Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Some Recent Work

A half dozen newborn diapers:


Steampunk wedding cake topper:

And the first pencil portrait in several years:

Sunday, March 21, 2010

A Shrinking To-Do List

First several piles of dipes...


A teething giraffe...


And a very special little monster...



Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Rainbow of Fabric


Finishing a quilt, even a small one, is a magical thing.


My daughter enjoyed the work in progress as well.


And nothing sets off color better than sunlight!


The little gnome fellow soaked up some sun too.

I think I've had a very productive week. I finished a quilt! Something that at one time would take months or even years....yet in a matter of days I managed to start and finish a 36"x36" quilt for a baby. As much as I hate to admit it, machine piecing and quilting can be a wonderful thing!


I was also able to send a homemade gift to a friend and her newborn son.


And also make a playmat for my own child!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Fabric Goodness


I am extremely excited by these fabrics and the baby quilt they will produce.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

More Gifts

My mother is a difficult person to buy for. She rarely takes time for herself so her hobbies have all but been abandoned. She does sew occasionally and I knew finding her supplies is always a chore, so the cat-proof sewing organizer tutorial was perfect for her. She does have a cat that drives her batty, by the way. I actually followed the whole tutorial bit by bit instead of going off on my own tangent! I did, however, add a zippered pocket to the back so she could store a quilt block while she's working on in it. She only pieces by hand and only rarely so things like that tend to get lost before she can finish them. The inside...


And a closeup of the outside fabric...

Next I made a stuffed rocket ship for a friend's 1-year-old. I think his almost 4-year-old brother will probably get more use out of it for now


You can find the tutorial for the rocket ship on The Long Thread's Make It Monday. I didn't have an egg so I imprvised a little cloth astronaut with a felt jetpack.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Beneath Paper Stars

I love stars. I also have a lot of origami paper leftover from my youth. Obviously, this tutorial appealed to me.

A gift for my niece for her 13th birthday. She was quite thrilled with it, I'm told.

I very rarely purchase gifts for anyone. Honestly, I usually can't. We don't have the money to. And while crafting isn't free, it's possible to take inexpensive materials and turn them into something impressive. This particular project cost me $1.40 for the large hoop, $0.89 for the small ring at the top, and $1.40 for a hank of pearl floss. That's a total of $3.87 including tax. You could break it down further because I didn't use anywhere near all the that will live on to be included in another project. The paper was all stuff I already had from years ago. It was most likely given to me anyway. I also used some clear tape and hot glue...again stuff I already had. What can $3.87 buy you already made? Not a whole hell of a lot. Nothing worth buying, honestly.

Anyway, my whole point is crafting can save you a lot of money when it comes to gifts....HOWEVER...and this is important: if you're going to do a handmade holiday, you have to do it well.

Far too often people go handmade and fail at it in an epic way. Case in point: the too-short Fun-Fur scarf made by someone who just learned to knit and figured it would be a good way to save some cash. Fun-Fur is one of the most horrific yarns known to man...and I do use the term "yarn" very lightly in this case. I think the term "abomination" would be more fitting. Have you felt this stuff? Ugh! It's like the textile version of nails-on-a-chalkboard to me. Sure, it has uses...but use with caution and sparingly if you can. And if you still wish to subject your poor relatives and friends to this scarf-nightmare....AT LEAST MAKE SURE IT IS LONG ENOUGH.


Another handmade fail: the inedible cookie. IF you are going to bake for a holiday or gift-giving event...don't be a lazy ass and purchase a roll of cookie dough at the store. IF you're going to make cookies, actually MAKE cookies! And please make sure whatever you're baking actually tastes good. Also, it would be nice if you made whatever foodstuff it is close enough to the event so that they aren't hard as brick-bats by the time they are received.

Seriously people, you wouldn't want to get this junk as a why are you subjecting other people to it? If you honestly don't care enough about the person to make sure you do this handmade thing right, perhaps you shouldn't be gifting them anything in the first place....

...Or perhaps you really are just delusional.

Actually...that's probably it. Haha

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Massive Post Christmas Craft Dump

The holidays are OVER! Rejoice! Sadly I've let the crafting photos pile I figure it's about time I just post them all and get it over with.

Before the holiday I had a commission to make some knitted dolls for a friend's daughter. Two mermaids, two girls, a dog, and a cat. I was particularly happy with the mermaids!

I got a bit carried away with the knitting and decided to try my hand at designing a pattern for knitted ponies. Still a work in progress...but they didn't turn out bad by any means.

Next I came up with some knitted cars with wooden wheels. They do actually roll, which I was very happy about...I made 3 for Bear for Christmas and 2 more for her friend.

Not a great photo, but I knitted a cabled tam for my aunt. Bear is modeling it here.

Two Black Apple Dolls for Bear and E.

One for my niece.

A purse, sweats, and necklace set for my niece, Ash.

An art-roll and a memory game for my nephews.

And finally, I recovered a foam chair for Bear. :)