Bags

Today’s crafty endeavor involved making 5 drawstring bags to add to my hats for Craft Hope Project 16.  They are pretty simple to make, though I didn’t make a tutorial.  There is an excellent one on Purl Soho’s blog, the Purl Bee.  You can find it here.

The best part was that I used my stash!  Pictures will have to come tomorrow, the lighting at 10:15 at night is not the best.  However, just as a taste of what is to come, one was a fat quarter, and the other 4 were made from leftover fabric that was used to make pillowcases for some kids.  Yes, that would be kiddie fabric, Scooby Doo and Dora the Explorer.

So, pictures to come.  Tomorrow, the bags I made, and someday, I’ll share my stash.

 

 

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Hats, done!

Ok, we’re going to make this a Monday – Friday attempt this month.  I’m already a day behind!  Oh well, promised I would post a picture of the finished hats, so here they are:

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I knit 3 girly hats and 5 boyish ones.  Then got out the sewing machine on Saturday.  I used Cheri’s tutorial for boy hats as a jumping off point, and just went from there!   2 black hats made from leftover fleece from my son’s toucan costume 2 Halloweens ago.  3 princess hats made from fleece.  2 Star Wars hats made from the bottom 7″ of a pair of PJ pants purchased for my husband that were too big (still need to alter them down to my son’s size, but figured I’d be cutting off at least 7″ anyway!).  1 hat made from an old Cars t-shirt that was in the Goodwill pile.  I think that’s it!  The knitted ones were all basic hats, except the turquoise and orange one.  That one was from a pattern called Chemo Toque that I found on Ravelry.  Overall, I was very pleased with my productivity.  I surpassed my goal of 5 girl hats and 8 boy hats, ending up with 6 girls, 8 boys, and 2 black ones that could go either way.

Today’s crafty endeavors will involve bag making to go along with the hats.  We’ll see how many I can get done before it’s time to pick the kids up!

Sewing Days

Ok, so it’s been a while since I updated the blog.  Doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy!  Probably means I’ve been TOO busy!

Anyway, after a long week of no power due to Nor’easter Alfred, I’ve decided to get some projects out of my sewing room.  I was looking around for something to do and realized that I have a ton of projects just sitting around half-finished, half-started, maybe even just the materials for something I want to make.  We’ll say my sewing room is full of UFOs – UnFinished Objects.  So, I’m setting myself a goal of finishing AT LEAST one a week.  Wanna see what I’ve already done?

My Muppet Vest

This is a vest for my daughter made with a fun faux fur from a friend (don’t you just love free fabric?!?!).  Initially, I was going to line it with a really cool giraffe satin lining, but, we do live in New England.  I wanted the vest to provide at least some warmth, so I went with a black and white furry fleece.  Pattern was McCall’sM6430.  I made a size 7 for my Kindergartener, and it is pretty big.  She’s typically a size 6, I wanted her to be able to wear it for a while, and as it looks, it’ll make it through Elementary school!

Fabric Book

Next was a fabric book entitled The Flopsy Bunnies by Beatrix Potter.  This was made for a book club friend who is having a baby, due New Year’s Eve!  We put together a basket full of books to start the child’s library.  This was a panel put out by Quilting Treasures and purchased at my nearest quilt store, Sew Inspired.  They have a wonderful collection of fabric and I always find something to spark my creativity!

Stocking

 And finally, a stocking I made for my mom.  Still have to make the one for my dad, and I’ll post that when it is done, but wanted to get everything caught up on here!  This used a BRILLIANT product by Quiltsmart.  Once again, purchased at Sew Inspired.  The product is interfacing printed with the pattern on it.  Absolutely brilliant, if you ask me!  Just make sure you also get the instructions.  You fold, sew, unfold, fold again, sew, THEN cut.  All done with 2 fat quarters and limited cutting.  Amazing!  The final product isn’t very large, only 16″ from toe to hook, but very cute nonetheless.  Can also be reversible if you desire.  I bought 1/2 of a yard of two different fabrics so I can make two stockings for my mom and dad.  Plan on attaching the hook so that one stocking is the plaid and the other is the brown fabric.  Adding the hook makes it not reversible, but still pretty darn cool!

And, well, that’s it!  One more stocking, hopefully tomorrow, and then I will need to find the next project.  Such a feeling of accomplishment as I clean out all these projects!  What have you done lately?

Handy Craft

Well, today is turning out to be a dreary, rainy day.  So, what to do with the kids other than make a craft!  We saw this one on PBS Sprout the other night.  I’ve searched their website but couldn’t find a link to send you back to, so here’s our more than simple instructions.  My 5 year old daughter made this one almost all by herself.  It was her idea to do the craft and she came up with the chores to add to each hand.  In theory, this is going to help her remember what her chores are each day.  Let’s hope it works!

Handy Chore Wreath

Supplies:  Paper plate, construction paper, glue scissors, crayons

1.  Have an adult cut the middle out of the plate to make a wreath.

2.  Trace your child’s hand on different colored construction paper.  My daughter could trace her hand herself, but wanted me to do it because she said when she did it her hand was too wriggly!

3.  Let your child cut her hands out.  She can then draw pictures of her chores, ways to help others, whatever may be useful to her or him to remember to do each day.

4.  After she drew the pictures, I wrote what each chore was so that we both could remember 🙂

5.  Glue all the hands to the wreath, hang, and hope it works!

Super easy craft.  Kept her busy for a good half hour.  While we only did 5 chores, you could certainly do as many as you’d like. My daughter also suggested that we could do one with good manners, saying please and thank you, helping others, chewing with our mouths closed, whatever your child might need help remembering.

Hope you find something fun and entertaining to do with your kids today!  As for us, we’re off to reading hour, or at least half hour.  One can hope!

 

Finished Friendship Bracelets

Well, I finished all 5 of my friendship bracelets and passed them off to my friend who is hosting the friendship bracelet swap. They were lots of fun to make.  I used this pattern.  And here’s how they all turned out:

Friendship Bracelets

The one on the far right was made with black, a very light gray, and a variegated blue DMC embroidery floss.  I recommend that if you are using the variegated, not to use the loop method as I did.  My threads were all really long so I could fold them in half leaving a loop through which to tie the bracelet.  Using the variegated thread, it didn’t allow much variegation to happen.  I would suggest cutting lengths from the variegated thread to ensure you get the changes in color that you are hoping for!

Friendship Bracelets

A while ago, a friend of mine had a brilliant idea, why not have a friendship bracelet swap?  Now, in my hay day, I could pump out the bracelets like no one’s business.  I had 3 designs I could produce, a “v”, a slant, and a round one.  So the first thing I did was dig out the embroidery floss, which has resided in the same box probably since the last time I made a bracelet!

Messy thread!

To my amazement, I found finished, unfinished, and unstarted bracelets, as well as “worry dolls” I had made a long, long time ago!

Bracelets

Worry dolls

Who knew I still had these things floating around!  I wonder what else I’ll find the next time I venture into my hidden craft supplies?

Long time, no post

And the zebra says. . .

It has been a while since I’ve allowed myself the luxury of sitting down and putting a post up on the blog.  I can’t believe I didn’t blog my way through all the yummy food I ate when I was home in February, home being North Carolina.  I can’t believe I didn’t tell y’all about the Lazy 5 Ranch my mom and I took the kids.  It was the most fun I’d had in a long time.  Something about feeding animals out of the palm of your hand is just amazing.  Buffalo, ostriches, emus, water buffalo, giraffes, llamas, but not the zebras!  Something about them biting. . . The kids had a blast, though I’m not sure who had the better time, my mom or the kids!  It was a gorgeous day, 74 degrees and not a cloud in the sky, a vast change from the fields of white I’ve been staring at for months up here.  Really didn’t want to leave!

So, today I was reading a friend of mine’s blog, and she’s got a contest going for a copy of CraftSanity magazine, a magazine in which she just published a pattern.  Now I’ve never met a magazine I didn’t like, so I’m definitely entering to win a copy!  She has some great ideas, and more importantly, follow through! PoMo GoLightly has been an inspiration for me, giving me the courage to start this blog, live more simply (see her participation in Project 333), and hopefully this summer, try my hand at homemade jam, among other things.  Check her out, you just might learn something!

Snow day craft

Colored Ice

By my count, it’s a whopping 18 degrees outside.  Perfect for a Snow Day craft!  The kids are home, probably for a day or two from what I’m hearing from the weatherman.  While they are watching The Big Aquarium, thanks to the public library, I’ll tell you about our craft for the day.

I wish I could remember where I read about this fun-sounding craft.  Probably Family Fun if I had to guess, but I really can’t remember.  I read a lot of magazines and websites, so it’s no telling where I first read about it!  It’s a suncatcher for the winter time, made out of ice and food coloring.  Found it!  It is from Family Fun with a link here. But here’s how we’re doing it.

Here’s what you do:

  • Fill some ice cubes about 1/2 way or so with water.  I varied how much I filled them to see what difference it would make in the final product.
  • Next, put one drop of food coloring in each ice cube well.  You may need to stir it around with a toothpick to make sure it mixes well.  Freeze.  We’re doing this on our front porch since it’s so cold!
  • When the ice cubes are all frozen, take them out of the trays and put in a round cake pan.  Any size will work, as will any shape for a variety of suncatchers.
  • Fill the cake pan about 1/2 way with cold water and freeze.  Some of the colors may melt and run with the addition of the cold water, but that’s what’s going to make it so pretty!
  • If you want to hang these from a tree, you will want to put a small glass or something about an inch from the top to leave a hole through which you can tie a string.  If you want to just put them out in the pretty white snow, you won’t need to worry about the hole!  I’m thinking about setting ours up in the snow or letting the kids build a snow fort and using them as “stained glass windows”.

I can hardly wait for the ice cubes to freeze.  I’ll post a picture tomorrow to let you know how they came out!  Happy snow day!

A Clean House

This past week found me cleaning my house and trying to finish unfinished home improvement projects.  We decided to refinance the house and had to have an appraisal.  While it will be interesting to know what he thinks the house is worth, for the 4 minutes he actually spent inside my house, I doubt that I needed to go to that much trouble! Fortunately, I do enjoy a good clean house and it hasn’t been this clean in quite some time.  I know that it will only take another day or two before it returns to its former cluttered self, but I’m going to try to stay on top of it this time.

And since I was in the organizing mood this week, I decided to try to plan some meals ahead of time instead of 20 minutes before putting it on the table.  I found 3 new recipes to try, purchased all the ingredients before the big snowstorm hit on Wednesday and we’ve had two of them so far.  The first was a Zesty Ginger-Tomato Chicken.  Cooked this one in the crock pot, man how I love a crock pot!  Load it up in the morning, watch the snow fall all day, before you know it, dinner’s done!  And it was good!  Probably would have had more flavor if I had used fresh ginger, but it was still very good.  Served it over brown rice, but would have been equally good on quinoa or couscous.

The second recipe was a Lemon Chicken Stir-Fry that we ate tonight.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that at least one of our kids enjoyed the meal.  Our children are horribly picky eaters and I’ve resolved to stop playing the short-order cook at dinner time.  By the same token, I want to eat more healthy, which is a problem for the kids.  So tonight’s recipe is getting an extra star for being enjoyed by 75% of the family, and consisting of 75% vegetables!

My attic sewing room also got some attention today.  My last project found me hunting for needed notions, so this afternoon I got my main work surface, my cutting table, cleared off.  It took quite some time, but I wanted to make sure that I got everything put in its proper spot.  Tomorrow’s project, the yarn closet!

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