Felt Bunny Puppets on Good Things Utah

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Meet Gertrude, Betsie, & Flossie.

Gertrude is a quiet soul. She spends much of her time in the kitchen baking her famous carrot cake, and lives to have friends visit for afternoon tea.

Betsie is quite the romantic and is ears over tail for Peter Cottontail, who gives the best bunny kisses ever–or so Betsie says.

And then there’s Flossie–outgoing and friendly, she knows everybunny this side of Mr. McGreggor’s, and can dance up a storm at the Friday night bunny hops.

If you’d like to make some bunnies of your own, I was on Good Things Utah this morning sharing this very simple craft just in time for Easter. It’s perfect for kids to do too or you can surprise them with their very own bunny in their Easter basket. Enjoy.

Tutorial: Braided Fabric Necklace, Headband, & Bracelet

I had another TV appearance today (welcome GTU viewers!) and wanted to share the segment in case you missed it, or were interested in learning how to make this easy craft. I got so many comments on my headband after the show, and I’m pretty pleased with it myself. So … enjoy!

Cute As A Button (and my thoughts on pantyhose)

My brain is all over the place this week. I can’t seem to string a cohesive thought together if my life depended on it. Do you want to know how this post originally started? I had a whole paragraph typed up about how as I was putting my on nylons for Church, I was thinking, I sure hope no one walks in on me while I’m doing this. No one should ever be subjected to watching a woman put on her pantyhose. That is just plain cruel and unusual punishment. For all involved.

A whole paragraph!

Anyway. Did I tell you I have a new part-time job? It’s true. I’m the new marketing specialist for a business travel agency. It’s only a couple days each week so I still have time to work on the magazine (!) and schedule photo shoots and consult here and there. And, piece by piece, I feel like life is coming back together again.

Speaking of the magazine. Y’all—it is going to be so amazing. I have bitten off way more than one girl should chew (what’s new?) but it makes me so happy. So. incredibly. happy. And slowly but surely it’s coming together. I’ll have more news later this week about that.

And then there’s the concert … My first annual Christmas House Concert featuring the ever-lovely Mindy Gledhill. Tickets are selling and my house is filling up! I’m finishing the designs for the decorations today and getting a head start on refreshments. But most importantly, it will be so fun to see you, especially you readers I don’t know! (Tickets still available here.)

Now, if you’re just finding me through GTU (I had a craft segment this morning) welcome welcome. I’m Krista, a magazine publisher/photographer/marketing consultant & teacher/quintessential pisces/lover of crafties/single, 32-year-old Southern transplant with a fetish for words, hand-written letters mailed with a stamp, Valentine’s Day candy, cheese platters, the Bachelor(ette) when it’s not stupid (oxymoron intended), and Ryan Gosling (as of late. loved this.).

The last couple years have been a maze of discovery, emotion, grief, and understanding as I’ve sought to make sense of a substantial job loss, singledom, and the intersection of my life and my faith. And I’m realizing this blog is where my “becoming” plays out. I suppose  you could say, that that is its purpose–its theme. And I’m happy to have you here.

By way of announcement, you can also find me

on Facebook :: on Pinterest :: on email

I also have an email list (over there on the right near the top) but, FYI, I stink at sending consistent email. I have grand plans for said list, but alas, I procrastinate. (That’s the polite way of saying I’m lazy.) But do sign up if you want an occasional email with delicious words, easy tutorials, and cool stuff. And it’s also the place you want to be when the so-called grand plans roll out. And grand they will be, I assure you.

Today in my segment I showed how to make customized fabric button earrings. They’re a great gift for the long list of ladies in your life. And inexpensive too–each set costs less than $1. Here is the tutorial if you missed it. And the video is at the end of this post.

Customized Fabric Button Earrings

Supplies:
craft cover button kit * scissors * fabric (small prints are best depending on the size of buttons) * any glue that will adhere metal * earring posts (or pins, magnets, etc. depending on the type of accessory you are making)

Steps:
1. Place button kit template on fabric and trace circle following directions in kit.
2. Cut out fabric circle.
3. Center fabric wrong side up, over the mold (comes in the button kit), and press button shell into mold.
4. Tuck fabric into button shell.
5. Place button back over tucked fabric, press down firmly with pusher (comes in the button kit) to snap into place.
6. Glue earring post to back of button.
7. Repeat for second earring.

Variations:
1. Use these fabric buttons for the center of a fabric flower brooch.
2. Glue magnets to the back for a set of matching of customized magnets.
3. Use computer printer fabric to print designs, words, or pictures straight from your computer for even more personalized accessories.

Cute as a button indeed. Much cuter than me putting on my nylons.

Whirling Dervish

I feel as though I’m a whirling dervish of crazy. In all different directions, I fly.

(p.s. I just looked up the word “dervish” cuz I had no idea what it meant. Did you know that a dervish is a member of a Muslim religious order noted for devotional exercises leading to a trance? Yup. I thought it was, “like,” a ghost. Interesting stuff, that dictionary.)

So like I said … whirling dervish. Last week was Santa Barbara for the baby sister’s west coast reception. Beauty. And bliss. (And a totally rapture-inducing cheese platter.) And I’ve had an influx of consulting clients as of late. Which is great cuz I didn’t get the job I interviewed for right before I left for Santa Barbara. I had everything they wanted, and more so they say, except a technical knowledge of InDesign. I knew I should’ve taken that design class before I graduated. Note to self: Learn InDesign STAT. So–all this recent piecemeal work is at the top of my list of thanks.

And then … there’s the magazine. [sigh] My beloved magazine. My favorite thing on the list, of course. There is so. much. to. do. So much to put together. So much to conceptualize. So much to understand. But it’s coming. It’s coming.

And then today, I had a last minute segment on Good Things Utah where I shared three easy-peasy Halloween crafts I recently found on Pinterest.

If you’re just finding me through GTU, welcome welcome. I’m Krista, a magazine publisher/photographer/marketing consultant & teacher/quintessential pisces/lover of crafties/single, 32-year-old Southern transplant with a fetish for words, hand-written letters mailed with a stamp, Valentine’s Day candy, cheese platters (apparently), the Bachelor(ette) when it’s not stupid (oxymoron intended), and Ryan Gosling (as of late. loved this.).

The last couple years have been a maze of discovery, emotion, grief, and understanding as I’ve sought to make sense of a substantial job loss, singledom, and the intersection of my life and my faith. And I’m realizing this blog is where my “becoming” plays out. I suppose  you could say, that that is its purpose–its theme. And I’m happy to have you here.

By way of announcement, you can also find me

on Facebook :: on Pinterest :: on email

I also have an email list (over there on the right near the top) but, FYI, I stink at sending consistent email. I have grand plans for said list, but alas, I procrastinate. (That’s the polite way of saying I’m lazy.) But do sign up if you want to be notified when the so-called grand plans roll out. And grand they will be, I assure you.

As for the crafties I shared today … here are the links:

Spooky Snake Wreath :: Here :: I used more than just snakes in mine–basically any sort of creepy critter I could find at the dollar store.

Ghoulish Glow Lanterns :: Here :: I tried adding water to make it last longer, like the tutorial suggested, but I found that it actually made it last shorter. ???

Ghastly Ghost Hanging :: Here :: Country Living is quickly becoming more of a favorite than Martha. I know. Can you believe I just said that? Me neither.

So there you go!

And now I’m off … whirling and dervishing to the next bit on today’s color-coded schedule. (Yes. It’s true. I’m back to color coding. I’m MEEEE again!)

p.s. if you know of any teenage girls, would you please send them the link to my magazine survey?

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GVVT7BY

And if you’d like to be notified when subscriptions are up, the email list (over on the right) is probably the best way to stay in tune, or add this blog to your reader. Thanks a mill!

Good Things Utah Appearance: Recovering Lampshades [June 1, 2010]

This morning I posted a tutorial for recovering a lampshade, which was the project I demonstrated on Good Things Utah this morning.

It was a last minute appearance so I apologize for not letting everyone know ahead of time. But here’s the video in case you missed it. Enjoy!

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Good Things Utah Appearance: Silk Flower Accessories

If you missed the show this morning, here’s the video! Enjoy!

Other helpful links:

1. Don’t want to take the time to make them yourself? Just buy ‘em! I’m happy to do the dirty work. Click Here.

2. Step-by-step directions for this tutorial with photos

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Good Things Utah Appearance: March 5, 2010 [Ruffle Collar T-Shirt]

Hello and happy Monday! If you missed my segment on Good Things Utah last Friday, here is the video. Enjoy!

(and here are the step-by-step instructions with photos)

Good Things Utah Appearance: Feb. 18, 2010 [Fabric Bracelet Tutorial]

Hello Friends! And happy Saturday! It’s sunny here in Utah and that makes me really really happy. It’s going to be an organizing/cleaning day today. Between the Valentine’s dinner last weekend and then getting ready for my segment on Good Things last week, the house is a royal disaster.

Thanks for all your kind notes about my GTU appearance. And welcome to any newcomers!

For those of you who missed the segment or who would like to watch it again to see how to make the Beaded Bow-tie Bracelet, here is the clip. (And here’s the link to the story’s page on ABC.) Enjoy!

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