I first saw these adorable mailboxes over at Expresso Yourself. My darling friend, Kate, told me that Target often has them in their Dollar Spot. But, alas, my local store NEVER EVER has had them.
And since she is an amazingly generous, precious dear she sent me some - just because! She and her sister are such sweeties!! They even put a recipe up on their blog so simple little me could figure out how to decorate mine. Check it out HERE. Be sure to go visit them and tell them I said hi. :)
Materials (All SU! unless otherwise mentioned)
Card stock: Certainly Celery, Whisper White Designer Paper: Petals & Paisleys Stamps: Double-Line Doodles (not available until the Fall-Winter Catalog!), Polka Dots & Paisley Ink: StazOn White, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink Other: Pink Gingham Ribbon, Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, Turquoise Grosgrain Ribbon, White Grosgrain Ribbon, Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Punch (by Marvy), White Mailbox (by Target), Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensi…
...when you still can't find one after searching all the local stores, recoiling at prices online, and having no desire to experiment with paper mache.
Step 1, settle for a non-Thomas pull-string pinata in the right color scheme. Hi, Spidey! You are too scary and will soon be banished. (Bradley is scared of "the spidermans!") Only $8 at a party supply store.
Step 2, cover image with Stampin' Up! card stock in the very-nearly-Thomas-blue In Color, Pacific Point. Tape edges. The kids aren't going to notice it...they are three for goodness sakes!
Step 3, make an old school compass thing. You know how the cute carpenters on DIY network always do it! Grab a string, ruler, and pen - make your circle to cover the scary scary Spiderman. Cut it out and glue to front of pinata with hot glue.
Step 4, scan the front of your Thomas scrapbook. If your child is as obsessed as mine I know you have one.
Step 5, smack some Thomas scrapbooking paper, your newly scanned and crop…
My friend, Amy, and I have been teaching a sewing class for the elementary-aged kids at church over the past three weeks. This week they will finish making their very own pillowcases and also have the opportunity to make a second case to donate to the Conkerr Cancer Pillowcase Program at a local hospital. I made a pillowcase today to donate to a student of mine who is in the hospital with cancer. It was really easy to make using the "roll-up" method. Here's how it's done.
Pre-step - wash all fabric before cutting/sewing
Step 1 - Cut main fabric to 41" x 27" and iron
Step 2 - Cut accent (cuff) fabric to 41" x 10" and iron
I finished off the case with French seams on the side and bottom to keep all the raw edges enclosed. (Here is a great tutorial on how to do a French seem by Coletterie.) But, you can can simply sew the right sides together and serge, zigzag stitch, or trim/press the edges. From start to finish it took me less than an hour, a…