Something New Sampler Quilt Along

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Looking for your next project?

Resolved to learn some new sewing skills this year?

Want to win some great prizes?

Then join in the blog hop for The Something New Sampler! Each week, one or two bloggers will present a block tutorial with an uncommonly used technique. There will be a total of 9 blocks presented. And, just to mix it up, we’re going with a funky modern block size: 7″ x 14″! We’ll have plenty of suggestions on how to use this block shape along the way. There’s no need for our modern blocks to always be square :)

Here’s our schedule:

Jan 14th
Amy @ thecutelifesmiles.blogspot.com | Bargello piecing

Jan 21st
Heidi @ buttonsandbutterflies.com | folding
Chelsea @ pinsandbobbins.blogspot.co.uk | a scraptastic technique

Jan 28th
Lindsay @ lindsaysews.com | reverse applique

Feb 4th
M-R @ quiltmatters.blogspot.com | trapunto
Heidi @ fabricmutt.blogspot.com | cathedral windows

Feb 11th
Alyssa @ pileofabric.com | pinless curves
Becky @ myfabricobsession.blogspot.com | machine applique

And stop by the cute life on Fridays for tips and tutorials on how to set these rectangular blocks! Posts will be up on the following dates: Jan 18, Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15

Be sure to join the flickr group to keep up with the hop, the chatter, and some inspirational photos.

Prizes!

At the end, link up a blog post or flickr photo with anything you’ve done from the sampler series, even if it’s just one block! There are two categories for prizes:

1) Finished projects: Winners will be chosen by popular vote. “Finished” includes an entirely completed smaller project, like a pillow, table runner, mini quilt, etc. Pieced quilt tops also count as “finished”, even if not quilted.

2) Participation prizes: Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Link up any progress you’ve made!

Prizes for the Something New Sampler

 

Fort Worth Fabric Studio is an online fabric shop with yardage and some fantastic custom bundles you won’t find anywhere else! One of these bundles the Lagoon bundle – is a prize, and it is centered around Michael Miller’s Lagoon line, with 18 fat quarters. You can also sign up for their newsletter to be eligible for a monthly prize. In addition to the bundle, they are also offering a $25 gift certificate.

Cotton Blossom Farm stocks great designer fabrics with plenty of modern options. One great feature of this website is the ability to search through fabrics based on categories such as color – it’s just like shopping in a brick and mortar shop! You have the chance to win a set of ten 1/2 yards (of your choosing!) of Simply Color from them.

Fat Quarter Shop is another online shop that sells yardage and precuts of some of the most popular fabrics. They offer next day shipping and have an incredibly large selection! Fat Quarter Shop also has a great selection of other items, such as books, magazines, and kits. They have generously donated a jelly roll of Paris Flea Market and an Amy Butler pattern for prizes.

Sew Me a Song is an Etsy shop that stocks Japanese and contemporary fabrics. Becca puts together some fabulous bundles of texty prints, polka dots, and – of course! – lots of Melody Miller prints. Don’t miss the great collection of Type by Julia Rothman. She has created two custom bundles especially for our sampler event, one with six texty fat quarters and one with eight japanese prints.

Craft Buds 2012 Year in Review + Link Party

Each year, we are inspired by the changing of the calendar to take a look back at the year and remember the everyday moments that stand out, crafty and otherwise! If you were around, you might remember our 2011 Year in Review and Link Party, which was so much fun that we’ve decided to do it again!

In 2012 at Craft Buds, we made:

– Valentine gifts like the LOVE T-shirt and cinnamon heart sugar cookies

– Delectable treats like cookie dough frosted brownies

– Gifts for kids, like the felt flowers button snake and child’s cape

– Sewn storage solutions, like the e-Reader sleeve and car trash bag

– Super simple fabric corner bookmarks and last-minute gifts

– A shortened belt and frosted cupcakes

A pleated pillow, and many of you sewed along!

– A big deal about craft book publishing, including design/layout, a unique book concept, hosting a book launch party, and craft book photography

– A new video series and kicked it off with a chat about writing sewing patterns

 

2013 New Year’s Goals + Giveaway!

What would you like to learn how to do (or do better) in 2013? We invite you to link up your 2012 recap and/or 2013 resolutions here, whether they are craft-related, family, work or personal goals. If you don’t have a blog, we’d love to hear your goals for the new year in the comments!

To play along, add the direct URL to your blog post in the inlinkz tool below. That’s it! If you feel so inclined, visit another person’s post and leave a kind word.

As a thank you for linking up, we’ll give away a 3 months of free advertising on Craft Buds to one lucky blogger that adds their link below! Just add your post by 1/3/13 to be eligible to win.



If you’d like, grab a button for your post here!

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Last-Minute Christmas Gifts for Kids and Adults

Reindeer Food: Kid’s Craft

Still looking for a couple last-minute Christmas gift ideas? First up is this “Reindeer Food” craft project for kids. I’ve included a free Christmas printable. You and/or your kids can make this cute reindeer bag filled with reindeer food to sprinkle on your lawn on Christmas Eve. It lets the reindeer know that you want them to bring Santa to your house! We just did this last night with my 3-year-old (today we had an early Christmas celebration), and he loved the idea!

reindeer food in a paper bag recipe
To make the project, you’ll need:

– Paper bag
– Marker
– Scissors
– Glue
– Staples (optional but easier), and
– Biodegradable food for the reindeer

For the reindeer food, we liked using edible glitter or colored sugar (usually in the baking aisle of grocery stores), crushed candy canes and oatmeal. You’ll also need this free Christmas printable from Google Docs that I put together. To print, click the link then in the upper left, choose File, then Print!

 

Just cut out the shapes and glue on the face halfway down the bag, then put the instruction label on the back. You or you child can draw on the reindeer’s mouth.

Next, fill the bag with your reindeer food. Fold down the top of the bag a few times and slip the antlers under the fold. Staple the bag shut and make sure the antlers are held in by the same staples (or you can glue rather than staple). That’s it!

Save the bag until Christmas Eve. You can even put together Reindeer Food Kits with all the supplies to give as a fun gift/craft to other children.

reindeer food kids craft

Homemade Caramels in a Jar: Adult or Family Gift

For a last-minute Christmas gift for an adult of for a family, I was inspired by the book, Ruby Star Wrapping to paint a couple jars and fill them inside and out with goodies. Click the cover image on this page for a free preview of the book. The instructions for painting a jar is from pages 89-92.

kitchen gift set in a jar

I began with a large and small jar and followed the instructions from the book to spray paint them. Then I filled them with amazing and addictive homemade apple cider caramels made from this Smitten Kitchen recipe. I followed the recipe exactly other than changing the final cooking temp from 252 to 255 as our family likes really chewy caramels. I also made the potholders (fabric is Cosmo Cricket Early Bird, now out of print) then tied one on the jar with ribbon. Add a wooden spoon or small spatula or some other kitchen utensil or gadget to finish it off. And of course you can fill the jar with store bought candy and a purchased potholder. And that’s it! Cheerful and sure to bring joy to any family. I love that the jar can be kept and reused as a vase or for storing other special things!

making homemade caramels

Note: Because I was filling the jar with food (even though it was individually wrapped caramels), I was extra careful to wrap the inside of the mouth of the jar with painter’s tape, then stuffed it full of paper towels to make sure no paint was on the inside of the jar!

painting mason jars tutorial

I hope you enjoy these last-minute gift ideas for kids and adults!

Winners! Stuff Your Crafty Stocking Giveaway

Rachael at imagine gnats and Lindsay of Craft Buds have chosen the winners of the huge Stuff Your Crafty Stocking giveaway! Let’s review the prizes, and you can scroll down to see if YOU are one of our lucky winners!

 

And here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The winners of the Stuff Your Crafty Stocking Giveaway are . . .

Stocking Stuffer #1:
Jessica Patterson!

Stocking Stuffer #2:
Sherry Tarver!

Stocking Stuffer #3:
Vanessa Wilson!

Stocking Stuffer #4:
Shelly Brown!

Stocking Stuffer #5:
Jenny Graham!
Dawn Pennington!
Deana Dweger!
Cheryl Hall!
Erica!
Peggy O’Connell!
Debi!
Bonnie!
Beth Keltner!
Juanita!

Winners will be notified by e-mail today 12/18, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize, or a new winner will be chosen. All entries received via alternate entry were inputted into the master list, and winners were chosen via Random.org.

Painted Fabric Gift Wrap + Hello Kitty T-Shirt

Have you heard of Whimseybox? It’s a subscription service where you get a box in the mail each month, filled with a grab bag of craft supplies. The Whimseybox site has craft tutorials and ideas for how to use your box each month, and you can interact with other members of the site to share your creations! It’s a fun idea, right? When I saw that Whimseybox was having a holiday promotion, I jumped on the chance to get $10 off my first box so I could try it out. After all, who doesn’t like getting fun mail?

Whimseybox Review from December 2012 The first thing I noticed about the box is how well everything was wrapped. The presentation was really elegant, and my goodies came inside this sturdy white box that I will totally reuse for storing crafting supplies. When I opened the box, I saw an art card, pretty tissue paper and ribbon wrapping and my supplies:

– Fabric markers
Deco Art Ink Effects fabric paint
– White fabric (bandana size)
– One small and one large wood-handled paint brush
– A small lined journal with a blank cover in canvas material
– Whimseybox stickers and 6-inch wooden ruler

DIY fabric marker gift wrap

The first project I tackled was one I saw on the Whimseybox blog: DIY Patterned Fabric. The tutorial recommended coloring dots with the fabric markers directly onto the white fabric. If you fold the fabric (and use a layer of paper underneath to protect your work surface), you can color the fabric twice as fast, because the ink leaks through to both sides.

Fabric paint and a DIY Hello Kitty t-shirt

To start my next project, I watched a video tutorial online for the Ink Effects fabric paint. The instructions said that you can literally paint onto any type of computer paper, let your design dry for 45 minutes and transfer to fabric with an iron. I decided to give it a try, but my freehand designs weren’t turning out the best. So I printed off a Hello Kitty face I found in Google Images and painted directly over top of the printout with the Ink Effects.

a DIY Hello Kitty t-shirt I liked how the shirt turned out, and I actually got four transfers from one design. Score!

I had a slight craft fail, however, in that I ironed directly onto my carpet. I left the room for a minute to show my husband how cool my Hello Kitty T-shirt looked. In the process, I transferred the left side of Hello Kitty’s face right onto our carpet! Isn’t this the kind of thing kids are supposed to do to your house? Hah!

I made an extra white fabric strip for some DIY painted fabric gift wrap. I was once again inspired by Ruby Star Wrapping to try some fabric gift wrap, and I turned a cereal box inside out for the structure. Figuring out how to decorate the box was the most difficult part, but I went totally girly and tied together some pink Madrona Road fabric strips to make a scrappy bow for my box.

Fabric Gift Wrap Ideas at Craft Buds

Here they are! Not bad, right? I added a little gift tag I made from a recycled from a notecard and a tiny keychain ring. I popped in a couple of shiny sewing pins into the bows to add some glamor. After all, it is Hello Kitty.

Get some more creative gift wrap ideas and from the Ruby Star Wrap Along and enter your own creation in the Ruby Star Wrapping Contest! For more upcycled gift wrap ideas, check out our previous post.

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