Category: Crafts

Crafting Tips for Beginners

Quilting and sewing in general is a learned skill that requires a bit of study and practice. Before you decide to start a big project like a full size quilt, it is best to acquire some basic sewing skills by taking a class for beginners. Many fabric and notion shops offer classes and those that don’t will know where you can find one. The quilting community around Northern California is a tight-knit bunch and are happy to share knowledge and customers to keep their art up to date and their businesses buzzing. From embroidery and knitting to quilting and...

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Art With Ashlee- Watercolors

This is our go-to art project. It’s for all ages, because it’s easy and the finished product is framable and fun. I did this art project in an art class and have redone it over and over throughout the years. This time we did the project of dinosaurs and framed it for my boys’ dinosaur themed bathroom.     To start you can either draw an animal free-handed or you can print a silhouette image and trace it on watercolor paper. From there you wet the paper within the lines and drop in the watercolors, let them do what they...

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Easy Snowflake Ornaments

Easy Snowflake Ornaments To Make With The Kids By Ashlee Herrera You need toilet paper roll, hot glue, white paint, sparkles or glitter and ribbon or fishing line. Cut the toilet paper roll into ¼ inch strips. I let the boys make their own pattern. Use your imagination. Lay out your design before you glue.   Then glue them together in your own design and let dry completely. Paint and sprinkle with glitter before the paint dries and let dry completely again. You can use any color paint and glitter for your design. We used white paint and iridescent...

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Snowman Advent Calendar

By Ashlee Herrera Strip a pallet. Staple together 4 boards.They are too long so you can either cut them in half before stapling them together or after, but 4 pallet boards will make two snowmen. Use a compass to draw a circle, you’re only going to cut out the bottom half of the circle. Leave the top half in the square shape because that is going to be the hat. Get another pallet board cut it in half length wise and width wise for the brim of the hat. At this point I painted the bottom circle white and...

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Quilts and Other Hand-Made Gift Ideas

By Melissa Wynn During the holidays handmade gifts are far more heartfelt than a bath kit or necktie from a big box store. No one knows this better than the talented seamstress types that craft beautiful quilts from every type of cloth imaginable. Many of us still have one handmade by our grandmother, be it a crocheted afghan or a heavy quilt made from old blue jeans. Do you have a quilter on your holiday shopping list? Sewing machines, patterns, needles and even classes make great gifts for sewing enthusiasts as well as those that have a desire to...

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