Saturday, December 30, 2006

All Done!

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

Holiday Sewing Done

Actually, I finished before the holidays, but I didn't want to post pictures on the net before my recipients received their sewn gifts. The first picture is of the oven pad that I made for my Texas granny. It is sewn from some fabric that I got in Colorado on a recent vacation. It is an interesting design. It is like two hot pads connected by a padded section.

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.

I had a lot of fun making them and I always say that I am going to start earlier every year, but I never do. Maybe we should do Christmas sewing in July!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Remember my LIST? Thanks for all your cheering and well wishing - I'm almost finished and wanted to share a few pictures with you.


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

My knitted gifts

Here are a few of my gifts for those I like and love. The Pink Princess handbag is drying from felting, then you have the Black Beanie and the Stacey Hat and Scarf Set. Hope the reciepents are happy with thier gifts.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

a knitter's gift

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

Christmas trees

I spent today making some little Christmas trees to give out at a Sorority Christmas dinner. I started a little production line in the morning and by this evening I had 8 completed trees! Fun and quick. Come over to my blog to see more info!

Coming Along Nicely

With the assumption that the recipients of my gifts will not find this particular blog, i wanted to share with you my progress. About 80% of the gifts i had planned to make are completed and waiting to be wrapped. I just have to finish knitting a shawl, do some transfer work on some hankies, make some soaps and dog biscuits, and also see what is on some of my family's wish list so i know if i could make anything for them. So, i think i'm coming along rather nicely. Unfortunately for my partner, i can't really make his presents because he's around when i'm crafting. I'll have to try to sneak around him!

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

The LIST...

Who's feeling overwhelmed by their LIST of things to make for Christmas/Holidays? Want to feel better? Check out my list and please lend your support - I'm going to need it because I am entirely CRAZY!!!

I'll keep you posted!

ESTY (out of time? BUY something handmade!)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Summer Skirt

Here in Australia it is Summer and all the women who aren't wearing 3/4 pants are wearing gorgeous floral skirts. I have bought a few but I thought I would try my hand at making one myself and I am very proud of my effort.

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.