Monday, January 28, 2008

Tim's bedskirt

One more thing for Tim's room. A bedskirt. I reused his old valance from out last home and added more pieces to it for a bedskirt. It only goes around two sides because his bed is in the corner. I figure his bed will always be in the corner because the room is so small.

Additions to Tim's room

I made easy-as-anything memo board to hold his favorite pictures, etc. He enjoys looking at Mee-Mee and Pop-Pop and their new dog Chester.

Here's a fabric panel that I machine quilted for the wall. Definitely very homemade, but he can point to Maryland--that counts for something, right? I bought this panel at Wal-Mart a couple years ago and it's sat on my "to-do" list all that time.

Here's a little pillow and a mini-quilt that I made for Tim awhile back. It was during the first stages of his love for quilts and I made it in the hopes that it would work as a substitute for the larger quilts he insisted on dragging around him, even outside. It didn't work as planned, but it is now serves as blanket and pillow for "Wuh-Wuh," his beloved dog.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Doll, bed and start to quilt

Here is the new cradle mattress and pillow. It's definitely poofier than I expected, but I think it may collapse some over time. My grandma looked at the crib and original mattress and thinks it may be from the thirties. I'm not sure how to clean the original mattress -- it really smells like my grandpa's house (tobacco stink). Not good for a little girl's room.

Here is the start to the doll quilt. Just part of the top done. It didn't take anytime at all, but I need to keep working on it. I think I started it Christmas Eve afternoon and haven't gotten any farther. I love all the purple!

Here is the doll. Carolina's not too enamored by her, but I think she might grow to like her a little more. I think she spends too much time playing with her older brother and almost prefers cars and trains over dolls. She does like to snuggle her blankets and little fuzzy stuffed animals. But I don't think that is a gender thing at all, is it? Tim definitely has his favorite lovies.
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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Tie One On

The current theme for Tie One On is polka-dots -- here's my submission. An apron just for me. It's definitely a little "froo-frooey"--not a real word, but that's how I describe it. I certainly keep things a lot more plain most of the time. But it hides spaghetti sauce splatters very nicely and I'm keeping it!

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Cherry apron

I bought this cherry apron just especially for my sister-in-law's apron. Her birthday is the day before mine and we had a little family get-together this last Sunday. For this apron, I consulted this book for the dimensions. I actually got three of those books for Christmas! Pretty crazy. I kept the one from Ben, gave the one from my mom to my sister Jen, and exchanged the one from my sister-in-law Jen for this book.

Anyway, I think I'll do pleats next time instead of the gathers. I like it though.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Baby boy quilt

I had a hard time finally using up this baby toy flannel. I got it for a $1/yard and I just like its nostalgic feel. This is just one of those easy-as-pie flannel blankets. Not a very complicated homemade gift, but it's simple. And I love all the blankets that I have like this.
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Monday, January 14, 2008

Carolina's bib and headband

I don't have better pictures, but here is her birthday bib. I whipped it out really quick that afternoon. I was frantic to do it and I knew I was crazy. Who really cares about the bib? I did and that's all that mattered. I really liked how it turned out. I made her headband months and months ago. It's hard to get her to wear it for very long.
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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Carolina's baby booties

I made these last spring for Carolina and you can tell they have been well-loved. They fit her for awhile and actually stayed on her feet, usually. I used a pattern found in a BH&G baby knitting booklet. The pattern was wonderful and super-quick. I didn't even check my gauge and it ended up being too small the first time. I just made another real quick, no big deal.

I made them with some yarn that my friend Kat gave me for my birthday several years ago. She bought it in Norway on her LDS mission. I've also made a bear with this same yarn and need to post that too. I love these booties and am sad that her feet no longer fit them. She just turned 1 recently and has yet to walk on her own. These are the only shoes she's worn and only sometimes to church. I tell her that when she learns to walk we can buy her some shoes. She's pretty stubborn sometimes, but super sweet.

Here she is at Easter wearing her newly made booties. She sure has grown since then!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Peggy's apron

Ben's aunt loves Christmas and snowmen, so I made this for her with lots of love. The snowmen are leftover scraps from an apron (I think) from my mother-in-law. You know those aprons that come in fabric panels that you buy by the yard? My mil loves to make them and has given me some of the extra fun stuff. Anyway, the snowmen are kind of sparkly and I appliqued them on the bottom front. I also added green trim to match the handles and some red ric-rac. I made them in the same style I've made a bunch of kid's aprons this year. We should have more in our etsy shop soon. My sister has added some awesome messenger bags there. She's been using home dec fabrics and it gives the bags a lot of stability.

My current project is an apron for ME! Pictures will be coming soon.

In other apron-related news, Apronista has a great giveaway this week. Check it out!

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Monday, January 7, 2008

We've been featured!

Isn't this so cool! Mama's Kitchen has featured us on her blog. Really fun! She has some really unique and nice stuff in her etsy shop. Thanks, Terri!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Katie's doll

I made this for my 7-yr old neice based on the ruby doll pattern. I would definitely do some things a little different next time. Crafting is such a learning process, but I'm still pleased with the outcome. I used some wool fabric from my grandma, felt fabric, ribbon, etc. It was a fun process. I am definitely interested in making more dolls.

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Amy Butler apron

This was a hard apron to give away. We sent this down to Ben's sister in South Carolina. She is a big fan of Vera Bradley and I got this beautiful VB fabric secondhand from my sister. I get the best stuff from other people's overflowing stash. The vintage gold fabric came from a craft show for a $1/stuff a bag. My sister and I found some cool stuff. She made a great bag from one of the pieces. Anyway, the apron is a half apron from Amy Butler's In Stitches. The book is wonderful and I finally had to return it to the library this week. I got it on ILL and only could keep it for six weeks. I check out all my books from the library, but I might actually have to purchase this one.

I hope Ben's sister loves it as much as I do. Too bad there is not enough fabric for another one, but I might end up making myself one from a remnant I picked up at Joann's. It's the main fabric seen on this gorgeous bag in this crafter's post. I'm not a huge dog person, but the fabric really caught my eye.
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Crayon roll

I'm not sure I followed the pattern exactly right, but I'm pleased with the results. We sent this down to Tim's second cousin in North Carolina.

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