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Punkin Heads

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Over 110 fabulous Halloween Ideas shared by bloggers. #halloweenideas #halloween

Halloween is absolutely one of my FAVORITE holidays and to celebrate I pulled together the creative minds of some of my talented blogging friends to bring you over 110 fabulous Halloween ideas! From costumes to parties, crafts and home decor, recipes and free printables, we have so many fun ideas to share! I guarantee you’ll find a project (or 10!) that you would love to incorporate into your Halloween festivities. All week (Monday through Saturday) myself and my blogging friends will be sharing our fun creations with all of you. Each day will include approximately 20 Halloween projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

Here is my contribution (Lucky #13 – how appropriate for this time of year) to this fun Blog Hop. I call these little guys Punkin Heads.

PumpkinheadsA  by Lorine Mason

 Let’s get started! First of all you will need to gather up your craft supplies. Here is a quick shot of the items needed to create your very own Punkin Heads.


Step 1

You will need: Glue, T-shirt yarn or cut your own strips, beads, google eyes, pompoms, leaf cutouts, foam balls (I used 2 and 3 inch balls), a measuring tape, scissors and bottle caps for the bases. If you are planning on creating your own t-shirt stirps. Cut strips  1  1/4″ wide, cutting across the width of the t shirt and pull to form tubes. You will need fifteen orange strips 20″ long and one 12″ green strip.

Step 2

Set one strip aside and lay the fourteen  strips onto a flat surface. Use the remaining strip to tie them together at the center point.  Fan out the strips as shown in the photo.

Step 4

Center the foam ball on top of the knot and wrap strips up and around the ball, being sure to cover the entire surface of the ball and tie using a  green t shirt strip. Tie a bow and trim. Glue bottle cap over the knot to create a level standing surface. Use glue to attach the eyes, nose etc to your Punkin Head. Create a fun hairstyle for your Punkin Head by trimming and tying knots. Beads may also be added to individual strands of hair before tying a knot. Add leaves. REfer to the project photo for ideas on decorating and styling your Punkin Head.


Join in our blog hop! Just like yesterday, simply click on each of the links below, for the Halloween projects you’d like to see in more detail and it’ll take you right to that post with additional information and photos on how to create it. Have fun and pin away!

110+ fun and fabulous Halloween projects and ideas. #halloweenprojects #halloween

1. Football Field {Dollar Store} Costume
2. Glowing Boo Pumpkins {Dollar Tree Makeover}
3. Frankenstein Treat Boxes
4. Halloween Notepads
5. Glamorous Feather Halloween Wreath
6. DIY Baby Carrot Costume
7. Pumpkin Macarons
8. Washi Tape Pumpkin
9. Twisted Halloween Sugar Cookies
10. Halloween Trick or Treat Tree
11. Halloween Drink Label Printables
12. An Old-Fashioned Family Halloween Party
13. Punkin Heads
14. Pottery Barn Knock Off Trick or Treat Banner
15. Embroidery Hoop Spider Webs
16. Jack o’Lantern Drinking Glasses
17. Witches Spell Halloween treat & printable
18. Steam Punkin Party Favor
19. Host A Pumpkin Picking Picnic
20. Spiderweb No Bake Cheesecake

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Be sure to come back tomorrow for another 20 awesome Halloween ideas!

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Making jewelry using T Shirt Yarn

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A page from my book Making Jewelry using T Shirt Yarn

A page from my book Making Jewelry using T Shirt Yarn

It really is so simple to make T Shirt yarn using old T Shirts. Fashioning jewelry from tie dyed T Shirts is extra fun as you never quite know what you are going to get until the project is finished. For this project I used some plastic slides available from Buttons Galore and More and stickers to personalize. Great birthday or warm summer afternoon project for the kids. An inexpensive project as well.




Making Jewelry from T Shirt Yarn

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Here is a sneak peek of the back cover of my latest book. Inexpensive supplies, basic techniques, wonderful color and fun projects. Whether you are an avid crafter or newbie; creating fun jewelry and accessory items from T Shirt strips makes for a creative afternoon.

I will be teaching a class on Jewelry & Accessory making at the upcoming Craft and Hobby Association trade show in Anaheim. We will be wrapping up a hairband, barrettes, ponytail holders and a bracelet during the class.

The book will be available for sale in early 2013. I am hoping to have advance copies in January. This book has been a work of love as I have been cutting up T Shirts every since I wrote the book, Fashion T Shirts in 2005.

Stay tuned for more information about Making Jewelry and Accessories with T Shirt Yarn.




What does knitting have to do with Tshirts?

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If you would have asked me this question a couple of years ago I would not have had a reply for you other than perhaps if it is cold I suggest you pack a sweater. Anyway if you have been following my blog I have offerred up photos of designs I have created using strips cut from Tshirts for awhile now. I have made jewelry, hair accessories, home decor items and well now I have decided that I should try knitting.
In this case, I used two strands of T shirt yarn (orange and pink) and a simple stitch. I intended the tote to be used to carry a cellphone or some other techie thing kids like to carry around these days, however create whatever size you like.
If you look closely you will also notice that I created a woven handle. Remember creating this type of weave using plastic lacing in Girl Scouts, school or at camp. I finished off with a quick bow and some beads.
Think about this – it would be a great project to teach someone to knit and you probably have an old T shirt lying around somewhere.
Sew long for now, Lorine

Again with the Tshirts!

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I seem to be on a theme these days but you know how you come across an idea or concept and you just have to go with it. Well I am facinated with T shirt strips lately. It actually is not a new passion as I wrote Fashion T Shirts at least five years ago but playing with the strips pulled into tubes is fasinating to me. Here is a quick hairband I made for the Sewing Savvy e-newsletter I write every three weeks for Clotilde.com. Check out the newsletter for full instructions – but to give you a hint it starts with an inexpensive hairband from the dollar store.

Here is the hairband, I beleive it cost $.33 cents and I liked the wavy pattern. When looking for hairbands to cover, be sure they are not too flimsy as you do not want them to break while you are wrapping them with the fabric tubes.

You got it. Now you just wrap and viola you have a fun hairband made from an old Tshirt.
That’s it for now, Lorine


Creating items from old T shirts

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Creating fun accessory items is so easy when you cut T shirts up into strips and braid, weave or knot them using techniques you might have picked up in Girl Scouts or perhaps if you are old enough from macrame projects. I love the look I get when creating items from dyed T shirts as you never quite know what you are going to get until you start knotting. I just found out yesterday the I will be teaching a class at CHA in Chicago this summer showcasing the variety of looks you can get when working with T shirt strips. It really is quite amazing when you start playing around. I suggest you perhaps cut up a T shirt next time you are looking for something to do. Well that’s it for now. Take care and for heaven’s sake do something creative today. Lorine

Sailor Knot Bracelet

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I have been working with T shirts for a number of years now, with my first book on the subject released in 2007. In the book I not only cut apart, stencilled, painted and then sewed back together T shirts for adults and children, I created some simple jewelry designs with the leftovers. It got me thinking and since it is now 2012 (time flies) it is time to update some of the jewelry concepts.

I have since been dyeing T shirts, cutting them into strips and creating all kinds of jewelry pieces. It is so much fun as you never quite know what you are going to get until you are finished. Here is a very basic design I did with the idea that it would be fun one for a girl scout troop or frankly any group of girls to get together and try. It is basic braiding and then a wrapping technique with a pony bead slide closure. Simply put it is bright, fun and inexpensive.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this simple design – it opens the door to so many other possibilities that I find it hard to ‘stay the line’ so to speak with my other deadlines. Oh well, I guess that is price one pays for being creative.

Thanks for stopping by,


Sizzix Fresh Vintage Blog Hop

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Visions of Bali by Lorine Mason
Welcome Hoppers! When Eileen Hull asked me to participate in her current blog hop I was honored as I am not a consistent blogger but a good friend. I want to be, a consistent blogger I mean, as I think I qualify as a good friend despite my lack of blogging skills, but it seems I let life get in my way at times!

My contribution to the blog hop involved the use of the leaf die that Eileen designed within the Fresh Vintage collection as well as some wonderful wire and Katydids from the folks over at Beadalon and a wonderful designer named Katie Hacker. What was I to do with all this great stuff?

The Design Process Step by Step

1. My first love is fabric and I love to fuse things so that is where I started, I simply fused fun batik fabric leftovers to bamboo felt and then slid them through the Sizzix machine cutting out leaves of perfectly predetermined sizes.

1a. Yes, I could have changed the entire design listing process to add a step I forgot but that is just not me so we have 1a. I had to sew something so I ‘clothesline’ sewed down the center of the leaves using a fun variegated thread on my sewing machine. I then cut apart my leaves and moved to step 2.
Clothesline Sewing: means to sew in a continuous row without breaking your thread, just keep feeding in the next leaf until you are finished.

2. My second love these days is t shirt fabric strips, I rummaged through my design trunk and found a matching strip and used it for the base of the necklace.

3. I love just a touch of sparkle and since I come from all things fabric I filled my Katydid with hot fix metallic rhinestones from iLoveToCreate using glue as frankly it was just a little too delicate to hot fix anything into the channels of the finding.

4. Just so I did not stray too far from my roots I wrapped the wire around a fabric turner tube to create fun coils and then created some spirals to add to the magnificence of my creation.

5. I think I am ready to put it all together. Does this count as a step?

6. Break time: I must get a cup of coffee before I finish.

7. Back to work, I find the center of the t shirt strip and use it to tie five of the leaf stems together with a beautiful knot.

8. I moved up either side of the necklace and continued to tie additional groupings of leaves. Live dangerously and don’t measure.

9. I then spiraled the coils around the t shirt strip between the leaf groupings.

10. I added a touch of glue to the back of the Katydid and the spirals made earlier and glued them to the top of the center grouping of leaves.

11. One last look to decide if it looks finished or not! I think it is…..

12. Take a sip of coffee and call the master of all things Fresh Vintage!

13. Be sure to continue hopping – just click on the hop forward button on the Fresh Vintage icon along the side.

14. Thanks for stopping by……

15. Almost forgot -please stop by the Oh My Crafts blog and leave a comment for a chance to win the Leaves die used in this project. Wow! if I did not already have the die I sure would……

The Perfect Hairband for Fall

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Fall is here and with the windy days and all that leaf raking I like to wear a hairband so that my hair stays somewhat out of my face. I used a dollar store hairband (7 for $1 actually) and tore off the horrible fabric if was covered with and then wrapped it with fabric strips. I like to use double stick tape along the top edge of the hair band before wrapping and then everything stays nice and neat. When the hair band is covered I added the flower accent made from the Brenda Pinnick Sizzix die. I grundged it up a little with inks and played with the pieces, cutting some and then wrapping them tightly around to form the bud centers. Kinda cute and Ever So Fast…..