Teacher #2 Name Pencils

I cannot take total credit for this idea, it was one shared in my facebook crafting group.  When I seen it I knew I had to make a few pencils for some very wonderful teachers.  AND what a wonderful gift this would be for any teacher! A completely personalized custom PENCIL for the desk.  So click on the link to SHOP Now and order a custom pencil for your teacher today.

Or you could take it a step further with just the School Name on the Pencil, so many options.

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Banner Pennant Girl Scout Quilt

The idea of this quilt all started with a photo I pinned on Pinterest years ago. A beautiful collection of antique pennants sewn onto a quilt.  I never forgot that pin/photo.  Pictured here:

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Fast forward to 2018.  While in JoAnns Fabrics one day I passed by Girl Scout Pennant/Banner Felt fabric by the yard. I fell in love and the pennant quilt I had originally pinned several years ago came rushing back to me.  I didn’t buy the fabric that day. Instead I took a photo and posted on Facebook, anyone know a girl scout I want to make this quilt!  Then I remember my cousins daughter was in girl scouts. I called Layla, she’s 10 and said she would love a quilt. So my mind started turning with ideas and HOW to put it together.

After several days it came to me.  I didn’t want to make the quilt from scratch all I wanted to do was ADD the felt banners/pennants so why not use an already quilted quilt.  Searching I found a simple (not very thick) quilt at Target.  They didn’t have the color Layla liked so I ordered her favorite color of the quilt online at Target. Why did I choose a thin simple quilt?  First, I had to be think to add bulk on top of it so it had to be able to fit into my sewing machine so I could machine stitch the banners on top. Second I kept it simple solid color as to NOT over whelm the eye, a noisy pattern quilt would have distracted your eye from what you really wanted to see the banners/pennants.  Could I have made the quilt? Of course, however I like to speed things up so I bought one already made!

My JoAnns didn’t have the Daisy pennants so I ordered those online. The Girl Scout Ranking is Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador.  They do NOT make the Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Pennants.  Since I own Digitizing software called HATCH by Wilcom AND I have an embroidery machine I made those pennants and I also did her Full name.

How did I get those OTHER felt pennants? I used the negative space from cutting out the original Brownie and junior pennants. Seen Here in RED outline.

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So I digitized/embroidered Cadette, Senior, Ambassador, Last Name, and her First Name.

After that we laid it out and prepared to machine sew the banners/pennants to the top of the already done simple quilt.

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You MUST use a walking foot!  YOU CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT A WALKING FOOT.  I did a fancy stitch at first. DON’T DO THAT! Learn from my mistake, simple straight stitch to sew them down.  The two sides and the bottom.  I worked on sewing ONE at a time so I would then spray adhesive spray on the back of the pennant and stick it down where I wanted it. Then i lightly pinned it into place. Then I went and straight stitched it down on my machine.  Once I did that I took it and laid it back in the floor again and did the process all over again. DO NOT do more than ONE at a time the adhesive will NOT stay sticky long enough, and it will shift even with your pinning it down.  Slow and steady ONE pennant at a time. Easy straight stitch.

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Once you get them all down you then can do a decorative stitch OVER your simple straight stitch, AGAIN I REPEAT DO NOT STITCH IT DOWN USING DECORATIVE STITCHES FIRST.  They are so complex and dense that it will shift on you, no matter what, AND your walking foot does prevent some of the decorative stitches from stitching out correctly.

Once they were all down I decided NOT to use the hang tags on the pennants so I cut them off. Originally I was going to attach badges to them (front & back), but felt isn’t strong enough to hold them from being torn off. So I ended up cutting the hanging tabs off.

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I have never done prairie points before and I loved the look, I wanted those on this quilt to add a little bit more POW or POP to the finished quilt.  It took me days to figure out how to attach them on an already quilted quilt.  I didn’t want the raw edge showing and I didn’t want to add another binding, or rip out that binding and add the prairie points and re-stitch it back together.  What I ended up doing was using Ribbon! The edges of the ribbon shouldn’t fray and it would hide the exposed raw edges of the prairie points. Worked great! So I did a zigzag stitch on top of the quilt, prairie points, and ribbon. DONE!

DON’T FORGET TO PRE WASH EVERYTHING IN HOT WATER! EVERYTHING! fabric, felt, AND ribbon!

Lets talk price. How much did this quilt cost me to make. Well each yard of the felt cost me $15.99 to $12.99 Even with a discount. I bought a tad to much fabric but I plan on using the left overs for pillows for her. Pennant pillows, i had three banners left over from the quilt.  (this was also a pintrest idea) Cost of everything $234.67 in fabric and the pre done quilt. I spent 22 hours making this quilt also. So if you are going to make this be prepared for the cost, otherwise you can purchase a CUSTOMIZED one from me at my store WWW.THEVINTAGEMINT.COM

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Patch Travel Jackets

When we were on vacation in Las Vegas, I saw patches just about at every single store.  Later I began to wonder why?  Then I realized people collect them like the tiny spoons, shot glasses, fridge magnets, and pins.  They then put them on jackets to show off the places they’ve been.  I knew I wanted to make the girls patch jackets similar to the senior year jacket displaying your high school accomplishments.  I wanted the girls to show off their love to travel and everywhere they’ve been, so we started our journey of collecting patches everywhere we visited.

Finally I got a chance to put the patches on the jackets and add their name just like the High School Letterman jackets. (please note that if I was to do it again I would put the Last name further down on the back of the jackets, girls with long hair you can never read the last name.  Best to put it in the middle or at the bottom of the jacket.)

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They have grown out of the original jackets.  We just purchased new jackets this year 2018 and I’m in the middle of transferring everything.  I’m adding Momma Bear to mine and baby bears to theirs. I’ll post more pictures as I finish each of them.

I finally settled on how I wanted my name on my patch jacket. I loved the shabby look, and remembered doing fringe back in 2001 on a shirt. So I thought instead of making embroidery fringe I could get the look I wanted this way. Totally worked. I digitized the funky letters in Hatch and did a triple run stitch. I SHOULD have done a edit objects tab “Create outlines and offsets” and done a single run stitch 1/4 or 1/2 from the outside letters as a cut and fringe, would have made everything even and faster. But I didn’t think about it till I was cutting them out. I did them on black med wt stabilizer and just sewed that down after I cut them out and fringed them. Which I then noticed I should have digitized it all out and just let the embroidery machine do all work. Done it like applique and cut it out then remove the running stitch and fringed it all. OH, well lesson learned.

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Ireland & Scotland Trip

I had a WONDERFUL time, and saw a lot of history while on vacation in Ireland and Scotland. I took so many pictures and my teenage daughter was with me so we did her Senior photos at a Castle.  I’ve been super busy with my new Sous Vide cooker that I haven’t been able to edit photos but here is a look at just one of 100s of photos I’ll be posting soon. Enjoy..
As we were leaving Doune Castle (Outlander castle) on the bus, this is the shot I got of the rainbow over the castle. I did touch it up in Photoshop because the original the rainbow was so weak looking. I can’t believe I got this great of a shot while the bus was moving and through the bus window.

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Lemons

This week is Lemons! Of course it goes great with how this week started off too, but we won’t go into deals on that!  I love the lemons my personal email has “Lemon” in it, so of course I had to do a spread with lemons.  It’s more suited for a summertime theme so I will be doing a similar one during summer again. Super easy to make I usually don’t use stamps I’m just not a stamp person. My ink did bleed through so next week you will see a little of that. Overall I like it.

What is your favorite all time spread you have done before?

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Cleaning today

I haven’t posted lately I’ve been spring cleaning. Visiting family and doing OTHER things than videos and updates. I have 3 MUST DO TODAY items every morning on a list.  Just in case I don’t get the other 40 items listed done, I will if all else blows up get 3 major TO DO’s done.  This meathod has worked wonders for me. I keep a blank book journal and I just LIST things. TONS of things that need done or made on pages and pages.  Then when I have a minute I look at my list and pick an item to do.  Of course I get the first 3 MAJOR Items for that day done first. Love how this works keeps me on goal. I’ll have to take a picture of it.

What was my 3 major goals today….

  1. Clean up and Organize Living Room/Dinning Room area!
  2. Menu Plan and Order the groceries online (costs me $4.95 HOWEVER it saves me a lot of money I don’t pick up random things NOT on my list in the grocery store) Only downside I have is, it has to be paid via credit/debit card, so if you are on the cash envelope system it makes it difficult.
  3. Finish my Craft Project Binder (has been in my chore book for 1 month now! Needs to get DONE so that I can SEE what craft projects need to be done. From quilts, scrapbooking, photo items, layouts, shoots, digital designs, sticker making, organizing, crafting, planner, and much much more….. Should be a big binder and I will go over it after working through the trial period so about 3 months and I’ll do a video review of my Project Binder and chore book.

So.. with that being said I will leave you all with a cute picture of just 2 of the 7 cats we have, the two pictured are rescues.

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Looking into the Studio…

We bought our “Forever Home” in Oct of 2017 on a golf course in Elizabethtown, KY.  My creative place is just now taking shape as I’m unpacking boxes still.  It’s been a long journey to get here and will take several more months ahead to unpack and organize my craft space.  I will also be listing items for sale as I unpack my studio.  If you want to see what I’m selling please follow The Vintage Mint on Facebook, I will be listing items on the page as I go through boxes.

I’m excited to get everything in it’s spot so I can create!  I do a little of everything, that’s why I just say the Jack of all trades.  I think knitting is the only craft I haven’t tried yet.

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