Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hello Kitty

There was some crafting going on... A friend I used to work with requested a Hello Kitty baby quilt. It's so much fun doing custom work because it pushes you outside of your normal project choices! 

 I hope she likes it! The front is Ta Dot by Michael Miller in Berry. And the back is Nicey Jane Hop Dot in Cherry. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Isabella update

...or more of a photo dump... because I am busy doing other things right now! 
But here's some random photos from her first week. Hope you enjoy!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Patriotic Garland Tutorial

Thanks for all of the love for Isabella. We are home adjusting to life as four- it's going very well - just very busy! I will try to get some pictures up for you shortly meanwhile hope you enjoy this scheduled post!

It's been a while since I did a tutorial ... or a garland. This one is pretty basic and will work for quite a few holidays hope you enjoy! 
Red, White and Blue Felt by the yard- 1/8 yard of each color. The larger you want the garland the more you will need mine measures about 10 feet long. 
Red, White and Blue Embroidery Floss
Red Grosgrain Ribbon - 3 feet

Using Pattern pieces cut out stars- you will need 2 cut outs per star. Double your felt and cut them out together to make it easier on yourself. Cut out even amount of every color if you would like the garland to alternate red white and blue. 

 Put together the end stars first. Select one red and one blue star set. Cut Ribbon in half and using Fabri-Tac glue ribbon between two stars.
 Using coordinating embroidery floss sew your stars together hiding your knot between the stars. 

 Use a large stitch. Pull thread and knot slightly smaller to give wavy effect to the star. Repeat on all stars.
  Thread stars on red floss beginning and ending with the stars attached to the grosgrain ribbon.

 Hang garland and enjoy!

Don't forget to add your garland to our flickr group!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Introducing Our Newest Family Member

Isabella Vivian Marie
May 16 2012
7.5 pounds
20 inches

Mom and baby are doing great. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Getting Organized.

One of my goals was to get organized before the baby got here... who knew she wouldn't be in a hurry?! I finally finished up the last few things on my to do list the week before we all got sick. 

I had read about homasote on design blogs as a great alternative for a cork board (much cheaper) but the problem is actually locating it. Lucky for us again Mom talks to a lot of construction companies at work. So she was able to have a local lumber yard get us a 4x8 sheet which ran $30 and we were able to split between us. I only needed this smaller piece, which I wrapped in linen and had Uber attach to the wall. The grosgrain trim covers the screw heads. 
 On day 3 of cleaning up after after a sick child I decided to make myself a pin cushion to hang on the board.... I had originally planned something fun and bright but ended up with this fellow... who makes me laugh. He's based off of this design which has been a popular pinterest pin. Of course since it was in french I didn't quite realize the dimensions of the final project... I should have made mine much smaller to get the same look... he's hanging out for now but I am not sure he will be around forever! 
My next project was making a case for my Wacom pin tablet. It just takes up too much space in a drawer so Mum gave me the idea to hang it up.  
 Though  I tried super hard to mess this up it turned out really well.

 It even had pockets for the cords and pin inside. 
 And it now hangs in this nifty basket (via ballard designs) 
So yes I am now officially done organizing my space so it looks nice for all of the time I won't have to use it here soon... someday... if there really truly is a baby : ).  

PS Mom is almost organized too-- I am really going to have to sneak pictures of her stuff to show you all!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Skirt Week - Brought to You By Crafterhours

As Jess mentioned a couple of days ago, we're a bit behind here. Well, I'm a bit more behind than Jessica. I believe she has super powers. It's that or I'm lazy, so I'd like to believe it's her super powers. 


If you haven't heard yet, Skirt Week 2012 is here. Lovely skirts are already filling the Flickr pools. Even if you're not sewing skirts now, go and get inspired! 

Click HERE for all the details

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Mini Version

As previously mentioned. I made a smaller baby size quilt for the shop

After focusing on special orders for so long it's nice to make something just because for the shop again...