Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hugs & Kisses Treat Bag

Make your little Valentine feel special with a handmade "Hugs & Kisses" treat bag. It's quick and easy to make - just cut two hearts from felt and glue the bottoms and sides together. Glue a sentiment or name on the front with Joy iron-on embroidered letters. A sweet way to share lots of chocolate kisses!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pretty Floral Headband

A pretty floral headband is a fun way to dress up an outfit. They look great on girls of all ages and with all types of hair. They are so easy to make and you can personalize it with a Joy embroidered letter to make it even more special!

Materials needed:

  • Headband (preferably fabric covered)
  • Fabric flower (can also use silk flowers from the floral department)
  • Joy iron-on letter
  • Hot glue gun

Place a Joy letter on one of the flower petals. If the fabric is sturdy enough, iron the letter directly on to the flower. However, if the fabric is more delicate (like the photo above), glue the letter instead. Glue the flower to the headband - place it a little to the side, so it's positioned between her ear and top of her head.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Monogrammed family mug rug

During the cold winter months, my family drinks tons tea, coffee and hot cocoa. After growing tired of washing many mugs many times each day, I created this cute monogrammed family mug rug so everyone can put their own mug on their initial to keep track of it throughout the day.

  • Felt
  • Joy letters (found in your local craft store)
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat
  • Diecutting machine and dies
Cut two pieces of felt (I used one red, one cream) into 10" x 9" squares. I used a scalloped blade in my rotary cutter to trim a little more off the cream square.

Cut four teacup shapes from the felt. I used Eileen Hull's Teacup die to make mine.

Iron-on a letter for each of your family members' names onto the teacups. When ironing onto felt, be sure to use a low heat setting and a pressing cloth.

Stitch the two squares of felt together, then stitch the tea cups onto the front - by hand or machine.

You can adjust the size of your mug rug based on how many family members you have. There's only three of us in my family, but I added an extra mug spot for guests.

Slip regular or thermal batting between your two base layers of felt if you want to further protect your table or counter from heat.

Get creative and add decorative elements to your mugs with trims. I added some scalloped borders - hearts, flowers, or polka dots would also be cute.

I hope you stay warm and cozy this winter! Come and visit me on my blog for a great hot cocoa recipe to fill your mugs!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Monogrammed Soap Box

upcycled soap box

I am a collector of strange things - old soap boxes being one of them. I have no idea why, I just like them. I have had this one for some time and decided it was time to do something fun with it. I saw these fun monogram versions of Joy embroidered letters on a recent shopping trip and knew they were perfect for this upcycled project. 

The letters are styled for each section of the monogram - just select the ones you need. I colored mine with a chalk ink while they were still attached to the packaging - no ink on the fingers!

I covered each section of the box with a pretty patterned paper. I wanted the monogram to really stand out so I grabbed a chipboard circle from my stash, covered it in a vintage gold cream paint, and glued the letters to it. I added the circle to the front of my decorated box and now it is ready to store my keepsakes.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Let It Snow Garland

It's so easy to create garlands with Joy embroidered letters. Here I used pre-cut glitter foam snowflakes with blue letters. Since many styles of Joy letters have an adhesive backing to help with placement before ironing, I just peeled off the paper backing and stuck them right to the snowflake!  I painted wood clothespins silver and clipped my message to silver ribbon. 

Use your favorite die-cut shapes to try this idea - it's great for any occasion and easy enough for the kids to do, too.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Art Journals for the New Year

A blank journal is almost like a sacred vessel. I guard it and keep it safe until that first day of the new year, when I can turn to that opening page and draw, paint or write anything and everything. Some will be scribbles while some will be colorful interpretations of my mind. Open your journal and begin discovering yourself!

To make journals like these, you will need the following supplies:
  • Joy embroidered letters/numbers
  • Decorative paper
  • Blank journal
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Adhesive

1.  Glue your paper to the cover of your journal.

2.  Color the Joy numbers with the markers. Half of the letter "T" makes for a extra #7.

3.  Glue your numbers in place on the cover. Place a heavy book on top of them so they dry flat.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Beauty is art...and art is beauty

I found this quote online, and part of me believes it - that the creation of beauty is art. It makes me think of the classically-trained artists whose work is more figurative or representational. But I also relate to saying it the other way around - that the creation of art is beauty. To me, that implies that all creativity is good, no matter what it looks like.

The style of mixed media work that I really love (and want to make more of) is abstract, emotional and sometimes grungy. It's rarely figurative or representational, and sometimes the word "beauty" is not the first thing to come to mind.

So I arranged a mixture of Joy letters to spell out the quote, glued them to paper, then spritzed and smudged a few colors of ink all over it - teal, caramel, yellow and red. I mounted the quote to a lovely image of a more traditional landscape painting from an old calendar - I like the juxtaposition, as well as the reminder to make!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

New Year's Resolution Journals

I always take time at the end of December to journal about the past year and make plans for the next. I like to keep my musings in a small journal, all on their own, so that I can easily pull it back out and review it. It's easy to make sweet little journals like these for yourself. Use Joy embroidered letters to personalize them. These also make great gifts for your friends.

I'll show you how to make your own journals, but you can also just buy a beautiful journal at the store and then personalize it by gluing a Joy letter onto the cover.

  • Letter-size paper cut in half (yields two covers at 4.25"x5.5" when folded)
  • Blank papers cut to 8.25"x5.25" for the inside pages
  • Bone folder, ruler
  • Stapler
  • Washi tape
  • Joy embroidered letters (find them at your local craft store!)
  • Craft glue

1.  Score the cover paper with a bone folder and a ruler down the center for a nice, sharp fold. I created my own design on watercolor paper, but if you don't want to paint, use your favorite cardstock or pretty scrapbook paper instead.

2.  Fold the inside pages in half and slip them into the cover.

3.  Staple the interior pages inside the cover. If you have a long-arm stapler, staple right along the fold line (aka "saddle stitch"). If your stapler doesn't reach, just staple along the edge of the journal, making sure you catch all the interior pages in the staple.

4.  Create an attractive binding by adhering washi tape over the stapled edge of the journal. 

5.  Glue a Joy letter as a monogram onto the cover of the journal.

I hope these journals inspire you to start a planning a new year full of art and adventure. Come and visit me on my blog to get more craft projects, recipes, and creative living inspiration.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Last Minute Christmas Stockings!

'The stockings were hung by the chimney with care",
but the stockings for Mimi and Tucker weren't there!

So to the craft store we made a mad dash,
We bought stockings and letters

and quick as a flash....

Was a stocking for Mimi and Tucker Bear too,
So to all a good night...   Merry Christmas to you!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Last-minute personalized ornaments

Add a little more sparkle to your tree with these easy-to-make Christmas ornaments - perfect for last-minute holiday hostess gifts, too.

You will need:
  •  Joy embroidered letters
  •  Clear plastic ornaments 
  •  Colored cellophane gift wrap or shredded filler
  •  Decorative trim, scissors, clear adhesive
  1.  Remove the top of each ornament and fill with the cellophane. 
  2.  Add a bit of glue to hold the top in place.
  3.  Glue Joy letters to your ornament to spell your favorite message.
  4.  Wrap a little bit of trim around the top and hang for all to enjoy!