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…

Pinterest Logo

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.

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