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! 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

First Day of School

Yesterday was the first day of school.  What a time for us Mom's.  It is sad to say goodbye to summer, but I know they will have a great school year.  I was not too emotional until I looked back on our first day of school photos from the last few years.  They grow so quickly.

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.

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