Saturday, December 30, 2006
Well, i did it, and in the nick of time. I celebrate Christmas four times - once with my honey at home before we go home to our parents' places, once with my family, once with his, and again with his extended family. Then, on January 7, i celebrate Orthodox Christmas too! At least there we don't exchange gifts, so i didn't have too too many to make!
I ended up making something for all 20 people on my list. Some things were small like transfer images on cloth hankies, while others were larger projects like 6 placemats. All in all, each person/cat/dog got an individualized gift and i think are quite happy with it.
I wrote about it on my blog, and have pictures on flickr, but i think it's the inspiration of this group that helped me kick it in gear!
And, luckily for me, my sister also made me gifts too - she made me a lavendar/flax seed massage pouch and a fabulous purse! Thanks sis!
Happy Holidays everyone!
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
This picture is of two hot pads and three tea towels. I made these for my mom from some fabric that I picked up on the Big Island of Hawaii on recent trip there. She used to live in Hawaii and loves all thing Hawaiian. She loved these as well.
I also made three tea towels for my Kansas granny. These are made from vintage reproduction fabrics. She loves blue.
These three projects were made from a pattern that I ordered on-line. If you are interested, it is called Vintage Potluck.
They were pretty easy projects to make, although the pattern didn't give real detailed instructions and probably isn't suitable for someone's very first project.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
These are just a few of the things from the list - the rest are already wrapped (before pics - oops!). More info on the blog!
I'll keep you posted!
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Here is a total knock-off of an admittedly fabulous sock bag. My friend uses long metal needles for making her socks and requested one tall enough for them not to stick out. So, I modified the "stuff bag" by Mary Mulari. It is rip-stop nylon, I made it larger in diameter, taller, reinforced the bottom, added the strap for the yarn guide on the inside and wrist on the outside (sewn into/thru the seam.) I used the snaps that you hammer on, I like them better than the sewn on kind. I am so excited, I hope she loves it!!
Monday, December 11, 2006
Already finished are:
1) Two tea pot cozies (one is pictured here)
2) Six placemats
3) Cat tunnel
4) Baby bloomers (for our nephew, who's dad Loves Star Wars)
5) Knit Scarf
6) Hot Plates and Oven Mitts
7) Table Runner (pictured folded to fit frame)
8) Sock Monkey
Back to the grind i go!
Thursday, December 07, 2006
I'll keep you posted!
ESTY (out of time? BUY something handmade!)
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
The pattern: Butterick Fast & Easy B4519. The only adjustments I made to it was to increase the top-stitching of the pleats a little further than recommended, and of course the length, by about 12 inches - the skirt finishes just below the knee. I didn't realise how short it was when I bought the pattern but if I made it exactly it would be a mini skirt.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Here he is as center in the red.
He sure loves to play. I don't think that it is hockey so much as running around with a stick, but whatever.
Happy belated Turkey Day.
I begged off the turkey this year.
1. I don't like turkey
2. The expected company canceled.
3. 12 pounds of turkey is too much for 5 people, 2 of which won't eat any anyway.
So I made a chicken.
You can see here what the Mister and his Mom worked on after the feast. It must have been another discounted puzzle, it ended up a couple shy of 550. Or it could have been INBA feeling short of attention and running his hand across the table and sending pieces flying. One cannot be sure. Oh, yes, that is pea pod with a pod top. Oh, Yes, the pea has arrived... more later.
One may as well go on and on about the holidays.. here is the intended for the niece.
I must admit, I am very proud of the Sven.
I have since finished it. I am not so keen on the invisible cast on for the sleeve... not really seeing the benefit of that. Quite a pain, it was, to knit that little cuff onto a whole sweater that I had to turn so frequently. Maybe that is just me.
So much for Clandestine
The Mister, so happy to be playing with new picture software that came with my lovely new printer... uploaded my pictures and gave the MIL a slide show... including the sock that I am making for her. Oh, please, he knew it was for her. Oh, please, don't even act like it was my fault for taking the pic in the first place. Whatever. The point is, she never looks at my blog and now she is expecting these socks(on the right,) which I must say I want to keep for myself. The other sock is my newest sparkly sock (schoeller & stahl, Fortissima Colori Socka Color Disco, #9051.) I have not cast on the second because I needed to use the US2s for INBA's red socks... the things I do for my children.
I have cast on MIL's other sock, so she will indeed get a pair... but I just have such a hard time giving away my socks. I guess maybe I need to make ugly socks for gifts. But then I won't enjoy making them. I just don't know how to resolve this.
So I am part of the Newcomer's Club for the place that I now live. And at some weak moment I agreed to be on the board of said club and organize some activities. Anyway, the President decided that for our meeting next week we should have an ornament exchange. So, I made this darling little mitten. Mostly just so I could use my fair isle book. I want to keep it, too.
Can you believe how downright selfish I am?
So Go for A Walk.
I need a picture for the holiday cards. I did not make a studio appointment like I have been talking about doing for a month. Still need a picture, have to try to get one myself.
Unfortunately, this is the mood the boys were in.
"Is that a nice smile?"
"Could you uncross your arms?"
"No, I don't want to walk anymore."
"I will stop taking pictures if you give me just one nice one."
"I want to go home."
Oh, sure they sat nice on a rocky cliff and looked at the creek way down below...
But isn't this little (9lb, 23inch) boy going to be gorgeous in a peapod?
Oh, such an angel!!! It is killing me not to be on a plane to some place warm right now!!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
I found a tutorial to make these corkboard wall pockets at the Craft Apple. They are easier to make than you might suspect and quite practical. I bought a set of four corkboards so I will have four gifts when I'm finished. The only change I'd like to make is to the top--I'd like to use the slip stitch instead of the running stitch to attach the ribbon hanger to the corkboard, that way the stitches will be less visible.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
I've been busy with this cute advent calendar made from mini stockings. I am using 8 different fabrics and different trims on each one to make it unique. My kiddos are excited about getting a treat every day from December 1-24. I will be excited to get all my ideas into finished projects!
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Hope it is not to late to post my finished Halloween Table Topper. This is the front view. The most time consuming part was cutting out the green and purple squares and sewing them into strips for the border.
This is the back side. I used a small pumpkin print for the center and a black fabric with tiny white flowers for the border. This side I can use through Thanksgiving. I am pleased with how it all came together and fits my table nicely.
You can find me over at Alpaca Rose.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
I've been a bad sew-i-knit-alonger and this is my first post here in ... months. Nobody kicked me out of the group though, so hopefully it's OK. I wanted to share a couple projects I am working on for my cousin's Christmas present. She is currently enrolled in a culinary program. I made her this apron (pattern from Amy Butler's In Stitches) and am working on matching pot holders.
This potholder is my first quilted project. Quilting is fun... I'll post again when I'm finished.
For instance, i'm going to use this beautiful silk fabric to make a tea pot cozy for my partner's grandmother.
And this awesome pre-Star Wars fabric will be made into a framed canvas art piece. My brother-in-law Loves Star Wars and just had a baby boy. I'm going to embroider his name into the fabric and then frame it.
And, i finished a yo-yo belt for my sister, as well as these cute ballerina cake topper magnets.
My other ideas include making placemats for my mom with Indian block print stencils, a felt record dog toy for my brother-in-law's dog, and a book purse for my sister. I will post again soon to share my progress!
A table runner, pieced, appliqued, and quilted. While this is actually a wedding present, it is the thing I sewed this month,and took so long that it will certainly serve as a Christmas present for this couple as well.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Here's what I've been working on lately:
More Embroidered Tea Towels:
And I finished the quilted bibs for my shop:
I'm so excited to get things underway! Read more at my blog!
I'll keep you posted!
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
I'm also making some of these up for my new nephew (well for his mommy) for Christmas - so I've hit two birds with one stone! Thanks! If you'd like to know more about the bibs click on my name to visit the blog.
I'll keep you posted!