Saving Money on Prom Flowers

Another Hatchett Job, dogwood corsage and buttonaire, diy crafts, frugal prom, photo by Cyndie HogelandOkay, I realize that this post should have been written and posted a couple of months ago in order to be truly helpful for this year’s prom goers.  I apologize for the bad timing.  But, flowers for prom are also a great deal like flowers for weddings, Mother’s Day, wedding and baby showers, and other occasions, so the same information can still be useful for other times of the year.  At least, I truly hope so!

I am quite lucky that my DS18 is dating a wonderful young lady, who happens to be one of my best friends’ daughters.  This proved quite helpful to coordinate efforts and share costs as we both needed to provide flowers for her daughter’s prom night.

I don’t have a full tutorial, as I was not organized enough to take the appropriate photos, but I did consult a few video tutorials ahead of time that were terribly helpful, so I will link to them below in case someone would like to view them before starting their own projects.

As my boys have been homeschooled and weren’t terribly interested in proms and other formal events, I didn’t arrange for them to attend one.  So, this was my first formal dance to get prepared for.

We priced flowers at a few places, but it was apparent that due to a super hectic schedule Another Hatchett Job, dogwood corsage and buttonaire, diy crafts, frugal prom, photo by Cyndie Hogelandthat day, we weren’t going to be able to keep them cool and fresh between the time we would have to pick them up and time to pick up his date.

So, that pretty much helped us to decide on silk flowers, which will also be a lovely momento of the date.  Pricing a simple, white, silk, pretty plain wristlet corsage nearly gave my frugal soul a heart attack!  The mass produced model was nice, but would set us back $40 from a grocery store florist.  If I was going to pay $40 for a corsage, I wanted something more along the line of an orchid than fabric roses.

Our date liked the idea of a largely white and silver corsage to go with her dress (a tasteful navy blue number that was classy and stunning).  When queried, her favorite flower was the dogwood (not a standard floral choice).

So, my friend and I decided to surprise the kids and craft the prom flowers ourselves.  We went to our local Hobby Lobby and found a wristlet, floral tape, floral wire, wide lace ribbon (for the “puff” that the flowers sit on), silver and navy ribbons, pins, pearl sprays, silk fern, and (gasp) a spray of lovely, silk, dogwood flowers.  I didn’t get the receipt, but we split the supplies and spent way less than $40!

Another Hatchett Job, dogwood corsage and buttonaire, diy crafts, frugal prom, photo by Cyndie HogelandOn a night with no kids around, we met and created the corsage and boutonniere to match.  It took a bit of work, but the end results were so impressive and nicer than anything we looked at.  The kids were both thrilled at the results and completely surprised by the dogwood flowers.

In the future, as she goes off to college, if they choose to go to another formal dance together, these can be used again and will still look much more special than the mass produced ones that we originally saw.

I referred to the following videos for ideas and techniques as it had been a few years since I had done any floral crafts.

Till next time,




Fabric Yarn

Another Hatchett Job, fabric yarn, recycling, upcycling, fiber artsNow, I’ve gone and done it!  In an effort to use up some of the *cough* many bins of assorted fabrics that I have purchased, been given, or traded other scraps for, I am tearing strips into fabric yarn.

I have a few ideas up my sleeve of items that can be made from these balls of fabric goodness, but no definite plan yet.

But, here are a few things that have piqued my interest:  Crazy Mom Quilts crocheted a rug, Mia’s Craft Ideas made a braided rug, and A Beautiful Mess made a woven rug.  Not to mention about a billion ideas and photos I found checking out Pinterest!  To see my board with ideas on it, click here.

Now on to dream and rip and join and wind into balls.  I love the anticipation of learning something new.  Don’t you?

What would YOU make with fabric strips?

Till next time,

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Chemistry Quilt

Warning, this is a picture heavy post.  You have been warned! 🙂

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The finished quilt, along with a few other gifts received by my friends.
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The backing and binding are Periodic Table of Elements themed.


Another Hatchett Job, photo by Ethan Hatchett, chemistry quilt, baby quilt, flasksI don’t know about you, but this is the only truly “chemistry” or “science” themed quilt that I am aware of.  It took some hunting skills, but once I found the mid-Another Hatchett Job, photo by Ethan Hatchett, Mod Green Atomic Printcentury reproduction atomic prints, I knew I could pull this off!  With the “geek chic” style that is coming of age (an appreciation of intellect, go figure), it was fun to round out this little fabric collection.Another Hatchett Job, photo by Ethan Hatchett, Mod Blue Atomic Print

At first, I was concerned that the overall effect would be a bit somber for welcoming a little bundle of joy, but once I got it all put together, it really worked.  Of course the brightly colored liquid in the various flasks do help to lighten the mood, overall.Another Hatchett Job, photo by Ethan Hatchett, geek chic fabric, gotta wear shades

The best part is that when I finished the project and mailed it off to the Mommy and Daddy to be, they loved it!  He is a high level chemist and she is a nurse.  They asked for aAnother Hatchett Job, photo by Ethan Hatchett, chemistry quilt, baby quilt, scientific formulas fabric chemistry or science vibe, and I think I pulled it off.  Love my geeky friends!

What have YOU been quilting lately?

Till next time,

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Christmas Quilt

Another Hatchett Job, photo by Beverly Miller, quilt by Beverly Miller, Santa wall hanging, quilts, crafts, sewingWhile I did work on a Christmas quilt for myself this year, I got it pieced, but not quilted.  My friend, Beverly (who doesn’t have a blog) made this adorable Santa wall hanging for a quilt rack in her breakfast nook.  She started with a cute little panel from our local-ish quilt store (nothing is really very local to us) and finished it out beautifully!  I just love him!

I am kicking myself for not getting one of these panels for myself.  Maybe I can find something similar for next year.  I have a real soft spot for the chubby guy in the red velvet at Christmas.

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Look at that sweet face!

I know that my Christmas reveals are really late this year and I apologize.  We have had some medical excitement in the extended family and we only recently held the last of our family celebrations this past week.  It’s been a crazy start to the year, but so worth it that everyone is healing and enjoying being together.

What crafts did you make for the holidays?

Till next time,

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Slow Sunday Stitching 4

Another Hatchett Job, applique, hand applique, applique fail, hand stitchingHand stitching did happen at our cabin this weekend, but it didn’t all turn out as expected.  After pinning and preparing the dresden plate blocks, they shifted during stitching.  While I was fretting over making sure that my stitches were small and hidden, my block started sliding in a bit of a spiral pattern.  Some un-stitching is definitely in order so that I can try a different technique next time.  I really didn’t see that coming.  I am used to pinned fabric staying in place.

After I posted the above photo to the Celebrate Hand Quilting forum on Facebook, I got several helpful tips to help me in moving forward.  I think I will try to fuse the blocks down with some Wonder Under (stopping a half inch or so before the ends so I can still hand applique the blocks).  I am hopeful that it will hold the blocks firmly in place while allowing me to practice the tiny, hidden stitches that looked so nice (before I noticed the shifted blocks).  Oh well, it’s all part of the ol’ live and learn philosophy that I have and that I will continue to have until it becomes a major time crunch–then it’s time to panic!  For now, time is not an issue, so I will soldier on for another week and see how things go.

I hope that all of my American friends were able to celebrate Thanksgiving this year with an open heart and a stuffed tummy!  For my international friends, I hope you were able to spend some time with family this week also!  Love to all the stitchers out there!

What are you working on this week?  Are you a Slow Sunday Stitcher?

Till next time,

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10 Christmas Ornaments to Make, Part 1

Some of the most fun I have during the holiday season is browsing the internet for ideas for Christmas ornaments that I can make for our tree or for gifting.  I really enjoy the creativity and inspiration that I find online.  There are just so many truly creative people in the world and they are sharing their wonderful ideas.  I am not certain which ones I will get around to making this year, but here are a few (a very few) of the ones that have caught my eye this year…

Because it is photo heavy, I have decided to offer this post in 2 parts.  I hope you find something to tickle your fancy this year and have fun making an ornament or two!  These are listed in no particular order.

Another Hatchett Job, photo shared on Facebook, star ornament, crafts, sewing, holidays1.  These cute little stars are made with folded fabric.  How cool is that?  You start with a pentagon shape and then you fold the points in on the lines of a smaller pentagon and you get a cute, little star ornament!  Look how cute they are even without relying on actual Christmas fabrics.  The instructions for making these ornaments can be found here.Another Hatchett Job, photo shared on Pinterest, Georgia Snowman, melted snowman, diy ornaments, Christmas ornaments.

2.  I just adore this ornament.  I have seen it called several different things, but I like to call it the “Georgia Snowman.”  It’s a great and simple idea for an ornament that even a kid could put together.  Add a cute stamped tag and this is a winner!  Directions for this ornament (and several others) can be found here.

Another Hatchett Job, photo shared on Pinterest, Paper Roses Ornament, DIY Christmas ornaments, recycled ornament3.  The next ornament is made from unreadable or damaged book pages, although I imagine that sheet music or any other kind of paper of a similar weight would be equally workable.  It makes a lovely and delicate ornament with very low cost.  If pages are yellowed a bit, I think it would be even lovelier.  The only drawback that I could see to making this ornament is that a paper ornament must be cared for differently, and is far more fragile, than fabric ornaments.  The blog that originally posted this ornament gives great directions and even includes a video to help you.  The post can be found here.Another Hatchett Job, vintage Christmas ornament, crafts, DIY Christmas ornaments, holidays

4.  This elegant ornament comes from a site that offers no tutorial (it is here, if you want to check this out).  Fortunately, it appears simple to recreate without detailed instructions.  My guess is that they covered an existing ornament (either an older one or a clear one) with paper strips (mod podge, perhaps) and sprinkled glitter on.  The ornament top and hanger were covered with silver glitter paint and hung with twine.  Love the French vibe of this one.  Of course, if you are loathe to use parts of damaged books, you can always print out pages in any language you choose on your computer and use them for your ornaments.

Another Hatchett Job, DIY Christmas ornaments, button ornament, buttons, crafts, holidays5.  This lovely little button ornament.  Some sewists have buttons in a small box or bin that have been passed down.  Perhaps they were cut off of shirts or dresses and used over and over again.  Perhaps they are one of a kind buttons, left over from a button card when the others were used.  This is a great way to get some buttons out of your stash where they can be used and enjoyed.  Multi-colored or metallic buttons could work really well for this also!  You could use glue to affix them to a styrofoam ball or even some straight pins.  The “pearl” topped pins could be very nice here, too.  Mixing shades of white from bright white to pale creams will also add interest and charm.

All of these ornaments would be lovely on any tree, but these ideas are just scratching the top of the pile.  We will have more to come in a few days with Part 2!

What ornaments have YOU made?

Till next time,

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Sneak Peek!

Another Hatchett Job, photo by Jan Hatchett, fat quarters, sneak peek fabricsOkay, my crafting friends.  I have some serious crafting vibes going on.  And it isn’t all for gifting purposes.  Some is because I have gotten a serious redecorate the upstairs of the house vibes going on simultaneously.

If you remember from this post, I am no longer going to not post about anything crafty during the holidays because there is just too much good stuff going on and, well, I can’t stand it!  So, while I can’t give everything away, I am seriously going to show what I have going on as much as possible.

This past Friday, I picked up some fat quarters from my local (well, local-ish) quilt shop.  Aren’t they just beautiful, natural tones?  Personally, I think a nice, long skirt with the paisley on the right would be fabulous!  But, these are for a mystery project that a few of my barn girlfriends and I will be doing together.  Ooooooh!  Good friends, lots of fun, and crafts.  Can’t go wrong with that combination!

I am getting particularly happy with the projects I have picked for this year and I usually am plagued with self doubt during this time of year.  Hmmmm.  Not sure what is going on, but I am digging these happy vibes!

What are YOU crafting for this Christmas?

Till next time,

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Slow Sunday Stitching 3

Another Hatchett Job, photo by Jan Hatchett, Christmas ornaments, frugal life, frugal gifts, frugal holidays, star ornaments, diy ornaments, hand sewingHello friends,

This week, I haven’t worked a single stitch on the quilt.  The wonderful (steal of a deal, many years ago) lamp that sits just behind and beside my rocking chair has blown its ballast.  Hubby will have to order a new part for it, so with the holidays impending, it will be a week or more before we can get back into full quilting mode.  Sigh.  I do realize that I am very, very lucky to have a handy hubby as opposed to spending money on a new lamp.

As for actual hand stitching, I have done a little bit.  I sewed some trim and buttons on some homemade fabric Christmas ornaments.  They turned out very cute, but, unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of them.  I plan to use them as little gifts, or as gift tags.  The best part is when they are fun to actually make and you smile while you stitch!  That is success in my book!

I worked on some star ornaments that are being hand sewn together.  They are a little wonky, but cute and cheerful.  In the photo, the one on the left is partially sewn (it’s really kind of tough to not sew through all of the layers with every stitch and only catch the top fabrics).  The ones on the right are just pinned down.  I have no idea why I purchased these fabrics.  I got them on super sale (I found the receipt) at my LQS.  I don’t think I had a particular project in mind for them at the time.  So, this made for a rather frugal way to use up some bright, holiday fabrics into Another Hatchett Job, photo by Jan Hatchett, dresden plate quilt block, hand applique, frugal life, frugal gift, quilting, hand sewingornaments.

My biggest project is getting some things ready for Christmas projects.  Some are for gifts and some are for my home, but I spent a fair bit of time getting some dresden plate blocks ready for hand applique over the holiday weekend.  The only hand applique that I have ever done has been the raw edge, blanket stitched version.  I have never done any where the edge is turned under and the stitches are hidden before.  This could be interesting!

I like to do some hand work while watching movies or binge watching on Netflix and this appears to be a good weekend for that.  So, next week, I may have even more progress to show for my hand sewing.

Of course, I am linking up again at Slow Stitching Sundays at Kathy’s Quilts.

If you missed my other Slow Stitching Sunday posts:  #1 is here and #2 is here.

What wonderful projects are YOU working on?

Till next time,

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Disappearing 4 Patch Baby Quilt

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Washed, dried, and ready to deliver!

It is just too stinking much fun to make baby items and my favorite baby item to make is a cuddly quilt.  I have crocheted sets and quilted sets.  I love doing them both.  This time, I was able to make a baby quilt for a lovely family at church who is expecting a baby girl any time now.

This is my first real experience with any of the “disappearing” block ideas, but it really is an interesting technique to learn.  I can see this block being very versatile in various sizes and in a wide range of fabric goodies, from depression reproductions, to civil war, to red, white, and blues, to a good ol’ scrappy one.  It’s geometric without being plain and stodgy.  These fabrics just made me smile at their bright colors as I worked.

I used white muslin and a charm pack of 5 inch squares that I picked up.  The backing and binding are made from a purple muslin that feels just a tad heavier than theAnother Hatchett Job, photo by Jan Hatchett, quilting, quilt back, baby quilt white muslin.  All in all, it came together pretty well.

This is the first time I have tried to use “organic” quilting, which is basically machine quilting unstructured wavy lines across the quilt top.  I didn’t mark anything and just kind of followed the lines of the piecing, working my way around pins as I went.  I like how it turned out, even if I did have to frog out (rip-it!  rip-it!) 3 rows and try again.  On the whole, it was rather easy once I got the hang of being fluid with it.  My youngest son thinks that the quilting looks like waves across the quilt top and that makes me like the idea of doing it on a predominately blue quilt some time.

I really think that this pattern and quilting style will be useful on many future projects.

What have YOU been working on lately?

Till next time,

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Sneak Peek

I just love having projects to work on! In fact, I often have many going at once with a long term project interrupted a few times for quicker gifts and projects along the way.

I also have a love/hate thing with Christmas crafting. I simply adore all the projects and fun things I can make, but I feel like I must keep them all a secret until after the holiday, for fear a recipient might see them on my blog. So, this year, I have a new plan. I am just showing everything I am working on. Some will be for me, some for gifts, some just for fun. No one will know until Christmas if any of it may be headed their way.

And, as usual, I am keeping an online log of ideas that just might be useful one of these years. Who knows, one of these fun items may become gifts one of these years. Hopefully, this will keep me from forgetting good ideas and keep you full of new ideas to try also.Another Hatchett Job, photo by Jan Hatchett, Dresden plate quilt block, sneak peek, moda fabric, crafts, sewing

This is my latest fun project!  I am attempting a dresden block…or two…or three.  Love these rich, Autumn fabrics.  These are from a Moda layer cake, but I didn’t keep the wrapping, so I am unsure of the name.  I am certain that these blocks would be fabulous in any fabric combination.

What projects have you got in the works?

Till next time,

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