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I made it Monday!

A little tutorial that will keep the kids busy for about… 10 minutes.

Way back while I was studying, a friend showed me how to do this. Probably seems very straight forward, but heck, I didn’t think about it at the time.

Mom bought Lili some glow in the dark stars; I had some of mine left over from res days, so yesterday we put them up.

You will need:

  • Ceiling
  • A broom
  • Prestik
  • Glow in the dark stars / celestial bodies etc.
  • Toddler assistant optional

I think this ceiling needs some stars

This is a spot directly above her bed. Little Lili hasn’t seen stuff glow yet – curious to see her reaction at night.

Get some glow in the dark shapes and Prestik

Put a ball of Prestik in the centre of your shape.

Put a little bit of Prestik on the tip of the broom handle; rub it flat so that when you put the star on, it just sticks, but will still come off easily.

Lightly balance the star on the broom handle where you used a little bit of Prestik.

Little hands can help too

Those same little hands made the mess on the floor… but you knew that didn’t you. (While uploading I notice that she was wearing this shirt)

Press the star - sticky side up - to the ceiling. Gently so as not to punch a hole or make a dent.

Our ceiling may look like grooved wood, but it’s actually polystyrene. It really helps with insulation, and you get all types of finishes. Point is, I still don’t want to poke a hole in it 😉

1 Star done! few more to go

Star spangled ceiling!

**We did this on Monday (posting on Tuesday): Don;t think she enjoyed the stars so much. Lili kept on asking me to turn them off. I just told her that if she doesn’t want to see tham, she should just close her eyes.

Tongue in cheek post for first 2011 craft post. May you all have a wonderful and blessed New Year!

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I posted this at Tracy’s Homemade today.

I saw this tutorial in a beading magazine; they used gogga-ma beads and Pandora beads. I simply fell in love with these sugar spoons! I haven’t seen anything like it in shops or at markets, and I knew ICTMT (I Can Totally Make That).

Here are some pics, including ones that didn’t make it into the post.

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 New Opening!

Welcome to Tracy’s Homemade site.

My name is Tracy (from Tracy’s Topics) I have always enjoyed crafting. But I really only started beading in March 2010. I had set up a goal (101 things in 1001 days) to learn a new craft – any craft. By chance I stumbled onto beading while browsing our local craft shop. I made a few things and eventually found a beginner book on beading. I made some gifts for friends and family {and for me too!}. Pretty soon people were placing orders. How awesome that I can get paid for a favourite hobby!

Tracy's Topics product tag

I started to create under the Tracy’s Topics name, but it didn’t have a nice ring to it. On a completely unrelated track I made some Lemonade syrup and was playing around in photoshop for a nice label.

Tracy's Homemade Lemonade product label

I made Tracy’s Homemade Lemonade, and simply fell in love with the label. It wasn’t orange *gasp*, it didn’t have polka dots, it had a lot of black, and my name was in pink. It was perfect.

I had my first Market Day selling under this new name on 6 November2010 and it went pretty darn well.

This site is so that I can sell to the rest of the South African public. Thank you for dropping by.

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This would probably only take a weekend to make, but it took me about 2 months. So long actually that I can’t find the first lot of pics I took when I had a brain fart to modge podge (or mod podge, depends where you live 😛 ) the entire thing.

I saw someone making a kitchen play set from an old side table – Very cool idea if you actually HAVE an unused side table. (some might call it minimalist, I call it frugal) I hunted the local second-hand shop; they had one for R500. That’s what a brand new, plastic, maybe not quite Fisher Price, kitchen set will cost me from Toys R Us. So I googled home made kitchen sets to get a feel for what they should look like. This one is by far my favourite.

Right, on with how I made one my toddler!

Christmas came early at the lab and the IT department showed up with some new PC’s to replace our abacuses (abaci? more than one abacus). The boxes they came in are super sturdy, so I claimed them. I used a narrow short box that was almost the exact length on of one the PC boxes; turned PC box on its side so the flaps can act like an oven door… kinda. I cut off the bottom flap and used it as a shelf inside the box. Handy Hubby had to help with this bit to reinforce the shelf so it will last more than a week. My plan for the second PC box was to turn it to a washing up area, again placing the box on its side so that the flaps become cupboard doors.

Then I had a brain fart about modge podge. I had a lot of leftover unprinted newspaper, so I thought the best way to cover the logos printed on the boxes is to cover them in said paper.. and podge them! I failed horribly at this and the box ended up with a lot of wrinkles and now I own the biggest pot of podge in town.


Spray paint is easiest

Lili chose the shade of yellow. Granted she chose it about 2 months ago, if she had to choose a colour now it would undoubtedly be pink. As per the instructions on the can, use in a well-ventilated area (like outside). We had a mishap the first time we spray painted the fridge. Also learned that with a little elbow grease and some good old sunlight soap you can remove anything from the kitchen floor, wall and door – including post office red spray paint.

Safer to do it outside

I’ve had that shirt since I was 14. And I’ve been using it as a painter’s jacket since I was 15.

Cut a hole for the bowl/basin

Handy Hubby cut the hole for me. I got a metal bowl from Crazy Store for cheap-cheap. Also got some dish cloths, sponge and a plastic basket from Pep, some wooden spoons and a play pot set.

Modge Podge the doors

I podged wrapping paper on the doors. It didn’t quite fit, tried my best to make a seamless fix.

Is there a term for this picking/tearing at paper?

I set the play kitchen up and did something else for a bit. Enough time for Lili so start picking at a few rough paper edges and tearing lots more off. *sigh*. She picks at EVERYTHING. Page corners of cardboard books, decorative stickers on toys, peeling paint, noses (yes plural – mine isn’t safe either). Nothing is safe.

The many uses for empty toilet paper rolls

I realised that the kitchen needed some lift. I cut a few toilet paper rolls in half (I have half a gazillion of them) and glued 6 each to the underside of the boxes with a glue gun. I also fixed the torn paper from the cupboard doors, this time I couldn’t match the pattern as well as I had run out of paper. Last step was to paint a black circle with poster paints so it will look like a stove plate.

Easy, cheap kitchen

Lili loves playing with it. I got her some play food that is halved and joined with velcro so she can cut it with a play knife. So come cooking time she helps out in the kitchen at her own station. Although before the play food she got creative with the cat food.

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I sorted out Lili’s old/too small clothes the other day. I kept everything (who knows when another little Myburgh might come along) but I wanted to try and revamp some new shirts. Her clothes are mostly bright colours so they all sort of match. I picked a few plain shirts that were way too small now and teamed them up with new T-shirts. So this will be a series of Toddler T-Shirt Revamps. First up is Ruffles. I followed a tutorial on Tea Rose Home – hers is for an adult shirt, but it doesn’t matter; principle stays the same.

How many shades of pink are there?

I used 3 shirts in different shades of pink.

Broke my heart to cut these up

The hardest part (for me) was actually cutting up the old shirts. It felt almost sacrilegious. Same feeling you get for accidentally writing in a library book – THAT feeling. But after removing the sleeves and seams I felt more comfortable.

Layer the strips and trim

I used the back panels of the T-shirt and cut strips lengthwise  – 3 of each colour. The lighter pink strips I cut a bit narrower. Then placed the lighter strip on top of the darker. {The stripy, heart, psychedelic background is actually Lili’s placemat. Reckon I can’t cut on my table cloth – needed a non-fabric surface}

Lili is always there to lend a helping hand. Can you see where I sewed the strips? I used that purple thread on the bobbin though

Using the widest stitch on my sewing machine, I sewed down the middle of the layered strips.

Pull a thread and gather.

Carefully pulled on a thread and gathered up the fabric to make a ruffle!

Pin the ruffles

I trimmed 2 of them to be a bit shorter – they will go to the sides of the centre one. The shirt isn’t as wide as an adult one, so I think 3 ruffles will do.
It ttok me almost the whole day to make, so this pic was very dark; needed lots some Photoshopping.
Actually stitching the ruffles wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be – it was the EASIEST part!
Thanks to Sachiko for writing such an easy tutorial!

Ready to wear

This was taken a few days later after a wash. Lili slept in her shirt that first night when I asked her to try it on. She refused to take it off, lol!

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My Monday is winding down and almost coming to an end.

Today I’m sharing this easy brooch with you. I was stuck with what to make Lili for Casual Day. I took a look at my craft/sewing/junk table and saw I had the perfect ingredients for a flower brooch.

Here is what you will need:

  • sewing needle, scissors
  • fabric scraps to cover button
  • felt for back of brooch
  • yarn to crochet flower (or circle in my case), and crochet hook
  • embroidery thread, sequins and beads to decorate
  • safety pin

This is what I used to make the brooch

How to make it:

  • Cut the felt into a flower shape. Mine started out nice and big, but turned out smaller cause I trimmed it so much. I used red felt cause that’s all I could find in my fabric stash. Using embroidery thread in matching or contrasting colour, sew blanket stitch all around the felt flower. I used pink thread.
  • Crochet a flower that will fit on the felt base. I used pink stretchy yarn because the colour matched the fabric I had in mind for the button. I tried making the flower from memory, but failed horribly. It became a circle. So feel free to use you own pattern. Found a step-by-step picture tutorial here, and a video one here.
  • Make a covered button with fabric of your choice. I found a tutorial on how to do that here.

You make three 'layers' - now to assemble

Here is where I apologise for the bad quality pics. It was late at night and the lighting was horrible.

Centre the crochet circle flower on top of the felt flower. Then the button on top. Secure the layers with a few stitches looping through the button hook; then position the safety pin at the back and sew the whole lot together.

Sew a safety on the back

I only secured the pin in the middle, but you can catch it on a the ends as well. (For an unexplainable reason I only had darning needles, so fine work was tricky at best)

Add some sequins and beads for bling

Sew some sequins and beads to the crochet circle flower; then pin it on your favourite shirt / dress / toddler.

Some more I've made since posting

I’ve made some more since posting this mini-tut. And I’ve managed to get the crochet flower right too!

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