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Quilted Flower Key Chains

Quilted Flower Key Chains::Laura Bray Designs

We have a bunch of small keys rolling around our house. One is for our yard gate and one for the mail. We don't keep them on our key chains, but hanging up in the house/garage because our key chains are never around when we are running out to get the mail. BUT certain people (my husband) have a tendancy to shove the keys in their jeans and forget about them. Then when certain other people (me) try to go get the mail, they get very frustrated. (All of this is purely theoretical of course!)

Quilted Flower Key Chains::Laura Bray Designs

So I added some large, quilted, fabric flowers as key chains. I drew the flowers onto some thick cotton using fabric markers, cut them out and then quilted them. Now someone can't shove the keys in their pockets. Although I'm quite certain that this means they will be left laying about instead. It's always an adventure to see how my "fixes" get worked around. I'm just sayin'.

Dresser Hardware Makeover

Makeover Dresser Hardware with Krylon Spray Paint

My daughter inherited my grandparent's bedroom set. I love reusing old furniture and this set was perfect for her because it was smaller scale than some modern sets, but it was looking it's 50+ years and needed a makeover. It was originally a dark cherry wood (which I don't have a photo of because myContinue Reading

Friendship Bookmarks

Make Friendship Bookmarks with Washi Tape: www.laurabraydesigns.com

There was a heat wave this weekend and my daughter and her friend were getting a little bored from playing inside all day. Which means it was time for me to swoop in and come up with a fun craft. Okay. That's a lie. I was bored and lonely, so I lured them into myContinue Reading

Fish Bowl Needle Case

Fish Bowl Needle Case::LauraBrayDesigns.com

I'm so excited that my designer friend, Laura Kelly Walters, has a new line of die cuts out with Sizzix! They are really cute! I received the Pet Shop Flashcard set.* These are great for classrooms and for children. Instead of using them for flashcards though, I opted to use the dies to cut feltContinue Reading

Back to School Countdown: Piggy Pen Holder

Piggy Pencil Holder by Laura Bray Designs

Why not dress up your homework station with this whimsical pen & pencil holder? Supplies: Paper mache pig Foam paintbrush Fabric scraps Power drill and bit Mod Podge Instructions: Cut your fabric scraps into small pieces. Using a brush, apply Mod Podge to pig and then smooth the fabric scraps onto the surface. Once theContinue Reading

Pattern Maker

Florals by Laura Bray Designs

I've recently challenged myself to spend the summer learning how to get better at Photoshop and pattern making. It's a frustrating process, but I am finally starting to make some headway. Practice makes perfect, right? Here are a couple of the resources that have helped me the most in this journey. The first one isContinue Reading

Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady by Laura Bray

Back in the day, when I was doing more collage, I collected a few vintage photographs. They've been collecting dust in a photo box ever since. I'm trying to do a major overhaul of my studio right now and, when I stumbled over these photos, I couldn't bring myself to get rid of them (whichContinue Reading

Whale Printable

Free Whale Printable at www.laurabraydesigns.com

Today I have a free printable for you today! This is Ahab the Whale (his parent's have a sick sense of humor when it comes to naming their children). He's just a little guy, but his heart is very big! Here's how to make him: Supplies: Ahab the Whale Pattern Printable fabric sheets. These areContinue Reading

Everything That Rises Must Converge

I Will Always Be There for You by Laura Bray

Yesterday I was inspired to work with acrylics and it sent me into a tizzy. There I was, quietly enjoying my painting time. I produced a lot of work in a short amount of time. Then I stepped back and looked at my table. My eyes went from my finished acrylic work to my watercolor/illustrationContinue Reading

Art Dolls

Clay Art Doll by Laura Bray www.laurabraydesigns.com

I took a pottery class this Spring. I'll write a longer post about the class on another day but, for now, I wanted to share a little creation that came out of the class. One day, I sculpted four tiny heads: a cat, a frog, a bird, and a girl. I was quite happy withContinue Reading