Sunday, January 31, 2010
What kind of fundraising are you doing for Haiti?
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I thought they'd be fun to have around when we had a few minutes to scratch away at them. It didn't really go as planned as Big E and I couldn't tear ourselves away from them and each finished one without so much as a bathroom break!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I managed to hide it away until Christmas which gave me the necessary time to procure some clay, some tools, some jewelery findings and of course these in the case that she'd want to gift one of her creations...she'd need to be fully prepared!
Rolling that clay around in my hands instantly brought me back to her age. Fimo has come a long way. No longer the frustrating, crumbly mess it used to be. It's soft and easy to massage into these sweet little shapes. There will definitely be more where these came from!
The book is also highly recommended. The instructions are crystal clear, lots of pictures to guide you through. What's also great is that there are edible recipes tucked in there along side of all the cute!
As I say to Big E - try it, you'll like it!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The winner of Donna's treasure trove is Beth! She was commenter #22 who said: "Congratulations!"
The winner of Little Boy Blue is Christina! She was commenter #26 who said "Happy first blog birthday! You are both quite inspiring. Thank you for sharing with all of us out here in blogland. :)"
Congratulations, Ladies! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your snail mail address and we'll get these parcels out to you asap.
~Sara & Donna
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I used some cream linen I had bought ages ago (before I learned how to sew!) with the intention of making linen napkins. Ha!
Much cuter as lentil bags for my daughters! They promptly fought over them like all good sisters would, and my eldest claimed the number one for herself since "hey! It has the same fabric as my quilt!". Amazing pattern recognition!
What are you making these days?
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I got tagged today by a friend on facebook with the following note:
Five for Five for Fun!
The first five (5) people to respond to this post will get something made by me.This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully:
- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make.
- What I create will be just for you.
- It'll be done this year (2010).
- You have no clue what it's going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber. It may be a mixed CD. It may be a poem. I may draw or paint something. I might bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure! [not me either]
- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange or kind of perverted.
And in return, all you need to do is post this text into a note of your own and make 5 things for 5 others - if you do not post a note of your own, then I cannot make and send your item!ANY ONE CAN RESPOND ... NOT JUST THE PEOPLE I HAVE TAGGED!
I posted a response to my friend's note, securing me a spot as one of her five folks. Then I quickly posted a note on my own profile and within an hour or so I had five friends signed up with posts of their own.
I love the idea of this . . . five surprise gifts to make over the year and passing on the crafty vibe. For fun indeed.
Feel free to post this note in your facebook profile and spread the crafty love!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
This second one is for my oldest daughter Margo. She's more complicated than Maude, and has a much more contrasting personality, so I went with some clashing colours. She also loves animals so I based this quilt around the Michael Miller Calico Kitty fabric I had purchased months ago with her in mind.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Just like Christina, I won't make resolutions, but I have crafty goals in mind for this year.
I will finish my string quilt this year.
I will use my vintage buttons in some way. Love the look of this project.
I will try my hand at some paper pieced hexes.
There is a rainbow dresden in my future (just ordered a template since Santa didn't deliver that wish list item. I'm pretending i deserved it!)
I will make more of these awesome quilted bibs, using jcasahandmade's cute pattern.
I need more pincusions. Stitchindye has a cool hex pattern.
I would love to try a mini quilt with some house blocks.
Ticker tape quilt for a baby quilt sounds so textury and good. Thanks Crazy Mom Quilts!
Already thinking about next year I've picked up materials for a wreath a la Sweet Jessie. Sparkly and shiny and oh so pretty.
What do you all have planned for 2010?
1. String Quilt Top, 2. Button Heart, 3. Doll Quilt Swap Received!!, 4. Doll Quilt Swap 7, 5. quilted patchwork bibs, 6. YIP 365. 114 :: Hex Pincushion, 7. Ingrid Press Festival Of Quilts 2009, NEC Birmingham, 8. ticker tape, 9. sparkly wreath
Friday, January 1, 2010
I made 4 baby/toddler quilts, two doll quilts, and a quilted advent calendar. I go into the year with 4 WIPs, two of which I'm handstitching on binding pretty much as I type, so I will share these very soon.
I appliqued some 45 baby shirts, made pins, magnets, fabric ornaments, candy and cookies and set up shop at the indie Craft Sale that I, along with two friends, conceived of, organized, and pulled off.
I worked with a designer friend and came up with a logo and a shop name in time for the sale. (Thanks, Nadia!)
I was reunited with my long time friend and co-blogger, Sara. We, of course, worked on a quilt.
Sara and I started this blog, have written more than 150 posts in almost a year and look forward to our one year blogiversary. Stay tuned for a little celebration!
In my non-sewing world, I went back to work after my almost year of maternity leave and have been juggling life with two kids, and two parents with full-time jobs. On minimal sleep. And we all still love one another.
Not a picture heavy post (read, none at all as they're all on the system upstairs, and I'm downstairs, and lazy.) But I wanted to capture a bit of what, for me, has been a stellar year in terms of sewing, community, and life, in general.
Today, my family and I threw open our doors and held our annual open house, with about 40 people streaming through over the 4 hour period. It's a great way to bookend the holidays, relax, eat some good food, toss back a few bevvies, and one thing that has been so amazing is watching all these darn kids grow. Four years ago there would have been nary a kid present, and this year we were close to being outnumbered. I'm feeling full, happy, and looking forward to moving ahead into this year with open eyes, goals to be met in several areas of life, and a smile in my heart.
All my best to you, lovely blogging community!