Craft Challenge # 4: Burlap

I know-it’s itchy.

But it’s also durable, affordable, and has a great texture perfect for home decor gifts!  Don’t you want to run out and get some right now? Once you do, here are 3 themes for projects with burlap, with examples for each one.  I hope you’ll share what you create on my Facebook wall.

-Idea # 1: Table Linens
Easy No-Sew Monogrammed Table Runner from Emmaline Bride

DIY Inspired has some great No-Sew Stenciled Placemats

-Idea #2: Centerpieces
No-Glue Floral Bouquets from my sister’s great craft blog, Morena’s Corner
This one is a great choice for crafting newbies: Burlap Wrapped Vase with Sharpie Marker details
-Idea # 3:Wreaths
Also from Morena’s Corner, I love this wreath with Vintage Lace and Flowers
Katie Lou is onto something with this super affordable Ruffled Burlap with a wire hanger frame wreathLet’s see what we all can create!

Win a FREE Essentials bag!

If you are in the San Antonio area, then Oct 13 could be your lucky day!

You could win THIS Essentials Tote Bag by attending San Antonio’s International Babywearing Week Celebration at The Cove.

This bag showcases KAS premium heavyweight fabric in the Cavallo Marble print, and a classic contrasting stipe on the side gussets creates a modern contrast. Black rick rack trim finishes the top edge. Woven cotton straps in black are secured attached, reinforced, and 14″ drop. A divided interior full of large pockets gives everything a place, and keeps the large space organized and functional. Read more about it here.

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I attended this event last year, and we had such a good time.  Lots of great people, information on many types of carriers, snacks, and great prizes! And if you would like to participate in the contests but need the equipment, there are still a few clearance ring slings at http://www.FreeRoseStudio.etsy.com.

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If you love the bag and aren’t in the SA area (or don’t want to take a gamble), never fear: this bag is available in my Etsy shop as well.  I hope to see you at The Cove on October 13, 2012 to support this great celebration!

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Holiday Crafting Challenge #2

Soooo….the deadline for Crafting Challenge #1 has come and gone.  Did you find time to make your own braided creation? I’d love for you to share picks with me and your FRS friends! Feel free to post them on the Free Rose Studio Facebook wall. If you haven’t had time yet, don’t worry about that deadline.  It’s just a suggestion, I’d love to see your work when it is finished, whenever that may be! 🙂

But, ready or not, Crafting Challenge #2 is here!  This one is “due” October 14, 2012.  It’s got a few more steps than  #1, but it can also make use of materials you have laying around the house, making it….FREE! A zero cost gift that is full of love and attention, and what’s a better gift than that? Nothing, I tell you! 🙂 Except a hug, maybe.  But, back to the point…I give you “Holiday Crafting Challenge #2!”

**Ok, I’m gonna be honest. I’m being selfish this time, and offering a project that I’ve been dying to do, but haven’t had the pressure to complete. Confession over. The challenge is…..

UPCYCLED SLIPPERS!

-These can be made in all sizes! You just need to know the length of the foot.
-Use old felted sweaters, sweatshirts, new wool felt, fleece, multiple layers of old t-shirts….you get the idea!
-JoAnn sells the non-skid fabric for the soles (in the “utility fabrics” area) if you wish to make them less slippery, just add it to the bottom layer. I have also used puff paint or thick glue to add some grip.
-This tutorial shows the basic pattern and directions. I want to see everyone shine in their choice of embellishments!! Bring it, ladies! 🙂

THE TUTORIALS:
http://www.marthastewart.com/864540/stephanies-sewn-felt-slippers OR
http://www.marthastewart.com/271000/felt-slippers?comments_page=1&showComments=true&

EMBELLISHMENT IDEAS:
Flowers: http://rebekahgough.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-make-t-shirt-flower.html
Lace: http://www.kivikis.com/felted-wool-shoes-for-simplicity.html
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