August 21, 2016

Sunday Stocking Special: DIY Non-traditional Stockings

Welcome to another serving of Sunday Stocking Special. Last Sunday, I shared some great no sew and traditional (sew) do it yourself tutorials. Today, I’m going to spice things up and share five fun non-traditional stocking tutorials.

Alright, let's get cooking!

These fruity stockings make me think of the saying, "Christmas in July". The pineapple stocking would be perfect for the fashionista in your life. Pineapples were very trendy in fashion this summer. 

The grinch that hates Christmas and misses the summer, this is the stocking for them!
DIY Fruity Christmas Stockings With Free Pattern by My Poppe

What little girl wouldn’t love one of these cute Frozen inspired stockings.

This cactus, yes I said cactus, tutorial is brought to you by the same maker of the fruity stockings. This stocking would be hilarious for any garden lover! 

Cintia, the author of this tutorial, almost makes me want to ditch the traditional Christmas decor and spice things up with her festive Christmas summer decorations. But I don’t think my husband would go for it. 
DIY Cactus Christmas Stocking With Free Pattern by My Poppet 

You know we all have that favorite old shirt that doesn’t fit anymore and we’re not sure what to do with it. Well, here’s a solution and there’s no sewing involved. For those doing the Bee Creative Stocking Swap, you can always hit the local thrift store for gently used band shirts or printed tees. 
T-Shirt Christmas Stocking by Crafty Chica

Of course I wouldn't forget to included a stocking tutorial for man’s best friend. Woof! Woof! 
Paw-some Stocking by Hallmark 

I hope you guys enjoyed these fun and some fruity stocking tutorials. Some are really outside the box when it comes to non-traditional stockings. 

If you’re a visual learner like myself and do better with detailed tutorials with lots of pictures, head over to The Morose Bee. Emily has the perfect dish, I mean stocking tutorial, to satisfy your creative itch. Don’t forget to sign up for Bee Creative Stocking Swap HERE, before it's gone!


August 14, 2016

Sunday Stocking Special: DIY No Sew and Traditional Stockings

For Sunday Stocking Special I will be serving (ha, ha, I crack myself up) stocking tutorials for crafters of different levels and for those who work with specific art mediums. I found no sewing stockings tutorials, sewing tutorials, a crochet tutorial, and a quilted tutorial. I hope you will find something on here that will work for you. 

Let’s dig in!

DIY No Sew Stocking

Bye bye sewing machine. Hello glue gun! 

Keep your glue gun out, you'll need it for this one too. This tutorial includes a printable stocking template. 
How to Make a No-Sew Felt Stocking by HGTV

Making this stocking is so easy that even a kid can do it! 
No Sew Christmas Stocking Patterns from Fleece Fun

Traditional Stockings (Regular Sew Stockings)

This is a tricky tutorial but if you get creative with the grid provided the results are beautiful. These stockings are a perfect example of different stockings with a common theme. 
Jingle Bell Stocking by Martha Stewart

For visual learners like myself, you’ll like this tutorial. It includes step by step instructions with photos for beginning level sewers. 
A Christmas Stocking Tutorial for Beginners by Lindsey Blogs

Here’s one for crocheters. It has great reviews from people that have crochet this stocking. The tutorial considers this an easy level crochet project. The stocking is a classic stocking design. Whether you use traditional colored yarn or not, it is up to you. 
Quick & Easy Stocking (Crochet) from Red Heart

I love the festive Christmas fabric used in this tutorial and how both fabrics are different inside and out. It’s also another great tutorial for visual learners. 

Simple Stocking Tutorial by Diary of a Quilter 

Imagine all the fun Christmas prints you can use on a quilted stocking. Or, you can always use fabric that has objects of your partner's favorite things. 
Easy Quilted Stocking Tutorial from Diary of a Quilter

For my thrift store lovers, skip Joann’s and let warm sweaters be your fabric. 
From Sweater to Christmas Stocking in 12 Easy Steps by An Extraordinary Day

Another great step by step tutorial with pictures. It is a simple neutral colored stocking with pom pom decorations that add a little fun. The round wooden tags with the names are a nice touch too. 
DIY Pom Pom Trim Stocking Tutorial from Just the Bees Knees

I know these stocking tutorials have done a good job at feeding my creative juices. I hope it did the same for you. I would love to know which one is your favorite and why. 

If you haven’t signed up for Bee Creative Stocking Swaps, CLICK HERE, and sign up!

August 10, 2016

Bee Creative Stocking Swap

Now, that Viva La Frida Craft Swap has come to an end, Emily and I, from Bee Creative Swaps are at it again. This time we are bringing the holiday spirit out a little early with  “Bee Creative Stocking Swap!” You don’t sew? No worries! You can buy an already pre-made stocking and decorate it based on your partner’s likes. For full details and to sign up CLICK HERE!

I will be posting inspirational do it yourself stocking ideas on my blog each Sunday, until July 28. The Sunday posts will be called, “Sunday Stocking Special.” Scheduled posts themes are as follows: 

August 14: DIY No Sew and Tradition Stockings 

August 21: DIY Non Traditional Stockings
August 28: Decorating Stocking Ideas

The Sunday Stocking Special posts are meant to get your creative juices flowing and give you some out of the box ideas on how you might like your own stocking made. And, maybe be the little push to motivate those who are still unsure if they want to participate to sign up.

Sign ups are open until August 31st and shipping deadline is November 1st.

July 20, 2016

Viva La Frida Craft Swap: The Exchange

I was thrilled when I got paired up with Jessica, from Jess My Shop, for Bee Creative Swaps' first Viva La Frida Craft Swap. Why? Because she a pro-crocheter and well... I'm not. Secretly, I was hoping for a crochet doll. And, my wish came true! The day my package from Jessica arrived I had no idea it was waiting on my front porch. Lily and I had gone to a birthday party that evening and we weren't home when the package arrived. Jessica sent me a message on Instagram asking me if I had received it, since it said on the tracking records that it arrived at its destination. When I opened my front door, the package was waiting for me. I opened it right away.

This is what I responded to Jessica when I opened it:
"OMG! I love her!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Hopefully, my daughter won't steal it from me. Yes, you should be proud. You did an awesome job making her!"

What made the crochet doll even more special is that she looks like Lily's Frida handprint with the pink flowers in her hair and the blue earrings. Currently, my Frida doll or "Fiya" as Lily calls her is displayed on my fireplace.

This is what I sent Jessica a few days later after I received my package. I decorated her package.

This is what I included inside.
1. The Frida Kahlo shadow box inspired by Frida and La Casa Azul. You can see my progress pictures on how I made the box here.
2. A Frida Kahlo enamel pin by Mexiconsart
3. A flower made out of tissue paper, made to match the flowers on the enamel pin.

This is what Jessica wrote on Instagram about what she received:
"Yay! I received a lovely swap item from my #vivalafrida craft swap!! I can't wait to rock my pin and put up my lovely shadow box!! Truly all of these items are wonderful!! She painted everything by land! Thank you @creativitylizette for a great swap!!"

This was an awesome swap exchange! It has been wonderful seeing what the other swappers have received. Artists working with different art mediums and inspired by one artists! To see what Emily made for her swap partner, check out her blog here!

July 6, 2016

Frida Kahlo Shadow Box Progress Pictures

Today is a very special day; it's Frida Kahlo's birthday!! Happy Happy 109th Birthday Frida Kahlo! Today, we celebrate your birthday the way Emily and I intended to, with artwork and purchased goods currently being transported to your fans by mail and people opening gifts that you inspired. Viva La Frida Craft Swap was our birthday gift to you! You hold a very special place in our hearts and hope to make Viva La Frida Craft Swap a tradition. Today, I will have a trago/drink in your honor and I will toast and say loudly, "Viva La Frida!"

This craft swap is by far one of my favorites because it has to do with Frida Kahlo. Also because I learned so much more about Frida and made a new friend through this swap, my swap partner Jessica. I had many ideas on what to make for Jessica but I settled on the shadow box idea because she didn't have a favorite Frida Kahlo quote. I wanted to incorporate as much of Frida Kahlo into the shadow box, included a quote that describe Frida perfectly, and use Jessica's favorite colors - teal and yellow. The shadow box became a small yet simple replica of Frida's Casa Azul.

I first sketched out my idea.

I painted the shadow box to match the colors of La Casa Azul. I actually painted two shadow boxes, one for Jessica and one for myself. The difference between the boxes is that Jessica's box is teal. I kept the red trim on both boxes. Both boxes were then sealed. The shadow box shown above is mine.

I went on Pinterest and found some Frida Kahlo coloring pages. I copied them and sized them in Photoshop. I printed them out and hand painted each portrait to match Frida's original paintings. This part was the most time consuming. After I was done, I didn't want to paint another leaf for a very long time. 

I've always wanted to paint a Frida peg doll. The peg doll's outfit is inspired by one of Frida's actual Mexican outfits displayed in a museum. I used embroidery thread for the braided hair and flower. Since, I didn't add the paint palette to the shadow box, I painted the Frida peg doll holding a paint brush and a paint palette. Painting the peg doll was my favorite part. Lily even played with her for a bit and kept calling her "Fida." Those are Lily's crayons in the picture. 

I glued the Frida peg doll inside the frame. I painted a piece of card stock yellow for the background. Not only is yellow one of Jessica's favorite colors but there is some brivant yellows and blues in Frida's kitchen in La Casa Azul. I cut three little frames, using shiny gold scrapbooking paper and an exacto-knife, for each hand painted portrait. I glued the frames on top of the portraits and used dimensional tape to tape them onto the yellow paper. I freehanded the quote on the paper using an oil base paint pen. I thought the quote written fit the feel of the shadow box perfectly since the subjects in the paintings are Frida and she is alone in the shadow box. 

I inserted the paper in the back of the shadow box and it was complete!
I absolutely love the way the shadow box turned out and look forward to one day finishing mine.  

A few Viva La Frida Craft Swap swapper have already received their swap gifts and I am thrilled to see all the wonderful work that has been created for this swap. And, that's not even all of it. It makes my heart happy (Frida, I hope it makes your heart happy too). To keep the Frida party going, head over to The Morose Bee for some more Frida Kahlo celebration! 
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