Friday Favorites – Autumn

It’s been a pretty great week here at Crafty Staci.  I’m leaving today to attend the Schoolhouse Craft Conference in Seattle, which I’ve been wanting to do for years.  I’m hoping to come back better, smarter and faster than before, but I’ll settle for a fun weekend.  I also found out I’m going to be one of the curators for Sew Mama Sew’s Handmade Holidays series!  In the past I’ve provided one of the giveaways and had my projects featured, so it will be fun to complete the circle.

Last, but not least, meet my new toy:

My New Pfaff

My Etsy shop stays hopping, so I’ve been working with a second machine for a while now, but it was missing my favorite feature:  the built-in walking foot.  I love my old Pfaff, and found out I could buy a brand-new one that has everything I want and need, and nothing I don’t.  Now they can sit side-by-side with white thread in one and black in the other, while I glide smoothly back and forth.  Or dive frantically, depending on the day.

Another great thing about this week was the start of autumn.  I love the sun, but after an exceptionally warm summer, I’m ready for my boots and scarves. 

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We had a pretty good wind storm here recently, and the pinecones rained down like we were under attack.  I’ve got plenty of supplies to make these Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeders from Freebie Finding Mom.

Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeders from Freebie Finding Mom

We also have a few leaves hitting the ground already.  From what I read elsewhere, you want to press and dry them before making something like this Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder from Spark and Chemistry.

Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder from Spark and Chemistry

One thing we don’t have around here is acorns but I’d love to find some to make these Acorn Owls from Bloesem Kids.

Acorn Owls from Bloesem Kids

This Fall Tree “Snow Globe” from Frugal Fun for Boys is a fun take on a winter tradition.  The author mentioned the water turning brown from the twig, but I think that could be remedied by using an artificial branch.

Fall Tree Snow Globe from Frugal Fun for Boys

I can imagine so many ways to use these Happy Autumn Leaves from Moogly.

Happy Autumn Leaves from Moogly

We can’t talk about autumn without bringing out the big, orange pumpkins, can we?  These Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches from Sewlicious Home Décor are a great transition from warm weather into fall.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches from Sewlicious Home Decor

I’ve seen pumpkins made from just about everything in the craft world.  I particularly like the simplicity but unique quality of these Framed Pumpkins from Country Design Style.

Framed Pumpkins from Country Design Style

My son loves fritters, so I’m almost afraid to show him these Apple Fritters from Greek Food and Greek Life.  On the other hand, he’s becoming a good cook himself…hmm.

Apple Fritters from Greek Food and Greek Life

Need a quick, simple but cute little something sweet?  Check out these Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorns from Tikkido.  There are so many flavors of Hershey Kisses, you could really get creative.

No Bake Easy Acorns from Tikkido

I used to be really into cross-stitch.  I still do it once in a while, and love the look of it.  This Wood Plank Cross Stitch Fall Décor from Make It and Love It puts a fun spin on it.

Wood Plank Cross-Stitch Fall Decor from Make It and Love It

Now, I’ve got some sewing to do!

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One Lifetime Sign

I mentioned last week that I had a few components of the bathroom my husband built for the wedding that I wanted to share with you before I show the whole thing.  This sign is one of them. 

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We had a blank wall at the back, so I decided to make a sign to fill the space.  I had a bunch of burlap-looking canvases I found at a sidewalk sale that were the perfect size.

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I read that in order to make vinyl letters stick to these, you should give them a few coats of Mod Podge.  Nope, nope, nope.  It left me with a rough surface that the vinyl hopped off of like it was on fire.  On to plan B. 

I taped off lines using blue painter’s tape and painted between them.  I was afraid the paint wouldn’t stick either, but I had no problem with it. 

My husband cut a piece of wood for me, and I got to try out my new toy – a wood burning tool.  That thing is so much fun.  I made a few signs for the wedding with it, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to use it again ever since.  To make this one, I just printed the phrase out on the computer, traced it onto the wood using carbon paper, and burned the letters.  Bonus points if you know where this quote is from!

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I hot glued the wood onto the canvas.  My daughter suggested the upholstery tacks in the corners, which I thought added a nice detail.  The flower was one I had made while I was experimenting with a pattern, and I’m glad it found a home.  This sign was perfect for its spot, and it’s even better in the newlyweds’ home.

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Join me next Wednesday, and I’ll show you how I made that puffy flower, along with a couple of variations!

Halloween Spider in a Jar

Materials for this project were provided by Tombow.  The project idea, opinions and mistakes are all me.

I do not like waiting for things to dry.  Paint, glue, my hair…if it needs a little time to get there I have no patience for it.  That’s why I jumped at the chance to try this Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.  No dry time, you just swipe it on and you’re done.  My kind of glue.  The only big question was what was I going to use it on?

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I’ll start by telling you that my first idea was a fail on an unphotographable level.  It wasn’t the glue, it was me.  However, attempt number two more than made up for it.  And I have a jump start on Halloween decorating!

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To make this creepy little display, I used:

  • mossy twigs from outside my house
  • baker’s twine
  • spider web in a bag
  • wood letters
  • scrapbook paper
  • jar
  • battery tea light candle
  • magnet
  • a spider, instructions here
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive

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The wood letters were plain black, so I traced them on the scrapbook paper and glued the paper to the front.

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To create the jar scape, I started by breaking up some of the twigs to make a base for the bottom of the jar.

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I pulled some thin strips of spider web and wrapped them loosely around some taller twigs.  I pushed them into the jar, leaving the ends of the web draped over the outside edge.

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Next in was Spidey himself.  I bent his legs to hook onto the twigs so he wouldn’t fall to the bottom.

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I added glue just inside the rim of the jar in four or five places and stuck the web ends I’d left out to it.  That way, I could control where the webbing ended up and make sure it stayed there.

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I had intended to use glue on this next step, but found I didn’t need it.  However, if yours doesn’t work like mine did, simply glue the magnet to the candle.  Just make sure you can still access the switch.

How to Create a Hanging Light Inside a Mason Jar - Crafty Staci

To decorate the lid a bit, I swiped on glue in a few places, then wrapped it with baker’s twine…

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..and glued a circle of scrapbook paper to the top.

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You can download the tag and pattern to cut the outer part here.  Which, of course, I glued together.

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I tied it to the jar with another bit of baker’s twine.

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Not quite as creepy as when you have to catch an eight-legged intruder in your house in order to “set him free.”

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Unless you want it to be…mwahh-ha-ha!

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Thanks, Tombow, for letting me play with your awesome glue!

Friday Favorites–Disneyland!

This time last week I was losing my voice on California Screamin’, waiting in the long line for Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and trying to be the one person in the boat to not get soaked on Grizzly River Run.  That’s right my friends – I was in Disneyland.  It was a big family trip which included me, my husband, my daughter, her husband (technically on their honeymoon!), my son and his friend, who was a Disneyland newbie.  It was VERY hot, but we all had a fantastic time, and I’m still finding myself Disney dreaming now and then.  Since I’ve still got the mouse on my mind, I thought I’d share a few crafts today that relate to some of my favorite rides.

Crafty Staci's Disneyland Crafts Friday Favorites

Pirates of the Caribbean

This one has always been one of my very favorite rides.  I think they did a great job of incorporating the movie aspects into the ride without ruining it.  This simple Felt Pirate Hat from Simple Simon and Company will have you feeling like a rowdy rapscallion in no time.  Also perfect for Talk Like a Pirate Day today!

Felt Pirate's Hat by Simple Simon and Company

It’s a Small World

The kids suffered through this one for me and my husband.  It’s a must-ride for us on every trip.  What would a day at Disneyland be without that song stuck in your head?  You’re welcome. If an occasional vacation isn’t enough for you, check out this It’s a Small World Kids’ Room Mural from Merryweather’s Cottage.

It's a Small World Mural by Merryweathers Cottage

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

My son was a huge Buzz Lightyear fan when he was a little guy.  We have a photo of him, beaming, next to the Space Ranger on a previous Disney trip.  He loves this ride now, but back then he would have flipped.  I remember at least one DIY Buzz costume, but this one from Fun at Home with Kids is really impressive.

DIY Buzz Lightyear Halloween Costume by Fun At Home With Kids

Sleeping Beauty Castle

We didn’t manage to get a photo out front or go inside the castle on this trip, but even without that it remains an unmistakable focal point in the park.  It’s also home to my favorite Disney villain:  Maleficent.  I think I just like that she turned into a dragon.  When you visit Paper Dolls by Cory’s Facebook page for this free download, you have to check our her other paper dolls.  They are incredible.

Maleficent Paper Doll by Cory

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

One of my favorite rides is my daughter’s most hated.  We started calling it the Tower of Terrific just to get her to ride it once.  After that we took a couple of turns sitting out with her so others could ride it again.  Yes, she hates it that much.  Maybe we need this iPod TV Dock from SHIFT! on Instructables so we can watch Twilight Zone instead of living it.

iPod TV Dock by SHIFT! on Instructables

The Haunted Mansion

We’ve been to Disneyland many times, but somehow we’ve always missed the Halloween holiday season.  This time we arrived on Tuesday and it started on Friday, which also happened to be my daughter’s birthday.  We managed to get through the Haunted Mansion with it’s special Halloween decorations only once, and the ride wasn’t even working right then.  I guess we’ll just have to plan another trip for the fall one of these days.  Darn.  In the meantime, we can get our scary fix with this Haunted Mansion 13 Hour Clock from DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Props.

Disneyland's Haunted Mansion 13 Hour Clock by DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Props

Radiator Springs Racers

Last time we were at Disneyland, Cars Land had opened less than a week before.  It was crazy.  My husband and I finally got to ride this by settling for the single rider line and happening by when it had just reopened after being down.  It was a little better this trip, but not by much.  It’s a popular ride, and for good reason.  Disney really did it right with this one.  Love him or not, Mater is a key component in bringing the world of Cars to life, and you can enjoy a bit of that at home with this Adirondack Chair from Jefferson Woodworks.

Tow Mater Child's Adorondak Chair by Jefferson Woodworks

Indiana Jones Adventure

Our son bought an Indiana Jones hat on our last Disney trip.  He brought it along again this time and wore it all week.  He even had people comment on it.  I think we’ve joked about him needing the whip to go with it, and now he can have it, thanks to Skip to my Lou’s Duct Tape Bullwhip tutorial.

Duct Tape Bullwhip by Skip to my Lou

Peter Pan’s Flight

This is another required ride whenever we visit the House of Mouse.  There’s just something special about flying in a pirate ship over London that makes you feel like a kid.  This Peter Pan’s Escaped Shadow Costume from Tikkdo is a stroke of genius, and it would keep trick-or-treaters from eating candy before they get home.

DIY Peter Pan's Shadow Costume by Tikkido

The Enchanted Tiki Room

The line for the pineapple treats outside this ride never let up while we were in the park.  The nearly 100 degree weather could have played a part in that, but I can tell you the pineapple float I enjoyed while watching the show inside the air-conditioned building never tasted better.  Now I can make them at home with this recipe from Finding Bonggamom.

Dole Pineapple Whip by Bonggamom

Stay tuned for the Disney craft I made the night before we left – coming soon!

Knotted Knit Bathroom Rug

As you know by now, since I haven’t stopped talking about it yet, my daughter’s wedding was held in the small field between our house and our little red barn.  Because we were holding the whole thing outdoors, one of our first considerations was a bathroom.

We looked into renting a port-a-potty style, but frankly nothing about those says wedding.  We saw some beautiful trailer-style restrooms to rent at a bridal show, but they would have obliterated our budget.  Being the handy guy he is, my husband decided to build one onto the back of our barn.  He ended up using mostly repurposed or left over supplies, and the whole thing cost us about $300.  On top of that, it was adorable.  I’m not going to show you the entire thing yet, because I’d like to share some of the things we made to go into it before the big reveal.  I’m starting with this unassuming but foot-friendly little rug.

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I made each of the bridesmaids and the flower girl grey knit robes, and a white one for the bride, so they would have something to wear while they got ready.  Making six robes left me with lots of scraps, so I used those to make this.  You could also cut up t-shirts. 

I cut strips that were about 1” wide and 6” long.  If my notes are correct (forgive me, a lot was going on) I ended up with 1092 grey and 185 white.  I didn’t use all of them.  I’d recommend counting the holes to get a good estimate of how many you’ll need.

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For the base I used the same type of mesh used for latch hook rugs.  You can buy it by the yard at the fabric store.  I cut mine 16 by 24”.  I happened to have some of this on hand, so this project cost me nothing out of pocket!

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To bind the edges, I cut strips of knit that were 2” wide by the length of each side, plus a few inches.  Starting with the short sides, I overlapped the strip so it was covering the edge and stitched through all three layers on the sewing machine.

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For the long sides I did the same, only I turned the ends under about 1/2”.

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The corners should overlap.

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I used a pointy stick to push the ends of the small strips up through the holes from the bottom.

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Both ends should come up through adjacent holes.

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I only tied these once, rather than a square knot, because I found it was too bulky otherwise.  The knit holds well and none of them have come untied.

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I skipped a row of the mesh so only one strip of fabric is in each hole.  I also skipped a row when starting the next.  Again, it was too bulky if I didn’t.  This is what the back ends up looking like.

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Because of its size this rug is pretty heavy, but it’s great to stand on because it’s so thick.  It held in place well on the wood floor of the bathroom at the wedding, but slides around a bit on some tile.  The newlyweds are still using it in the bathroom at their new apartment!

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Friday Favorites–Welcome to the Jungle

I’m about to show my age here, but if you’re familiar with the song title I’m using, bonus points to you.  When my daughter was a tiny little thing, she used to sing it with her dad.  It was the cutest thing ever.  Today is that same girl’s birthday, and while she would (and does) happily sing this with her father, she’s all grown up now.  This week’s Friday Favorites is dedicated to my first-born monkey!

Welcome to the Jungle - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

Around the same time as all that singing, my little girl could not get enough of The Lion King.  That was back when we were all watching on VHS, and the tape was so well-worn it had a permanent stripe across the top of the screen.  Needless to say, we had a lion-themed birthday or two in there.  This little Jungle Party from Simply Designing would have been perfect for my fruit and vegetable lover.

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This Jungle Vine from One Charming Party is a great idea, and I think you could probably recycle paper bags for the vine, making it very inexpensive.

Jungle Vine from One Charming Party

It’s kinda crazy how easy it is to make this Zebra Stripe Cake from My Cake School.  I have got to try this.

Zebra Cake from My Cake School

Craft, Interrupted shares an adorable Feed the Monkey Game here, but what I particularly liked was the little Banana Beanbags.

Banana Bean Bags from Craft Interrupted

A couple of basic paper shapes and some clothespins are all you need to make these stand-up animals from Estefi Machado.

Clothespin Safari Animals from Estefi Machado

This No Sew Leaf Girl Costume from Alpha Mom would be great for your rainforest girl.

No Sew Leaf Girl Costume from Alpha Mom

These sweet Sleep Toy patterns from Livemaster remind me of some I had when I was a little kid.

Toys for Sleep from Livemaster

I remember my kids coming home from school with rain sticks they had made, like these from The Imagination Tree.

DIY Rain Stick from The Imagination Tree

Make play binoculars for your mini explorers with this DIY from Make Life Lovely.

DIY Binoculars from Make Life Lovely

I adore every single part of this Felt Safari Quiet Book from A Handmade Tale.

Safari Quiet Book from A Handmade Tale

Kissing Bell

I’m still trying to locate some photos of many of the things we made for the wedding.  We were so busy that day, and the days leading up to it, we didn’t get a chance to take pictures.  Unfortunately, I’m starting to think some of it will have to live on in our memories and I won’t be able to share it all here.  While I wait it out a little longer, I thought I’d tell you about a fun thing we did that was a hit with the not-quite-tall-enough-for-a-rollercoaster crowd.

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At a wedding, guests will often tap their glass with their fork to make that clinking noise as a signal the bride and groom should share a kiss.  At the last wedding we attended before my daughter’s the newlyweds were driven a bit bonkers with glass-clinking.  But because we were using mason jars and those silver-looking plastic forks, that wasn’t going to be an option.  I wasn’t about to let them off the hook though.

I considering putting a small bell at each guests’ spot.  I also thought about just putting one larger bell in the center of each table.  As I mentioned last week, we had lots of kids in attendance, so I was afraid every parent there would hate me by the end of the night.  Instead, we decided to go with one bell, and it worked out perfectly!

I made this sign using my vinyl cutting machine and some of the leftover grey vinyl from the glasses.

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After a little searching, I found this bell on Amazon.  I was surprised at how good the quality was, especially for the price, and I’m pretty sure you can hear this thing ringing for miles.

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We hung it just above adult eye level to make it a little tougher for the kids to overuse it.  It was adorable to watch two little brothers we know try to help each other reach it.  We also added the “2 rings per customer please” to the sign to help with the ones who were a little older.  Believe it or not, it worked, and I’m pretty sure everyone who wanted a shot at ringing it found a way.

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We liked the bell so much, we hung it on one of the cedar posts by our front door after the wedding.  Without the kissing sign, of course.

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As if these two needed any encouragement.

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Hot and Cold Pillowcase

I love Oregon, but I find this time of year a little frustrating.  Don’t get me wrong, there are things I love about fall, like apples, pumpkins and boots.  Oh, the boots.  But the inconsistency in the temperature drives me a little nuts.  One minute I’m freezing, the next I’m roasting.  When you live here, you learn to dress in layers.  But nighttime is a little harder to solve.  This project was made to help a friend in the hospital who wanted something soft by his face, but I think I’ve found an easy solution to my freezer/oven problem.

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This is a basic pillowcase, but the secret is using woven cotton fabric on one side and super-soft Minky, or other soft fleece, on the other.  If you’re too warm, flip it to the cotton side for instant cooling.  If you’re trying to warm up, the fleece is the side you want.

To make this, you’ll need 14” of woven cotton fabric, 14” of fleece, 12” of woven cotton for the cuff and 3” of woven cotton for the accent.  The fleece will probably be wider than the cotton (54” vs 42”), so you’ll need to cut it to the same size so each piece is 14 by 42”.

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Sew two of the 42” sides together with wrong sides together and a slightly less than 1/4” seam.  Turn the pieces so the right sides are together and press the seam on the cotton fabric side.  Stitch again with a slightly larger than 1/4” seam.

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What you should have at that point is a piece that measures 27” long and 42” wide with a French seam running down the middle.  Set that piece aside for a moment. 

Fold your 3” accent piece in half with wrong sides together and press.

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Take your cuff piece and lay it face up on your workspace.  Mine is a little deceiving here because I happened to find a piece that was printed with two different colors.  You could certainly piece two prints together if you’d like a different color on each side of your pillow, but what’s shown here is just one piece.

Lay the accent piece on top, lining up the raw edges.  As you can see on the right, they may not match up on the end.  That’s okay – we’ll deal with it shortly.

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Lay the cotton/fleece piece on top of that with the right side down and raw edge matching the others.  If you did piece the cuff, make sure to match up the seams of both pieces. 

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Starting from the bottom edge, carefully roll up the cotton/fleece until it’s past the center of the cuff but not all the way to the top edge.

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Fold the bottom edge of the cuff up and over the roll and match the raw edge to the raw edges at the top.  Pin in place.

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Stitch 1/4” from the raw edge all the way across.  Pull the roll from the inside out one end to turn everything right side out.

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I’d recommend checking your seam to make sure you caught all the layers in it before turning.  The fleece is a little slippery and you don’t want to end up with this hot mess.

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Cut off the accent, cuff and body to match the shortest of the three.

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Line up the edges with wrong sides together and stitch a scant 1/4” seam down the side and across the bottom.  I always go way under 1/4”, just make sure you’re catching both layers.

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Turn the pillowcase wrong side out.  Press the seam on the cotton side.  Stitch a bit over 1/4” from each edge.

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Turn the pillowcase right side out and press the seams one last time on the cotton side.

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I’m ready now, Autumn.  Bring it on.

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Friday Favorites–Apple of my Eye

We have two dwarf apple trees in our yard.  Every year we root for them (ba-dum-bum), but the number of apples they bear wouldn’t make one pie.  The Asian pear that stands right next to them has so much fruit on it right now the limbs are touching the ground.  I’m no gardener, so I’m not going to begin to understand that, I’m just going to enjoy whatever fruit wants to come my way in the fall. 

Apple Recipes and Crafts - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

Why is it when you bite into an apple and find a worm (or worse yet, half a worm) it’s icky, but when you add the little guy to a crafted apple, like this Patchwork Apple Tote from Hungry Hippie, it’s adorable?

Patchwork Apple Tote from 1 Hungry Hippie

This Upcycled Soda Bottle Candy Apple from Club Chica Circle is a great way to reuse those fun, round pop bottles that are available now.

Candle Apple Teacher Gift from Club Chica Circle

I’ve never heard of Apple Nachos, like these from Allyson Kramer, but I definitely need to give them a try.

Apple Nachos from Allyson Kramer

It’s hard to believe that these shiny Apple Earrings from Sowdering About in Seattle start out as simple paper.

Apple Earrings from Sowdering About in Seattle

There’s that worm again.  I love how Craft Gossip used the handle to add him to these Mason Jar Tumbler Teachers’ Gifts.

Mason Jar Tumbler Apples from Craft Gossip

This Apple Scented Bubble Bath from Smart School House is a great gift idea to stash away for the holidays.

Apple Scented Bubble Bath from Smart Schoolhouse

Oh my goodness.  This Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze from Inspired by Charm is just…I don’t think I need to say any more.

Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze from Inspired by Charm

These Apple Coasters from The Purl Bee are so cute.  I especially like the ones with a bite missing.

Apple Coasters from Purl Bee

This Apple Bag from The Ribbon Retreat looks just about right for carrying some books.  And, of course, an apple.

Apple Bag from The Ribbon Retreat

I love this idea so much.  No mess, no core, nothing but crunchy apple, gooey caramel and whatever toppings strike your fancy.  Thanks to She Knows for the next autumn dessert I’m going to need to try.

Mini Caramel Apple Bites from She Knows

Kids’ Wedding Coloring Book

We knew there would be lots of little ones in attendance at my daughter’s wedding.  She really wanted to include them, but we were a little worried they might get bored.  We bounced around ideas like some yard games, but they really couldn’t do that during the ceremony.  We found a couple of cute kids’ coloring books for weddings on Pinterest, and once we decided to seat everyone at tables for the ceremony, we knew that would be a perfect way to keep the young crowd entertained.

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My talented niece Keely drew the photo for the front to represent Codi and John.  I love the way it turned out! 

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I made a word search using wedding and Codi and John-specific words for the first page on the inside, using this website from Discovery.  I probably should have used fewer words because the letters were pretty small, but I figured it would be a good challenge for the slightly older kids.

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The next page was just a simple cupcake outline, since that’s what we were serving at the reception, that could be decorated however the artist chose.

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Following the cupcake was my favorite page, Wedding Guest Bingo.  I was kinda busy at the reception, so I don’t know how the kids did on this, but it was fun to make.

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The Wedding Mad Libs was a tricky one, because you don’t want the participant to see where the words are going when they choose them.  I went with a brief description and lines for the words on one page…

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…and the Mad Lib itself to fill in on the next.

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I found this fun website that has mazes for all the letters of the alphabet in both upper and lowercase, so I chose an S for the newlyweds’ last name.  I also added their little heads to show the start and finish points.

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The back of the book had a spot for the artist to write his or her name, but I was stumped for a while on what else to add there.  It finally occurred to me it would be fun to decorate the getaway car!  They were taking my daughter’s Kia Soul, so I found a photo and traced it to create the cartoon car.

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It would have been easy enough to just lay these on the tables, but we really wanted to take it a step farther.  We put each book in a yellow bag and added a box of crayons, a small lollipop and a couple of glow stick bracelets for when it got dark later.  I made labels with each kid’s name on them and a second label for the bottom with their table number so whoever put them out would know where each one should go.

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It was kind of nice to have that pop of yellow scattered around on the tables.

Kids Wedding Coloring Book - Crafty Staci 10

These bags were a big hit with the kids at the wedding, and none of them were left behind afterward.  I’m pretty sure those coloring books saved a parent or two’s sanity, if only for a few minutes!