DIY Carnaval Mask

DIY carnaval mask (2)DIY carnaval mask (3)What you’ll need
Hot glue gun
Feather trim
Elmer’s glue
Flat paint brush

DIY carnaval mask (4)1 Take mask and remove unwanted embellishments. You can also find a plain mask.
2 Using the felt hold it up against the mask and mark the width with a pencil. Then create a semi circle to the height which you’ll like the feathers to sit. Fold in half and cut to create symmetry.
3 A-Take your ribbon of feathers and place it up again the top edge of the felt. Ribbon and bottom  2″ of feathers  should sit up against the felt. Mark and cut excess off.
B-If you’re using a loose bag of feathers line the 1st layer of feathers on the top edge of the felt. 2″ from the bottom of the feathers should sit on top of the felt.DIY carnaval mask (5)4 A-Using glue gun apply hot glue to the ribbon and place into top edge of felt.
B-Pick up each individual feather one at a time and apply hot glue.
5 Create 2nd row of feathers:
A-Take feather trim and place above 1st layer. 2nd row of feathers should overlap and cover about 2″ of the 1st layer. Mark and trim away accesses.
B-Take your individual feathers and overlap about 2″ of the 1st layer.
6 Glue down with hot glue gun. Same as step 4.
7 Last low of feathers: I like to use individual feathers to prevent bulkiness. If the feather’s quill  is too long, you can trim before gluing onto bottom edge.DIY carnaval mask (6)8 Back side of felt. Take trim of feathers or loose feathers and place right up again the top edge of felt. Top of feather should overlap felt about 1/2-1″ I also prefer to use loose feathers to prevent bulk.
9 Once the back side is all covered with feathers, it’s time to glue your masterpiece to the mask itself!
Squeeze a line of hot glue about 3/4″ height across the top edge of the mask. Quickly take front side of feathered piece and place bottom edge right above 3/4″ glue strip.
10 Almost done… Here comes the fun part.Time to decorate the mask itself.Take your appliques and play with the placement before using glue gun to tack down the position. 11 Apply Elmer’s glue to the whole mask using a brush. Pour glitter over mask until covered. Let dry for a couple of hours until set and Presto! You’re ready for to host your own Carnaval party.DIY carnaval mask


Sleeping Mask

cat mask7-8 hours of sleep sounds mighty good to me. But I always find it difficult to crawl into bed early enough to fulfill those hours. Especially when my mind is churning so quickly with new ideas for my next project.

This sleeping mask will be a good reminder to work 24 hours a week 7 days a month and take frequent cat naps. My new creations was made for the recent slumber party with my girlfriend. If you’re ready for a challenge here’s the step by step instructions mask1

Supplies needed:
Poplin- 1/4 yd multi print stacks from Purl Patchwork
Silk- 1/2 yd lining fabric from Mood Fabrics
Quilt batting- 1/4 yd from Daytona Trims
1 yard of flat metallic soutache

Metallic lamé
Framed glasses
Satin pins
Magna tac
Safety pin
Needle and thread
Sewing machinecat mask patterns

1 Create a pattern

A- Create pattern for the front. Trace around frame of glasses for your guideline of the width and the length of mask. Fold paper in half, around the arch of the nose. Sketch 1/2 of the mask. Then transfer to other side with a light-box or against a lite window. Add 1/4″ seam allowance around edge of pattern. If you understand pattern making you can create different sections for contrasting fabrics to create a patch work look.

B- Create lining pattern. If your front pattern is just one piece you do not need to recreate another pattern. If not, create one pattern then add 1/4″ seam allowance around edges.

C- Create separate pattern for the interfacing; quilt batting. This is essentially the same as the lining but without seam allowance.

D- Create a pattern for eyelash and ears,no seam allowance necessary.
E- Lable all pattern pieces so you know what you’re working with and how many you’ll need to cut with each specific fabric.
2 Tada …were done! j/k
We’re at lease done with the mask the making

2 Choose fabrics. Poplin for the front and silk for the lining. If you’re going with the challenging patchwork look choose two contrasting fabrics that will sit well together. If not, one will be just fine.

3 Take poplin, lining & lamé fabric and iron on fusible to the back of the fabrics. Use a scrap piece of fabric between iron and fusible to prevent adhesive from melting onto iron. Fused fabric will give your fabric more body, control and stability. (Note: Adhesive on fusible is the rough side of the fabric. Which should iron on to the back side of the fabrics.)

4 Place patterns on fabric. Pin and cut out.

A- Floral printed fabric for front of mask.

B- Silk for lining, so it’ll be smooth when mask is against your face.
C- Lamé for eyelashes and ears.
5 Use Magna Tac and glue eye lashes on to pattern.
6 If your front printed mask has multiple patterns, piece them together either by hand stitch or by machine and iron the seams flat.
7 Place cut pattern of polyfill onto back side of the patterned poplin fabric. Center the polyfill leaving the seam allowance of the patterned fabric exposed.

8 Pin polyfill in place.

9 Pencil in a couple of  lines on the polyfill. These lines will be hand stitched. Using a blind stitch technique. This will hold the polyfill in place. If you have seams from the front of the mask.You can blind stitch in the crack of the seams.

10Take your yard of flat metallic soutache and cut in half.

11 Looking at the front of the mask. Place1/2 the soutache at both sides of the midway point (Fullness of soutache s/b in the inside of the mask.) I coiled the excess and safety pinned it in place.

12 Hand stitch the soutache in place. Stitch onto the seam allowance of the front mask.

13 Place lining and front of mask together (right sides facing each other.)

14 Sew together with sewing machine. Leave about 3″ unsewn on top of mask.

15 Flip mask inside out and hand stitch the remaining closed with the blind stitch technique.

16 Use iron and steam the mask so that the edges will look nice and crisp.

17 Use Magna Tac and glue on Lamé ears.

18 If this wasn’t enough you can decorate the ends of the soutache with gold tassels.

cat mask2

Are you still with me… if so, Congratulation! What do you think was it worth the effort? This can also be used as a blind fold for various games like pin the tail on the donkey. It can also be used for surprising your friend with a gift or leading them into a surprise party or dinner. I just love the little touches.

Sorbet Soirée

Birthdays… birthdays… birthdays!  A celebration with tones of sorbet inspired colors. It’s never too late in the year to add a little pastel to your party. I just love the light flowy texture of tulle it’s so beautiful and delicate. I picked up a handful of colors from Mood Fabrics about 2 yards each. I cut them into circular shapes to create cascading drapes. Then finished off the waist with grosgrain ribbon and lace trim for the closure. What’s a party without SWEETS! A table filled with pastel macaroons was just the perfect touch. Is this latest craze of delicate confections making you go gaga over them too?

Here Comes the Bride

A couple of months back my cousin got married and asked me for a favor, to make her a sign the read “here comes the bride.” I’ve never encounter one before so this was something new for me. She gave me colors to work with and the rest was up to me.  The mint/ sage color she chose reminded me of leaves or the woods. The flower girl gets the honor of carrying the sign out right before the bride makes her grand entrance down the aisle. I wanted the font to be more playful. Incorporating some flowing ribbons that flutter from the bottom of the sign was just what it needed for a touch of whimsy.  The beautiful trims were so inspirational from my last visit to M&J Buttons. I found this tulle ruffle adorned with a gold chain that had applied pearls at the center. It was just perfect for the finishing touch.I painted the wooden rod and backed my sign up with foam-core boards. Then put it together with my best crafting friend Mr. Glue gun.  So helpful when it come to late nights.
I figured why not make double use with the sign. After she walked down the isle I quickly changed it to “just married.” The bride dance her way into the reception hall waving the sign. Gorgeous and Brilliant! What other ideas have you seen in the past?


For my little man Winston I give you a friend to cuddle and smile with.

What you’ll need:
Fabric (I chose cotton poplin)
Paper (to create patterns)
Fusible (for stability)
Sewing Machine
Needle & thread
Summer helped me out with the initial sketch. It’s amazing how she can draw faces now at 3 yrs old. She got a bit distracted and wanted me to trace her hands. oh, why not.Ok back to business…

1 Sketch design and create pattern.
2 Choose fabric (I chose to mix and match 3 different patterns.)
3 Apply fusible to back of fabric using iron (Tip: Rough side of fusible is facing downwards. Use scrap fabric bet. iron and fabric to prevent residue build up onto iron.)
4 Place pattern on to Fabric and pin down.
5 Cut fabric around patterns.To the sewing machine we go…

6 Place right sides of fabric together
7 Sew seam allowance (Tip remember to back tack to prevent seams from unraveling.)
8 Flip fabric around with the raw seams in the inside
9 Leave one edge open to insert polyfill.
10 Once it’s stuffed to your liking stitch remaining seam closed (I use pins to help hold the seams together.)
11 Add the finishing touches: eyes, mouth, make it more personal with an initial.Are you inspired yet? To create your own little friend.

It’s My Happy Birthday

It’s my niece Summer’s 3rd birthday. She’s really getting the hang of how birthdays work now. I was talking to my sister-in-law and she was telling me all the requests that Summer had for her celebration. A Strawberry Shortcake birthday card, cake, balloons, candles and a birthday crown. Everything was purchased except her crown and I couldn’t help but to make her one from scratch. The theme was hello kitty this year. My sister wanted to surprise Summer the morning of.  So we took the opportunity to decorate the living room the night prior after she was sound asleep.
We used her cute artwork from nursery school to give the wall a more colorful touch. I  decorated her chalk board with some doodles. Hung the tinsel, garland and birthday banner to create the coolest backdrop for her table which was set for a tea party for the morning. The last thing to do was to make a crown.  I took some scrap oak tag, cut up some hello kitty napkins and paper mâché the pieces onto the the crown shape with some Elmer’s glue.  Done and done so tired and ready for bed.
Beautiful cake from Cupcake Cafe

It was all smiles the next morning. Summer proudly told us “it’s my happy birthday today!” She was ready for her photos after she slipped on her birthday skirt. Can’t she just stay this size forever?

Coffee and Donut Anyone?

It’s that time of the year again Halloween. One of my favorite days of the year when you get to be your most creative and play dress up.  End of October is always a busy one. I need to come up with 2 costumes in less than a week and a 1/2. How do I always end up waiting until the last minute? Ekkk… I normally come up with an idea for my next costume a year in advance so that I can mentally prep myself. My husbie Joe had this idea of dressing up as a cup of Joe for quite a while now. This year I will grant him his wish. He’s always been the most supportive person and such a great sport, going along with all my crazy ideas. What better companion to a cup of coffee than a lovely donut? I did some research and this coffee and donut theme really looked unattractive. Until, I came across Donutella a Tokidoki donut inspired character that’s fueled by sugar. She’s wayyyyyy too CUTE. I just fell in love with her world. Using the NYC iconic blue coffee cup as my inspiration for my cup of Joe, I’m finally enticed enough to get started.
This past week I’ve been circling the fabric shops to find all the material I’ll need. I’m not completely done yet, but I have a good amount of supplies to get started.
What do you think of my donut accessories? Felt sprinkles and a heart shaped skull headpiece. Kinda blinged it out just a bit ^_”
I just finished putting together my donut ears. Next step: frosting and sprinkle time! Stay tuned to see how it all turns out.

It’s All About Pumpkins

This past weekend I challenged myself with the pumpkin I picked up from the farm. I found some great recipes online and wanted to make everything from scratch. I started with creating my own pumpkin puree. It was my 1st time making it. My medium size pumpkin yielded 6.5 cups. Not bad! 2 cups for the pie, 2.5 cups for the soup and I saved 2 cups in the freezer for later use.

I picked up a cookbook  1 stock 100 soups a while ago when Border’s was going out of business and decided to find a pumpkin soup recipe from there. This one sounded so good: Bacon Pumpkin Soup with Bacon Croutons. It was quite satisfying. As the weather is getting cooler, it’s nice to have something warm and comforting. It went quickly. I was hoping there would be some left overs. Next time I’ll have to double the measurements. Are you ready for a pumpkin challenge?

Damaged Goods

The Color Run NYC. Now… What to wear? Runners were requested to wear something white. So white it is. I like the idea of a tutu skirt but something with a twist. I stopped by my go to fabric store: Metro Textile the afternoon before the race to pick up tulle, voile and ribbon.  Now to chop it all up and make magic happen. Can’t wait to get some color on this baby!I was thinking of making an embellished circular shirt. I love how it drapes on the dress form creating natural flares. I only bought 2 yards of tulle and voile which didn’t end up being enough so change of plans. I took a second to think it over. Not really knowing what to do, but I knew I wanted something FUN!Volunteers were given T-shirts. Plain boring tees… Thank goodness husbie had a pair of trauma shears in the car. I gave it a quick snip and we went on our way to set up the station. By the end of the event we left looking like characters from Avatar. We were laughing all the way home. How do you think my last minute outfit turned out?