Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hand made padded envelope

Needing a quick craft "fix", I decided to venture to somewhere a little different in CRAFT LAND.
I made this one of a kind padded mailing envelope.

As an Etsy shop owner, I use padded mailers quite a bit. I don't use enough consistently to by them in bulk.
I used to make a lot of cards so I have tons of scrap book paper.

The first thing I did was take 2 12x12 pieces of paper and cut 2 inches off one.
I used 4 pieces of double stick tape ( that has protective layer that needs to be removed) on the inside of the longest one. (12x12 )
I then tacked (with another small piece of double faced tape) padding ( 11x9 ) in the middle of each sheet of paper, leaving an edge of about 1/4 in.
Next, I carefully laid the smaller piece to the larger piece.
I pressed all around the edges to make a nice seal.
Using a straight edge, I carefully folded the top edge down to make a flap.
I used more tape, leaving the protective layer on until I actually use it.
Then I used the scrap two inches of the paper and cut it a bit larger than a mailing label.
I happened to use double sided paper so I used the contrasting side and punched a flower design in one corner and put on the mailing label.
I really love the way it turned out. I would love getting this baby in my mail box.

2 12x12 heavy scrap book paper
Double sided tape ( you can get scrap booking tape ) I used terrifically tacky tape it has a red protective layer.
Mailing label
Small flower ( or what ever type you want ) punch.
Bubble wrap recycled from old mailer,or purchased at the roller tree.

Hope this tutorial is helpful.
NOTE: To make different sizes just adjust the measurements to fit your needs.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

More Totes

I'm so excited about this pattern. Can you tell??

Each one is so different and so cute in it's own way

I think some these are going to a couple of women at my Hubbies work.

Just wanted to show them off.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Isn't She Lovely

I have always wanted one of these vases, so while on a thrifting trip to find a cabinet to re-do (that will be another post) I ran across her!!! I instantly wanted "LUCY" I think she looks like Lucille Ball any way... Not one of my Thriftiest moments though. Lucy cost a whopping $39.00.
She still had the circa 1958 Hooks price tag for .98 and I paid $.39.00 !! Please Someone tell me she was a bargain and really worth like I don't know maybe a million?
Well I love her any way and my Hubby is the one who talked me into getting her! Love him.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

More cuteness

Can you tell that I really love this lunch bag pattern??

I cant stop making them. It all started with this one just so I could use that adorable turtle fabric.

Now I'm hooked. My other sis K. loves green so.... you know I just had to make one for her.

While enjoying a Very Rare day off I went Targeting and found these fab kitchen towels

and you got it... more cool lunch bags. These are all "cool" because they have insulating fabric and wipe off water resistant rip stop nylon lining them. The drawstring inner cover is nice so no goodies can fall out, and it nearly doubles the amount of items you can put in it.

I think this would make a great purse or even a great diaper bag for shorter trips.

I also made this nice wris-let key fob,

using some of the pretty ribbon used in the apple lunch tote. This will go in my etsy shop.
If you love buying hand made check it out.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


I've been with my best friend for 35 years today!

May 5th 1976 was our first date. Thirty five years together, 33.5 married, two kids, a son in law and a daughter in law and two grandsons later and ALL IS GOOD ;).




My oldest sister C. and her husband were here for Easter.
While here, C. saw my Etsy stuff and loved the turtle fabric I used on the bib set.

Always wanting to make something new, I asked what she'd like me to make her out of the adorable fabric. ENTER the "Turtle Tote" Lunch bag.
C. said that it had to be big enough to hold a frozen lunch box.

I found this perfect FREE Tutorial + a whole lot more at Pink Penguin. Thanks Ayumi! I made a few changes.

Instead of stabelizer I used insul-bright to keep the lunch cold.
I used rip stop nylon which is water resistant instead of the plastic coated fabric.
I also used the combined amount of outer and inner bag fabric size. (ie.. 18 1/2 x 12 1/2) Instead of two 9 x 12 1/2 because I used the same fabric and didn't need a seam.

Other than that I followed her WONDERFUL and EASY instructions and start to finish
2 hr.10min.
I've always loved the bags with the drawstring cover and thought ugh... I'll never be able to do that! I was way wrong. Ayumi's Tute was GREAT!!!