it's in between week and I can't get anything done
this flickr foto sums it all up
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
It seems that all I can think of is mailing out cards, letters and packages in hopes that they will get to friends and family in time for Christmas.
I spent part of the day attempting to put together a Christmas card. I was trying to wait and get a shot of my kids together for the card. But, as the holiday approaches and with my kids going in all different directions, that seemed impossible. However, with the help of scrapblog, I came up with a sweet little greeting. It was quick and easy! It looks a lot like the ones you can order at the photo shop. I downloaded the jpg from the site, saved it, and then printed out 4 x 6 prints at the local drug store. I guess it looked so much like the ones you can order, that they tried to charge me for printed Christmas cards!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I am getting ready to send off this quilt made from another charm pack. I made it for a teenage niece who loves to read. I was thinking that a softy, snugly quilt to warm the lap while reading would be a wonderful gift for her.
I love the fabric on this one. It comes from the Park Slope collection by Erin McMorris. There are also some squares from Jennifer Paganelli's Sis Boom line. These fabrics are offered by Free Spirit Fabrics. Free Spirit has a wonderful website featuring tons of hot designers. There are also lots of free quilt patterns for each of their collections.
For this quilt, I simply sewed together a pack of 30 6.5" pre-cut squares from a charm pack I purchased on Ebay from materialgirlchic. I added some squares from my stash to make a 40 square quilt. I used a single layer of polyester quilt batting in the middle, and then backed it with hot pink fleece. Then, I sewed the quilt, right sides together, leaving a little spot at the top for turning. Then I machine-quilted squares in each square. Since I am a beginner at this, I thought it turned out pretty darn good. To finish it off, I couldn't resist adding a few pom-poms at each corner.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I finally finished the ornaments for the ornament swap. It was great to see all those little houses wrapped up and ready to go to their new homes! I made a trip to the post office with 10 of them. Hopefully, they will arrive at their destinations (California, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Rhode Island, Spain, Texas, United Kingdom, and Wisconsin (2))
Now, I have moved on to my next goal - getting all the gifts out in the mail to relatives. I like to send gifts to my nieces and nephews who live on the west coast. I made this little bag up for my 5 year old niece. I was inspired by the little bag that Anna Maria Horner made for her daughter written about in this blog entry.
I used some Alexander Henry (fabric for the imagination!) for the base. It has little birds on it. I am really impressed with the weave of this fabric. It is top quality!
I am particularly proud of the monogrammed "K" on the front. It was my first attempt at this type of embroidery, and I am pleased with the results. I used a carbon template from the Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To book. The book has pages and pages of reusable templates which come in handy at the least expected times! The accenting fabric is from a charm pack I purchased several months ago. Charm Packs are packs of squares pre-cut out of coordinating fabrics. You can find them on Ebay or at online fabric stores. I think these are from a Moda Charm Pack.
I filled the bag with some amigurumi birdies, a little blankie, some mini-markers and two little coloring books. I crocheted the little birds about a year ago, during my amigurumi phase, and was saving them for something like this! I can't remember the pattern I used, but on a quick search I found this free pattern that looks really similar!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I signed up for a pincushion swap on Swap-bot today. That sounds like fun. I have a hoard of pincushions already made, so I won't have to put too much added work into the mix. Here is a simple one I made from a bottle cap
How About Orange's Tiny Pin Cushion Tutorial
paper.string.cloth patchwork pincushion
Martha Stewart's strawberry pincushions
a wrist pin cushion from the Green Kitchen
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I have been trying to get better at my embroidery stitches. Awhile back I made a first attempt at this on some tea towels that I had been saving. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To. Since I have a little schnauzer, Snappy, I decided to try the scottie pattern in the book (it sort of looks like a schnauzer). I made two of them and gave one to my mother. We have been using the one I kept in my downstairs powder room/laundry room. It has been washed multiple times, and still looks good! That says a lot for a simple towel from the Dollar Tree and my novice handiwork!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Here is an EASY ornament that you can make in 30 minutes! It is also a good project for school-aged kids with adult supervision.
Glass Pebbles from Craft Store - Larger Size (about 1")
Scraps of Holiday Material & Ribbon
Small amount of Wire
1. Position a glass pebble on top of holiday fabric to create a frame of pattern on fabric. Cut out a square of fabric around the edges of the pebble.
2. Rub glue stick on bottom of pebble and on fabric square.
3. Glue fabric onto pebble, centering your pattern. Cut circular shape around edge of pebble. It doesn't have to be precise, because clay will cover edges.
4. Make a ball of sculpey clay about the same size as your pebble. Work it in your hands to soften it. Shape it into a flat circle a little larger than your pebble.
5. Cut a small amount of wire and make a loop.
6. Smoosh loop into back of clay.
7. Position clay onto back of fabric on pebble with wire in the top center back.
8. Form a frame around pebble with clay.
9. Use stamps to stamp pattern on back of ornament.
10. Cook as directed on clay package. This is where adult supervision is required. Be careful, the little ornament will be HOT!
11. Let the ornament cool and harden. Then string ornament through the wire loop with a small amount of ribbon.
12. Your done!
Instead of material you could use old Xmas cards, or a small picture of a child or pet. I also made one with silver jewelry finding as the wire and a bead at the bottom. Instead of an ornament, this could become the focal point of a necklace. Add a ring and make a key chain. The possibilities are endless!