Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from us!crayon diy heart valentine v-dayWe hope you have day filled with small and big memories. I am planning on making heart pancakes for the boys today! It’s the first time I am home with the kids on Valentine’s Day.

Elliott and I made treat bags for his pre-K class and made some crayon hearts. We put some pencils, sharpeners, stickers and the hearts in the bags and of course Elliott’s Valentine’s card. diy hearts valentine crafts crayon crayola I tried to melt different crayons in a tin and then add it the silicon form. That took more patience than I actually had :). Also boiling water with kids, I always get a bit nervous about the heat. I ended up breaking the crayons in different small pieces and just layed them into the form and used a hairdryer to melt them. That was a lot faster than melting each individual color.crayon hearts diy wax wachsmalstifteIt’s quiet fun to see how each individual heart turns out and none of them are same. diy crafts heart melt crayonEnjoy your day! May it be filled with love and lots of crafts <3

Clear vs White Shrinky Dinks

shrinky dinks diy storm troopers star warsMy new favorite crafting material are Shrinky Dinks – draw on a sheet of plastic and put it in the oven and voil√† you have your own hard plastic. Whaaat?! ūüėÄ stormtrooper diy star wars earringsI’ve¬†made my first pairs of earrings for my oldest Star Wars Birthday party. Also made the kids Jedi badges, after they completed the training at the party. I’ve tried them both, the clear and white version. Below you can see the clear version and top is the white version.¬†I just made a pair for Valentine’s Day earrings with simply a red sharpie, again with white Shinky Dink Paper, because it will bring out the colors better. heart earings shrinky dinks diyHere are some tips, I learned from my experience with crafting with the 2 different Shrinky Dinks papers (clear and white):

  • Use sharpies,¬† any water content in your pens will make your plastic wave
  • The white paper doesn’t shrink as much as the clear. Make sure you test the sizing of your work.
  • Test the timing on your Shrinky Dinks. It makes a difference if you place your paper on a cool baking sheet or a warm/pre-heated baking sheet.
  • Keeping white in too long turns them yellow-brownish – I only kept mine in for 1 minute
  • The white doesn’t take as long as the clear to shrink.
  • The clear creates a structure one side, white is smooth and shiny on both sides
  • You will see glue spots on clear Shinky Dinks- I used a double-sided sheet to attach felt on my badges.
  • Acrylic paint reacts different on clear vs white shrinky dinks.

I hope the tips were useful for you!! Oh the endless possibilities! ‚̧heart diy shrinky dinks

From Inspiration to finished Product

It has been pretty cold in Seattle and a lot colder than usually. I am sitting by the fire in the sun and enjoying the warm heat coming from the fire place. I am surrounded by 2 buckets of laundry waiting to be folded but I wanted to share one of my favorite pieces made by me with you.freya ladies finelys diy sewing black

Oh how much I love my Freya Ladies from FinnLeys. I wear the sweater all the time with a long sleeve shirt in Winter or 3/4 sleeve in Fall Spring. It keeps me nice and warm under my winter coat at the moment. 

When I tested the pattern for Finnleys, most of the girls would do these super cute colorful creations, which are fun and playful. My closet rather consists out of black or dark blue and I don’t wear much playful colors or patterns. Yes, I have some spring/summer colors floating around, but I tend to grab the black dress over the red one all the time.¬†freya ladies finelys diy sewing black side view

I browsed Pinterest a bit and ended up finding some cool jackets with leather or pleather pieces. And I really wanted to incorporate that into my design. freya ladies finelys diy sewing black inspiration board

I never worked with Pleather before. The one I used is highly stretchy and reacts like any other Jersey. Took me a bit to figure out, that I needed to be to be more careful while sewing almost non-stretch with super stretchy fabric together. So one of the armholes is a bit more stretched than I usually like to, but I still love it! <3I started a second sweater out of sweater knit with my own piping, when I ironed the piece I forgot that I made the piping out of polyester and it melted away in the middle of the sweater. So sad, now I have to take the whole thing apart and do it over again!.

I’ll post pictures of the new one once it’s fixed. It might take a while because opening Serger stitches on sweater knit takes forever. Especially black on black ūüėÄ

These awesome pictures are done by Jennifer Burns from Trellis Photography. Thank you Jen <3 She also takes our family pictures!

Elsa and Bob {Part 2}

In the previous post I’ve showed you the tutorial for ¬†Bob the builder belt and today I am showing you¬†Elsa. E’s little girl friend loves Elsa from Frozen (which girl doesn’t l<3ve Frozen) and so I sewed her a shirt with a long tulle¬†train.elsa frozen diy tutorial

She was singing “Letting Go” the whole time, it was so cute. I made the shirt¬†a little bigger because it was the end of winter and I wanted her to be able to wear it in¬†Spring or Summer¬†with Leggings. I’ve made the shirt a bit longer and added a big hem to the bottom.

elsa frozen diy tutorial back view

The tulle train was just added between the two pieces of fabric. Below you can see a detailed description on how to create your own

elsa frozen diy shirt

The shirt is super easy to sew and every little girl who receives it will love you forever. <3 elsa frozen diy tutorial front view

Let me know if you have questions & the cold never bothered me anyway..

 

Pattern for the T-shirt was provided by Made by Tara (available in German)

 

 

Elsa and Bob {Part 1}

I’ve actually sewn these shirts a while ago and haven’t had a chance to show them to you. Here is my cute couple¬†Elsa and Bob. It was so adorable to see the two of them pose together and finally to get Elliott to stand still! Unbelievable what girls can do to boys! ūüôā

DIY Elsa Frozen Shirt Bob the builder Shirt Toolbelt

I’ll first show you Bob the builder. I created the shirt with a tool belt for all of Elliott’s play tools. He loves to pretend building and working on his tool bench. And yes he loves to watch Bob the builder on TV too. ūüôā

and Bob the builder Shirt with Tool belt

The belt was made out of scraps which I had left over from a shirt I made for E a long time ago.

Tool Belt DIY

And here are the steps on how you can recreate¬†the tool belt on any shirt you sew:¬†DIY Tutorial Tool Belt Bob the builderIt’s hard work posing for pictures and every Builder needs a snack.collage

 

 

Pattern for the T-shirt was provided by Made by Tara (available in German)

Tool Belt Fabric: Birch Fabrics