And the Winners Are…(Plus, a “2nd Helping After Episode 9)

November 19th, 2010

Episode 8 of The DIY Dish was one of our 2 minute Craft Countdowns — we turned a felted wool sweater into mittens! In conjunction with that episode, we had a giveaway for four, $25 gift certificates to www.YouCanMakeThis.com. So congratulations to…

1. Amy (partial email: forever-su…)
2. Elena (partial email: edeloo…)
3. Laurie (partial email: lauriek@….)
4. Andrea S. (partial email: andreasau…)

We will be in touch with you regarding your gift certificates. Have fun shopping! :)

Now for our “2nd Helping” following Episode 9 this week! We thought we would highlight some of YOUR tips and ideas for making these envelope pillows and creating stencils. This is just a partial list of the amazing feedback people sent in through posting a comment on the blog! We love your comments! To see even more ideas, simply click on “post a comment” found at the Episode 9 blog post and you’ll find them all.

Magen likes to create her stencils with a Cricut Machine. (So if you have one of these or another electronic dicut machine, give it a whirl!)

Charlotte suggest that if you give someone a pillow as a gift, record the size and the type of cover so you can make new covers for the existing pillow form without duplicating.

Amy was thinking of making pillows for the neighborhood kids. Kids always like things personalized with their names. She continued, “I print out my stencils from different fonts on the computer. I can change the size and font stlye as I wish. I cut the freezer paper to fit through the printer before I use a craft knife to cut out the letters. ”

Juanita said, “I would like to expand a little on it and suggest that if someone wanted to make a set to give as a gift or for personal use, a bag of some type to keep them in would also be nice. Words or initials could even be stenciled on it. What comes to mind is a cylinder pouch with a drawstring on one end. To keep the covers from having wrinkles or fold lines, they could be rolled together and slipped into the pouch. Even simply sewing velcro (hook and loop tape) to the open end would work well. Another idea would be to make a cover for the covers – a slightly larger envelope cover that all the extras could be slipped into to lie flat and keep them clean and wrinkle free.

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Aren’t these ideas fantastic! Thank you for contributing! Your comments always make any project better!

We also wanted to answer a question sent in from Line. She asked,  “Is there any particular reason for choosing duck cloth or burlap to stencil on? Is it more difficult, for instance, on other types of fabric?”

We actually just like the look of burlap and duck cloth. Both are thicker fabric and we especially love the unique texture of burlap.  We love the look of paint on burlap.  But we have also stenciled onto such fabric as 100% cotton and had success.  This time it was just a matter of personal preference.  Thanks for asking Line!

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If you are celebrating Thanksgiving this next week, we wish you a very happy one.  We are thankful to be able to do what we do and appreciate your support.  Don’t forget to post YOUR photos of stenciled pillows you’ve been making – including the “love” one in the download. We can’t wait to see what you are making!

Have a nice weekend,
Kim & Kris

Episode 9: Freezer Paper Stenciling and How to Make Envelope Pillows

November 16th, 2010

Welcome to Episode 9 of The DIY Dish!  This week we’re going to show you how to make a quick and easy gift idea that will “keep on giving” throughout the entire year! Plus, you can use the method of freezer paper stenciling on just about anything — so fun and economical, too!  Take a look!

Thank you to this week’s sponsor, Fabric.com, for making this episode possible. The DIY Dish Viewers can save 25% in their Holiday Headquarters Section of their website using the code: DIYHOLIDAY The code expires 11/30/2010 Midnight EST so if you’re looking for some extra savings this time of year, be sure to check them out.  Fabric.com carries the pillows, fabric, and even the paint we used in this week’s episode!

Download our FREE PDF file here.  It includes the measurements for the pillows in the show, as well as all the font we used for our monograms.

Here are some additional photos of this week’s project!

Want to see everything that is included in the Holiday Headquarters section of Fabric.com?

Don’t forget to download your free pdf to find out all the measurments, pillow sizes, materials needed, and font.  We also included a “word” that we’d love for you to try out . It fits for the entire year.  Come back at the end of the week for our 2nd helping blog post and we’ll show you what we did with it for Christmas.

By the way, Fabric.com also carries burlap and “duck cloth” (we love both!) in all kinds of COLORS!  So think beyond just the normal burlap  or duck cloth you see — beautiful reds, greens, and more are over there, too!

We’d love to hear from you! Have you ever tried freezer paper stenciling? What did you make? Would you like to try envelope pillows?  What kind of pillow gift sets would you like to make and for who?   Click on “post a comment” below and let us know.

Have a wonderful week!

-Kim & Kris

Oh Sweet Sadie is Oh So Amazing!

November 13th, 2010

One of the things we love about this time of year are all of the craft shows that are going on.  If you’re in Utah, you MUST MUST MUST (see how much we love it!?) check out the Oh Sweet Sadie Art & Gift Show.  You have one more day to attend this amazing event as it ends Saturday, November 13th. 

Kris and I attended this yesterday after Studio 5 and we were in craft heaven.  The vendors are spectacular.  We were in awe of their creations and definitely had a fun little spending spree. Because not only do we love to make items ourselves, we also LOVE to support handmade. 

Now if you think this gift show is awesome in itself, wait till you hear this.  The creators of the event, Dani and Heidi, have also created the Oh Sweet Sadie ACADEMY for those who want to learn how to make all kinds of items — everything from handmade dolls and chocolates, to jewelry and home decor.  27 classes are available and it is not too late to register! Grab your girlfriends and have a FUN and inspiring weekend.  We only wish we had more time there. 

 On our 2 hour drive back, we snacked on a homemade cashew log (tell the sweet lady that you’d love a sample!) while admiring our new jewelry and other gifts we found for our loved ones.  The artists who sell their creations there are simply awesome. 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Kim & Kris

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More Photos from the Holiday Craft Challenge

November 12th, 2010

We have loved seeing all the photos that came in from viewers of Episode 3’s “Make It Fun for the Holidays” Craft Challenge.

Mandy sent in this “Blessings” photo while Melissa sent in the wreath with flowers. Both are perfect for your Thanksgiving decor!

This cupcake by Olivia and the bird photo sent in by Amy are the kinds of decorations you can keep up all year-round.

Amy also made some wedding decor for her project. Look at the cake topper! WOW!

And Halloween may have come and gone, but we knew you’d still love these photos that were submitted!  Start thinking about next year’s Halloween and all of the fun things you can make!  Plus, each of these ideas below could easily be adapted for Christmas or any holiday.

Michelle made this darling candy corn wreath for your door. Tania made the large Halloween “candy” on sticks.  And Mari created these candy-filled cones! CUTE!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

-Kim & Kris

Episode 8: Turn a Wool Sweater into Wool Mittens (2-minutes!)

November 9th, 2010

Hello! If you are heading into the snow (or cold!) season like we are, then you’ll enjoy this 2-minute craft countdown! We are turning a wool sweater into some warm wool mittens! It’s quick and easy — just the kind of projects we love!  Take a look…and then find out how you can win a $25 gift certificate to www.YouCanMakeThis.com.  Four people will each win one!

Here are some more photos of this week’s project!

Are you looking to make something special for the holidays? You could win a $25 gift certificate to www.YouCanMakeThis.com!  It’s easy to enter and FOUR people will win!  Giveaway is open to a world-wide audience, 18 years and older. Void where prohibited. Read the details on the photo below!

We’d love for you to share this episode with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or home.  Thank you!!

Have a wonderful week! Enjoy making something NEW (to you!)

-Kim & Kris 

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