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Making a Banner for a Garland Exchange

My friend Emmy is raising funds to adopt and it's been really fun to have crafting be apart of it! I participated in their hoop exchange, and now am doing her garland exchange.


#ijegarlandexchange - Home Garland Banner 2  by ErinBassett
I had to try my banner on my mantel before I mailed it off. ;)


...which lead me to bust out my ScanNCutâ„¢ so I could cut out letters out of fabric. (It worked great for that by the way!)

#ijegarlandexchange - Home Garland Banner CloseUp2  by ErinBassett

...which lead me to sewing fabric which I haven't done in ages.  I missed it! I need to do more of it!

#ijegarlandexchange - Sewing Home Garland Banner by ErinBassett

Also, on a side-note, I find it weird that I had to go to 3 stores in order to find the pom-pom trim to add to this. What's up with that? Thank Goodness that my local scrapbook store had some since JoAnn's and Michael's didn't!



Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.


Hoop Art

Erin Bassett - Hoop Exchange 1

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my posts about Emmy's Hoop Exchange fundraiser (#itsjustemmyhoopexchange) to raise the funds to adopt again.  Well my hoop is finished & headed off to it's new home!  I really hope my hoop-mate likes it!!! *fingers crossed*

Erin Bassett - Hoop Exchange 1I did some embroidery and added some beads and sequins to it as well.  I'm really happy with how it turned out!

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Erin Bassett - Hoop Exchange 1
Erin Bassett - Hoop Exchange 1

If you're bummed you missed this swap then no fear, Emmy is doing another one! This time it's a Garland Exchange...check it out HERE and help them add to their family!



Gelli Print Quilted Paper Wall Art

I love, love, love my gelli plate for making mono-prints!  I have a big box of papers that I went to town on painting so now I have a ton of fodder for collages and other mixed media projects. I dug through my box to find a couple of sheets to use to make a paper quilt and then cut them into 1/5" strips.  I then adhered them to a sheet of 12" x 12" paper.

Gelli Plate Wall Art 5

I put them down in a patchwork like fashion so that it would look quilt like.
Gelli Plate Wall Art 5

Then I did zig-zag stitches down every row.
Gelli Plate Wall Art 5

And then framed it.  I initially hung it up here, but I think it's too small to go there so I'm moving it to another wall...but I really like how it turned out.
Gelli Plate Wall Art 5
Ignore all the dog stuff in this's a real life photo. ;)

Oh, and the frame & mat are from Ikea.  



Got Fabric Scraps? Look what you can make!

Erin Basset - Fabric Scrap Yarn1

I have a big basket of fabric's actually about ready to bust it's so full so I decided I needed to do something with some of it.  So first I grabbed some of my recently added fabrics and ripped them into 1/4" to 1/2" strips.  (I wasn't very precise.)  I then sewed together each of the strips randomly with a little zig zag stitch on my sewing machine until I had some fabric scrap "yarn".  (Once again, it wasn't precise...I just quickly did it not caring what it looked like.)


Erin Bassett - Fabric Scrap Yarn 2

While this photo shows the original cute ball of almost softball-sized "yarn" I made, I ended up having to make about twice as much for this project.

I then searched ravelry for a tutorial to get me started.  (Most of the time when I crochet from a tutorial I just use it to get me started, or give me an idea and then I tweek it to make it work for whatever I'm doing.)  I found this nesting basket tutorial and decided to use the pattern for the medium sized basket with a few tweaks to it (see below).


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So I made a few changes to the instructions...I did half double crochet (hdc) stitches instead of single crochet (sc) and I didn't do the last 4 rows since I liked how tall it was without them. (hdc stitches are taller then sc stitches.)


Erin Basset - Fabric Scrap Crochet Basket2


This basket ended up measuring 7" x 2".  Which was perfect for me.  I will admit that it was much harder to crochet fabric then yarn....maybe it was because it was ripped or maybe too thick???  It definitely took some effort!  But it was a quick project and I think I like how it turned out...I'm not 100% sure yet LOL.  But hey, I used some scraps so I can't really complain too much.  ;)


What do you do with your fabric scraps???  Please post you links in the comment section!



Baby Beanies Made with the Knook (ebook)


Hoot! Wise Owl Mixed Media Project

I'm excited to share my first Basically Bare project with you guys!  It's this little owl...

BLOG - Erin Bassett - Owl Wall Decor

I used the owl Stack-a-Bellies to make it, you can read about how I did it here on the Basically Bare Blog...I'd love if you could leave a comment over there too!

Here's some close-ups:

BLOG - Erin Bassett - Owl Wall Decor - CloseUp1

I used a Zig pen to draw the faux stitching on the embroidery hoop and make the little "wise" tag.  Thank goodness my girlfriend helped me figure out what word to put on it!!
BLOG - Erin Bassett - Owl Wall Decor - CloseUp3
BLOG - Erin Bassett - Owl Wall Decor - CloseUp3
You recognise that heart?  Yep, it's this one!  I almost used it on the necklace.  Oh and that safety pin...well it used to be silver...I painted it with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze.  It took two coats, here's how the first coat looked:

BLOG - Erin Bassett - Owl Wall Decor - Tattered Angels safety pinsSo, as you can see I'm still liking owls.  :)