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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pill wallet on: November 24, 2010 01:03:16 PM
So - I would like to point out that I often have a lot of things going on in my mind.  I'm not forgetful, just remembering lots of things takes a certain amount of brain power.  So that being said, I've been struggling to remember to take the medicine I need daily in order to be healthy.  I needed a pill box.  My husband gave me one but it had only six boxes, and it was plastic.  I travel a fair amount (part of the problem) and I wanted something I could throw in my purse that wouldn't make noise.  This is what I came up with...







12  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / cleaning up - for the reals (pic heavy) on: November 20, 2010 08:12:59 AM
So...I'm kind of hoping to motivate myself into cleaning up/organizing my craft space through both support here and by embarrassing myself by showing how out of control the craft space is.  I didn't get pictures of everything before I started organizing (yay already motivated!) Smiley

OK...

This is pathetic because I work from home and this is supposed to be my office - not my craft space.  I'd like to say that because of the holidays stuff is creeping up here but I don't think that's the whole truth:



The overly pink (like that when we moved here 2 years ago) craft room.  As you can see I've already been through and cleared a whole aisle that you could walk through to actually reach stuff.  Not crafty usable yet but...


Cubbies for fabric - and how do you organize your scraps???  That is a big question for me.  I have colors sorted in ziplock bags but those are not big enough.  Up on top of those shelves are all the things that will require further organization - notions, elastic, velcro, buttons, paints, other crafts...  stuff!


Another look at the cubbies.  You can see I've attempted to organize before!


Evil closet of doom.  Holds my Superquilter that I haven't even figured out how to use.   Cry Also boxes of stuff - some I don't even know what's in them.  Plus a cool find of bamboo poles from the floral center of our grocery store on clearance!  I see outdoor tents and play spaces next summer...


The craft room is so full of stuff that the things I am currently working on are out in our downstairs family space (much to my husband's dismay)




Last night's progress!


I put my yarn in a tub to keep it from getting dusty.  Also it was taking up a lot of shelf space.  This is pretty...



Thanks for looking!  Encouragement and ideas for organization are WELCOME!!  So is commiseration.  Smiley
Emily
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Matryoshka Dolls on: November 18, 2010 11:41:24 AM
I found this fun pattern here:
http://www.maizehutton.com/matryoshkadoll.html
for super cute little felt matryoshka/babushka/Russian dolls.  Hers are cuter than mine but I might try again..



14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 3 year old's first sewing! on: November 17, 2010 01:07:35 PM
I've been working a lot on Christmas gifts around here and some of them involve hand sewing.  My 3 year old daughter, Ariel, has been watching with interest.  Yesterday she found my secret stash of buttons and claimed a handful for herself.  I think she was wondering if she could get away with it when I asked her if she wanted to sew those buttons onto something.  She was really excited and sat with the project until we discussed that some of those buttons would make excellent plates for her dollhouse!

I didn't take any in process photos because I didn't want to spoil the moment, and by the time she was done she was way too involved in the doll house to look proud and kept giving me "cheesy grins."  Anyways I wanted to share it with my crafty's! Smiley



And they made pretty good plates but they fell off the table so easily that she became frustrated quickly. 



It was a lot of fun!  I look forward to years of sharing craftiness together!!!
15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / 3 year old's first sewing! on: November 17, 2010 12:44:58 PM
I've been working a lot on Christmas gifts around here and some of them involve hand sewing.  My 3 year old daughter, Ariel, has been watching with interest.  Yesterday she found my secret stash of buttons and claimed a handful for herself.  I think she was wondering if she could get away with it when I asked her if she wanted to sew those buttons onto something.  She was really excited and sat with the project until we discussed that some of those buttons would make excellent plates for her dollhouse!

I didn't take any in process photos because I didn't want to spoil the moment, and by the time she was done she was way too involved in the doll house to look proud and kept giving me "cheesy grins."  Anyways I wanted to share it with my crafty's! Smiley



And they made pretty good plates but they fell off the table so easily that she became frustrated quickly. 



It was a lot of fun!  I look forward to years of sharing craftiness together!!!
16  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Reusable gift bags on: November 02, 2010 12:03:20 PM
Hey there - I tried to search this and I'm not seeing a lot so here ya go:

Every year I cringe at the ridiculous amount of wrapping paper cleaned up after we open gifts.  This year I was thinking about making reusable gift bags that we could at least use within our family.  They could be shared and each year I can add some more. 

I haven't seen a lot of tutorials on this so it seemed like it might be a fun challenge.  I think something reusable that is a bit beyond a tote bag...but hey, a cool tote bag could be great too!!


17  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Another Death of Rats... on: October 14, 2010 01:48:22 PM
If you haven't yet discovered Terry Pratchett you are in for a treat!  This little guy is a character in his Discworld series:





The pattern was free on Ravelry.  Smiley
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Super easy baby gift! on: October 12, 2010 06:09:41 PM
I have a few friends who are all due in early December so I needed a quick and easy project and based on this tutorial:
http://www.aprettycoollife.com/2010/07/rainbow-bunting-baby-quilt-tutorial.html

The color of the photo is kind of washed out but...


And you'll never get away with easier quilting!!
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Laptop sleeve... on: October 12, 2010 06:05:51 PM
Using this tutorial:
http://www.crapivemade.com/2010/07/zippered-laptop-sleeve-tutorial.html

I first made incorrectly and then unmade and then made again this laptop sleeve:







The best part is that the lining fabric was given to me ages ago and the flower fabric was a find from goodwill on a half price day!  I got two or three yards for about a dollar!  This was my first zipper and, well, let's just say that I hope next time it's easier.
20  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Fabric crush? on: August 29, 2010 01:56:41 PM
What's your current fabric crush?  Mine is the Spa line by Rosemarie Lavin for Windham.  Also Arcadia by Sanae for Moda - but it's not available anymore.  None of the newer moda precuts are making me lust but I'm sure it will happen soon enough!  Might as well finish those Hushabye and Wonderland and Snippets quilts I guess!!!   
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