I had made a baby quilt about 20 years ago, but nothing of the like since. Then I found out a friend of mine was having a baby and I went to Babies R Us to get some stuff off of her shower list and it was not a pleasant experience, so I decided to make something instead... that something was this baby quilt:
The nursery was a jungle theme, so I used leopard print fabric and muslin for the squares, and I found this peachy-pink giraffe print for the back. I thought the squares were missing something, so I cut a giraffe silhouette out and appliqued it to the front. I have never appliqued anything successfully, so I thought I would try a straight-stitch around the edges instead of a zig-zag stitch. It came out a little wonky, so was about to zig-zag over it, but the more I looked at it, I decided that I liked the wonky line and decided to add more:
I think it looks like I sketched around the outline with thread and I really like the look! I mistakenly used a satin blanket binding around the edges that was too wide, and it didn't quite work out when I ironed it in half , but I'm still quite proud of it!
That makes me want to find out more about tapirs! What a beautiful doll!
Well, I received something equally as awesome from LovelyMiss, but in a completely different style...
Meet Saint Pigeonella:
We did extras for this swap and she sent along the cutest fabric cat, some cool fabric, a pen that I can totally use at work (people are always stealing my pens and this one will be easy to spot if a coworker takes it!), some stickers, and a bracelet:
Thank you so much for my doll, she is hanging in a place of honour above my sewing machine!
**I just noticed that my pictures are sideways, and I don't know why. I can't use picture hosting because an ad is covering up the "upload photos" tab, so please follow the link to the post that LovelyMiss put up.**
I received from mariak today! She sent me so much stuff!
How did she know that I'm obsessed with the Isle of Man and that my most wished for dream is to learn Manx??? Also, an inchie house! Tags! A time card! Origami paper! Music paper! Too much to list! I love all of it!
Here is some cute "Keep Calm and Craft On" ribbon and some double-decker bus ribbon.
Some cute animal cards that are too friggin' adorable! Thank you, mariak- you are a great swap partner!!!
I'm back from my honeymoon and ready to get started on my journal! Here are a few pictures, even though I still want to redo the "binder" part of it:
This is the picture of the bench that my now husband proposed to me at that I doodled one day at work that inspired an idea of the journal.
Here's the journal cover. I used a weird textured, thin paper that bubbled up because I used too much PVA. I cut out a design in cardstock and put it over it and painted it all in a metallic green...
Here is the inside. I bought some cheapy watercolour paper and cut it down to size, along with some cardstock, and I tore apart a free travel journal that my grandmother had gotten on a cruise she went on.
I think I saved every single scrap of ephemera from out trip to use in the journal. I started a watercolour painting one night, but that was the only night I had time to do any kind of crafting on the whole trip, so I'm going to work on finishing that first.
Darn! I just realised that I spelled cemetery wrong... Well, I am from the South, and it is phonetically correct... I'll just crop it and write around the little painting, I guess. Whoops.
I received from goatgodess today and it's beyond anything I expected! Thank you so much! She also gave me some of the interfacing that she used on my page, I think I may try to make another one now It's so beautiful, I can't wait to put it in my wedding/honeymoon journal! What a great swap! Get ready to add to the awesomeness that is this gallery:
( I keep seeing more and more details the more I look at it <3 <3 )
Not the best pictures, but you get the point. I got a 2in ruler tattooed on my left index finger and a 5cm ruler tattooed on my right index finger. The first two pictures are right after I got them, the last one is after it healed. It's been almost 6 years since I got them, they've blurred a little, but pretty much look the same as in the last picture. They really have come in handy!
And this is my patchwork arm, even though people think it's barbed wire all of the time... The idea was to get each patch filled in whenever I went somewhere new, but I haven't had a lot of money, so only 5 are filled in. This picture was from 2005 or 2006, I think:
I've spent the last two weeks browsing 'organization' on Pinterest and have not accomplished one thing.
I know exactly how you feel! I've been on pintrest so much this past week, it's ridiculous! I did, however, crochet a washable swiffer dusting cover today while watching an NCIS marathon. I made it a bubbly-texture because I thought it would pick up more dust, but I think I should have made it out of acrylic yarn instead of cotton. I'm going to make a chevron-type textured one next to use when I half-*ss mop the floors. I think the cotton will be better for that. Here's the bubbly-duster:
Thank goodness you guys have bigger stashes than I do! Sharalee, my ultimate goal is to move into a Tiny House ( http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/ ), every time I get more space, I just fill it up! I don't know if this will help or not, but I used to keep my fabric and yarn in one of these wire shelving units:
They are a little annoying to deal with, but are fairly cheap (around $25 for 6 cubes) and are pretty good for storing fabric. I got rid of mine when I got rid of most of my fabric, but now I wish I had kept them (and the fabric, but only about 75% of the time... 3 years later and I keep thinking of it. I know if I had given it away, I wouldn't think of it at all, but I abandoned it behind a closed Salvation Army... I was in a blind cleaning frenzy because I had to move ASAP ). Hands are a little stiff today, but not hurting as much. Going to Physical Therapy today after work, so maybe it will help! Lovesclutter, did you change your picture? I think you should go on that coffee date if you already haven't- you never know!
Oooh! I love the idea of shaming by posting pictures! Here's my mess (I can't believe I'm posting this ): (view from the door- to the right is the futon with stuff I'm sorting through on it. The white table to the left of the closet with all of the stuff piled on it is my "workspace". All of the stuff piled up between the table and the closet is going to be sold on ebay. The white shelf above the table holds wooden craft supplies, whimsies, spray paint, and other small supplies. I have paintbrushes, clay tools, and x-acto knives in the cups under the shelf. I have my acrylic paints on the closet door)
(view facing the door. I have miscelaneous small things stored in the shoe holder on the back of the door. I have stamping supplies, hole punches, and eylets & brads on the black shelf to the right. Fabric dye & paint, some beads, and tchotchkies on the left)
(unpacked supplies in closet. Knitting needles are in that wine gift box, waiting to be shipped to a friend because I finally gave up on knitting)
(books, magazines, paper supplies, glue, misc. junk)