Friday, December 17, 2010

Winter Headbands

I was forced into taking quick pics of a flyer that my headbands are going to be on at a craft fair.  Nothing like a last minute picture.  I had to crop out half of my daughters face because she has wandering eye issues.  You can't tell if she is looking at you or the little man on your shoulder. All that aside, we love these headbands!  They are really popular because students and teachers can wear them in class.  It isn't a hat so they are able to sport the warmth and not have to worry about hat hair! I will make sure to list some on Etsy this next week.  I will have to use models without vision issues though.  If anyone wants to put in a special order, I can have them mailed out within 24 hours.

Sizes and Crochet Style

Thursday, December 9, 2010

New hat!

I have had a hard time keeping up with my chores.  I can't stop crocheting!  My hands hurt almost the whole time I am crocheting but I don't care.  It has become an addiction and it is hard to curb my enthusiasm when I get such exciting ideas!  As I was finishing up this hat, I thought how awesome it would be to be able to use a different colored band.  Well duh!  I was attaching the bands by sewing the buttons to them and the hat.  Now I just sew the buttons on and then make it so the band has button holes.  Are you as excited as I am?  I may even take this energy to put away some laundry, or maybe not. 

For Band color, when you check out, leave your color in notes to seller. Feel free to email me directly as well.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hair Towel Tutorial

This is one of the BEST towels ever in life.  They have been around forever but still, these remain a mysery to some people.  My husband bought one for me early in our marriage.  Whenever he has a ding dong moment, I remember that he bought me the towel that changed my life and all is forgiven.  Yep, they are that awesome!!!  If you can sew a straight line, you can make this!  Once again, my husband gained a few tally marks on the "most awesome boyfriend ever" chart when he bought me my serger machine.  You can make this with just a sewing machine, but the towel sheds and gets everywhere.  Nothing that a wash in the washer can't fix eventually!
I love to give these as gifts.  They are awesome for a new mom baby shower gift, bridal shower or a gift for the holidays. If you don't feel like making one, feel free to visit my Etsy store to purchase a turbie hair towel.
You will need a hand towel, and 5 inches of elastic.  You will also need to use scissors, large dinner plate and your sewing machine.
I don't have a pattern that I trace and most of the time I just eyeball the towel when I cut it.  Make sure that the fold is away from you when you cut.  I use the plate to trace out the circle from the fold then straiten out the line towards the edge.  I used soap to mark my line, you can also use chalk.

 From the other end of the towel make your cut with a slight curve.  The more towel you can keep the better.  If you didn't make the cut to meet the first cut that you did, trim it.  This is where your elastic will go.
Your elastic needs to be pinned in between the two pieces of towel.  I put it in the spot where the curve starts at the top of the circle. Secure it with a pin.

I use two more pins as each end of the towel. You are ready to sew now!  I like to both serge and sew.  My serger doesn't give me a sharp seam so I like to serge, then sew.

Pretty simple right?  It is harder to figure out how to place it on your head than it is to make it.
Thanks to my daughter, I have a tutorial for that too!  Just put the round part of the towel at your neck.  Twist the towel and then tuck it into the elastic. 
Seriously, this thing will change your life.  Just get a removable hook to put next to the shower to hang your towel up.  I put it on before I even get out of the shower.  It makes it so my hair doesn't drip all over me which makes me very happy!  I can even chase my heathen 2 year old without worrying about my towel falling off of my head.  I need all of the skills I can gather when it comes to that kid!

Want one? It would be my pleasure!


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween Watch Bands

I love having the excuse to put orange and purple together.  I think we should make it a halloween law that purple, green and yellow be officially added to the colors of the holiday.

I have been making beaded watch bands for over a year now and I still can't get enough of them.  I just found a flower that I use instead of a watch face.  It turns the watch band into a bracelet so that I can wear it on the other hand.  I know, totally  innovative and creative.

I am listing these in my Etsy store for your shopping pleasure!  If you purchase anything in the store, I will add earrings to your purchase for FREE!  Just mention what color you want n the check out comments.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


I almost forgot about these!  They are my favorite hats for this time of year!  I have them in newborn, toddler and big kid sizes.  I think I will go and abduct my brand new niece to pose for the newborn hat.  That will be be posted soon!

Kanzashi Flower Clips

These are my newest flowers that I am addicted to.  They are called Kanzashi flowers.  I love how simple they are.  I have added these to my Etsy store and still have more to do.  I really want to make some halloween ones.  I LOVE having the excuse to put orange, purple and green together.  Kinda makes me happy inside.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fabric flower clips!

This is my first big girl tutorial.  I haven't done one of these before because I don't like to share how I make my stuff.  I am very protective of what I do because I hate being pumped for info by friends that are only "friends" with me because I do lots of totally rad crafts.  Sometimes, I want to learn too!  Thanks to the internet, I have learned so much!  So, this is my way of getting over this.  I can share, learn and grow ALL at the same time.  I should just cuddle up with a good book for the rest of the day cause I have accomplished a lot already. 
This is my version of the fabric flower clip.  I am sure that this has been done before but I thought of this while I was doing dishes the other day.  (and by doing dishes, I really mean watching my son unload the dishwasher while cutting out fabric.)
Everything you need to complete this project is seen here
 Liquid starch, 1/8 yard fabric, felt, button, hair clip, needle and thread, aluminum foil and glue gun.
Cut 8 of the same shaped flowers.  One of each style is show here. You could just do circles if you want to keep it simple.  Also cut out your felt circles for the back of the finished flower.  If I am attaching the flower to a clip, I like to cut a small slit.
I like my fabric stiff so if you don't, you can skip this part and the next.  Put the flowers in liquid starch, coat each piece and squeeze the excess out.
Crumple up a square of aluminum foil to lay the flowers on to dry.  I found use for my dryer's shoe/hat rack.  My flowers dry in 5 mins this way.
When they are dry, it is time to fold them.  Fold it in half three times.  I like to fold one flower, then thread it.  Do this 8 times.
After your last flower is threaded, thread the first folded flower on again.  Pull the thread tight and then knot it.
 If you are doing a clip, slip the clip into the felt and glue them to the bottom of the flower.  If you are doing a head band, glue 1 felt circle to the head band and one to the flower.  Then, glue the two of the together. 
Add your favorite centerpiece to the middle and TADA!  Let's look at them again shall we?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

$3 Thursday

HI!  I have to wake this blog up.  I have way to much craft crap in my house.  I make it because I love to create.  I tell my husband that I make it to sell.  Most of the time, this is the case.  The rest of the time, I make my treasure, put it where I can look at it every once in a while, try to find it because my 2 year old likes to torture me by playing hide and seek with EVERYTHING THAT I LOVE and then find it a few months down the road.

These have not been hidden by the beast. I promise he hasn't been able to get his paws on my vinyl treasures.  My sister is a vinyl genius and this is the excuse that we used to need to get together.  Aren't these pumpkins cute? If you haven't applied vinyl before it is very simple.  The vinyl is like a giant sticker.  Just peel the paper off the back, stick the tape to the pumpkin, smooth the vinyl, peel the tape.  That is pretty much it!

Today is the very first ever $3 Thursday for Totally Rad Crafts!  These are $3 per face and they come approximately 5" x 6".  You can also pick 4 for $10 or the hole set of 11 faces for $20.  Want some?   I can either post it in my Totally Rad Crafts Etsy store or send a pay pal invoice directly to you.  Thanks for playing!