Sunday, January 22, 2017

Craftastic Monday Link Party Time


Happy Monday Crafties!  It's time to find inspiration from other craft lovers and show us what you've been busy creating by linking up to the party below.

Last week I shared the Yonderland-Inspired Parvuli Plush Toy I made:


Plus, my PUL-Palooza round-up of handy PUL fabric project tutorials.


Which also included a brand new giveaway for two bundles of these PUL-using PDF Patterns HERE:


As well as announcing the newest weekly PUL fabric de-stash additions now available in my Etsy shop:

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Now let's see those Craftastic Picks..

Doodle and Stitch shared this fabulous unicorn piƱata tutorial:


Just A Little Creativity showed how to make these cute custom peg people wedding toppers:


Bastelhexe's Kreativecke made this sweet house quilt block:


My Busy Beehives created this fun and free life lemons printable:


Busy Being Jennifer shared her hand stitched motivation wall hoop for 2017: 


Sadie Seasongoods turned some vintage rhinestone buttons into a charming bracelet:


If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to Be Featured Here?  

Remember to link back to the party somewhere.
I can't feature your link if you don't share the party in some way.  

I've seen some amazing projects to feature, but couldn't find any link page or button anywhere on those blogs!   

I also feature these projects on Sew Can Do's Craftastic Picks Pinterest board 
AND share each of them on Twitter too for even MORE exposure for YOUR blog!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   
Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to giveaways, shops, link parties or other people's work).  Add the link to your specific post (not the main page of your blog).  Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post or blog somewhere.  Party pages are fine.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   

Friday, January 20, 2017

It's PUL-Palooza! Tutorial Round-up & Pattern Giveaway


Wet wintertime around here has us using a lot of my PUL fabric projects on a regular basis. It seems like a good time to do a round-up of some of those handy, waterproof tutorials AND giveaway a few copies of my perfect-for-PUL Patterns too.



The useful, waterproof, breathable quality of PUL (polyester fabric with a polyurethane lamination) is well known for cloth diapers and training pants, but it's also good for loads of other projects you can make yourself. 

For keeping warm and dry on snowy days, PUL rocks for things like these insulated snow mittens.  Get the FREE pattern for these HERE.


It's excellent for making snow pants too.  Use my DIY Snow Pants tutorial to make some in less than an hour and for way less than the store bought equivalent.



It makes for awesome wet bags for diapers, laundry & swimwear.  Get the how-to for some HERE.




It's ideal for big bags too.  My Wonderfully Waterproof Tote tutorial works well as a diaper bag, travel tote or beach bag:



PUL is great for food storage too, like reusable sandwich bags.  These are super simple to make with small PUL pieces:



Or try making some snack sacks.  See how to make both kinds of bags HERE.  



If you're looking for some of these fabrics, I've added a few favorite PUL prints from my stash to my Etsy shop:



Now let's do a giveaway for a Pair of PDF Patterns for PUL fabric!  

My popular Sanity Saving Training Pants Pattern:



and my Space Saver Backpack Pattern:



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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Yonderland Love: Our Parvuli Plush Toy


Amongst my DIY toy creations for this past Christmas was this fluffy little friend.  Honestly, it's hands down been my favorite plush to make to date: one of the Parvuli from Yonderland.



If you're not familiar with Yonderland, and you like awesome things, you need to discover it it asap.  It's a fantasy themed tv series from the UK that features fun characters, an alternative world and puppets.  It's considered a family show, so it's amusing & clever for adults and still entertaining for kids.  And no this isn't a paid/sponsored post to pimp it to you (although I'd totally jump at the chance to work with the peeps from Yonderland).  My kids LOVE it, as do my husband and I.  Santa brought them the new series 3 on dvd, so it seemed only fitting that I'd would make something inspired by  the show to go with it.  Of course I had all the supplies on hand, because I'm completely ridiculous craft gear hoarder. These adorable, furry creatures with the syrupy voices and high pitched songs seemed the ideal choice and a great way to use some of my massive plastic eye & faux fur collection. 



Now, if I want to get technical, I suppose I should call this little guy a Parvulus since Parvuli is plural and I've only made one so far (it means children in Latin btw).  My 11 yr old is learning Latin since he's crazy about ancient history, so we should probably be accurate from an educational standpoint, but I'm going to keep referring to it with the group name everyone knows here, so the grammar police can arrest me after this post.

I can't tell who's having more fun with him - me or the kids.  The amusing vignette options are infinite.  It's like having a bit of the show in my house, which feels surreal.  Parvuli hobbies include chillin' in the kitchen with some cake and a Sudoku:



Singing while looking cute, just like in the show:



and dreaming about "The Chosen One" aka Debbie:
   


I made him with faux fur, fleece, felt and polyfil, so he's as close to the real deal as I could get DIY'ing and is still durable enough for the kids while playing. Of course, I literally waited until 4 days before Christmas to even think about how draft my pattern and figure out how to put it together, but within 48hrs I had him totally done.  It's weird, but I almost can't believe I made him, it's as if he just popped out of a cupboard rather than me sewing him together. Maybe some Yonderland magic was involved, who knows?  

Before anyone asks, I don't/won't make these to sell.  Sorry:(  I was asked this A LOT when I did my handmade BoxTroll plush, as that was another great screen story that had no real merchandise, so searches brought lots of people here.  The positive feedback is great and always appreciated.  I don't ever want to sound rude about it, because it's crazy flattering when someone offers to buy what I've made.  I'm just trying to being proactive on this one to cut down time spent on individual replies.  I feel sad & a little guilty saying no to fellow fans, but there's a good reason. 



Why say no?  The Yonderland crew owns the rights to their creations.  While I'm a big fan and loved making this creature for my own kiddies, it wouldn't be cool to make money off the show's name & character concept without their permission.  I'm not doing a Parvuli-specific tutorial for the same reason.  I don't want people to start selling them using my design.  I had enough trouble with a jerk Chinese company stealing my BoxTroll photos to try to scam "sell" their products, so I'm trying to keep that kind of drama to a minimum, but still be able to share projects I loved making here.  Hence my copyright all over the place in my photos even though I hate how that looks.   


With that being said, let's get back to the cuteness, shall we?  Amusingly, I made this guy for my 14yr old (so getting a plush toy present wouldn't be babyish, but cool thanks to the awesome show), but in true Negatus (the show's semi-villain), I-takes-what-I-want-style, my 7yr old daughter promptly snatched him for herself and literally won't let him go.  Between that and the plural grammar issue, I feel like I need to make more now.  And figure out how to make some other characters.  The in-house pretending options would be unlimited!      




Sunday, January 15, 2017

Craftastic Monday Link Party


Happy Monday Crafty Friends!  Come be inspired by fellow crafters and share your latest & greatest crafty creations by linking up below.

Last week I shared the Mommy & Me Leggings I made (one of which is a Free Pattern Find) + DIY Matching Top:


I also launched a brand new giveaway for this geek-themed fabric bundle HERE:


And announced the newest weekly fabric de-stash additions now available in my Etsy shop:

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Now for some Craftastic Picks..

KBB Crafts & Stitches did this amazing cross stitch peacock purse.  So gorgeous:


Refresh Living shared this amazing family made DIY spice rack from test tubes:



Do Design Yourself turned a plain old cabinet into a styled mid-century treasure with a few easy additions:



Hudson's Holidays created this cute yarn kitty doll:



The Crafty Blog Stalker shared how to do some easy handmade rings:


Frau Tschi-Tschi offered up this fun free pattern for a whimsical amigurumi hippo:


If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to Be Featured Here?  

Remember to link back to the party somewhere.
I can't feature your link if you don't share the party in some way.  

I've seen some amazing projects to feature, but couldn't find any link page or button anywhere on those blogs!   

I also feature these projects on Sew Can Do's Craftastic Picks Pinterest board 
AND share each of them on Twitter too for even MORE exposure for YOUR blog!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   
Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to giveaways, shops, link parties or other people's work).  Add the link to your specific post (not the main page of your blog).  Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post or blog somewhere.  Party pages are fine.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Geek Fabric Giveaway & Friday Fabric For Sale Additions!


Want to start the new year off with a chance to win these fun fabrics? 

Last Friday I announced my 2017 resolution to clear up my fabric stash and offer up some fabric gems for sale in my shop each week and for free in sporadic giveaways.  Today I'm kicking off the first stash-busting giveaway for these awesome geek-themed prints:



They're from the coveted & hard to find Geeks Gone Wild collection by Timeless Treasures.  I did a bunch of fun geeky office supplies with some awhile back:



This giveaway bundle includes a 3/4yd cut of this print:


A slightly bigger than 3/8 yd cut of this black & white Space Invaders:


And a slightly bigger than 1/4yd cut of the same print in this vibrant aqua & lime color way:



There's enough to make the items from my office set, including the insulation cup cosy (my previous tutorial can be found here):



And I've also added a bunch of other geeky and whimsical fabrics to my Etsy shop HERE:


Now, ready for a chance to win this geeky fabric bundle?  


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