Perpetual Calendar

I was finally able to get some photos of the perpetual calendar that I made – this is what I created the Coverable Button Pattern Template for in the previous post. The only part that I’m not really pleased with is the numbers on the buttons. It was supposed to be stamped numbers on a light colored background (like the month tabs) which would have worked out great. Except that the fabrics I was given were all dark in color, making it difficult for any stamp color to work. I instead used gold embossing powder and did dry it with a tool, however it’s still glittering, and some are more difficult to read. If I do this project again I will use lighter colors for the buttons, and I think I might reverse the whole thing. Ideas are forming, but it will be awhile before I do this one again!

Check out the photo of the fabrics I was given to work with, and the end result.

P.S. If you want to make your own button calendar, I based mine off the one found in the book I Love Patchwork: 21 Irresistable Zakka Projects to Sew. But after doing some calculations I had to change the final size and number of date squares, as you would run out of room if a month with 30 or 31 days started on a Friday or Saturday. Keep this in mind if you decide to make your own – just a helpful little hint!

Coverable Button Pattern Template

Do you sew? Create things… have the need to make your own buttons? I am working on a project right now that requires creating custom coverable buttons, and I was not at all happy with how the back of the cardboard box was working out, with multiple circles in one. So I decided to create my own template of standard button sizes to use for this project and in the future. For this project, I tested both the Size 36 and Size 30 buttons and they worked wonderfully! Simply print the PDF onto cardstock, cut out the selected size and trace the circle onto the fabric. The circles don’t even need to be cut perfectly, because the rough edges will be covered. I thought I would share the template I created in case it’s of use to you. Enjoy!

A Superhero 5th Birthday Party

My baby boy turned 5 a couple weeks ago and we celebrated in style – Superhero style that is! Not just one Superhero showed up to the party, we had several superheroes including Batman, Spiderman, Iron Man, Captain America (well the kids were the Superheroes of course). And trying to be Supermom, I wanted to give a Superhero mask to every party child, and a crayon roll up in their favor bag. It took longer than expected to create all the masks and crayon rolls, but it was definitely worth it. All the kids had a great time and loved their party favors, and the parents were pleased too! If you want to create your own Superhero masks, check out oxeyedaisey on Etsy for her Super Mask and Super Bat Mask patterns.

The crayon rolls were fun to make РI kind of figured it out as I went along. I have some modifications I will do next time I create them, but I loved the ombr̩ fabric I found and how they blended together. And each crayon roll holds 16 crayons. They were a hit! See photos of both projects below, and one of all the Superheroes Рthe Birthday Boy is in the Superman shirt!

Superhero Mask Pieces
Superhero Masks
Superhero Masks
Superhero Masks
Superhero Birthday Boy
Superhero Group
Crayon Rolls
Crayon Rolls
Crayon Rolls
Crayon Rolls

Melted Crayon Art

This is another fun project – we first did this as a kids project at our local craft store, and then on a much larger scale at home. I helped my 4-year old sort the crayons and then hot glue them to the canvas, then we used the Zap heating tool to melt them. So quick and easy, and now he has a fun piece of colorful, homemade artwork to hang in his playroom!

Melting Crayon Art