Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year's Eve!

I am looking forward to the new year, especially my new baby due to arrive on Valentine's Day!

So here is my last finished project for 2010 but definitely not the last baby project planned.
A blanket for baby Emily! I love how this turned out and the fact that it took my only 3 days to make. Needs to be washed and blocked still and the colors are much brighter than this pic shows.

Tried to get a close up of the crab stitch border

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Sorry for the lack of updates, I was working hard on Christmas presents and didn't want to spoil any surprises! I decided to try the home made route for gifts this year and it seems to have been a hit.

I made these zippered pouches for all the moms, aunts and grandmas in the family using this tutorial. I had to learn how to sew on zippers but it was pretty easy once I figured out what I was doing. It was fun trying to match different fabric patterns while making sure to use favorite colors.
A couple of the insides

Yup, my sis-in-law's fave color is orange, the brighter the better!
Gift card cozys for a couple of the nieces

For the Papas and Grandpas I made these stamped key chains. They look much much better than the pic shows. The top washer has the recipients name and 2010, the bottom washer has "Love Paige & Noah".
Side note: You need a really hard surface to stamp these. The only surface hard enough here was the basement floor. NOT easy when you're 7 months pregnant!

Made this zippered pouch for the hubby's cousin. We both love Gir from Invader Zim so I made him my first embroidery project and sewed him on this pouch. I had to make my own pattern for this pouch since the pleats in the other pattern weren't gonna mix well with the embroidery. It's a very simple pattern but I'm proud cause I was able to figure it out myself even adding a zipper and pocket!
I wanted to keep it for myself so I must have done something right!
This is a baby quilt made for me by hubby's cousin. I love it and wish it was big enough for me! She used purple minky (my fave) and I love that she used black/rainbow fabrics instead of the usual baby pastels.
I also got some very cute hand made baby things from hubby's grandma that I still need to take pics of.

Baby girl is due to arrive on Valentine's Day so be prepared for much baby crafty things coming soon!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Now all we need is snow

The kids had a blast decorating the tree yesterday. I bought a lot of new decorations on clearance after Christmas last year so getting to finally play with all the new stuff was like..well, Christmas!

Noah preferred to keep all his ornaments close together.
After a wee bit of help from mommy.

Linked to
Go check out all the other beautiful Christmas trees!

Friday, November 19, 2010

This cute little design is from Daffycat! It was a pretty quick stitch, which I love, and I enjoyed thinking of ways to finish it. Thanks Daffycat!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My second flat fold!

I learned a lot from the first flat fold I attempted and this one came out a ton better! Definitely more fun once you know what you're doing.
Now who's next? O.0

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Noah!!

My little bug turned 3 today!! He's grown so fast and it's hard to believe in a few months he'll be the middle child. Don't worry bud, you'll always be my (not so little) baby boy.

Grandma brought over some gifts this morning since she won't be able to make it to party later.

The new toys kept the kids distracted while I made a school bus cake! Obviously cake decor is not one of my strengths.

Yesterday I found this while searching for ideas for school bus decorations so I made one to hang on the front door.
Now I better get my butt moving and get the rest of his presents wrapped!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Romy's patterns

I discovered Romy's Cross Stitch Patterns blog a couple months ago and went a bit crazy stitching up some of her patterns with plans to do more! If stitching is your thing go check her out! She has a ton of cute patterns (for free!) and now has a book of new designs for sale.

Here's what I've stitched so far. Unfortunately I didn't get these first two finished off in time for Halloween.

My first flat-fold!

Not sure if I'll make this one a flat-fold or an ornament

Saturday, August 21, 2010

That last update was pretty appropriate

I can't believe it's been over a year since my last update! Although not completely due to procrastination. I had a bad case of tendonitis for a couple months and wasn't able to do any kind of stitching. Then it took a while for my crafty mojo to come back. So here's some of the things I've made since the beginning of the year. Enjoy!

This is what 357 granny squares looks like and they only took me a month to make! I seriously expected this afghan to take six months at least but I was determined to at least finish it, unlike many other projects. That determination really helped speed me along, no procrastination here!
All put together with a border!

Jasmin guarding the goods

I thought I'd never want to make another afghan like that again, then I surprised myself by making 237 hexagons for another one for my daughter. I have yet to put them together.

A Sue Hillis design. The hubby says I'm not allowed to use this excuse :P

A shawl crocheted for myself!

My current project, a checkerboard baby blanket. I now have five and a half rows of blocks done. This may or may not be for my baby...yes, I'm expecting baby #3 in Feb. 2011!