11.29.2010

DIY! Simple Fabric Angels

I love crafts
{better you didn't realize that, eh?}
and in spite of my ability to complicate everything,
I LOVE simple crafts.
The kids can make these too!
So, let me introduce you to my little angels.
 {Torn canvas and a few doilies from the thrift store make this angle oh-so-sweet!}

I have been making these angels forever...I have made them for Christmas, I have made them for my friends when they had babies...I seriously do not know exactly for how long other than I can tell you that there are a few 12 year-olds that have these hanging in their rooms. I adore their simplicity and ease and even with that simplicity there are so many ways you can personalize the.
{I adore {almost} anything denim!}

This craft is all about easy. I do not even put faces on my angels...My son insists they need faces, so that is up to you! Each of my kiddos has one {my son made my daughters...it has a face!}

SUPPLIES
I had all of the supplies on hand - and none of them are hard to find either. 
  • Rags or fabric: t-shirts, muslin, denim, etc.
  • Styrofoam ball OR Sock OR stuffing OR newspaper
  • Rubber band
  • Glue (white)

Optional: 
  • Ribbon, twine for decorating or hanging
  • Halo: Ric rac, Star garland, Ribbon
  • For wings: Paper bag, Lace, Burlap, Raffia, Book page, Scrapbook page, Wax paper
  • To Hold/Adorn: Jingle bells, Crystals, Buttons, Baskets, cones, stars {use your imagination!}

DIY IT!
Here's a PDF!
  • Tear/cut rags into strips. For a 2" diameter head 1" strips will work. For smaller angels, make the strips 1/2" +/-. If you are using a woven rag/fabric you should be able to easily tear your fabric...cut small slits along the selvage edge (the lengthwise finished edge of the fabric) and then grab both sides and tear...it should tear easily and the rough edges add to the character.

  • If using a sock/crumpled newspaper: Turn the sock inside out and roll into a ball. You may wish to secure the "neck" to keep it from unrolling with a rubber band or tie. Start wrapping and overlapping the rags up and over the head, holding with the other hand at the "neck." 
  • If using a styrofoam ball: Start wrapping and overlapping the rags up and over the head, holding with the other hand at the "neck."
  • When the head is covered and you are happy with the size/length of the angels body...you can continue to go over the pieces you have already used to give the angel a thicker body...tie off with a small piece of rag, ribbon {make it long enough so that you can tie on the wings and then knot it for a hanger} or use a rubber band to hold the fabric in place and the neck "in." {the rubber bands work well if you are doing this with kids}.
  • If using a rubber band, take a smaller piece and tie it around the neck to hide the rubber band {make it long enough so that you can tie on the wings and then knot it for a hanger}. 
  • Gather, fold or ruffle your wings {i.e., if you are using paper, a fan fold will work, for fabric wings you may be able to just tie off the wings and they will "ruffle" or you can pleat them}.
  • Lay the angel face down, place the folded/gathered wings in the neck tie and then knot off the tie to hold the wings in place. 
  • Then take the two ends of the ties and knot them together to form a loop for hanging 
  • Flip the angel over and take 2 to 3 strips on each side to create arms.  
  • Twist those strips together and then secure in front of the angel with a smaller tie or ribbon. You may trim the length of these strips once you are happy with the arms.
  • Choose your embellishment {bell, flower, crystal, etc.} and tie it to the angels hands {sing the tie you used to secure the arms) 
  • Now you can trim up the angels body length is desired and any other strings. 
  • Add halo {ric rac} and secure with glue. 
  • If desired, it is really fun to ad jingle bells onto the bottom of the strips that make up the body.

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This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

11.28.2010

DIY CLUB Announcement

Hi all! How was your weekend?
For those that celebrate Thanksgiving...
I hope you had a wonderful one!
DIY Club

So, you all may have noticed that I am a part of The DIY Club and each month I post projects using sponsored products and the club host a Monthly Project Party. The next Project Party begins this Friday! Go see who the sponsors are and join in! Your project can be big or small a thrifty find or a grand treasure and sponsor product can be found starting at under $2.00!
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Go check out who the November Project Party Winner is on Monday morning.
Her project (and, well, all of the projects) were amazing!
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But I am here to tell you about some FUN stuff happening over there too!
We are a core group of five creative bloggers, each with a unique style:
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The DIY Show Off


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But NOW we have big news...we have added NINE Resident Bloggers to showcase awesome projects and products.

And there may be a few more fun announcements soon too!

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11.26.2010

Tickled Pink No. 31 and a GREAT Cause

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A craft...a recipe...a tip...a party...a short story...a  poem...
a  fashion find...a  favorite product...your favorite  post...
whatever makes  your blog  fabulous!
That is what Tickled Pink is all about!
{and it does not have to be PINK}
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I am Tickled Pink because...
 I did not partake in Black Friday. I was ready to hit Michael's after Turkey Dinner but changed my mind and opted for a mellow evening instead.
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We spent a lot of time discussing the time at which Thanksgiving Dinner is served...So much controversy at my house!...So, I am taking it to the people...I want to know what time you eat Thanksgiving dinner {answer the question and be a follower and you could win a little something...see bottom of post}
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My kiddos told me they want to "Spend more time together and share a room."
What? Cute, but seriously, we have 5 bedrooms spread out! It was still adorable!
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Turkey Day was mellow here and the four of us were able to sit around the table and talk and then watch Jules perform a dance.
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I will be tickled pink if there are not 1000 typos in this post...I am tired!
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A Patriotic Cause
I am pretty patriotic. I also have many friends who are serving and have served our country. All of my grandfathers are also veterans. I firmly believe in doing what I can to help those who serve our country.
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About a week ago while visiting peeps around blogland, I stopped over at LA 'n' LA and then ran across this great cause on her blog, Pin*Ups for Vets.
{Much of this information is taken directly from the founder Gina Elise - she said it best!}
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Here is a little about Pin*Ups for Vets
The founder of Pin*Ups for vets, Gina Elise began this project to honor to her grandfather's Army service during WW II. The 2011 5th year anniversary "Pin-Ups For Vets" calendar was being released on Veterans day. It can be ordered on Pin*Ups for Vets.
The calendar is a WWII style pin-up calendar that raises thousands of dollars for VA and Military hospitals across the US. In addition to raising money for our hospitalized Veterans, Gina travel around the US as a 1940s pin-up girl, delivering donated calendars to our Wounded Warriors and Vets in the hospitals to boost their spirits during recovery. She is currently in the middle of a 50 state Veterans hospital tour.

* By this December, $50,000 will have been donated to improve health care for our Veterans at hospitals across the US. This is all from the sales of this WWII nostalgic pinup calendar.

* Gina is in the middle of a complete 50 state US hospital tour, with the goal being to visit at least one VA or Military hospital in every state!  No one else in US is doing this right now.  To date 20 hospitals in 12 states have been visited.
* Gina is currently partnering with Cooking With the Troops, another non-profit, and organizing a trip for January called "Operation Fight Post Holiday Blues" to the hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. If our troops get injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, they are med-vac'd to Landstuhl. It is their first stop for treatment and we want to boost the spirits of our Wounded Warriors there after the holidays.
PUT THIS ON YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST
{I will be making a donation}
* The holidays are approaching and on the website, people can donate a calendar for a hospitalized Veteran (which I deliver myself, bedside) or to a deployed service member and supporters send me a personal message that they want written on the calendar.
Go visit
Pin*Ups for Vets
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SPOTLIGHTS
These ideas repurpose items - LOVE IT!
Vintage-style tea light Holders from Modern Country Style
and
a soup can upcycle to a pencil holder from The Elephants Trunk
and
Grateful Pocket Banner from Yesterday on Tuesday!
{LOVE denim too!}
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A great new GREEN book reviewed by Moore Minutes
{think Christmas gifts people!}
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Calamity Anne's Adventures was reading my mind.
My friend and I were just discussing these little houses
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Beautiful Faberge Beaded Eggs - it's a tutorial!
From Susie's Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom
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Brilliant way to keep track of restaurant and retail coupons from Bobbypins Boardwalk
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A pretty Noel Sign from The Answer is Chocolate
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Hot apple cider cocktail from The Thrifty Groove
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Sticky Toffee Pudding from Fudge Ripple. I must try this!
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Christmas subway art printable from Mine for the Making
{and it is free! Thanks!}
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I know we are moving into Christmas, but this is an idea
not to be missed from What Allie's Making Now
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Chapman Place made this amazing bed.
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Patriotic Christmas Stockings from A Little Bit of Everything
and a great cause too Stocking for Soldiers.
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Baked Pumpkin and Butternut Mac n' Cheese from dot in the city
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Happy Holidays to you!
I have a cute little kit called
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{and I may include a few random skeins of yarn for practice}
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tell me what time you eat on Thanksgiving!
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