Another Katie Makes post to let you know what I have been up to when it comes to creativity and crafting. See Katie Makes  if you like.
~1~This post was inspired by a special giveaway I was asked to be a part of! Right now on Instagram through Friday at 4 p.m. Central Time, you have the chance to win all of these awesome handmade goodies:
-a 8x10" Scripture print of "Put into the deep" (Luke 5:4) stamped onto a vintage Bible page and matted, ready to frame
-three 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" note cards with "Be who you were meant to be and you will set the world on fire" quote by St. Catherine of Siena decorated with a globe made from repurposed maps
-and a 3" metal gift tag stamped that says "Be Blessed"
All of them are small business owners with beautiful hand-made things- I encourage you to go visit their shops (and maybe start some early Christmas shopping!)
Not one to have idle hands, I needed a portable craft project to take with me on our family vacation to Colorado a few weeks ago. I packed a couple of atlases and a dictionary. Factor in a couple of Sharpies and many hours of family Netflix watching, and the result was a stack of fifty-some hand lettered frameables. They were pretty popular at the craft sale we had a couple of weekends ago. :)
Next project on the docket was a pretty banner for a friend's sister's Bridal Shower. She is getting married later this fall and her colors are orange and purple. I had to dig through my stash for those colors (neither usually my favorite) but I really like how the color combination turned out!
~4~I mentioned in my last post that this metal stamping thing is getting easier. I found a bunch of these metal tags in silver and copper for a great deal (an awesome deal compared to most metal stamping stuff), and have been stamping some messages on them. They are about three inches long, so too big for jewelry, but would make cute bookmarks, gift labels, ornaments, basket tags, etc. However, I am experiencing some writer's block with what to put on them...maybe because stamping in metal is so permanent? What would you want them to say? And what would you use them for? (And don't forget you can win one in the Instagram giveaway!)
~5~A set of pretty cards including these made up a birthday gift for a friend. Sitting down with a blank pallet and pretty paper to make cards remains one of my favorite things to do. :)
~6~I had a extra canvas from some project a bit ago (so many "extra" craft supplies...) a decided to do a little painting one night. I love this color combination! I wonder, would it look weird to have a painting hung on a door? Maybe it would be better in an entryway.
And finally, this sweet little pillow. At a garage sale a couple of weeks ago, my friend was selling some clothes that she didn't want any more, and among them was this super cute mustard-colored-satin-pleated-skit. I loved it, but it would have been both too small and too short. When it was still there at the end of the sale, I bought it off of her with the intentions of making a pillow. I did it, but it was a little more difficult than I imagined, so I thought I'd share how I made it work in case you want to go thrift store shopping and try one yourself!
I was most excited that the new pillow matched the gold/yellow in the vintage fabric pillows I made last summer!
a. So we start with a skirt. I had a 16"x16" pillow form that I wanted to use. The skirt was just the right size horizontally, and was about 18" vertically.
h. To provide for the least amount of hand sewing as possible, I only left about a 6" opening, and also made sure to sew about 2" at the corner to help make closing the seam and having a sharp corner possible.
j. The original basting that kept the pleats together and the beginning of the seam at the corner made it easy to fold and pin where I needed to close the seam. I used a blind stitch to pull it all together.
So, what have you been making lately? I'd love to hear about it. And don't forget to head over to Instagram for the giveway!