Proof the boy ain’t right

(Don’t forget to enter the YCMT giveaway here!)

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I’m WAY excited about this! I’ve been a fan of for a long time, so when they asked me about doing a giveaway, I jumped on it!

With the holidays just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to showcase some quick and easy gift ideas you can give to friends, neighbors, co-workers, and oh yes…even your family! You can enter to win eBooks from and learn some fun new techniques, tips, and ideas not only for the people on your list, but also creative ways to decorate your home!

You Can Make This has created a free download for some fun gift tags. Each of them coordinate with ideas found as part of the DIY Gift Giving Series videos that can be found at , as well as designs and patterns found at and

You can also enter to win hundreds of dollars in gift certificates just for watching the videos that are part of the DIY Gift Giving Series and answering a question on the You Can Make This blog!


So, what can you win here at Crap I’ve Made? I’ll be giving away TWO bundle packs, courtesy of YCMT. The bundle packs each contain both the Kimberbell Kids 24″ doll and the Gift Exchange clothing and accessory pack!

How do you win? Leave a comment. This giveaway is open to anyone ANYWHERE with a valid email address. I’ll draw 2 winners Wednesday, December 16th at 10 pm MST.

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Crystal trees

While we were away last weekend, my mom had picked up the supplies to try this craft from Family Fun.

Here’s what their version looked like:

Here’s what our first attempt looked like:

More like plates full of crystals than trees full of crystals, ey?

Moral of the story: Don’t use poster board.

We decided to try again. We gathered every thing we could think of.

Hint: Those subscription cards that come in magazines don’t work.

The verdict? (From L-R)

Upholstery foam, a 12 pack of soda box with the shiny graphic layer peeled off, and a toilet paper roll were the best.

It also took quite a bit longer than the article suggested. Maybe do this right before bed and then have a surprise in the morning.

Tree template, courtesy of my mother, here.

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A little something for all of you

Applique pattern here.

(Yes, I know it’s backwards.)

Cut the blue background for the Earth the same size as the peace sign.

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‘Tis the season!

Fun things that have happened in the last 2 days:
My 2 year old Honda wouldn’t start.
My 2 year old Honda wouldn’t start again whilst at a gas pump in 15 degree weather.
My computer died. Did I mention I have exactly 3 gifts purchased and one is technically a birthday gift? Oh yeah…and my kids are already out of school.
We have frozen pipes in the basement bathroom. I discovered this after one of the kids pooped and the toilet wouldn’t flush.
Don’t you wish you were me?
Be back soon?
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2 more handmade ornaments

Courtesy of 2 of my fabulous friends….and by “friends” I mean people who have actually been in my kitchen and not just some random perverts from the internet.

First up are these insanely cute fortune cookies courtesy of Alissa.


See her tutorial here.

Next, we have these Ballard Design knock offs, courtesy of Lei.


See her tutorial here.

Speaking of Lei…she’s got a great giveaway going on now. Enter to win either this:

RoCoco Chalkboard Removable Wall Decal2

or this:

notNeautral Wood Blocks

Leave a comment on this post by Friday. Or, don’t and it’ll improve my chances of winning!

And give me a day or two to get out from under this post trip insanity. I’ll get back to those of you that emailed ASAP!

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No-sew Quilted Ball Ornaments

In case you were too tired to click on over for my guest post on Write It Down yesterday……

Here’s my ornament tutorial.

These ornaments are a re-creation of some my mom made when I was a kid. Hers were probably better, though. EVERY SINGLE OUNCE of my OCD tendencies comes from her.

(Just kidding, Mom. Kinda.)



Styrofoam balls. I used 2.5” and the template I have included is for that size ball.
3 elastics
Fabric scraps
Butter knife
Ric rac or ribbon
Straight pin

Stretch 3 elastics around the circumference of your ball, spacing them evenly so that the ball is divided into sixths.


Trace placement of the elastics with Sharpie.


When you take off the elastics, you should have something like this:


Cut 6 scraps of fabric to match this template. You can do all 6 different, all of them the same, 2 each of 3 different fabrics…whatever!


I should have pressed them at this point, but I have MAJOR ironing issues. Hopefully that doesn’t bother any of you the way it bothers me.

Place one of your fabric pieces centered evenly over one of the sections of the ball. You can see a glue stick in this picture. I used it to hold the fabric in place but I’m pretty sure it didn’t help and I didn’t actually use it on any of the other sections.


Take your butter knife and start tucking the edges of the fabric down into the ball along the lines you drew with the Sharpie.


Do this along both sides. Make sure to keep the tips pointy. You should have something like this:


Move to the next section and do the same thing.


Continue with the remaining sections.


Pick the ugly end and make that your top.

Cut a length of ribbon or ric rac about 7” long. Make a loop and stick a straight pin through to keep the ends together.

Put a generous glob of glue on the top of your ornament.


I used FabriTac because hot glue and I have a sordid past.


Stick your straight pin and the ends of your ric rac down into the glue.


Use your butter knife again to jam it down into the crevice (that word makes me giggle).



Also, if you don’t adequately supervise your child whilst you’re blogging, this could happen:


Pretty sure he’ll be OK. He ate part of a KFC container once already.

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Today’s the day

I’m the ornament maker of the day over at Write It Down.


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Monster stocking tutorial

So, 3 years ago I was browsing the internet for a stocking for Keller. I came across some CUTE stockings with a price (hint: $60) that was a little (OK, a lot) out of my price range. I decided to make my own and here’s what I came up with:

This year, I decided to make one for Campbell, too.

Scour the clearance tables in the back of the fabric store for fabrics for this project. You don’t need a whole lot of any of them and weird fabrics work best. Seriously…who’d buy that green stuff? And that fur? Faux German Shepherd at best.

The pattern for the stocking and the claws can be found and printed here. I made slightly smaller claws this time around. If you want big claws like in the picture above, add about 1/4” on both long ends.

You’ll need:
24” X 20” of the main fabric
5” X 13.5” of the fur/top fabric
scraps for the claws
5.5” piece of ribbon, cord, etc for the hanging loop

*** ALL SEAMS ARE 1/4” ***

Print and assemble the template. Match up the hash marks. The pattern for the claw is on the first page, in the middle of the stocking piece.

Fold the main fabric piece in half. Pin and cut out your pattern.


Cut out 6 claw pieces. (Tangent: If your claw fabric is thin, interface it now. I didn’t and had to do that after they were all cut out….major pain in the butt.)


Cut your fur/top fabric to size if you haven’t already.


Take 2 claw pieces and put them right sides together. Sew, leaving short edge open.


Trim the point. First like this:


Then like this:


Repeat with remaining 4 claw pieces. Turn them all right side out. A dull pencil works well for this.


If you made the claws bigger, you may want to stuff them with a little fiber fill at this point.

Lay one of your main stocking pieces out, right side up. Place and pin the claws like this:


Put the other stocking piece on top of it, right side down (so right sides are facing). Pin.


See the claws sandwiched in there?


Sew, leaving the top edge of the stocking open.


Turn the stocking right side out (you might want to clip to the sewing line between the toes) and pull out the claws. Press, if you need to.

Fold your fur/trim in half, right sides together, matching the short sides. Sew the short sides together.


Turn the fur/trim right side out and insert into top of stocking. The right side of the fur cuff will be against the wrong side of the stocking fabric. Line the seam in the fur cuff up with the heel side seam of the stocking. Insert your ribbon or cord for hanging at that seam, too.


Stitch around the top of stocking.


Flip the fur cuff over to the outside and you’re done!


(bigger/stuffed claws on the left, smaller/non-stuffed claws on the right)

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Do me a favor, will ya?

Plant yourself a big old pot of paperwhites.

They’re one of my favorite things this time of year.
(Yes, that is a dog dish from IKEA.)

And here’s a sneak peek of a tutorial that should be done tomorrow:

Looks awful, right?

Stay with me…I promise it’s good.

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