Sunday, June 11, 2017

Another maxi mash up

I think we've established that the Lady Skater top is my go to pattern for dresses and all that I change is the skirt.  This one is just a rectangle that I pleated in front, gathered in the back, with stitched round pockets.  I get a ton of compliments on this dress and style.  The fabric is from Girl Charlee and is fading and pilling fast!  Boo!  I love the colors so much that when this one wears out, I will probably make another one.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Elephant shirt

Back when there was less of me to love I made a shirt from It's Always Autumn that was free on her website.  Actually, I made about 5 of them in various ways.  It was the perfect size.  In the last few years I've been gaining girth so I just estimated how much I needed to add to make the shirt fit me.  (Hint: it was a lot) Because this tahirt has kimono sleeves it takes me about 30 minutes to cut it out and sew it.  All the win!  The fabric is from Girl Charlee.  It's very thin, pills easily, and stretches out ridiculously.  But I love the print and style.  I just k ow it's not going to last longer than one summer.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Caahmerette concord

I love this pattern! It is a plain t-shirt pattern with a built in FBA according to your cup size!  Gloria!  I've made about 5 of these shirts.  The pattern comes with a lot of options but I like the plain tees.  The fabric is from Fabric dot com and it's some kind of bamboo rayon.  It's slick and light but drapey. It was a pain to see- you can see my topstitching difficulty!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Favorite maxi mash up

This maxi dress is my favorite mash up.  The top is Lady Skater by Kitschy Coo and the bottom is a rectangle skirt with pockets.  I accidentally made this dress more empireish than I had intended.  I was sewing like a crazy woman on Easter Eve to get my dress done to match The Santlads' ties and I was having an EITTTC day but I think it's mostly okay.  The pockets are a little high. The fabric is from Girl Charlie.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sunday, January 1, 2012


 The YW made these paper trees.  You just cut three sizes of circles out of paper, then cut a wedge out of the circle.  Glue it into a teepee.  Cut fringe in the bottom of the teepee and curl a little with a pencil.  This one isn't very curly.  Then string it on embroidery floss.  We had to tie knots to keep the papers where we wanted them, so they didn't just stack on top of each other.  The Young Women loved it and they did turn out so cute!
 We also made these ornaments as gifts.  They are glass balls and with sand and shells.  The poem says, "remember, remember try always to be as the One who walked the shores of Galilee".  BIG tip - glue the metal thingy on top onto the ornament because it WILL fall off and then you will have sand in your carpet.

I'm just sayin ...

I found these little felt people for a dollar at Target and I put them on a pillow.  Blogger is insisting they go on sideways.  What can you do?  It was a MAJOR pain to sew through the layers of felt and they were sticky backed which gummed up my needle big time.  Grr.  But now it is done and in storage to be enjoyed next year.  Haha!
 Also at Target, they had these felt trees, three for a dollar.  I was going to make mug rugs for my visit teachees with them, but that didn't work out.  Instead, I made these pillows.  They are the right size for my kids' heads.  I backed them with some snowflake flannel king size pillow cases that were still new.  I did wonder under these one, but at the last minute decided to sew around the edges.  I am glad that I did because the felt and the wonderunder were not good friends.
 I couldn't decided between the colors.
I think that I will send one to my daughter :).
Anyhoo ... that's a few of the things I've done.  I have more to put on here as soon as I get my act together.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Give Thanks banner

This is where I first saw this banner - it was made by Celestial's Creations for her week of So You Think You Are Crafty.  It didn't win (I think it should have and I waited a little while for her to post the tutorial anyway, but in the end, I just tried to emulate her genius.  So this is what I came up with.

In my town there is NO GOOD FELT.  It's rather frustrating.  But I did the best I could with the stuff I could find.  I used two of my Fiestaware plates to make the circles and a spool of thread as a pattern for the scallops.  Then I just freehand embroider some stitch whose name I can't remember - is it daisy chain maybe? - the letters on with that crochet thread stuff.  My turkey has special needs, but not to worry, he'll be dead in a few weeks.

So, this was fun and sort of fast - a few hours - and it's one of the few things I've made that I actually liked when I made it.  Crazy. Right?

Monday, October 17, 2011


Oh, but first, the baby - out of a sock.  I made her in a bunting for the cutest little girl ever.
Do you remember back in the day - the little crocheted purses that were also a bassinet?  My friend asked me to make one for her adorable granddaughter.  I think she was remembering several years ago when I made this.
Anyway, this time I made it a bassinet, not a mushroom.  I also couldn't find the fairy pattern, so I looked around and finally copied a doll I saw on Pinterest.  You pull the straps and the bassinet becomes a little purse to carry your baby around in.
Here she is all nestled snug in her bed.  I made her a little mattress to firm up the bottom of the bed but it was just ehhhh so no pics.

Once I was hooking again, it was a slippery slope to more projects.  Especially when my oldest texted me a picture of some hats that a lady sells at her work and asked me which one she should buy.  I said, "Neither!  I will make you one."  So I did:
I pretty much winged it and I am not loving it, but my daughter assures me it is fabulous.  At one time I bought a newsboy pattern on Etsy.  I just need to find where I saved it so I can make it again.

Then I saw a "new" pattern everyone is raving about called Alligator or Crocodile Scales.  I think I remember this from about 30 years ago, but I had to make an ear warmer right away.  I call it sunflower, because with the dark hair on top, it looks like a sunflower. Right?
And then ...
Last but not least, I got a free pattern from Maybe Matilda for participating in the Cowl Along and I got this one - a basketweave earwarmer with a cute huge flower.  The flash blanked out the white basketweave, but you can sort of see it on the side.  I put a huge orange button in the middle of the flower.  I pretty much love it.