October Crafternoon










Yesterday’s Halloween crafternoon was lots of fun! Halloween and Christmas are always my most favorite crafternoons to plan out. I’ll have a few more post about yesterdays event so I can share a few DIY projects, and my Halloween mixed cd with you.
We made vintage style paper mache jack o’lanterns. I’ll have a DIY explaining how we did it posted tomorrow, so you can try and make some of your own. Everyone seemed to really enjoy making them, and I think its the first craft where every single person finished one! So I call that a success.
We had a costume contest as always where we each vote for three different winners. Page came dressed as a “lunch lady” and Molly dressed up as my #1 fan. She even wrote “I ♥ Heidi” on her knuckles. I didn’t get a photo of everyone’s costume because of course as people started arriving I just got sidetracked. I kept my costume simple because I knew I’d be running around. I wore all black and made a vintage inspired black swan headpiece (it was really easy and I’ll share my pattern soon). Crystal was dressed as her Emerald Witch doll.
For the costume contest prizes I cut some little black cat string winders (I’ll have a DIY for these too) out of wood, and got some $5 target gift cards. I made little drawstring bags out of Halloween fabric. And of course ballots for our secret voting. Page & Molly both won prizes and then there was a tie between a homemade Girr costume & sriracha. So we tossed a coin to break the tie.
The white elephant gift swap this time was Halloween themed. I used this free lined drawstring bag tutorial for my bag. I highly recommend it! Very easy to follow and sew, and they turn out so great. She also sells a pattern for different sizes.
I made a big pot of soup and carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. It was a great crafternoon and has me already looking forward to planning Decembers.

September Crafternoon





September’s Crafternoon turned out to be book-themed. The craft was a DIY by See Kate Sew. It’s a super cute concept, but in the end we all struggled with this one. Some of the books we used had pretty funny titles like The Complete Book Of Cheese & One Of The Children Is Crying.
Since we were making a project with books (and don’t worry we used books that were marked up/torn/library discards) I decided to make some silly little book necklaces for everyone as favors. I’m going to post a DIY for them this week, so check back!

August Crafternoon






For August’s crafternoon we made pajaki paper chandeliers. You can find some interesting history on the pajaki here, as well as links to instructions. I didn’t get photos of everyone’s creation, but it was so much fun to see how very different they all turned out! We used food color dyed coffee filters (these were so much fun to make ahead of time!), tissue paper, coffee stirrers, quilting thread, wire and paper.
We did white elephant as always, but this time there was just four of us with gifts so it went by very quickly!

June Crafternoon – Yarn Dyeing






Last month’s crafternoon was all about dyeing wool yarn. Using similar techniques as the time I dyed yarn before. I had everyone bring 100% white/off white yarn. We used my niddy noddy to wind the yarn into skeins from the balls they came in. Then everyone used a disposable roasting pan for the dyeing. We used a combination of hot water, kool-aid, food coloring, and vinegar. I was supposed to provide gloves for everyone but when I went to get them out they were not there. Luckily everyone was a good sport about dyed fingers and I found Dr. Bronners soap removed most of it.
It was also a pie potluck and the pies varied from whoopee pies to a plantain meat pie! I decided to “invent” a pie the like movie Waitress. I began with a crushed plain animal cracker and melted butter crust, then a layer of marshmallow fluff. That was then topped with a dark chocolate pudding, whipped cream and iced animal crackers. It was an interesting combination.
July’s crafternoon will be all about learning to knit & crochet, and we will be using our hand dyed yarns! I’m pretty excited about it!

May Crafternoon









May’s Crafternoon was all about English Paper Piecing, just like I did in my paper piecing necklace, but larger sizes. I love paper piecing and I should of been working on my “five year quilt”, which at this point should probably be finished considering I started in back in 2009! But instead of hexes I wanted to try out diamonds, so I have basically started a second quilt. You can see some photos of my hex quilt here and here.
Jessee was nice enough to use her Silhouette to cut out the paper pieces ahead of time. She really makes me want to buy one with all the fun things you can do with it!
I made a pan of these snickers bar brownies for crafternoon (the perfect excuse to make crazy indulgent sweets because there will be lots of people over to eat them up) The only changes I made were I did not add hot fudge to the mix and I didn’t add any peanuts. I keep the finished brownies in the fridge before cutting them, and that was great, but you can see in the photo above that once they sat out cut for about ten minutes they melted down into piles of brownie mess. They tasted really good, and someone said they were more like cadbury egg brownies. I agree, especially with out the nuts, the nougat was very much like a cadbury egg. So, very delicious, very messy, and very time consuming to make so one time is plenty.