Thursday, December 31, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I made these little bags as Christmas gifts for my friends. Filled with these. Mostly I'm excited about the fabric. Marimekko scraps I found at the Crate and Barrel outlet for 95 cents. Super clean, pretty and cheap. It's like me in a fabric. Tutorial here.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Things I think are easy and end up exhausting me: I found the recipe at Bakerella and thought, "food processor + microwave = super easy. I am now laying in my bed. Trying to engage my brain enough to type this. Part of it is that halfway through, I caught Hartwell "cleaning" by dipping a magic eraser into Barkley's water and wiping the wood floor. And the new sofa. Which, in the course of 5 days, has been vomited on, pooped on, scratched, and Sharpie-d. Do sit down.
I still have to make the oreo truffles. I think I need a nap. But first, I need to go buy a new oven mitt. What the hell happened to that one? It's all I can see in this photo.
I ended up with a bunch of extra chocolate so I dipped Peppermint JoeJoe's:
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Aunt Natalie came to visit last night. And I was totally surprised at how quickly Bee took to her. (He's a bit stand-offish with new folks). Like, he growls at people and makes the most stunning frowns if you ask for a hug. At Thanksgiving, in Phoenix, I found myself apologizing for his rudeness towards his family. But then Natalie stopped by and they just adored her! This morning Hartwell asked, "Can we go to Natalie's house?" They must just sense her amazing spirit.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I went to IKEA last Wednesday and found a pillow case in the discount bin for $2.50. I loved the gray and white pattern and pictured it as a scarf. (I ALWAYS forget "before" pictures. Imagine a standard pillow case). I cut off the edges and then cut down the center and ended up with 2 long pieces. Which I gathered and stitched together. I also zig-zagged the edges, allowing them to fray but not disintegrate.
I spent about 30 minutes on it and I think it's pretty cool. It may not be for me, I still have to figure out if I like it. My boobs are too big for it to hang properly, so I either have to bind myself or give it to someone as a gift. Kind of a bummer because I finally made an accessory that I actually like. Plus? Donna Karan says to keep white by your face, as in jackets and scarves, because it brightens your complexion. Any little bit helps.
Friday, November 20, 2009
I've had this idea for an advent calendar in the back of my mind for a while. Then yesterday, I was at Big Lots and I found 8 x 8 Christmas scrapbook paper for $3. $3?!
So I bought a couple packs and went to town folding. It's a pretty simple origami paper cup that I learned in third grade.
The numbers I found here. (If anyone wants to create some 1-2" numbers that are printable through etsy, I would totally buy them!) I just scaled it to fit my page and printed it on matte photo paper. Then cut them all out. Which was nuts. Hence the 1-2" idea. Then I just need a punch.
Here's how it looks hung up. There is NO light in that area, so photographing this was heinous. I hate using the flash.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
But, seriously, I found some good stuff today:
I thought the 60's funky sun pattern on this paper was really great. Then I picked it up and discovered it was the famous No Bugs M'Lady shelf paper,...or paper covered with chemicals. My friend Carrie has a great story about this, so I had to photograph it for her.
Only missing two pieces...which actually equals four pieces...
Hartwell is only 3-1/2 so we only use half anyway.
Pillow insert for all my craft project presents:
Monday, November 16, 2009
After I read that you can use a Xerox to make iron-on embroidery patterns, I went nuts looking for cool, free patterns. And I found this one. She offers one a month and this is part of a christmas set.
So I printed out a bunch of great patterns and went to a copy store, copied the patterns, chased my kids. Got home, and was disappointed. It barely shows up. Maybe I needed to darken the copy, I don't know. It just didn't work. Too faint to see any pattern.
Then I discovered that Sulky makes markers that are iron-on transferable. But, as usual, it's a weird item I'll never find in a store. Unless you're me and friends with the UNIVERSE! Then you walk in a local sewing store, and there it is, one black iron-on marker, waiting for me.
So I taped my patterns to the window and traced it to tracing paper. And it worked! There are definitely some tricks, but it's the best thing I've tried so far.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I googled "felt mustache tutorial" and used this one, because they had the best patterns. Also? Is there anything I could google that wouldn't get me hits anymore?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I made this, and soon to be many more, to be like, extra gifts for people. I want to make them into ornaments, we'll see what I have time for. (I just found out my sewing machine is ready to be picked up. Seems someone decided to fill the inside with pins).
I also learned a new technique. The fancy whipped backstitch. I found a bunch of great tutorials here.
And I'm STILL trying to figure this out. Mine keep turning out too messy.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Another project I'm working on. This one is a Christmas present for someone. So I can't show you what it is. But it's super cool. Everyone gets homemade gifts this year. And I totally take requests. In fact, I need them. How many bags does one person need?
I learned I can embroider way faster than I thought I could. Especially if I put a bandage on my needle finger. And give the kids Benadryl (TM)(R).
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Trying to get back into the groove of making Christmas presents. My two rascally boys don't make it very easy. We spent some time in the basement, with Bee somehow making it messier. And Hartwell demanding I help him with his video game.
I decided to make a little felt box out of my huge stash of recycled thrift store sweaters. It'll probably end up as a gift for someone. Mostly it was a test of my skills.
I think it would make a great vase with a glass tucked inside. The tutorial presented it as an office supply box. Full of pens and pencils.
Pattern is from "A Greener Christmas" by Sheherazade Goldsmith.