Everyday Into Ornaments : Craft Wars

Taking our everyday items and turning them into Christmas Ornaments is not only eco-friendly but fun.  The kids remember playing with the stuff when they were little and I love remembering the times they did.  Using the kids old baby blocks adds color and charm to our Christmas tree.  Some more fun ideas could be Ella’s Girlscout patches, Braeden’s Chess Club 1st place award, Quinn’s Boy Scout belt buckle……  I do photos ornaments every year as well but actual token of our lives is another fun addition!

Check out what some of my fellow craft wars
vets made to celebrate christmas in july!


How to make a Rail Fence Block Quilt

quilt04openingpicI just love taking a quilt class and making quilts that take me 9 months to make when I am expecting the babies…  This is one that I made for Ella when we were waiting for her.  She is now 11 and it still looks great.  Maybe even better now that is has been well loved!  Here are the directions….

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Finished Quilt Size 41 1/2″ x 53 1/2″

Number of Blocks and Finished Size 35 Rail Fence Blocks 6″ x 6″

Fabric Requirements … Butterfly novelty print (blocks) 2 yards

… Pink novelty print (blocks, border, binding) 1 3/4 yards … Yellow print (blocks) 5/8 yard … Green print (blocks) 1/2 yard … Backing (piece widthwise) 2 3/4 yards … Batting Crib size

Other Materials … Sewing thread … Monofilament thread (machine quilting)

Cutting the Fabric … Pink novelty print *4 strips 6″ x 45″, cut on lengthwise grain … 6 strips 2 1/2″ x width of fabric (WOF) … Yellow print 6 strips 2 1/2″ x WOF … Green print 6 strips 2 1/2″ x WOF *Cut first

Step 1. Sew pink novelty print, yellow print, and 2 1/2″ x WOF green print strips together. Make 6. Press in direction of arrows. Cut 35 segments 6 12′ wide to make Rail Fence Blocks.

Step 2. Arrange and sew 7 rows of 5 blocks each, rotating Rail Fence Blocks as shown. Sew rows together. Sew pink novelty print 6″ x 45″ strips to sides; trim even with top and bottom. Sew remaining blue strips to top/bottom; trim even with sides.

Step 3. Layer and baste quilt top for quilting method of your choice. The pink novelty print in the blocks was machine quilted in the ditch. A meandering butterfly design was added on the butterfly blocks. Border quilting lines (spaced 2″ apart, extending from the Rail Fence Block seams) run random in the borders, squaring up in the corners. Bind quilt with butterfly novelty print fabric.

Craft Wars Wedding Wishing Tree

I loved the wishing tree from last weeks Craft Wars… Here is my take on the craft.

Cut wood shapes.  Circles, ovals, etc.

Add color with paint and distress the edges… I love Martha Stewart’s paint.  The colors are fun and easy to use.

Punch hole with crop-a-dile for ribbon or finish with a screw for another fished look!!!

The happy couple can save these for their wedding trees for years to come!!!

Come see some other Craft Wars Vets and their take on this week Craft Wars Craft!

Coco the Chicken T-shirt with Angela

From Jeans to Wedding Dreams With Cheryl

3 Is A Magical Nuber Album With Margo

Esther Hall’s clever candle stick craft (via Nikki’s Blog)

Keepsake Box With Lisa

Craft Wars Toy Box

Some of the Craft Wars Ladies are doing a craft wars inspired craft each week…  With the kiddos, work and kitchen remodel I will do what I can when I can.  Here is what I have come up with for a toy box Foo Foo La La style.  It was an old cabinet picked up for $2.00!!!  Yes $2.00 and a gallon of exterior paint we ditched the Rubbermaid backyard toy box for a much more fun and funky toy box for the Duffner Fam!  It sits on the side of our school-house/play house in the backyard and is full of outside toys.  Yes it won’t last forever… but it is very fun to look at out my kitchen window.

Come check out the other ladies toy box project for this week!!!

Angela’s chicken toy box

Andrea’s Super Secret Spy Box Birthday Craft

Lisa’s adorable fabric dog box

Margot’s Tori Spelling inspired necklace