Sunday, January 31, 2010

I had a crafty Saturday with the kids. Did you? I helped the 3 older ones make Nintendo Toad stuffies out of acrylic felt. They still want bodies but I kinda like them this way. I also whipped up a few scarves for the girls with fleece I found on the clearance rack. I even have enough to make an extra one for each. The last thing I worked on was my entry into the Sew Mama Sews Valentine's day contest. If it's a random drawing I have a chance of winning. LOL Not bad for my first time hand embroidering. My hands ached so bad by the time I was done, darn arthrosis. But it was fun and I think I will make one for each the kids since they aren't too hard and my kids love handmade gifts. Oh you want pictures? OK. ;-)

Oh and this is where I hung the wreath I made over Christmas. I love looking at it.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I promised pictures, lots of pictures and here they are. First up my over Christmas goodies. Moda Birdies charm packs, Moda Caroler Jelly roll (total score on eBay! yay me) and glace desert roll add to that my new Martelli rotary cutters and tweezers and you have one happy me!! As you can see I have a bit of a thing for Moda fabrics. I am still trying to track down a figgy pudding jelly roll at a sale price so I can make a table runner  for next Christmas.

Next is the purse I have been going on about the past few days. I had an idea for a bag swirling around in my head for months but never actually too pen to paper, Finally 2 days ago I sat down, drew a rough sketch and dove right in, winging it as I am prone to do. The first take was about 2 times bigger then what I had in mind and would have made a better diaper bag then purse. Since I have only one left in diapers and she is training I figured it was time for a mommy purse and I started take two. This was the result. I didn't want to use my good fabric for the first go so this is lined with a heavy canvas. Next time I will go bag to lighter denim. Canvas is a pain in the neck to pleat! I will be making a purse roll to go inside. I need a way I can easily transfer stuff between all my bags. It is adjustable, the rings are small sling rings and safety tested to infinity. I know for sure this will hold anything and everything I need without coming apart. All seams are double stitched or triple in some places. I didn't show it but I even added little snaps to the bottom so the fabric doesn't touch the table. Like mini feet. I still need to box stitch the straps.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I just entered my felt food and my barrett holding into the 2010 Handmade Olympics!  Wish me luck. :) I also entered a great friend and an awesome sewing mama Jessi of Bratsacks.
Sorry about the tutorial. I suck LOL. It ended up not quite working as planned but I will still post how I went about it and how I messed it up. I just have to find time now to upload the photos. Today I was having fun with my new rotary cutter. Before Christmas I ordered a pair of Martelli rotary cutters. I was considering getting Gingher cutters until I saw this video. I love how it is ergonomic. The lovely Bethany helped me make my purchase through the US site since the Canadian distributor was unavailable. These things are amazing!!! They cut like a hot knife trough butter and are so easy on my hands and wrist. I highly recommend them both for amazing customer service and amazing product. Next up on my list of things to get is the no slip strip ruler and a large cutting mat. :) Hope you have a great day.

On a side note I urge you to clock over to my parenting blog and click on one of the links in today's post to donate to disaster relief in Haiti. My heart and prayers go out to them.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

So sorry that the tutorial is still not forthcoming. Life has once again taken over and I have no time. I thought I would share with you all a page from my 2 oldests comic book. They spent a good hour or two putting it together and still aren't done. Enjoy and I promise to post more when they are done. I love that my kids can spend hours with paper and crayons and be prefectly content. <3