Sunday, March 8, 2015

Baby Shower Craft: DIY Applique Onesies

My daughter, the very pregnant lady in the tan stripe sweater, has some wonderfully talented friends.  I was privileged to attend her baby shower recently. The hostess, seated just to the left of my daughter, put on a terrific event.  My favorite part was a simple DIY Onesie Applique Craft.  What a fun idea!

Her dining room table was set up with plain white onesies of various sizes in a plastic tub.  A gold dish held assorted cardstock templates in cute shapes: rocket ship, alligator, mustache, sailboat, guitar, and the state of Texas.  The other side of the dish was filled with squares of brightly colored, coordinating cotton prints in shades of blue and green
There were also scissors, pencils, and iron on adhesive with paper backing.

Each shower guest was invited to choose a printed cotton square, a template, and a onesie.  The hostess helped her daughter craft a onesie, too.

Next, it was time to iron the square of cotton fabric onto the adhesive with paper backing.  The ironing table was set up in the breakfast area, and the craft area was set up at the dining table.

After the cotton fabric was ironed to the adhesive with paper backing, it was time to lay the cardstock template onto the paper backing and trace the design of the template onto the paper with a pencil.  

Then it was cut along the pencil lines and taken back to the ironing table and ironed directly onto the onesie.  

Once the applique was ironed onto the onesie, the paper backing was peeled off and voila, the craft was complete! Easy, quick, and fun:)

These are the designs we made.  Mine was the grey mustache in the center.  

Everyone enjoyed themselves and the onesies they made turned out to be very cute.  It was one of the best baby showers I've ever attended.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sew Sweet Little Purse Tutorial

It was such a joy to make these sweet little purses for two sweet little girls. 

Followed the directions from my Toddler Purse Tutorial by Getting Crafty and it worked like a charm.  

I've actually made four purses that match three girl (ages 4, 6, and 11) outfits AND coordinating American Girl Doll outfits.  Sharing those photos in upcoming post.  

The materials I used are all from Hobby Lobby:

Cream cotton twill
Purple polyester lining
Purle grosgrain ribbon 
Fusible interfacing
Lacy pink stretch elastic

The other two purses (not shown) are done in black and white houndstooth and hot pink, black, and white  Paris Eiffel Tower print with black stretch lace elastic and plastic black and silver chain (for the purse handle).

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rust Stains on Carpet and Metal - Rust Remover Product Test and Review

A few years ago, our office had a water leak.  We thought it was a leak in the roof, but discovered that the gutters were stopped up.  What a mess!  The office nearest the problem gutter had the biggest problem.  A lot of water soaked the carpeting, and it happened more than once.  Eventually, the gutter was cleaned out and the carpet finally dried.  No one paid any attention to the once-soaked carpet until a file cabinet in that office had to be moved.  

The file cabinet was emptied, the drawers were removed, and two people tried to move it. But, it just wouldn't budge. Why?  It was so severely RUSTED on the bottom that the rust actually adhered to the carpet. What a mess!

After a lot of work, the rusted-to-the-carpet file cabinet was moved.  Again, WHAT A MESS!  What to do?  How do you clean rust on carpet?

We purchased a product from Home Depot called Back to Nature Ready-Strip Rust Remover.  The words on the bottle are: "Safely removes rust stains like magic from virtually any surface!  Odor-free - Environmentally safe"  and "Works on: Removes most rust spots and stains from interior and exterior surfaces, including concrete, toilets, sinks, bathtubs, appliances, refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, clothing, carpets, upholstery, autos and rv's, fiberglass boats, rigging and sails, bicycles, metal, wrought iron fences, tools, stainless fittings, antiques, and furniture, house siding, sporting goods, and more."

Wow, could it be true? Was there something that we could use to remove the rust from the carpet?

I'm happy to tell you the answer.  After testing the product, I give it a big thumbs up.  It worked!

I really wish there were photos to share of what it looked like right after the file cabinet was moved.  What a MESS! Trust me.  In the photo above, the lower half of the area was treated using the rust removal product, and the upper half of the area was not yet treated.  What a big difference!

Just for fun, I'm also sharing a photo showing a large steel beam in our parking lot.  It is VERY rusty.  The white stripe in the background is a parking lot stripe.  The photo below of the beam clearly shows, before treatment, during treatment, and after treatment.  

I used a soft wire brush to scrub the carpet AND the steel after the product was applied. It took a LOT of scrubbing for the carpet, but the steel only took about 30 seconds of scrubbing. 

NOTE: I don't know if it is truly environmentally safe as it claims to be or not. I just know that it works on carpet and metal.  The active ingredients are citric acid and oxalic acid. This is not a sponsored or paid review.  All opinions are my own.  This stuff works!