Blog Posts Tagged ‘DIY projects’

Happy Valentine’s Week! I’ve been trying to think of some nice things I could make for my little Valentines here, and I took some time to get crafty this week. I came up with 3 projects, and I thought I’d share them with you!

 

My Quilty Valentine

A few years ago, I made fabric valentines for Dave and Anabelle, and I wanted to do something similar this year. I decided to make a patchwork valentine, and it came out imperfect, but pretty cute!

I started by piecing the “cover” using spare scraps. Then I did a little embroidered message on the inside panel, using a water soluble pen to mark guidelines. (I realized the running stitch border was better added after quilting, so I removed it before I quilted the layers.)

Finally, I used the “sandwich method to join the layers, and I did a running stitch border around the message. Et voila!

Be My Valentine Cookies

My daughter is not yet interested in the joys of patchwork, but she is extremely interested in cookies. I found this recipe online, and whipped up some frankly delicious sugar cookies. They are likely to be a bigger hit with the younger set than the mini quilt (though I’m hoping the quilt lasts longer).

Romantic Rose Salt Scrub

This one’s a valentine just for me. My skin always gets drier in the winter, and it’s in need of some deep moisture, so I made a rose-scented salt scrub for exfoliation and moisturizing. It’s a super easy recipe, and makes my skin so soft. Rose essential oil and dried rose petals give it a fancy touch for Valentines day.

In a small bowl combine the following:

-1 1/2 cup coarse salt (I use about 1/2 cup coarse grey sea salt combined with 1 cup coarse white kosher salt, but you can experiment with different kinds)

-1/2 cup dried rose petals (I get these from the local Persian market, but you can usually find them at co-ops or the Whole Foods bulk section, or you can grow your own.

In a separate small bowl, pour about 1/3 cup oil. You can use a wide variety of oils, but this time I used a combination of almond oil and vitimin E oil. I sometimes use avocado oil, or sesame, and even olive oil will work well. You can also gently heat coconut oil and use that, but be aware it will alter the scent of your scrub (coconutty!). Add about 10 drops of rose essential oil to the bowl of oil, and then add the oil to the salt mixture and stir until well blended. Spoon into a mason jar or other pretty container. Your skin will thank you!

 

Scrap Quilts

02/17

Hello, blogosphere! I’ve taken a long blog break, and these past few months have been a flurry of designing and growing here at Monaluna. Things are finally calming down a bit, and I’m excited to get back to projects and blogging.

 

I started last week with what turned out to be a pretty ambitious organizing project. I had been carefully ignoring the towering, disorganized scrap pile in my closet for months, and had finally had enough of it. At the same time, Anabelle’s school put out a call for extra blankets and quilts, and I decided it was time to make something from those extra odd pieces. The piecing for three little quilts only took Saturday afternoon, and I hardly had to cut – I just arranged the pieces I had in blocks, and trimmed them to fit where necessary. The backing, binding and quilting took a bit more time, but it felt really good to see them coming together, and I even hand quilted (very quickly and sloppily) 2 of the 3, the first time I’ve done that in years! It was so easy and fun that I decided to organize and bundle all the remaining scraps and make them available on the website. It turned out to be a bit of an undertaking, but in the 5 days since I put them up there they’ve been VERY popular, and the first batch are almost gone! Now that I have the hang of it I’ll be able to add them more frequently, though, and keep my scrap piles at more manageable levels.