Friday, September 18, 2009

Small Victories

And it came out like this:

I guess I just don't know my own talent.

Oh wait...this blog is about real creativity. My bad.

A nw wallet for under 10 dollars.

So after looking at all Molly has accomplished I went into hiding for a few days. When I came out I resolved to do something for myself so I made this:

I used this tutorial and it was surpringly easy. I did it in 3 hours yeterday including cutting the fabric which always takes me much longer than it should.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

1/2 Assed

So, we are finally settled in our Detroit home. We've been here 2 weeks and have had 2 sets of family visitors so I've pushed myself to complete *most* of the unpacking. But now that there's been a tiny baby lull, the crafting bug has hit again (inspired by Mary's bacon and eggs and Adele's love of garage-sale-ing). The only problem is... I have a billion little half finished projects I've been meaning to get out of the way... so here they are in all their mediocre glory. I have to say I feel quite unsettled about presenting my unfinished products, but I want to get them on here and out of the way. Please forgive all the wrinkles, blurry photos and generally disheveled goods.

1.) My very first sewing maching venture... dress for Chloe that turned out only to be able to fit a doll...damn free patterns online. If any of you out there have a naked baby doll that needs a dress I'll send it your way.
2.) A sweet little vintage number for the kitchen...if only I could tie it around my waist.

After Chloe was born I was determined to make a little something just for myself...
3.) A Yo Yo quilt --- easiest craft on the block, but time consuming. I hope to finish it by Chloe's 2nd birthday.
4.) Here's a bib...all it lacks is a clasp.

5.) I've been promising Britton a seaside themed guest room since before Chloe was in the womb. I got this vintage bird book at a garage sale and stripped it of all it's seaside birds. So far, I've just mashed them all onto a wall....both the bookcase and wall need a lot more work, but you get the idea.
6.) Chloe's room has been a dream in the making for a long time. It's a teeny tiny room, not big enough for a bed but has a great wall of built-ins. The theme is going to be vintage childrens books. I keep finding amazing things at garage sales... it's just a start....
and here is the light above her not-so-formal pack n'play.

The end....or, rather.... the middle.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Bacon and Eggs

I have been feeling guilty that I haven't posted a real project on here yet (Although not quite as guilty as Katie Pryor seems to feel).  I made these a while ago and had been meaning to post them on here, but just couldn't make it a priority.  Today, I needed a break from my real job, so I decided to finally post them while Jimmy is taking a nap.  These probably one of Jimmy's current favorite toys.  I was actually quite proud of myself for coming up with it, but at the same time, it just seems so obvious.  Jimmy loved playing with his Easter Eggs after Easter.  He would put tiny little toys in them and try to close them (which I usually had to help with).  I got kind of sick of having his basket in our living room around June, so I put them in an old egg carton and decided to make felt eggs to put inside each one. And well, if you are going to make eggs, you need bacon too.  Everyone needs bacon.  

The eggs are just white and yellow felt with a little stuffing. I used some fiber fill coming out of a hole in a pillow before I sewed the pillow closed, but you can use cotton balls.  I have often thought that I should use the lint from the dryer for some craft project such as this.  Is that kosher? (Please post your opinions).  I hand stitched them, so it was super easy.  The bacon I did on the sewing machine so it was a little bit trickier, but not too hard.  I used the only three colors of brown felt that they sell at Michaels.  I used the middle toned one as the base and then just made some uneven stips of the other two colors and carefully stitched along those.  Then after I was done sewing them on and just pulled on them a lot to make them more wonky like bacon really is.  Then I like to fold them up so they get those nice curves like bacon.  I have considered making my next batch double sided.  Jimmy watched me make one, so now he asks for bacon whenever he looks at my sewing machine.  I don't know if he is asking for the real thing or another fake one... He loves both.  For more pictures of him enjoying them, check out my blog Here.
UP NEXT: Donuts 

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Could this be any cuter?