Half Apron pattern to sew

Happy Friday ! And today I am sharing a quick and Easy half apron pattern- perfect for beginners -you can make this out of any fabric for any occasion : Valentine gift maybe for some one you love:

Lets Gather some supplies:

Sewing machine /Thread
-iron and ironing board
-self-healing cutting mat
-pinking shears

Fabric for Apron:

one 16″x36″ piece of cotton fabric (for the skirt)
-two 12″x12″ pieces of contrasting fabric (for pockets)
-one 54″x5″ piece of contrasting fabric (for the waistband)

Sewing Directions:

  • The skirt : Cut from one piece of fabric or 3 (14X16 ) strips. If using 3 sew together and press open seems to make skirt. Lay out and cut top edge with pinking shears.Fold (2) side edges by 3/4 inches and press down. Pin in place. Fold bottom hem 3/4 and press and fold again and press (double ) – pin in place – Take to sewing machine and with a straight stitch sew each side while taking out pins. Then after both sides -sew the bottom the same way. Across the top run a long basing stitch with machine or by hand.
  • Pockets : (2) Fold each edge 3/4 inch and -Press. Then do it again.
    Position your pocket squares onto your skirt piece and pin in place. Remember, these are going to be pockets, so the one edge we’ve already stitched on the squares (the top) will not be attached to the skirt. Pin them down when you’re satisfied and take it to your machine. Slowly stitch along the left side, bottom, and right side. Repeat on the second pocket
  • Pull lightly on the bating stitches
    Pull the stitch and work your pleats toward the middle until you are satisfied with your gathers. Tie off each end and pull your pleats so they are distributed evenly.
  • Now the waistband –
     Lengthwise, fold your piece in half and press with your iron. You should have a nice, crisp crease down the center. Open the fabric up and press a 3/4″ crease into each 54″ edge. We will not be double-folding these edges. On the sides, press a 3/4″ crease. Pin into place.

  • Find the center of your waistband and place the top edge of your skirt inside. Fold the band over and pin in place.
     Start at the short side (the ends) of your waistband and stitch along the edge. Continue around along the bottom edge of the waistband, sewing the skirt portion into the waistband along the way. Continue until you reach the end and stitch the second short edge. Give a little backstitch,

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day * cards and crafts

Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day !

Make sure you drop bye and say Thank You for all they do. In my town Sheriff Moreaux and his officers always happy to lend a hand at community event and keep our town safe on a daily basics . My group of kids made cards to Thank Them for all they do.

Helping Out with Community events in Melville 

Thank You card for our town Sheriff and officers:

My Card using digital stamp from Crafting desert divahttps://craftindesertdivas.com

Free Printable to share with your kids:


Book Review * Creative Adventures in Cursive

Perfect for anyone interest in teaching cursive .Are just having fun while learning pick up this book !

Writing is cooler in cursive, and Creative Adventures in Cursive gives kids ideas for practicing writing skills, then guides them into cursive creativity.

As many educators will attest, writing in cursive provides cognitive benefits in spelling, memory, reading comprehension, language skills, and overall academic confidence. Practicing cursive carries similar benefits when drawing; once you learn the basic shapes, you can play with it by creating your own personal style.

In Creative Adventures in Cursive, noted author Rachelle Doorley, the creative force behind Tinkerlab, shows twenty fun and colorful ways to use script to make posters, present school projects, design monograms, create greeting cards, decorate book bags and t-shirts, ice cookies and cakes — writing in script with everything, including fabric markers, pastry tubes, string and yarn, and of course brushes, pens, and crayons.

About the Author

Rachelle Doorley is an arts educator, community builder, and founder of the popular creativity blog Tinkerlab. She is also the author of TinkerLab: A hands-on guide for little inventors, published by Roost in 2014. Rachelle studied costume design at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked on Hollywood films before finding her true calling as an arts educator. After teaching art in Los Angeles schools, she earned a master’s in arts education from Harvard, and then oversaw docent and education programs at the San Jose Museum of Art. Rachelle lives with her husband and her two curious daughters in Palo Alto, where she leads workshops on visual thinking and hands-on creativity. Rachelle believes in finding fun and meaningful ways to make every day creative, and can often be found experimenting in her sketchbook, taking her kids on adventures, and asking lots of open-ended questions. Rachelle enjoys chai tea, hand-drawn letters, train travel, hikes in the woods, artist studios, and ocean air.

Net Galley Book :

I love this book. Its so creative and fun and a perfect way to teach kids that skill. With imaginative ways to use pens,crayons and yarn while learning a skill. I may be a grown up but I had so much fun with the projects and I cant wait to share them with my school group. Enjoy! Lisa

Book Review * Fast and Fun Watercolors

Take a journey through Gina Lee Kim’s watercolor palette–with each chapter representing one of the standard colors found in the color wheel. Learn how to merge watercolor and mixed media together without the stress of having to draw out a composition before getting started. Each chapter will demonstrate a unique project and technique, along with a gallery of inspiring works. You will also learn about the emotional symbolism of each color.

  • An approachable, stress-free introduction to watercolor; fine drawing skills are not a requirement
  • Explore each color in the color wheel, while learning about their mixing qualities and the emotional symbolism of colors
  • Tips and advice on carving out time to create, sharing your work with others, and owning your own voice
  • 12 step-by-step demonstrations show how to merge watercolor with a bit of mixed media

Net Galley Book Review :

 Gina uses watercolor and mixed media with step-by-step directions for creating art that is personal and fum Gina uses her favorite quotes and words working them into her art. She starts with the tools explaining why she uses a specific product and then listing of mixed-media supplies are also given. She presents color theory, terminology, schemes, and temperature need for great results. She has a five-step painting method that involves no drawing. Perfect for any budding painter or artist this newest book is one you dont want to miss.

Book Review * Awakening Your Creative Soul

Open the door to your creative awakening!

“Do everything with great love, whether it is painting, writing, dancing, relationships or learning.” –Sandra Duran Wilson

Sharing your passion is the greatest gift you can give, and the journey to your creative awakening starts with a single step–or a single exercise. You never know what will open the door.

This book is for curious souls wanting to find the right spark to jump-start their creativity. Inside, there are 52 chapters with an exercise for each week of the year featuring a step-by-step art, writing or meditation project. Following the flow of the seasons, the exercises are designed to take you from the spring of your intuition, through the summer of personal growth, fall of self-discovery to arrive at the end of your creative cycle refreshed, revived and renewed.

Find your voice and vision:

  • 52 fun and beautiful projects offer a new chance at self-discovery every week for one year–they are not necessarily sequential and can be completed at any time on your journey
  • Weekly prompts merge art making with universal life challenges to help you open your mind and explore different spiritual and creative philosophies

Refill your well, become the light, expand yourself and your story.

Net Galley Review

 Sandra’s teaching is captivating, connective and thought provoking. Each of her books has shown me how to grow artistically. But this book, is something I didn’t know I was waiting for. Awaking Your Creative Soul guides you on an amazing journey to discover your spiritual, artistic and imaginative self with great photo and mind exercise. The perfect book to read for this New Year when we are all setting goals and this journey is a welcome one. Lisa

Book Review : Big Embroidery

Big Embroidery is all about stitching beautiful designs up fast using yarn instead of embroidery thread. Designer and author of Modern Folk Embroidery, Nancy Nicholson, has created a collection of stunning designs based on traditional crewel work, and adapted them for a modern audience using everyday yarn.

Crewel embroidery is traditionally done using 2-ply wool and stitched onto linen. Nancy shows how to get beautiful results using different types of yarn and fabric, including upholstery fabrics, woollens and tweeds, to create a collection of stunning quick-to-stitch projects.

Choose from home decor items such as cushions, bags, wall hangings and table runners, as well as ideas for embellishing clothing. Nancy shows readers how to do all the key embroidery stitches with a stitch library featuring easy-to-follow diagrams of all the basic crewel embroidery stitches in detail.

Net Galley Book Review :

What a great book Nancy explains what cruel embroidery is and how to do it -with a easy to follow direction and stitch guide. I have never done cruel embroidery but I have a treasured Christmas stocking I got as a gift many years ago in cruel and always wanted to make a matching stocking, This book has inspired me to make one this year. Lisa

Book Review * Quilt Big

I love giving books as gifts – so if you are running around and need a gift for a new quilter or yourself pick this book up. Lisa

Big, bold, impressive designs that sew together quickly and easily!

Approaching quilting in a big way, Quilt Big takes the inherent beauty found in single block patterns and creates big, bold quilts, quickly and easily. Whether you’re simply short on time or intimidated by complex quilts, Quilt Big will show you how super-sizing your blocks make for faster finishes and so much more. In this block book and design resource, you’ll find:

  • 22 BIG blocks to show off your favorite fabrics in fantastic ways.
  • Step-by-step guide to scaling traditional blocks to oversized designs.
  • 17 quilt designs featuring bold, super-sized blocks. Plus, these 15″, 18″, and 24″ blocks are interchangeable for one-of-a-kind finished projects!
  • No CD required! Block patterns have been designed in a way that no specially sized templates are needed.

If you’re new to quilting, there’s no better way to learn than on a grand scale. And, for the experienced quilter, large block pieces are a fabric-friendly way to feature your favorite designer collections. Super-size your love of quilting with Quilt Big!

Net Galley Review:

Are you a quilter? I am but I am a beginner and this book is perfect for me. Has great suggestion and easy to follow directions and pictures that will make my quilting easier. Need a new hobby for the New Year and always wanted to try your hand at quilting this book may be what you need to get started. Let’s start -Super Size and make it beautiful. Lisa

From my Kitchen * DIY Gifts of beauty

Not only gifts of food comes out of my kitchen but I am busy making gifts for love one- these are also great hostess gifts if you are invited to a party.

Homemade lotion:

  • 3/4 C Oil (your choice -Coconut ,Argan, Jojoba )
  • 3 T Beeswax
  • 3/4 C filtered water (warm)
  • essential oil

Melt oil and beeswax in double boiler or microwave. Transfer after melting to stand mixer or food process and slowly add in water. ( Think mayonnaise ) when done -transfer to jars.

Homemade Face mask :

  • 3 T strong Chamomile tea
  • 3 T aloe Vera
  • 3 T honey
  • 4 T Ground oats

Mix all of the ingredients together to achieve a thick, gluey consistency. Apply and leave on for 15-20 minutes, then wash off with lukewarm water.

Met and Pour Honey Soap :

  • Soap base ( you can use glycerin ,honey or goat milk)
  • Pyrex Measuring cup to melt soap base in.
  • honey ( 1/2 tsp per pound)
  • Soap mold

Melt soap base in the microwave slowly (like chocolate) After melting add honey -and stir . Pour into molds and let harden.

Christmas Craft projects

Happy Wednesday ! The last Wednesday before Christmas – can you believe its almost here. Is all your shopping done or do you have a few items left to buy ? If like me and the weather is cold and wet and want to stay in -Here;s my today’s Project :

Wooden Picture Ornaments :

You can find these wooden shapes in all types and shapes in most craft stores or big box stores (Craft section) . Make a bunch this weekend and hand out as gifts. Lisa

  • I covered the center with scrapbook paper and glued on .
  • I fancy cut the picture and attached,
  • Painted the outside edges and placed a tree holder on.

Christmas House : Collage

  • Cardboard House ( Micheal’s)
  • Christmas paper : torn and fancy cut.
  • Snow (cotton) ,Tag /ribbon, Paper snowflakes
  • Glue or Deca podge to house.

Have any Collage question read my book review post- Lisa

Book Review : Collage Workshop for Kids

Be inspired and delighted by Collage Workshop for Kids, a colorful art instruction book on collage techniques for children—made in cooperation with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Collage Workshop for Kids pairs essays by educators from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art with instructions on collage technique. Chapters explore favorite art themes for kids and demonstrate how to work with colored tissue paper, newspaper, fabric and buttons, painted paper, torn paper, and more.

In each chapter, Reggio-inspired author and teacher Shannon Merenstein explores each technique with original ideas. Members of the museum’s education staff offer expert advice on creating art with children.

Everything you need to know about collage is in this book, making it a great reference for teachers, librarians, and parents.

Net galley Book Review :

My Net Galley Book Review : Don’t let the title fool you it’s not only for kids but for adults too. A great easy to read book that not only shows you how to make a collage but how to do it. It was an inspiring book that after reading I got my supplies out and made some cute Christmas items. Read he book and share with the kids in your life or just enjoy it yourself. Lisa