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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

My hands can do this --- Bottle Gift Wrapping

When giving something as a gift in a bottle, you may consider doing this simple, beautiful project.  Flowers from your garden can be dried and used to decorate this bottle. With a little bit of creativity, you will be amazed how it will turn out beautifully. The recipient will feel very glad of your thoughtfulness and creativity. And you will be glad you did it.


(4) half-pint Mason Jars with jam or jelly
(4) Offray ribbons (assorted color)
      burlap cloth
      dried mini roses
      glue gun and glue stick
      tape measure

Level of Difficulty – easy

1.  Measure and mark 2 ½ inches (W) X 9 inches (L) on the basket weave cloth and then cut. Make another 3 pieces of the same cloth with the same measurement. Set them aside.

2.  Measure and cut 27 inches each color of the ribbons. Cut the ends of the ribbons diagonally and set them aside.

3.  Choose small, good rose and leaves with stem.  You can pick a rose from one branch and pick the leaves with stem from another branch. Be very careful in cutting the rose, so to keep its petals from falling off.  Partner each rose and leaves together as many as you can.  Set them aside in one area of the table.

Note:  Rose flowers can be dried by hanging them upside down for a week or until you can see them really dry.  Group 3 pieces and tie its branch upside down on a hanger and let them dry inside a closet or cabinet where you don’t usually open it everyday. Don’t let the light come in, so to keep its color. 

4.  Lay the cloth on the table and turn the jar on its side.  Roll one end of the cloth on the jar and apply glue on the jar to attach this end.  Apply glue on the middle of the jar before rolling the other end of the cloth. Apply glue on the cloth for closing. Make this as the front center of the jar as shown in the picture below.

Attaching the Cloth

5.  Put the ribbon around the cloth and center it. Apply glue on one side of the cloth  and then on the other side to attach the ribbon. Tie the ribbon once and apply glue under it. Tie it to make a long loop and apply glue again under the ribbon.  Tie it again to make a long loop and apply glue under the ribbon.  There should be 4 long loops made as shown in the picture below.

Attaching the Ribbons

6.  Lay a rose on top of the leaves with stem and put them together on the center of the ribbon as shown below. Be very careful while applying glue and attaching them on the center of the ribbon. Do the same procedure around until you reach the first rose. There should be a little space left on the center and glue one rose on the center of all the roses.   Do the same procedures on the other Mason jars.

Attaching the Roses

I’m giving these Mason jars with fig jam (The Fruits of our Labor (2012) - Harvest # 2) to my sister-in-law, Linda, her eldest sister, Jeanie, and Linda’s daughters, Kelly and Jessica.  Jeanie was the one I mentioned in my article, A Wonderful One-day Trip, posted last November, 2012. I wasn’t able to give them a gift last Christmas. Remember, Our Christmas Story (2012)? It’s time to give something in return, though the holiday season has passed already. There’s no being late in giving. What matters most is the thoughtfulness coming from your heart.  I also mentioned about this before I left to travel. 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

My heart says ... Happy, Happy Me

January 18 -- I went to my sister-in-law, Linda, to bring the pumpkin bread I baked as our food donation for the forthcoming spaghetti dinner, a yearly fundraising campaign, which our Altar Society has sponsored.  Linda is our hardworking President of this church organization. We talked for few minutes in front of her house about things--- blah, blah, blah.  At the end of our talk, she invited me to have a tea in their house sometime. She’s always nice to me, so I scheduled to come back on Friday, January 25.

I started walking back to our house. I really like taking a walk when I go to their house which is not too far from our house. I always wear my pair of boots every time I walk along the gravel road. On that day, it was a little bit cold, but sunny.  That’s why, I have to wear my hat, too, so I won’t get facial sunburn.  I’m really conscious about this because I like to maintain my good-skinned face especially, if one is not getting any younger------     ha ha ha ha (-.-)        
January 19 -- I was thinking of Jeanie’s husband, Ernest, who got the flu virus. I called Jeanie to check about his condition. Actually, Jeanie had the flu virus first and she recovered. Unfortunately, Ernest got the flu virus also, though he had a “heavy-duty” flu shot before. Jeanie had an ordinary flu shot before she got it. It’s really very nice   to see a couple taking care of each other, especially in time of sickness. Jeanie and I talked over the phone for a few minutes – blah, blah, blah, until I mentioned to her about my schedule to go to Linda’s house on the 25th.  I thought Linda called her already and told her about it, but to my surprise-- she hadn’t gotten yet any call from Linda.  Jeanie just decided to call her instead.  
January 20 to 24 – I’m always very busy doing my greenecrafts everyday from morning till in the evening before I go to bed at 9 pm. But I also need to do some important household chores before I work on my projects. I haven’t really given much attention to my crocheting and my knitting projects.  I still have to pack my things.  I really need to write the things I need to do or else I forget them. My mind is really, really bugging me to finish these green projects before I leave.

January 25 – This is the scheduled day to go to Linda’s house. I brought them something special. Look at what made me so busy these past few days. This is just one of the few greenecrafts I did first before I left.  I also posted this project in other website, like Pinterest later on. 

Linda and Jeanie were so delighted to see them because the dried roses were really so beautiful and carefully set on each Mason Jars with fig jam.  Linda said she really like dried roses and talked about the dried roses she ordered before.  We talked a lot about many things – blah, blah, blah.  It was really a nice day for the three of us sharing each other’s stories and laughing. It was a two-hour ladies’ talk. Linda prepared a cup of green tea for me, which I really love, while Jeanie had a cup of brewed coffee.  Linda really knows that it will be my special day soon, so she also baked her sooooo delicious cake with nuts. They gave me their own respective birthday gifts which I didn’t really expect. They are both so nice to me always and Linda let me bring home some slices of the cake.  When I came home, I got a birthday letter from my only sister also. I really, really felt very happy with their thoughtfulness. Thank you so much. (-.-)

Birthday Gifts

January 26 – My husband and I attended the Saturday mass at 6:00 pm and I was the lector.  I always get excited every time I read His words. I read His words with all the feelings coming from my heart. I love my Lord very much. My desire to humbly serve Him has been fulfilled. This is my destiny and my time to proclaim His marvelous deeds through the Words.

After the mass, my husband gave me a special flower bouquet, as shown above. He knows I like flowers and flower arranging. We celebrated my special day at Lin Cuisine Chinese Buffet Restaurant and I brought home my pair of chopstick and fortune cookie. I always save the chopsticks for another project which I wasn’t able to finish yet. With my fortune cookie, I believe I’ll win the lottery someday (-.-)  When we went home, the hour was getting shorter already. Oh my, I still have to do the last batch of laundry and other things before I travel to……    

Related Personal Travels:

Happy, Happy Me Travels:
    Part Two                                                 
Part Three                                                              
Part Four                                                     
Part Five                                                     
Part One – Japan (2014)                            
Part Three – Japan (2016)                         

Wonderful One-day Trips:
   Part Two

Monday, January 21, 2013

My hands can do this --- Stylish Camera Pouch

Camera should be kept properly to avoid having scratches on its body and getting damaged.  This simple, stylish camera pouch is really very handy to use and carry with you wherever you are fond of taking pictures of nice and beautiful places while traveling.  The battery charger can also be kept inside it. This cute camera pouch is also washable.


(1)  felt paper  (white)
(2)  fancy buttons
       threads (white and green)
       unused printed cotton fabric (old or new)
       ribbon (Offray)
       ribbon (Craft)
       yarn needle
       pins and safety pin
       tape measure

Level of Difficulty – easy


1) Make a perfect square with a measurement of 7 ¾ inches (W) X 7 ¾ inches (L) and then cut the excess. 
2) Provide ½ inch allowance when folding one side.  Using a white
    thread, run the felt paper under the sewing machine.

3) Pull the fold towards the front side and make a 1 inch measurement. Attach pins to securely hold it. Insert a Craft ribbon under the fold and choose design #27. Use the first run with white thread as your guide to make your stitch design run straight along the edge. Begin running it under the sewing machine.

4) Choose a design from your printed cotton fabric. Provide an allowance along the edge of the design when cutting it.  Lay it on the top center of the felt paper and attach a pin. Using a green thread, sew along the edge until you reach the end.  Repeat the sewing along the edge twice and then cut the excess fabric.  This is the finished appliqué design.

5) Invert the felt paper. Pull the two sides together and attach pins along the edge. Starting at the bottom side, provide ½ inch allowance when sewing it. Provide ¼ inch allowance when sewing the side.  Be sure to leave the fold open for the insertion of the ribbon.

6) Still inverted, lay one bottom side flat and provide ¼ inch allowance from its pointed tip when running it under the sewing machine.  Do the same procedure on the other bottom side.  This makes the bottom sides squared.

7) Cut 30 inches of Offray ribbon. Facing the right side, use a safety pin to insert it inside the fold until you  reach the end.  Make another round of the insertion of the ribbon.  Be sure the remaining ribbon hanging is of equal length or make adjustment, if possible.

    Note:  The size of the ribbon will vary depending on the size of
    your hand and wrist. Be sure to make adjustment before cutting
    the ribbon.

8) Using a yarn needle, insert one at a time  the ends of the ribbon into the first button and pull the button down.  Insert one end of the ribbon into the second button and another end into the same button the other way.  Extend the ribbon ends 4 inches long before tying it. Tie the ribbon once on top and then tie it at the bottom. Leave some inches to hang.

Note: Choose a fancy button that has the right hole size to insert the ribbon.

9) While holding the second button, pull the ribbon to close the pouch. Pull down the first button to the end of the pouch. Insert your hand in between the ribbons.


*This project was featured as “Stylish Felt Camera Cozy” in my craft designer profile at Fave Crafts and  posted as #1 in What’s Hot – Top Felt Projects (Dec. 16, 2013).  But unluckily, I didn't take the chance to copy the ranking last year.  Now, I'm paying attention to copy the ranking (June 06, 2014) as shown below. Though it's not a permanent ranking, I feel great to see my project being included among the top list.  It's also listed as one among my Top Green eCraft Projects.

Stylish Felt Camera Cozy

Keep your camera, phone, or MP3 player safe from harm with this Stylish Felt Camera Cozy.  Great for carrying around with you while you're traveling or going for a nature walk, this tech cozy can easily fit in your purse or hang around your wrist for easy access.  Though this cozy is designed for a camera, you could easily use this pattern to create a lovely felt cozy for any one of your tech gadgets.  Decorate it however you'd like or give it as a gift for the upcoming holiday season.

What's Hot

Top Felt Projects

1.                          5 Types of Felt: Felt 101
2.                          18 Crafts with Felt: Simple Craft Ideas, Felt Flowers & More free eBook
3.                          Hand Sewn Felt Owls
4.                          Stylish Felt Camera Cozy
5.                          Felt Rose
6.                          Chapstick Holder Keyfob
7.                          Fanciful Felt Pouches
8.                          Felt and Button Decorative Ball
9.                          Fun Flower Pins
10.                        Spring Butterfly Felt Magnet

Monday, January 14, 2013

My hands can do this --- Hair Brush and Clip Organizer

Eating products made by Quaker Oats doesn't just give only health benefits, but also they give me some ideas on how to recycle its canisters. So, don't just throw them away. 

Hair brush and hair clips are important part of our daily grooming.  It’s really a good quality of being a woman that we keep our things tidy after using them.  That's why I made this project for this purpose.  This small canister is beautifully decorated and sewn with small pockets to keep your hair clips or other hair accessories in place. The plain cotton fabric on the background is matched with a beautiful printed fabric of golden leaf design that makes this hairbrush and hair clip organizer truly attractive and worth making it.  

(1)  Quaker Yellow Corn Meal canister 24 oz
(6)  small cloth flower accessory (Offray)  
       unused self-adhesive decorative covering (old or new)
       unused cotton fabric (plain) (old or new)
       unused cotton fabric (printed) (old or new)
       sewing machine
       threads and pins
       tape measure and ruler
       paper and ballpen
       Super glue Loctite with brush on
       ribbon Offray
       yarn needle
       glue gun and glue stick
Level of Difficulty – easy


Cutting and Attaching of Decorative Covering
Apply Super glue at the bottom of the canister to attach the top cover.
Body Decorative Covering --Make 8 ½ inches (L) X 13 ½ inches (W) rectangular shape on the decorative covering and then cut. Set it aside.
Bottom Decorative Covering -- Make also a round shape with the same size as the bottom area on the decorative covering. Use the bottom part of the canister as pattern and then cut. Set it aside.  
Provide ¾ inch allowance for the folding of the covering on the bottom part of the canister. The rest will be provided for folding the  covering on the upper portion of the canister. Remove the backing as you attach the decorative covering on the side of the canister. Make some slit around the covering on both ends to fold it along the edges without obstruction.  First, fold the body covering along the edges of the bottom area.  Apply Super glue, if there is a need, to firmly attach the covering at the bottom.  Second, remove the backing of the bottom covering to cover the bottom area.  Third, fold the body covering along the edges of the upper portion. Apply Super glue, if there is a need, to firmly attach the covering inside the canister.

Cutting of Body and Bottom Cloth Coverings and Small Pockets
Body Cloth Covering -- Make 6 inches (L) X  14 ½  inches (W) rectangular shape on a piece of plain cotton fabric and then cut. Set it aside.
Bottom Cloth Covering -- Using a compass, set it to 2 1/2 inch margin to make a perfect round shape pattern on a piece of paper and then cut. Lay it on top of the same plain cotton fabric, mark it around with a ballpen, and then cut. Set it aside.
Small Pockets -- Make 5 inches (L) X  20 inches (W) rectangular shape on a piece of printed cotton fabric and then cut. Fold this into half and then cut. Fold again the two into half and then cut. The 4 pockets should be of equal size.  Set them aside.

Sewing of Body Cloth Covering
Determine the upper part and the bottom part of the plain fabric.
Upper part -- Provide 2 /3 inch allowance when folding the edge on the upper  part (width area).  Fold it once only if the edge of the fabric  is not loose, otherwise, provide an allowance for it by folding it twice, so to avoid having loose threads. Attach pins to securely hold the fold or run your fingers through the fabric to mark the fold and then sew it. Remove each pin as you slowly sew some area. Make a stitch design and I chose design #27 and sew it along the thread sewn already as a guide to make the sewing straight.  This area is where you will insert a ribbon later.  
Bottom part – don’t sew it yet. 
Side part (length area) -- Provide ¼ inch allowance each on both sides when folding the two edges on the length side of the plain fabric. Fold it once only if the edge of the fabric   is not loose, otherwise, provide an allowance for it by folding it twice, so to avoid having loose threads.  Run your fingers through the fabric to mark the fold and then sew it. Set it aside.

Sewing of Small Pockets
Determine the upper part and the bottom part of the fabric.
Bottom part -- Provide ¼ inch allowance when folding the bottom side of the pocket.  Fold it  only once, run your fingers through the fabric to mark the fold, and then sew. 

Side part -- Provide ¼ inch allowance when folding both sides of the pocket.  Fold it once only, run your fingers through the fabric again to mark the fold, and then sew. 

Upper part – Lay the fabric on the table with the wrong side facing you. Provide 2/3 inch allowance when doing the first fold. Then pull the fabric towards you and fold it the second time.  The first fold should be on top of the second fold.  Turn it over  facing the right side of the fabric. The measurement of the 2 folds on the front area of the pocket should be 2/3 inch.  Attach pins to securely hold the fold and then sew both upper and bottom edges of the fold.  Do the same procedure on other pockets.   

Folding the Sides of Pockets
Provide ½ inch allowance when folding the side of the pocket. First, pull the fabric towards the edge of the side and then fold.  This will look like there are two folds. Attach pins to securely hold the folds. Do the same procedure on other side of the pocket.  Do the same procedure on the other pockets.


Sewing the Small Pockets on Body Cloth Covering
Lay down the body cloth covering on the table and arrange each pocket on top of it. You can visibly see how much allowance can be allotted between 2 pockets.  Measure each space in between two pockets and make adjustments, if possible, to have a uniform spacing for all pockets. Check also the allowance to be provided for the  top  and bottom areas before sewing and make adjustments, if there is a need. Fit the cloth covering around the canister to have a preview of the alignment.  Provide ½ inch allowance on the lower part of the body cloth covering. The pocket should not be sewn beyond the 1/3 inch allowance of the upper part of the body cloth covering where you will insert the ribbon. Use pins to securely hold the pockets on the fabric.

Side part -- Begin sewing the sides of the pocket first.  Sew the side of the pocket, but don’t include the second fold.  Run the sewing machine where the line of thread sewn first is and then cut the thread. Remove each pin as you slowly sew some area. Do the same procedure on the other side. 
Bottom part – Including the second fold now, run the sewing machine on the fabric and then cut the thread. Do the same procedure on the other pockets. The outcome measurement of each pocket is 3 1/2 inches (L) X 2 inches (W).

Sewing Both Ends of Body Cloth Covering
After the pockets have been sewn, fit the body cloth covering around the canister again before sewing. Pull together both ends of the body covering and attach pins to securely hold the fabric and mark where you should start sewing. You have to make the last preview of the alignment before sewing. Remove the body cloth covering from the canister and start sewing from the upper part, but don’t include the 1/3 inch allowance where the ribbon will be inserted later.  Remove each pin as you slowly sew some area.

Sewing of Bottom Cloth Covering
Sew around the edge and provide a long allowance of thread before cutting it.  Pull one thread to create a shearing on the fabric.  Extend this shearing around the edge until it reaches the end of the fabric.  Do not cut the thread yet. Don’t invert the body cloth covering. Insert the bottom cloth covering inside the body cloth covering.  Make a trial and error how to adjust the shearing to fit into the bottom part of the body cloth covering before sewing.  Use pins to securely hold both fabrics together while making adjustments. When everything is adjusted, begin sewing on the edge with the bottom cloth covering on top of the body cloth covering.  Invert the body cloth covering and run the sewing machine again on the edge to hide the excess cloth and have a clean sewing. Be sure the bottom edge of the pocket is not included in sewing the bottom cloth covering.    
Cut 30 inches of ribbon and insert it into one hole of the upper part using a yarn needle.  Tie the ribbon twice. Using your glue gun, attach each small cloth flower accessory  around the side of the decorative body covering with equal spacing.  Arrange all the hair brush, comb, hair clips and it looks like this as shown below.


*This project was featured as “HairbrushOrganizer Free Sewing Pattern,” #3 among the Top 10 Craft Projects and #5 among the Top 10 Craft Designers in What’s Hot of Favecrafts (Feb. 09, 2015) as shown below.  Please note this ranking is not permanent.  Thank you very much to all viewers (-.-)