Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July compilation :D

 Brian's lilies - July 9, 2014 :)  Unfortunately some kind of critter is now eating the bulbs from underground - we keep finding fallen stems with no bulb on them!  I hope the stupid beasts quit doing that because these are special flowers that I don't want to lose! 


 This simple basket was made with scraps from my scrap bin, and was an entry into a Yahoo groups scrap challenge :)  It sits in my front hall now, holding candy for guests (and residents, I'm not going to lie, LOL) :)

 Another entry for the scrap challenge, this QAYG quilt measures 36" x 36", and is backed with pink flannel :)  You can't really see it, but each of the 9 blocks have a heart quilted in them to tack the front to the backing :)


 My final entry into the scrap challenge - a trapezoid bag (pattern from sewlover) using a block that I made for the scrap quilt (previous picture) but which I ended up not using.  The zipper pull is made from polymer clay!  I won the Scrap Bags section of the challenge with this bag :)

In my last post I mentioned that hubby and I were going to Buffalo the next day - we did, and I managed to do a little bit of shopping ;)   Here's what I bought - I tried to stick to $100 Cdn. and actually came close - I spent about $114 on crafty supplies :D

Velcro, buttons, clips, glow in the dark and regular polymer clay, a tube knitter and polystyrene pellets (for stuffing projects, to give them some heft).

Mermaid fat quarter sets from Joanns, along with some fabric to use with them.  I love this collection - so cute and girly!  A future quilt, I think :D

Some of my favourite Joanns prints - since they were on sale, I picked them up just because :) 

Remnants and fat quarters - all on sale, of course. The Mickey fabric has now been used - I made a pillowcase for a great-nephew that was visiting us from New Brunswick (hi Shawn!) :)

Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew ;)

I got some Christmas sewing completed this month, so will be entering these projects into the Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew linky party/challenge :) 

First up are some composition book covers made using a new-to-me tutorial.  The black cover with the buttons, was made using a fat quarter from stash, and the other two were made with about 1/2 meter pieces of leftover prints.  All are fully lined with no raw edges, have pockets on the inside covers (front and back), and elastic bookmarks :)  I already have more of these cut out, and will be trying some patchwork versions as well : D

Here's a project that I'm very pleased with!  I was inspired by a tutorial that the lovely Fiona wrote for Sew Mama Sew - when I saw it, I immediately knew I had to get kiddy binocs and make a set for some little ones I know :D  When I found a great pair of binoculars and realized that there were other goodies in the line, I ordered several pieces and then had to make the bag bigger to hold everything, lol.  Mine measures 7.5"w x 3"d x 9"t.  In the middle photo you can see the layered spider buttons I added to the flap for decoration, and on the right you can see the goodies I added - binoculars, magnifying glass, bugs, froggy sunglasses.  I hope the recipient enjoys his bag :)

Posted to the July linky party at Modern Handcraft :)



Sunday, June 29, 2014

A quicky! :D

I just found out from hubby that we're going on a last minute Buffalo run tomorrow (YAY!) - since we leave @ 6:00 a.m. that means an early bedtime, but I wanted to get these 2 pics posted before June turns into July :)

 I'm quite enjoying appliquing these upcycled (from DS2's worn out work jeans) zipper pouches - here are some girl ones - a gecko, a whale, a croc and some sharks :)  It may be obvious that I'm also enjoying playing with the evil eye beads, LOL :)  These are all about 8.5" tall x 6.5" wide :) 

This project is being posted to 2 linky parties -  it's a toddler messenger bag that will be a Christmas gift - I made it using a new-to-me tutorial :)   I changed up the tute a bit - it worked out perfectly, and I already have another one cut out, lol!   This one actually falls under the Pinned and Then Made category as well, as I pinned it quite a while ago!

Linked to:
New to Me in June and Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I'm officially foxy - in my own mind, at least :D

Here are a couple of zipper pouches I just finished - I cut up the last of DS2's worn out work jeans into zipper pouch sized pieces, and decided to work on my applique skills.  It seems I'd been using the wrong product for my appliqueing activities for the last while - I was using the non-sewable stuff.  No wonder my poor sewing machine needle was getting gluey, LOL!  Thanks Nanc for the lesson on fusible versus sewable, and I'll see you Friday morning for our adventure ;)

Mr. Fox isn't acidentally crooked - he's leaning on a rakish angle - deliberately, lol.  I used the pattern from this project for the applique :)  Bag measures about 8.5" x 7.5" :)
This is Mr. B - the brontosaurus :)  The bag measures about 8.5" x 6.5", and the free applique pattern is available here from Heather Inks :)

Both of these bags will be going to Blue Hills :)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

My peony is blooming right on time, despite the horrid winter :)


Rainy peony - June 11/14 :)
Here's my lovely peony bush earlier this week - it bloomed the very next day, and is in full bloom right now.   And here it is on June 12 last year - despite our really harsh winter this year, it bloomed at the same time as last year - much to my surprise!  I was at our oldest son's house today with him - he has several peony bushes there, and they're blooming beautifully as well.  He doesn't appreciate them as much as I do though, lol!

I've been working on my pink/orange D9P quilt this month - it's almost finished so that's taken up a lot of my time.  I did manage to complete a few small projects though, including some new-to-me designs :)

Patchwork scrap zipper bags (9.5x9.5 and 9.5x7) made with leftovers from quilts I've made over the last few years :)  Zipper pulls are polymer clay rockets.  I showed them to hubby and he said they look like penguins, lol.  So they're penguin rockets :D

Dinosaur bibs for a great-nephew :)

A new to me project - a fox zippy from this tutorial.  I added the tab because I always do - this bag doesn't need one.  Will leave it off next time.  It measures about 5" x 5" :)  This one was made with fabrics from my scrap bin - next time I'll use foxy-er colours :D

Drawstring gift bag (13x17) - using up the tail end of the pink fabric :)

HAHA I'm rather partial to this bag - it measures 10" X 17", and is lined with white.  The monster applique is from Adorable Animal Applique :)  His hair is ricrac - it's 3D!

I love how these zippies (7"w x 6.5") turned out - they're made from upcycled denim from our youngest lad's work jeans - the croc applique was inspired by this pattern (NAYY), and the shark was a picture I downloaded from somewhere online.  The zipper pulls are inexpensive charms purchased from Ebay :D
Hey Sittin' at the Dock of the Baye - no blue balls here!  ;)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Owl be uploading the picture now ...

Owl also be smacking myself for the bad title pun :D

Here's a "finish up the fabrics" zippy that I finished a few days ago - the owl fabric was a long-ago Joanns purchase :)  It measure about 9.5"w x 9" :)



Notice something different about one of the owls' eyes?  I'm addicted to those evil eye beads, LOL!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Steve now has a girlfriend :)

Stella & Steve - 9wx6t :)
I wish I could say the same about my sons, but heaven knows I would never interfere in their love lives (or lack thereof!) *ahem* :D  I made Steve last week and immediately knew he would need a girlfriend - he's just too cute to be alone.  Stella arrived today, and it was love at first sight for the 2 of them :)  I wonder if they'll make little Mostracci babies?  Time will tell!

BTW - both of them are made completely from scraps - the denim is upcycled from jeans, and the fabrics are from my scrap bins! 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Cleaning off the desktop photo uploads :D

Here are a few pictures I needed to clear off of my desktop - this is my latest QAYG D9P quilt under construction - I purchased 6 x 1/2 yard cuts of fabric a few years ago, and decided to use them up.  I have 8 of the 9 blocks finished that I need (positions 4 and 5 have 2 blocks each, although it's hard to tell) - once I get the 9th block done I can start the quilting.  I have enough of thefabrics left over to make scrappy binding for the quilt - it'll be toddler size (approx. 50" x 50").  The backing will be that dark pink that makes up the little squares in each block :)

I haven't figured out yet how to do a slideshow, so here are photos of more May finishes - most of these were "use up the last of the fabric" type of projects :D


Tried something new, but it wasn't exactly successful, lol

 This was my first attempt at a boxy bag where the top box was a different width than the bottom one.  Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat, you ask?  LOL this was the tutorial I meant to follow, but after I studied her instructions, I went ahead and tried things on my own without referring back to them.  Consequently, my scale is way off (so is my bathroom scale - it LIES!).  You can't tell from the photo but my sizing just didn't work.  As well, I should have put a tab on both sides of the top boxes like she did - if I had checked her page before sewing, I would have caught that :)  The bag certainly isn't horrid or unusable as I made it, but it's not quite what I wanted, so I'll be trying again :) 

Sorry about the yellowish background on this picture - both were taken at the same time in the basement, but ... ???!!!!








Linking this project up to Celtic Thistle Stitches' "New to Me in 2014" May linky party :) 

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