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Friday, December 23, 2011

Over The Top Dog Bed

It may have been in the summer, I cannot remember exactly, but one of my sister's asked if I could make her a large dog bed.  I said I would.  Of course it took too long and they found one in the meantime.  I am hoping that this one is a good replacement for theirs.
Over The Top Dog Bed (1)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Traditions 2011

Merry Christmas!  What makes Christmas special to me?  My family.  Sharing in the joyous event of Christmas is made better by having my darlings to share it with.  

One of our first Christmas events is a Christmas party through my work.  The kids have bounce houses, cookie decorating, face painting, tattoos, presents, juice and of course Santa!  We were all decked out in one of our favourite sports team attire for the event.  My baby doll was a little nervous of the big red man, so I was lucky enough to be in this years Santa Photo.  Usually it is my hubby, but this year he manned that camera.

Christmas Bag

I thought it was about time I shared something with you!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Crochet Hat - Skellington Style

Life has been busy lately, as I am sure it is for all of you.  I have been working on some of the projects I mentioned in previous posts (and more).  However, today I am going to share a crochet hat I did.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WIP Wednesday - lite

Today is the Lite version, meaning I do not have a lot to share.  I debated not linking up, but it is a great way to keep on track of my projects, so I am going for it!

Finished
Christmas Ornament - The idea came from Pinterest.  This one will be a gift, I have two more to do.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Prince Charming Quilt

The Prince Charming Quilt has been signed, sealed and delivered!

I have mentioned before that I have quilted pillows, purses, whole fabric baby blankets, pieced baby blankets, pieced duvet covers, but this was really my first quilt.  I felt like I was making a quilt and not just making something.  This quilt has a story that made it extra special for me and hopefully to it's new owner, my Auntie.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

WIP Wednesday and a Wolf Hat

I found my hat pattern!  That means I was able to make my daughter's winter hat.  I did not realize how uninspired I was to make a new hat until I started making it.  As it came together I remembered how much I love to make fleece hats.  As I mentioned in my last post I have tweaked my pattern.  I now have the perfect (for me) pattern for size 21" and 22" head circumference.  The original pattern that I used was this fleece hat tutorial and if you browse through her gallery you will find the inspiration for this wolf hat.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Honey Teddy Bear

I recently found the website the Funky Friends Factory.  She has some cute stuffies on there!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WIP Wednesday - binding

I am here again sharing my Works In Progress (WIP).  Although, I have not completed anything I made huge headway on my Prince Charming Quilt.

Finishes
zero

New
I have not started any big projects, but I have started a couple Christmas ornaments.  These should be easy to complete.  Just. Need. To. Find. The. Time.

Progress Made
Prince Charming - I don't think I named this quilt last week, but all of you fabric gurus knew.  I finished quilting it!!!!  It was my first time doing free motion on a large project.  I loved/hated it while I worked on the first 60% of the quilt, but the last 40% went amazing.  I was so impressed with the ease of it that I am no longer afraid to attempt it again!  Of course there are technical errors, but that is to be expected right?

I am now onto the binding.  I have machine stitched the front and am hand stitching the back.  I don't have much time this week, so will be using my lunch hours at work to complete as much as I can.  Here is a new peak at the project.

 Nearly Hexagon Charm Quilt - It is named 'nearly' because I will repeat one fabric in it, it should be just noticeable enough to give it the cohesiveness that I am looking for.  I managed to sneak in a few more hexagons, 27 to be exact.
This is a beautiful batch.  I used my Terrain fabric to make them.  Unfortunately, they will need to be broken up in the finished quilt so they do not overshadow the rest of the hexies!

No Progress
Christmas Pillows

I am linking up with Freshly Pieced.  Follow the link to find some more fantastic works.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mustaches - the faux kind

Fake mustaches pop up all over the web these days.  They are very popular - sewn, knit, crochet, paper, felt, you name it, you can make a mustache with it.  Mustaches are also very popular where I live in support of Movember - the month that men grow mustaches in support of Prostate Cancer.  A very sexy month!

Who wouldn't have fun with a fake mustache?  I recently made some for my children's hockey team.  The team will be taking a "fun" picture for a contest later this month and sporting these accessories.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Crochet

I have made a few crochet items lately and I never remember to take pictures of them.  Today, I thought I would share a small project that I did take pictures of.  Fish Washcloths.

I found a free pattern on Ravelry.  It is a great site if you crochet or knit and I strongly recommend joining.  However, if you are not a member, you can find the pattern here.  It is a super easy pattern and makes cute washcloths.  They are 100% cotton and great for the kitchen or bath.  My kids however, were not impressed.  Go figure.  I guess they were raised to have very simple likes, they prefer a simple square washcloths. 

Happy Crafting and have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween 2011 Episode 3


My husband and I were attending a Halloween Party on the weekend, so we had an excuse to get new costumes this year.  I struggled with ideas.  I like my costume to be economical and not thrown together (although I have done this in a pinch).  My kids don't like to see us dress scary and they really don't like to see us dress gory.  I cannot dress in an adult themed costume because that is something I am not willing to explain to the kids, so I was left searching for ideas.  Finally, I stumbled across Dora and Boots and went with it.

My favourite part of the costume was backpack.  I made the eyes and mouth in black, then cut the white of the eyes and the red of the mouth smaller.  They are fused together with fusible interfacing then stitched down.  I couldn't find a pattern, so I just winged it.  My son drew maps face and coloured it for me.  He did a great job!  I love it.  I hope my kids will play with it after Halloween.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween 2011 Episode 2

As promised, here is the next exciting episode of Halloween 2011!  I am not sure taking on the task of completing six handmade costumes was a great idea, but it is happening.  My boys are werewolves, Teen Wolf style.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween 2011 sneak preview

I have been busy around here and I almost have Episode 2 complete.  However, I will not be releasing it until Thursday.  Here is a little something to curb your interest...
Halloween 2011 Episode 1
Halloween 2011 Episode 2
Halloween 2011 Episode 3

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Halloween 2011 Episode 1

Two of six costumes are complete.  My girls are ready, my boys are planned, mine and my husbands are still unplanned.

My oldest daughter wanted to be a witch this year and I saw a fantastic pattern online that I thought would be perfect, but it was $32.  Not for me.  I decided that I should be able to recreate it on my own.  She loves it and  is happily wearing it as I type this up.  I did find a few witch hat tutorials online and combined the ideas to come up with her hat.  I almost bought one, I am glad I went with making it instead.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Flannel Baby Blanket

There are many special people in my life and now and then it works out that I can offer a little something of myself to them.  That is why I made this baby blanket for a gift.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Hexagon Charm Quilt - 386

Time for another Hexagon Quilt update!  They are actually a lot of fun to make.  I can grab a small bag of supplies and do about 20 in half of my lunch hour at work.  Then grab a few minutes here and there at other times.  I am sure that piecing them will be a little more challenging, but I am up for it.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Capelet


You will have to forgive me, I am not good in front of the camera and the wind made it extra challenging.  However, my husband is a great sport and found this location for us to do an impromptu photo shoot and took many pictures so that I can share my project with you.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Big Machine Fabric

I did not know until tonight that big machine fabric could be so wonderful! 


A few days ago I had the opportunity to go shopping at one of our local fabric stores that is a little out of my way.  My 4 year old insisted that he wanted to shop with me.  I told him it would be boring and he would have to be very good.  He assured me he would and that he just wanted to spend time with me.  Of course I brought him along after that one.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bead Organization

That is a little container that I made to store my daughters beads.  Earlier this month I had a night home without my family.  I am not sure that has ever happened before.  At first I thought it would be a wonderful time to sew.  In reality, I organized.  I spent hours going through cupboards and closets, moving things to the garbage and to donation piles.  It was a productive day.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Monster Slippers

For Christmas last year, I made my little darlings slippers. I showed you pictures here.


I used to have fleece slippers, they were my favourite.  I wore them all the time, but alas they wore out and I had to part with them.   That combined with the fact that my darlings were often looking for slippers while they played their numerous made up games led me to make them their own.  I used this pattern/tutorial.  Of course the pattern did not cover the range of sizes I needed, so I traced the kids feet and used the pattern as a guide to draft my own.  I love them. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Halloween - Cauldron Crafts

Halloween is a fun time of year around our house.  First off who doesn't like to play dress up?  Well, okay, a lot of people don't, BUT those that do have a lot of fun!  Secondly, my husband is a Halloween baby.  All in all this means, cake, costumes, candy, parties, trick-or-treating...fun.

The reason that this post is called Cauldron Crafts is because of some lovely ladies from Fabric Donkey .  For the month of September you can find Cauldron Crafts, a month of Halloween crafting on their blog.  A little bonus is that they are running a fabric giveaway.  To win, you have to post about Cauldron Crafts (really check it out, there are some cute things, I like the Mummy pillow).

My Halloween craft is from a couple years ago.  Halloween Petit Fours that I made for my husband.  Every guy dreams of petit fours right?  Okay, they do not, but he is a good sport and enjoyed his cake(s).


The spiders and ghosts were made ahead of time with Royal icing.  I used techniques from Wilton.  For the cake I baked a large square/rectangle cake and cut it in to small squares.  I covered half of the squares with chocolate ganache and the other half with white chocolate ganache with orange food colouring.  They were a lot of fun.

If you are not in to petit fours, you can do the same thing on cupcakes, like I did here.  The kids took these ones to school.

The cupcakes were a yummy pumpkin cake recipe, unfortunately I forget the recipe I used. 

Stay tuned for more Halloween updates as we approach October 31.  Happy Halloween Crafting! 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Gym Bag Appliqué

The first day of school is only two days away.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my summer and am not sure I am ready to send the kids back to school, but they are ready.  In fact we may have a problem, my 2 year old has been walking around the house with a backpack saying "school"...she insists she is going.

With only one day to prepare for school I decided to look at the school supply list.  Thankfully the school provides most of them.  On my list, gym bag.  I was planning on sewing one for my daughter (my son has one I purchased off Etsy a couple years ago - the store is no longer in business).  However, while I was shopping the other day I saw one my daughter would love for a great price.  The only thing left to do is put her name on it.  Of course I could write her name on the inside with marker, this is how I do most of her items, but I thought this one needed something special.

I found a scrap of fabric that is a perfect match, and ironed interfacing to the back of it for stability then cut our her name.  I used Microsoft Word to create the template for her name.  After the letters were cut out I simply used a zigzag stitch to appliqué them on.  I think it looks great.  I hope she likes it!


Close up of her name:

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Hexagon Quilt - update

I first posted about my hexagon quilt here.  The hexagon quilt will not be a quick one, but it is an addicting one!  I promised myself that I will not let it take over other projects that I have on the go.  What has happened is I steal every free moment to cut paper hexagons, cut a square of fabric or baste a few hexagons together.   I want to have a good selection of colours before I started sewing them together,  I am not sure when that will be, probably soon.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Crochet Rock Cozy

It seems that every now and then I need to find a nice quick project to rejuvenate.  Today was that kind of day.  I have seen rock cozies before, they do not serve much of a purpose, but they are very pretty.  You can actually purchase a rock covered in a crochet cozy!  I, however chose to follow a pattern from the Purl bee.

The rocks came out of my backyard, I was on my way to my son's football practice when the urge to crochet hit me.  I quickly ran in to the backyard and grabbed a couple rocks from beside the shed. 


I changed up the pattern a little so that the cover went around the whole rock.  I think they turned out really well.  I also think they are reminiscent of Pet Rocks that were so popular years ago!  What do you think?  Would you have some in your home?


Rock Fronts:


Rock Backs:





Monday, August 22, 2011

Quickie Dress Refashion

I came home today to my 2 year old daughter wearing her sisters dress.  The dress was a refashion that I made for her last year.


Cute on her, but on my 2 year old it becomes a maxi dress.  So, I figured she needed a dress of her own.

I had a shirt in my closet that I bought while I was pregnant.  My intention was to wear it post pregnancy.  The problem was that once the shirt finally fit I found out it was one of those shirts that no matter what weight I was, the shirt looked horrible.  Today it became a dress for my little girl.  I must say I love it on her!

I left the bottom hem alone.  The front of the shirt became the back of the dress.  I took in the sides, creating new armholes and shortened the straps.





Perfect!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Quilting

Today I will update you on a little of my life.  Outside of crafting, work is busy, football has started up (my oldest plays), I am the team manager, my DH is helping coach, and summer camps are on.  My daughter was in hockey camp last week and LOVED it.  She is almost positive she will play hockey this winter.  My younger boy had fun too.  It was his first time in anything without a parent or grandparent with him.  He is one year away from starting school.

In the crafting world I am working on a big project, for me.  I am making my first quilt.  If you read this post you saw that I was making something with Tula Pink's Prince Charming line.  I love the fabric.   I have pieced blankets, quilted baby blankets and doll blankets, but this is my first whole quilt experience.  It is a very time consuming hobby!  I cannot wait to be done, but am dreaming about other quilts at the same time, ha.  So, while I work on this I have done my best to put all other projects on hold, with the exception of the hexagon quilt that I sneek in now and then (you can see my progress bar on my sidebar).

I have the top pieced and about 1/4 of it quilted.  Here is a sneek peek:

I hope to be able to show you more soon!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hexagon Quilt


I have decided to share with you one of the very slow projects I am working on.  It is a project that I am really excited about, but I have no deadline because it will be for me.  I am making a Hexagon Charm quilt.  I was inspired by this website.  You can follow my progress on my project bar on the sidebar.

My 8 year old really likes to sew things by hand, so he has joined me and is attempting to make his own quilt.  I have chosen to use 1 inch hexagons, he is using 2 inch hexagons.  I expect I will be helping him complete his too, but what a treasure it would be if he can finish it!

The 1 inch hexagon quilt will have 1,173 hexagons and the 2 inch will have 297.  We have a long way to go!

Here is my progress so far:  

Cut, Ironed and Basted

Cut and Ironed
Cut
  Here is a picture of them together, with some of the fabrics I will need to create the quilt.  I am looking for all 1,000+ fabrics to be unique.  I think I should have about 400-500 after completing the below fabric, plus some fabric in my cupboards that I have not cut yet.  Also, I have two ladies that may be sending me some of their scraps.  One has said she is sending 100!  Woohoo!  So, if you have a lot of quilting cotton scraps and have been wondering what to do with them, you now have a recipient!  Each 1 inch hexie is made from a 2 1/2 inch square.
  Below is an idea of how they go together.  I have many more to complete before I start to sew them together because I need a more complete colour palette to get the layout correct.
  Here are the 3 my son has completed:

He is using 4 1/2 inch squares to make his hexies.

If you want to see some real inspiration check out this flickr album.

Links to my hexagon posts:
1. Hexagon Quilt
2. Hexagon Quilt - update
3. Hexagon Charm Quilt - 386

Friday, July 29, 2011

Amigurumi - Zombie Witch

I have been trying to find the time to write a about my family vacation we had earlier this month, it will not be today either!  I will get to it soon though.  The reason I mention the vacation is because it was on vacation that I created this amigurumi Zombie Witch. 

We had a house/pet sitter while we were away and we wanted to give him a little something for his troubles.  His Father has this company and they were putting on a play at the Fringe, called Brain Cravers Curse of Extollo.  It was a fantastic comedy with zombies.  Who knew a zombie play could be so entertaining.  They won best comedy of the festival.

Now take that information, swirl it around and what do you get?  The perfect opportunity to make a Zombie Witch!

I used a free doll pattern to make her.  It was a pretty straight forward pattern.  I liked how you crocheted the arms and legs right into the body instead of sewing them on after the body was complete.  I worked on her for 3-4 nights while I was on vacation, most of it was after the kiddies were asleep.  Some when they were awake.  My littlest girl almost really liked her.  She wanted to play with her, but I think the odd colouring and hypnotic eyes threw her off!  I may have to make her a cute doll.

Before we left the island the kids, Zombie Witch and I took a tour around and I snapped some photos.  I find her very entertaining.  I love the hair.  She has a perfect balance of cute and creepy.


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