Seam ripping, cutting and pinning – oh my!

I’ve spent the last two nights doing this


to parts of this


(That’s a pile of 50+ year old ties for a special project.)

It’s taking longer than I thought it would and they’re less even than I thought/hoped they’d be, but it’s an important project for Sunday so I’m not going to give up.

Currently, seams are ripped. Tomorrow is ironing and piecing…

Then there’s this


My purple fabric project is coming along, I cut the seams, pattern and pieces them pinned it together. Before I sew it together I have to decide if it’ll have a drawstring or not. Details.

So this isn’t the post I wanted to write tonight, but it’s where I am. Crafting time can’t always be predicted…especially with new projects you’re figuring out as you go.

Open Eyes lead to crafty finds!

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Isn’t it lovely?  Beautifully regal purple with silver stripes and an ivory with gold stripes. It was super inexpensive too. (Without ripping it all apart yet, I have about 2 and a half yards of usable knit fabric I think.)

I saw it peaking out of the rack at a store I popped into last weekend.What store? I’ll give you a hint, I needed crayons. Now, I didn’t expect to find inspiration for a summer skirt that day, but part of being creative and crafty is embracing the inspiration when it hits you.

Hit me, it did; embrace it, I shall!

But, just what was that store? It was K-Mart.

No joke.

It was a clearance rack of winter clothes and for $1.99 each (I found 2 3XLs and 1 XL) these turtlenecks will provide enough fabric for a skirt for me, leg warmers for one of my little friends (maybe two or a tunic dress) and possibly a lovie rattle or stuffed owl perhaps.

Not bad huh?

How is that going to work? Come back (or follow along on facebook) to find out. I don’ t know about you, but I’m pretty excited for my very own New Dress a Day like project. (And do I have MANY more if this goes well!)

What would you make with fabric like this?

Crafty idea – Sending Mail

Hi Friends! For our first project we’re going to talk about mail. I’m talking the kind that requires a stamp (or several) and takes a few days to arrive at someone elses house. Oh, you want to know what there is possibly to say about it? How about you can basically send any sort of paper or object (subject to the rules here) through the mail? Yes that’s right. You can send Easter eggs, scraps of paper, cardboard etc.

A friend of mine is going through a rough mental spot so I thought getting real mail would be a nice treat for her. What to send her though? I mean I have an endless supply of greeting cards and can make others, but I thought I’d send her something special today.

Somethings to note for this project: The minimum size for mail is 3 1/2″ x 5″ and the maximum size is 6 1/8″ x 11 1/2″  (here is the info on sizes and shapes of mail that you might find useful) And you can use anything! For today, I’m using a page from Yes and Yes’s 2012 calendar and going to make a simple trifold mailing.

Ready? Here we go!mail1.1 You’ll need:

  • A ruler (to make sure your mailing piece isn’t smaller or bigger than it should be AND to get your folds nice and sharply creased)
  • Scissors
  • Transparent Tape
  • Pen or Sharpie
  • What you want to make something from.

First things first. Trim the edge off the top and if you want the rest of the edges too. I trimmed the fringe and only the bottom off for this project and it ended up folding in thirds nicely. Next you want to add a little bit of yourself to it. I know my friend would love the color scheme and the design, but there were already some suggestions of what to do on certain days. I added notes to that. mail1.2 If you can’t see the notes, in the upper left, I changed “have a beer with a crazy label” to have ice cream with a crazy label”.

Then I saw that the 18th said to write an inappropriate haiku. Well friends, I LOVE a good haiku, so I think that EVERY 18th should be write an inappropriate haiku day. (I’ll have to come up with one later! I’ll share it on the Court is Crafty facebook page later.)

Then the last outside note I made was that “Every day should be Thanksgiving. Give thanks and eat pie!” I know what I added would make my friend smile and then I turned it over and wrote a more personal note on the inside. I didn’t photo that part because it’s personal.

Next I folded it up and measured to make sure I was within the necessary requirements. (Remember the address should be parallel to the long side to avoid extra charges!) Here’s what the front and back ended up looking like: mail1.3Last thing left to do is to put a little tape on the edges so sneaky eyes can’t pry (Also so it goes through the machines with less chance of incident. I used 3 pieces of tape about an inch in a half long), address it, and put a stamp on it! There you have it, use something cool to send someone a surprise in the mail.

(Photos are all my own. Any brands referenced are purely by chance of what I have on hand. If you have any questions you can leave a comment below or email me here. You can also email me if you’d like to detail a project you’re stoked about doing.)