Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Iron Craft #3- Hearts and Flowers

My entry for the heart and flower challenge is a simple little Valentine favor box. I found the pattern on while looking on the internet.  Since I usually give several friends a little Valentine token, this is perfect! I used scrapbook paper to make the boxes which I filled with a little "grass" and chocolates. Nice to go with a Valentine card.

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Now for part two--flowers. They were selling carnations at church and my "honey" got me a few. I had a small vase and it needed something more--red buttons--

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just the answer!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Iron Craft #2- Orange

Happy New Year!

It's been a long time since I've done a challenge. I have decided if the challenge fits something I would use and I have the materials for, then I would participate.  I had not planned to do this challenge, but while doing some menu planning, I realized tonight's meal might just fill the bill--even though cooking is not a craft. Grandpa B and I were making one of his favorite meals--apricot chicken--I had my orange!

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 Grandpa B does not have a recipe , but the sauce is apricot preserves-about 1 cup and Russian dressing-1/4 to 1/2 cup. Heat together and pour over chicken breasts. Bake 400 degrees about an hour--Yummy!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Iron Craft #15- Olympic Challenge

Challenge #15 London 2012

With this challenge, my thoughts went back to the late 70's and early 80's when we had a couple of swimmers who dreamed the Olympic Dream living in our house. I knew I wanted to do a picture frame and feature "my" Olympic swimmers.
 I  found a few old pictures
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and with the help of computer magic I had a picture for my frame.

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The frame I decorated with good old Sculpty rings.
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Here is the final result.
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My swimmers did not make the Olympics, but they did go on to earn college scholarships, and even today, swimming plays a big part in their lives. Jenny is an aquatics director and Steve surfs and stand-up-paddle boards. All four grandchildren are excellent swimmers and so the dream goes on!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Iron Craft Challenge #14- Denim

It's been awhile since I have contributed to a challenge. Hope you are all having a good summer. Decided I needed to get back in the swing of things, so I have two entries for this challenge.

Two weeks ago, I went to St. Pete to the Florida Craftman's Gallery to see their crochet coral reef--it was unbelievable--crocheters from all over the country crocheted thousands of pieces to create a coral reef. Fantastic!!

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They also had a shop with craft items by Florida artists. I spotted an adorable baby bib made out of old denim.  Then in searching the web for denim projects, I came upon a similar bib by treasuresrenewed.blogspot.com Since one of my friends just had a great-grandchild, I decided to make the bib using ideas from both sources.

I made a pattern and cut it from an old pair of jeans. I used some red fabric for a bandana, and a little pocket I cut from the jeans and stitched them onto the bib. Then for backing, I used a red towel. Denim Challenge Denim Challenge Denim Challenge

Sewed the pieces together, trimmed the towel to match the bib, fringed the edges all around, and added a velcro closing. My bib was complete.

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Since I had denim left, I made a set of coasters with an old white towel for backing.

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Good for those "sweaty" summer drinks on these hot summer days!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Challenge 9 Think Inside the Box

For this challenge, I started with an Altoid tin as my box, card stock, ribbon, and buttons. After covering and decorating the box, I filled it with sewing scissors, a needle and pin magnet, and some thread. Now I have a little portable sewing box!

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 I am having camera issues so I had to use my iPhone. Not the best for getting the shots.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Iron Craft #8- Love your mother...earth

My "something else" for this challenge is an odd pillowcase that I was ready to put in the Goodwill bag. Then I remembered I had seen an idea earlier on Martha Stewart's website for a pillowcase shoulder bag and thought it would be perfect for this challenge.

I started with pillowcase and cut off 1/2 inch on the closed end. Iron Craft

Cut on diagonal and hem all four edges.
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Insert one of the halves inside the other and sew where they overlap. Iron Craft

Turn inside out and stitch and trim across bottom.
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Tie ends and you have a bag!
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