Friday, October 21, 2011

One more thing to add to "The LiSt"

You guys ever check out the Purl Bee? I know not everyone knits and like yarn..I do:) I think I found this one through Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day. Anyways. They have this great hat that I might have to make. I kind of like it. I like it even more because it's pointy!
Two posts in 1 day. Am I on a roll or what!
Peace out!

Finish it up Friday..

Hey everyone, it's Friday! Man did this week go fast, I'm not sure why but it seems like it was just Monday. I really like linking up with Finish It Up Friday last week so I'm doing it again. I managed to get one thing done this week. I used the great fabric basket tutorial to make this little basket. I didn't follow the sizing on the tutorial because I didn't want it to be teeny tiny. It is still small but not super small. It is 5 inches deep (tall) and 9 inches across and the boxed corners are 3 inches wide. I used up some of my jelly roll scraps and some left over grey.

I kinda like it. It was super simple to make and it didn't take much time..  I think I'm going to make some of these for Christmas. I'm also thinking about linking up to this linky over at FairyFace Designs. It's a winter list of the projects you want to get done. So yeah, that's about all I have for now. There are something like 47 other links over at Crazy Mom Quilts so I have to get busy checking them out!
Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Third times a charm!

This is the third post that I have written this week. I am actually going to post this one..I think..
I really don't have anything super exciting to post about..kind of sad when you think about, so I'm not going to think about it!
Here's what I've been working on this week. On Monday I cut up what was left of my jelly roll into 2.5x2.5 squares and then since I didn't really want to waste any of it, I have some that are smaller 2x2.5 and 1.5x2.5. I'm going to use these to make a few of these fabric baskets. She has another great tutorial for some smaller utensil type baskets that I might make also. I want to have some stuff done so that I can link up with Amanda Jean on Friday.
I finished the iPod case but I wasn't really happy with it. I don't have a pic of it either because I finished it up at night and then the next day I gave it to my B/F. There wasn't anything wrong with it, I just didn't love it. So of course I'll have to make a second one just to prove to myself that I can make something better! I also unearthed a pattern from my basement for a hooded sweatshirt thingy that I'd like to make. Now that I'm not afraid of the serger I want to start using it to make stuff. So we'll see how for I get with that whole idea. I know this is a boring post and there are no pictures so if you've gotten this far I applaud you!!  
If you guys want you can leave a link or name of a blog you visit all the time, I'm looking for some new ones to check out! Thanks!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Where am I???

Hello my lovelies! Today I am guest posting over at SewHappyGeek. Over there you will be able to see my coin quilt that I just finished. I think it's kind of cool because I used the jelly roll that I won from Jenna! You can get most of the details about it over there. So go check me out :) I'm also linking this up to
Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday! I'll probably do a longer more involved post about this quilt this weekend or next week!

The front!

The pieced back!

As a side note I tried the "add caption" thing in blogger and it totally hosed up my formatting.. Not going to use that again!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A pretty scarf!!

I really like to blog hop..sometimes I can sit here for hours and look at blogs and all kinds of other crap. Last week while I was feverishly working on my quilt. I needed a craft break. Meaning I wanted to work on something but not that freakin' quilt. I found a neat blog called Maybe Matilda. She was having a crochet along, I found it the day that it was wrapping up but I looked at the pattern and decided that it would make a cute scarf. The idea of a cowl intrigued me but I just couldn't do it. If you didn't notice I love my scarves.. I really didn't need another one..I have enough that I won't need a new one for about..oh.. I'd say 15 years. That is not the point though! I really wish that I would have know about this when it started up, it was a contest and people could vote for the winner, and everyone who participated got to pick a free pattern from her shop, how fun! Since it was a CAL she broke down the pattern and explained everything and put up pictures, she did a great job. I would suggest checking it out if you'd like to learn to crochet something.

 **Ignore the pajama pants (which I don't wear as pajamas) and my armpit..really just ignore them!**
As a side note to the side note, I "dressed up" for this photo shoot by putting on a clean shirt, not thinking that ya"ll'd be able to see my "sitting around" pants :) And I learned that it helps to look off into the distance when taking your own pic then you don't make yourself look like you have 3 chins!

I used a medium weight yarn, Caron Simply Soft in a color called "blue mint". I got this done in one afternoon. I paid for that though because it tweaked something in my back that gave me a headache for about 3 days... But I digress, I used a size H hook, which is the size it says to use on the label. I made it skinnier because the original was way to wide for my taste in scarves (I like them skinny). I chained 24 instead of 30. I guess I should mention that this pattern comes from the Lion Brand website. It is called the "Time Out Cowl". I think you need to sign up for in order to see the patterns. It is totally worth it though! They have so many great patterns. That is where I got all of my little crocheted animal patterns. By the way, I'm still wearing the scarf!!

It finally rained here this week, we haven't had any rain since the middle of August. And it was in the 80's for 8 days in a row, that is almost unheard of in MN. We have a great red maple in our front yard and this is the first year I remember where it didn't turn red. Pretty sad, usually the tree is beautiful, not this year. It went from green with a few red leaves, then the red ones dried up and were dark brown then the rest turned yellowish green and then started falling off..

That's all I have for now. If you make one of these scarves let me know!  

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Can you help me?

Here is a glimpse at my quilt. And here is where I need some help. I bought 5 yards (yep 5) of the grey. I have enough to make the back but I will need to piece it, which I had planned on doing before I even started working on it. I just don't really know what to do with it. I have 44 coins left over so I'm going to use those but I'm debating whether I should cut them in half and then do one horizontal and one vertical. Any ideas or links to cool pieced backs would be great.. Guess I just need to think about it for a bit...

That's all I have for now, tomorrow I'm going to try and get the t shirt rung how to posted. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

A week? Where did that time go??

It's been a whole week since I blogged last, I'm not Catholic but that feels like what you say when you go into confession.. Anyways, in my last post I wrote about a tutorial that I couldn't remember. Well, lo and behold I found it. And it was a total accident! Ha! It was at Ginger Cake. There is some cute stuff over there. I'm a little in love with the Owl pillows. I wanted to make an owl pillow earlier in the year so I kind of scoped out the web, and drew up my own. I didn't even find the one over at Ginger Cake, but my little drawing looks similar, so I just want to put it out there that when I make one I am not ripping off her design. And I'm only making it for myself and not to sell or sell a pattern so I don't see it as an issue. But it bring up something. We as crafters sometimes (ok really, a lot of the time) think that when we see something we like, either handmade or mass made, that we can make it. See a cute shirt, I can make that. Cute jammies or something like that. I mean I see all these cute bags and things on blogs and I think "Oh, I could make something like that" but I almost feel like I'm ripping off someone else's idea.. Even though I'm really not. How do you guys feel about that?
I love all the free patterns that are out there, and think it's really great that people make all of that stuff available to anyone willing to look for it, and I would never make anything with out linking to it or saying where it came from...
It is just one of those things that I think about.
In other crafty news with out pictures..yet.. I have my coin quilt top all done. I have to admit that it turned out better than I thought and I'm a little in love with it. I am going to be blogging about it but I am saving it for a guest post over at SewHappyGeek. Yep, you read right. Jenna is having surgery next week and she put out a call for guest bloggers, and I volunteered myself... I'm hoping to get it all taken care of by this weekend (finger crossed). The twist of it is that I won the jelly roll, that I used for the quilt, from Jenna. So I want it to be really great, I don't want to send her some crap to put up on her blog. I had one other thing that I thought I might send to Jenna, but I'm not totally happy with it so I'm going to just post about it here. It will be a semi tutorial more of a general how to rather than a full blown tutorial. It's for making t shirt yarn and then crocheting a rug. 
"Do something vivid, then stop for a moment and think about it" William Shatner
He's on Nightline right now, and he was on a horse and was talking about something. I wasn't paying attention except for that line but I like it. Do something great, and then stop and think about it, appreciate it, enjoy it! That's my advice for the day (or in this case, night).