diy cosmetics bag

Now that I've got all kinds of scraps left over from my quilt I have fabric for some small easy projects that I've been wanting to get started. So, last night I churned out this super cute zippered pouch (I'm using it as a makeup bag). I love how the little birds fit so nicely in the bottom right corner (that was not intentional).

To make this sweet pouch I followed the zippered pouch tutorial on one of my fave craft blogs make it perfect.

Give it a try!

cute advent calendar

I have been so busy with sewing projects for Christmas gifts and of course making my lavender eye pillows (for sale at etsy) that all I've got are crafty projects on the brain. I stumbled upon this adorable advent calendar project today on one of my fave blogs make it perfect and wished I had a house full of kiddies to make it for, but alas I don't so into the bucket of future projects it shall go. In the meantime I thought I would share.

She basically sewed twenty five stockings, numbered them and pinned them up on an indoor clothes line. Each day she fills the appropriate stocking with a treat for each kid and an activity. How fun is that?!

Here is a list of her 25 activities. If only we could include "playing at the beach" as one of our pre-Christmas activities!

  1. Paint toenails in Christmas colours
  2. Make Christmas cards for friends
  3. Write a letter to Santa
  4. Bake treats for teachers
  5. Make Christmas ornaments
  6. Make gingerbread men
  7. Make gingerbread houses
  8. Put a present under the Kmart Giving Tree
  9. Picnic for dinner at the beach/park
  10. Family disco
  11. Games night
  12. Watch a Christmas movie with popcorn
  13. Go out for dinner
  14. Have Cold Rock for dessert
  15. Play backyard cricket/footy
  16. Have a bubble bath
  17. Go strawberry picking
  18. Go out for a milkshake
  19. Go to the pool
  20. Make rocky road
  21. See Christmas lights
  22. Play at the beach
  23. Read Christmas stories under the tree
  24. Make reindeer food
  25. Go to the Playgroup Christmas party


December 16, 2010 — Alanna Banks