 sc in ring, join with sl st - 5 sts.
Round 2: Ch 1, [2 sc in each st] 5 times, join with sl st - 10 sts.
Round 3: Ch 1, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 5 times, join with sl st - 15 sts.
Round 4: Ch 1, [sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] 5 times, join with sl st - 20 sts.
Round 5: Ch 1, [sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] 5 times, join with sl st, FO - 25 sts.

Weave in your loose ends & grab your felt! Cut out tiny ears, eyes and beaks, and then glue or stitch onto your crocheted cap. It's that easy!

DIY Kawaii Egg Capps

DIY Kawaii Egg Capps

My bunny ears are folded together at the bottoms to give them a little more character. My chick fluff, bunny tails and lamb ears were created by pulling tiny tufts of fluffy yarn through crochet stitches in my cap using my crochet hook and then tying them off  and trimming.

Easter Decor

I left all of my eggs plain for the photos, but I'd love to see them on dyed or glittered eggs. Use them as place cards by writing names on the exposed portion of egg. So simple! If you make these I would LOVE to see your finished work so please share! Also, be sure to let me know if you were confused by any of my instructions. This is my first time trying to write out a pattern!

March 31, 2011

DIY: Thrifted Skirt to Apron!

Some thrift stores are immaculately organized and it is very easy to swoop in scan for a specific item and be merrily on your way. Unfortunately, there are a large number of others that look more like my high school bed room than a place of business with items strewn about the place and very little order. If you're new to the process this can be a bit overwhelming. For this month's tutorial we will be taking a trip to the thrift store and this project would be a perfect introduction into the world of thrifting.

Here's what you'll need:


Materials: Thrifted skirt, Blanket binding & decorative trim. Before you begin you'll need a skirt. Head into your local thrift store and start looking for cute skirts with great prints. What's that? You found the perfect one, but its two sizes off? Fear not! For this project size doesn't matter! Use this time to get acquainted with the store, find out how items are arranged, ask if they have special discount days (most do!) The  beauty of this project is that as long as you find a pattern you like, any size skirt will work. 

Now lets get started!


1. Hold your skirt up to yourself to determine how long you would like it. Is it too long? Make a not on how much you'd like to shorten it. Is it too Short? Don't worry, we can adjust that later. Puppy assistants are helpful, but not required.


2. In the last step I determined that my skirt was too long. Here I have it folded over to my desired length and am now determining my width. I like my Aprons to wrap at least half way around my waist. I tend to be a messy cook and like extra coverage. It's all personal preference.

If your skirt is too small to meet your desired width then slit it up one side, making it long enough to get the desired measurement. *Take your skirts construction into consideration before you make that first cut! Does it have back pockets that would be super handy on the front of your apron? If so you'd want to make the cut up the center front of your skirt. What type of closure does it have? Do you want to leave the closure on your apron as a design element or cut it off?


3. Now that you have your measurements it's time to take off all of the unwanted material. If you haven't already, cut the skirt open and trim the sides down to the desired width. Since I decided to shorten my skirt this is also where I removed the excess length from the top.

To do this I measured from the top of the skirt down and marked off the fabric at even intervals all the way across the skirt. Once all of my marks were made I connected the marks and cut on my new line.


3. Now that we have our apron cut out we need to take care of the raw edges on the sides of the apron. Fold the raw edge in to the back of your apron and press flat. I folded mine in about 3/8 of an inch. (Shown at top of photo)


4. For a clean finished edge fold your pressed seam in one more time. Pin in place and sew along the entire width of the edge. Repeat process for the other side. 


4. With the sides finished we'll start on the top. Get out the blanket binding and measure a length that wraps all the way around your waist with enough excess left over for tying. Cut and press.


5. Find the center of your binding and line it up to the center of your apron. Open the binding and start pining the binding to the top of your apron.

Did you have a skirt that was too short? This is where we address that. Instead of having your apron reach all the way into the binding fold, add length by pinning it more towards the bottom of the binding. Use a wider binding - fabric stores offer binding in a wide variety of widths. If all else fails and it's still too short you can always ad a coordinating strip of fabric to the top or bottom of the apron to gain some extra length.

Once the apron is pinned in place sew along the entire exposed edge of the binding making sure to fold in the edges at the ends.


6. Now the fun part! Grab your trim and dress up your apron! For mine I hand sewed extra sequins on and machine sewed some gold ric-rac along the edges.



Apron complete! I hope this tutorial was helpful and if you use it to make your own apron I'd love to see your finished results!

*Enter a giveaway to win this apron here!

March 30, 2011

March Giveaway!

I'm still alive! This has been a rough month schedule wise, but I'm not ready to give up on number 28 of my 2011 goals. So as promised, here is this months giveaway! (Tutorial to follow tomorrow.)

What do you get when you combine a thrifted skirt with blanket binding and decorative trim?


This crazy adorable apron!




Would you like to call it yours?

Here are the rules:

To enter just sign your name in a comment and tell me what your favorite outdoor spring activity is. (I can't wait for the weather to change so I can get outside!)

For a bonus entry tweet a link to my giveaway or post a link on your blog. (Make sure you post an additional comment here letting me know so you get your bonus entry!)

The winner will be randomly selected Monday night (April 4th) at 6pm. Good Luck & remember to check back to see if you've won!

(Interested in possibly making your own apron? Check back tomorrow for the tutorial!

*This Giveaway is closed.*