Thursday, November 29, 2012

-winterwoods sampler-

Winterwoods Sampler

My Winterwoods Sampler is framed!  I have loved this project.  I felt like I was in a crafting slump over the summer.  I really wanted to have a project, but nothing was hitting the right note.

Winterwoods Sampler

I took this slow.  I worked on it while homeschooling, sitting in a Dave Ramsey class we took at church, and watching movies in the evening.

Winterwoods Sampler

One of the reasons why I think I liked this sampler so much is that I could just stitch one little part and feel like I "completed" something.  I didn't put myself on a schedule and just stitched when I felt like it.      I really wanted to enjoy the process.  Sometimes that is not very easy for me to do.  *cough* ;0)

I have never framed a cross stitch before, so I asked some ladies at our quilt guild if they had any recommendations.  I ended up using a Pres on mounting board.  I tried looking for it at some of our local craft stores, but I couldn't find anything bigger than 8" x 10". So, I got one off of Amazon.  (Oh, how I love thee, Amazon.) It took me a few tries to get it positioned right but was quite easy to do.

Winterwoods Sampler

 A big thank you to Ginny and Grace for starting this stitch along. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

-wallets and pouches-

Coloring Wallets

I made these coloring wallets for my niece and nephew for their birthdays a few weeks back.  I have made several of these coloring wallets (pattern by jcasa).  They were my go to birthday present for a couple of years, but it has been awhile since I made one.  These are great to use up large scraps though and go together quickly.

Coloring Wallet- Boy

For the boy wallet I used a Japanese car fabric that I had leftover from Josiah's pants I made during Kids Clothes Week and a blue solid for the lining.

Coloring Wallet- girl

For the girl wallet I used a Japanese princess and the frog fabric leftover from Juliana's bento box carrier and a green solid.  I do interface the outside and the lining to make them sturdy, but iron on interfacing does crinkle a bit since it is folded, and this is especially noticeable on the inside.

Idea Pouch

I also made my first Christmas gift!  This is the Idea Pouch from Michelle Patterns.  I bought this when she first released the pattern.  I changed the button closure to use a rubber band because I didn't like having to wrap a string, and I think this makes it look a little more streamlined. 

Idea Pouch

 I really think this is a versatile pattern.  It can fit an iPad, a composition book, or I also think it would be nice for an embroidery project- you  could keep a hoop and pattern in the main part and adjust the pockets on the inside for your floss, needles, and scissors.  I am definitely going to make another for me after the holidays.  For the fabric I used two half yards from Madrona road.  However, the pattern does call for 2/3 yards because of the height of the pieces. usually cuts their fabric a bit generously.  I was lucky, and it worked!  

zip Pocket Pouch

I also made myself a new wallet.  This is the Zip Pocket Pouch from Michelle Patterns.  My old wallet was the same pattern in the big size.  This is the tall.  My old one somehow ended up in the kitchen trash can.  Hmm...I have my suspicions on how that happened.  I definitely couldn't keep me.   

Zip Pocket Pouch

I love this cute typewriter fabric, and this is a super fun pattern to put together.

I am a huge fan of all of Michelle's patterns, and she currently has all of her patterns on sale for $5 until 11/25!  I definitely would recommend her patterns to even a beginner because she has such great details on how to get your bag or pouch to look professional.  Go check them out!

I will be back later this week to show you my finished cowl!  Yay!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

-little bits-

Felicity is 5!

My Felicity turned five this week.  She has been waiting for this day ever since her big sister's birthday, and finally it came!  She was so happy and pleased as punch with all her gifts.

Candle Blowing

  One of the best things about having a number of kids is getting to see how different they all are.  She is a very sweet and easy going child (most of the time).  This is so nice since *cough* I have two other children who are not so easy going.  Klutz is her middle name though.  She trips and falls all the time.  She has broken one of our kitchen chairs trying to smell muffins.  The band aid box is needed weekly if not daily.  However, she has such a kind, gentle heart, and I am so proud of my big girl.


She received the coveted American Girl doll who looks like her.  She named her Isabella.

Fun mail!  Fabric for the girls' Christmas dresses. @aneelahoey style.  I will have to get some more, but i am thinking of using this yarn for Millwater. @fussycut

I am also starting to plan for my Christmas crafting.  I bought some Cherry Christmas and some red polka dots to make some Christmas dresses for the girls.

My first knit project. The cowl is growing!! Yay!

I have also started my first knitting project!  I am making Millwater (per Angela's recommendation!).  I am having so much fun making it! It is guaranteed that this time of year I start craving some yarn projects, but this time I am learning to knit!  This has opened up all sorts of possibilities, and I have become obsessed with Ravelry!  If you knit or crochet, come be friends with me over there!!

Also, I finished my Winterwoods Sampler!  I love it!  I want to get it framed before sharing it with you all first though!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

-pillow talk swap 9 complete!-

PTS 9!

The past couple of weeks have been so tiring (the time change- it messes with everything!) and busy with halloween, soccer, and birthday stuff.  It just going to get busier- I know.  I am contemplating taking next week off of school to catch up on some projects around the house and to prep for Christmas.  One advantage of homeschooling...

PTS 9- side

 I haven't had much time to sew.  However, this past weekend I finished up my pillow for the Pillow Talk Swap.  I quilted it with swirls- they are a little "organic".  I hope my partner doesn't mind!  However, I do like the look and will try it again in the future.

PTS 9- quilting

I am happy to cross this project off the list, and I am looking forward to getting something in my mailbox in the next week or so!

PTS 9- back

For the back I used this gray text print.  My partner likes text prints, and I kind of felt bad for not using any on the front! ;0)

You can find my previous post on this pillow here!

Happy November and happy sewing!!  Time to get the Christmas crafty groove going!

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