Marbled Wooden Bead Valentines

Even though Valentine’s day is not a highly celebrated event at our house, I can appreciate a shot of the brightly saturated pinks around the house in the middle of a Seattle winter. This DIY Valentine is quick, easy, fun, and addictive. Got wooden beads and paint? You’re all set to make these!
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DIY Inspiration Stones

DIY Inspiration Stones by Wise Craft HandmadeWith the idea of doing things with more intention this year, I am doing a few little things to spruce up my studio space, in lieu of a full-on clean/clear out.READ MORE

holiday wreath

A Holiday Wreath DIY

holiday wreath

I am really dragging my feet on getting out the Christmas decorations.

I mean, is it really, truly Christmas? So soon?

Instead of facing the thousands of decoration-filled boxes we have in the basement, I did what makes to total sense to no one but me.

I made a new wreath.

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disappearing nine patch

Make a Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt

disappearing nine patch

Talking with Erin last week got me in the mood to some quilting, but I wasn’t sure where to start. Inspiration is always in my head, but too much and I’m frozen. So I decided to get back to basics. The disappearing nine patch block has been around for a while, but I wanted to document my process here. So many who claim to not have the skills to make a quilt could easily create this block, and its a very satisfying sew.  I used a charm pack of Denyse Schmidt’s newest line, Florence, 1/2 yard or so of one of the prints in this range that reminded me of boxer shorts (actually, the whole range reminds me of boxer shorts!). I wanted dark centers in each of the nine patch blocks, so I used another Denyse Schmidt print (coincidence, but all her prints do work together well) in dark blue for each of the centers. Making the center of each block darker valued will create some continuity later on, but this is not a hard and fast rule. You could make every single square in your nine patch blocks a different fabric. Play with low and high volume prints. Experiment! That’s what this block is all about. Here’s how to do it.READ MORE

Ribbon Brooch

Make A Ribbon Brooch DIY

 

Ribbon Brooch

I recently received some gorgeous ribbon from Midori to use on some Fall projects. They carry so many gorgeous ribbons, but in particular I love their velvet ribbon. I had no idea which colors to choose (they have so many!) so I turned to the newest J Crew Women’s Lookbook to get some ideas. The colors of one of the tops caught my eye, so I pulled my choices from there. The folks at Midori sent an assortment of white, 2 blues, yellow, and a gorgeous persimmon for me to play with.

Ribbon Brooch

 

 

And since we’re all about back to school clothes shopping around here, and my favorite teenager tends to wear all black, I decided to do the opposite and have fun with some color. I love accessories and these pins are going to be fun to pin on the lapel of my coat or a sweater. Or even a bag! They are easy to make.
All of the brooches use some or all of the following Midori velvet ribbons:
Ribbon Brooch
1. The Cabochon Brooch-

Ribbon Brooch

The one above uses a 5 1/2″ strip each of the White and Banana ribbons, both cut in half. Just glue them on top of each other at the top end (I used Fabric Tac glue), but have them fan at out the bottom. Trim the ends in points to keep them from fraying. Attach a cabochon or enameled piece of thrift store jewelry, and add a pin back on the back, all attached with the glue.
2. Blue Ribbon Rosette Brooch-

Ribbon Brooch

 

I love rosettes of all kinds, so I knew I wanted to make some sort of rosette brooch. This brooch uses the Ink and the Turquoise ribbons, a 5 1/2″ length of each, roughly cut in half (I like the look better when they aren’t so even at the bottom). Stack and glue the ribbon strips as above, with fabric glue. Cut another length of ribbon (mine is roughly 4 1/2″-5″). Using a hand sewing needle and a length of matching thread with a knot at one end, sew a large running or basting stitch across the length on one side of the ribbon. Pull the thread to gather the ribbon and shape it into a round rosette shape. Lastly, sew the ends of the rosette together to hold the shape, and glue a large bead, charm, or whatever you like, to the center of the rosette. Glue the rosette to the top of the strips, and trim the edges of the strips. Add a pin back and you’re done.

 

3. The Double Rosette Brooch-
Ribbon Brooch

 

This one is the same as the single, with just an extra rosette, cut and gathered from a slightly longer length of ribbon.

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