I recently found the blog Lark & Lola which has a ton of cute, easy projects. I made these calendar blocks for my desk at work and another set to add to my friend's baby shower gift next week! I definitely see myself making the calendar blocks as gifts for others, they are super easy and fun!
I've never done anything with stamping and I loved how easy it was to add something to the project , however I quickly realized making the calendar blocks that the stamp pad quality matters. I originally got a 3$ pad because I figured it wouldn't be a huge difference but boyyy I was mistaken. You can definitely tell the difference between the calendar blocks (except for the month ones) and the baby name ones. I went right back out and got a Staz On pad when I saw how faded everything was. Oh well, lesson learned!
Recently I found the blog Lark & Lola which gave me a ton of ideas and one I was luckily able to make right away is this suitcase table! I needed some type of storage for all of our new Wii accessories and I found this suitcase at a great home consignment near me for only $15
Around Valentine's Day I set up a mini swap of sorts with chimes because I had no photoshopping skills of any kind and wanted to make the personalized Rubik's Cube similar to hers. So, I asked if she wanted to swap fixing the pics for me (which turned out awesome btw!) in exchange for whatever she wanted, jewelery, cross stitch, etc. She decided on a quote from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia . I freakin love that show so it was fun for me to do, too.
It's actually three firsts for me..My first swap of any kind, I was finally able to find some self stick mount board, and I'd never done cross stitch before, just embroidery. So I'm pretty happy with it. Wish I had time to paint the frame silver though.
Once again, i decided to add some onesies to my gift for a baby shower I was attending. They're always so cute and fun as well as instantly gratifying to someone who usually takes awhile to finish projects, like myself
They are both Sublime Stitching Patterns, from some of the artist series
here is part two of some necklaces i've been getting done as part of christmas gifts.
the first is for my boyfriend's older sister, we'll be exchanging tomorrow
this one was unplanned, xmas gift wise. i was wearing a necklace i had made the other day at work, and a co-worker had his 1st grader daughter with him. she always loves playing with my jewelry and was amazed i had made my necklace myself, so i thought it'd be fun to make one for her. her favorite colors are hot pink and hot purple i am a little nervous however about the fit because i've never made jewelry for a person so small so i hope it lays like i think it will.
thanks for looking! any comments/criticisms appreciated
One of my handmade Christmas gifts this year is for my boyfriend's older sister who is a Disney fanatic. She visits there a few times a year, and even has a spare bedroom in her apartment dedicated to all of her Disney paraphernalia! I slept in that room once..interesting experience haha.
So, her favorite of the princesses is Belle from Beauty and the Beast so I chose this coloring page to embroider for her. This is my favorite of Belle's dresses, as well.
These are pics I took of it before framing, and I forget to get a pic of it framed before I wrapped it
close up the top portion (where i'm not too happy with the face, but with all my handmade gifts this year, I just had to be done with it )
close up of bottom portion
any comments/criticisms accepted!! thanks for looking!!
I recently started sewing lessons, and this seemingly innocent, easy dress very quickly turned into the dress from HELL! I definitely should not have done it as my 2nd ever project, but oh well, thank god for sewing instructors. Now I'm pretty happy with it, it kind of has a early 60s Mad Men kind of feel too it, and since I'm obsessed with that show and their clothes, I was pleasantly surprised I think its a New Look pattern, but I don't know the number offhand.
(please excuse my messy, messy room...its hard to take pics of yourself!)
close up of the pattern on top...how excited was I to come home and find out it was Alexander Henry!...cheap!...and at JoAnns!
I was attending a baby shower for a friend from college, and decided to embroider a couple onesies for her, shes having a girl. I was supposed to also do a hat, and an additional onesie, but my procrastinating side got the best of me once again! This was my first time embroidering on tshirt material. I discovered I liked the iron on stabilizer much better than the water soluble ( we just did NOT get along) Overall, I was happy with them, and the mommy to be seemed to like them as well
The last one, is the only one i used the water solvent stabilizer, and its my least favorite...it was just not a good time for anyone and anything involved..haha. The patterns are all from http://www.urbanthreads.com/