Week 4 of 52: Fish

We’ve been treated to a number of bugs this past week and as a result the crafting phenomenon of my life has largely remained untouched.

In the past two days nearly two feet of snow has fallen and the banks keep piling up, feeling like the walls are really closing in.

Anyways onto Week 4 of my 52 week project. This week my theme was fish. I’ve seen this drawstring fish bag on Pinterest that I’ve wanted to try for some time. And now it finally happened!

The fabric I used were just pieces from my bins. The outside is a small blue and white checker cotton, the eye and mouth piece are a black denim. I lined it with white cotton and the drawstrings are from a grey knit.

I drew the pattern myself and the only thing I will change about the next bag is to move the eye back towards the tail a tad.

It would be fun to make a few in bright colors and some funky patterns. Do you have any recommendations for some fabric?

Most importantly it’s kid approved!

This summer I am revamping my trailer so that I can sell souvenirs to the tourist that frequent our town (more on this later). I have been making some keychains and decided to make up some fish ones since they are such a big part of Alaska. I hand drew patterns and cut these from leather scraps. I then used modge-podge to put them together and painted unique designs on them with white chalk paint.

Although I haven’t always been able to complete each project within a weeks time I have really been enjoying this 52 week thing.

Stay tuned for next week and all the others to follow.

Week 3 of 52: Blue

This week has been a little hectic as I’m getting a little cabin fever and signing on to do another project. Together with one of my friends we have decided to do a booth at a local craft fair in April. All of these projects feel like a good way to keep my brain working creatively as well as providing a good outlet for cabin fever.

For the theme I decided to try out a few different crafts. First I completed this set of three drawstring bags that I have had cut out forever! These bags would hold soap, hair accessories and be a great way to organize if you are traveling.

The next item I made were these tye-dye scrunchies. Confession: I’ve never been a scrunchie person, I’ve thought they look ugly. But the only scrunchies they made that I remember where ugly ones back in the late 90s or something. Anyways I tried one and I love how they feel in my hair and that it doesn’t feel like it’s pulling the hair out of my scalp. Cause let’s face it I got a lot going on and my husband totally rocks the non-existent hair deal and I don’t want to compete with that. A few of these are available for sale in my Etsy shop here.

The last item I made, well making, are these little mountain bracelets. They are made from real blue leather and topped with a little white chalk paint I have yet to finish them because I need to get to the store to grab some clasps.

Anyone else doing a 52 week project?

Week two: Leather Scalloped Clutch

The funnest part about doing a 52 week project is putting projects on there that have been pinned on your Pinterest boards for years or months.

Once when scrolling thru Pinterest I came upon a small clutch or coin purse with what looked like to be leather scallops and thought it would be a wonderful way to use up my small leather scraps. I can no longer find that pin, so I can’t show you the original inspiration.

The size of the clutch is,(inchesxinches) and is made from green suede. Suede can be tough to sew with as it moves around more than leather does. I lined it with white cotton. All of the leather used for the scallops are cut from leather jackets that were picked up at thrift stores for $5-$10 a piece.

This was a challenging and fun project for week two. I am thinking about making another one up to put for sale in my Etsy shop, what do you think?

Week one: Baby Details

I have never done a 365 day or 52 week project despite thinking the idea was pretty neat. Now with a growing Pinterest page and pins that never seem to happen I decided to embark on a 52 week project to get al those projects done that I have thought about for so long.

I drew up my list for every week, drawing some ideas from Pinterest and others from life. I put in a mixture of activities, themes, colors and objects.

For the first week I chose baby details. All those precious little features on babies that seem to grow out way to fast. On our littles ones it’s a button nose, wrinkled knees and long toes.

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I put together a few collages in hopes that one day I will blow them up into 16×20 prints

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to hang in my nursery that I currently do not have 😝.

Plans for Oliver’s Meadow

Plans for Oliver’s Meadow

Unfortunately we did not meet our goal for our Kickstarter Campaign to fund the remaining of the illustrations process for our children’s book. However, we still believe in our project and are still passionate about getting it from words in a notebook to an 8×10 hardcover book that you can read to your children in your home.

We will still self publish through Ingram Sparks and our goal is for every three books sold we will donate a book to a parent who has lost a baby or infant in hopes that they would find comfort in our story. 

We also would like to spread awareness and donate copies of the book to hospitals for them to put in care packages that they gift to families who have experienced loss.

We will continue to post on our Instagram and Facebook pages and will update you all with the date of our intended release for the book, so stay tuned.

Lastly, I would like to thank all of you who pledged to our campaign, shared our story and believed in our project, it really means the world to us and it is amazing to see how far a project can go with help and support from others.

Hope you all had a beautiful, magical holiday season and remembered those who have angels up in heaven. 

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Much love,

The Haatajas

Oliver’s Meadow: Edited

My children’s book, Oliver’s Meadow has been sent out and edited.

This is an exciting step to have completed, along with the hope of launching our Kickstarter Campaign this coming week. With the money raised from our campaign we will be able to fund the rest of the illustrating and design work and to get it listed on IngramSpark for printing.

This is the cover of our book, a beautiful watercolor done by a very talented artist, Hannah Bradford based out of Utah. She has been a gift to work with and through her work my vision for this story is taking shape.

Stay tuned for more details on our campaign!

New Christmas Tradition

I’ve been browsing Pinterest recently (well actually I often do) and fallen in love with the crazy different advent calendars that show up.

Now that my eldest is getting to age where he understands the holidays a bit more I have been wondering what sorts of traditions I want to make in our household with our children.

I mostly like the idea of doing activities with them as opposed to buying them any certain item or taking them shopping. So this year I decided to try the Advent Calendar and to include an activity for each day in December to make the season more memorable for him.

He was so excited each “pocket” I sewed on and will be even more excited once we start on the daily activities. I found a blog on Pinterest, which you can find here to print off activity cards if you don’t have an interest in making a list and creating the cards yourself.

The outer piece of the calendar is made from duck cloth. I happened to pick it up on a remnant sale from Joanne’s for around $10 and maybe used about half of the piece. The fabric I used for the pockets I had on hand. They are a mix of cotton (black and white checker, cream), linen (green) and wool (grey). The fabric I used for the numbers was a canvas material. I used a stencil and craft paint for the numbers.

I didn’t follow a pattern, just liked the look of many different size pockets all places together, so I cut differing sizes and then pieces them out before sewing on the numbers.

Do you have an advent calendar? If so, did you buy it or make it?

Black and White: Week 1

Wow, I really go in spurts with blogging. I’m going to try to post my favorite capture of each week.

This photo was from last week when we celebrated the twins first birthday. At this stage of life it’s nearly impossible to get both of them in the frame and clear. So here is twin beauty, a little hazy and unclear but beautiful just the same.

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Tin Can Makeover

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I’ve been driving my husband a little nuts lately, in a good way. (Is there a good way, kidding!). I will save nearly every container, glass jar, bag, tie or anything that comes because what if there is another use for it?

Sometimes I’m really good at getting to these things in a few days but other times the items line our counters for two weeks at a time! But, I LOVE being able to make/create new stuff using the item you already have, or items in your house laying around. I LOVE thrifting but I think my problem (if it can be called that) is that I see TOO MUCH potential in things. I buy things thinking about the potential in them, not usually to keep them the same.

Anyways, these metal/tin cans sat on my counter for some time. And so I finally got going and set up to give these tin cans a makeover. I envisioned them to be black and white, with a sort of tribal/aztec print on them.

Here is what I used:
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So I used tin cans from tomato sauce,a sponge brush, modge-podge, Waverly chalk paint, a scrap of suede, sandpaper (not pictured) and a permanent marker. I had all of these supplies at home, which is my favorite way to do a DIY project, using what you have. However, lets talk about this chalk paint for a minute. I bought mine at walmart but you can grab some at Amazon using the link below. This paint is high quality and thick and it goes a long way. I have used it for many projects and if you are redoing furniture or even painting picture frames or small decor pieces it gives a really nice finish. Check it out below.

Waverly Inspirations Matte Chalk Finish Acrylic Paint, 16 oz ( White )

So first off I sanded down some remaining paper left on the can and then painted the can. I waited for the first coat to dry and painted on a second coat.If you wanted to leave it a little distressed you could just do the one coat.

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Next, I took the sharpie and drew up the pattern. I had a look in mind but I did freehand it. I’m sure there is a stencil out there if you would want to try that.
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Next I measured out the suede straps. You could also use leather or a stronger material such as upholstery or others if you prefer. I’ve gotten a leather jacket thrifting for as cheap as $5. I measured them to be 2″x0.5″ but you could make them longer or thinner, what ever you fancy!I used Modge Podge to secure them to the can.

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So a little story behind this Modge-Podge. It was probably at least 5 years ago that I saw this huge tub at Walmart for clearance price of $21. At first I just couldn’t get past the price. Fast forward 5 years and I haven’t made a DENT in it, it is still significantly full! A few times I have been tempted to get rid of it, but then I remember the handful of occasions I have used it and it is nice to have it around. So although I cannot package it into tiny little containers and send to all of you I will share that you can get a 16oz bottle in the link before for just under $7.

Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (16-Ounce), CS11302 Matte Finish

This is how my final can turned out, perfect for a pencil holder or plant holder. It would be a perfect gift for someone with the addition of a plant. You know what else it would be perfect for? To decorate your wedding! Inexpensive and fun DIY project.

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