Thursday, December 31, 2009

Month of Knitting

Happy New Year! I will be starting off the new year with a Month of Knitting. I have many knitted projects lined up. My goals this month include:

* Finish the Rasta Hat that I started for my husband so I can give it to him for his birthday next month.

*Knit several pairs of longies and shorties (wool pants/shorts for my child). I have several skeins of beautiful Mosaic Moon yarn just waiting to be knitted into something nice.

8 oz. of Montana Targhee in the Woodland Tale colorway.

4 oz. of Gaia organic merino in the new Noellaig colorway (even more lovely in person)

4 oz. of Montana Targhee from Mosaic Moon in the Winter Solstice Sky colorway.

* I also have some nice 100Purewool yarn that I'd like to use. I'm not sure what I'll use it for yet.

* Knit a few pair of fingerless gloves to give as gifts.

* Knit a Skater Baby hat for my son.

And given the time and money, I would REALLY love to knit up a February Lady Sweater for myself. I just adore the green she used for that sweater!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Brooke's Purse

Another purse made from the Buttercup Bag pattern... for one of my cousin's nieces.


Inside


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Cortnee's Purse

Today I finished this cute little purse (from the Buttercup Bag Pattern) for my cousin to give her niece. Isn't this just adorable? And it is even cuter in person.



Friday, December 11, 2009

Doll for Cammie

Today I finished up this doll (from A Bit Of Whimsy pattern) for my step-mom to give as a gift...


Close-up of her sweet little face and pigtails


I'll add pics of the accessories (dresses, blanket & bag) when they are complete.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Giveaways (CLOSED and winner chosen)

Here are some neat giveaways and great deals going on right now...
$5 Dinner Mom Cookbook Giveaway
Awesome deals everyday at Baby Half Off
LOTS of giveaways listed at Me & My Boys

AND A GIVEAWAY FROM ME!
MY SON RANDOMLY DREW POST #1 - Yay Vanna. Will be contacting the winner shortly.
Your choice of ONE of these diapers and wipes holders! (Even if you don't use disposable diapers, these are handy little bags for other things!)

ENTRIES:
1st entry must be to comment telling me which holder you'll pick if you win. (Please leave your email address with each comment in the format "emailaddy AT gmail DOT com" to avoid spam) Open to US and Canadian residents.

EXTRA ENTRIES (leave a separate comment for each of the following):
2 entries if you blog about this giveaway (comment twice leaving a link to your blog entry)
1 entry for posting this giveaway on facebook
1 entry for following my blog
1 entry for posting a link to another online giveaway/deal (up to 3 separate entries for these posts)

DEADLINE: This giveaway will end on Monday, Dec. 14th around 5 p.m. MST.

and even more giveaways online...
SwaddleDesigns zzZip Me Sack Giveaway

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

DELICIOUS

This evening, I tried making one of my new favorite meals... French Onion Soup. I did a quick online search and found an easy to follow French Onion Soup recipe from Tyler Florence. Both my husband and I thought it turned out great... and almost as good as the one at our local French restaurant!
... and it is perfect for these cold winter days/nights.

Hobo Bag

Today I finished up this Hobo Bag (free tutorial). It will be a Christmas gift for another of my sister's friends. I hope she likes it!



About the tutorial... this certainly is more difficult to make than my most recent purse (a Buttercup Bag). It is still a great tutorial! It is easy to follow and if you have a bit of experience sewing, it shouldn't cause you any trouble. The hardest part for me was topstitching around the top of the bag. It's so hard to keep the stitching straight and even (for me). I guess I just need more practice. That said, I will probably make this purse again someday.

Sneak peak

I have been working on Christmas gifts... a lot of Christmas gifts. Here is a sneak peak of a few completed items (don't want to give away too much in case the recipients check this site)...


Friday, December 4, 2009

Buttercup Bag

Today I finished up this cute little Buttercup Bag (free tutorial). It will be a Christmas gift for my sister's friend. I hope she likes it!


I didn't have any flat buttons to use like the tutorial shows, so I made some fabric yo-yo's (free tutorial) and added some shank buttons. I think the embellishment looks cute


About the tutorial... give it a try, it's fun and easy to follow. The bag doesn't take long to make or use much fabric either. It could easily be a weekend project (or less). My only suggestion would be to use some decor weight (or similar weight) fabric for the outside so that the bag will have a bit of structure. Or you could add some iron-on mid-weight interfacing to the outer fabric.


A few down...

A few Christmas items down... many to go.

Today I finished up this set (crayon roll & child's tote bag)


3 flannel blankets


Monday, November 23, 2009

Christmas projects

I have SO many Christmas projects... and less and less time until Christmas:
Knitted scarf
3 flannel blankets
1 queen size blanket
Doll & accessories
Tote bag (to go with one of the crayon rolls I made)
Crayon tote
Journal holder
Fingerless gloves
3 mini scrapbooks
? - something for my son
and I'm sure there is more that I can't remember right now. I will be quite busy this next month.

Friday, November 6, 2009

On Consignment

Several of my dolls, crayon rolls and toddler bibs...




...are now on consignment at Baby Cotton Bottoms
a cloth diaper (AND MUCH MORE) store here in Colorado Springs and on the web (graphic links to their site)!

They have LOTS of neat stuff in the store that isn't even on the website yet. In addition to a wide variety of cloth diapers, they carry many beautiful baby carriers, toys, some mama supplies (nursing pads, etc), wetbags, super stylish bags, and the list goes on.
During my last visit there I snagged some diapers and...
*an AWESOME PlanetWise wetbag. They are COMPLETELY waterproof so they are great for use with wet swimsuits, leaky sippy cups, cloth diapers and so much more!
* some wonderful diaper rash cream called Rash Magic

Not only are the products found at Baby Cotton Bottoms great, but so is the customer service. Go check it out!!!
1626 West Platte Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Store Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am - 3pm or By Appointment
Phone: 866-77-CLOTH or 719-328-0741 Local

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sewing and knitting

I have two projects in the works right now.

First, a decorative mini quilt. I have been thinking about making my first quilt. However I don't really know where to start. So... I am making a small quilted mat for our coffee table. I figure this is a good way to see if I think quilting is something I would enjoy. Here is the beginning of this project...

Finished size will be roughly 27" square. It will have 9 blocks (as seen in photo) and bordered by ivory fabric. Backing will be solid black. Binding will be red. I really like the idea so far.

Interested in making a quilt? Here are some neat tutorials I found:
"a little help from my friends" scrappy string quilt tutorial
Pieced Scrap Border Quilt Tutorial
Stacked Coins Baby Quilt Tutorial
Value Quilt Tutorial
String Quilt Block Tutorial- paper-pieced method
S
catter Sunshine Scrappy Quilt Tutorial
Scruffily Quilt Tutorial
and my favorite because of the cute fabric used... How to Make Scrappy Hedgerow Blocks (tutorial)


Second, I am knitting a rasta hat for my husband. This is a tedious little project, so I hope to have it done by the end of winter. haha.

I originally planned to make one for my son, but I'm not sure I have the patience for making two of these hats. Instead, I think I will make my son a super cute Skater Baby Hat.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sweet Pea Set

I posted pics of some beautiful wool yarn awhile back. I finished knitting that yarn into pants and a hat for my son:

Knit pants and hat with a matching "Sweet Pea" shirt


My little sweet pea...

Friday, October 30, 2009

Sweet Pea Pants

I posted pics of some beautiful wool yarn awhile back. Well, today I finished knitting that yarn into pants for my son:

(also serve as a cloth diaper cover and are called longies)

I am currently working on a matching hat.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Five

Five is the number of items I sold at the craft fair yesterday. To say that I am disappointed would be a huge understatement. However, from the other crafters I talked to it seems that many of us didn't sell much. That makes me feel a tad bit better. I gave out some business cards, so maybe that will drum up a few sales.

My table...

(not the best photo, but you get the idea)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Big Day

Today is the big day! Come out and see all of the handcrafted items and be sure to stop by my so simply Stephanie indoor booth

2nd Annual Falcon Craft Fair
and Eastern Plains Chili Cook-Off
at the Patriot Learning Center
(11990 Swingline Road)
Saturday, October 24th
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monetary gifts, nonperishable food items, unwrapped toys and winter clothing donations will be accepted at the door. Proceeds from the events will benefit the High Plains Helping Hands Food Pantry and Grace Community Church Benevolence

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Craft Fair Countdown

After preparing for a craft fair for about two months, my sewing area looked like a tornado hit it. I was so happy to get it all cleaned up yesterday. While going through my fabric, I found a bit of fleece perfect for a baby blanket. I turned up the edges and zig zagged around it. My last (I swear!) item for the craft fair.

I have made a sign to hang from my table at the craft fair. It's totally homemade, but I think it's kind of cute. I had originally stamped various colored polka dots above and below the words. It looked terrible, so I did some doodles around the dots. It looked worse. I added Stickles (glitter glue) and I finally had to admit that it was beyond repair. This looks much better and I realized it's not that important anyway!

Craft fair coutdown... less than 26 hours.
Things left to do:
Finalize some documents (price list, receipts, etc)
Print the documents

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

2 days

2 days until the craft fair... and I'm done with all of the items to sell!!! I will now be working on finalizing and printing a price list and other documents.

So here it is... the last item for the craft fair-

Baby bumblebee doll (from a Bit of Whimsy pattern)

Monday, October 19, 2009

4 days

4 days until the craft fair.

I started and completed the following items today:


2 lamb dolls (Bit of Whimsy pattern)

Infant bib and burp cloth

2 diapers and wipes holders

Sunday, October 18, 2009

5 days

A mere 5 days left until the craft fair. I have been busy with life, so I haven't been sewing as much as I would like. Hopefully the next few days will be uneventful and I can get a few more items made.

A few days ago I completed these dolls (butterben pattern from Bit of Whimsy)


Today I completed this doll (baby bumblebee pattern also from Bit of Whimsy)


More info on the craft fair:
2nd Annual Falcon Craft Fair
and Eastern Plains Chili Cook-Off
at the Patriot Learning Center
(11990 Swingline Road)
Saturday, October 24th
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monetary gifts, nonperishable food items, unwrapped toys and winter clothing donations will be accepted at the door. Proceeds from the events will benefit the High Plains Helping Hands Food Pantry and Grace Community Church Benevolence