Hair Clips

I got my hair cut (finally) back at the end of May. I love having the new shorter do. The only problem is that I used to keep my long, long hair up in a big clip to keep it out of my face. I hate having hair tickle me in the face. The old clips wouldn’t fit my new short hair. I just had to have something new. So I made some sweet little clips!

The clip there in the foreground I made in about 5 minutes. I used a flower punch (Stampin’ Up) to punch 2 thin chipboard shapes. I then punched 4 of the same flowers out of pattern paper (Basic Grey leftovers). Glue one piece of pattern paper to each side of each chipboard flower. Glue one flower on top of the other. Bend top petals up slightly. Add a puddle of glue to center, place pearls (Stampin’ Up) in center and sprinkle the whole thing with a bit of glitter to fill in the excess glue. I glued the finished flower to a small hair clip I already had on hand. Lovely!

The second clip was a recycled flower. I made the flower for a bookmark a couple of years ago. I never really liked it as a bookmark because it was just too bulky. But as a clip I love it!

I’ve got a few more flower clips in my future. I’ll share them with you when they are done.

Need a pocket?

I don’t do many crafty things outside of paper making. But I have tried my hand at knitting (very bad at it) and crochet (fell right into a groove with that one). I crocheted a bunch of flowers just because it was so much fun. I didn’t really have a plan for them at the time. But when I found myself with a problem, the flowers came in handy.

The problem I was having was with my laptop. I wanted a place to store my headphones, reading glasses and Wacom tablet pen all in a place easily accessible to my laptop. I came up with the idea that I needed a pocket to stuff that stuff in. And what better thing to use than an actual pocket!

I cut a back pocket out of a pair of jeans that had holes in them. I left enough extra fabric at the top of the pocket to create a flap to close over the top of the pocket. Then, I figured out how to close the pocket. Those crochet flowers! I sewed a flower onto the lower part of the pocket and sewed a crocheted chain onto the flap of the pocket. Close flap, wrap chain around flower and voila, closing pocket! I used 3M Command strips (I LOVE those things) in the hook-and-loop style to attach my pocket to my laptop. I added a bit of decoration from my scrap stash with a clear button backed by pattern paper. Sweet!