Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
It starts off easy enough. I cut simple perfect squares to make the nine original pieces for this block. I am using "busy" fabrics with big designs, so i decided to make my squares 6" to try to capture the designs better. I've seen others doing mainly 4" blocks, but so far I'm liking my decision to do them bigger. (and it helps that the blocks end up bigger which mean less blocks to make over all!)
Once you've pieced together the nine patches, you do some slicing and dicing and will end up with this.
Now your block is in 4 pieces. "Why would you cut a perfectly good block into four pieces?", you might ask. It's so you can do this!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Here's what I got:
Monday, June 29, 2009
One side of the closet housing some fabric scraps, patterns, stuffing, etc.
All the organizing and sewing made Ellie tired.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
We had a great (but horribly hot!) time in Orlando. Since I've been back I've been super busy at work and have been coming home too tired to craft, sew, or anything that I really like to do!
After a week of eating all kinds of goodness from some of my favorite restraunts (Pei Wei, Texas De Brazil, the list goes on....) and feeling like a sweaty pig walking around Disney I decided I needed to recommit to weight watchers so next year if we visit Orlando I can eat less at my favorite restraunts and walk around hot Disney like a sweaty smaller pig. hehe
I went for my first real meeting last Wednesday and weighed in at the highest I've ever been.
But today was my weigh in after a week of being on plan and I lost.....
Not so bad if I say so myself. I know this is a bigger loss than I will probably ever see again (unless I lose a body part in some terrible accident, hehe) but I'm glad for such a sucessful start that will motivate me to make it through the next week. I've tried online WW before, but this will be my first time doing the meetings. Hopefully it will be easier to follow when I have to go let others see my weight!
My father in law will be visiting us from Tennessee this weekend and that usually means touring the good restraunts in Jacksonville, but not this time. We'll hopefully be doing most meals at home so I can be accountable and stay on track.
On to crafting......
My next projects are
1. making a wallet/sleeve/cover thing for my weight watchers weigh in book. It's a little paper thing that I'm supposed to use all year. I need to make a cute thing to help protect it so it holds up.
2. Making some new totes to carry my lunch to work in. It's gotta be more fun to take it when you're packing a cute bag, right?
3. I think it's time for a new purse. Now which fabric to use...
Friday, June 5, 2009
Here's a few pictures of things I've recently acquired!
I found these at http://www.vistaprint.com/
They offer 500 business cards for free! I'm hoping to start seriously doing an etsy shop and maybe try to sell items in other places as well, so I was excited to find these cards for only the cost of shipping. They offer many different designs in color, all still free! You should go check them out if you have any card needs!
Yesterday was my birthday and it was a good day. My coworkers suprised me with cards, balloons, lottery scratch off tickets (I didn't win so I had to continue working, hehe), muffins, and then we went to lunch. My husband got me some sweet cards and made me a yummy cake and dinner. My Mom is a fellow crafter and shares my love of fabric and gave me a gift certificate for fabric.com and also sent me this awesome handmade coaster set and handmade cards and bracelet! I love them all. Thanks mom! (you can visit her at http://sewmanyprojectssolittletime.blogspot.com )
When I got home today I also had this waiting in my mailbox, my fabric order from www.quiltingasyouwish.com
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
4. Use your scissors or rotary cutter to cut out the paper/fabric sections. You can stack multiple pieces to cut at once, but remember that the pieces go different directions, alternating around the star.
If you like the look of this, you're all done! If you're like me and have been looking for an excuse to decoupage something, allow your star to dry completely from this first round of gluing.
Check back tomorrow for the second half of my star project tutorial! (Cause I'm waiting for my star to dry before I can continue!)
Monday, June 1, 2009
Congrats to Beth, who left the following comment:
Thanks for visiting my blog for my giveaway! I used the same fabric for my doll kimono that is in your inaugural blog. Those little birdies are so cute. I'll be sure to come and check you out again.
Beth blogs over at http://snoodle.typepad.com/ .
Sunday, May 31, 2009
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Saturday, May 30, 2009
While registering for other's great giveaways, I came across a blog with a link to a great coffee sleeve tutorial. I whipped up a few this morning.
I think they turned out pretty cute! They took no time at all to make either. I'm thinking of a few modifications I may try in the future though.
You can check out the tutorial here http://houseonhillroad.typepad.com/coffeecozy.pdf
Now I just need to go to Starbucks to try them out!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The giveaway officially starts tommorrow, May 27th and I will be accepting comment entries until May 31st. On June 1st I will select a winner from the comments. I will be shipping only to the USA for my first giveaway.
I really hope to get some new readers and followers of my blog as well as find more great blogs to read! I'm going to soon try my hand at making free tutorials for bags I've designed and a few other craft items I've been working on and will be sharing them on my blog. I have also linked to my new etsy shop, which will be getting more items in the near future.
For this May Giveaway Day I've decided to offer this cute Quilted List Taker!
This quilted list taker is fun and easy to make and was designed by Jennifer Casa - a tutorial is available at her etsy shop at jcasa.etsy.com.
So please feel free to leave a comment below to enter to win the quilted list taker! If you have any great blogs you maintain or love to read, share them with me in your comment. Please leave either a link to your blog or email so I can contact the winner! Good luck! =)
Want an extra entry into the drawing? Follow my blog! Click "Follow Blog" at the top of the page!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I'm happy to report that with a strong multi person defensive line, we luckily at the end of day 1 still had all our permenant display items in our possession. I hope to report the same such luck after the end of tomorrow.
I'm still deciding what to make for the Sew, Mama Sew giveaway... It's been a busy week with the expo and my parents visiting from Tennessee. We're also on day 5 of a particularly nasty "nor'easter" as they're calling it on the news. Torrential rain and winds up to 50mph have made my week a little rougher. Here's hoping for clearer weather and crafty inspiration!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Here's some new things I made yesterday for a "grandkids" giveaway basket my work will be raffling off at the Jacksonville Senior Expo next week. I may have gone a bit overboard with this adorable fabric I found yesterday at JoAnns. I used it for a bib, tree applique on a blanket I bought, burp cloth, washcloth, appliqued onsie with a birdie similar to ones in the fabric itself and then a stuffed birdie toy.
Today I'm going to decide what to make for the Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway Event. You can check out the info about this event here.