Sunday, May 1, 2011

Ahhh Spring.

Spring is finally here! On one hand, I feel like it took forever to get here, but on the other hand, I can't believe it's already May.

I've been on Spring break for a few weeks. Not having to go to class has been nice, but I'm still up to my neck in papers. I'm finishing up the last one that's due and then it will just be finals. I'll be a free woman in 4 weeks.

Not having to go to class has meant a little extra time crafting time. One of my co-workers asked me to make her granddaughter a hat. She didn't care what kind, so long as it was pink and brown and had a flower.

Piper's bear Teddy was willing to model a pink hat, since Piper was asleep and unable to protest.

I found the pattern on Ravelry and of course, forgot to que it and now I can't find it to share. I'll have to dig up the paper copy to figure out which one it is and I'll post it when I find it. I used THIS pattern for the flower, but left off the picots.

No sooner did I start knitting when I realized that I needed new stitch markers. I asked Andrea over at Knits and Knots if she made any, because she'd sent me a great set a few years ago. She pointed me to Endless Forms, which is run by her sister. Crafty talent clearly runs in the family.

Look how cute the stitch markers were packaged! The stamping on the paper is such a nice touch.

Aren't they pretty? They work like a dream and I love them. She sells really cute jewelry too.

I'm uber late on posting our class project for Easter, but here it is anyway. I saw this idea HERE and fell in love. Cheap, easy, and cute. Plus Piper said it wasn't too "babyish" which is a requirement for 5th grade crafts now. I wish you could see me rolling my eyes now. Ha!

We made over 40 of them with a bunch of different peep colors. Piper said they were a hit. I hope the teacher will forgive me for all the little sugar bits that were probably all over her floor.

What's Easter without dyeing eggs? My neighbor had a party and we were told to BYOE (bring your own eggs). She covered the table in newspaper and let a bunch of rugrats go nuts. She's a braver woman than I! The kids had a blast and we ended up with dozens of cool eggs.

Hope everyone is doing well! Hoping to be around more in a month or so, when school lets out. In the meantime, what have you guys been up to?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Plethora of FOs

So, another month goes by and I have the same excuse: school! Although it's busy (and hard), it's going really well. I'm in the process of interviewing for internships, so please keep your fingers crossed I land one!

I've been sporadically crafting over the last few months. I started a lot of these projects in December and worked on them slowly until they were all done.

My good friend Ellen planned a trip to Mexico to celebrate her 40th birthday and she invited me and a bunch of her friends to go. Unfortunately, I couldn't go, but I was happy to help when she said she wanted to give the girls personalized travel bags for the trip.

She bought all of this wild fabric and picked the Weekend Travel Bag from Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross. I made them assembly line style which helped to make them go pretty quickly.

I embroidered everyones name on their bag, which took some time, but was totally worth the effort. The only regret I have is not using a stronger interfacing. The fabric was a little soft and even with interfacing, they weren't as stiff as I would have liked. No worries, though because Ellen loved them!

Of course, as I was making of all these bags, a certain (not so) little person decided she HAD to have one with a flower. She drew what the flower should look like and it was simple enough, so I obliged.

She picked out this great home dec weight polka dot fabric in the clearance section for the outer bag. The pink lining is from my stash... it was a clearance buy when I visited Philly a few years ago.

With a home dec weight fabric and interfacing, this bag turned out much stiffer and with better corners than the first set. Love it!

Piper mentioned that she wanted to use the bag when she went bike riding (she claims she's too big for a basket now), so I added some cotton webbing to the side seam. Now, she can fling it right onto her bike handles.

Last, but not least, one of my sweetest co-worker had a baby shower in late February. Since I've been pressed for time, I went with simple squares and white sashing.

Do you recognize the pink fabric? It's the same stash fabric I used for the lining of Piper's bag. Piper also found this great turtle print in the clearance section and it matched the pink flowers perfectly! Meant to be, wouldn't you say?

My favorite part is the green Minky on the back. It was my first time sewing with Minky, but with a few tips, I didn't have any problems. First, I pinned, pinned, and pinned some more. Then, I used my walking foot and voila, no puckers!

The teeniest of scraps were left over and I didn't want to throw them out. So they got pieced together and became a matching bib. Swoon! I love sewing for babies.

Well, that's the end of show and tell for today. Hope all is well with you guys!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

*Pi's Valentine Mailbox from a shoebox project.

*Butterfly template found HERE

Hope your day is full of sugar!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Go away winter!

A whole month since I've been to the blog! Craziness! January has been a crazy busy month and I just haven't had the chance to sit down and write down an entire post. I'm guilty of being more active on FB lately, which probably doesn't help with getting to the blog as often as I should.

So January in a nutshell... Happy New Year! Wishing you all a year full of happiness! Happy Birthday to Mom and my twin sisters Jennifer and Tiffani (they're 18...holy cow!). Piper and I got sick, got better, went ice-skating, fell on our butts and read James and the Giant Peach (so cute). School started again for me and it's going to be quite the semester. I'm looking forward to it though, because the classes seem really great.

Anyhoo, if you're anywhere except California, then you know all about the snow and ice we've been getting. This pic is from last week when we got another 18 inches of snow in our 4th snowstorm since Christmas.

But that's old news compared to today's ice storm! I tried to go to work this morning and turned right back around when I realized that walking down my driveway would take some major ice skating skills. The entire area is a full sheet of ice. Not long after I went back inside, I heard a nice big CRACK
and looked to see that the tree above our garage cracked right off. We're lucky that none of the falling branches have hit power lines yet.

Not a whole lot of crafting going on, but I did manage to make this mitten. Yes, only one, haha! My co-worker and I decided to make our boss a pair of mittens for Christmas. Our boss is awesome and loves handmade things, so we try to throw something handmade into her gift every year.

We figured we could both tackle one each. After a bunch of re-dos to try to match gauge, we were finally able to start them (a month late, ha!).

Being my first knit mitten, I was confused by the thumb, but thanks to some patient knitting buddies (thanks ladies!), I figured it out. Can I get a woot woot? ;)

The pattern is called the Agatha mitten and can be found HERE. I used a half skein of Bernat Alpaca for this one. My co-worker has the other half skein and is cranking her mitten out now. With luck, my boss will have both mittens by springtime. ;)

My family also started a new "snow day" tradition. If it's a snow day, we bake a chocolate chip coffee cake! Yum!

THIS recipe never gets old!!

Hopefully I'll be back before another month is over.