I’ve had this DIY Sticker Mandala pinned for quite a while now, and I finally tried it at home. I just love it! I really like how it looks colorful and symmetrical from far away, and then the closer you get you notice the random mix of stickers – footballs and butterflies and giraffes, oh my!
The stars aligned this past weekend to do this project because of two events: (1) a sale on stickers at JoAnn’s when I already needed to stop by for some fabric and (2) a rainy Sunday with nothing else to do. This is the perfect meditative indoor activity to kill some time and make some fun art!
Time: half an hour
Cost: About $15
- 12 x 12 cardstock ($0.79)
- stickers ($10 for several sets)
- compass and protractor ($5)
Follow this link for a more in-depth tutorial. But basically, use a compass and protractor to draw concentric circles that fill up the cardstock. Use a ruler to draw straight lines at every 30 degrees. Use the guidelines for sticker placement to create a mandala shape.
Then start arranging stickers symmetrically. Just keep adding stickers round after round until you reach the edges, keeping to the marked lines to form a mandala. But really, you can make any shape you want instead of a circle.
Joann’s had a big sale on stickers with most sets marked down to $0.50 or $0.99, so I limited myself to $10 and just picked interesting shapes and colors. One tip from the original tutorial is to look for mirrored stickers, so you can place them facing each other to be symmetrical. They also had 5/$1 sheets of cardstock, so I picked up this shimmery blue.
So much fun! I made another one using alphabet stickers too.
Great rainy day activity – sometimes it’s fun just to make something without any purpose. I’m hanging up these two above my sewing machine until some other crafty whim tickles my fancy. Three cheers for Pinterest!
I’m still keeping up with the Once Upon a Time cross stitch sampler from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. Each month features a different fairy tale, and it’s so fun to find out what story will be revealed next!
Another adorable month… Thumbelina in her walnut boat! I got a late start this month and wasn’t sure I’d finish in time, but it was still manageable before the end of the month rolled around. My favorite details this month were the extra little animals – the mouse on the sidelines, fish in the lake, and butterfly overhead. You know I love teeny tiny things, so this was fun to stitch up for sure. Lots of couch time this month spent watching the World Cup and hanging out with my stitching buddies the cats.
Below are a few progress pics…
And here are all the blocks completed so far:
The August block will be revealed tomorrow… can’t wait to see what fairy tale it will be! I’ll try to keep up each month, so stay tuned for monthly updates…
Remember my Hillside Houses quilt? I found the Esch House pattern via Pinterest… here it is again!
The source link takes you to the Esch House Quilts pattern called Third Street neighborhood. I loved the pattern so much that I made a mini version too!
Finished Size: 24″ x 28″
I didn’t have any plans for this mini quilt, but when my parents were visiting Mama reminded me that it would make a good wedding present, so that’s what it is! We’re all traveling to a dear family friend’s wedding this weekend, so it was perfect timing… plus it’s fun giving something handmade. I added a label to the back and now it’s making the journey with us!
Three cheers for Pinterest, once again! I’m also linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday… it’s been a while!
The Music City Modern Quilt Guild is participating in the Michael Miller fabric challenge, so I got a fat-eighths pack of the Petal Pinwheels fabric line to play with. Solid colors and other fabrics from Michael Miller lines are allowed, but I decided to just make a mini quilt so I didn’t need to buy anything extra.
Here are a few progress pics:
I thought of making tiny patchwork at first, but I gave up on that idea and just used the little strips instead. I made a little sketch but it changed a lot by the end.
I improv-pieced as I went along and added scraps to each row of borders.
I quilted a double cross hatch with “organic lines” which just means I didn’t mark anything so they’re a bit wonky.
I hate binding and I usually try to cheat with cheater binding or a pillowcase finish, but I’m determined to get better this year so I’m forcing myself to practice on small projects. I bought a Binding Tool a while back but it’s pretty confusing, so I had to watch a Youtube tutorial about fifty million times to get it right. But once I did it correctly it actually helped, woohoo!
On the back I pieced scraps from the fat-eighths, making the final size 16 x 18.
Another card added to the project box!
Most of the quilts I make are given away as gifts, but the few that I keep end up folded and stacked out of sight. I’ve been looking for some way to display my quilts and keep them handy… Enter Pinterest to the rescue! I’ve collected quite a few pins of ladders like this:
And hey… if I ever need more shoe storage I suppose this is another idea!
Once again… three cheers for Pinterest!
Back in April, I shared a To Craft list of all the ideas swirling in my head… now it’s been a couple months, so it’s time for an update!
Some things I tackled, others faded from my head when something new grabbed me… as usual! So I updated the original list with a couple new ideas that I’m currently working on, and even a teeny tiny finished project that I forgot to blog about. (If I never took a picture then it never really happened, right?! Right.)
On to the list!
Still on the list. I have the pattern and the supplies… I think I even have the fabric, floss, and buttons set aside somewhere… but I haven’t started yet. I started thinking that maybe I need to invest in a couple more Q-snaps so I can have a few projects going at once, but actually… no, that’s the last thing I need, ha! I should be trying to keep my works-in-progress to a minimum so they actually get finished! Eventually I will get to this, because biscornus are so cool (and fun to say!).
Another yes! Although it didn’t turn out quite how I expected… here’s the blog post explaining how I made the top and then decided I didn’t like it, so I sliced it up and made two baby quilts instead (one Rail Fence and one Chinese Coins). I kept one and gave one to my BFF when she got married.
Yes! Another wedding present for my BFF, in MSU colors since all of us share the same alma mater. (Here’s the blog post for more details)
Started! I pick this one up when I’m not working on the Once Upon a Time or Quilty Stitches samplers… so almost never. But I still plan to use the finished product in another mini quilt to add to my nautical mini collection.
- Hoop Art.
Nope. Maybe some day… But I realized I already have a ton of extra art hanging around, so I probably don’t need to add to the piles!
And now for a few new additions to the list!
I’ve been obsessed with flying geese lately, and after seeing this block through another blogger’s bee challenge, I decided to give it a whirl! Trying to decide now if I should add more blocks (I made enough for 4 more) or leave it at that with a big solid border for a baby quilt. So these blocks are sitting on the design wall while I ponder.
- Michael Miller fabric challenge
I recently joined the Music City Modern Quilt Guild, and they’re participating in the Michael Miller fabric challenge, so I got a little pack of fat-eighths to play with. I want to try to use what I have, so I’ll probably make a mini quilt of some sort. Here’s a couple pics of what I started working on:
- Craft Room
This falls under crafts, right?? I have lots of thoughts but I don’t quite know where to start. It’s not a huge space, but it’s so nice to have a little room that’s not smack in the middle of the living room to house all my crafty stuff. I definitely want to make a bigger and better design wall, find a better organization system for my craft stuff and the closet in general, and put up some kind of art. I’m thinking I might bring the bakers twine clothesline back, but maybe hang my mini quilt collection instead of photos. And for over the sewing table, I found this cute Coke crate at a local antique store and I think it’ll be great for thread storage.
Definitely a work in progress!
And that’s all for this update! Does anybody else have too many ideas and too little time?
I’m doing the Once Upon a Time cross stitch sampler from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. Each month features a different fairy tale, and it’s so fun to find out what story will be revealed next!
I know I say it every month, but I think June is my favorite yet! I love the mattresses piled up and the pink chandelier!
Below are a few progress pics…And here are all the blocks completed so far:
The June block will be revealed soon… I can’t wait to get started! I’ll try to keep up each month, so stay tuned for monthly updates…
Another watercolor project! I’m not sure what sparked my interest in watercolors lately, but I have a set that I’ve never used before and thought it’d be something fun to learn a bit about. Like I’ve said before, I regularly pin lots of ideas from the Art Projects for Kids blog, so that’s exactly where I started hunting. I love her art projects because they’re extremely simple but also yield beautiful results!
I really loved the watercolor flower garden, so I looked for something similar. Here’s the pin that I chose for my second watercolor project:
You know I have a thing for sailboats and all things nautical – I couldn’t resist!
DIY Watercolor Sailboats
Time: 30 min-1 hour, and then several hours to dry
Cost: $10-15 if you buy everything new
- water color set
- paint brush
- watercolor paper
- black permanent market
- white crayon
- glass of water
- newspaper/paper towels to protect your workspace
Go to the source for the tutorial… once again, the description is short and sweet because it’s pretty simple! (Side note: my watercolor set didn’t come with a regular brush for some reason, so I used a foarm brush that I had on hand.) Here are a few progress pics:
Basically: draw a simple outline of a boat with a black marker (or do it in pencil first and then trace with the marker). Add a horizon and trees. Use a white crayon to add details in the water like a reflection under the boat and waves. Paint with watercolors. Let dry. Ta da!
I love simple projects like this – they don’t take a ton of time but doing it takes an entirely different kind of focus which feels so refreshing. I’m definitely looking for more ideas like this one to keep using my watercolors!
Once again… three cheers for Pinterest!