Friday, December 28, 2007

A big, scary, thread sucking Christmas gift for me. I'm not sure if I am ready for this kind of machine...

Serger. I tried and failed. Then tried again. Failed, and broke 2 threads. After an hour of rethreading, I was to the point where I could actually turn it on. Then came the fabric. After much intimidation, I am so SUPER excited!! In no time at all I had a pile of 20 washcloths! Some flannel, terry, and yummy velour.

Not my creation, but I'm in awe. Handpainted shirt of the "kindness" fairy. Handmade, sanded, and painted blocks and box. I am clearly just a crafter.

Buttermints. These were easy and yummy! Next year, maybe we will try the molds for shaping. (The crumblies are from taking a pic of the bottom of the bowl, they were heaping.)

Tote bag. The photo does not show off this beautiful fabric enough!!

A set of snuggly pillowcases for a friend.

A couple of matching nightgowns. I keep using the same size pattern each year for Abigail, just longer, and longer...

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

2 nightgowns. The shiny one I started last year for Cmas.

2 embroidered pillowcases, worth all the time they took. I think they turned out absolutely beautiful!!
For those that like tea, but don't like to dig in the bottom of a purse to find a cruddy bag.

This is a little box. Nice for keeping little stuff in on top of a dresser. I used peltex to hold the shape. The fabric is perfect for a grandpa.

4 pairs of shorts for the man of the house. 2 football prints and 2 stretchy soft cotton rib knit. You can see the stabilizer still on the green, but that will wash away.

"sock" Not actually a sock, but a pack full of rice to keep in the freezer or heat in the microwave. I've only made rectangles before, stars are fun!

Furry purse with button and belt. Cmas gift.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

The black carrier is our current favorite, and now it has a whole new look! So much fun to look through the remnants- I think this one cost 41 cents.

I am pleased to be making covers instead of entire carriers. The colors are off in the picture, but they really go together well.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Baby Sarah finally has a new dress. More scraps used up! These bananas are left from an outfit I made for Abigail to wear to Hannah's Hawaiian birthday party last year.

My favorite thing to do with scraps is make these neat-o fabric envelopes/pouches. I have officially run out of ideas of what to do with them. I just love to make small things with scraps anyway.
The last, hopefully, soft structured carrier. Blue straps on this one. The more you do, the easier it gets, but really- how many of these do we need?

Friday, December 7, 2007

I am in love with the soft-structured carriers! Here is another with black straps. I've made tan straps and black straps now, with blue on the machine. I have now learned about making covers or "skins" for them so I don't have to make a whole new carrier- just a fashionable cover.

More diapers of course. These are kinda cute!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

This is a beautiful hand dyed rayon yarn. Not done by me. The most expensive yarn I've ever purchased, intended for a special Christmas gift. Never underestimate the power of a child's tantrum. After 72 hours of active untangling, it is still in this state. The effort will have to continue after the holidays. Budget does not allow to replace it- another opportunity to get creative and come up with something else.

A quick dolly diaper- "baby Sarah"- goes everywhere with us. I used a scrap from one of Katherine's favorite diapers so they would be matchies. I used a plain color on the inside so it is easy for little hands to figure out and put on independently. I would love to make "baby Sarah" a new dress because her's is shredded and repaired from so much travel. I have not come up with a pattern for such a small project-yet.

Above the cabinets in my kitchen. Someone asked me what I do with my tiny leftover balls. Here they are, beautifully displayed. I often dig through these jars when looking for something to make a small project.

Another unfinished project. A leaf lace sweater to match the shorts- I cannot find the motivation to finish. Feel free to send me the motivation.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

This is a quick post of progress on a project. I don't usually post "in progress", but I was having a hard time attaching this to an email. When it is finished, I'll replace this with the completed one. Gorgeous Noro yarn.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Unfortunately, not a great picture for all the work I put into it. There are many different kinds of stitches here. I really like to take the time for outline embroidery.

9 more diapers, these have velour insides-very soft.

Monday, November 26, 2007

An ice cream cone and stitch markers. I think this cone looks better than the last, but not as good as the second.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Goodness Gracious Diaper pattern modified to use snaps. More beautiful pocket diaper fabric!

Very Baby Diaper pattern, modified to use snaps, powerdry inside. Beautiful fabric! This is my preferred topstitched diaper.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Blues and greens. Almost finished with the mane. He is part of the horse themed gift for a friend's birthday. We are trying to aviod the plastic toys from China.

Sponge painting with a stencil. The girls chose to use blue and green paint to go with the yarn colors they picked for the knitted horse.

For a friend's birthday, we made him gifts with the horse theme. These are soaps. The girls decided that they would make themselves a hippo soap. A fun easy quick and clean project!

Long ago, when Abigail was just learning about her first Thanksgiving, I made her this kid-sized 'helper' apron. She also enjoys using it in her play kitchen. I may have to make one up quick this year for Roo. Maybe she won't notice?

Crochet sorbet in a cone. It would have worked out better if I had used a pattern-ever. I can't remember how I did the others.

Baby Bear needed a sling. She chose the fabric. I love whipping up these fun projects! I already had the rings from long ago when I made Abigail's- they were a pack of 4. It took me maybe 20 minutes total.

Poor lighting but the velcro tab covers itself when not in use. This should help with those laundry diaper snakes.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Not Crafty- But- This is the most adorable thing I have seen! You may have to hit the refresh button to get the video to show up. Well worth watching. (At least 8 times)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Some of the felt food that I've finished. This stuff is so easy. If you can't tell, there's bread, fish, cheese, lettuce, grean bean, chicken leg, ravioli, bacon, mushrooms, mashed potatoes with gravy, tomato slice. There are more to come- I cut out a bunch at once but have been finishing slowly.

Monday, November 12, 2007

yummy cupcake

Friday, November 9, 2007

Not a soaker! Shorts. Can you see the pattern? Hopefully. The leaf lace pattern is just great. There is also a 'pouch' for the diaper butt. I really liked making these! I will make more- maybe pants. Yarn dyed by me. Pattern written by adorabubbleknits.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

!!!! A "soft-structured carrier" I just loved the Beco and Ergo I have borrowed from friends! I decided to try making my own. I am so pleased with the results. This is the first- still have not put the buckles on, but I am so excited! After making this, I struggled a bit- it is really worth the $125 to buy one if you can.

The scissors are for size comparison. These diapers are so itty-bitty! (newborn size) They are for a baby, but Abigail really wants to try them on her doll. The new way of doing the velcro/aplix so that the tabs don't snag in the wash- I'll show a pic of that another time.

Memory match!! My favorite way to use up those little scraps. This is the second set I've made. 2 layers of plain cotton, 1 layer fleece in the middle, and the print. So fast and easy. I actually used the dusty rotary cutter for the fleece. The plain, I just ripped. The print I used scissors. Everyone should make these!

Yep, you guessed it. Believe it or not, these are starting to slow down a bit. (maybe) Hand dyed by me- purple is very pale.

Hard to tell, but these people now have clothes! They are so pleased. They are also hugging the babies- once they were dressed it was hard for them to stop playing.