Monthly Archives: November 2012

Hostess Gift – Solar Lid Mason Jar

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Hostess Gift – Solar Lid Mason Jar

Lit up Snowman Mason Jar

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Solar lighted Mason Jar. Testing the view in a dark place.

I needed a Hostess Gift for Thanksgiving.  I was lucky to find these solar mason jar lids at a little store.  I passed them up the first time, but after shopping at craft stores and combing the malls and all the places I thought I could find a great gift idea, I settled on a mason jar.  I bought the solar lid for $12, the jar at a thrift store for $.79 and used craft stuff I knew I already at home.  I did buy heavier gauge wire.

I used epsom salt in the bottom for snow and took an embossed snowman that I had leftover from years ago when I made my own Christmas cards and just stuck him in the salt using a pair of pliers to push him down in.  I already had some Christmas ribbon left over from wine bottle bags I made a while back.  I found some sticky mesh and cut scraps to cover the Kerr lettering in the back on the jar.  Then I used some quotations that I had lying around, tore the edges and Mod Podged it to the mesh.

I used some left over beads to dangle from one of the sides and used jute to cover the wire that holds the hanger.  The lid is water proof so it can be used outside.  I did not glue anything to the lid in case a person may want to change the jar out seasonly, but any mason jar lid ring will work.  I liked the silver simplicity of it so I left it alone.  I believe you can find solar lids on line.  I didn’t have time to shop around since I was in a crunch.  Here are pictures of the front and back unlit.S orry my pictures are not the best:)

 

Front of Mason Snowman Jar

 

 

This is how the mason jar looks unlit. I used craft things I already had.
Back of Mason Jar

This is where I used the mesh on the back of the jar to cover up the Kerr lettering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rag Quilts

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I love Pinterest! So many ways to get inspired. After seeing rag quilts, I had to try making one. I haven’t used my sewing machine in a long time and when an email arrived from JoAnn Crafts with their flannel on sale, I decided to try making a rag quilt for a baby gift. It probably took me a total of 5 hours. I found the tutorial on a blog called do it yourself divas. I loved the look of the strip quilt so I had to give it a shot!

I chose to add some micro fleece and nubby fleece for a little added softness. I did use a flannel lining. So you need 7 coordinating fleece fabrics, 1/2 yard each, and 2 yards white flannel for the batting. I did not want binding so I ragged the edges as well. Use 100% cotton for better fraying.

Cut two 6″ strips and two 3″ strips from each of the main fabrics. Cut seven 6″ strips and seven 3″ strips from the white flannel. Place a strip of white flannel in between each panel strip, making sure the right sides are facing outward. Sew a seam length wise down the center to hold in place. After all your strips are finished, lay them out in a pattern you like. Sew them together making sure one side has all the seams. The other side will be flat. Trim the sides to make the quilt even and stitch around the outer edge.

Next, taking small 1/2 sections on each seam, snip edges towards seam being careful not to snip into the seam. Wash and dry quit to fray. Pull looses strings off and you are finished!

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