Friday, May 30, 2014

Epic Craft Fail to Nautical Purse


This was one of my biggest craft fails, but...




I'm loving it now!

One thing for sure, when I screw something up, I really screw it up.

I wanted a medium size purse for summer and found the awesome navy chevron at Hobby Lobby and thought if I cut my pieces about 11" square, I could get just about the right size.

Then everything went south.




First off, I put the magnets in too far down. They probably should have been about an inch higher.




I wanted a flat bottom like I did Here for a tote bag. I cut my squares 1 1/2" instead of 1" and it was just too much for the smaller bag. What was I thinking?




Then to top everything off, I forgot the handles when I was sewing it all together.

This epic craft fail sat on a table in my craft room for a couple of weeks.

The more I stared at it when I would go up there, the more it grew on me.
Maybe I can fix this.




I added grommets and put in the rope for the handles.
(I found the rope in the ribbon section at Hobby Lobby.)




I like throwing my purse over my shoulder, so I made them extra long.




For some reason, I think adding the grommets and handles offset all the other mistakes and it came all together like it was meant to be.

I'm so glad I left it laying around and didn't trash it!

Have an awesome weekend!

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

It's a Party! #160


Welcome to the party!

I want to thank each and every one of you for joining in on our little party. I know summer is a busy and fun time and I truly appreciate you taking the time to link up. You're awesome!




Link up anything you want to share with us this week. It can be your fabulous craft, yummy recipe, giveaway, shop, etc.

I'll feature the Top 5 most viewed links next Wednesday. I started a board on Pinterest where I pin all of the fabulous features. You can follow along Here.

I would love for you to follow A Creative Princess while you're here!

If you would like to grab an It's a Party button (on the sidebar) and post it on your blog somewhere, that would be great! Let's get the word out and grow this party.
The more the merrier!

We all love comments, so please visit other links and have fun!



Hits of the Party!


Hey look, I actually remembered to post features this morning!

I am such a bad blogger in the spring and summer. When it's this nice outside, that's where I'm spending most of my time. 

But, I'm here now and want to share a few of the awesome features from last week's party.



Ruffled Purse Skirt


Love this!



Spring Greens in the Foyer


If this greeted me every time I walked in my front door, I'd be one happy girl!



Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes


I'll take three. Please.



Polka Dot Rosette Wreath


How cute is that?!



Chicken Hand Pies


Perfect for summertime lunches!


Thank you to everyone who linked up last week and I'll meet you back here later this afternoon to get this week's party started.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day!



To all those that gave their lives and those who bravely fight today and all our veterans, thank you.

Have a fun and safe Memorial Day!



Friday, May 23, 2014

Trash to Treasure: Miller Lite to Craft Light


This is one project I had to do while Greg was at work.
I didn't want him to cry.




He saw my "new" craft room light when it was finished and by then, it was too late.


Here's why he couldn't see what I was doing:



I transformed his Miller Lite pool table light so that it was more fitting for my craft room.

Ignore the wallpaper border, that's coming down!




I started by spray painting the wood ivory.




I measured the 4 triangle sections and cut them out of cardboard and spray glued batting to them.




Then wrapped burlap around the sections and hot glued them back on the light.




It's the little things in life that make me happy.

Now if I can get a bulldozer to help me clean and wallpaper stripped, I'll be one really happy girl!

Have a fun and safe weekend!

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

It's a Party! #159


Welcome to the party!

I'm sorry I didn't get features from last week up this morning, life got in the way of blogging. Actually, a new front porch railing got in the way.

We've been wanting (and needing) a new porch rail for quite awhile, so when Greg woke up and decided today was the day to go pick it out and buy it, I jumped.

A new railing is just like everything else. You pick out what you want and think the price really isn't that bad and then they start adding on all the other things you need to put the rail up and suddenly it turns into a huge expense. Oh, and then when all is said and done, you see the lights that would be so cute and practical for a couple of the posts and you've already spent so much already, what's another couple hundred dollars?

I took "before" pictures today and I'll show you the new rail when it's installed.

But right now, let's party!




Link up anything you want to share with us this week. It can be your fabulous craft, yummy recipe, giveaway, shop, etc.

I'll feature the Top 5 most viewed links next Wednesday. I started a board on Pinterest where I pin all of the fabulous features. You can follow along Here.

I would love for you to follow A Creative Princess while you're here!

If you would like to grab an It's a Party button (on the sidebar) and post it on your blog somewhere, that would be great! Let's get the word out and grow this party.
The more the merrier!

We all love comments, so please visit other links and have fun!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Itty Bitty Coin Purse Keychain


I'm not kidding.
Itty bitty.




I don't think it will hold very many coins, but it's oh, so cute!




I received the little frame with the keychain attached from Wholeport.




I've never made a coin purse with a latch before, but was willing to give it a shot.

First, I needed a pattern.

I started by tracing around the top of the clasp and marking where it's hooked together.
After that was drawn, I drew a shape for the bottom.




Cut 2 pieces each of your outer and lining fabric and 2 of iron on interfacing and iron it to the outside pieces.




Now you're going to sew your outer and lining pieces right sides together.
Only stitch around from the place where the clasp meets to the other side that you marked.

Leave a small opening in the bottom of the lining to turn.




Turn your outer piece right side out and insert it into your lining.

Stitch along the top (between the two marks).




Turn through the opening you left in the lining and then sew it shut.
Push lining down in and press.




Slip your purse up into the frame.
I put tacky glue in the frame to help hold it in while I sewed.

Using embroidery thread, sew your frame on.
I went one way first and then came back to make sure every hole was filled.




I can't wait to make a regular size coin purse with a clasp now.

I figure if I can make it through this tiny one, a bigger size would be much easier!

Have a great day!

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Folded Money


Jace's birthday was last week and he let me know that this year he only wanted money. He wanted to buy his own I-pod with all the accessories. He really planned this all out really well, letting us all know even before Easter what he wanted to do. I think I'll have him plan my birthday this year!

I didn't want to just hand him a card with money in it, so I made him work for it a little.




I made it into a star.

I found the tutorial at Make it Easy Crafts.

I thought I had a box to put it in and wrap it, but when I started looking, I didn't.




So I put it between 2 pieces of black foam board and taped with Washi Tape.


There are a lot of fun ideas out there of how to fold money. 
I don't think I'll ever be just putting it in a card anymore.




Thank you, Crafty Journal, for linking up your Dollar Bill Wallet last week at It's a Party.
Perfect timing!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Art Kit Tote Bag


After I made the Art Book Cover and Marker Holder for Jordyn and Triniti, I wanted them to have something to keep everything in and together.




I made a simple tote bag for them and also added a dry erase board and colored pencils.

I think I've shown you how I make my tote bags before, but I'm too lazy to find it, so I'll show you again.




Start by cutting 2 outside pieces and 2 lining pieces 14" tall and 16" wide. Iron on fusible fleece (medium weight) to all 4 pieces.

My handles were 21". Sew them to the top about 2-3" from the inside.
I always stitch it back and forth a few times for extra stability.




Now sew your outer and lining pieces together at the top, making sure your handles are still going down and don't get caught in the stitching.




Now you're going to match up your outer and lining pieces together and sew all the way around leaving an opening for turning in the bottom of the lining.




If you want a flat bottom (giggle-giggle), cut a 1" square out of all 4 corners.
Be sure to measure from your stitching and not the edge of the fabric.




Match up your seams and sew across the corner.




(We're almost done!)

Turn your bag right side out through the opening and then sew it shut.




Stuff your lining down in the bag, press, and sew around the top to finish.







Fill with whatever your little artist needs to create her masterpiece.

Sketch Book Cover is Here and the Marker Holder is Here.





Have a great weekend!

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