Craft Room & Boxes!

Hello Readers!

I have been absent in posting in the past several weeks, with the holidays and various other personal events taking up a great deal of my time. It’s all positive though!

We have lived in our current home for almost twenty years and raised two wonderful sons there. It is finally time to move into another house and make it our home. We may be leaving the old homestead, but we are certainly taking all of our memories with us!

I am so fortunate to have a room all my own to create my HorseMark Cards, sew, and create other projects. The only negative thing is packing it up! I have so much stuff! Does anyone else have that problem?

Luckily, I will also have my own creative room in our new home, but of course it will take some time to get it all organized! So, I will still be absent in my postings for a bit longer, but am looking forward to getting back into my blogging world!

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Enjoy your creative days!

~~ Vickie

Playing with Yarns!

Yes. I’ve returned to my basket of yarns. When I recently reorganized and cleaned my craft room, I realized how many balls and skeins of yarns I had. All sorts of colors, weights and types. What a waste of storage space and beautiful yarns! I decided to use them or donate them.

Basket of yarns, knitting, slippers, using scrap yarns

When I was in the 9th grade (many moons ago!) I learned how to knit these slippers. It was the popular item to knit during the time. I’ve been knitting these slippers off and on ever since. They were made with white and solid colored yarns when I learned how to create them. They can be thrown in the washer and dryer and come out looking new again!

In recent years I’ve used the different varigated yarns along with a matching solid color. They look so different when completed. It is a bit tricky to lose count on the varigated yarns, especially when you get to the same color as the solid yarn.

Checkerboard knitted slippers, slippers with pom pom,, knitting,

Checkerboard slippers, knitting slippers, varigated yarns, knitting

If I make these for a girl or woman, I usually put a pom pom on the top. The guys get a bow or a simple braided knot on the top of their slippers. I’ve even adjusted the pattern and made baby slippers and smaller sizes for children. I’ve used the smaller scraps of yarns to create colorful slippers too!

My stash had several smaller balls of yarn. I know I could never find the exact same weight and color, so I considered these colorful scrap of yarn. I needed a new pair, so I started knitting a pair using these scraps. Each foot is different, but that’s okay with me!

Ways to use yarn scraps, knitted checkerboard slippers created by HorseMark Cards, knitting, slippers

Do any of you remember these slippers? Do you still knit them? I could not even begin to explain how to make these, as I found out recently when I tried to teach a friend. She just watched and followed along with her own set of needles and yarns. There are a couple of videos online that show you how to make these, but they were a bit different than how I learned. One was in French, so that isn’t helpful for most people.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I create as I sit and watch a movie or a ball game. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I hope you have a creative day!

~~ Vickie ~~

Simple Gift Ideas – Handmade Coasters

 

Many people who enjoy creating things use items like paper, fabric, wood, or most anything! Today’s post will feature fabrics, and falls under my blog category, ‘…and a little bit more!’

One of the reasons I enjoy blogging is ‘meeting’ new people and sharing the ideas we learn from the blogs we follow. One of my favorite blogs is Sew Many Ways. Karen is the crafty author of this fantastic blog. She has so many creative and clever ideas for so many projects, so make sure to pay her a visit!

A few years ago, Karen posted a tutorial on making coasters using a CD. Since these are made from fabric, they soak up the condensation from cold drinks. (Many of the coasters with the cork or other hard surfaces tend to leave a ‘puddle’ of water on them and they often stick to the glass.) I also love that you can easily attach the coaster to a stemmed glass or pedestal cup, or use the reverse side for a regular cup or glass. So, these fabric coasters are perfect and I thought they would be fun to make! I thought I would share a few that I have made, perhaps to inspire you to create some too!

coasters made from cd pattern, fabric coasters
These coasters can be made using a variety of fabrics!

 

Scraps of various fabrics I had in my stash were used to create a variety of fun coasters. Since I usually don’t use a pattern when I create quilts, there are usually several cuts of unused and left over fabrics that fill my stash. Several squares of denim fabric from my son’s jeans were left over from the quilt from toddler’s clothes I made him years ago. I combined these with a bit of red fabric to make fun coasters for our family room.

 

coasters made from NBA fabric, the Sacramento Kings
Coasters of my favorite NBA team – the Sacramento Kings!

 

I had an idea to use the extra fabric I had after I created a favorite sports team quilt for my husband to make some of these coasters. I had to purchase some sports fabrics online and ordered more than I needed for his quilt. The fabric for the Sacramento Kings basketball team was perfect to make several coasters! We share season tickets with friends, so I gave them each a set of four coasters when we hosted our game selection get-together last year.

 

fabric coasters made for baseball, san francisco giants coasters, seattle mariners coasters
Coasters I made for our favorite baseball teams!

 

The only fabric I could find for the San Francisco Giants was in a fleece, which I felt would not work well for these coasters. But, some left over baseball fabric from a quilt I made for our nephew was perfect to pair with the Seattle Mariners baseball team fabric I used in the sports quilt!

 

coasters made from leaves and acorn fabric
This fabric with tiny leaves and acorns is perfect for autumn.

 

I also created a few for my living room to use during the fall. We have a huge 300 year old oak tree in our front yard. I found this fabric in colors that matched my room, with a bonus — it has acorns! These coasters are perfect for my cup of foo-foo coffee or a nice glass of wine!

So, if you’re looking for an idea to create some fun gifts and use some of your fabrics, these coasters are perfect! They are very easy to make too! They can also be used like wine charms; they can identify your drink from others. This is a good reason to make a variety of coasters using the same theme, but perhaps in different colors.

Thanks again to Karen for the inspiration and all of her ideas!

Enjoy your Creative Days! ~ Vickie

Yikes! Am I Vintage?

‘Vintage’, when used as an adjective, means “Denoting something of high quality, especially something from the past or characteristic of the best period of a person’s work” (according to The Oxford Dictionary). I like this definition! The word ‘vintage’ usually refers to the quality of fine wines. I like those too! But, for my purposes, I am using vintage as ‘old’ 🙂

Since carbon paper is a dated object, and the era of home economics classes is gone, and I was a part of this, I must be vintage too!

vintage sewing items, Marking fabric with colored carbon paper with a tracing tool!
Marking fabric with colored carbon paper with a tracing wheel! Good ‘ole days!

I remember using the colored ‘carbon’ paper to mark fabric when I used to sew my own clothes. Do you remember using the tracing tool? The picture above is the actual package and tool I used in my junior high school home economics class (they call them middle schools these days). For my younger readers, home economic classes taught you how to sew, cook, iron, and do many other domestic household chores! Sadly, these courses have not been offered in schools for several years (to my knowledge); budget cuts and possible lack of interest of students. 😦

Since I have not sewn garments in several years, I am assuming this method of marking is no longer used. I have seen the sewing gauges though, at a much higher price than I paid for mine! I still use this handy tool!

I was consolidating my sewing box with notions from my late mom and grandmother’s sewing boxes a few months ago, and found several ‘treasures’. (I shared the old spools of threads I found on a previous post.)

old spools of threads, vintage sewing supplies
Old spools of threads I found in my mom’s sewing box. You can’t buy a spool of thread for 15 cents these days!

It was interesting to notice the prices on these old spools of threads. The amount of thread you could purchase for 15 cents then would cost at least $2.50 today! Today’s spools are certainly not made of wood either. I guess that is part of the charm of these old threads. Don’t you just love the wooden spools? I know there are lots of projects that I can find to use these. Here is a great idea for making a wreath from old spools of threads from Mrs. Hughes blog. (She has a wonderful blog about retro sewing, DIY and other interesting items. Certainly worth a visit!)

Several packets of sewing needles were included in my grandmother’s sewing box. I love the way they are packaged! They had a sense of ‘style’ to them.

vintage sewing needles in packages
I love the way sewing needles were packaged in the good ‘ole days!

Here are two of the packages as seen from the outside. The designs are priceless and I love the package from England!

vintage sewing needles and package
A sewing needles package from years past.
vintage sewing needles from Engand
Vintage package of sewing needles from England.

I was surprised to find a little round, zippered box. I had not seen this before, but I could tell it had been around for a very long time.

vintage sewing kit with zipper
This little vintage sewing kit has a zipper around it!

inside vintage sewing kit
I found little treasures inside this vintage sewing kit!

I wanted to share these sewing items of past years with you and I hope you enjoyed looking at them. What ‘vintage’ sewing items do you still own?

~ Vickie

thank you card with strawberry, red ribbon,
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