Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Siffy Flower Pin

I love the tutorials on this site.
The lovely flowers always draw me in.
This is a stiffened fabric flower brooch.
I have not tried this one out yet but the directions and photos look easy
and lord knows I have enough stuff to make a few thousand fabric flowers.
Tutorials found HERE. Craftypod.com
Be sure to click her tutorial link at the top of the page

The Paper Shoe

This is a great shoe pattern and set of instructions.
Yes it's a witch shoe, but with a few Color modifications it becomes a clever gift for mothers day .
Found at SkiptomyLou HERE
Be sure to check out her other paper ideas on the left hand side of the blog.

Apple Crafts

Easy Dried Apple Crafts

By Brandie Valenzuela
Do you remember the last time you were in someone's home that had an apple pie baking in the oven? Ahhh, the aromas of a fresh baked pie --it is simply irresistible! Well, now you can recreate this delicious scent in your own home, or in the homes of your loved ones, by making dried cinnamon scented apple crafts. None of them are hard to make and results are wonderful! Hang one of these on your wall and you will surely impress all of your guests.
For each apple craft, you will need:
•Juice of approximately 8-10 lemons
•2 teaspoons salt
•8 - 10 large firm apples
•8 teaspoons cinnamon
•2 teaspoons allspice
•1 teaspoon cloves
•8" - 10" sturdy, heavy gauge wire (for a wreath)
•Jute (for garland or apple stacker)
•1 - 1 1/2 yards of ribbon or fabric scraps
To prepare and dry your apples:

1) Place lemon juice in a large bowl, and stir in salt.
2) Peel, core, and slice apples horizontally into 1/4" thick circles. Soak slices in lemon juice bowl for approximately 6-10 minutes, making sure each side of the slices has a chance to absorb some of the lemon juice.
3) Meanwhile, mix spices in a bowl and blend well.
4) Remove the slices from the bowl and place them on paper towels. Pat tops of apple slices with paper towels.
5) Dust apples slices with spice mixture. Turn slices over
and repeat on opposite side.
6) Place apples slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 150-200 degrees F for 6 hours or until completely dried. Apple slices should be slightly pliable.
To Create An Apple Wreath:
1) Fold each apple slice in half, and then into quarters and thread the apples slices onto the wire. Continue to pack on the folded apples until the wire is completely filled.
2) When the wire is completely covered, use pliers to bend ends into hooks so that they can connect and close. Carefully shape wire into desired shape. I recommend either a circle or heart shape.
3) Using your ribbon or fabric scraps, create a hanger for your wreath.
4) Hang on your wall, or package as a gift for someone special.
To Create An Apple Garland:
1) Cut of enough jute for your desired length of garland - remember, your apple garland shouldn't be too long, but approximately 2-4 works well. Also, it is always better to have too much, than not enough.
2) Start stringing on apple slices. Push one end of jute through the middle of each apple slice.
3) Consider alternating several apple slices and then a piece of tied on fabric strip.
4) Hang on your wall!

To Create An Apple Stacker:
1) Using an approximate 12" piece of jute, tie one end to about three cinnamon sticks that are laid in a a bundle.
2) Being to string on apple slices by pushing jute through the center of each slice. Consider alternating several slices with a piece of fabric tied on.
3) When apple stacker is the desired length, end with three more cinnamon sticks in a bundle and tie a loop so that you can hang your apple stacker proudly!