Friday, March 29, 2013

Hawaiian Quilt Update and Quilt Along!

I am very excited to say that I am hopefully going to be making my first real quilt soon! I signed up for the Texas Teardrops Quilt Along! Hopefully this will keep my on track. I already know how to sew and have a good basic understanding of how to quilt, so I am hoping this won't be too difficult!

It will be so much fun! I thought I would also update you all on my Hawaiian quilted pillow!

So, the last time you saw it, it was just being cut and laying it out to  baste it to the backing.

Then I hand appliqued the pattern onto the backing. Here you can see the stitches on the back side of the fabric.

After that was finished I added the batting and the backing and basted those together to start the quilting process. Here is where I was before I went to class.

The other day I finished the outside quilting. Next to work on is the quilting inside the pattern.

I haven't yet decided on what I wanted to do for the inside. I know that hearts will be involoved. The best part is you can do whatever you want. This pattern is called Ginger. It is based off of the Torch Ginger plant. So I will be adding some fun detail to show off that plant.

I hope you all enjoyed my update. Hold on tight for the next quilting project. Fingers crossed that I can make it happen!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

You’ve Gotta Glitter the Eggs

Last year, I dyed eggs with my Mother, I attempted to use wine to do so, but it didn’t really work well.


This year, well we are moving… FINALLY! One week until I have all of our belongings back under one roof, and I am ecstatic! So, I wasn’t in the mood to do the whole hard boil the egg thing.

Instead, I glittered plastic ones!


To tell you the truth, I had an AWESOME idea… but I couldn’t find CLEAR plastic eggs. If anyone knows where I could get some of those, please let me know. I will have to save that project for next year.

Now on with the step by steps:

Products Used:

Art Glitter on the small eggs in: #225 Shocking Pink Neon, #365 Caution Neon, #222 Electric Light, #233 Blue Hawaii Ultrafine Opaque, #361 Cat Eyes Ultrafine Opaque On the Big Egg: #289 Pompeii Ultrafine Transparent, #212 Blue Whale Ultrafine Transparent, #312 Fresh Green Ultrafine Transparent, #103 Jonquil Ultrafine Transparent, #205 Berry Pie Ultrafine Transparent, #360 Pretty Pink Ultrafine Transparent, and #85 Crystal Ultrafine Transparent.

Designer Dries Clear Adhesive

Plastic Eggs (or real ones – just don’t plan on eating them after)


Painters Tape

When I went to the store, I only a had few choices on eggs. They didn’t sell much at the craft store so I was stuck with the grocery store options. So I purchased the giant clear egg with 30 eggs in it.


I start by taking one half of the giant egg (I took the top) and sectioned out the areas with Washi tape. I recommend using Painters tape, because washi tape did not cut it.


I then went one color at a time using ALL transparent glitters. Now the tricky part. Brushing adhesive on to plastic. I like to use a lot of adhesive when doing this. Also letting a layer dry, and then adding another layer, otherwise you get a lot of glue separation. But you can fix that later if need be. I will explain it when I do the little eggs.


Ok, so you added all the glitter, now let it dry.

DSC02664Then peel off the tape. With the washi the adhesive started to peel up. I am hoping with painters tape it will be more precise.

Now onto the little eggs. I did the same thing, but I opened up the eggs. I tried doing some cool things to it, like dripping glue and swirls, but I am not that talented, and I just loved the “full” glitter look. What can I say. Also, don’t forget to do your “golden” egg. Even though as a kid I don’t recall having a golden egg. We were excited to get pennies in the late 80’s early 90’s.



If the adhesive separates, after you had added the glitter, dab adhesive onto the open spots, the glitter will help keep the adhesive in tact. Then add more glitter. (which add more glitter is a great option… ALWAYS)

Anyways. I like to ramble, so back to the finished product. Adding some Easter Grass, I complete the egg in the basket look, and 100% glitter fantastic.


Now if you didn’t see the Art Glitter Blog on Saturday (where my post was), be sure to check it out today, otherwise, I know there will be something awesome posted on the Art Glitter Blog today as well!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Art Glitter Design Team LAST CALL!

Submissions to be on Art Glitter's Design Team end tomorrow! As in March 22nd! You still have time if you want to submit. Please head over to Art Glitter's Blog for more information.

I have LOVED being on the Art Glitter Design Team. They are a wonderful company and I love their glitter so much! It is the best glitter I have EVER used! No joke. I just picked up 12 new colors while out shopping today and yesterday... (don't tell my husband) but I know I will use it!

More on my Hawaiian pillow tomorrow! I am going to head out and enjoy what is left of this beautiful Hawaiian day!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Beginnings of My Hawaiian Quilted Pillow

So I started taking a Hawaiian Quilting Pillow Class.

I have been wanting to make a quilt but I don’t more for a few more weeks (YEAH!!) and I don’t have a sewing machine until then. Then it will take at least a week to get my house together before my husband will let me start to play, so a hand sewing class I thought would be a perfect way to start.

The colors aren’t exactly as I had hoped they would show up in pictures, but here is my cut out “snowflake” pattern. It is called Ginger.


We were to come to class, and not take out the pins yet. I am showing it on my background color which is gray. I chose two different blues, but this is what my husband picked. Which was my first choice too, but he said it was more Hawaiian in color, and I would have to agree.

Once we got to class we got to open it up! Then we pinned it to the back fabric, and then basted it.


I love how it looks!! Unfortunately my edges keep fraying. I want to blame that on my scissors I bought. Because my fabric is Kona, and thought that was good fabric. They were sold out of the brand of scissors I wanted, and out here, we do not have many choices. I might have to buy a new pair online.

Now my homework is to hand applique the pattern to the back. I will tell you that I have learned several new tricks to tying knots, what basting even was, and how to do the invisible applique stitch! Well at least that is what I am going to call them!

I will definitely update you with my progress. My next class is Tuesday, so I will have to have to entire top appliqued to the backing by then. For a beginner, she said this may take 10 hours… which probably means I should start now! Cause I am sure it might take me longer.

I will update you some time this week or next before I head off to class!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Glitter Tattoo!

Did you see that Art Glitter came out with Body Glue!?! I couldn’t wait to get my hand on it and see what it was all about!

If you came by to see what I was quilting, I should have an update later this week on the status of my Hawaiian Quilted Pillow, but on with the glitter!

I ordered a couple stencils, including a cherry stencil, but I know I could probably cut out anything I want out of vinyl on my Cricut. Below are the supplies used.


Art Glitter’s Body Glue (that is on sale until March 25th!)

Art Glitter in #280 Lime Rind Ultrafine Opaque, #333 Red Zone Opaque Hologram




I strayed slightly from the directions that they gave me, because I wanted to make sure my colors didn’t blend. But I started with cleaning my hand and putting the stencil where I wanted the glittered tattoo.


I brushed on the body glue on where I wanted to put my first color. Then sprinkled on the glitter and dusted it off.


I added body glue to the next part, added the glitter, dusted it off then removed the stencil… slowly.


And there you have it a glittered tattoo! I am not going to lie, the kids I know LOVE it! My friends son even tried to smell it yesterday, granted he is only two, so it is ok. I have had it on for almost a week and it is still going strong. About an hour after I put it on, I even showered. – Still sparkly!!

Well I hope you love this, I can’t wait to make one for St. Patrick’s Day! (Not cherries, but I will give it a shot at a shamrock for sure!)

Be sure to stop by the Art Glitter Blog for another fun glittery project!

and glitter on!

ps. Sorry for my pictures not being the greatest, my camera died. It was so sad, the last picture on my post is literally the last picture my Rebel Xsi took… but in much happier news, I got a new Rebel T4i!  I’ll post about that later!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Glitter Galore!

I love glitter!

Here is a photo of my current collection, missing a couple of containers. They are kind of sorted, but my next step is how do I store these so I can see all the beautiful colors?


Any suggestions?? I am currently trying to figure out my crafting space in the new house… oh yeah, new house! We found a place to live in Hawaii!! YEAH!! One big stressor off my back. I would really love to get a Scrapbox, but the shipping to Hawaii is like $200 extra dollars! And they are expensive in the first place. But it would solve my problem of where to put my craft space EVERYTIME we move. But I don’t really know. I was also thinking of using some sort of shelving since I have tons on paper, and a cricut, and bunch of cartridges. I also have a sewing machine and my fabric collection is growing at a pretty fast rate. Unfortunately I have no room to dedicate to this, and my husband says I can use the dining room table.

Yeah that is at least 75 different colors of glitter… and of course, I still want more! I’m obsessed. It’s official.