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31  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Plum Infinity Scarf Forever on: March 03, 2016 01:41:51 PM
I like to swap because it means I am forced motivated to learn new stitches or get new yarns to try.  I am a much stronger knitter than a crocheter, but I do like the ease of crochet a lot more.  My friend Missingwillow  had all sorts of Pinterest pics of plum scarves, plum mitts, plum hats, plum, plum, plum....did you know that everyone has their own vision of what the color plum is?  argggg....

I finally found this beautiful Malabrigo yarn at my LYS and snatched it up.  I found an easy but difficult looking crochet stitch and just went to town...I had heard that crochet takes up a lot more yarn, so I decided to go get another skein a week later....OUT!!!!!!!! PANIC!!!  Fortunately, the owner had a skein she was keeping for herself and let me buy it from her.  PHEW!!  Yeah, it took almost two skeins but was so worth it!  Soft, squishy and washable!

(MW's picture since I forgot to take one!)

I'll link up the pattern for credit giving as soon as I find it...I must have a few hundred in my library!
32  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Baa Baa Bad A** Tote on: March 03, 2016 01:21:29 PM
I made this for Missingwillow in the IYP swap. Since she has a farm with sheep, it seemed perfect to make a sheep inspired tote for her.

The outer fabric was given to me from a friend's mother's stash when she passed sway.  She was an incredibly talented seamstress and knitter...she also painted, was an excellent cook, and loved to teach. It is heavy duck that ravels easily, so I zig zagged all of the seams and double sewed them...I also top-stitched them down.

I was inspired by a Pinterest picture of a sheep pillow that I had found a few years ago and had drawn it on a napkin...the sheep fabric was also in that stash given to me. I barely had enough scraps to make the ears!  Wool felt is used and some embroidery.  I think anyone can easily put whatever image they want on a bag!  Pretty fun and simple.  

The lining is interfaced with pellon.  At the last minute, I decided a tote needed to have a pocket.  I undid the lining and put in a zippered pocket.  I can tell it has been a while since I put in a pocket...I kept sewing the zipper in with the raw edges showing!!  I swear I did the same mistake three times! UGH!  lol I asked MW if she was right or left handed...she asked me why on earth did I need to know that...well, because I had to know which side to have the zipper pull...most right handed people open a zipper from left to right and left handed people (like me!) open from right to left.  It is one of those quirky things I hate about store bought purses made for right handed people...we lefties need our own purses... Grin.

Anyway, the lining is of small tree branches...it was so smooth to touch and on sale...YAY!

Here is the tote, finally:

(with cat toy pickle...ha ha)

One more just cos...
33  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sheep Butt on: March 03, 2016 01:06:48 PM
My friend MissingWillow tricked me into doing the IYP Swap with her (I just wanted to send her a long overdue scarf but she turned it into a swap... Grin).

I have been following her blog for a long time, and especially since I was lucky enough to spend a few days on her farm with her sheep, goats and chickens.  I have always loved this picture, so I decided to make a hoop inspired by it for her...it is her pregnant sheep Kat.

I painted the wood hoop brown. Don't tell her, but inside the hoop, there is a tiny bit of sheep wool I picked up while I was visiting...I think it still smells a bit like sheep...after all, smells are great memory reminders! Grin

I used wool felt (which I love!) and embroidery thread and the easiest stitch I know, the stab stitch!
34  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / My Swap Partner said she would be my guinea pig for free-form machine embroidery on: February 16, 2016 07:21:25 PM
My partner in the latest One Tiny Bird Swap was artsycandice...can I just say that she is incredibly talented and so nice!?  I told her I wanted to try something different for this swap and she was game!

I basically found a picture online of an owl, drew an outline on white muslin and then sort of winged it with my machine...the biggest pain was changing colors as I can barely see the needle anymore, but I muddled through!  The owl itself is about 3-4 inches high.  It was fun and interesting...I hope by doing more, I will get better as I really do love using my sewing machine as much as possible and I am pretty awful at hand embroidery! Grin

Here is my free-form machine embroidered barred owl!

Close-up:  I used four different colors...my next project has a lot more colors.

Thanks for looking!
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / CLOSED: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: December 27, 2015 06:19:48 AM
50 Projects in 2016

(Stuff I made for Jemimah in the IYP swap)

Last year was a crazy time for me...this craftalong grew so fast and had so many projects that it took too much time to keep track of it all...so I decided to simplify things a bit...

1. Post a list if you want...I will list you and have a link to your list on the second post

2. Make yourself a goal...50 is just a suggested target...some of you will go way beyond that, some will not...it is all good!  MAKE STUFF! Grin


Random Prize Drawing....
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Convert a Travel Mug into a Coin Holder! on: December 26, 2015 09:11:40 AM
A few years ago, ladybugsandbumblebees sent me some Star Trek fabric to make her hubby some pillowcases. I had some left over fabric so when I saw that she wanted some sort of coin holder that her hubby could use in his truck, I decided to make this for him.

I found a travel mug at the dollar store and removed the top lid part.  I used a box cutter and a steel file to make the opening at least the size of a quarter.  It wasn't that difficult, just time-consuming.  Next time I will use my dremel tool!

I then measured around the cup at the top and bottom, cut my fabric and batting and quilted a mug cozy.  I used elastic hair ties in the seams to keep it wrapped around the cup.  It is reversible and can be washed. 

He just has to sit it in any cup holder, throw in his change, and then, of course, once a week or so, give it to his lovely wife to use to buy yarn...Grin.

Thank you for looking! 
37  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / HOOOO needs a baby quilt fast?! on: December 01, 2015 08:42:07 PM
My nephew-in-law asked if I would make some owl themed baby items for a dear friend of his who is having a baby soon.  I was going to make a few pacifier holders, but that seemed like a lame gift by itself, so I decided to add a quilt to the mix...now to make the pacifier holders before I forget! Grin

I followed this wonderful tutorial by Mistress Jennie.  It was fast and really fun to make!

I used the owl print for the backing and a chevron for the binding.  Not a lot of quilting, to keep it nice and fluffy.

close-up of binding, which I did by hand... Tongue

I have enough owl fabric to make a small basket, a few bibs, and....oh yeah, those pacifier holder thingies! Grin
38  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Another Zauerball Shawlette on: October 21, 2015 06:00:17 PM
I am sort of obsessed with the Crazy Zauerballs yarn...one ball will make a pair of socks or a nice size shawlette.  After finishing my blue and green one, I decided I really needed one to wear with some of my other favorite clothes...so, here is the Virus Shawlette (what an icky name!), in reds and plums!

Thanks for looking!
39  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Stuff for Me! on: October 21, 2015 05:44:30 PM
It seems that the only projects I ever keep for myself are Halloween ones!  I love decorating for Halloween and love to find projects on Pinterest and, of course, on here, to inspire me!

Here are the things I made for myself so far (hey, still have over a week to go until the big day!) Grin

Pillows (inspired by Pinterest finds)

Monster pillows to hold candy--I will be handing these out to my favorite neighborhood kids!

Spider web coasters (completely stole these from Bow and Sparrow, except I added a painted plastic spider for extra creepiness

Creepy doll picture--saw this on Pinterest and tried to figure out how to do it...not sure it is exactly how it should be done, but it seemed to work as hubby is totally creeped out by it! Grin

And, a scrappy Halloween fabric bucket

Still have a few more things to make before I am done...better get going!  Thanks for looking!
40  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Black Frames Needed to Be Filled...What could be better than Halloween stuff!? on: September 27, 2015 08:50:48 PM
I saw these cute crochet frames highlighted in the Craftster blog so I decided to make a couple.  Once I made them, I then realized I needed to put something in them...so I googled vintage Halloween images and quickly made these up.

I used a cardboard circle, covered it with white batting, then glued and sewed the embroidery on the top.  

It was a fun and easy project.  Think I will make a few of these for Christmas gifts and hostess gifts.

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