Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I'm hosting a big Christmas movie watching potluck on Sunday and was looking for ways to decorate without having to buy anything. I came across this idea on the internet and am really happy with how it turned out! I just cut out snowflakes from old magazines and junk mail and then sewed them all together with an embroidery needle and some red thread. It was a little time consuming, but the payoff is that I am now a freaking whiz at paper snowflakes. Seriously, I'm accepting challenges if any of you are takers!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
And since I have quite a few Halloween fabrics from making pillowcases for the kids and their cousins, there are a few of them. Bigger ones in the basement for next year, and more for friends. The skeleton one is actually from last year, and Brinda has been wearing it non-stop. Except before Halloween. Did I mention that neither of my children would wear these before Halloween, but now they are in rotation again? I have contrary children.
And here are more. I'm telling you, I really like this "pattern." It takes all of 1/3 of a yard of fabric, since I prefer them short and sassy.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I can't make Blogger unturn my photo.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The outside is whatever scraps I had that the kids picked out, which explains the different sizes, and the inside is rip-stop nylon. The closure is velcro from end to end. They work well for dry food, but I'd like to get over my fear of sewing on vinyl and try that for things like apples. Has anyone ever sewn on vinyl?
I wash and dry these with no problem. I'm not sure how food safe they are, but I'm willing to risk it.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
I'm new to lace. If you're into an intricate pattern and like working with size three needles, this is for you. If the people in your life enjoy hearing "I'll help you just as soon as I'm done with this row", this is for you. If you like knitting for hours and making 11 inches of progress, this is for you.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
This year's shirt is from a Hane's 5 pack. It's a bit thin, but the price was right. And I needed two of the rest of the pack for practice. The fabric is from my stash, and I used the purple iron on adhesive that the lady at Hancock recommended. Then I used my buttonhole stitch on my Bernina all the way around.
It turned out very cute, and I'll definitely be doing this again!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The sandbox cover that the manufacturer of our sandbox sells is crap. It's very thin kind of vinyl with a bit of threadlike reinforcement. We've bought a new one every year. (Well, twice now). And every year it just shreds. This year I made one, using the shreds of the old one as a guide. The fabric is from the clearance section of outdoor fabric. It's more fabriclike than the old one - almost a canvas. I used fusible fleece to reinforce the edges that fold over the sides of the sandbox, as well as where the grommets are.
So far, so good. It's not as waterproof as the old one tried to be, but it is as catproof. If I were to make another one, I'd put a grommet in the very center to drain it, so there wouldn't be any puddling. What puddles it's collected haven't lasted long though, so I'm calling it good.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The orange one I knitted in natural wool and then dyed with kool-aid. It was the first time I've done that, and the results are pretty uneven. Of course, that could be because I only bought 3 packets of kool-aid, then decided I needed more and found four really old ones in our cupboard. They weren't really powder anymore, but they were still orange. Don't tell Chris I used all his kool-aid. He saves it for when he's sick. Because that's healthy.
Here's the before and in-process. It was kool-aid and the microwave. Way better than the RIT dye on the stove, if you ask me. Or nasty real dye.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
So I made her a new one, in stash cotton (ok, it's dishcloth cotton). She loves it, and wears it inside all the time. It fit her when I first made it, but she loves to pull the ties down until she can't see, and now it's a bit larger. (There is an upside to acrylic, I guess.)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
You might notice that it's not exactly square, and some family members will take exception to my tagging this post as woodworking, but it looks great to me. Chris's is even worse off (we had really warped wood, apparently we should have spent more time picking it out, but I like to think it's a sign of the creator...), but it's hidden.
And this is my other shelf. It's in the back part of the basement, and it also was just a big hole. Now it's filled with my art supplies. And sure, I haven't done any block printing, book making or whittling since before Chris was deployed, but it makes me happy to look at the supplies anyway. I believe that someday I'll throw my children out of the house, and then I'll be free!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I haven't had much time to knit this semester, but I did manage to finish a scarf for myself before the end of the winter. I bought the yarn on line, and didn't realize quite how purple it is. Luckily the scarf took over a month to finish, and by the time I was done with it I didn't mind it. The pattern was very intricate, which made it a project for watching TV alone. When I tried to knit with people around I had to tear out rows.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
What a helper!
I now realize Mom didn't really want to surprise us when she painted...
She did it while we were at school so she didn't get "help"!
Cheyenne was much better help...
But got fired for painting the trim and carpet...