Friday, August 19, 2011

I love thrifting

I am a big Thrift store/yard sale girl, its the way I was raised, lol, and I love it. I have scored many awesome items on my adventures, particularly when I am not looking for anything, and I like it when I score something that I am currently wanting at my local craft store

Enter my new thrifty find,

Since I am teaching myself how to sew, me and every tutorial I can find on line, I am being careful about what I buy, not wanting to splurge on something I won't use as often, but this little guy I have a feeling I will be using a lot. For clothing, and quilts and just for fun now that I have him.

So thank you to the Thrift store fairies, my new little friend has gone to a good new home and will be much loved.

Next post will be about my baby and her turning 5. I am in a bit of denial about her growing up so fast so it will take me a minute to accept it.

Have a lovely weekend and Happy Crafting

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sew Many things

Okay so I have been a very busy Mommy/Auntie/crazy lady these past few days and I am loving every minute of it.

First after my Wittle baby nephew was born I went Auntie crazy and made him a ton of things that he need not wear now due to the retched heat, but Fall and Winter are just around the corner and this is Northern Idaho so I think they will come in handy soon. So rather then bombard his mommy with so many handmade gifts I decided to slow it down a bit, the giving not the making. introducing part 1 of 3 Christmas gifts to come

Debbie Bliss pattern and some machine washable Dk yarn, enough left over to make some booties, also a Debbie bliss pattern. He's gonna look so smart in this.

Now onto the crazy mommy aspect. I taught myself how to knit oh so many years ago and I have loved every minute of it, now I am onto a new learning experience. Sewing. My mother who is very good at getting people gifts bought me a sewing machine 9 years before I was born, lol, not really. She purchased a sewing machine, luckily a Singer way back in 1972, and never used it. I remember seeing it around growing up but always in its case. So about a year or so ago, I figured I would practice using it and fix and mend clothing, waste not want not right?

Well I got hooked and made a few things a tote bag for the Farmer's Market, a dress for my Bella and some christmas stockings, etc... but every project brought on a mini panic attack and I found myself buying a lot of sewing things without really doing much sewing, so I figured it wasn't meant to be, and I went back to what I knew, knitting, which I will always love. Then a few days ago I went through my very large stash of fabric, from yard sales, giveway from family and really good sales at the Fabric Stores, and I figured one of the reasons I wasn't sewing is I didn't know what I had so I turned my house upside down and did a little rearranging and the first thing I did, I should have done a year ago is get all my stuff out of the dining room. Yes like many people I don't have a designated space, so along with my projects in waiting other things would get piled on, bags, coats, toys, CATS... Then I figured where is the best place to work, my room. So like I said I turned the whole house upside down and moved things out, donated to my local thrift shop, stole furniture from my mother, she says I am just borrowing but come on we know I am going to keep it. And This is the end result,

It's a little messy and the left side is a bit chaotic only for what I am about to show you. So I got everything where I wanted and then I was worried, maybe this isn't for me, maybe I should wait and take a class, but then I sat down and I figured out something...Sewing is fun, and when you get rid of all the anxiety, easy. So here is what I have done in the week that I gave myself an actual sewing station,

These 2 shirts and the dress are from whom I am thankful for. Jess, this wonderful sewing mama makes sewing fun and easy, she has great tutorials and sew alongs, and I just am thankful to have found her blog

This dress is simplicity pattern 5785 and the first pattern I was able to follow

Ken came to us recently without any pants and I was determined to make him some. So I found this pants pattern online, while post website later, and had some cut offs from my nieces jeans and here you have it, even my brother, man of few words or inflictions was amazed by this

So one thing is for sure, I love making Barbie clothes and it will be a nice Christmas gift this year for both my daughter and my niece

This is the Tote from Weekend Sewing By Heather Ross and I have had the fabric cut and ready for quite some time, all I needed was some gusto and I used it today, doing what, buying more fabric

so there you have it, I am a newby, but I am loving this sewing thing. Luckily I have my favorite shows on Television every now and then so I will be able to knit.

Happy weekend and happy crafting

Monday, August 1, 2011

For my little man

I have been a very busy Auntie, I have been making many things for my new little nephew and here is a small showing of what I have made for him

The booties are the Quack booties from the book Cute Knits for Baby Feet and the yarn is Berroco Comfort Dk, it is my fav Dk so far it is really soft, I had enough yellow yarn leftover so I made him a hat, Baby earflap hat by Bobbi Padgett

Then of course I made him a little Pumpkin hat, all babies should have a little pumpkin hat

Then here is my favorite so far, its a baby skater brim hat from Coffeebra(Ravelry Name) and I love. I used from my stash some cotton yarn so it can breathe, but its a bit to big for him right now

and then I did my first non baby knit, and its these adorable baby booties that remind me of Spats, from so much fun all it is is a little seersucker and some felt, I used the cheap stuff for now which worked but will use the better felt stuff in the future and these were so easy and fun I plan on making more and in many more styles, Holiday inspirations and so on. So Cute

love making things for babies.

I will soon be posting what else I have been knitting, I have been very productive this summer.

Happy Crafting everyone