Thursday, November 19, 2009

Latest Projects

Here are my latest projects, dolly diapers and rag light strand.

I got the idea and pattern for the dolly diapers from Make It & Love It. We will be giving them to our little girl around the time new baby comes. She really, really loves to 'match' Mommy and Daddy. I love these, and it makes us wish that disposable diapers could be so cute. If you want to make them yourself, go HERE.
This next one I FINALLY finished - I don't even want to tell you how long it took me to make 3 of these. Right after we were first married, it was Christmas time and we went to a friend's house. She had a beautiful garland near their large window, and so during the clearance sales after the holidays, I bought some fabric. I started making some right away, but I never thought it would take this long to finish them. The problem is, my hands got tired from all that tying, and it takes a long time to fill up a 12' light strand.

Anyway, what I did was cut strips of Christmas fabric (1"x7"). And then I started at the female end of the light strand and tied each one in a double knot. I can't tell you how much fabric you need for one, but I did pay a little more attention today when I was finishing up; I used 13 inches of 44" fabric, and that went for the room between 5 lights. So if you decide to make one, use that as a rough guide so you buy enough fabric.

If you've made one of these yourselves, please leave a comment and let us know how much fabric you used.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Boppy Cover

I didn't make this up - I used a Simplicity pattern - but I am VERY pleased with how it turned out. Since we are expecting a new baby, I figured it's about time that I put a cover on the Boppy.

Super Saturday

Super Saturday was this past weekend, and here are my two projects:
The countdown was a little stressful, simply because they had so many super cute papers to choose from, and I could only pick 12. I am really, really excited with how it turned out. If you have looked at previous posts, you know that I am not super-skilled at Modge Podge, but this, I must say, is Mary Poppins - practically perfect in every way!
And I have James to thank for the great suggestion for making the Family blocks orange (our favorite color) - you can't really tell from the picture, but the blocks are burnt orange and the vinyl is a creamy tan.
Thanks to Sarah, Lacey, and Tessa for great ideas and helping us with all of the projects!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sewing with Yoyos

Here is the doll blanket I made for my daughter's birthday. I got the idea from a friend of a friend. It turned out great, especially considering I have never quilted a blanket before.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Felt Sack Lunch

Guess what I did today - if you read the title, you already know...a delicious (looking) sack lunch! It consists of a sack, a bologna sandwich in a vinyl baggy, a hoho, and a bag of potato chips.
Here's the sandwich with a little more detail:

Ya Da Da Dah!!

Announcing the completion of my big, secret project. I finally finished it on Tuesday afternoon, and one finger is still nursing a little sore spot from all the fabric tying. Behold the Happy Birthday banner. I took a few pics during the process, so if you're interested in a little more detail or a rough tutorial, let me know.

I am excited to use it next month - everyone's birthday is within 7 days of each other, so it will be up ALL WEEK LONG!
I didn't string it up too well, since it was just for a quick pic...stop by our house next month during b-day week for a better view.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

New craft coming....

So I have been working on something new....I got the idea from several different blogs, and have dared to branch out with my own twist. I must say that it's coming along nicely and is as good as I had hoped - let's just hope it keeps up, shall we?

More soon...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I've been busy!

Last night and this afternoon, I have been working on a few sewing projects:

Grocery Bag Holder - tutorial from Make It & Love It

And another wipes container - this one's for my SIL Kristine:

And finally, a new purse, which only took ONE HOUR!! Woot! It's from Martha Stewart, and is made from a pillowcase:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Scandal, Adultery, and Manipulation

Yesterday I (finally) finished Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, and I have decided that reviewing the books I read would be fun to include here. The book is divided into 3 sections. The first one is all about Charles Bovary (who marries the title character). It was really slow going; by slow I mean I had to renew the book from the library before I finished Part I. I found it interesting - Flaubert just includes SO many details about pretty much everything, so it took a little longer. But once I hit Part II, I pretty much sailed through it.

Flaubert had some really good insights. I really liked how we see Anne Bovary break down little by little, and her adultery and debt consume her. As I neared the end of the book, I couldn't figure out how she would solve her problems, and the way she does really surprised me. I won't tell you how, but the blame she was hoping to lay did not end up where she had planned.

I found it very sad how very little she cared for her husband, who was such a good man and would have done anything for her. She 'knew' if she hadn't settled for Charles that a better man would have come along - which goes to show how foolish she is, since she is the daughter of a poor farmer. She was lucky to marry a doctor, let alone such a kind and loving man.

It was interesting to me how she changed her role in her second affair to be more like the man in her first - and how she got almost everything she wanted from anyone (until her first lover deserted her, that is).

I would recommend this book - I did enjoy it after I got through the first part. A line that really stood out to me as very insightful:

"...the more flowery a person's speech, he thought, the more suspect the feelings, or lack of feelings, it concealed. Whereas the truth is that fullness of soul can sometimes overflow in utter vapidity of language, for none of us can ever express the exact measure of his needs or his thoughts or his sorrows; and human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars."

Love it.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Wipes and Diaper Case

I have been wanting to try this tutorial on Make It and Love It for at least 2 months, and I finally got around to it. I LOVE IT!!
Check out her tutorial here. I would change one thing, to make it a little easier for putting in the lining. I found that by turning the lining right side out and inserting that into the inside-out main part, the right sides are together and it's less confusing where to sew and which pieces go together. It was also easier to maneuver around the sewing machine.

And I had a lot of fun burning my fingers with hot glue - which is something that I have not used much, and I have really enjoyed it. I am almost out of my clear glue - 7-8 sticks in the past week.

Recycled Cereal Box

Corn Flakes box turned magazine holder:

I saw this idea in the Family Fun magazine, and also on a random blog I came across one day. This was my first attempt at Mod Podge, and I am a little disappointed in it. However, I learned a few things about it. If you have any suggestions, PLEASE let me know.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Magnet Board & Yo Yos

I finished my new magnet board - I made one last fall with the help of a lady in my ward, and when she was getting ready to throw out the leftover metal, I went and picked up 2 more pieces - one you can see below as the Cool Summer Days board. This one I plan to use for FHE so we don't have to hold the pictures that go with the lesson, and also use flannelboard figures on it (but since it's metal and uses magnets, I can LAMINATE the figures - woot!). I am pretty excited. Plus, it was not very expensive: $5 for the frame (1/2 off from Michaels), free a/c metal, hot glue, metal cutters (borrowed), $1-2 for magnets, and $1 for the glass rocks:

And I have decided to make Maiby a dolly blanket for her birthday, which is in 2 months, so I have plenty of time. I got the idea for a yo-yo covered blanket from Our Side Notes; I know one of the authors and they have great ideas - check it out. Also, as you can see in the pic, I bought a 'Quick' Yo Yo Maker, which I saw on Sewing With Nancy in the one episode I watched. Let me tell you, if you like yoyos, you will LOVE IT!! It takes just about 5 minutes start to finish for one yoyo. In the pic, I made these 4 (my first EVER) in about 30 minutes, and it just got quicker from there...and it was only about $3.50 - with a 40% JoAnn's coupon.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Felt Food

I have been wanting to make some felt food for months and months, and I finally got a little bit done.

Eggs, bread, ravioli, and sugar cookies with frosting.

The bread pattern came from, and the others I made from pictures found on various sites.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Quiet Book

I finished a quiet book for my daughter. It's my 2nd try - I used the Simplicity pattern #3709, but made a few alterations and the 1st time I didn't like the results. But I am quite pleased this time. I didn't secure it the same way; instead I put 2 button holes on each page and put a large ring through them, so I can pass a page to a nearby child or add more pages from the ideas hidden in my head...

The cat has tiny jingle bells in the bow.

The butterfly's wings crinkle.
Each of the flowers come off the buttons.

The bird's nest contains a surprise of eggs.

The doghouse holds a cute dog on a ribbon.

The corn husk unzips.

A page for peek-a-boo.

And the cover I designed myself.

There are some great resources out there on the web. Homemade by Jill made a VERY cute book for her son, and has included templates on her blog to use for your own.
And check out the Craft Patch; I know this woman, and she has AMAZING things. She has made a fabric quiet book and a really neat magnetic book (on my someday list).

Friday, July 10, 2009

Cool Summer Days

A summer advent calendar -what a great idea. Thanks to Chocolate on My Cranium for the idea. You can check out hers here. I made it my own by using paper, glue, and a free metal sheet from a local a/c place...can't wait to try it out.

The plan is to put some ideas for each day for one month of activities that we can do. Trips, cooking, crafts - anything that can be done as a family. So what I have left to do it make the paper strips with activities, and drill a couple holes in the top so it will hang on the wall.