Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Easy DIY Disney Elsa Corset

Chances are if you have a little girl... you know Elsa. You've seen Disney's Frozen and you are probably starting to hear the tune of "Let it Go" as you read this post...

Like many other little girls, our little one has fallen in love with Elsa's costume. I am pretty sure she likes Elsa too... but come on, let's be real here... Its probably the dress she is most impressed with.

For our daughters costume this year we hacked a second hand size 12 prom dress into an 8 year olds dream costume.

This took a few different steps to complete. One being this easy DIY corset.


What you'll need:

Simple sewing skills
Sewing machine (Brother Innovis 950D used here)
Various fabrics( listed below)
Thread
scissors
Eyelet/Grommets for leather making or fabric and a grommet setter (found in the same location as the grommets)
Ribbon (to tie the back)

Take a quick measure of your model (TIP: Use a fitted T-shirt to guestimate your models measurements) and figure out just about how much fabric you will need. For our 8 year old, we used  1/2 a yard.

Fabrics you will need (All fabrics found at Joann Fabric and Craft Store):

  • Light aqua cotton (I chose one with a swirl pattern on it)
  • Flowy sequin embellished costume netting (this had sequin sewn onto it, which is great for wear)
  • Plain fabric for backing (you could just use the initial cotton you buy, I used muslin since I had some on hand and had forgotten about the back...oops)
MEASURE
To start, measure from just under the collar bone to just under the belly button (lower if you want the peak to be longer). This will act as the markers for the top of your corset and the bottom of your corset (peak). The corset has a sweat heart neckline that peaks at the bottom.



For the length across, take measure the front of your model across the waist and about 1/4 of the back. The opening in the back will be the lace up corset part.



CUT
To create the base for the corset, take your stabilizer and fold it in half. Take your measurement and use this as a guide to figure the top and bottom of your corset. Once this is figured, take a pencil and draw a half of heart with the center being on the fold. From here add the sides (half of the length measurement). This will be a rectangle that is joined to the heart, smoothing out the joints like this.



Cut out your stabilizer and then use this as a pattern to cut out the rest of your materials. You will end up with the same size cut from all 4 of your materials.


SEW
Now that you have your materials layer the materials facing up towards you like so: (bottom) Stabilizer, Cotton print (light aqua, right side up), sequin netting (right side up), backing (right side down).


With the backing on top, pin the fabric into place. (TIP: Lower your feed dogs, page 25) Sew a seam along the side to join all of the pieces. I use a thin seem to conserve size (1/4 inch or less). Sew the top and the bottom leaving the sides open.

After sewing the top and bottom seam, pull through and press if needed. At this point you should make sure all of your peaks and shapes are fully formed.

To finish off, add a regular stitch to the top of your sequin fabric creating a finishing seam, folding in your sides as your go. This will create a finished looking corset.


EMBELLISH/LACE
To create the lace up of your corset, add 4 grommets/eyelets evenly to each side of your corset.



Add ribbon to your corset to lace the back and create a fitted look.



WEAR
This makes a nice fitted corset for a young girl. If you are looking to make a corset for an adult, make sure to add in bust measurements as well as waist intake. You would want to create your corset with a true front and two sides.







So this is it. An easy DIY Elsa corset in just a few steps. Measure. Cut. Sew. Embellish. Wear. It may seem like it might be tough... but it isn't. This corset was done in around an hour. Pair this will a tight fitted long sleeve shirt and an A line skirt and you have yourself a costume! For our daughters costume we opted to alter an adult prom dress with a few tucks and stiches and added an existing shirt she had as well as a yard of iridescent fabric for the cape. With just a little thought and creativity you are sure to come up with a great handmade DIY costume for not a lot of effort.

I would love to see your takes on this or any other Halloween costumes you are working on. Feel free to post in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Liz Hicks ♥

*Please note that although this is not a sponsored post, some products have been provided for demonstration. Links provided are NOT affiliate links and in no way provide income or compensation to this blog. They are provided for educational purposes and to showcase what types of products were used for this tutorial.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lucky All Year Long...

As fun of a holiday St. Patrick's Day is... there really isn't a time other than today that you see shamrocks, green beverages and people dressed in green.

I like this fun little holiday because well, it breaks up the monotony of the year and like today... makes a Monday a whole lot more fun.

I like many other busy crafty moms... like to make the most of these one time events or items required for these types of events... so I took the theme and gave it a twist in this greeting card.



With this card, I wanted to make sure that I could use it beyond St. Patrick's Day yet still tie in a bit of ye' ol sentiment. I cut the same shape out of matte cardstock and glittered cardstock to create a monochromatic base.


I then added a simple title using the Roc-Lon MPC, it is similar to canvas and cuts beautifully.


And last, I added a sweet sentiment to change the feel of the card from St. Patty's to a sweet love note.



I like being about to take items that may only be used once a year and make other uses for them... I am sure I am not the only one, what are your thoughts on re-purposing holiday themes for other occasions?

For this and more projects check out my PINTEREST Boards

http://www.pinterest.com/lizmhicks/

Thanks for stopping by today... hopefully you do not get pinched too much today!


~Liz ♥

Friday, March 14, 2014

Birthday wishes from afar

Sometimes living 1500 miles away from family is a little tough, like on Birthdays. The kids are a bit young to realize how hard it is on our hearts to not be around our family. Most of the time they miss their cousins and grandparents but I don't think they truly realize how hard it is on the birthdays of our loved ones, and how both James and I wish that we could be there to share in the moments.

It is one of the hardest parts of living in Colorado. Family. We miss our family a lot, and although we have built a life here in Colorado, it truly is never complete without family.

This year, I had an idea to send a special birthday wish to James's dad. Today is his birthday and well, I knew he would be at work today... I asked a special friend that works in his office to help with a birthday surprise.

ScanNCut Birthday Letters

One thing that I loved about ScanNCut is the ease of use and that my kids could use it. I know it seems like an expensive item to let kids use, but with supervision I have enjoyed allowing my kids explore their creative sides and being able to create art along side with them.

Because of ScanNCut's built in 300 DPI Scanner and ease of use, this birthday project was super easy and took just a few minutes for the kids to create.

To Begin I had the kids each write a little note from the heart.




Next, they loaded their messages onto the low tack mat and into the machine.

 Hit Scan.
 Scan to USB.
 And Start.

 And that's it...


ScanNCut saved the images as JPG's to my USB. I then used the computer to crop them down and sent them to my friend at my father in laws office to print and leave on his desk through out the day...




The kids and their creations :)


 And of course this lead to a mini photo shoot.... Here you will see the kids posing "normal"

 And here, well posing like models...

 And here... like gorillas...
 And here... like our daughter is their boss...



It only took a few minutes to create this fun birthday wish. I love having these moments with the kids and pray that it stays with their hearts as their grow up and have their own families.

Of course.. we can't have a birthday post without wishing a BIG HICKS BIRTHDAY to the big guy himself...

Happy Birthday Jay! Thank you for being an amazing father and grandfather to our family... You are a wonderful example to us all. We are so very blessed and fortunate to have you in our lives. We love you and hope that you have a wonderful day!

So although we are far away, I am grateful for technology, our fun little family and sneaky friends who are always up for the challenge to help (Thanks Lisa!).

I hope this inspires you to give a little shout out to your loved ones today, and maybe use ScanNCut too!

~Liz ♥


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Are you ready for technique OVERLOAD?

I hope so!

Last May I was asked to fly into Washington and film some videos for Clearsnap Inc featuring their products. I have to say, even though this was a whirl wind adventure... I enjoyed the time I was able to spend with my friends at Clearsnap as well enjoy the gorgeous scenery that is Anacortes, Washington. I was able to spend some time with the Clearsnap Inc crew as well as the filming crew of KP Studios.

We spent two days filming over 30 videos and over all we succeeded in over viewing the current line of Clearsnap products at that time. It was a jam packed fun time and I hope to do it again.

Well what does this mean for you? A TON of technique videos of course!

Here is a screen shot of what the videos look like on the website. To access the videos simple click here and scroll down to the videos titled TECHNIQUES.

http://www.clearsnap.com/projects.cfm

Besides myself, there are a ton of my friends and fellow crafters on the site that share their love for Clearsnap Products.

I encourage you to grab a cup of coffee, your sketch book and enjoy a video or two.

Enjoy!

~Liz ♥


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

ScanNCut GIVEAWAY!

As many of you may know, I have been working with Brother International on the launch of their new innovative electronic cutting machine, ScanNCut. It has been a year (YAY!) that I have been working as a contract consultant with Brother on the launch of this product and I can not express just what a wonderful experience it has been to be able to travel, teach and share this wonderful machine and all that I have learned of it through this last year. Although I am a paid consultant, my opinions of this machine and Brother are my own, I am not compensated for my opinion or public stance.



ScanNCut has been such a success in the arts and crafts industry (and well, every other creative industry for that matter!). It's capability to take a hand drawn image, scan it in and create it into a cut file with in seconds has please so many users and even some of my crafty friends.

Through this year I have been able to work with some of my dear friends as well make new friends on this project. I have had tons of emails from the crafting community on how ScanNCut works, and sometimes even people asking me if there will ever be a giveaway :)

Well I am happy to announce that Brother has just announced that they will be sponsoring a National Craft Month GIVEAWAY of some ScanNCut machines. I have only seen a very few amounts of these machines be offered as a giveaway, so it is not everyday that one of these machines come up for grabs. Let alone 10!

I would love for you to win! Please take a moment to check out the giveaway and if you have time and would like to, enter. I am really hope that one of my friends wins this machine so I will be doing all I can to get the word out to those I know. If you would like to share this, you are more than welcome to.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE SCANNCUT GIVEAWAY FROM BROTHER INTERNATIONAL

https://www.facebook.com/BrotherCrafter?v=app_554639551318388

If you would like a chance to win not just one, but one of 10 that are being given away, ENTER. Even if you are an industry professional, or not as crafty as you would like to be... ENTER. This machine works for so many different types of creative outlets you will be surprised just how many ideas will begin to swirl around in your head.

If you would like to know more about ScanNCut's capabilities, check out Brother's You Tube Channel.







The Youtube Channel has a TON of videos that will give you a good idea of what ScanNCut can do. And if you have any questions, you can just ask here and I would be happy to help you.

So if ScanNCut has been on your radar or wish list, now is your chance to enter for a chance to WIN. Sending the best wishes to all of you that enter!

~Liz ♥

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Nancy Zieman- Seams Unlikely Blog Tour

A few years back I was contracting work with Bernina Sewing and was introduced to Nancy Zieman's team in assistance with the launch of her then new E-Tablet making templates and accessories with Clover Needlecraft. It was such a delight to work with Deanna, Nancy and her team on this launch that it did not take me long to say YES when they asked me to be a part of Nancy's book launch.


I love working with good companies and good people and my experiences with Nancy's team have been nothing short of amazing and gracious. When I arrived home from CHA, Nancy's new book was waiting for me and it could not have come at a more perfect moment.

Now I may not be the most seasoned sewist, but I do love it. Very very much. I was taught by my grandmother at an early age as well took clothing construction classes in high school and college. As some of you may know from reading my blog this past month, my grandmother was diagnosed with stomach cancer mid December. We lost her January 4th, right before I was to leave for CHA. Luckily, being a California girl and having wonderful friends and family in the area, I was able to change my flight in for the show and be with my family during this time. My heart still aches for her, although I am so grateful that she is no longer suffering.

My life has always been for my family. I come from a large hispanic family and I love them deeply and miss them so much since our move to Colorado 4 years ago. So with this preface, I hope that you understand my interest in Nancy's new book Seams Unlikely and the state of my heart while I read this wonderful book.

Nancy's book starts at the beginning of her life and works its way through to the present day, sandwiched in between the paragraphs are family recipes as well as friends and families perspective of what was going on during the time mentioned in these pages. Personally I thoroughly enjoyed this sort of compilation of writing and found this book to be more than just a book written by Nancy it is a book written by those who know and love her most, her friends and family. This speaks volumes to the character of Nancy and those that surround her as they all came together to tell this story. If you know families... This could not have been an easy task although this book in my opinion is a legacy between two covers. A story of not just one woman, but a family that rallied around an incredible lady. A family that struggled to beat the odds thrown their way and a very special lady that helped bring them all together.

A few of my favorite moments of the book can be found:

Page 95: Through varying surgeries and ailments this page finds Nancy in the hospital and she quotes: Romans 8:31- "If God is for us, who can be against us!"

Up to this point in the book you may feel a tinge of remorse for Nancy, but this quote captures a wonderful perspective that sets you on track to understand the person that Nancy is in her core and how she comes to allow these situations define her life's purpose.

Page 126: Nancy talks of her struggle to sell. Not only to sell but to sell sewing machines which seemed to her at the time like a hard sell being that she had always kept a tight budget. This is something that I connected with as this is something that I struggled with as I began my career in the crafting industry so much that till this day I don't do sales. This is what lead me to education, because I have always wanted to be in a position that I share my knowledge and let others decide for themselves if the purchase is right for them. I am not sure if this is what lead Nancy to a career in TV and Sewing with Nancy but it helped me to identify with the book as I read this paragraph as well as hearing of Nancy's ambition in her career.



Overall I truly enjoyed Nancy's book. It is a very uniquely written book that gives a multi-facet view into the life of Nancy Zieman, a person whom most who craft would recognize from her work with PBS. It is a book that shares family, faith, ambition, truth and perseverance. I identified and enjoyed this book in so many ways and I am sure that those of you reading this will in some aspect as well.

Here are a few other friends reviews I am sure you will enjoy:

February 4          Nancy Zieman           http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/blog-tour/seams-unlikely-book/
February 5          Eileen Roche          http://dzgns.com/blog/
February 5          Pat Sloan          http://patsloan.typepad.com/
February 6          Melissa Stramel          http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com
February 6          The Long Ladies          http://www.mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com/
February 6          Tori Thompson          http://totallystitchin.net
February 7          Amy Barickman          http://www.indygojunction.com/blog/
February 7          Melissa Mora          http://mellysews.com
February 8          Shari Butler          http://www.doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog/
February 8          Vicki Christensen          http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/
February 9          Carolina Moore          http://alwaysexpectmoore.com
February 9          Kate Mclvor          https://theconfidentstitch.squarespace.com
February 10          Amy Ellis          http://amyscreativeside.com/
February 10          Melissa Mortenson          http://www.polkadotchair.com
February 11          Ilene Miller          http://happyvalleyprimitives.blogspot.com/
February 11          Rachael Pannepacker          http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/
February 12          Bill Gardner          http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs/insideqn/
February 12          Elizabeth Evans          http://www.simplesimonandco.com
February 13          Amy Webb          http://www.amylouwhosews.com/ 
February 13          Lindsay Wilkes          http://thecottagehome.blogspot.com
February 14          Gertie Hirsch          http://www.blogforbettersewing.com
February 14          Veronica Philips          http://cloverusa.wordpress.com/
February 15          Jenny Gabriel          http://www.sewvacoutletblog.com
February 15          Laura Wasilowski          http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/
February 16          Frieda Anderson          http://friestyle.blogspot.com/
February 16          Rita Farro          http://ritassewfun.blogspot.com
February 17          Cindy Cloward          http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Joan Hawley          http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Patty Young          http://modkidboutique.blogspot.com
February 18          Nancy Zieman          http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/
February 4          Nancy Zieman           http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog
February 5          Eileen Roche          http://dzgns.com/blog/
February 5          Pat Sloan          http://patsloan.typepad.com/
February 6          Melissa Stramel          http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com
February 6          The Long Ladies          http://www.mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com/
February 6          Tori Thompson          http://totallystitchin.net
February 7          Amy Barickman          http://www.indygojunction.com/blog/
February 7          Melissa Mora          http://mellysews.com
February 8          Shari Butler          http://www.doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog/
February 8          Vicki Christensen          http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/
February 9          Carolina Moore          http://alwaysexpectmoore.com
February 9          Kate Mclvor          https://theconfidentstitch.squarespace.com/blog/
February 10          Amy Ellis          http://amyscreativeside.com/blog/
February 10          Melissa Mortenson          http://www.polkadotchair.com
February 11          Ilene Miller          http://happyvalleyprimitives.blogspot.com/
February 12         Liz Hicks          http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/
February 11          Julie Herman          http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/
February 12          Bill Gardner          http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs/insideqn/
February 12          Elizabeth Evans          http://www.simplesimonandco.com
February 13          Amy Webb          http://www.amylouwhosews.com/
February 13          Lindsay Wilkes          http://thecottagemama.com/blog/
February 14          Gertie Hirsch          http://www.blogforbettersewing.com
February 14          Veronica Philips          http://cloverusa.wordpress.com/
February 15          Jenny Gabriel          http://www.sewvacoutletblog.com
February 15          Laura Wasilowski          http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/
February 16          Frieda Anderson          http://friestyle.blogspot.com/
February 16          Rita Farro          http://ritassewfun.blogspot.com
February 17          Cindy Cloward          http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Joan Hawley          http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Patty Young          http://modkidboutique.blogspot.com
February 18          Nancy Zieman          http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/
- See more at: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/blog-tour/seams-unlikely-book/#sthash.hcOiPsHr.dpuf
February 4          Nancy Zieman           http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog
February 5          Eileen Roche          http://dzgns.com/blog/
February 5          Pat Sloan          http://patsloan.typepad.com/
February 6          Melissa Stramel          http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com
February 6          The Long Ladies          http://www.mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com/
February 6          Tori Thompson          http://totallystitchin.net
February 7          Amy Barickman          http://www.indygojunction.com/blog/
February 7          Melissa Mora          http://mellysews.com
February 8          Shari Butler          http://www.doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog/
February 8          Vicki Christensen          http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/
February 9          Carolina Moore          http://alwaysexpectmoore.com
February 9          Kate Mclvor          https://theconfidentstitch.squarespace.com/blog/
February 10          Amy Ellis          http://amyscreativeside.com/blog/
February 10          Melissa Mortenson          http://www.polkadotchair.com
February 11          Ilene Miller          http://happyvalleyprimitives.blogspot.com/
February 12         Liz Hicks          http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/
February 11          Julie Herman          http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/
February 12          Bill Gardner          http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs/insideqn/
February 12          Elizabeth Evans          http://www.simplesimonandco.com
February 13          Amy Webb          http://www.amylouwhosews.com/
February 13          Lindsay Wilkes          http://thecottagemama.com/blog/
February 14          Gertie Hirsch          http://www.blogforbettersewing.com
February 14          Veronica Philips          http://cloverusa.wordpress.com/
February 15          Jenny Gabriel          http://www.sewvacoutletblog.com
February 15          Laura Wasilowski          http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/
February 16          Frieda Anderson          http://friestyle.blogspot.com/
February 16          Rita Farro          http://ritassewfun.blogspot.com
February 17          Cindy Cloward          http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Joan Hawley          http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Patty Young          http://modkidboutique.blogspot.com
February 18          Nancy Zieman          http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/
- See more at: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/blog-tour/seams-unlikely-book/#sthash.pqr4eXlx.dpuf
February 4          Nancy Zieman           http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog
February 5          Eileen Roche          http://dzgns.com/blog/
February 5          Pat Sloan          http://patsloan.typepad.com/
February 6          Melissa Stramel          http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com
February 6          The Long Ladies          http://www.mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com/
February 6          Tori Thompson          http://totallystitchin.net
February 7          Amy Barickman          http://www.indygojunction.com/blog/
February 7          Melissa Mora          http://mellysews.com
February 8          Shari Butler          http://www.doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog/
February 8          Vicki Christensen          http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/
February 9          Carolina Moore          http://alwaysexpectmoore.com
February 9          Kate Mclvor          https://theconfidentstitch.squarespace.com/blog/
February 10          Amy Ellis          http://amyscreativeside.com/blog/
February 10          Melissa Mortenson          http://www.polkadotchair.com
February 11          Ilene Miller          http://happyvalleyprimitives.blogspot.com/
February 12         Liz Hicks          http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/
February 11          Julie Herman          http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/
February 12          Bill Gardner          http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs/insideqn/
February 12          Elizabeth Evans          http://www.simplesimonandco.com
February 13          Amy Webb          http://www.amylouwhosews.com/
February 13          Lindsay Wilkes          http://thecottagemama.com/blog/
February 14          Gertie Hirsch          http://www.blogforbettersewing.com
February 14          Veronica Philips          http://cloverusa.wordpress.com/
February 15          Jenny Gabriel          http://www.sewvacoutletblog.com
February 15          Laura Wasilowski          http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/
February 16          Frieda Anderson          http://friestyle.blogspot.com/
February 16          Rita Farro          http://ritassewfun.blogspot.com
February 17          Cindy Cloward          http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Joan Hawley          http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Patty Young          http://modkidboutique.blogspot.com
February 18          Nancy Zieman          http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/
- See more at: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/blog-tour/seams-unlikely-book/#sthash.pqr4eXlx.dpuf
February 4          Nancy Zieman           http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog
February 5          Eileen Roche          http://dzgns.com/blog/
February 5          Pat Sloan          http://patsloan.typepad.com/
February 6          Melissa Stramel          http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com
February 6          The Long Ladies          http://www.mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com/
February 6          Tori Thompson          http://totallystitchin.net
February 7          Amy Barickman          http://www.indygojunction.com/blog/
February 7          Melissa Mora          http://mellysews.com
February 8          Shari Butler          http://www.doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog/
February 8          Vicki Christensen          http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/
February 9          Carolina Moore          http://alwaysexpectmoore.com
February 9          Kate Mclvor          https://theconfidentstitch.squarespace.com/blog/
February 10          Amy Ellis          http://amyscreativeside.com/blog/
February 10          Melissa Mortenson          http://www.polkadotchair.com
February 11          Ilene Miller          http://happyvalleyprimitives.blogspot.com/
February 12         Liz Hicks          http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/
February 11          Julie Herman          http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/
February 12          Bill Gardner          http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs/insideqn/
February 12          Elizabeth Evans          http://www.simplesimonandco.com
February 13          Amy Webb          http://www.amylouwhosews.com/
February 13          Lindsay Wilkes          http://thecottagemama.com/blog/
February 14          Gertie Hirsch          http://www.blogforbettersewing.com
February 14          Veronica Philips          http://cloverusa.wordpress.com/
February 15          Jenny Gabriel          http://www.sewvacoutletblog.com
February 15          Laura Wasilowski          http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/
February 16          Frieda Anderson          http://friestyle.blogspot.com/
February 16          Rita Farro          http://ritassewfun.blogspot.com
February 17          Cindy Cloward          http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Joan Hawley          http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Patty Young          http://modkidboutique.blogspot.com
February 18          Nancy Zieman          http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/
- See more at: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/blog-tour/seams-unlikely-book/#sthash.hcOiPsHr.dpuf

Nancy is sponsoring some giveaways of her book on her blog and I encourage you to check it out. In addition check out her facebook page as it is full of inspiration and projects.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

~Liz Hicks


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Monday, December 30, 2013

The Wishing tree...

With the new year rounding the corner, I thought it might be fun to take a tutorial that I did for Brother International and give it a different twist. I created a glittering Christmas tree for the holidays using a beautiful assortment of glittered cardstocks and my ScanNCut. I created this tree with my family and used a few other sizes and let the kids make their own trees for the holidays.

With what has been happening in our lives lately, I thought it might be nice to allow this tree to act as a yearly reminder to our family of where our hearts are at the end of each year. So instead of this being the Glittering Christmas Tree that I thought I would share on my blog... this is going to serve as our families Wishing Tree.

We spent the holidays with our family in California this year. Due to my Grandmothers diagnosis we planned a quick impromptu trip to visit our families and see her one last time. It was hard. Hard on all of us as we knew that as we said good bye, this was most likely the last time that we get to see her. As hard as it was, there still was some peace in our family that she would not be in pain for much longer.

After returning home, I got to thinking of our kids and how hard this must be on them seeing not only their great grandmother ill, but also seeing their grandmother and mother saddened. I didn't want this to haunt their holiday so I got the idea to take this Christmas tree and give it a new purpose.

The Wishing Tree



 This tree is decorated with thumb tacks that have designs glued to them. These tacks press nicely into the tree form and allow you to post pictures and cards to your tree.




I thought it would be nice to have the kids take some time and write down wishes and add them to the tree. We can store the tree through the year and when we bring it out the next holiday season, the wishes will be there as a reminder of where their hearts were the year previously. This is a wonderful way for children to see themselves grow and for parents to see growth in character through the years. Have your children date their wishes and you can keep adding to your tree each year.




For full directions of this project click here.


I hope this gives you an idea of a fun family craft that can be created easily during the holiday break and perhaps start a new family tradition in your household. It is never to late or to bleak to share hope with your children, I am excited for my kids to open up their wishes next year and see how much they have grown.

Thanks for the great year, wishing you and your family the best this New Year!


~Liz Hicks and Family ♥