Thursday, May 31, 2012

A few last finishes for May :D

2 Pink Penguin fabric baskets - girl version :)

2 Pink Penguin fabric baskets - boy version :D

Oh look - they STACK!  :)

Small boxy bag and Across the Pond pouch :)

Peek a boo drawstring bag :)
I do have a few more projects to post but I have to wait until the recipient receives them, or until I can post them for the "challenge" :) 

A collage of my May projects - a Shape Collage, that is ;)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

iPenguin :)

Clarence the Penguin!
I'd like to introduce you to Clarence the Penguin :D  I bought the pattern a while ago from a fellow Canadian - Christy Mooney from the Etsy shop JuneandJuly :)  The pattern is called Clara but this is for a little boy so his name is Clarence :D

Pattern review (my own opinion only!):  the pattern is fabulous - well written, well photographed, and very easy to make.  This was my first one so cutting and assembly etc. probably took a bit under 2 hours, including me doing laundry at the same time, LOL.  I didn't run into any difficulties, and only made a couple of very minor changes.  I appliqued his eyes as I don't do embroidery (and I didn't want to use a button or google eyes because it's for a little guy), and when I stitched the body right sides together, I used a 3/8" seam allowance instead of 1/4" - that gave me a bit of extra fabric and made it easier to turn under and close the opening.  Next time I might add a bit of stuffing to his little wingies.

Clarence is sized perfectly for littlies - he's about 6" x 6" (15cms) plus his little wings.  For older kids I might try resizing the pattern up by about 50%.  More Clarences and Claras will follow - I really REALLY like this pattern :)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pinterest challenge :)

I finally got my butt in gear and did a couple of projects I had pinned on Pinterest, thanks to a challenge from Bryanne from Michelle Patterns :) (posts here and here).  I hope the challenge continues - fingers crossed! 

My first attempt at a pop bottle drawstring bag was laughable, so no photo :D  Attempt #2 came out better, but I would still make the pop bottle portion a bit shorter.  Will try again when I get more 2 litre pop bottles!  Very happy I tried it - I want to make more of these :) 

This project is based on a bag I pinned that was embellished with studs.  I found some cute studs recently so gave them a whirl.  I need more of these - I really like how they look, and on Ebay/Etsy, they have them in lots of shapes and sizes and colours :)  Another Pinterest completion - YAY!

Friday, May 25, 2012

3 itty bitties :)

I've been doing some sewing lately, but hadn't gotten around to taking pics, hence the lack of posts :D


Here are a couple of the bags I've finished lately --- the orange/linen one was made to use up some tiny scraps of orange, the butterfly fabric was a gift from my friend Nancy (the organza ribbon embellishment was an old Etsy purchase - I'm finally getting around to using it), and the butterfly keychain on the owl bag was a gift from my friend Deb in AZ :) 

A little teaser about a craft I'm working on - I had to borrow a candle from a neighbour to help me prep the item for sewing - hopefully I'll get it done this weekend and can post it ;)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Little owlies :)



Here are a couple of little owl projects I finished recently (and couldn't post until the recipient received them, lol) - the owl boxy bag measures 7x4x2.5" (I think I cut it 10" x 13"), and the little owls are made from scraps, using this tutorial :)



Sunday, May 13, 2012

Moms Come In All Sizes, Sexes And Species!



Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers, and grandmothers, and mothers-in-law, and step-mothers, and mothers-to-be (congrats!), and mothers-by-proxy :)  They've said it really well over at cuteoverload --- "Many thanks to all of you who have mothered somebody – whoever you are, wherever you are."  

Special congratulations to my sister Sherry - AKA GRAMMIE!!! - on her first grandmotherly Mother's Day ... her daughter Jenn on HER first Mother's Day (hi, LL!!! *kiss* *kiss* from Auntie Sandra!) ... and to our niece Cassendra on her first Mother's Day with twins Madelena and Massimo (and of course big brother Matteo) - I hope everyone had a magnificent day! 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Eat your veggies :)

Between both of these bags there are probably only about 40 calories, LOL!

My knees are aching tonight - I was out walking with my neighbour and her dog today - I was behind the dog, and at one point she stopped suddenly -- unfortunately, I didn't!  I started to fall towards her so I tried going to the side so i wouldn't hurt her, and of course landed on my hands and knees on the sidewalk. She was unharmed, but it was definitely not a graceful or gracious moment for me :D

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I almost forgot to post these, lol

Here are a few recent finishes - I was finally organized enough to find the camera AND the camera card at the same time :D

Cancan zipper bag - a birthday gift for a friend :)
Close-up of the zipper pull - it's a bra, LOLOL!!! 
 This is the Across the Pond pouch I finished last month - it's a birthday gift ...

I finally got the zipper pull done so I can wrap this and get it off to the recipient!  The camera seems to have given the beads an unusual tint - they're salmon orange and lavender purple, to match the bag :D

Here's a house pouch from Zakka Style - note that there's a kitty sitting in the window - imagine that!!!  :) 

Here's the back of the pouch - there are flowers growing in the back yard :D  My friend No-Blog Angela gave me the idea to use vinyl for the window (yay for trying something new!) - I thought it would be a hoot to see a kitty IN the window, LOL!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dipes 'n wipes 'n bibs

Last night I worked on a new-to-me project that didn't work out quite as well as I hoped.    I tried an Aivilo Diapers and Wipes case, but will have to make a few changes the next time around.  I somehow got the pockets on in the wrong order (and believe me - they're better her way than my way).  Also - there are many layers of fabric in this (12, IIRC, including batting) - it's more than 1/2" thick in places!   I have to get a Huggies travel wipes container to make sure the thickness didn't make the pockets too snug for the case.  If the case slips in and out nicely then I'll probably use the batting again, but if the pockets are too tight I may try flannel instead of batting.  We shall see!

These worked out fine, though, in contrast with the dipes 'n wipes case :D  They're for next year - I wanted to use up the last of this Easter print :)



Monday, May 7, 2012

From the humour files ;)


A friend  sent me this - it made me LOL :D

And then we have ... 

Hellmann's Mayonnaise - a bit of history!

Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's mayonnaise was manufactured in England . In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico , which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York . This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico . But as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York . The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost. The people of Mexico , who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they still observe to this day. The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course, as -
Sinko De Mayo.
 


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Usain Bolt :D

Today our oldest lad nicknamed our cat Usain Bolt - every time he says it it cracks me up, as ... well ... Zoomer is rather ... horizontally supplemented (18 pounds, 8.6 kgs), shall we say?  ;) 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Shape Collage - cool!

I saw something today on a friend's blog - she had done a collage of the projects she completed in April.  I was going to email her to ask how she did it, but then I noticed the watermark on her photo so I went a searching and found the program - and bonus, it's a free download!  I tried it out and came up with this collage of my April projects :D

Friday, May 4, 2012

A little fun with the cat :D

video
Our oldest son was having fun with the cat the other morning - he plopped a quilt on top of Z and the cat took off to the kitchen for food ... while still wearing the quilt, LOL!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

I got it right this time ;)

I made one of these bags a few days ago but got things turned around so the window was at the top (not very practical).  Tonight I paid closer attention and did it properly :)  Tutorial is from Make It Perfect - the vinyl is from a $2 vinyl shower curtain I picked up @ the $ store - I can probably make about 367 windows for bags with that curtain, LOL!

Who else watches Touch with Kiefer Sutherland?  Tonight's episode made me sob like a baby (when the family got reunited at the end) - I think it was the best one yet!  I am LOVING this show!  And I love Ravi Kapoor (Bug from Crossing Jordan) - would it be wrong for me to call him yummy?  He even shares a birthday with my youngest son, lol!


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Several new finishes :)

 Mini boxy bag - 7 x 2.5 x 4 - I have a few more of these kitted to use the last of this fabric - they'll be great for a little boy :)

 Pink Gingercake Max the Owl stuffy, made with scraps!
Another scrap project, using some of the smallest scraps of these pink prints :)

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