Tuesday, March 29, 2011


This little owl has been waiting over a year to be completed!  Another project checked off!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Taggie Blanket

My youngest is 3, but with three older siblings she bypassed the baby stage quickly.

Not to mention that two girls came before her and I had just about everything I needed (and was much too lazy to buy/make anything new).

So with the explosion of new babies around me, I’ve pulled out some of the projects I always wanted to do but never did for my own kids (did I mention I was lazy?) And in my continued quest to de-stash I’ve pulled out all the baby related fabric (holey sh** is there a lot of it! Would it be weird to do a give away of my stash fabric?)

Welcome baby gift: Polar fleece Winnie the Pooh printed blanked and matching mini blankie with taggies for baby to grab onto (notice I had Disney ribbon—also sitting in my stash for years!)

The taggie blankie is about 15x15 inches. Three taggies on each side seemed to be enough. You could eyeball it (like I did) or cut the tags in various lengths to make it more interesting. I opted to make each tag the same length.

Cut two squares, lay the first one right side up. Fold each ribbon in half and pin then (about an inch away from where your seem is going to be), then lay the other side, right side down, over top.

Stitch, serge—however you sew this, I suggest going over the tag area a couple of times—leave enough of an opening to flip the blankie over to the right side.

Top stitch (I used ¼ of an inch away from the edge as my guide, but you could do more or less).

TADA! Welcome baby gift all done and ready to go!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


My oldest got her ears pierced at the end of last summer, and just recently I've allowed her to wear dangly earrings.

She’s been asking me to help her make earrings ever since!

So I pulled out my bead crate (wish I had thought to take before and after pictures!) and we spent a day sorting through all the beads, fastenings, earring loops/hoops/studs…it was all kinds of fun! Some of the beads I have I got when I was her age!

The things I keep…sigh….

We made these cute glass bird earrings. The white ones are from ceramic beads I got in my teens (my dad was always bringing me home interesting beads and baubles).

Sorry that the pictures kind of suck, but as you can see we organized the beads into different baby food jars and such….I’ll have to take a picture of the finished product since we decided to put all the jars on a shelf for easier jewelry making access.

I've forgotten how fun jewelry making is! Doubly fun when working with my child!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Butterfly Dolly Dress

Between being sick and now being sick again, we celebrated missyD's 5th b-day!  Like her sister, she got an outfit made by moi and a matching dolly dress:

I have to find which camera has pictures of the outfit...and if I can't find it, I'll be taking some new ones and posting it later this week!

These dresses were so easy and so much fun to make!  The girls just love them!  Next dolly dress is going to have sleeves...since I've been drafting these patterns myself I'm kind of excited to see how it all turns out!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Replace a button on jeans...

I hate it when I lose shaft buttons off my jeans!  Incredibly annoying to find another to match!  I’ve given up on matching, I’m just happy having my gardening overalls back…
When I lost the original button, I also put a nice big hole (well big compared to the size of the shaft that has to go through it!) that needed to be patched before a new button could be put in.
My method: just some scrap denim fabric, folded over to cover both sides and sewn on with a zig zag stitch.

Next I button everything up to find where I need to place my new button, drive the nail through the fabric and hammer it in!

All Done! 

Gardening Overalls ready…now if the rain would stop for the next few days I'll be able to move the 14 yard of mulch that are sitting in my driveway....

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Pattern fix--jacket to pull over

I "fixed" the jacket I shared with you in the I suck post:

Turning it into a pull-over for my girlies.  It's not too exciting, but they both really liked it (the younger told me that when she gets as big as her sister she's going to wear it!)

As you can see from the picture, all I did was sew the middle together, add cuffs, a band at the bottom and turned the neck opening into a V-neck.  It's still not my favorite piece, but I fell like I managed to save it and I'm glad about that.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

What to do when you're sick..the late Valentine's Day Wreath

Make a Valentine's Day Wreath!

Yeah, I'm just getting over cold one million and one!  As Soon as I started feeling better, I'd catch something with totally different symptom!


But my mind continued to be crafty...unfortunately my mind did not want to post and share...OK it may have been my achy body that didn't want to sit in front of a computer...who knows?  The important thing is I'm back...with a very late Valentines day project.

I made this wreath using floral mesh--you know those white stretchy mesh things flowers come in when delivered to the florist?  NO?  I didn't either until a friend of mine gave me a box full.  She figured I'd find a use for them someplace...and the florist's just throw them out.  First thing I thought was:  looks like a bath puff someone cut up!

Unfortunately, I took no pictures of the process!  But I'm getting more of the mesh, so you all can look forward to a tutorial sometime in the near future!
I uses some hearts I found at the Dollar Tree and ribbon I had lying around the house....
Here it is hanging outside:
Not a bad effort for someone who didn't sleep for 3 days before tackling this project!