Thursday, February 26, 2009
Anyone can enter, you don't have to live in Toronto.
I'm going to get my daughter's mobile done. Finally. She's only 6 months old, that's not so terrible, is it??
I started this mobile soon after seeing the pattern on spool's blog. I was about 4-5 months pregnant, and I happily sat in coffee shops stitching and stuffing birds and showed them off to my midwife as I got them done. My girlfriend Holly chipped in a few birds as she was itching to stitch. I seemed on track to get this mobile up and hung before baby made her appearance.
On Canada Day (July 1 for our international readers) my family and I were walking home from the pool at the end of our street and we spotted a pile of branches in someone's trash bin. I thought "score! perfect for my mobile!" so we brought them home, affixed a bungee cord around them, and put them on our back deck. A month went by, then two, three. It got cold, they got rained on. We brought them inside, leaned them up besides the chair in our living room, even hung some Christmas lights on them over the holidays to make them more festive.
But they weren't festive. Dirty bungee cord and all. My husband removed the cord a few weeks ago and looped white baker's twine around them. A definite improvement, but I'm not done with those branches yet.
This mobile is getting assembled this week. And not too soon, as baby m is getting moved out of our room on the weekend. Sadly, she's moving into my craft room as she's not sleeping through the night and we can't get her into her crib, which sits empty in her sister's room. Here's hoping this is just a temporary sleeping arrangement and I can have my craft room back soon. Otherwise I'm going to have many more abandoned crafts in my future.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
I decided to jump in with both feet and get to quilting this quilt last night. I started by taping the back to the floor which I hadn't thought of doing before and am so glad I read about it somewhere in my travels because it made a world of difference while pinning. I pinned until I didn't have any pins left to pin with and then I took the plunge. So far, I am pleasantly surprised at how smoothly the quilting process is going. I am a little over 1/3 finished (I had to put it aside to watch Grey's otherwise I might have gotten further!) and no major catastrophes to speak of yet...knock on wood. It's all I can think about and I cannot wait to get it in the washer so that I can see those beautiful puckers this style of quilting produces. If you need me tonight, you know where I'll be!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I sent them all off last evening, so they should be in the hands of their collectors soon enough. I was impressed to see that out of the 6 children in Big E's group, 4 were boys. I don't know about Big E, but I am really anxious to see what turns up on our doorstep!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I have a top secret plan for the VW print that I am so excited about, but can't share because then it wouldn't be top secret anymore, right?! And the bikes, well they just make me so darned happy. I used to have a bike JUST like that when I was little and it was even orange. In fact, it was my first bike so that's probably why I have such a deep love for this fabric. How oh how will I ever cut into it?
I found it on Etsy at Top stitch Studios and again, great service. She sent along some teaser scraps that make me want to put in another order, but Donna and I have made a pact to not order anything for the entire month of February. All of a sudden February is the longest month of the year!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
This project is coming along nicely. I really wish I had more time with it, but I don't so I just have to make the most of what little time I do have! I am really enjoying this process and am using some of the great tips I've found in my travels here in blogland. There are just so many great resources to learn and get inspiration from.
I really love this pattern (hint, hint!) and think the method she uses for cutting the squares is brilliant. I also took advantage of this little hint over here. Such a time saver, not to mention the mess of thread you avoid.
I am a little nervous for the next stage of this, but I guess the best thing to do is jump in with both feet and consider it a learning experience if it doesn't work out!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
(Can you tell that by the last cookie I was trying to use up the red icing? Those are some BIG polka dots!)
Make some today. You still have time!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
These are my big E's valentines for her class this year. I covered AERO bars with the prettiest scrapbooking paper I could find and tied them up with matching ribbons. I had wanted to try this idea for a while now and thought that they'd be perfect as valentines. I did 20 in all and finished them in 2 evenings. Not that I spent the whole evening doing them each time, just that I stole some time on 2 separate occasions to get them finished! It was probably 2 hours work in total, but it really isn't work when you're dealing with pretties like these, is it?!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I actually have the front almost entirely pieced and the back strip is also done - soon I'll be on to part two, by which time part three will be posted on the sew along. I love how this internet thing works. Keeps me motoring and inspired all the time.
Are any of you participating?
The first one on the left is vintage. When my step-grandmother passed away, I went through her sewing trunk and took out all kinds of great fabric. That particular piece is from an unfinished skirt. I also have quite a few blocks for a quilt that I'd like to finish up and give to my step mom at some point. It's something I really want to do, but am putting it off because it'll be the biggest quilt I've worked on and that's just scary!
So now on to Donna and I and a testament to our Kindred Craftiness: