31 October 2012

Halloween Mummy Krispies

Another Pinterest post.   These we just too cute not to make for my 1st graders Halloween party today.

 Just a regular batch of Rice krispies in a cake pan

 I cut these into 1 1/2 x 3" blocks for the party but any size would work.

 Melted some white choc chips

 If I was having a party at home I would have used wooden kebab sticks,  to send them to school I used straws, stabilized with a little melted choc.

One coating dip into the melted choc

 Chilled upside-down in the fridge

Cold choc chips were pressed in for eyes.  My boys said they had to have some with red eyes.

And one final drizzle of melted white choc to form the mummy wrappings. 


29 October 2012

Not a quilt this time


It occurs to me, I've been a bit quilt-obsessed of late, so here's something that's not a quilt.

<--- This is a little leftover leaf and some corn as a bonus project I hung in my kitchen.  There's a small frame behind it for support. 

To start, my middle boy is a major leaf collector.  I needed something to do with all the leaves he stashes here, there, and everywhere you can put a leaf.   Modge-podge to the rescue!

Paint both sides, let dry.   They stay colorful and flexible to be used in all sorts of projects. 

We've collected all sorts of leaves.  Here are maples, oak, fire bush, pin oak, and some we pulled off the blueberry bushes in the backyard.

Next up are the millions of iris seed pods in my yard.   I picked a large bundle when they were very dry and started bundling them into smaller groupings. 

 I used floral wire but I only had green. 
 It wouldn't form into a nice circle like I had pictured in my head so I settled on a spray. 

To put it all together I got out the hot glue gun and a gold mesh ribbon.    This will hang inside until Hurricane Sandy passes, then I may put it out on the front door. 

24 October 2012

Grey and yellow modern quilt top

 I just love the combination of a color with grey right now.  It's modern and clean but not too harsh.  

 I put together a quick quilt top with some of my leftover square blocks for a sweet little modern baby quilt.

I'll back this is in a soft yellow polka dot and bind with that cute elephant pattern.

I've got a million ideas running through my head these days.  Pinterest is like a serious addiction to a crafter/artist like me.  So many pins, so many ideas!  So little time!!  

3 more weeks of my grad class and I'll be free to finish up some of these tops and get a roll on christmas ideas :)

13 October 2012

from triangle to square and back to triangle

 3 quilt tops of various sizes later but I"m still stuck on this color palette. 

 Here's the next version I've been playing around with a bit.

Tried to make some fishes for fun.   Here's the conversation with my 3 yr old.

Me - "Hey Olive, what is this?"
O - "A diamond"
Me - "Are you sure?  What is it?"  (move it like a fish swimming in the water up and down)
O - "A pillow!"
Me - "How about now?  I added an eyeball.  What is it?"
O - "A one eyeballed scary monster!"

Me - I give up.

09 October 2012

Variations on a half-square triangle quilt layout

I've been piecing up a big pile of half-square triangles (or HSTs) for the last few days so I thought I would play around with some layout options just for fun. 

(Same camera, each photo just minutes apart, same time of day, and look at the color variations)

I pulled teals/aquas and added a pop of rust red/ brick orange later.

I like this one....

let's add the accent colors...

Yup, that's nice.    A little small though, let's add a row at the side and bottom....

 Nope, now the center square is too far up.

And maybe a little play on the design just a little....

That's better! 

Now, off to stitching the rows together!

05 October 2012

Fleurette and teal & red

 The Fleurette jacket has a finished bodice.  Next up are the sleeves and the directions looked a little daunting, meaning I'll really have to concentrate. count, and read carefully, not an easy task at times.   I'm putting it aside just til I get an hour or two of quiet in the mornings before the monkeys wake up.

 It's a lovely olive green DK yarn (Queensland Rustic DK) but not responding to the morning light here so well.   These photos make it look drab and army-like.

In the meantime, I've been inspired by the teal/aqua/red colors I've spotted on Pinterest lately so I've been pulling together some fabrics to make some HSTs.

Hopefully I'll have some time to work on this on my long weekend.


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