Thursday, September 30, 2010

You know what time it is?

It's almost October.

And you know what that means?


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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

While I was Halloween-ing...

I did another sewing project. This is a Bible cover/tote. I know, I know. More sewing. But September is National Sewing Month, so that makes it cool, right?

Besides, I found this fabric while I was digging up fun Halloween fabric, and I just fell in love. It's delicious, and I wish I had like 50 yards of it to make over-night bags and garment bags and all kinds of fun things.

Meanwhile, I really am working on Halloween projects. In fact, my first one will be Thursday! And my second one will be Friday! (I'll have a tutorial for this tomorrow.)


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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Team Spirit Headband

Friday Night Loves: football, friends, food.

If you're headed out to a football game, you might be looking for a quick splash of team spirit. Nothing is easier or more adorable than a headband.

Make this floral headband in your team's colors. (Black and gold are for the SHS Wildcats. Go Wildcats!) And enjoy it for many games to come.

(Yes, that's a guy modeling the headband. He's a good sport.) :)

For a video tutorial, click here. (Steph at Somewhat Simple has an awesome one.) Otherwise, here's a quick one of my own.

What You'll Need: base fabric (the black), flower fabric (the yellow and black plaid), thread, scissors, disappearing ink or chalk, coordinating thread, button, headband, hot glue gun.

Cut circles from your chosen fabrics. In this case, I cut two black circles (about four inches) for the base. Then I cut about 8 circles in the yellow and black plaid. I made four three-inch circles for the smaller row.

The black circles stay flat. Fold the plaid circles in half, and stack atop one another around the circle. (The video might be useful here.) On the fourth circle, bring the bottom of the first circle on top of the fourth circle. Then stack another layer. I did two layers of the larger circles and one layer of the smaller circles before stitching together.

With your needle and thread, stitch all the layers of the flower together. I totally missed some when I was sewing, so be sure you get them all.

Like so...

Then stitch on or hot glue a button to the center of the flower.

Place the flower on your headband exactly where you want it, then apply a generous amount of hot glue. Stick the flower in place and hold until the hot glue cools.

Cut a small strip of fabric about two inches by two inches. Flip over the headband (with flower attached) and apply more hot glue.

Then place the scrap piece of fabric to the hot glue and press down to secure the flower.

Let it cool. Clean away any strands from the hot glue, and cut any frayed lines. Then you're done!


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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Big Sister That Brags

My little brother isn't so little. In fact, he's about 6 inches taller than me. But he's still my baby bubba.

William is a senior in high school this year. That means I'm on an emotional roller-coaster for the next few months.

("He shouldn't be this old! I don't know what happened!")

This past weekend was his last homecoming as a student in high school. (Tear.) So naturally, I loaded up and headed north to spend the weekend with him.

So no crafts today... just bragging.

William and his girlfriend before the homecoming parade. She was Miss Science Club. (Yes, I think that's weird too. I was miss French Club and Miss Future Community Leaders of American back in my day.)

William is in the marching band (just like his sister was) and is very involved in school activities (just like his sister was). He's been in the marching band since he was in 8th grade, so he's already marched in four homecoming parades. This year, he asked to ride with HOSA, a student health care organization he's a part of. (So unfortunately, no pictures of him marching in the parade.)

Think they are hot?? Poor guys, you're almost finished!

There he is! Riding on the HOSA float.

Lots of classes came back for reunions. For the record, this is the year my mother was born.

My aunt and uncle back for their 40th reunion. (40, right? Or am I adding some extra years?)

Each class decorates a float for homecoming. Then judges determine the "winner."

The freshmen put in some hard work on this float. Hang the Pirates!

Sophomores: Plow the Pirates!

Juniors: Sink the Pirates!

The homecoming queen, Miss Hannah Jackson. Beautiful!

And seniors: Plunge the Pirates! (Seniors won!)

After the parade, William was "so thirsty!" So we stopped at the local shaved ice stand for a yummy treat.

He was so over my taking pictures at this point.

Flash forward to warm-up. It's almost time to kick off, and the band is warming up for their pre-game show.

See him on the right?

Just finished the pre-game show! The yellow roses are for the seniors.

During halftime, senior band members, danceline, color guard, and cheerleaders are recognized. They come forward, and we all sing our alma mater. ("Scottsboro High School, listen to us..." How many of you still remember your alma mater?)

That's a lot of seniors!

Okay, now he's totally over my snapping pictures.

Saturday morning, we celebrated with a big breakfast at my grandparents.

Our (basically but not-by-blood) brother, Seamus, is on the right. He came home for the weekend as well.

So all this homecoming / football season love means just one thing: More football crafts this week! Then I promise I'll move onto Halloween.

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