Friday, October 2, 2009

Rocket Party

During the year that I lived with my sister, my nephew had a space/rocket party. I had fun helping out a little bit with it, especially checking out supplies on Bake it Pretty, where we go the straws and the candy mold from! I love how the jello cups turned out.

Friday, August 21, 2009

blizzard's pillow

This is the first thing I made for Blizzard (my cat) that she actually likes. The idea is that if she sits on these, she will stay off our furniture! She alternates between this and one of our brown chairs.

backpack, pencil roll, and lunchbag

I've been having a lot of fun making stuff for Oliver. The backpack and pencil crayon roll are his birthday presents. The other is a lunch bag for when he starts going to daycare. The lunch bag is from the Sew and Stow book by Betty Openheimer.

O's birthday crafts in progress

Here are some pictures of crafts I've been working on!

the shirt

Here is the shirt that I thought might work.

Handkerchief Bag

This is out of the Sew and Stow book. Super easy project made with 2 handkerchiefs that I got for $1 each.

Oliver + S Pants

Here are the pants I made with the pattern Sascha and Amy gave me. It was fun to make clothes for a change!

Family Room

Here are some pictures of the family room. I am needing some advice as to where to put these pictures.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Butterfly Wings

I've been making a bunch of these with singlets that Heather and I go in Australia.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Quiet Book

I had a lot of fun with the cover of the book. I used a fairly stiff iron on interfacing, and then sewed felt on the inside of the book covers. All the pages of the book are put together with a sewing machine, and if I did it again, I would sew everything with a machine! Some of my favorite designs are from a quiet book that Heather Jean's grandma (I think) made for when she was a kid!

I think the shoes are one of my favorite pages. I haven't bought the rings to put the book together yet, but the eyelets worked great!

I haven't made Jonah yet (haven't found flesh-toned felt yet). I am hoping one of the Heathers (an excellent opportunity to say this again:) will design it for me (ha ha). The flowers are put on with snaps. The mailbox lid is just sewn to the book across the bottom. I am not happy with my notebook page; you can tell that it was the last thing I did on the book. I was obviously tired of working on it! Oh, and for the apples, I sewed 2 pieces of fabric together, and used the button hole function on my sewing machine; wish I hadn't done that last part, as I had difficulty getting them centered (should have done this before cutting out the apples).

I didn't do the picnic basket right, but it still gives a chance to practice opening and closing buckles. I should have had the belt coming up from the bottom of the picnic basket. I did use the sewing machine to put together the weaved basket. It was really quite easy to do. For the girl's hair, I tacked it down at the center and once on each side (where you can see that the hair is bunched up). I put velcro on the cookie jar lid, but not sure if this was a great idea b/c velcro sticks to all the felt; not just where you want it.

It might be a little difficult to see where the extra branch is on the nest. It is lying basically horizontal towards the left side. For the dress-up clothes and clock hands, I added interfacing so they would be stronger. Also, in between the 2 clock hands I put a washer so that they would slide better. Wish I would have done that for the mailbox.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


The ultimate clothes protector. This is a pattern mom gave me. I am imagining it becoming especially useful once Oliver is feeding himself. I have to adjust the velcro placement, because the neck hole is way too big. There are straps to go around the legs.

Cloth Basket

One of my favorite projects. Made with the tutorial from Pink Penguin.

Butterfly Wings

My first post-dissertation project was to make butterfly wings. Got the idea in Australia where we saw them at a open air market in Sydney. M is modeling hers in Australia. I made a bunch, and they can be found in my Etsy shop.