Christmas crafting

Hey, there!!

I really am not so good at this blogging idea, but I wanted to pop over and share what I’ve been working on lately!

I’ve always wanted to make some kind of Christmas countdown calendar for my kids that we could use year after year.  After searching Pinterest for a while (ya’ll have some GREAT ideas!!), I found this!!  Aside from being a very talented seamstress and quilter, Cynthia  gave me the oomph that I needed to work my math and creative mind together to make a calendar for the kids.

Here is my expression of that piece:

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You can see below that I didn’t tackle the bow tops (which were SO CUTE)…

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…and instead of using the buttons on the tree, I substituted teeny tiny pompoms.  I did stitch them down to be sure they wouldn’t pull off as the kids hung their ornaments.

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And instead of crafting the ornaments (which would have taken days, and I was already 4 days late in finishing!), I found these little resin ornaments by Darice for about $5 for 24 pieces!

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I’ll post another photo around Christmas time to show off how it looks fully decorated, but I’m so happy with the way it turned out!

What are you working on these days?  Do you have any pieces that you’ve crafted over the years that your children look forward to pulling out of storage for special occasions?

Whatever you celebrate, do it with a full heart.  : )  Happy Holidays!

…and it’s OFF!

Well, I finally finished up the quilt for Craft Hope (a few weeks ago, actually) and wanted to let you admire *cough* the finished project, which is snug as a bug on it’s way to Jessica.

The front:

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…and the back:

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I apologize for the low-light photo – we’re having some funky weather here in CLE.

There are some imperfections (!!!), but overall I’m so happy with my work and I will definitely complete this quilt again.  It was a great intro to the craft!

Be well and remember to wear your rashguard at the beach!

Craft Hope – Project 21 :: Rally for Roma!

First: I’ve missed being here.

Second: I’ve kept busy while I’ve been away!

If you’re not familiar with the Craft Hope movement in service, please check out my post from November 30.

Here is a description of the project from the shiny new Craft Hope website.

*sigh*

My mom is a quilter.  I am not; I make clothes. My mom used to make (lots of!) clothes, but over the years, her skills (and her patience) evolved and she took up quilting, though she does bust out some cute clothing these days.  Maybe it’s just a natural progression, I don’t know. BUT, I now understand why quilters love what they do so much!

There is something so soothing and slow and easy about quilting.  The way one can get lost in the fabrics and the colors and the hum of the machine and the sound of your heartbeat while you’re cutting and piecing and…  You know what I mean, don’t you…you crafty little goddess?!?  If it’s not quilting, it could be something else that speaks to you this way, right?

I am not a quilter.

My mom has given me loads of her scraps over the years, as I enjoy applique’ing clothing quite a lot.  I use what she gives me and I try to remember the quilt that has the same materials in it.  I have a huge stash of her scraps, as I can’t applique THAT fast!  I’ve often wondered if there is anything else I could be doing with these scraps that my mother so painstakingly measured and cut.  Anything besides making a quilt, because (say it with me, now)…

I am not a quilter!!!

BUT!!

I popped in to Stitch Cleveland, my local sewing shop, and was talking to the owner about my pondering.  She knew right away how to help me and picked up a book named The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman.  She said that it was a great introduction to quilting and had several patterns inside, from novice to advanced.  She pointed me to the Small Plates pattern and here is what came of that:

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I am rather impressed with myself!  This is the first quilt that I’ve made, and I’ve done it slowly and carefully and poured the best of myself into it AND…

(the connection)

…I’m going to be so pleased to send it off to Romania!  It’s rather primitive, but Heidi was right – it was the perfect quilt to start me off!

Lookout world: I AM A QUILTER!

(the pieces haven’t been sewn together just yet – I’ll pop on with photos of the finished project!)

Interlock MADNESS!

Sticking to my plan, I’ve burned through some wool interlock that I’ve had my stash for some time.

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So, all of the natural colored pants are made of 100% wool interlock and the one gray pair is made of a recycled lamb’s wool/angora blend sweater.  They were all made the same day and it didn’t feel right to leave the cousin out of the photo.  ; )

Which is your favorite?  What would you like to see more of?

Find me on Etsy!  : )

Oh, HEY!

There you are!!  Been looking all over for you!  : )

I know I’m not the only one in the world to neglect her blog, and I can’t be the only one in the world who feels badly for it…right?

I have been working on so many things, I’m having a difficult time wrapping things up!  I have so many UFO’s that I’m overwhelmed!!!  and I don’t like to be that way, soooo…

I’m committing to finish my UFO’s before I take on anything else.  *gulp*

Here are just a few things I’ve been working on:

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On top of this, I have a spring sweater/bloomers set, legwarmers and the beautiful sweater for my sweet friend Shannon.

Hope you all are well and are able to get outside, if even for just a moment.  The fresh air does wonders for the brain!!

xo

Hi, everyone!

Hope you’re all well and moving right along as you dream up efforts to make others feel happy and special and loved…it’s the best gift of them all, isn’t it?  : )

Well, I promised that I’d pop on today to post about a couple of things I’ve been working on.  Promise kept!

First, I’ll talk about my first toy for Craft Hope’s Project 19.  My choice was made by memories of my children and the strange little things that they called their favorites when they were young. I can’t imagine they’re the only oddballs (their mama being cemented firmly on that list!) on the planet who like things like this, so I made a lovey in thier honor for another little sweetie.

I found my pattern in Sewing Bits and Pieces by Sandi Henderson.  I made the Woodland Bunny…

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*** RASPBERRIES!!!!  Why are my photos crooked???  LOL ***

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…and I think he is super sweet.  My Clare likes him alot!  : )  This pattern is a great stash-buster pattern.  In fact, alot of my work lately has consisted of applique…because my scrap stash is obcene.  *blush*

Next, I was asked to make some slippers for a friend and THEY ARE SO AWESOME AND WARM AND COZY!!

Smashed flat:

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Sitting up pretty-like:

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I made a model before starting Shannon’s slippers to make sure that I understood the pattern well – the lone slipper was confiscated by my 9yo son who demanded a match, so one pair of feet in this house sports a pair of slippers!  I have 2 more pairs to make and stuff in stockings.  No sweat!

What else…  Oh, yes!!  Napkins!  : D

2 months ago, I had enough cloth napkins to fill my drawer, and now I don’t have enough to get through a meal.  I have no idea what happened, truly.  I’ve checked the tree fort, the doll bed, the bike trailers, the workshop, the linen closet, the silver-dryer-vent-thing, closets, buckets…you get the idea.  My napkins are no more, so I’ve made another dozen or so!  And because I first thought of the sparkle in my children’s eyes upon seeing something new in the house instead of the sounds of their screeching voices as they fight because they all want the same one, I made them with different designs.  *insert eye-twitch here*

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There is a hiccup on the snowflake applique, but it’ll mend.  : )

What are you working on these days?  I’d love to hear!  : )

Fun over on Etsy!

Hey, all!

Well, I finished my stuffed toy for Craft For Hope but haven’t gotten around to taking and posting photos.  Not your traditional bunny, but one that my children would be drawn to, had they discovered him in the sewing room!  ; )

I’ve been working – alot! – on my machine and my sticks.  I’ve been commissioned to knit slippers for a friend, but the pattern is so fun and so fast, I’ve convinced myself that I could bust these out for my family for Christmas.  And, they’ll fit inside the stockings that I continue to work on.  (Almost done!)  We’re always running out of napkins around here, so I’ve made more!  Red linen…gussied up with applique in the corner.  I feel a tutorial coming on…

Hope all is well and that you all are safe and happy.  Practice mindful speech and remember to floss.

xoxo

p.s. – GOOD GRAVY!!!  I forgot about the Etsy bit!!  (brain=mush)

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