Showing posts with label crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crafts. Show all posts

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Halloween Fun

I’ve had this fabric in my stash for a couple of years now.  I originally bought it for my Dad. A couple of summers ago I made him several short-sleeve shirts, all in fun, bright prints. Over the course of about three months, I think I made him about a dozen shirts, which he loved.  He has always had such a fun personality, and loves to wear bright cotton ‘Hawaiian’ shirts all summer long.  He always has some fun, off the wall project for me to ‘help’ him with.  Earlier this year he and my step-mom went to a ‘Titanic’ Ball.  Everyone dressed in clothing from the era, and the styles were just fabulous. Dad came up with the idea of making a lifejacket suitable to the time, and we spent a fun couple of hours creating it together. Unfortunately I forgot to get a picture of it. I took pictures of Dad and my Step-mom before the party, but never thought to include the lifejacket.

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My most recent project for Dad was a clown costume for work. It was a lot of fun to do, and I will post pictures as soon as I have them.
Now back to the reason for this post!  I made MacKensie a super easy skirt for Halloween. All I did was cut a long rectangle, sewn together with one side seam and my first-ever yoga style waistband. I will be using this method to make waistbands fairly often, it is so easy!

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Getting a picture of the skirt on her was more difficult than actually sewing it. She is always on the move these days so pictures are literally taken ‘on the run’.

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I put the skirt on her to try on after a quick diaper change, so nothing matches. The waistband turned out a little big, but still wearable. Hopefully it will still fit next year. This is the only pic of her standing still – sort of.

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As usual, she is wearing someone else’s shoes. On the wrong feet no less.

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And here she is seconds after the skirt came off. She’s too busy to stop and put her pants on! Lately she has been obsessed with keys.  She discovered the lock on my cedar chest and has been trying to fit a key in the lock ever since. It is so hard to believe she is fourteen months old already.  Time passes so quickly!
See you next time!

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Friday, January 6, 2012

A Hopeful New Year

Happy New Year! As usual I’m a little late on the bandwagon, but my sentiments are just as heartfelt. I hope you all enjoyed a very happy holiday season. We had a good, although quiet Christmas and New Year. Albeit sad, missing our sweet baby MacKensie. Her mom kept her from her dad and us throughout the holidays. We haven’t seen her since mid November, and we are all feeling the strain. I spent most of December sick with one thing or another, finally ending up with shingles, for the second time in six months. I guess that’s what stress will do! I’m finally on the mend, and am trying to have a positive outlook for the new year.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do as much sewing for Christmas as I had intended, but I was able to make a bag for my nan. I based it on the "She carries flowers" bag by Sachiko of Tearose Home. I’m very happy with the result, and nan loves it! Unfortunately the only pictures I have are a few I took the night I finished it to quickly email to my daughter. I had planned on taking more before I mailed it off, but naturally I forgot!
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It was fun to make, and I incorporated quite a few different flowers and leaves. It is lined with a burgundy floral print, with one inside pocket.  Nan plans to use it as a knitting bag, so I know it will be well used, as she always has something on the needles!
I finished another project for her today that I will blog about in the next day or so. It involves even more flowers.  It is a lovely aqua colour, and I’d love to keep it for myself! I do have fabric left over, so maybe…….lol.
Happy sewing!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

No Baby Yet……

We are still waiting anxiously for the arrival of my granddaughter.  Her poor mom is ready to go anytime, although technically the due date isn’t until this coming Sunday(21st). I’ll keep you posted!

On the crafting front, when my daughter Hillary was home a few weeks ago, she made herself a pillow! This is quite an accomplishment for her, because she is not the most avid seamstress. Sewing is just not her thing.  She had seen the Petal Pillow tutorial by Allison Harris at Cluck Cluck Sew. (which is a fabulous tutorial by the way) After some intense digging and searching through my (cough) considerable stash, she opted to use an almost burlap colour cotton for the pillow slip itself.  She bought some denim blue felt for the petals, and started right away. I’m so proud of her because she did the whole thing herself, despite never having followed any type of pattern (or tutorial) or used a sewing machine  in her life. It looked so funny seeing her sitting there at my machine, so intent on her project. It was so nice to spend that time together, her working on her pillow, and me working on my own project.  (which I will post later) So without further ado, I give you Hillary’s pillow.

Didn’t she do a great job?  It matches my living room  sofa perfectly!  Unfortunately, she took it home with her, lol.  She plans on making another one to match next time she is home.
Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Playing Catch Up....

That's all I seem to do these days. Life has thrown a few curve balls in the last few weeks, and I am still reeling. Needless to say, my blogging is not the only thing that has suffered. My sewing plans have been on hold for some time now, but I am slowly easing myself back in. I have dozens of ideas roaming around in my head, but have lacked the ambition to put them into play. Sorry to be so cryptic. I will be explaining myself in the next couple of days, I promise! Suffice to say that life doesn't always go as planned. Okay. Needless to say you all have issues (good and bad) in your own lives, and don't want to listen to me complain. So, onto the good stuff!

Ansel, at Allness World, gave me the Stylish Blogger Award!

Wasn't that sweet of her? She really made my day! Ansel talks about her new life in Canada, after moving here with her family just over two years ago. I have to admire the bravery it takes to make such a drastic move. Moving across town is hard enough sometimes, but to a new COUNTRY? I just can't imagine it. In order for me to receive the award, I have to fulfill a couple of requirements. They are,

- Thank and link back to the person giving you the award.
    - Thank you Ansel! I really appreciate it! -

- Share seven things about yourself.
- Award 15 other newly discovered (by you) bloggers.
- Contact these bloggers about their award.

So. Seven things about me?

- I love to sew. (Gee, really?)
- I have four of my own children, and two stepchildren.
- I don't like winter.
- I probably have enough fabric in my stash that I need never buy fabric again in my lifetime, and still not run out.
- I have red hair
- I love double chocolate donuts!
- I don't like talking about myself. (or had you already figured that out?)

Next, I have name 15 bloggers. To be perfectly honest, that's not going to happen any time soon. Not that I don't want too, but I have to decide who to pick.  I'd love to just give the award to all of you, because you all deserve it. In fact, I think I will. Just leave your blog address in the comment section, and take your award! Congratulations!  Now you will all have to work on your acceptance speeches, and pick out a gown to wear.

I have done a little sewing this week. My daughter asked me to make her a gathered clutch, using the tutorial by Anna at Noodlehead.  Thanks Anna!

It is slightly smaller than Anna's, because I had a shorter zipper. Hillary also requested a handle, and little pockets inside.

I think she'll be happy with it, don't you? I am going to a baby shower on Saturday, so I'm working on a few things to show you in the next day or two. Happy Sewing ladies!

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Sunday, November 28, 2010


Everybody needs a little, right? Tonight, I decided that applied to dogs as well. Mercedes needed a new collar, and with black fur, her new black collar wasn't leaving much of an impression. I searched through my button box, and came up with a package of sew-on pink 'crystals'. It seemed like a match made in heaven.
(isn't my new tea towel cute? My son's girlfriend Rachel gave it to me)

Since I am the Queen of easy crafts, I decided this was the project for me! Wait, did I say it was easy? No. Definitely not. It was very difficult, very tiring work. Here, I'll show you...

First, you try the collar on your long suffering, completely disgusted (but oh so co-operative) dog.

Now doesn't she look happy? When you have the correct fit, take the collar off, and put a pin close to the slide. You don't want the collar to get bigger or smaller while you are sewing. I spaced the crystals out as evenly as I could, but naturally I ended up being at least one short. Figures. Oh well, I think it turned out fairly well and I'm happy.

Mercedes LOVES it. She practically BEGGED me to take her picture in her new finery. Really! I only had to bribe her with one treat, to make her sit still. (she was too busy showing off to Abby, to hold still for a photo session)

I'm pretty pleased with her fancy collar. I looked at similar ones in the pet store for up too $20.00! I love my dogs dearly, but I can't see spending that much on a collar. One down, one to go. Abby, that means you're next!

She's beside herself with joy. Really. She's thrilled. Can't you tell?

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