Tuesday, January 30, 2007
What are they, you may ask. They look surprisely similar to the wrist warmers that the fabulous Vallen makes (only not near as cute!). But alas, they are baby leg warmers!
And trust me, they are even funnier in person! The kiddo thinks they are really fun. Her typical pasttime these days has been trying to put her own socks on, which at 18 months is a bit impossible, and it makes her very angry. Wow, does this girl have a temper when she can't get things to go her way! Anyway, she loves these because the opening is wide enough she can put them on herself. Then she struts her stuff, thinking she is pretty darn cute.
So, add it to the list, use No. 146 for a wool sweater from the thrift store! And don't worry, when we actually go out in public, I'll put the leg warmers under her pants...still perfectly functional but a little less 1985.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
(which I think look much better now that they are on the wall.)
(which match the velvet duvet patchwork my sister made me. I framed leftover fabric. Since we don't currently have a headboard, I think this acts as a decent focal point for the room.)
Then I stayed up late to finish this...
Woohoo, one down, 11 more to go! Go check out the Christmas in Progress page...you can still join us!!
Did I mention I also snuck in a little fabric shopping yesterday?
I got a coupon in the mail from a quilt shop that is literally 2 minutes from my house. Its pretty new and kind of small, but what they did have was very cute! The people were so nice and friendly, and not to nosey..just enough you know? I have issues with fabric store employees that have to know what you are making. Sometimes I want to tell them, but sometimes I am just too ashamed to say that I don't know, that I just like it okay, and no I don't know where I am going to store it in the meantime, just get off my back okay!!! Whew, sorry, they get me a little excited sometimes! Anyway, back to my story, Sydney had a blast walking up and down all the aisles, and only unloaded a couple baskets of fat quarters. She's lucky she's cute!
Hope you all have a great weekend! We have some home improvement projects planned, so cross your fingers I'm still married when I talk with you next :)
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Acrylic on canvas
So, anyway, here it is...Painting #1 for 2007, hopefully the first of many.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
So, I've been thinking really hard about this...not that I'm not weird, because trust me, my husband would disagree in a heartbeat. Come to think of it, he should do this for me! Anyway, I think I am just kind of a boring weird, but here goes...
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Haven't gotten to work on too much this week. Sydney has been sick and so crabby. Definitely not herself. Went to the Dr. today...ear infection. Poor kid. Hopefully we can get it cleared up quick. My in-laws are coming to visit for the weekend. They have so much fun with her, I just hope she is feeling better and happy!
So, in the few minutes I've had, I've been working on this book for the kiddo. I had plans to sew it all together, but then saw a show on HGTV (from DIY - I love the new shows from DIY on HGTV!!) where they made an activity book with grommets and put it in a 3-ring binder. SOOOO much easier. I only have one page done so far, which turned out pretty ugly...the sharpie should not have been the labeling tool of choice! I'll have to fix that! Good way to use up fabric, ribbons, etc. I'm using the horribly cheap felt from Michaels. Cheap for a reason I'm realizing!
On the additional pages, I plan to have snaps, laces, a pocket, and velcro. I still have two pages to come up with...any ideas? I had considered some stick on animals or something, but I think I'll save that for a different book.
I hope you all have a great weekend. I have big plans on Saturday to make it to a sale at the thrift store - $4 for a bag full of clothes...cross your fingers for a bag full of sweaters!!
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
After being inspired by this and a pincushion that was made in a ceramic dog that I can't seem to find now, I decided to try it out. So here is my little green bear pincushion. He has been sitting on my shelf for years, completely unfunctional. But now he steps forward, eager to be a part of the crafting. I believe he took all of 5 minutes to create. And when he tires out and would like to return to the shelf to rest, the fabric and batting just pop right out. I think I will be making more of these, so that eventually I can throw the horrible magnet pin thingy out the window. I hate that thing!!
Hope you all have exciting weekend plans. I am planning to spend Saturday with my very good friend Rachel. Instead of exchanging Christmas gifts, we decided to spend the day together. So we have a couple fun stores to hit (most notably, the trim spot I mentioned earlier this week), but mostly we will probably drink coffee and chat. The best kind of Saturday! I am very excited.
Until next time...
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Plus, I have a ton to be thankful for in my life. Not that its perfect but I sure can't complain.
So here is my thankful list for the day:
Great friends (in blogland and in person)
My Janome sewing machine that never fails me
A warm house with a big craft room
And presents!!! My mom and dad gave me this over the weekend!
Its a soldering gun in case you weren't sure! I'm not real sure what I am going to do with it yet, but I am very excited to find out. My dad let me borrow an awesome book called The Farm Shop to give me a few pointers. Isn't that funny! I could probably learn how to put up an electric fence or something at the same time! I love learning stuff like this. When I was in high school my dad taught me to weld, which is tons of fun too, but requires some pretty major machinery, so this will definitely be better. I'll let you know how it goes...hopefully I don't burn down the house or anything.
In other thankful news, I got a package in the mail yesterday from the fabulous Mary Ann. She commented on this post about some extra fleece she found when she was cleaning out and offered to send it to me! Woohoo!!! Some very cute stuff. Thanks Mary Ann, very generous of you. I've been in the the use what you have mood for a while now (you wouldn't know it by all the thrift store shopping I've been doing, but I don't think that counts!). And Mary Ann's gift has made me think we should take this to a new level. So I propose that if any of you are working on a project and are in need of something...maybe 3 green buttons, or a 1/2 yard of purple fabric, or something to inspire a new idea, a pattern, whatever, lets put it out there and see what happens. I know I have a huge stash of craft stuff that if I'm not using someone should. What do you guys think?
Lastley, I did a little edit to my bag from yesterday. It just needed something. So, I added a little tag to the front and embossed the name I came up with for the line of purses I dream of making some day - Feminine Addictions. Not sure if you can see it too good, but I made a stamp with this cheap stamp kit I got at the office supply store and embossed it onto fabric. I'm sure its not washable or anything, but it was the subtle look I was looking for. I think it adds a little touch that the bag was missing.
Monday, January 8, 2007
I started with this...
I am really happy with how this bag turned out. It's wintery looking, but with some color. I am contemplating embellishing it a little...any ideas?
P.S. Sorry for the crappy photos. I just put the finishing touches on this and was very anxious to show it to you!
Friday, January 5, 2007
Thursday, January 4, 2007
This is one of my favorite corners in my house (minus the cords hanging down from my tv...anyone got a good idea how to get rid of those?). My craft room is my idea factory, oasis, sanctuary, my tent of meeting, a warm and cozy place of inspiration for me. Someday I hope to call it a studio, but I don't think I am there yet. There seems to be a line drawn between those two terms, and I guess I haven't crossed it yet...someday. I love to snuggle into this spot and knit and make lists (one of my true passions!). The teddy bear welcomes my daughter everyday. I have been working to somehow kid proof the room. Its gone pretty well so far, I'll show you those ideas another day. But I always knew that she had to be welcome here. I want my daughter to grow up in a creative space with no limits to her imagination. Sometimes the task of parenting seems so scary, what if we screw her up! What if she goes on Oprah and talks about how awful I was!! But then I remember that Oprah is 50 something now, by the time Sydney is old enough to complain about me, she will have surely retired, right!