Wednesday, October 22, 2014

blood, sweat and tears

Hello!  My post title sounds a little gross but that is what it took for me to finish my latest sewing project.  Okay, maybe it was mostly just sweat cause it is so hot and humid again here but there were some frustrating sewing moments.  Just wanted to throw my hands up in the air and then bang my head on the sewing table and maybe just silently say some choice words but I am so happy that I'm done. 

Here is my youngest one holding all three fabric Trick or Treat bags.  I love the print on here.  Both the black and green liner fabrics are from Riley Blake Doodlebug.  The gingham fabric on the bottom of the bags was from Walmart.  I am so happy I found the gingham fabric.  I was looking for just plain black or orange or some other Halloween-y color but couldn't find any so thought I'd try the gingham and it adds so much fun to the bags.

I found this tutorial HERE and used the measurements as my starting point for the bags.  I also knew I wanted to try personalizing these bags.  I cut the letters out using thin felt from Walmart and my PTI alphabet dies.  I used the Ultra Hold Heat n Bond adhesive to stick the letters on the bag.  I didn't want to sew over the letters so I hope the adhesive really is ultra hold strong!

All the bags have a wide square bottom and I ironed on a backing on the fabrics for added support.

All the handles are a bit different because I was using up all the scraps of fabric.  Even with the headaches that came with sewing these bags, I love them.  Hmmm, sounds a lot like children.  I plan to give them to my kids' teachers' children for Halloween.  Hope they like it!

Thanks so much for dropping by!




Friday, October 17, 2014

thirteen!

Hello!  My daughter turned into a teenager one morning!  We recently celebrated her 13th birthday.  She didn't want a big production over turning 13 even though I thought maybe she'd like to have a dinner or something with a few close friends.  But she's very low key and much like us, a homebody so she didn't want to do anything special except have cheesecake for dessert.  It was a yummy cheesecake!

As usual, I made my traditional bookmark birthday card.

I turned this one into a shaker card too.  I was able to order the foam adhesive sheets from PTI which made it much easier to make this.  And I finally caved and bought this stamp set from Mama Elephant.  I love this set cause they are so cute!  I used the smaller version of the animals for this bookmark.  I was really tempted to buy the matching dies but it is so expensive to buy matching dies for every stamp set!  But it is convenient.  I ended up fussy cutting these out.

Here is a close up of the cute guys!

Sometimes I feel like I'm splitting in a few different directions because I want to do so many different crafts from paper crafts to crocheting and sewing and I even bought resin supplies!  Haven't quite started with that yet but soon.  I need a much larger crafting table and area!

Thanks so much for visiting and leaving such nice comments!





Wednesday, October 15, 2014

tuxedo sam!

Hello!  Wow, see another post!  I am trying to be productive here but seriously I think maybe it's time for me to head out and get a part time job?  Maybe that is why I'm kind of restless these days.  I'm in the process of sewing up some cute Halloween things.  And I just finished my youngest one's costume.  It isn't anything fancy but I think it's funny and cute.  I just need to find him some white shorts.

Today, I'm sharing a little Tuxedo Sam that I crocheted.  I found the tutorial HERE.  I love all the little things she makes especially the Sanrio stuff and she has a new book out with patterns of a lot of characters.  It's listed on Amazon HERE and I haven't bought it so I don't know how the pattern in the book compares with the free ones she has on her blog.

I added a little purple clip so my daughter could hang it up some where if she wanted to but he does stand on his own which I'm happy about.  He is pretty fat with stuffing.  The only thing I would change if I knew how is his white tummy.  It's kind of bulky.  

And he made my hand hurt especially my thumb since the hook I used was so much smaller than I'm used to.  But overall, I like the way he turned out and my daughter likes him too so I guess that's all that matters.

That's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 13, 2014

happy halloween

Hello people!  Oh, I've finally made some stuff to share and I'm happy because I'm actually done with some Halloween projects ahead of time.  I even have all the little baggies done for my youngest one's class treats which are just glow sticks but I feel like I've done a lot of prep.  Today I'm just sharing 2 treat bags I made for my daughter to give to her friends. 

These were made with Lawn Fawn's Goodie Bag die.  I love the cute little decorative edge on top and the handle which I've blocked with the tag.  I added the little clothes pin on top for now until I can fill them in and tie the tags on.  I'm thinking about just adding a gift card instead of candy.

The tags, bat and sentiment are all from Lawn Fawn.  Lately I can't seem to get enough Lawn Fawn.  They make some cute stuff!

Hopefully I'll be back with something else to share soon!  Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

something old, something new

Hello!  Yay, I made 2 things in the past couple days!  One was something that's actually been sitting on my crafty table for a while like a month and I had to gently blow the dust off to finish it up.  I had all the pieces cut down to size and the images all colored up but I wasn't very motivateed to finish the project.

But I finally finished up this large calendar.  I was able to put 3 of Sister Stamps pandas (Ling Ling, Shin Shin & Po) on it.  That is my something old project, not because it's been sitting around for so long but because I've made these kinds of calendars before.

Here's my new project.  It's a 2 year pocket calendar that I found on this site.  The calendars come with a plain white cover and you can decorate it.  I decided to use washi paper since it's thin.  I had a leftover Shin Shin already colored and then added Ling Ling too.  I stamped part of the sentiment using Lawn Fawn's Riley's ABCs and added their hello die.

You can also put the calendar into a clear vinyl cover.  It's like a checkbook cover.  There isn't that much wiggle room with the vinyl cover so that's why I kept everything thin and flat.  I think these would make cute little gifts plus there's 2 years worth of months so it's pretty practical.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Pikachu!

Hello!  Well, it's been a while again!  Still feeling a bit shlumpy.  I don't know if that's a word but that's how I've been feeling lately.  But I decided to finally finish up this crocheted Pikachu hat that I started making a super long while ago.  I think I stopped making it because I found a Pikachu costume for my son and it came with a mask but it's kind of a lame mask cause it's so hard and there really isn't a place for my son's nose.  So it's like smashed and not comfortable.  But once I stopped making the hat, I just forgot about it.  I took it out the other day and I realized the basic hat part was almost done!  I just had to finish the face parts and the ears.  Good thing I had some good notes.

So I finished up the details and put the hat together last night and my son can use the hat as part of his Halloween costume.  Yes, he can reuse that costume for the 3rd year in a row.  It's been a while so I can't even remember the site I got the basic hat pattern from.  She had crocheted a bunch of Sesame Street characters.  The ears and facial parts I got from this site.  But I made the eyes a little differently and added a mouth.

Here it is on my son's head.  Pika's ears flop forwards and backwards but still looks pretty cute.

A different angle.

Alrighty, I got some goodies today so maybe I'll get back into the crafty swing of things.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Emojis are helpful

Hello!  I know my blog has been rather neglected these days so I was kind of excited when I saw I had a comment.  Wow, who would comment on my blog when I have nothing new to share?  My excitement was short lived of course because the comment was:

"Because Eric Carle's original artwork wasn't good enough?" on What do you see?

Hmmm, what was the purpose of this comment?  To be nasty?  Sarcastic?  Snide?  I can't tell, maybe it needs some kind of mean faced emoji next to it.  Then I would totally get it.

Or maybe I am totally wrong and this was just a light hearted, fun comment that needs an LOL next to it?

Anyway, my crafty blog is public and I guess that leaves it open to some mean spirited comments though this is the first one I've gotten besides the occasional do you want to work at home kind of spam.

Thank you to the commenter for taking the time to leave this thoughtful comment.  It has made my day!  (Insert sarcastic emoji here).

Thank you to my crafty friends for visiting today.  (Insert grateful emoji here).
Sorry I don't have anything pretty to share.  I've been in a crafty slump lately.  (Insert sad emoji here).

P.S. I am not tech savvy enough to find the appropriate emojis to insert into this post.  (Insert confused emoji here).