Showing posts from 2011

2011 Handmade Roundup

One of my 2011 goals was to keep better track of my handmade projects. After learning how to create a collage in Picasa just this week, I thought it would be a fun way to see all of my projects. A few highlights...

-I made several bags as gifts including the 30 minute messenger bag and the One Hour Fat Quarter tote.
-I learned how to put in zippers and made one dress with a zipper and several zip pouches.
-I made (and sold) many different mug rugs.
-I sewed and gave 3 different baby blankets as gifts.
-I made 2 new wreaths.
-I framed some fabric in hoops and got them on the wall.
-I made 3 dresses and several skirts for my daughter.

This was a fun way to see a lot of this year's projects!! I also liked looking through all of my pictures and seeing all of the other things we did...I may make a collage of all the things we did as a family this year as well as one of all of our school activities from this year. What were your favorite projects from 2011?

Blogger's Choice Fat Quarter Bundle

I saw this fun contest over at Quokka Quilts. Choose 12 prints and 3 solids from The Fat Quarter Shop, put them together in a collage, and get a chance to win a half yard of each fabric! This was so fun! I love color and would be thrilled to win this fabric!

What I Wore This Week

I only took one photo this week, but had some fun outfits! I went through a bunch of fashion photos from magazines I had torn out and got some fresh inspiration this week from the magazines and Pinterest. I also got some great things at Goodwill!! I bought a turquoise Cato sweater with the prettiest bell sleeves ($2), a new with tags Christopher and Banks red cowl neck sweater ($2), and a pair of Worthington trouser jeans ($1.29).

On Saturday, I wore my new turquoise Cato sweater from Goodwill with denim leggings, and scarf, and some short faux Ugg style boots.

On Sunday, I styled my dress as a skirt - I wore a gray knit dress with a slim red v-neck sweater belted over it with black tights and tall boots.

On Monday, I went for layers with some new color combos - a light pink oxford, oatmeal colored v-neck sweater, cranberry colored cords, a tan vest with a fur collar, leopard print flats, and a pretty layered gold necklace. (Leopard print is so fun, isn't it?)

Today's outfit is pr…

Winner, Winner!

One of our Christmas gifts - idea found here.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by for our giveaway! I loved reading about all of your handmade gift ideas and have a few new projects bookmarked to make after Christmas!

Using, the winner is comment #33!

The winner is: Beth said...I made a purse for my mom!I'll be sending Beth an email so she can pick her prize. Good luck to all of you who are finishing Christmas gifts and Merry Christmas!!

Free Shipping Day!

Looking for the giveaway? Today's the last day to enter!

Just wanted to stop in and say we decided to participate in Free Shipping Day! Use code: FREESHIP at CJ's Craft Corner today only and get free First Class shipping on any order shipped to the USA! Today is the last day for orders shipped via first class to arrive in time for Christmas!

What I Wore

Looking for the giveaway? Check it out here!

Well, I am really late to the party, but since it is still Wednesday, I'll link up. Only got a photo or two this week, but paired up some leggings and boots with a tunic top this week, so I thought I'd share.

Jacket: Goodwill; Tunic: Sears; Leggings: Meijer; Boots: Sears; Headband: Target

Today's outfit - Sweater: Goodwill (love it! - the sweater and layers are all one piece); Skirt: Goodwill (Liz Claiborne - $1.29); Shoes: Target; Jewelry: Avon

I'm linking up!

Giveaway Day!!

I am so excited for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! This is one of my favorite times of the year! There are so many amazing giveaways to visit.

This year, we are giving away a $10 credit to our shop. You can choose any item valued at $10 or less and we will ship it out to you free! This includes fabric and patterns, of course, but if you'd like something handmade instead, that would be fine, too. It's your choice. :)

To enter, just leave me a comment (and a link, if applicable) about something handmade you are making or have made as a gift. This includes recipes for yummy sweets!

The giveaway will remain open until Friday, December 16 at 8:00 p.m. EST and is open to U.S. shipping addresses only. We will announce a winner no later than Sunday, December 18 and will get it shipped out as soon as we receive shipping info from you. Please make sure we have some way of contacting you.

Thanks so much for stopping by - good luck and Merry Christmas!!

Christmas Crafting: Wreaths and Gifts

There are so many wonderful crafts to do and there are lots of extra ideas around at Christmastime! I love to craft with my daughter as well as make handmade gifts. I decided to pick one craft each week to do with her and one extra craft to make myself each week before Christmas.

This week, our chosen crafts were yarn wreaths and crayon shapes. Neither of these crafts are particularly difficult, but I will say they both take some extra time. I did manage to make a wreath, but as you can see in the photo above, it is not a yarn wreath. Over the last week and a half, I only managed to wrap about 1/5 of my wreath form with yarn. So, last night, I took the yarn off and looked through my supplies to see what I could do instead.

I wrapped the wreath above with 2 kinds of ribbon, then made rolled fabric rosettes to decorate it. Overall, I am pretty happy with the end result and I am thrilled to have a wreath on my front door again. I just did not have the patience to wrap the wreath with yarn!

Thanksgiving, Pie, and a Sale!

Turkey cookies via Pinterest.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful day! We spent a great day with our small family - we got to ride bikes, make some turkey cookies, enjoy a yummy meal- complete with pie!

I wanted to share a couple of recipes we tried this year as it is the first year my mom is eating gluten-free. She was diagnosed with a casein allergy a couple of years ago (no milk or dairy) and even through she doesn't have Celiac, she now has a wheat allergy. It is such a blessing that there are so many good sites and recipes and books out there that have wheat and dairy-free recipes.

She had really been wanting apple pie, so we made this gluten-free pie crust - and she got to have apple pie! It was pretty tasty, actually. We need to add a bit more moisture next time, but it was good.

We also made this pumpkin bread using a Betty Crocker yellow cake mix - and it was good, too, plus super easy!

My very favorite pie ever is my mom's Derby Pie. This recipe

One Hour Fat Quarter Tote

I've been trying hard the past couple of weeks to stick with the idea that a little bit of sewing still accomplishes something - and it has! I had a great time working with my Kate Spain charm pack. I made some mug rugs for the shop and saved enough charms to sew myself a tote. I also have a batch of Christmas mug rugs and a table topper all ready to be quilted. We plan to have a Black Friday-Cyber Monday sale in the shop. I'll post info about it on Wednesday.

I got a burst of energy last night and decided to give this One Hour Fat Quarter Tote tutorial a whirl. It took me a lot longer than an hour, but I did finish this bag in an evening + 45 minutes this morning. I started with half yards and yards, so I know it took me longer to cut the fabric down to fat quarter size. It would have gone together more quickly if I had started with fat quarters.

I really love how it turned out! I think this will be a Christmas gift for my mom and I hope to make a few more - one for me for sure…

Ebates, Swagbucks, and More

With Christmas coming, I am always on the lookout for ways to save a little money by earning cash back on online purchases or by finding deals that allow me to get free gift cards. Here are a few of my favorites and some that are new to me:

Swagbucks: Sign up for Swagbucks here and then use their search engine to do searches. Searches can generate Swagbucks which can be redeemed for gift cards and products. A $5 gift card is 450 Swagbucks.

StumbleUpon: Sign up for StumbleUpon then go here to get your referral code. You can share your unique referral link on Facebook, Twitter, your blog or via email. When 5 of your friends sign up for StumbleUpon, you earn a $10 gift card.

Ebates: I always forget to use Ebates but I will try to remember as I shop online this Christmas season. Sign up for Ebates here.

Then, make sure to log in to Ebates each time you shop online to earn cash back on your purchases. You have to log in to Ebates and access the online store you want to …

What I Wore Wednesday

Here are some outfits from this past week. We had a lot of windy weather, but some pretty warm temps for November in Ohio.

Wednesday - Dance for my daughter, Tween Game Night at the Library: Black t-shirt - Penney's ($2), Khakis - Lands' End, Orange Corduroy Blazer - St. Johns' Bay (Goodwill), Jewelry Set (Avon - I need to get a close up of it - really pretty and vintage-looking.)

Sunday - Church: This was the first time I've worn black and brown together in a really long time - if ever. I was inspired by several pins on my Pinterest style board that mixed black and brown plus the wide belt. I would have liked the boots to be a bit lighter, but overall, I was happy with the look. - Dress - Target (75% off), Cardigan - Target (75% off), Belt - Goodwill, Boots - Target (75% off), Jewelry - AvonMonday - Work: Brown Shirt - Worthington, Corduroy Jacket - Lands' End, Skirt - Made by me from this fabric, Boots - Target, Belt - Goodwill, Jewelry - Same Avon set again - I gu…

What I Wore Wednesday

I managed to get around half of my outfits from last week...

Work outfit: Tie neck sleeveless blouse - Banana Republic (Goodwill), Cardigan - Target, Pants - Lands' End, Boots - Target
Church: Cardigan - Penney's, Pants - Lands' End, Shirt - Ann Taylor Loft (Goodwill), Boots - Target
Work outfit: Shirt - Target (Purchased online for $3.50!), Pants - The Limited (Goodwill), Red Flats - Target, Scarf - Elder Beerman ($4)

Work outfit: Dress - Ann Taylor (Goodwill) and I wore a black tank from Penney's under it, plus a cardigan from Kohl's - Shoes were the same red flats from above. It was really warm yesterday! My daughter took all these photos - she is 4 tomorrow - I think she does a pretty good job. :)

As I am writing about the components of each outfit, I keep thinking to myself - oh I got those shoes for 75% off and that cardigan was 75% off and those boots were 50% off - the clearance racks at Target are some of my favorite places to look for deals, not to mention Goo…

A Thank You and a Challenge

Yesterday was our daughter's birthday party. We all had a very nice time and are enjoying a pleasant day of relaxing afterwards. I hope to share a few details and a little wrap up of the party in the next few days, but today I want to say thank you.

I received a fun little package in the mail yesterday from Anita who sent the sweet quilted pumpkin as my gift from a pay it forward from her blog. I love it and am using it as a mug rug in front of my computer right now! Thank you so much!

Now it's time for my turn! If you'd like to receive a little handmade something from me and are willing to make something for 3 people

1. My part: I will make a little something for the first 3 people to comment on this post. It will be a surprise and it will arrive at any time before the end of this year (you can take up to 365 days to make and send yours!)

2. Your part: To sign up to receive a gift from me you must play along too. Share the love on your blog by promising to send a ha…

What I Wore Wednesday

This is my first time linking up with What I Wore at the Pleated Poppy! I've enjoyed reading and seeing lots of different outfits there for awhile and decided to link up this week for the first time. I didn't get a photo each day, but here's what I have!

Friday: Pumpkin picking - cardigan - St. John's Bay, jeans - DKNY (Goodwill), turtleneck - Merona, infinity scarf - Mark, suede boots - Mossimo

Sunday: Church - shirt - Alyx (Goodwill), pants - a.n.a, scarf - gift, boots - Sears, earrings - Letmenatalya on Etsy

Halloween: shirt - Ann Taylor Loft (Goodwill), cardigan - Meijer, jeans - Gap (Goodwill), hat - Mark, boots - Mossimo

Tuesday: Home in afternoon, taught workshop (sorry for the terrible pic!) - dress - Apt. 9 (Goodwill), boots - Target, scarf - Mark, wore with a denim jacket from Lands' End

And that's this week! Hopefully my photos will improve! :) Thanks for stopping by.

31 Days of 31 Minutes: Day 31 - A Chapter Completed

Today is the last day of my posts all about 31 Days of 31 Minutes! It has been a fun month and I did manage to post every day for a month. I've learned a lot about myself, my time, and what I value over the last month. I may not get to sew every single day and some days (like today) it's hard to get much extra done, but for the most part, I can find a small snippet of time each day to do something that energizes me and helps me to cultivate some of my own interests.

Looking back over the last month, I can tell that right now, I am rediscovering fashion and shopping - in the form of thrifting and Pinterest. I think I'll be linking up to What I Wore Wednesday for the first time this week. I also love to bake, run, sew, and spend time with my family - not necessarily in that order. :)

I actually did like blogging (much) more often than I had been. I know I won't be blogging every day in November and December, but perhaps once or twice a week I'll pop in. I appreciate ev…

31 Days of 31 Minutes: Day 30 - A Project Finished

Today I spent a whole lot more than 31 minutes finishing up a custom order of quilted placemats and coasters. It was a good feeling to get it all done...

31 Days of 31 Minutes: Day 29 - A Beautiful Run

I am so grateful my husband is so supportive of me running (jogging). He and our daughter accompanied me to a lovely nature preserve where they walked and I got a beautiful run in. The colors in the trees were so pretty; the leaves were nice. It also was wonderful to know they were with me and I wasn't all by myself on the run.

31 Days of 31 Minutes - Day 28: Garage Sale

We had such a good time at one last garage sale. It was a sunny and cold morning, but beautiful. A couple of retired teachers had all kinds of books, big books, games, trains, and tons more. We got all kind of goodies including the flat screen Lite Brite pictured above. Our grand total was $19!

31 Days of 31 Minutes - Day 27: An Idea

We are almost at the end of this 31 days journey! I haven't been perfect about posting every day right on time, but I have managed to keep up with a post for each day!

I had an idea today, and I would love to hear if there is any interest. I love handmade items and buying and making handmade items for Christmas. I'd like to host a (free) handmade gift guide here at my blog.

Here's what I'm thinking:
Starting the week of November 6, I will do a handmade gift guide post twice a week where I will feature a certain shop or shops. I will continue this through the first week of December. Depending on the number of shops that are interested, I might need to feature more than one shop each day. No giveaway or coupon code from your shop required, but if you want to do either, that would be great. I am hoping to do one giveaway at the end of the 4 weeks - not sure what yet, but perhaps a gift certificate to our shop.

So, if you are interested, send me an email at cjscraftcorner {at}…

31 Days of 31 Minutes - Day 26: More Thrifting

Despite a yucky migraine, which thankfully improved throughout the day yesterday, I was so excited to be able to do a bit more thrifting at Goodwill!

I have really enjoyed the series on thrifting here at Biblical Homemaking. Yesterday, she posted about some great clothing finds. I was excited to find some pretty good clothes yesterday as well. I love being able to go to Goodwill and purchase brands of clothing that are normally out of my price range. I don't have photos of all of my finds, but here's what I found:

A pair of black pants from The Limited - Drew Fit for $4A pretty red jersey Apt. 9 dress for $5A fabulous pair of red patent Rampage t-strap heels for $4The super adorable Puma sneakers shown above for $4I can't find prices on these items for sure, but I know the pants retail for $60-$70 and the Puma shoes appear to be in the same price range. I cannot get over the adorable shoes I find at Goodwill that have virtually no wear on them...even the original stickers ar…

31 Days of 31 Minutes - Day 25: Birthday and a Freebie

Today was my mother in law's birthday. My 31 minutes today was spent with my daughter making a super simple box spice cake with buttercream frosting. My daughter gets so excited about celebrating birthdays. She is such a little party planner - she wants hats and plates and cute.

Also, here is a little Jars of Clay music freebie for you if you like Christian music. Enjoy!

31 Days of 31 Minutes - Day 24: Recipes

Today's posts will be short and sweet. :) We are trying to choose food for the birthday party in little over a week.

A couple of ideas we have right now:
Limeade PunchFruit SalsaCheese and Crackers
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with FruitCan you tell I like sweet things? I guess we need some more ideas...leave me a comment with your favorite simple party foods!

31 Days of 31 Minutes - Day 23: Family

It was a beautiful day on Sunday. We got to spend some time outdoors at the arboretum nearby taking some family pictures. I don't normally post pictures of my family on here so I'll just share some of these pretty berries. :) Hope you are enjoying some lovely fall weather where you are.

31 Days of 31 Minutes - Day 22: Finished

Lack of posting yesterday = something finished! Worked all day yesterday, then decided I was going to finish this dress for family pictures today. :) Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

31 Days of 31 Minutes - Day 21: Party Planning