Sew Fun Birthday


Is anyone else addicted to Pinterest? I swear, I go back and forth between cursing and praising that site. On one hand, it’s such a time suck. On the other…well, I’ve definitely been inspired.



Pinterest played a key part in Miss L’s seventh birthday party, which started with this blog post. I instantly fell in love and just knew my bunny would love to celebrate her 7th with a sewing party.


I did a little appliqué and embroidery on linen for the party invites, scanned them in and added the rest of the details in Photoshop.


On Saturday, our guests were met at the door with a fun “wreath” made for the occasion.


We started out with some fun crafts with each girl making a little embroidered piece to take home and a funky felt floral headband.



A lunch of heart-shaped grilled cheese sandwiches, baby carrots with ranch dip, caramel drizzled apple slices, yogurt with fresh berries and sewing themed sugar cookies was served.






A cute-as-a-button cake and raspberry lemonade completed the meal.


We played a laugh-filled game of “put the spool on the sewing machine” and trotted out the props in a photo booth session.


The day ended with a piñata, also themed for the occasion (a giant spool of thread)!


Our birthday girl thanked each guest for coming with a handmade goodie bag and chocolate button lollipop.

The little miss deemed it “the best birthday ever,” which made it worth all the work.


Candy button molds, sewing cookie cutters, polka dot paper straws: Bake It Pretty

Flower Frill Clover template, party hats and crown pattern by The Quilted Fish, Michael Miller fabrics (polka dots from Children at Play, ginghams from Mini Mikes): Intown Quilters

Fabric pinwheels: tutorial by Sandi Henderson (modified)

Ruffled chair garlands: tutorial by Hank + Hunt

Cake: me and Publix (story to come)

Sugar cookies: Recipe from Cake Central, royal icing by CK from Cake Art Party Store, decorating tutorial (my first time decorating cookies like this!) by Sweetopia.

Drink bottles: Starbucks single-serving Frappuccino, saved for me by my son’s super sweet girlfriend (thanks again, Laura!)

Birthday banner: tutorial coming!

Spool piñata: tutorial coming!

Goodie bags: tutorial coming!

Tip Junkie handmade projects

My Very Own Magazine

I have my very own magazine! Burda made it just for me. No, really. They did. Of course they never said anything about it and have neglected to mention me anywhere within, but the proof is irrefutable:

1. For the Creative and Curious Multi-Crafter Hello? Craft addict here. They may as well have stuck my name over the title.

2. Anna My mother’s name and the reason I’m a crafter. It’s an homage, obviously. Plus my mom was German. Burda? Also German.

3. Peonies Love peonies! One of my favorite flowers. (See also: tulips, hydrangeas, irises, azaleas.)

4. Butterfly Love butterflies! Love cross stitch!

5. Lace doilies to crochet My mom was into crochet, big time. It’s only natural they’d want to include one of her go-to projects.

I picked it up at Borders the other day, based solely on the name. The tagline is what sold me. Plus I thought some of the projects looked kind of fun. OK, and I am something of a magazine junkie, so it was pretty much an easy sell. Although you’d think Burda would just send me a comp sub since they made it for me and all …

P.S. Thanks to everyone who has become a fan of my blog on Facebook. Y’all make me smile! Funny non sequitur: If you try to set up a page on Facebook with the word “addict” in it, you can’t — at least not without having a member of the FB team review it and deem it OK for public consumption. LOL!

Shop Crafty

If you’re looking for something fun and crafty to do this weekend, then think about checking out the Sugarloaf  Crafts Festival. It’s going on today through Sunday at the Cobb Galleria Centre and looks like it’ll have lots of great art and crafty things so you can shop and make a dent in your gift-giving list. Or, you know, treat yourself to something special.

There’s also music, live demos and family entertainment — plus food! (I’m looking forward to sampling some handmade candies. Yummmmm!)

Oh, and you can print a coupon to save some money on admission. Just head over here, click and print!

I think I’ll be heading over, probably Sunday (lots going on tomorrow). If you see me, be sure to say hi!

Fine Art by Patricia Dibona

Tiny Trees

I’m plugging away on my Christmas gift list still, which is great for my gift pile but not so productive on the blogging front. So look for a slew of Crafty Christmas Countdown posts here in the next few days as I wrap up this year’s blog project in time for you to have all the inspiration you need for your Christmas lists.

I saw the cutest Christmas trees at Starbucks last year but didn’t want to plunk down the money for something I thought I could make. Instead, I picked up a papier mache tree form at Hobby Lobby, three sheets of 12×12 scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, a paintbrush and some white paint, then made my own.

It’s so easy, but a little time consuming in a rather repetitive way. First, I painted the entire tree white. You don’t have to use white; I chose that color because the paper had white snowflakes and also because it coordinates with my decor. While the tree was drying, I cut each sheet of scrapbook paper into .5″x4″ strips.

I swiped a bit of Mod Podge on the top third or so of the back of each strip and adhered it to the tree, starting from the bottom and working around the perimeter of the tree. Each successive row overlaps the row below it slightly (I think I finally realized it worked best to overlap by about a half). I didn’t worry too much if the tree wasn’t covered completely because the cone is painted white.

The tip was the trickiest part but I just worked slowly around it and bent the paper gently so each piece wraps smoothly around the top of the tree.

After everything dried, I used the handle of my paintbrush to gently curl the loose ends of each paper strip. I’m planning to add some silver snowflake buttons to the top of the tree and maybe some glued white glitter to give it that shiny “snowy” appearance.

Not so much a lover of the paper tree? Then maybe you like it’s companion just a bit more. I stopped into the quilt shop one day to check out what was new and immediately fell in love with that little felt tree kit from Artgirlz. Is it not the cutest thing ever? I planned to put it up in my studio but Honey has fallen in love with it, so I think I’ll let him take it to work. It was nice to have something to work on during my Thurday night TV binge last week (Ugly Betty then Grey’s Anatomy — and please don’t get me started on that Izzie storyline. Ugh.) I just sat on the couch and stitched the felt balls and beads around the tree, kind of randomly and without a lot of worry other than trying to make sure I didn’t put two items of the same color right next to each other. It’d also make a nice project to stick in your purse and pull out for those times when you have to just sit and wait.

Thankful: 20. A craft store close enough to my house that I can run out to pick up more elastic when the 300 feet of it I know I own has gone missing.