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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Felt pouch on: April 03, 2009 07:39:11 PM
When I made this for my friend Lindsay last week, I didn't have a specific purpose for it but it turns out it's just a wee bit bigger than her phone! I cut out pieces for the front and back, and then sides and bottom. I did a little embroidery on the front before I sewed it all up on the machine.

It came together in under half an hour, I think I'll make a few more!
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cashmerino Baby Dress on: March 27, 2009 10:36:43 PM
I had high hopes for this little dress. I stumbled between a couple of patterns until I settled on a super cute one called Blossom, from Tiny Happy. http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_happy/2008/06/blossom---a-knitted-dress-pattern.html It's a smack in the face sort of reminder that I need to check my guage! This was intended for a 3 week old baby...

I thought about giving it to my 3 year old as a shirt, but she's not exactly a delicate child. Tongue She's a rough little one and maybe not so suited for cashmerino. I'll just wait till our newest wee one is bigger.

I'm happy with the way it came out, just a little bummed it doesn't fit the wee one yet.
23  COOKING / Dessert / Valentine Pie on: February 23, 2009 11:10:20 AM
I've been on a pie making kick where I make a different pie every weekend, and I was so pleased with the way this one came out, I had to share!

The concept for the crust and the basic recipe came from the Feb/09 issue of Martha, except I used strawberries instead of raspberries.

Strawberry-Pear Valentine Pie!

Also, I made these from the same issue - heart-brownie topped cupcakes!
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / School Valentines / Wee Bags on: February 23, 2009 10:43:02 AM
My 8 year old wanted to get crafty this year, which of course made me giddy with possibilities!! We made some heart shaped salt dough ornaments, and tucked them (along with a little candy) into these cute little paper hearts. I did the cutting and he did most of the weaving.

Here's the inside of them:

Then I made some wee little bags from scrapbooking paper for my Stitch n Bitch girls that weekend! I stuffed them with a heart shaped brownie, mini lipstick and lipgloss tucked in a knitted lipgloss cozy! These wee bags are from Martha circa 2004.

25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Silly Knitting on: January 19, 2009 08:23:03 AM
I have done so much knitting in the last couple of months, I can hardly believe it. Admid all the scarves and socks and wristwarmers I got a little silly.

I made my husband some Star Trek Next Gen characters for Christmas and I'm just posting them now (from the tutorial made by Kimberly Chapman ->http://kimberlychapman.com/crafts/knit-littledudes.html)
They were really fun and quick to knit up and I want to knit him some ships as well. Most of the ships have been hard to figure out, I really want to make him a Borg ship.

Silly knitting is so much fun, it's usually fast and takes my mind off complicated socks.  Tongue Shocked
26  COOKING / Dessert / Weekly Pie on: January 19, 2009 07:33:20 AM
Every weekend I host a Stitch n Bitch at my house and in the last couple of months I've been making a pie every weekend. So far I've made all the staples and have been cutting silly things from the crust to make it a little more interesting. My faves are my Domo pie (blueberry), and this backwards apple pie that I'll do again properly in the future. I have a heap of pie recipes, but I'm looking for some weird ones, or neat ideas to add to the crust. Thoughts?
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Marshmallow on: January 04, 2008 05:39:03 AM
I have to admit, when I cast on for this I had intended for him to be a cupcake. I made him as a little birthday treat to pop in the mail for a friend. He was made from stash yarn without a pattern. The body was knitted and the arms/top were crocheted. He doesn't have a name yet, but he's full of personality!

Thanks for looking!
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Beaded Wristwarmers on: December 12, 2007 10:36:27 AM
I made these for a dear friend who now lives here in Toronto, but is from Sask (where the winters are so cold you can't really wear anything just because it's pretty). They're cute and they really do keep the wrists warm. Only snapped a photo of one when it was done though.  Shocked

And a close up.

I used less than 1 skein of Artful Yarns' Portrait in #171 Girl Before a Mirror, on 2.25mm straights. After the initial frustration with the double pointed needles slipping out of the yarn, and trying to mess with the pattern (originally the Mrs Beetons from Knitty), they didn't take long at all. The most time consuming thing was sewing on the beads, next time I will make sure the holes in my beads are big enough for the yarn!

Thoughts? Grin
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / so today i bought this cute felt... on: January 14, 2006 08:57:09 PM
..and then I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it!

I adore the polkadots and I think the cats are great too. I have a whole lot of stuffing (thanks Grandma) and this is only the second time I've dipped in and used some!

So tah dah, a cute little pillow. It will be leaving my house soon to live with my dear friend Cait.

30  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / sewing machine question i'm doing something wrong! on: January 13, 2006 05:52:17 PM
Greetings! I'm fairly new to machine sewing, pretty much everything I've ever made (not that it's that much anyway) I've done by hand.

Now I have a pretty sewing machine from my grandmother-in-law (?). So I thought I was ready to go and I just wanted to practice a little.

I'm doing something terribly wrong and I need help bad.

This is what I did:

I put the spool of thread on the knob on top, and threaded it around and up and down, according to all the little arrows on the machine. Then I put the bobbin in it's little case and put the case back in the machine.

I raised the foot, I put my fabric under it and I lowered it back down on to my fabric. Then I slowly put pressure on the pedal, and the machine looked like it was all good.

HOWEVER, on my fabric, there were a couple of very loose stitches right where I started, and then nothing. ?? When I raised the foot and took out the fabric, the stitches were almost totally out of the fabric. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong.

Thanks so much for even reading this. Smiley
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