Stitchy Twitchy

 

I’ve got the yarn bug again –

I’ve been working on a shawl the past couple weeks. I was hoping to finish it over the weekend but may need to put another couple hours into it to finish. It’s going to be so cozy to cuddle in when the weather gets cool, I think.

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I’m also working on a “carpool scarf” with some yarn that was given to me by a friend. It’s only two skeins, so I’m hoping I get it to the right length before I run out of yarn because it is discontinued and I’ve not found any online anywhere. Big Girl has claimed it for her own, but I have made her promise she will share with me.

I call it the “Carpool Scarf” because I keep it in the car and work on it while I’m sitting in the carpool line each day.  It is coming along nicely and I’m loving the gold threads that are in the yarn – it makes for a pretty sparkle amid the browns and greens.

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I have some yarn for my next project ready to go – it’s a very colorful variegated yarn that Little Bit wants me to use to make a scarf and hat for her. I’m thinking I’ll try this hat pattern and maybe something simple like this scarf pattern.

This is the yarn

Kisses First Love Yarn

Right up her alley in terms of color, don’t you think?  Now, I’ll have to find a new winter coat for her to match! I’m thinking a dark purple one maybe.

And, of course, I have all sorts of other projects brewing in my head – I just need to find the time to get to them all!

How about you? Any craftiness at your house lately?

 

I’m back! (and a project update)

Back from never-never land – where girls sew and do crafty things, stay up all night chatting and rise with the sun to sip tea and plan more crafty adventures…

The girls and I had a great visit with Mom – she went home yesterday and we’re all missing her already.

Big Girl got to do a lot of sewing with Mom this trip.  img_1328She made several things, including a tote bag that I had planned to make for her, but she took the project on herself. I’m so proud of her!IMG_1046[1]

And you may recall this little scrap (or two) of fabric from a tease last week…img_1324

I ended up making this:

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Which was supposed to be a tote for my Bible and books for my Bible Study class. It’s called Cup of Joy and I thought the little coffee/tea cups were appropriate.

It’s got all sorts of pockets inside. (I love pockets!)

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But, it is HUGE. The pattern I used didn’t have any finished dimensions on it and when I was done, I thought it was a bit too big for carrying back and forth each week.

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So, I think I will save it for trips and such – and maybe use the scraps to make a smaller bag for my Bible tote.  (maybe this weekend!)

But, for now, I’m up to my eyeballs in spreadsheets and data management.  Going a little crazy but thankful I have a job and looking forward to more craft time this weekend.

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My newest obsession

I think I have found a new love… and the coolest part about it is that there are no calories involved!

I’ve discovered a joy in sewing.

Really.

I never thought of myself as anyone who would enjoy sewing – as a matter of fact, I have traditionally come up with sewing projects and then tried to coerce my mom into making them for me… to her credit, that rarely worked and she usually just coached me along and made me do them myself.  But I was always very intimidated and afraid of ye olde sewing machine and shied away from any projects I saw.

Until recently.

Then I got this harebrained idea to make non-calorie-coma-inducing Christmas gifts and I started to search for an easy project.

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And these were born.

My girls helped. They were the stuffers and turner-right-side-outers.  It was a fun project and everyone seemed to be pleased when they got them for Christmas.

I also made some placemats.

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I figured sewing a rectangle couldn’t be that difficult, right?

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My finished product:

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And they looked nice on my table for Christmas dinner!

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Now, I’m considering some new projects for the new year…

I want to make some cheerful napkins to use (I’ve forgone paper napkins in favor of cloth – so much easier (and cheaper!) to use) and I’m considering some other projects that I’ve stumbled across on Pinterest:

Cute bag and quilt instructions.

How cute is that?

so cute. may have to make these for summertime purses.

And that!?!?

And mug rugs for my tea cups. So cute!

More on mug rugs...

And if I get really ambitious:

review includes link to pattern -- cute bag!

Oh my.

links to NINE different bag-sewing tutorials.

This could be dangerous…

 

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A job well done –

Well, as I mentioned yesterday, I spent a good part of my day sewing.
Which, for me, is quite the rare thing. I decided to make handmade gifts for the teachers & some of our friends (instead of the usual goodie bags full of treats – not feelin’ the baking thing this year)img_0760

I had two very willing helpers.  They were intrigued by the novelty of the whole process…

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They liked filling the sleeves with the rice. And they did a great job (with minimal mess!)

After our assembly line was complete, we had seventeen heating pads.  How cool is that?!?  I am quite proud of my accomplishment. I can’t wait to give them to our friends and know that they will enjoy something that I made by hand to make them feel better when they are achy and tired.

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After our hard work, we rewarded ourselves with a little treat.

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Some festive Christmas feet!

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How I’m spending my day today

Crafting!

Yesterday was the annual shopping marathon. With a few online purchases this morning, I finished up my shopping (hooray!!) and so today I’m focusing on my crafty gifts. 

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Making teacher gifts – going to try my hand at these this year.

I’ve got my supplies together…IMG_0700[1]

I’ll be a busy bee today.

Will post some updates once I get them done.

Oh, and I’ve been working on my very first set of homemade placemats. One is finished so far:

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Five more to go!

I figure I can handle straight lines (pretty well) and I’ll start there and be happy for now. Smile

My newest addiction

I held out for as long as I could.

I really did.

Promise.

I kept telling myself that I had enough things to waste my time with that I did not need to add anything else.

And I believed it.

For a while.

And then I started seeing the cutest things posted on people’s Facebook pages…

things they’d bookmarked over here…

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Have you been there before?

evil, evil thing. Winking smile

Sucks up your time, seriously!

But the things out there – oh, my. Candy for my brain and eyes.

things like this

breakfast ring using buttermilk biscuits...want.

And this

outdoor lighting

 

or this

genius

It’s so much fun.

I may never do many of the things that I pin over there, but it is a great way to relax at the end of a busy day – scrolling down the pages, looking at all the beautiful things.

If you’re already addicted too, I’d love for you to follow me! (I’ll follow you back – I’d love more ideas!)

If you’re not… well, I can’t be held responsible for the time you’re gonna lose if you decide to join us… but it sure is fun!

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Come on over and join the party!

It is well…

I have discovered Pinterest. Have you?
It is addictive, inspiring and so much fun.
I stumbled across this this morning.
I love, love, love it.

Source: etsy.com via Jeannett on Pinterest

Love Bends

I was inspired to make this on Sunday night after an awesome message at church that morning. I thought I’d share with you…

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I’m still doodling, as you can see, when the inspiration strikes me. It still feels a little strange, but it is relaxing at the same time.

Click here to download your own copy.

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Valentine’s Goodies

Valentine’s day is less than a week away!

I am one of those people who loves to decorate for the holidays throughout the year – no matter how small they are. I love changing out the decor of my home in small ways. I think it freshens things up and gives me an excuse to do something new and different. (my blog, too, can you tell?)

I’ll never be a Martha Stewart (who will be?) and with kids, my house is never going to be pristine enough for the decorating I’d like to do – but it makes me happy so I do it.

I have been decorating this way ever since we got our first house. I can remember loving to get the new Lillian Vernon catalog so I could see what the latest decorations are that I could order and hang.

I used to have a different wreath for the front door for every single month of the year.

Seriously.

Now? I’m a little more laid back in my decorating.

I take more of the do-it-yourself approach.

And what helps me is the internet –

There are all kinds of adorable Valentine’s freebies out there on the web right now.

I keep finding more and more.

And what a great, affordable way to decorate your home for Valentine’s day!

I keep a few 4×6 and 5×7 frames (silver and black ones) that I rotate out seasonal printables. That way, I always have something that is in keeping with the season and it only costs me a few pennies for printer ink and paper.

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This is a Creative Memories frame that I absolutely LOVE. I swap it out all the time with scrapbook pages, pictures and printables – however the mood strikes me. It’s funny – my friends love looking to see what is new every time they come to visit.

I took the easy way out for February and just printed some of these freebies and put them up there. I have intentions of mounting that big one on some scrapbook paper, but that hasn’t been high on the priority list lately.

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This is one of  Becky Higgins’ printables and I love it. I put it in a silver frame in my living room. I will probably leave it up way past Valentine’s because I think it is a very appropriate sentiment to remember every single day. 

Of course, you can always create your own, especially if you are a digital scrapbooker.

Here are a few I’ve found online, just in case you want to print your own:

And here is a great tutorial on making your own printables & subway art, even if you are not a digi scrapper!

I also add some cutsie towels, pink and red candles throughout the house – in the kitchen and in the guest bathroom.

How about you? Are you a seasonal decorator?

My first doodle

I mentioned a while back I was taking a doodling class.

Well, I’m still working on it.

Thank goodness it’s a self-paced thing and I can work on it when I have the time and inspiration to do so. I am finding that I am not naturally a doodler – or, rather, I am, but that I am a perfectionist with my doodles and to do them the way I want to, I need some quiet and uninterrupted time.  Not something I can do with monkeys running around in the background in the afternoons.

So, for the most part, I have stuck to coloring existing drawings, enhancing them and just getting my brain wrapped around the whole process.

And then I decided it was time to do something of my own.  I mean, really, how hard could it be?

So, I picked that quote I shared with you guys and decided to make my own doodle of it.

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Not a very good scan, but what do you think?
I know I have a lot of practicing to do…

but it was fun (and relaxing) regardless.