Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Coiny coin purses! I made these little gems awhile ago when we were participating in a market kind of thing. I sold 1. That is a whole different post all together. But fear not these babies are FOR SALE!! There are flowerss, stars, money, and mushrooms. They all have a coordinating inside except for the money one. The brown flowered and mushrooms don't have a pocket. But the others do. The price is $4. Leave a comment if you're interested. Pass it along if you think someone else will like them! That's all for now. I think later I'm going to make something that I will post here! So stay tuned. My first tutorial....
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
So, I made my lunch bag. It was an experiment. I've wanted to try zipper tabs for a while but never have, mostly because I haven't made much with zippers in while. But I've been sick and doing nothing for the past few days so I decided to do it yesterday. I worked on it most of the day and then finished it this morning. I didn't do the zip tabs correctly, because I made them the same width of the bag. They should have been shorter and then sewn around but not over. But now I know this for the future. And, I forgot about the pocket until after I was sewing up the lining but I was all "Oh, I can still do it after" so I forged ahead. Yeah, right. How am I going to sew a pocket onto something where I can't maneuver it around..so I had to get friendly with the seam ripper (nothing new there)! Then I wanted to quilt circles on it, like on the fabric. I traced some circles and used freezer paper to put them on, well that didn't work out. I had to take out tiny stitches for that one. I decided to do 2 zig-zags down the front. Then when I was about 10 minutes from being done I decided I wanted Velcro on the pocket..half of which I had to sew it on by hand (major suckfest on that one!). But now it is done! Yippee.
I'm pretty happy with it for a number of reasons. I like the zig-zags. I used up stash. The fabric I got in the fall at Mill End with a 60% off coupon. The lining was leftovers from other bags. The zipper was one I got from a sheet set. You know they come in those plastic zippered bag things, I keep those. I had one that would have matched but I didn't want to cut it up (it felt like a waste). The interfacing was some we had in the fabric bin.
Now it's going on Quiltstory! You can check them out by clicking the button too!
That's all I got!
Monday, March 21, 2011
I think I've mentioned that I love owls. I really do, they are cool. Well, part of that love is because last year we had some around the neighborhood. I could hear them but never see them, which is the way it goes with owls. Well, this year they came back (I'm assuming that it's the same pair). And they've been hootin' it up so on Saturday after a looong day at work I was in a foul mood. I decided that I needed to be outside, so I went looking for them (I had heard them early in the morning while I was getting ready for work) so I had a feeling they were straight back from our house. It's woods at the back of our property so I just started walking around and by some twist of fate, I found him. I say "him" because the female is with the babies. Here's some owl facts for you. They nest early, like the first ones to lay eggs, as early as last January. After I found him I ran back to the house to declare that "I found him". Then I took some pictures. He was awake and he was watching me. Which was s a little strange. I tried taking some pictures through the binoculars. Which usually offers mixed results.. It was really great to find him and to be able to see him and have him watch me. It made my whole long work day worth it, because I might not have gone looking if not for that day!
I don't know if I've mentioned here that I my bird love extends to all kind of birds. Last year we had a turkey family, wild turkeys are fun. I even named the Mom turkey (this is a habit..). We call her Loretta. Last year she had 3 babies, but towards fall one of them disappeared. So she only had 2. I could probably write a whole blog just on these crazy turkeys, the babies getting trapped in our fence, multiple times, being on the roof, crossing the street.. I mean really. They stressed me out. But they are back and I'm happy because they are fun and wild. Maybe this year (if she has babies) they will be smarter than the last ones. I don't have anything crafty to write about today, but I'm going to make myself a lunch bag. Maybe I'll get to it today. Hope you're all having a great Monday.
Monday, March 14, 2011
It's called the "Pot O' Gold Giveaway". You can win a pretty great prize from The Fat Quarter Shop. Go on over there and check out what it's all about. You have until the 17th to enter.
And if you've never been to The Fat Quarter Shop check them out to! Lot's of great stuff to look at. I'd like to win the prize because then I'd be able to get some of the great fabric. And since I'm trying NOT to buy stuff I don't need it would be super great.
Thanks to Vickie for putting up the giveaway!!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
According to Webster's
fob (verb): "a short strap, ribbon or chain attached especially to a pocket watch" or "an ornament attached to a fob chain"
Now, what the hell is a fob chain? Webster's has no answer to that one. But I guess we can all figure it out. So there you are my darling sister. Ask and you shall receive.
So on to other things.. On my crafty calendar is to make some quilted coasters. This is in an effort to use my "Stash". I have a love/hate relationship with fabric (and other crafty items) because it's so pretty that you can't live with out it, but then you look at it and think "ohh, that's so pretty. I should make something with it" and then the next thought is "But I don't want to use it all up..." Like how does that make any sense? You want it to make things with but then you make nothing with it because it's "too pretty" to use. I'm trying to get over that and just use the fabric. It certainly isn't doing anything tucked away in a container in my closet. I mean I can't even look at it when it's in there...
Another thing I've been working on is a chainmaille bracelet. It's pretty cool, time consuming. I started working on it last summer, and then quit working on it and then just started working on it last night. Maybe I'll post some pictures tomorrow...
Monday, March 7, 2011
So, I'm waiting for the peeps to start showing up to my blog. I've really been putting myself out there and visiting a lot of other blogs.. So I guess we'll see what happens.. and by "we" I mean me and the cat, since there's no one else around..
Thursday, March 3, 2011
So here are my pictures!
Bag number One!
This is a bag that I designed when I couldn't find a pattern. I searched all over and looked at bags you could buy or patterns you could buy and I was all.. "hey, I can come up with something like that" So here it is. It's meant to be worn across your body but the handle isn't so long that you couldn't wear it on one shoulder. This was also a stash buster. I bought this fabric to make a bag like #2 for a Christmas present. It can be reversed but it has a seam on the inside but NO raw edges. I've never had an bag like this before. I just used it recently and it was kind of nice not to have to hold onto it. The only thing this bag does not have is a closure. This was mostly because I didn't think about it until after I had done the top stitching.. So I just left it.
Bag number Two!
For this bag I made a pattern from a grocery bag. I love these bags. I also love to make them. They look so cool but are a snap to make. I use them for everything. And they hold a lot of stuff. The outside is basic quilter's cotton and the inside is heavier weight "sportswear" fabric which makes them nice and tough!Well, I guess that's all I have for now. Blogger was giving me nothing but problems I had to CTRL ALT DEL 3 times and started a new post just to be able to post this. Seems like I remember blogger giving me problems before. But Oh well.
**If you see something you like let me know. I'm not 100% on prices yet but they will be reasonable. These can also be customized (bigger, smaller, taller, longer handles) and if I can make a freezer paper stencil, custom designs painted on the outside (names, initials...)
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
What's going on? Oh, it's you! Am I dead? Nope.. still kicking!
Ok, So I know that it has been forever and two years since I last posted. But I am still here and I do have something new in store. Wanna know what it is?
Well, I love making stuff. Love, as in if I could do it and make enough money to never work a real job again, I would.. I wouldn't need a lot of money either. So I've decided that I'm going to try and use this blog as I once did (wayyy back when) plus I'm going to use it to try and sell the things I make. So if (when I get the pics up) you see something you like, let me know.
Here is my list of things that I already have made:
Crocheted washcloths. I love em and use em!
Sewn coin purses, in various fabrics..
Bags. These bags are shaped just like a plastic grocery bag but they are fabric. I love these and use them ALL the time.
Felted bags. Wooly goodness!
Fabric bags. My Mom makes these.
Shoulder bag, has one strap to wear across yer bad. I have one made but love it so I'll post it.
So I guess that's all I have for now. I'll work on filling in the past few years as the posts go.