Saturday, December 22, 2007

Easy Christmas ornament ... to match a quilt!

I made a small lap quilt for a friend's daughter for Christmas. I had some scraps left over and thought that I'd make a matching ornament. This is what I came up with....

Sorry for the short blog - but, many other irons in the fire right now.... More later, I promise!

Monday, December 17, 2007

More Christmas gifts

I've made a few more Christmas gifts. I don't know if I'll be done by Christmas, but I'm making lots of progress. The biggest 'issue' I face is being able to have the Christmas gifts actually make it to the destination of BEING Christmas gifts. My girls keep trying to take them .... hmph....

At any rate - here are a few pictures of the latest.... Hannah modeling....

First one is a hat for their baby boy cousin.... I actually quite like the camo!

This one is a hat/scarf set for another of their cousins

A couple shots of the third to show it properly - also for a cousin!

And, finally - a pic of me modeling a neck warmer/scarflet that I made for a friend - yet am wearing right now - so, I guess I'm as bad as my girls about not wanting to 'gift' the 'gifts' ;)

Sunday, December 02, 2007

New Hat/Scarf set - Christmas gift

So - I've finished a scarf and hat set for one of my nieces - I've not yet decided which (and, neither reads this blog - so, it all works out okay!).

Both of my girls wanted to model it - so, here they are!

The last one shows the flower a bit better - oddly, the button color looks a bit 'off' in the picture but, it matches perfectly IRL.

That's it for now .... off to work on more prezzies.....

Thursday, November 29, 2007

New crocheted hat and a scarf (made in 30 minutes - yes, ma'am 30 minutes!)

I have been on a crazy crocheting bend - what is up with that?

Anyway - the new things... I made MYSELF a hat - well, it was mine for like 3 minutes. Once Sarah saw it - it became hers - hmmmm, interesting how that happens... Oh, well, it is way more cute on her than it was on me. Perhaps, after Christmas, I'll actually get to make one for myself! Here are a few pics of the hat (on my, super, super, super cute model!)

In addition to the hat (apparently, for Sarah - ha), I made myself a scarf. I will be making SEVERAL more of these for Christmas presents - since, LITERALLY, I made this scarf in 30 minutes!!! You have to love a chunky yarn and a Q hook!! I'm in love with this color! Here is a picture of the scarf that everyone I know and love will receive for Christmas... lol

I have got to get busy on the Christmas gifts that I'm making this year! I definitely will be making more scarves and hats! I think that all the kiddos in my family will be getting a scarf/hat set this year!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Something else for me..... is this a trend??

Nah - it's not a trend - I'm sure it's not...... ;) And, so what if it is a bit of a trend ... I'm always making for others, but rarely for me... so - I don't apologize ;-)

Anyway - my hands get cold - I mean, really cold, when I'm on the computer or knitting or crocheting at night during the winter. Obviously, one does not want to wear gloves while doing these things.... so, I had seen lots of 'fingerless gloves' or 'wrist warmers' online - and, I thought that I would make some of my own. And, I'm so glad that I did. My little hands are so warm and toasty as I'm typing this post.

Here is a picture of them (or one of them) - as I took the picture myself, I could only get one. As good as I am - try as I may - I couldn't get a picture of both while still holding the camera. So - you'll just have to trust me that I have 2. Trust me that I'm not going all Michael Jackson with crocheted fingerless gloves... ;-)

Now, I've got several more pairs to make - as I've gotten several requests since showing mine off. Luckily - I have a bit of a ride tomorrow (to go to a football game out of town) - so I think that I can knock out several pairs then!
This is how these (to fit my hands) are made. This is CERTAINLY not to be confused with a proper crochet pattern - but, it is instructions for those that might be interested....
1. chain 32 (30 for length - 2 for turning)
2. 1/2 dc across length (start in 3rd ch from hook)
3. ch 3
4. dc across length
5. ch 2
6. repeat steps 2 - 5, until you have 7 rows of 1/2 dc and 7 rows of dc
7. fold your rectangle in half
8. whip stitch from top for 3/4 inch9. leave approx 1 1/2 inch for thumb hole
10. whip stitch rest of length
11. Turn right side out
12. place on your super cool - uber hip little wrist
13. admire your awesome creativeness and oh-so-coolness (b/c everyone else will )
In addition to keeping my hands warm, I figured I'd keep my husband's head warm at the game tomorrow. Here are a few pictures of his crocheted hat that he'll be sporting at the game! I have still not taken a picture of me in my hat! But, I will - I promise!

Now that everything is done to keep us both warm and cozy at the ball game - guess I need to get back on Christmas stuff, huh?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Another hat.... this time, for me....

I rarely make things for myself - but, today, I've made two hats - JUST FOR ME! I've only got pictures of one. The other is to be worn on Saturday - as I attend the Carolina/Clemson game! Go cocks! I'll take a picture of that one sometime to post.

In the meantime - here is one of the hats (beanie style) that I made for myself today. Don't mind the crazy looking pictures of me... I'm just not a very photogenic person... but, since it is for me, I figured I should 'model' it. So ... here it is.......

I think that I like this one better than the other one that I made. This one was made using thick chenille yarn by Lions Brand. I made a scarf using this yarn last year - and, I had some left over - enough to make this hat, so that worked out great! This hat went quickly. I loosely used this pattern. The change that I made, to allow for my smaller than average head (please, no jokes or comments ... lol), was to have fewer increase rows. It seems to fit great with these adjustments!

But, I will be wearing the other one (again, I will post pictures later - I've only just finished it - and it's 1am... LOL) on Saturday - since it is (almost) in the school colors. The USC (University of South Carolina) colors are Garnet and Black - and the other hat is Raspberry and Black - not exact - but, it's what I had on hand.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

More hats....

Well, I finally have pictures of the hat from the previous post, on my daughter - Hannah. This picture was taking at 6:30 in the morning (hence her looking 1/2 asleep). I think that it turned out cute - given no pattern - but there are things that I would have changed.

In addition to the little beret type hat for Hannah - I made a beanie for my oldest, Sarah. I really like how it turned out - and she LOVES it. I want to make one for myself - tho, I know that I won't look nearly as cute as she does in hers!

I really liked the idea of the beret that I made for Hannah and tried to make another one (again, no pattern - just *hopefully* using what I learned with the first one, to improve). I'm not sure that it turned out much better - but, here is the 3rd hat that I've made. This one is for the girls' cousin for Christmas - hopefully, she will like it!

I've, in addition to the hats, made several Christmas presents lately. Several people are getting new scarves for Christmas - and various other things. I've got several bags in the works, as well as a few pieces of jewelry.

Is it wrong that I want to take a break from making things for others - and make some fingerless gloves for myself? Yes, it is - I know this - yet I still want to. But, I won't! I'll be strong!

There are so many things that I want to make for Christmas this year - looks like most of the gifts we give this year, will be homemade. That is normally true - but, even moreso this year. Usually, for my girls, I make PJs/gown and a toy - but, normally not more than that. This year, however, they are each getting PJs, at least 1 toy (one is already made for each - but there are several other things that I have my eye on - just looking for the time), scarves and a purse. So - looks like they will have a very 'homemade' Christmas this year.

While discussing homemade Christmas - I thought that I'd mention that Sarah has decided to do a painting on canvas for everyone for Christmas - she's already finished the painting for her Daddy - and, it turned out great - if I do say so. It's great having such a talented daughter!!! :-)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Pretty Little Beret for Hannah

I was making slippers for Hannah (clearly, I still think she is 2 years old - judging from the extremely small size they were!) - and, she decided that she wanted a 'hat'. So, I'm a terrible one to not follow a pattern, but I thought - hmmm, I think that I crochet her a hat. While I don't think that Crochet magazine is going to be knocking on my door looking for the pattern (and, thank God, since I didn't write it down... lol), I think that it turned out pretty darn cute.

I know that it would look WAY, WAY more cute if it were on Hannah, instead of this bear - but, I think that it might be a bit un-motherly for me to wake here just for the purposes of making this posting better - so, for now - we'll just have to see it on the bear! ;-)

I plan to revisit the slippers - just not tonight. So, here is yet another picture of the cute little (I think) hat...

The pictures really don't do the colors justice! It is actually HOT pink! Just like a 4 year old's cool little beret should be! ;-)

On other fronts - I've now finished 4 handmade Christmas gifts - this is extremely unusual for me! I'm very excited about that!!! I hope to be sharing some more later. I've got a project that is currently being blocked that I hope I can take pictures of later and post here. I've got several other items cut out and ready to hit the sewing machine - so, yeah - I'm happy about my progress thus far!! And, in addition to the current momentum on hand made gifts - I'm also getting my girls' Christmas pictures made much earlier this year! Normally I'm like a week or two from Christmas - this year, they will be done the day before Thanksgiving - can you imagine??

Monday, November 12, 2007

Crochet and Felting.... and, yes, I'm still alive! ;-)

Okay - so, I haven't been blogging for a few weeks, but I've been steady creating! I'm diligently at work on my Christmas list already!

I'm currently have a torrid love affair with wool yarn, my size I crochet hook and the processing of felting. I've made the cutest little purses for my girls for Christmas. A little more than 1 skein of yarn, a couple of hours of crocheting - then a bit of time in a steamy hot washing machine - and, you get lovely, lovely purses! The felted purse in this picture is Sarah's - the unfelted (picture taken, to show the difference pre and post felting) is Hannah's. I'm going to add some cute buttons to add to the design.

And, I know that I should be just worrying with making Christmas gifts, but I also made a cute little bag for me! It's a clutch purse that was, gasp, also crocheted with wool yarn and felted. I simply LOVE the autumn colors in this yarn. It has a button hole and vintage buttons for closure. I've not yet used it - but, I can't wait to! I think that I'm going to put one (or more) of these felted goodies in my etsy shop!

Don't mind the terrible picture - it doesn't nearly do justice to these bags! They are so, so pretty in person. The clutch was felted with only 1 washing in hot water. The girls' bags were run through 2 cycles (hot wash/cold rinse). I also, probably after Christmas, plan to make myself a (much larger) bag like the girls' bags.
I hope that I'm going to be able to be on here posting a lot of the projects that I'm making for Christmas! I've found lots of great projects that I'm eager to make and give to folks for Christmas - and, I hope to share them here!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Another 'project to try' has been checked off of my list...

I have a list a mile long, I admit it - of all of the projects that I want to try. Many of which are found, here, on the internet - on many of the blogs that I visit daily. I have to keep a list, because I know that I'll eventually forget.

Anyway - I've, this weekend, marked one off of my list! Yay, me! ;-)

The project that I've completed this weekend (and, plan to make many more of) is a project that I saw on one of my favorite blogs. Check out the original tutorial here!

And, here are mine! My little girls are going to be so happy to get these tomorrow! I think that they'll really like them!!!

The only thing that I did differently from the tutorial is the following. In the tutorial, Amy, traces her clip onto the felt using a water soluable marker. Since I was using a dark felt, I found that to be a bit problematic - so, what I did was trace my clip onto paper - therby making a pattern. Then I just attached the pattern to the felt, using double sided tape and sewed around the edge. Everything else is pretty much the same as the tutorial (so, I won't rehash that here!).

I've also been making a lot of crochet wrist cuffs. I've listed several on etsy. Here are a few pictures of them, as well. My oldest is in love with these - and, has asked me to make her a matching 'choker' necklace to go with several of the cuffs that she's sporting these days.

Check out some of the other cuffs on etsy! I'm hoping to make some quilted ones, sometime soon, as well!

On the agenda for tomorrow is making the girls' Halloween costumes! I hope to get that finished and out of the way this weekend! They wanted super easy costumes this year - but, I'm still making them (Yay!! they had originally said that they didn't want me to make them and I was bummed). Truly, their costumes are taking little effort - but, it still beats store bought to me! :)

Additional project on the agenda for this weekend is the making of a birthday present for my mother in law. The intention is to make a cute tote bag (for groceries or other stuff that one might need to cart to and fro) and a simple apron (I bought the most lovely fabric for the apron - and I want to make one for myself with that fabric also!!). I can't wait to get those items made, and I'll off course share them here as well.

Friday, October 12, 2007

It's so cozy.....

I know, I've been gone for a few - but, I'm still around, I swear. Just extremely busy. It's very hard to find 'free' time between being a Mommy to a 7 year old and a 4 year old, working full time outside the home, trying to stay in somewhat decent shape and all the various other things that we 'modern' women do ... but, I've been doing some 'yarn' things (both knitting and crochet) while watching my 1 hour of TV each night. So, I thought that I'd share a few!

The first one is a little cell phone cozy that is to be added to etsy! I think that I'm going to make myself one as well! My cell phone is so scratched up from it just being thrown into my purse. Maybe something like this will help a bit! Yes, I know that I can buy one of those cell phone cases, but I so hate them ... this I like.

The second thing is a crocheted coffee cup cozy. I think that I'm going to do some of these for etsy too - but, this one is being used daily by yours truly. Note: please forgive the hideous picture - it was taken with my cell phone!

So - as you can see, it's getting 'cozy' around here .... ;-)

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Race 4 The Cure and a wee bit 'o crafting......

Today I, along with three of my friends, did the Susan G. Komen Race 4 The Cure! I'm so proud of me (and us). We raised money for the cause, showed our support and had lots of fun! Here are a few pictures from the race! I raced (okay, I walked - but, I raced the clock... ;) ) in honor/celebration of my grandmother who is a two time breast cancer survivor! The race didn't take long, it was only 5K - but, it was oh, so much fun! And, I feel very proud about my participation - and, honored to have friends who participated too! I've made up my mind - I'm doing the timed/competitive race next year - I'm so inclined to do so - that I started jogging today at the gym, so that I know I'll be ready by the next race in the spring!!

Don't you like my t-shirt? I did a freezer paper stencil on it! I really, really, really like it - oh, and, I really like it! ;-)

Now - for the crafting! I made a large tote bag. I'm going to make some of these to sell on Etsy, but I'm pretty sure that this one is just for me! ;) I'm in love with this retro looking bowling fabric. I used a fusible fleece for stability and nylon webbing for the handles. I really like the look of fabric handles, but since I intend to use and abuse this bag, I thought that the nylon webbing would offer a lot of stability for the wear and tear.

This bag is HUGE - I can use it for the gym or shopping or whatever - it'll clearly hold everything! This is NOT your tiny little tote bag!! It's finished size is about 20" X 16". I can't wait to use it!!

Since I've been up since 5:45am - I'm actually kind of proud that I've allowed myself time to post a blog entry tonight! Not to mention the fact that I made the tote bag tonight! I think that I'm about ready to crash - but, even so, today has been an extremely satisfying day!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Personality Test

Your Five Factor Personality Profile


You have high extroversion.

You are outgoing and engaging, with both strangers and friends.

You truly enjoy being with people and bring energy into any situation.

Enthusiastic and fun, you're the first to say "let's go!"


You have high conscientiousness.

Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.

Most things in your life are organized and planned well.

But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.


You have medium agreeableness.

You're generally a friendly and trusting person.

But you also have a healthy dose of cynicism.

You get along well with others, as long as they play fair.


You have medium neuroticism.

You're generally cool and collected, but sometimes you do panic.

Little worries or problems can consume you, draining your energy.

Your life is pretty smooth, but there's a few emotional bumps you'd like to get rid of.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is high.

In life, you tend to be an early adopter of all new things and ideas.

You'll try almost anything interesting, and you're constantly pushing your own limits.

A great connoisseir of art and beauty, you can find the positive side of almost anything.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Wonky Monster and rock climbing....

So, I've made some cute little 'monsters' for my cute little monsters. And, they requested that I make one for a birthday gift this past weekend. And, right now, that is the only 'crafty' or 'artsy' thing that I have to share. So, here it is .......

In the past - I've made up a pattern for these little felt monsters - but, this time, I thought what the heck and just cut into the felt... I'm not really happy with how that turned out - but, I'm doubtful that a 3 year old cares!

At the birthday party, there was a rock wall - I have to share a picture of my 7 year old scaling the rock wall like she was Spider-Man... oh, so cute!!!

My oldest has her birthday party this weekend - so, I have GOT to pull together some 'goody bags' this week - Why do I always put everything off to the last minute?? Anyway ... that said - I probably won't be posting anything much until next week - unless I get a crazy spurt of energy and get all that has to be done, done early... then, maybe I'll have time to do some fun stuff!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Altered Domino...

I bought some dominos at a yard sale and thought that I would try my hand at altering some. This is the result.

I had a lot of fun doing it - and can't wait to try more. Now, to decide exactly how to USE these little bits of art!

Oh - b/c I'm addicted to UTEE currently, that is how I finished it off. See my prior blog entry to see how I use the UTEE - I used it in the same manner here!

What Color Is My Soul Painted? Wow ... how deep is that??

What color is your soul painted?


Your soul is painted the color orange, which embodies the characteristics of balance, heat, enthusiasm, flamboyance, playfulness, aggression, over-emotion, danger, desire, strengthens the ability to concentrate, attraction, adaptability, and stimulation. Orange falls under the element of Fire, and symbolizes glory and fruits of the earth.

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Another Freezer Paper Stenciled Item

This one is for a baby gift... just thought that I'd share! This stencil was much harder (for me) to cut out, as my craft knife is getting dull - but, I still think that it turned out cute. I used clipart from PCCrafter to create this stencil.

I have started making my 'bucket' from the previous blog - but, I'm not yet finished - I hope to have it done and share it here before the weekend is over!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

I so want to make one (or more) of these.....

I found these cute little buckets in the blog, Ric-Rac online! And, now I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY (get the point) want to make some of these! I'm not exactly sure what I'll do with them - but, I think that I'd like to make some!

It's early yet, so I don't have anything creative to show you of my own yet - though, I hope to show something by this evening. But, before I lost site of this blog and project - I wanted to put it on here!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Sarah tried her hand at Freezer Paper Stencils

So - Sarah loved the Skull bag so much that she wanted to try her hand. But, she couldn't just put her stencil on a ready made bag - so, she wanted to cut the leg of a pair of old jeans, make a bag - THEN do her stencil! So, that is what we did! She sewed it together, herself, attached the strap and I did the snap. Other than that - it was all her!!

She likes the Clemson Tigers, so her stencil was a tiger paw. I think that it turned out cute as a button! Here is the picture.

I also made her a skull t-shirt that she is sad that she won't be wearing to school tomorrow. Tomorrow is a 'game' day for her and she has to wear her cheerleading uniform - I didn't think that she'd ever want to wear anything but her uniform - so I was surprised that she was bummed about not wearing the shirt.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

I have finally tried my hand at freezer paper stencils...

and, I am in LOVE with the process. It is possible that I might stencil everything in site, given the chance! It was super easy and goes SOOO fast. I'm sure that it depends very much on the particular design that you use. This skull was super easy and, oh so cute! My girls now are having a love affair with skulls and cross bones - I think that it is because they are in love with Pirates Of The Carribean (can't blame them there - I love those movies too!).

This one is for etsy, but Sarah has already requested one with a pink skull - so, I have to go get some more fabric paint and resist the urge to stencil everything in sight! Here is a picture showing the detail, though unfortunately - not the true color of the fabric paint - which is a gorgeous metallic aqua.

I can't wait to try my next project! What should it be..... stay tuned!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Quilted Purse to share

Well - I've finally made a new purse! I think that I'm going to list this one on Etsy - but, I wanted to share it here too!

It is black and white on the outside and a fantastic lime green for the lining! Additionally, I made a (removable) lime green and button 'flower' for embellishment on the outside. The purse is quilted with a varigated green thread that I just adore!! I also added a magnetic snap closure. I think that it turned out cute and I almost hate to part with it - but, I rarely carry a normal sized purse - I'm more the 'large bag - fit the kitchen sink in it purse - kind of gal.' So, I hope that this purse will go to a woman who will enjoy it!!

I, now, want to go make a new bag for me - in my style! :-)

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Birthday Girl and more UTEE

First things first - today is my 7 year old's birthday. I'm not really sure how she is 7 - I mean, I know I just brought her home from the hospital. It is amazing (and sad, honestly) how quickly the time passes. I was telling her, as we drove home from her first day in 2nd grade, that it just doesn't seem like it was 7 years ago that she was born. I look at her and I see the beautiful 7 year old that she is - but, I also still see the tiny baby that she was just 7 short years ago! Okay, I'm okay now! For her birthday, she got a real 'big girl' bike - oh, how excited was she!!! Just wanted to share a picture of the birthday girl, with her birthday present!!!

In addition to her bike, Mommy also made her a special necklace. She was so very excited about her necklace too! She always loves it when she gets something homemade! I love that about my children - that they can appreciate the heart that goes into a home made gift!! This is her necklace. I painted the background pink, painted on dots (with dots) and stamped an 'S' for her name. Then used the UTEE technique described in an earlier post.

Below are a few more UTEE items that I have made. The first picture is of another pendant and also a keychain that I made. The pendant was stamped, etc. and the keychain was painted - both were then finished with UTEE.

The next picture is of another pendant. This one was done a little differently. I did the background as the other pendents (paint and inking). But, while the UTEE was still hot, I made an impression of the rubber stamp (with white pigment ink) over top. This left a true impression in the UTEE for a different 3d effect which I love.

The final picture is another pendant that was made in the same manner as the previous ones - just painting/inking/stamping, etc. Unfortunately, this one was rather difficult to photograph - but, hopefully you can see a bit of it anyway.

How creative am I, you might ask (or maybe you wouldn't, but it is a cute little 'quiz' anyway!)

You Are 99% Creative

You are an incredibly creative person. For you, there are no bounds or limits to your creativity.
Your next creation could be something very great... Or at least very cool!

How Creative Are You?