Elle-a-Palooza

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You all may remember a few weeks back I told you about the sudden loss of our friend Elle. Today we are launching Elle-a-Palooza, a silent online auction in loving memory of Lee Ann “Elle” Ritchotte for the benefit of her family. You can bid on Elle’s handmade jewelry, as well as many of the things that Elle simply LOVED! Stuff from Woodchuck Cider, Le Creuset, FIORE Olive Oils, and many donations by her fellow bloggers and friends that love and miss Elle terribly. I have donated some of my hand knit mittens and hand embroidered aprons.
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Let’s give together to help relieve the financial burden and help Lee Ann’s young family focus on healing and love.

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Iron Craft Challenge #21 – Casserole Cozy

My Mom has some holders for pyrex pans at her house that allow the glass dishes to go to the table HOT. I took my memories of these as my inspiration, went back to the thick felt, and created one.
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Felt Casserole Cozy

Supplies:

  • thick felt
  • (a bib, so you do not drool on the felt, because it is so beautiful)
  • thread
  • sharp scissors (fabric scissors)
  • paper bag – or other paper for creating the template

Tools:

  • paper scissors
  • tape
  • pencil
  • pins
  • sewing machine

Create a template from a grocery bag (or other paper, if all of your bags are getting recycled) that fits around the sides of your baking dish. Tape the template to the dish, and adjust the fit. Place tape to hold the corners where you will stitch the felt. And put tape on the sides to hold the template along the long sides. Mark the changes needed, cut, retape.
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Repeat until the fit is perfect
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(Please note, I would offer a template, but the glass pans are now being offered in all shapes and sizes. Even in my house, this felt does not fit two of my pans, but it fits this lovely blue one perfectly. It is important to make your own template.)

This felt, priced by the square foot, is some of the most expensive stuff I have worked with. It makes me a little nervous to cut it. So the template is an important part of the process.
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Lay the template on the felt. If you try to pin the paper to the felt, the felt will bow, and the paper will slide around. The best strategy is just to STAB the pin down through the paper and the felt.
Cut the felt. Take care to hold the scissors at a 90 degree angle to the fabric. Cut cautiously with long strokes, do not “chew” the scissors through this felt. The cut edge will show prominently, and the beauty of the fabric can be seen on the horizontal edge. Cut the basic rectangle shape first. then, for a better fit, go back to cut the notch to go under the lip/rim on the short ends.

Sew the holder in two stages. First, with a needle and thread, hand stitch the corner folds. Try it on. The felt does not “fold” happily so the hand stitching will take some energy.
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Once the corners are in place, and even, run the corners through the sewing machine. The double felt is so thick, the presser foot almost does not go down. This is the thickest thing that a conventional at-home machine will tolerate.
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The thread can be a contrast color (shown here in a burnt yellow) Or it can be a match to the felt. It would also be interesting to try some decorative embroidery stitches. Tiny scissors and tweezers will help to get the basting out.
And you are done
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Here the notch is more visible
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The felt sits low on this one. That was intentional – so that if a big dish of cheesie, bubbling goodness was passed around, this would not bubble over onto the holder itself.

Red stitching and/or accents would make this a beautiful holiday piece.
Red felt and white stitching would lend a Swedish feel to the table.
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This was a fun project. It would make a great gift. And it will be around for years.

Happy warm casserole!

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DIY Inspiration: Zoe Murphy Furniture

This printed furniture by Zoe Murphy is really amazing.

These reclaimed pieces of furniture are screen printed, hand painted and varnished.

I can easily seeing making your own version with some pretty scrapbook papers and mod podge or varnish. It would be a great way to cover the not so perfect parts of a thrift shop find or dress up a plain piece from Ikea.

I’m tempted to play with some of those plain white pieces in my craft room now.

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Iron Craft Challenge #4 – Penelope Bag

For this Iron Craft Challenge, Susi asked us to create something inspired by something we’d seen in a catalog, store or online that we didn’t buy, because we could make it. I had pinned a purse from Fossil called the Penelope Tote awhile back with a note saying “we could totally make something like this.” So, I did.
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It’s not an exact copy, it’s more of an inspired by. I wanted a smaller bag and didn’t care for the brown straps. I ran into a few problems along the way. I wanted to use leather, vinyl or suede for the squares, but couldn’t find any of those in multiple colors (if I could find them at all). I ended up using felt which was a good choice as there were lots of colors and it was easy to sew on.

The second problem was finding good straps. There was really nothing at Jo Ann’s that would work. There were lots of choices on Etsy, but most had to be shipped from Hong Kong or Korea. I couldn’t even find leather trim I could make into my own straps. The solution came while looking for 80’s costumes at HMV, skinny belts!
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I’m very happy with how this bag turned out. By the way this canvas Fossil bag cost $138! Mone was much less. Jenny over at A Mom and 2 Things liked the inspiration bag so much that she made one too. Here’s is a little truer in size than mine & I love the pink she used. Tomorrow we’ll give you all the details to make your own.

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Paper Cutting 101

After I made my paper cut map of Amsterdam for this year’s first Iron Craft challenge, I had a feeling I was going to get addicted to paper cutting.
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Since then I’ve already made another one of Amsterdam and have started on Minneapolis.
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But I was having issues with with pain in my index finger from doing so much cutting. So, I went to the person who inspired me to try paper cutting, Dr. Russ at NY Star Cards. Well lo and behold, he has started a series on getting started in paper cutting called Paper Cutting 101. In a series of posts he teaches you about supplies, negative vs positive space, transferring designs and the actual cutting. I followed his tip to buy an ergonomic knife and it has made all the difference.

I know a lot of people have expressed interest in trying one of these maps on their own and I highly recommend reading this series before diving in.

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It’s a Girl!

Susi and I want to take a little time to share with you some happy news from India. You may have noticed one of our very active Iron Crafters, Chinnu on Flicker, has been absent the last couple of months. That’s because she had been working on a much bigger project, one she announced in her Father’s Day project. Well, we are happy to say her project is finished and it is beautiful!

A little girl born Monday, December 5th. They are home now and both doing well. We wish them all the best and hope she grows up to be as crafty as her mom!

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Iron Crafter Feature – Alex Terry

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 What is your name?
Hi. My name is Alex (aka Pinkzilla).

 Where do you live?
I currently live in Flagstaff, AZ with Mr. Zilla and our 2 dogzillas.

 What kind of crafts do you do? 
I mostly make fabric crafts like my Ragimals and Animal Pillows,  but I’m willing to make anything as long as it’s cute! I enjoy  making my own patterns so that everything I make is original and  unique. Recently I have gotten into quilting a little bit and have  been making mini art quilts for The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt  Initiative. I’m also starting to explore jewelry making.

Where do you get your inspiration?
I get inspiration from my loves. My family is a big inspiration. My mom has always been into crafts, so I grew up crafting a lot and I just never stopped. Both of my grandparents suffer from Alzheimer’s and that inspired me to get involved with the AAQI. My dogzillas are constantly making me smile and giving me new ideas. In school I studied both Interior and Graphic Design, so design really inspires me as well. Plus I am a huge nerd and that has me pulling inspiration from books, comic books, movies, and all of the other various things that my nerd heart hearts 🙂
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What new crafts or techniques would you like to learn?
There are so many different types of crafts in the world and I am the type of person that wants to try everything at least once. I am always trying something new and that Is why I love the Iron Craft challenges! They give me an excuse to make things that I have been thinking about, but haven’t quite gotten around to yet.

Do you have a blog and/or Esty store? 
My Etsy shop is pinkzilla.etsy.com and my blog is PinkzillaCraft.com. Come check out the cuteness!

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 Anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself? Other  hobbies, special collections, etc…

 I am journeying towards minimalism! I am ridding my life of the  excess so that I can live more fully in the now. That might seem at  odds with my crafter nature, but it has allowed me to clear away  distractions and focus on what I want to be doing; crafting and  building a business that I can be happy with! It is still a work in  progress, but the journey is half the fun and you can read about my  minimalist mishaps and get some tips on my blog if you are  interested.





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Iron Crafter Feature – Jenny Chang

What is your name?

My name is Jenny Chang.

Where do you live?

I live in Redmond, WA in an apartment with my husband Eugene and my orange kitty Milo.

What kind of crafts do you do?

Everything. I love learning new techniques. I mainly do jewelry-making, although I’ve done this with with a variety of materials. I also love acrylic painting, primarily birds. Some of the other crafts I’ve tried include knitting, crochet, woodworking, ceramics, and scrapbooking.

Where do you get your inspiration?

From nature as well as other artists. I enjoy a variety of blogs along with my morning coffee and I love seeing the creativity out there. This often sparks an idea to try a craft I’ve seen with my own personal twist. I also love the beauty I see around me and often incorporate the colors and patterns I see. Plus I love those birdies.

What new crafts or techniques would you like to learn?

I recently took a basic soldering class and would like to continue growing in my metal-working. I also would like to grow in my sewing skills and start making my own clothes. I think that if you want to make something, you can find a technique that works for you to make it.


Do you have a blog and/or Esty store?

Yes, and Yes!
Etsy shop: A Bird in the Hand Art
Blog: A Bird in the Hand

Anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself?

I started my life studying molecular biology and then animal behavior. I was on my way to becoming a college professor when my life took a twist. Now I am working on becoming an artist and starting my own business. Don’t be afraid to follow your heart!

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Iron Crafter Feature – Srilakshmi

Hi, my name is Srilakshmi. I am from Bangalore (India, Asia). I am a Paediatric Speech Therapist on a 2yr break and so a full-time housewife now! I am married to a wonderful human being and we are currently in Germany on his 20mths deputation from work. I am enjoying the wonderful landscapes here and crafting away to glory!

I’m the kind of gal always making gifts and cards for family and friends. I love to try all kinds of crafts. I enjoy all kinds of Paper crafts , Scrapbooking, Fabric Painting, Rangoli (traditional Indian sand art) and lots more! I’m self taught and don’t mind experimenting. I am strongly committed to making Recycled crafts and so you will see me collecting all sorts of things- bottle caps, seeds, shells, paper, cards, buttons….and a whole lot of interesting things!

I draw my inspirations from the various things that I collect, from crafts I see around me and from talented crafters sharing ideas on their blogs and of course from my Mom, she is the one who has nurtured my interest in crafts. And also from the cute and interesting children I meet at work. I make a whole lot of crafty reinforcements and keep them handy as gifts of appreciation of their efforts!

Crocheting and Tatting have always been on my “to-learn” list. My Mom is the one sewing the first birthday dresses for children in my family and here I am, not knowing to use the sewing machine….why…. I have always been scared that I did run the needle on my fingers while sewing….LOL!! I must learn…I MUST!

I blog about the crafts I learn, do and enjoy at chinnuscrafts. The blog is still in its infancy. Learning to host this blog was an eye opener to a whole new world out there and am enjoying being a part of this interesting ‘Blog’ world! Apart from Crafting I also enjoy Photography, it gels well with my craze for travelling. I have a big dream that I did get to see the whole world in this life!
I’m away from most of my resources (back home) and trying to give my best to this challenge with materials available at hand……I wish my husband’s company gave me ‘Craft’ Cargo allowance!! Never mind, I guess being a part of Iron Craft’s Community is the best part of it anyways.

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