Sunday, April 25, 2010

Green Bananas: Use for Scraps etc

Over the past few months I have been saving my scrap pieces of fabric in a bag. These are the uneven edges I trim off, pieces that I can't use for anything else, also ripped items like sheets or other bedding or linens whatever. It can all go in the bag instead of throwing them out!

And what can you do with this stuff you ask? Lots of things. these scraps are great to fill items like a pet bed...which is what I am going to do with mine for Maxi-moo who needs a new bed outside. It beats buying an expensive bed, that is going to get very dirty and wrecked eventually!

You can stuff pillows (cut it up though so it's not lumpy), pin cushions etc.

When Max's bed is complete I will post a picture, and likely a tutorial for do-it-yourselfers. It's very easy! For now, here is a picture of us and Max. We were trying to take some maternity/family pictures of my husband and I. BUT Max kept pushing his way into the pictures. Finally we gave up! Look at how happy he is!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Warm Wuzzie in Beautiful Aqua

AHHHHH I just finished this sweet little warm wuzzie yesterday afternoon. I just love it! I think any baby, whether a boy or a girl would look so sweet and toasty in it! I am just listing it in my Etsy shop right now, but couldn't resist posting some pictures of it here. I love the sheen to this baby yarn. I am not usually a fan of baby yarn but Bernat has this one...Softee Baby which is pleasant to work with. I ran two strands to keep it thick and squishy!

I only wish my little one was still small enough to fit into this one! Ah, maybe the next baby. I will have to make another one!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Little Diddies

I am off to take a nap right away but I wanted to add something to my blog.

Check out these sweet little fabric flower shaped yo-yos I made!! Aren't they cool! And they are so easy to make with the right tool. I will have to get the exact name of it, but I found it at a quilt store in Sherwood Park. It's actually a yo-yo maker. I didn't know there was such a thing. The best part is that it takes all the hard work out of it, and you can whip these off very quickly.

Anyway I think they will make great additions to some of the other things I already make.

Also, you will notice in the side bar that I have my Etsy mini available. If you click on it, it will take you right to my shop.
Further down the bar you will see a similar thing for the Alberta Street Team. This is a group of Etsians from Alberta! So it's a great link and tool to help you shop local and support crafters in your area! CHECK IT OUT!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Too Tired to Think

I just have a moment here to write a little post. I am so tired. My son has not been sleeping well for a few weeks now, and it's really starting to wear me down. I am not sure what it is. Last night he spent the night at my mom's, but I still didn't sleep well. I have been so used to getting up, that now I get up automatically. One thing though is that we do see a little spot on his gums that looks like a tooth coming through. Maybe that's the culprit. I am not sure. I haven't had much time to sew, which kind of sucks since I am a little behind on a few things. I have also decided to open an Etsy shop. I am not sure how that will go. It does take some time commitment to add things etc. Hopefully it will all work out....the sleeping I mean so I can start to feel normal again!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Rag-Time Homespun

Awhile ago I mentioned that I had purchased some new fabric called "Homespun Fabric". Here are a few pictures of it. Aren't the colors great? I actually really love the country feel the colors bring forth. I can't wait to start that project. I am actually awaiting another order from, since I decided that I would use these colors to make a blanket for my brother. I needed more than I had originally ordered. I also order some different colors in pinks and blues to make a few more baby blankets. I can't wait to get them in! They are going to make such beautiful baby blankets!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Flower Power

I spent a little time playing around with a few new flower patterns that I found on Crochet Pattern Central this weekend. These are "carnations" and can be found under the flowers category in the Free Pattern Directory. I fool around with the pattern that was written there, and adjusted the size a bit. I made some smaller and some larger. I love the way they look and can't wait to accessorize something with them soon!

Welcome Warm Wuzzie!

Hi again!

I am really excited about the last little project I hooked up in the last few days. Remember my baby snug? Well I changed it a little and called it something else. It's now my little Warm Wuzzie. This one pictured here is the most recent one with I embellished with some pom poms made to look like dandelions. Isn't it sweet? The body is made of worsted weight, acrylic, dark brown yarn. The embellishments are done in a soft yellow, and medium green. I am pleased with how it turned out.
It should fit a baby anywhere from Newborn to 4 months. After that good luck keeping a little wiggle worm in there! That's why I had to roll up a blanket inside...there's no way my baby would fit or sit still!
I will like post a tutorial later showing you the basic steps to the Warm Wuzzie. I am thinking of submitting my pattern to Crochet Pattern Central which is a website I love. I highly recommend it if you are a crochet lover looking for patterns. They are all there, and they are FREE!

Anyway this little number is now FOR SALE for $30.00.

Playing Catch-up

I have been away from my computer for a bit since I had to take it back in for a virus fix. It really bugs me that there are viruses out there that my antivirus doesn't pick up!!! I really didn't even do anything. I just did a search and bam this thing came up saying that I needed to update my security. And they really get you because it looks as if it is coming from your computer and not the internet. My advice DON'T BELIEVE these scams. It has already cost me!!!

Anyway now that I have my laptop back I can catch up on all the things that I have been wanting to post for awhile and the new things. This week has been crazy with the weather. I think it was on Thursday I went for a nice long walk with all the dogs, and baby and didn't need to wear a jacket. It was windy but really nice. Then over night I somehow ended up at the NORTH POLE. We had a huge snow storm blow in and now it's winter all over again. Look at the pictures I have posted. All the snow had melted, even the chickens were out pecking away at the ground. Then look at that snow pile! It was drifted so much that I couldn't open the patio door.

Oh and what I fine time for my cat to get stuck in a tree. The wind was blowing so she probably got scared and didn't come down. I don't know how long she was up there, but yesterday I heard her crying so I went looking. There she was!!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring into Spring #2

I have posted a picture of this quilt before. But this is a much nicer picture. This is a rag-time style quilt made from 2 different pink flannels and 1 dark brown flannel. I was probably not functioning on enough sleep the day I bought the flannel and I didn't buy enough!!! So anyway I improvised and went with a tie style quilting, instead of sewing the sandwhichs together. This uses less fabric. I now know how to properly calculate the yardage needed for these type of quilts so I won't make that mistake again!

Anyway this quilt will fit flat inside the crib. A very stylish starting point for your baby girls room decor!

FOR SALE $50.00

Spring into Spring

Ahhh today is a nice day at the beginning to April! Finally I feel like Spring is here. I decided to go outside and retake some pictures of some crib blankets that I have made. These are all FOR SALE!
Citrus-cicle!- This sweet little blanket with fit in a crib. It was made with left overs of some fun and beautifully bright colors of flannel that I wanted to use up. My mom helped me finish it up since I was bogged with a few projects. She tied it nicely with orange and green yarn. I love it. It is so cheerful that it is sure to put even the crabbiest baby (or mama) in a good mood.
FOR SALE- $35.00

Pink-Brown Diamonds- This blanket again was made using up some leftovers that I had. I hate to waste! It is sized to fit in a crib and is sure to keep your little princess warm!
FOR SALE $35.00

Celery Green and White for Baby

This little touque was a quick work up that I did while riding in the car one day. It's sized for a newborn and made with baby weight soft yarn. Very cute for the little bambino!

Chocolate Lovers

Here is a Laugh style scarf that I just recently finished. It is made with a soft satin finish yarn. Very comfy to wear! Looks very nice with red, denim or khaki!

FOR SALE $20.00

Friday, April 2, 2010

Do you like what you see?

To the left you will see a list called "Creations List" Here you can find all the different things I have made, and do continue to make.

If you see something you like just email me at I can then either make it for you, or answers any questions you may have.

Under the SALE label are the items that I have made that are not yet sold. They are available for purchase right now!

Thank you!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easy Rag-Time Baby Pillow with Initial POST #1

This is a fun and super easy project you can do in very little time. It can also be a great way to use up a few odds and ends!
To further make this a "green project" stuff your pillow with all the left over scraps you have in your sewing room. Or if you have an old pillow that you don't use or like anymore, make this project to cover it and give it new life! HAVE FUN!

1. Select a fun flannel from your stash for the body (front and back) of your pillow. Also select a contrasting color for the letter you will sew on the front. For the letter you can use craft felt, denim or another fabric of your choice.

2. Cut fabric to the desired size with RIGHT sides OUT and wrong sides together. Be sure to allow for approx 3/4 inch seam allowance.

3. Using a word processing program on your computer, select a font and the letter you want. Increase the size to as size that will fit onto your pillow. Print and cut out the letter.

4. Place the paper cut out onto the fabric you picked for the letter. Make sure you orientate it properly so that when you flip the fabric to the RIGHT side, the letter is correctly positioned.

Continued in next posting...

Easy Rag-Time Baby Pillow with Initial POST #2

5. Center or orientate the letter on one piece, the front, of the pillow. You can baste this in place to help keep it from moving while you sew. Or you can use a heat bonding product between the letter and the pillow fabric and iron it down. (see photo below). It will now stay in place while you sew.

6. Sew around the edge of the letter. You can use an applique stitch, zig zag stitch or a straight stitch. OR if you prefer, you can hand stitch it with embroidery thread. Get creative!

7. Once the letter is sewn in place clean up any thread ends. Place the front and back pieces of the pillow together, with WRONG sides together and pin in place.
8. Starting approximately 2/3 rds of the way down on one side begin sewing leaving the 3/4 inch seam allowance. Continue to sew around the entire edge of the pillow leaving an opening on the side you began with.

9. Using sharp scissors or fabric snips, snip the edges (seam allowance) approximately every 1/4 inch. DO NOT cut through your seam. Do this all the way around the pillow.
10. Stuff your pilllow beginning with the far corners and working your way toward the opening. Stuff the closer corners well.
11. Pin and sew the opening shut.
12. To get frayed or worn edges, the pillow should now be washed and dried. NOTE- if you think that your stuffing will get lumpy after washing, then wash the casing first to fray the edges. Press with iron, stuff, and sew shut.

NOTE: It is not recommended to have soft items such as pillows and stuffed animals in the crib with a sleeping baby. Always remove these items before putting baby to sleep. These decorative pillows look great on a rocking chair, or atop the dresser. Also a great car pillow! ENJOY!