Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2008-12-30 another guitar pillow

well, this one turned out better. not much. but still better. and better is better right?

things i've learned from this project:

1) i need to take some lessons in hand sewing. probably the reason why i hate to hand sew is because i don't know how to do it properly. refer to the following picture for an example of this.

it's bad right? you won't hurt my feelings if you agree. i KNOW it's bad.

2) always, always, ALWAYS, follow directions the first go 'round. after that you can skip steps and make your own alterations/adjustments.

3) i want to learn to crochet. ok, so i really didn't learn that from this project. but i do want to learn how to crochet. that's what my sister's bff, cerise does (right?). and she's the bomb at it. i think i'll put this is on my new year's resolution list.

Monday, December 29, 2008

2008-12-29 failed sewing project

or you could call it:

a bad sewing job.
sewing gone wrong.
proof that not following the directions and thinking you know it all will sometimes get you into trouble.


i like to call it a wonky guitar. so there.

it was made from a pattern than my cousin cassie let me borrow. hopefully when she attempts this pattern she will have better luck. i'm sure she will. for the most part, i'm pretty sure she's a rule follower and all.


*warning* these are scary.

these were made using a patten my aunt let me borrow. the pattern is circa 1975. my intentions were to complete them in time for christmas but that didn't happen. i got tired of them. and i hate hand sewing. the hair has to be cut and hand sewn on. i had already hand sewed on the legs. i was done. the kids like them. boston slept with his last night and has been dragging it around on the scooter this morning. both have asked that i put hair on there dollies though. i don't know.

i'm thinking about telling them they are aliens and aliens don't have hair.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

2008-12- 27

we did christmas with my mother in law tonight. she came over tonight and we had a nice dinner and then opened some presents.

i made my mil some hunk pillows.

i think she liked them!

we also gave her a tea towel and a matching tea cozie. my gma hand embroidered them and my aunt jawana sewed them.

and my favorite thing of all this holiday season....are these awesome ornaments i made. knowing my mil like i do, before she opened this gift i told her there will be no crying or i'm taking them back. she sucked the tears back but it took every ounce of being she had to do so.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

2008-12-24 merry christmas eve (but not for us)

hope everyone is having a wonder christmas eve today. bray is off snowboarding so we are celebrating christmas eve and christmas day saturday and sunday instead of today and tomorrow. btw, after talking to bray and my mom yesterday, i'm under the impression that bray is now a pro snowboarder. shredding up the mountain like nobody's business.

on to the sewing portion of the post.......

before the craft show, i was in such a hurry that i only showed a little snapshot of the craft fair clothes all together hanging by the mantel over the fireplace. they were cute and all but nothing compares to modeling them on a real person!

today, i discovered that i have a little girl that loves to model the clothes i make! she loved every last second of our "runway show" (as she called it).

and i do have to say that the clothes look so much cuter on a person as opposed to a hanger.

so without further ado, miss indyanna and two of my outfits.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


i made these nap mats for the babies for school this year using this tutorial. you can even download a pdf of the tute from her site! i did make some alterations. instead of having a blanket that only attaches to one side--i made my babies nap mat more sleeping bag like. she suggests velcroing one whole side of the mat so that you can remove the foam when you need to wash it. i skipped that part and just sewed the sucker right on up. foam totally encased. guess what happened when i washed it? nothing major. i hung it to dry. the foam is shaped a little funny in some parts but with a nap or two it should all be back in place.

close up of the pillow section and the bias tape around the top.

all rolled up. buttons used to secure it. (please excuse the hair bunny)

in this photo you can see the strap used to carry them. i really like this type of strap for this project. it's made with fabric covered wide elastic.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


i made these ornaments and gave them away to my crafty cousins and my crafty sister. i thought they were cute....

super quick tutorial

clear glass ornaments

pull top off of ornaments
stuff desired amount of yarn in ornaments and then cut yarn
put top back on ornaments


Friday, December 19, 2008


woot! last day of school for the year! that means 2 weeks of sleeping in! YESSSS.

my dad mentioned on monday, that fleece was the "in" thing on the ski slopes for keeping warm. so, since he, mom, kay, and bray are leaving on sunday to go skiing i decided to whip him up a fleece pullover. never made one before. but i knew i had a pattern for one and i knew that i had fleece--so why not try?! i finished it up last night. i am not completely satisfied with the zipper part. i always do a pattern the way it says the first time. the next time i make alterations if needed. well to me this pattern needs some! i will def omit the zipper next time and the pockets. pockets because i'm lazy. zipper because fleece has plenty of give and it can easily be pulled over your head. no need for the zipper! anyways, if dad doesn't like it i will not be offended! it's not perfect and it was made fast. but the next time it will be awesome.

indyanna took the picture.....

i made neck warmers for the skiers out of the fleece scraps. indyanna also took a picture of me modeling one but it's way scary close up to the point where you can see the dirty pores in my face. so i'll wait and get another picture of one being worn by bray and post that.

and here's a picture of boston and indyanna just cause they wanted a picture taken of themselves. but it's all cool--cause i realized i made both of their bottoms.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


this is an outfit i made for the craft fair. i think it turned out really cute and very indyanna-like. i've decided to keep it for her to wear this coming spring.

and just cause i think this is a cute picture of all my kiddos together...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


a sneak peak at what i'm working on. if you look close you might can make something out. it's for the silent auction so this is all you get for now!

ooooooh mod podge. F-U-N!

Saturday, December 13, 2008


more "hunkholders". this time cowboy style. yee-haw.

next, a "hunkcase". aka a pillowcase. ok, i'll admit it. that was really lame.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

2008-12-10 post craft fair

well, i had a blast at the craft fair and i broke even so i'm gonna say it was a success! the "hunk holders" sold like crazy! i'm so glad that i decided to do them--the morning that i was to leave for the fair! nothing like last minute projects. i even had bray working like crazy. he quilted all the "hunk holders". and did a mighty fast and fine job of it too, might i add. just don't tell him i told you. he earned some cha-ching for it so that made it worth his while. you know teenagers.....he has no clue that i snapped this picture. and i'm pretty sure he'd kill me if he knew i posted it! so keep it on the down low!

and here's a shot of our booth. we had a hodge podge of things in there.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

2008-12-04 craft fair clothes

6 outfits for the craft fair. i know it's not the best picture but it's all i have right now. i'm working on sexy/dirty/filthy (depending upon how you look at them) potholders right now. craft fair is saturday. i'm leaving tomorrow after noon. hope it all goes well and that we possibly make some money........

update~i've finished A potholder. it wasn't that hard to do. but i def have some tweaking and kinks to work out before i am 100% satisfied. i'm pretty sure i'll be able to whip a few of these out tomorrow morning and possibly tonight while i dye my streak blue.

sexy/dirty/filthy potholder

Sunday, November 16, 2008

2008-11-16 craft fair outfit

right now, i have 8 outfits cut out that need to be sewn. well, make that 7 since i just finished this one. it's a size 12 month to 2T or well beyond if you're an itty bitty like my daughter.

Friday, October 24, 2008


i made bossy's halloween outfit. he's a court jester. to make it easier for him i just tell him he's a joker. i hate hand sewing. i mean HATE IT. deep within my belly i hate to sew by hand. but i sewed 18 bells onto his costume so that he would jingle. well guess. what. that little stinker pulled off most off them within 5 minutes of wearing the outfit! turkey! and then he was mad that i pulled him away from playing to take the picture. so this is the best pic i have so far....isn't he a funny court jester/joker?

now, i didn't make indyanna's costume, but i did help it out. it had some holes in the seams and i repaired them. and i added the butterfly to the bodice and the lace to the bottom of the skirt. a quote from her, "you can just call me sleeping beauty"

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

2008-10-14 (tj's 1st birthday! AND lyndon's actual BIRTHday!)

first of all, an explanation of my title. it's my nephew's 1st birthday today! and my sister's BFF, cerise, is currently laboring and we're praying for a safe arrival of baby lyndon today.

ok, so here is a dress i finished today. yes, i've used this material already. i just think it's so cute and will hopefully be a hit at the craft fair.

and the back. i'm thinking of making a pair of pants to match.

**UPDATE** lyndon arrived on tuesday! i'm sure cerise will have pics up as soon as she gets around to it. (i've seen a couple of pics and wooooo is he cute!)

Monday, October 13, 2008


looking at my cousin cassie's blog i realized that i hadn't posted pics of the skirt she taught my sister, cousin jennie (check out her etsy!), and me to make. super easy and super cute! oh ya and it's reversible! maybe i'll get around to posting a pic of the other side sometime....... i bought this fabric in the clearance section for $2 a yard. SWEET DEAL.

this is a skirt that i made at our september ASG meeting. i LOVE the ASG! if you aren't a member i urge you join today and go to the monthly meetings. you will learn so much. and i guarantee you will love it as much as i do.

and this is a skirt i made years ago. i didn't have a pattern. i just made it up as i went along. this is probably one of the first 5 things i ever made.

Thursday, October 9, 2008


indyanna's first day of school dress

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


my labels

i can't remember if i've shared the "rumba" dress or not. if not, here it is! if so, here it is again! i love this dress. i have to force indyanna to wear it but whatever.

and this morning i was taking a picture of indyanna--cause she was slinging her baby and i just thought it was super cute. anyways, i was looking at the picture and realized i made her pj bottoms. so here's a pic of those.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


finally, after almost 2 months of not having my camera--due to indyanna dropping and breaking it and then it being in the shop to get fixed--i finally got my camera back yesterday! of course it came AFTER we got home from the state fair. so no fair pics except for the ones on my phone.

on to what i've been up to in the last coupla months!

this is bossy's first day of school outfit. i didn't get it actually finished for the first day of school. so really it's was boston's second day of school outfit. and yes it's wrinkled. get over it! (i left it in the dryer a little too long after i washed it and i haven't ironed it yet)

next is a dress i made for a craft fair my cousin, cassie, and i are doing in dec. a couple of other family members are contributing things to sell at the fair as well. like my aunt, and both sisters! i can't wait. but i have mucho sewing to do.

indyanna's first day of school outfit is in the washer right now. when i gets done washing and drying i will post a pic of it as well.

p.s. it's good to have my camera back!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

2008-08-20 pleated dress

so my camera is broken.........so i'm taking pics with my webcam on my laptop. really NOT top quality photos as you'll see. but, if i don't snap a pic now i'll forget to do it later and then the moment will be gone forever!

so without anymore excuses, here's a little pleated dress i made for indyanna. it's made out of a sari type material. very silky. and unfortunately, you can't see it well but the pink fades to purple at the bottom of the skirt. i love it. the pleats don't seem to hold well though. no amount of ironing is helping that. i've even sewn the pleats down at the bottom. oh well.