Thursday, December 9, 2010

This far

What have I done this week?  Let me's been a bit rainy, so we haven't done much, but, oh yeah!  I've made 18 aprons.  Yes, 18!  14 half aprons, and 4 chef style.

The advent, however...sadly, will be saved for next year {boo, hiss}  I know, I know, I should have planned ahead and actually completed before December 1st, but here we are already into the second week.  And the advent is not ready.  That's ok though, because these 18 aprons were commissioned, custom ordered aprons (ie. I got paid!). 

I need to post a picture, but I have 3 more aprons to go to complete one of the orders, then I will post all of the aprons (actually, I forgot to snap a photo of the first 10, so it will only be 11 aprons).  by the end of this week, I will have made 21 aprons.  Oh my word, I think that is more than I made the entire year.

I also just whipped up, a special gift for my BFF, hence, no picture because she will read this and it will ruin the surprise....but I found a tute here and here. (note: these links will not take you to the tutorials I used, but they will take you to blogs where I found the tutorials).

Amazing, incredible, inspiring?  umm no.  Insane, delirious, and crazy?  Absolutely, yes.  I spent the day in pajamas, sacrificed my shower (but got one after husband came home), and spent a majority of the day yelling "stop throwing toys" from the kitchen.  However, all craziness aside, everyone except #1 son got a nap (baby even got 2), we did eat lunch, and we did not eat cereal for dinner (that is a major accomplishment these days).  Oh, and #1 snacked on carrots all afternoon.  So aside from looking like a bum and having a living room covered in railroad tracks, I'd say it's been my most successful day in a long time.  Pictures soon to come.

P.S.  next week is my birthday.... passed my challenge!!!!  Horray

Saturday, December 4, 2010

I am not a failure...I am Not a Failure...I am NOT a.....

I have to keep telling myself that.  For one thing, my kids have no idea about the advent calendar.  Well, other than the fact that they have seen me "hand sewing" these little squares for who knows how long...and I will continue to sew these little squares because....


Sheesh, what say is it?  Dang, oh well.  I have excuses, oh yes I do.  I have made a lot of progress on my commissioned assignments, and I am actually almost one with the first batch of aprons.  All they need are the waist ties attached and they're off to be gifted.  Second commissioned assignment is still in the works.  All of the aprons have been cut, ties need to be cut and sewn, then I think it will go a lot faster.

I can do this.

Swap apron: complete!

Hopefully, before Christmas, the advent will be accomplished.  There's always next year

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Crown for My Buddy

Son #1 is 4 years old today!  Last week in his Joy School class, he had a little party, and one of my duties is to make crowns for the kids this year when it is their birthday.  So my own child was the first to get a spiffy crown. 

I used this thick stiff stuff that you can iron fabric onto it.  Pretty vague huh?  I have no idea what it is called.  My mom was under the impression that I wanted it several months ago, so she bought some for me and it's been sitting in the closet.  When I realized that I needed to make a crown, I pulled that stuff out, cut some fabric, folded it around the piece of stiff stuff I cut to fit my boy's bulbous noggin' (so the fold is along the base of the crown), ironed it to both sides, cut the pointy tips, then sewed all around it.  Then I added some velcro for a closure (overlapping one side slightly).  Sorry, no play-by-play tutorial.  It literally took me 5 minutes, with all three kids awake, and the baby on my lap.  I felt like a rockstar.

He doesn't normally look like this, he just does it for special occasions.  He's really quite an attractive child in my opinion.  I love him to pieces even though he can be a little stinker.  Actually, I think he is growing out of the stinker phase.  He's getting more and more "mature" (whatever that means) every day.

Today he wore that exact same outfit and crown everywhere he went.  I love the innocence of childhood, how looking completely ridiculous is not only acceptable, but it is cool.  It made my day that he felt cool wearing this crown. And, it only took 5 minutes to make.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

First Round of Advent Squares

I am pretty sure life is hectic for everyone out there.  I often wonder why I bother to start projects.

Then...I remember.  I feel so excited when I am all done and get to enjoy the work.  And my husband and kids think I am pretty cool when I make things too (even if the end result isn't perfect).  Right now is just really crazy.  I may or may not have mentioned that over the next 7 weeks will be my first son's birthday, Thanksgiving, My birthday, my brother's birthday, Christmas, AND our anniversary. 

So here's my progress with the advent squares.  I am sort of halfway done.  Sort of. 

Some squares are cut, set, and stitched, some are just set.  See the hand-stitching in all its glory?
I've been a bit overwhelmed with life lately (and a very sweet and loving, loud and aggressive 2-year-old who can make the almost-4-year-old more aggressive while making the 7-month-old cry).  I really wish I could be the mom who gets everything done, but alas, this blog is about honesty and not fantasy.

For those who haven't met them, wanna see my little heroes?
These are the big guys. They are 20 months apart, but I get asked if they are twins.

And there's the baby.  

These guys make me laugh, cry, and pull my hair out.  But they are the reason I am making this advent.  I want to have traditions in our family, and cool decorations to get excited about.  I want the Christmas magic in my home.  And doing embroidery is kinda therapuetic.  Well, at least when the house is quiet.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mario Cake

Are you ready for something different, totally imperfect, and loaded with sugar?!  Well, my oldest (he'll be 4 next week) has a birthday this month, and since it is at a rather inconvenient time (close to Thanksgiving), it's often difficult to work out how and when to do a party.  So yesterday we did a little family party with us, the grandparents, and some aunts and uncles. 

Kind of last minute, I decided to make a Mario cake (as in Super Mario Brothers).  My friend who makes cakes was going to do a cake, but everyone in her family got sick, so she called last week to tell me she couldn't do it.  Hmmm...what to do?  Ask my mom or do it myself...hmmmm.  Tough one.  My mom has done a bunch of my boys' cakes, but I figured it was my turn.  I decided to try it myself, and it wasn't a total wreck.  I did a search online for Mario cakes, and found this one that didn't look as hard as all of the others (and didn't involve fondant).  Not the prettiest cake ever, but it was super moist because I followed another friend's advice: NO OIL.  to any cake mix add 1 1/2 C water and 2 eggs.  That's it!

Mario looks rather tipsy, but hey, for a first-timer, I'd say it's not half bad.  I don't know how to frost without getting crumbles though.  Last time I decorated a cake was over 10 years ago (I made a Thanksgiving turkey cake with my cousin who was 6 or 7 at the time).  I hate frosting, but it was really fun to glop it on there.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Progress Progress Progress

So the countdown until December 1st is 18 days.  AGGGGHHHH!!!  I don't have a picture of my completed advent squares yet, but I think I have about 8 of them done.  I've been a bit stressed lately, and tedious hand sewing/embroidery work doesn't happen unless all children are asleep.  As I type this, I am talking to one child, holding the baby, and watching the other.  That's multi-tasking for you.

On my to-do list:
* complete apron for Swap (yay!!!  I am so excited to get a Christmas apron)
* complete advent
*complete 10 aprons for a commissioned project for friends (8 are already half done)
* begin other commissioned project

ok, I am a bit overwhelmed now....gotta get to it

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Manly Apron

No wonder I am stressed.  I went from the rush of three aprons, to this one, to now nothing....but I have the special advent in the works right now (and only 26 more days to complete it!  I can do this!)

So we have some awesome friends.  This man, his wife, and kids are pretty darn special to our family (so special, they've earned the titles "auntie and uncle").  On occasion, he likes to borrow my boys.  I wish we could pay him back for all that he has done.  This apron was the least I could do.  He requested an apron for his birthday.  He saw that I gave all of the ladies aprons for their birthdays, and decided that he was going to get "a Sarah original" for his birthday too.

I made this one reversible, because I must confess, reversible is easier for me, and I like having the option of flipping an apron over.

our friend is a police officer, and so I thought I'd leave him anonymous

For one side, I found this awesome vintage fabric here on Etsy.  Yay!  It was exactly what I was looking for.  Police stuff without being cheesy.  However...I spent money.  Yikes!  But, in my defense, I am adding a new rule so I can feel justified.  You don't know how much self control I have exercised during the course of this year.  WHOA!  Needless to say, I had no man-appropriate fabric, so that's that.  So I didn't buy fabric for myself, it was for this.  Ok, I feel so much better.  Moving on...the other side, I choose to use some authentic Hawaiian fabric my mom brought back for me the last time she visited the islands.  This friends works with Polynesian friends at Church, and so this apron looks like a Samoan lava-lava (well, the fabric would have been used for a lava-lava)

So there ya have it.  The first apron I've made for a man.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Halloween Swap Apron

Wow...3 aprons in one week.  No wonder I'm sweating (and it's been insanely hot lately).

I made another reversible apron, this time for the Fall/Halloween Apron Swap.  I patched-it, and it came out a little crazy, but hopefully the lady I got will enjoy it.  The reverse is orange, and make up for the crazy side.

Photos courtesy of a crazy-almost-4-year-old boy...who didn't get a nap today...(or yesterday...or the day before that...)

Apron for the Bride-to-be

A friend of ours is getting married.  I have knnown this girl for many years.  I was actually her camp counselor when she was 12, and silly and giggly.  Now she is 23, and silly, and giggly :)  (but that's ok because I'm 29 even older, and silly, and sometimes giggly).  Her bridal shower was last Saturday, and I was lucky enough to have my mother-in-law visiting us and I was able to whip this up pretty fast.  I am getting better each time (in my opinion).  I love this fabric.

Please ignore the mess in the background :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

An Apron and (almost) Tutorial

I have a lot of respect for people who make tutorials online.  A LOT of respect.  It takes a lot of time, and they are making something up that we wouldn't have otherwise be able to do (or at least they show us the way without us having to pay, right?)  What wonderful people.

So I tried to do a tutorial last week.  I made the apron successfully, but the tutorial, not so much.  So I will show you the process, and hopefully you can figure it out on your own :) (my apologies...I have 3 children under the age of 4, I'm sure you understand)

First, you start with 2 napkins (these ones are pretty heavy cotton, perfect for an apron, almost like canvas...actually, maybe they are canvas).  These ones were about 25"x25" (I think I bought them a few years ago at Target on clearance, which sweetens the deal of this apron

For the neck strap and the waist band, get contrasting fabric and cut it long enough to go across your waist and tie in a nice bow in the back (or for the neck strap, make it long enough to connect one side to the other, and not make your apron hang down too low).  For the waist band, I cut a piece that was pretty long (sometimes you have to piece it together to make it what you want), and wide (double what you want the waist to be + an inch for seam allowance).  Sew right sides together and make a really long tube.  Flip right side out, and iron it smooth (same for neck strap).  For waist band, tuck in at each end and sew it up to finish.

Leave one napkin as is.  This will be the skirt.  With the other napkin, cut it to the shape and size you'd like for the top (bib) portion of the apron).  Tuck the neck strap where it should go, and sew it into the seam (I am sure there are better technical terms for this, but this is what ya get).

Sew waistband to the bottom part of the top (bib).  Then sew the waistband to the bottom napkin (skirt).

YOU'RE DONE!  No hemming the bottom because the napkin is already sewn.  Nice, huh?  I am sure there is another, more detailed tutorial out there on making an apron from napkins, but this was my way.  In theory, I think an average seamstress could whip this up in about 30 minutes (if no children are involved in the process).  Otherwise, I have no guarantees.  Also, you might want to curve the bottom of the skirt portion, add a ruffle, a pocket, whatever.  The possibilities are endless.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dear Abby...

I am going to copy your idea.  I hope you don't mind.  Actually, I know you don't, because I emailed you, and you said it's ok.  Whew!  I feel so much better now.  You are so nice.  I'm sure we'd be real life friends if we knew each other.

photo courtesy of Abby Welker, A Feathered Nest
I've always wanted an advent calendar.  I have seen many, and this is by far the coolest one I have ever seen.
I am slightly overwhelmed.  Anyone else want to try and make one?  I had high hopes last year.  Cut all of the felt squares already, gathered felt scraps, and even set aside some embroidery thread.  Then life got in the way.  But this year, I AM DOING THIS!  I am going to break it down so I don't get discouraged.

25 squares, each unique, hand-made with beads, embroidery, felt, and other items.
If I start today, I have 55 days to complete it (December 1st).
I've always wanted an advent calendar.  I have seen many, and this is by far the coolest one I have ever seen.

Here are her posts on the making of this gorgeous advent:
Christmas Advent Calendar

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Aprons, and more

Even though it's been a month, I actually have been making things.  More earrings, but no pictures of them all.  I think I now have 4 more pairs, plus 2 pairs for friends...I have a bunch now (I think it's cured me of earring-making for a while....that, and I started running low on a certain piece, I think jewelry makers call them "findings," so in order to resist the urge to purchase more, the beads and jewelry-making trinkets have been locked away).

Earrings are soooooo easy!  It is just a pain when the boys see the "treasures" (aka beads) and they assume it is for them.  So I have to be fast.

Another birthday, another apron.  Whoohoo!  This was a quick one.  I knew this friend wanted a hot housewife apron for her birthday, but I thought I had an extra week until her birthday...I didn't realize that her husband was turning their "end of summer" party into a surprise birthday party for his wife until 6 hours before the party (if that).  So after getting my boys down for a nap, and figuring out what I would take to the party for food, I got this apron together (another reversible apron).  I love this fabric.

This picture is just because I never showed the finished result of my magnetic easel/recipe holder thing.  I love how it looks with the cute crochet flowers my friend stuck to magnets for me.

My husband often works on Saturdays which makes life a little crazy interesting.  Forgive me, but after a week of being home with 3 little people (who I love dearly), I really need some adult interaction.  But it truly is a blessing to have work, so I will stop complaining.  Anyhow, on one of these blessed Saturdays, I was going a bit crazy thinking of something fun I could do with the boys that would not require leaving the house.  I found this tutorial.  AWESOME.  Leaves made from wax paper and crayon shavings.  I remember doing these as a kid.  So we made a bunch, stuck clear thread from the top and I hung them from a hoop to make a little mobile in our living room.

A few days ago, I received a sweet package from a girl who runs one of the swap blogs where I participate (swaps are fun...if you join, tell her I sent ya!).  This was a difficult time for me to put together a package quickly, so I opted out, but she was sweet enough to send me some cute things.  As a thank you, I whipped this up as fast as I could.  I wanted to try a scalloped edge, so this was kind of an experiment (this is also my first time doing a patchwork-ish apron).  It's kind of different, I know.  My husband liked it though.  "I hope she enjoys it as much as I do," were his exact words.

So that's pretty much what I have been making lately.  On my plate right now are an order of 10 half (skirt) aprons, and 3 or 4 reversible full aprons, plus another full apron (another birthday for a friend), and an advent calendar (that I will post on very soon....ahhhh, I had high hopes of doing this last year and it didn't happen, but I really want to get my act together and do it).  Oh yeah, and my quilt.  Urgh!  I better get moving.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Something Different---Earrings!

I have never made earrings before.  Looks pretty simple, but I need to be inspired in order to make something.  And I kind of don't want to spend a lot of time making something, and have it be lame.  While I was visiting with a friend yesterday, I had her fix some of my broken earrings (thanks Nat!), and asked her how she gets ideas to make jewelry.  She said just looking around at online stores (like Etsy) or when she goes to Target.  Ideas are all around us!  You'd think that the thought would have crossed my mind, but I never really considered it.

And I have a LOT of beads to work with.  Maybe I will post a picture sometime.  4 of those divided boxes, FULL.  Some were mine, some were my step-sister's, some were my mom's (campfire beads...funny huh?), and about 80% of the beads were from my grandma's collection. My (still living) grandma was into almost every crafty hobby imaginable (I think she even made some lace), and I am grateful for all of the collections with which I am able to experiment and create.  This morning I made 4 pairs of earrings.  Whoohoo! 

Click the picture to see close-up details.

I am still experimenting, so I am hoping to get better at this (especially the creative part, and the wire bending.  It's lots of fun).  I really like those red beads and the cream colored beads (with the orange ones) because they have carvings.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Another Awesome Apron

Last week was my dear friend, Natalie's birthday.  And it was the big 3-0!  I think this is the year of the apron for me because for almost every friend's birthday, I've made them an apron (yes, there are a few people who I didn't make aprons for, but more people, got these).  And I have participated in many an apron swap.  (they have an awesome "Back to the Future" theme right now...I am totally wishing that I was involved this time, but I am waiting for the Halloween theme).

This is now the third apron I have made with this fabric!  So glad I made the splurge and bought so much of it a few months ago (and I still have some left).  I guess you can say that I made up this pattern.  Honestly, that is the only way to go (unless you are doing something totally crazy).  Making an apron is like making only the front half of a halter dress.  I added some eyelet ruffle trim from my (grandma's) stash.  I love eyelet! (oh and it is reversible to a red apron with a white-with-black-dots waistband

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Magnetic Recipe Holder

My sewing machine is getting a little dusty, but I do have projects to report (some were actually made long long ago).  First, I covered this magnetic board thing.  I saw it in a thrift store last year and thought it'd be good to use in the kitchen for holding recipes in view, but it was ugly.  I think it was probably used by a secretary to hold things in view while typing. First, I tried painting it, but the paint peeled off (and there were words embossed on there, so that didn't work so well).

Some colored tissue paper and mod podge turned it into...

Probably not the COOLest thing ever, but definitely not as ugly.  I made it even cuter with some crocheted daisy magnets a friend made for me.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Why "Create Celebrate?"

I thought since I haven't really been able to make much stuff recently, I'd write a little explanation of this blog, because I don't know if I totally explained myself in the beginning.

This year, I will be turning 30 *dun, dun, dunnnnn*  For some reason, lots of people think that's a big deal, I guess.  I don't feel old, though I do have some gray hairs (no offense those of you over 30...I don't think you're old...or those of you who have gray hairs...silver hair is lovely).  I just thought that this would be my year to CELEBRATE, and I would spend the year CREATE-ing things (especially since I inherited a hefty stash when my grandma was put into a special home). 

And when I say hefty, I really mean it.  Beads, fabric, lace, trims, binding, threads, patterns....and I didn't even take it all. 

So I am using what I have this year, and giving myself a $30 budget (does the budget make more sense now?) in case there are little things I need to get now and then.  So I am past the halfway mark, and though I have no created that much interms of what I have listed on my blog, I am pretty pleased with what has been done (the most major reason for lack of creations, being my BIGGEST creation that arrived in April.  I guess I never posted about him...he's a delicious little fatty and now weighs almost 20 lbs.  Having 3 boys under the age of 4 makes it tricky for creating)

Thanks for reading!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Quick Fix

Does anyone else stress out when they don't have the opportunity to create things?  I sure do.  It's been a stressful time around here the last couple months (kitchen/bathroom drama being "fixed"...finally some professionals will be in to get the job done!)

I saw this tutorial yesterday and thought "awesome!  I can do that!"  Seriously took less than 10 minutes.  I will definitely be making more, maybe gifts or something.  E-A-S-Y!

Sunglasses case tutorial by My Blonde Ambitions via 30 Days

so that's pretty much it for now.  Oh, I did make a totally awesome, reversible apron last week, same design different fabric as the one in the last post.  And I made this apron for the swap.

reversible to cupcakes (the apron swap theme was "Cupcakes, Cherries and M.E., oh my!"

ok, so that's it....still within budget.  Though I had a dream the other night that I cheated.  Not that kind of cheat, but that I bought more fabric, lots of fabric.  I felt like I was doing something morally wrong, then I woke up.  Whew!  I can do this....only $2 & something left.  At the rate I'm going with creating, I think I can stretch my stash for several years!  I'm actually selling some of my stash in our garage sale tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

So Far so Good

Well, my 5 faithful readers, we've made it to the middle of the year, and I am still within budget.  Whew.  Can you believe it is already the middle of the year?  I've actually made much more than I've been posting, but I don't always have the time to post a picture of each thing.

I made 2 more crayon rolls for my son's friends' birthdays (a brother and sister who are a year apart but are basically twins because they are the exact same size!) (seriously, one of the easiest things to make once you get it down).

I used my wonderful red fabric again to line a crate (really tacky looking without the liner, but now it looks spiffed up, right? We're using it on our living room for books and magazines...and fabric of projects that I have yet to start/finish. tutorial from: Laura Gunn she's a designer with some really gorgeous fabric out there...maybe at the end of the year, I will treat myself to some.

My oldest son "graduated" from his first year of preschool last week, and I volunteered to make the graduation caps.  (sorry, these were not included in my budget, but all I really bought were the bowls...yes, I made hats out of bowls.  I am sure there's a cuter way, but that's how I roll).

 I made this awesome apron (if I do say so myself) for my friend Sarah's birthday.  I love this apron.  The style is so fun.  I used an online tutorial from here, but I kind of drafted it up on my own (FYI, if you do use this tutorial, change the measurements and hold it up to you to make sure it is not insanely small.  I definitely changed it up, but couldn't have done it without this tute).  I also decided to make it reversible, which complicates things a bit (but I like having the option in making an arpon reversible...this one, the opposite side is blue, with orange straps)

And to wrap things up (yes folks, it's been another busy week...but within this coming week, I will have made at least 2 aprons.  One swap and another for a friend's birthday).  I had my husband help me remove a million staples from an ottoman.  I bought this baby over a year ago (I remember because I asked my neighbors to carry it down the street for me (bought it from a garage sale down the street).  The wife was still pregnant, so the husband carried it for me (I had the two boys in a stroller then).  I have been wanting to recover this thing FOREVER!.  I have had the fabric for even longer.  I still need to paint and repair the legs, so this is just my husband, hard at work.  It was fun to sit and chat, just the two of us while we removed staples.
I am excited to post this ottoman when it is finally done (it is going to go nicely with the quilt...if that ever gets done too)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Recent Creations

I have been busy lately.  For one thing, our kitchen and bathroom had some disasters.  Part of the kitchen ceiling drooped, then a hole, then water...yikes.  (The bathroom is upstairs above the kitchen).
Following the removal of the old sheetrock then repairing leaks, etc etc...BORING!
Lots of repairs have been made, but just yesterday we got the ceiling sheetrocked, and it is still a long process to fix the wall....blah blah blah.  Who cares, right?  People want to see crafts.

This is the quilt I have been working on since...October?  You'd think I'd be done by now, but nope.  So to any accrued expenses on this count since I started it before I started my challenge?  Well, no, but for the record, I haven't spent more than $7 on this thing.  All of the fabrics (except the white) were scraps (my own, some won from a blog giveaway, and others were from my mom and grandma).  Pretty awesome.  When it's done, it will cover our queen bed (and have pretty red border and pretty aqua border).  This is going to be my summer project with a friend of mine.  She is going to teach me to hand quilt ("stitch in the ditch") since it is so dang expensive to have it machine quilted (I was given an estimate that it'd be close to $100...I'm trying to be economical here.  Let me think about this...learn how to quilt by hand and spend quality time with a friend, or be out some moolah).

my oldest son and my BFF's daughter are buddies, and since it was that daughter's birthday recently, I decided to give her some homemade gifts.  This is a crayon roll.  See the little pockets?  Stick crayons in them and roll it up.  I love making these because they are easy and kids love them (so do their parents).  Tutorial from Skip to my Lou.

I also made her a doll.  This was a bit more time consuming (not too much) and made me (mentally) curse at my sewing machine for not being incredibly amazing.  I wanted to make pigtails and totally forgot, but I still love the way she turned out (with both arms sticking straight up instead of down at her sides...who cares.  I am so critical of myself though).  I made one of these around Christmas for another girl friend of son #1 who was in his JoySchool class (they did a gift exchange and it was supposed to be a homemade gift....he sort of helped me).  I stitched the eyes and mouth as well, and it totally made my day that she was in love with her little doll.  Black Apple (top seller on Etsy) doll tutorial via Martha Stewart here.

I made these pillow covers/cases a while ago (still this year though), and I also made some for our bed (aqua on one side and white on the open side).  Here is a pillow tutorial: here.  I basically used this to get an idea of what I wanted to do, then measured the small decorative pillows I had and made it to fit them.  Making pillow covers is a great way to change up a room without paying much (or just use some scraps and you pay nothing, like me).
Then, I was looking at our pathetic "microsuede" ottoman (it still has the price on the bottom...I was in shock at how expensive it was).  It was once tan/khaki, then we had kids.  I'm sure it is somewhat washable, but it looked like it was the site of several accidents.  Would I rather take the time to clean it again and again, or just make a slipcover?  Slipcover it is!  This was so much easier than I thought, though I made it a bit too tight, oh well. Measured around the ottoman, added an inch, measured height, added inch, and traced the top, added 1/2 inch all around.  Cut out one piece for the base of ottoman, one circle for the top.  Sewed hem first for big rectangle, then right sides together on the short ends.  Pinned circle to the top of that, sewed around the edge of that, flipped it right side out, WHOOHOO! A slipcover.  (hope that made sense)  I was kind of inspired by this ottoman redo (even though my ottoman is a totally different shape).  I actually have another ottoman that I bought a year ago at a garage sale with the same shape as the above link....another project coming soon!
It may be hard to believe, but all of these creations cost me NOTHING! I had all of this stuff already.  Amazing.  The red fabric came from a home dec store that was going out of business a few years ago.  My mom bought the last of the roll for me, and I have been trying to think of ways to use it up.  I think I still have enough left to make a cushion to cover a bench!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Awards? For me?

I was pretty surprised to read 2 of my favorite blogs this morning to see that they each nominated me for a different award.  Thanks Melanie & Kirsti.  You are too nice!  (Especially since this is only my 6th post...I guess I need to get crackin and live up to these awards huh?)

Melanie gave me

And Kirsti gave me

What a way to make my week.  They both have a few rules, and I am sure that some of these people I will send this to might not participate, but that is totally fine.  I just wanted to put some of my favorite blogs down (which I am sure most people out there have already seen).

Here are the rules of this fun little game :)
1. Accept and thank the person who sent it to you.  (THANKS LADIES...I left comments on their blogs too)
2. List 10 things about yourself.
3. List 5 additional things you don't like.
4. Pass the award on to 10 other bloggers.

10 things about me:
1.  I love making things...anything, as long as it is in some way useful or beautiful.
2.  As far as what I make, I enjoy sewing the most, 
3. but I also dab a bit in scrapbooking (hardly right now though, I have a sterilite container...think 10 gallon...full of pictures from when I lived in Brazil as a missionary for my church.  Still not scrapbooked.  I have been back for 5 years!...reference to "what I don't like #1)
4.  I am a mom to 3 little boys: a 3 1/2 year old, an almost 2 year old, and a 6 week old (awww).  And I love them to bits!  (even though sometimes my older two can drive me crazy sometimes).
5.  Crafts and making things in general (even dinner) help me to maintain my sanity, so I can still enjoy my life.
6.  I have an English degree from BYU, but I rarely proofread when I am bloggin.  my imperfections are a part of me.
7.  I love people.  I used to be insanely shy growing up, but college and my mission made me more extroverted.
8.  I try to eat healthy things, but I have a sweet tooth.  If I had to choose between a basket of strawberries and some chocolate though...I'd make a compromise:  chocolate covered strawberries!
9.  I have a really hard time writing lists about myself.
10.  I am totally in love with my husband.  He is my best friend, my companion, my favorite.  (That is pretty much as sappy as I will ever get).

Things I DON'T like
1.  I don't like waking up when I feel sick (does anybody?...I feel kinda sick today, FYI)
2.  I don't like having a big hole in my kitchen ceiling (repairs...bleh).
3.  I don't like cleaning and organizing.  (I need cute helpful things to motivate me and put things in order).
4.  I totally dislike trinkets and little knick-knacks.  Our place is small, so what little space I do have, I want decorated decently.
5.  I don't like driving (random huh?)

SO NOW.... I get to share the love.

Flirty Apron Swap (I am addicted to swapping here...the ladies are so fun and creative)
Craftaholics Anonymous ---crafts, tutorials
Everything Etsy---the name says it all.  Craft room inspiration, giveaways, awesome.
Quilt Taffy---I love these ladies!  They quilt, they sell fabric, they blog about life, and they are hilarious.  Oh yeah, and every Thursday, they have a giveaway (I won once, 2 years ago, before they had all the followers they do now) 
30 Days---Fun links to crafty inspirations as well as giveaways.
Obsessively Stitching--- Tutorials!  I love how inspired this woman is.  I don't have the patience to do tutes.  Oh, and I won her 3 little pigs and big bad wolf finger puppets a few months ago.
The Year of The Cookie---my neighbors have this awesome blog.  They are making cookies every day for a year and taking them to someone they don't know (different people each day).  They write about the experience, and the recipe (no repeats!).  They've been going for almost a month now.
Perrys' Plate---Awesome food blog.  The best in fact.  Healthy, but when it comes to desserts, she goes all out.

So that is only 8, but I am trying to cut back on the blogs I read, and I wanted to feature awesome people who have actually communicated with me at some point.  All of these ladies are super nice and wonderful!  So you can pick your award...feeling Trendy, or Gorgeous?  Because you are all both to me!


Friday, May 14, 2010

Oh My!

I succumbed to temptation. Luckily, I am still under my budget.

The "Flirty Apron Swap" this time around has a theme of "Cupcakes, Cherries, and M.E. (Mary Engelbreit)." I have no fabric that fits in any of these categories. Logic would say, just don't participate this time around, but oh no no. Maybe it is selfishness, maybe it is an addiction, but I saw this fabric and had to get it. Lucky for me, I found an Etsy store (a destash store...awesome way to get things even cheaper), and this sweet woman was selling 2 yards for $11.50 (that'd be $5.75 a yard for us non-math folks...oops, I wrote $6.25 before, and enough to make one for the swap, one for myself and some leftover). Pretty good deal to me, so I caved. It's from the Robert Kaufman Confections Collection.

I think I might need to adjust the contract I have made with myself. Those who actually read this, what do you think? Should I be allowed to purchase supplies, for instance, that are for things that I sell? (I sell nursing covers, and I am running low on supplies), or should I request that my husband get things for me as a "gift?" (I didn't get anything for Mother's Day ya know).

I definitely can't by any more fabric this year. I guess I will just have to enter more giveaways where they are giving away gift certificates to fabric shops. There's a 1 in however many 1000 chance....but I might as well.

If I stick to my goal, I am going to treat myself to a birthday gift (FYI, I think that's fair since my birthday is so close to Christmas).

My grand total to date is $27.70 ($2.30 to go...ugh, and it's only May)

Monday, March 22, 2010

What I've been Making

I started this to keep track of things I make, and money I spend (or save...hopefully more of the latter).
Here are some things I have made since starting this challenge:

Reversible Valentine's Apron for a swap. Money spent: $0 (fabric from my stash)

Framed embroidery for a swap. Money spent $0 (thread, fabric, & ricrac from stash. Frame extra from Christmas sale...pre-challenge)

Heart garland (I actually made 3, one for me, one for swap, and one for group package to Nie Nie)
Money spent: $0 (felt and thread from stash)

Heart crayons (tutorial here) Money spent: $0 (from broken crayon pieces)

Reversible apron for friend's birthday. Money spent: $0 (fabric from stash. I LOVE these green dots)

Reversible apron for Swap. Money spent: $0 (awesome vintage fabric from stash...and I still have a ton)

Table runner for Spring Swap. Money spent: $0 (gorgeous fabric from the stash)

Spring table runner for me! Money Spent: $0 (used from scraps in my scrap collection.

I made every scrap 2.5 inches wide, and didn't do anything to the length. Sewed each scrap end to end until I had one really long strip of fabric. I calculated it all out that I could make 5 rows almost evenly. I cut the long piece every 10 inches, then mixed up the order of greens, pinks, and yellows). I love how this turned out. I want to try to make a quilt this way with some more of my scraps.

Easter Basket (tutorial by V. and Co. here at the Moda Bake Shop)
Money spent: $2.70 (on cording bought by the yard. All fabric scraps from my collection of scraps
as well as some I won in a giveaway from Creative Chicks a year or so ago)

This basket has a story. I found the tutorial for this basket a year ago and really wanted to make it, but being so close it was to Easter, I knew I wouldn't have I put it off. I thought about making one for 4th of July, maybe Halloween (would a Halloween bowl like this be cute?), or maybe even Christmas. Didn't happen. I was determined to make it for Easter this year, so I gathered things a few weeks ago, thinking this would be a piece of cake, and why not make a basket like this for every child. Ha! It took me a while because I didn't have the pre-cut "honey bun" fabric set that is recommended in the tutorial (wish I did because the fabric is gorgeous!), but that's the point...I need to use my scraps. So the cutting process took a while, and I cut too much (but that is ok), but the part that really took me a while was the winding and stitching of the basket. I don't have a thimble, so I pushed the ginormous needle through the exceptionally thick cording by using the end of the cording. This baby is strong though. Maybe I will be a little more motivated to make another basket next year (well, 2, if I want every child to have one). I am definitely pleased with the outcome though. And it really didn't take THAT long, just 15 minutes here and there over about a week.

Not pictured above, I have also made at least 4 nursing covers for friends (as gifts to them, and as gifts they have ordered). Once again, Money Spent: $0 (sometimes people purchase fabric and I just sew it for them, and everything else was made from my stash of fabric)

I am pretty excited that of the projects I have completed so far these year, I have only spent $2.70. I am going to try and update this blog more frequently (hopefully as I make things).

I am linking this post to Everything Etsy's "I Made It!" link party. To check out other awesome creations, visit the link below.