March is Craft Month!

In honor of March being Craft Month (who comes up with these things!?!?), I’m going to dive back into my very sporadic blog and see what I can do.  Maybe finish up some half finished crafts.  Maybe come up with new crafts to do.  Let’s be honest, the second is much more likely to be what I do, but I will do my best to finish up at least one ongoing project!  You heard it here, I’m going to finish something!  And by something, I mean one of the older projects sitting around my house.

But, for today, I vow to finish the last of the knitted hats that I’m making for Craft Hope’s Project 16.  What is Craft Hope you ask?  Well, if you are unfamiliar with them, you can learn all about them here.  In my opinion, they are a brilliant little online group that helps out organizations all over the world by bringing hope in the form of handmade goodies.  I initially got involved during the oil spill in the Gulf and Craft Hope’s Project 8.  The call went out for cotton washcloths to help clean up the birds and other marine life.  In this case, it consisted of me cutting a number of flannel squares to be used.  But I also sent in some knitted and crocheted ones from a friend.  Image

Not the best picture, but you get the idea!

Project 16 is a call out for handmade hats and bags for children going through chemotherapy.  I promised myself I would donate 13 hats, 8 boys and 5 girls, one for each healthy year of my children.  So far, I’ve knit 5 boys and am on my 3rd girls hat.  After this, I’ll have to switch to sewing as the deadline is March 16.  Again, I’ve convinced a friend to participate and she cranked out 5 hats for me to add to my box.  

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March is Craft Month!

In honor of March being Craft Month (who comes up with these things!?!?), I’m going to dive back into my very sporadic blog and see what I can do.  Maybe finish up some half finished crafts.  Maybe come up with new crafts to do.  Let’s be honest, the second is much more likely to be what I do, but I will do my best to finish up at least one ongoing project!  You heard it here, I’m going to finish something!  And by something, I mean one of the older projects sitting around my house.

But, for today, I vow to finish the last of the knitted hats that I’m making for Craft Hope’s Project 16.  What is Craft Hope you ask?  Well, if you are unfamiliar with them, you can learn all about them here.  In my opinion, they are a brilliant little online group that helps out organizations all over the world by bringing hope in the form of handmade goodies.  I initially got involved during the oil spill in the Gulf.  They call went out for cotton washcloths to help clean up the birds and other marine life.  In this case, it consisted of me cutting a number of flannel squares to be used.  But I also sent in some knitted and crocheted ones from a friend.  Image

Not the best picture, but you get the idea!

Project 16 is a call out for handmade hats and bags for children going through chemotherapy.  I promised myself I would donate 13 hats, 8 boys and 5 girls, one for each healthy year of my children.  So far, I’ve knit 5 boys and am on my 3rd girls hat.  After this, I’ll have to switch to sewing as the deadline is March 16.  Again, I’ve convinced a friend to participate and she cranked out 5 hats for me to add to my box.  

March is Craft Month!

In honor of March being Craft Month (who comes up with these things!?!?), I’m going to dive back into my very sporadic blog and see what I can do.  Maybe finish up some half finished crafts.  Maybe come up with new crafts to do.  Let’s be honest, the second is much more likely to be what I do, but I will do my best to finish up at least one ongoing project!  You heard it here, I’m going to finish something!  And by something, I mean one of the older projects sitting around my house.

But, for today, I vow to finish the last of the knitted hats that I’m making for Craft Hope’s Project 16.  What is Craft Hope you ask?  Well, if you are unfamiliar with them, you can learn all about them here.  In my opinion, they are a brilliant little online group that helps out organizations all over the world by bringing hope in the form of handmade goodies.  I initially got involved during the oil spill in the Gulf.  They call went out for cotton washcloths to help clean up the birds and other marine life.  In this case, it consisted of me cutting a number of flannel squares to be used.  But I also sent in some knitted and crocheted ones from a friend.  Image

Not the best picture, but you get the idea!

Project 16 is a call out for handmade hats and bags for children going through chemotherapy.  I promised myself I would donate 13 hats, 8 boys and 5 girls, one for each healthy year of my children.  So far, I’ve knit 5 boys and am on my 3rd girls hat.  After this, I’ll have to switch to sewing as the deadline is March 16.  Again, I’ve convinced a friend to participate and she cranked out 5 hats for me to add to my box.  

March is Craft Month!

In honor of March being Craft Month (who comes up with these things!?!?), I’m going to dive back into my very sporadic blog and see what I can do.  Maybe finish up some half finished crafts.  Maybe come up with new crafts to do.  Let’s be honest, the second is much more likely to be what I do, but I will do my best to finish up at least one ongoing project!  You heard it here, I’m going to finish something!  And by something, I mean one of the older projects sitting around my house.

But, for today, I vow to finish the last of the knitted hats that I’m making for Craft Hope’s Project 16.  What is Craft Hope you ask?  Well, if you are unfamiliar with them, you can learn all about them here.  In my opinion, they are a brilliant little online group that helps out organizations all over the world by bringing hope in the form of handmade goodies.  I initially got involved during the oil spill in the Gulf.  They call went out for cotton washcloths to help clean up the birds and other marine life.  In this case, it consisted of me cutting a number of flannel squares to be used.  But I also sent in some knitted and crocheted ones from a friend.  Image

Not the best picture, but you get the idea!

Project 16 is a call out for handmade hats and bags for children going through chemotherapy.  I promised myself I would donate 13 hats, 8 boys and 5 girls, one for each healthy year of my children.  So far, I’ve knit 5 boys and am on my 3rd girls hat.  After this, I’ll have to switch to sewing as the deadline is March 16.  Again, I’ve convinced a friend to participate and she cranked out 5 hats for me to add to my box.  

March is Craft Month!

In honor of March being Craft Month (who comes up with these things!?!?), I’m going to dive back into my very sporadic blog and see what I can do.  Maybe finish up some half finished crafts.  Maybe come up with new crafts to do.  Let’s be honest, the second is much more likely to be what I do, but I will do my best to finish up at least one ongoing project!  You heard it here, I’m going to finish something!  And by something, I mean one of the older projects sitting around my house.

But, for today, I vow to finish the last of the knitted hats that I’m making for Craft Hope’s Project 16.  What is Craft Hope you ask?  Well, if you are unfamiliar with them, you can learn all about them here.  In my opinion, they are a brilliant little online group that helps out organizations all over the world by bringing hope in the form of handmade goodies.  I initially got involved during the oil spill in the Gulf.  They call went out for cotton washcloths to help clean up the birds and other marine life.  In this case, it consisted of me cutting a number of flannel squares to be used.  But I also sent in some knitted and crocheted ones from a friend.  Image

Not the best picture, but you get the idea!

Project 16 is a call out for handmade hats and bags for children going through

March is Craft Month!

In honor of March being Craft Month (who comes up with these things!?!?), I’m going to dive back into my very sporadic blog and see what I can do.  Maybe finish up some half finished crafts.  Maybe come up with new crafts to do.  Let’s be honest, the second is much more likely to be what I do, but I will do my best to finish up at least one ongoing project!  You heard it here, I’m going to finish something!  And by something, I mean one of the older projects sitting around my house.

But, for today, I vow to finish the last of the knitted hats that I’m making for Craft Hope’s Project 16.  What is Craft Hope you ask?  Well, if you are unfamiliar with them, you can learn all about them here.  In my opinion, they are a brilliant little online group that helps out organizations all over the world by bringing hope in the form of handmade goodies.  I initially got involved during the oil spill in the Gulf.  They call went out for cotton washcloths to help clean up the birds and other marine life.  In this case, it consisted of me cutting a number of flannel squares to be used.  But I also sent in some knitted and crocheted ones from a friend.  

March is Craft Month!

In honor of March being Craft Month (who comes up with these things!?!?), I’m going to dive back into my very sporadic blog and see what I can do.  Maybe finish up some half finished crafts.  Maybe come up with new crafts to do.  Let’s be honest, the second is much more likely to be what I do, but I will do my best to finish up at least one ongoing project!  You heard it here, I’m going to finish something!  And by something, I mean one of the older projects sitting around my house.

But, for today, I vow to finish the last of the knitted hats that I’m making for Craft Hope

March is Craft Month!

In honor of March being Craft Month (who comes up with these things!?!?), I’m going to dive back into my very sporadic blog and see what I can do.  Maybe finish up some half finished crafts.  Maybe come up with new crafts 

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?

Healthy Living

My fridge

Not much good has come out of Hurricane Irene’s path, but, I’m trying to put a positive spin on the whole thing, you know, look for the silver lining wherever I can.  From this perspective, I would like to thank Hurricane Irene for putting us out of power for 24 hours, thus necessitating a full cleaning of the refrigerator.  Down to scrubbing each and every shelf, organizing what was still considered safe to eat, and throwing out all expired and spoiled items.  This, I’m ashamed to admit, included one box of baking soda with an expiration date from 2009 and one very mushy cucumber.

With my newly sparkling refrigerator, I do believe Hurricane Irene is also inspiring me to eat healthier foods.  I don’t ever want to find a mushy cucumber, let alone have to actually touch it to dispose of it (yuck!), again.  So, I’m keeping a much closer eye on my fruits and vegetables, making sure something from each drawer is served at each dinner.  I’m also making sure the kids take either a fruit or vegetable with their lunches to school.  They have usually done this in the past, but now it seems to be more of a requirement for me as they help pack their lunches and snacks for school.  And it’s a bit of a struggle for my daughter, as she’s in a nut-free classroom.  For most kids, this isn’t such a big deal, but since my child does not eat deli meats or cheese sandwiches, we’re having to get creative.  On the plus side, she’s been willing to try some new foods, if only a bit at a time.  I’m hoping to convince her to eat hummus in the coming weeks.

What silver lining have you found out of all the devastation?

 

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