Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I had to change my blog template ...

Techy stuff - you can ignore this paragraph if you wish :D  Yesterday I found several emails in my spam folder that turned out not to be spam - they referred to problems with coding on the old template I was using.  Apparently it had html stuff at the bottom that had links that Google had deemed inappropriate - it's more detailed than that but I really don't understand any of it :D  I went to change the template and found that the template provider had removed it herself (they gave me warnings it would happen but I didn't see them because they were in the spam folder - that's technology for you!), so I threw up a basic template and will have to start rejigging it. I'd love to figure out how to make a montage photo collection of some of my projects and put it in the header - I see that on many blogs - I think it's a great look!  

In the interim, since posts without photos are boring ...

Notebook cover made with F8's from Quilt a Bag in Markham :)  This was a Christmas gift for my friend Nancy :D  Folded, it measures 8"w x 10"t.

Superhero cape for g-nephew Lleyton - a Christmas gift :)

I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas with their family and friends - I had all my boys here for Christmas - YAY - and my gift from hubby was a shopping trip Stateside to hit Joanns - we went this past Sunday and had a great time :)  I'm sure I had more fun than he did, LOL!  He even offered up dinner at Olive Garden on Military Trail in Niagara Falls :) The service wasn't great but the food was :)  I don't think we'll go back to that location - we can try a nearby one :)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Cookin' with the littles :D

More Christmas sewing done :) Here are some gifties that I'll be delivering next week - I'm having a lot of fun making these aprons - I have a bunch more cut out for Blue Hills - I'll get working on them after Christmas :D  I also got more ric rac for more airplanes - they're a lot of fun as well :D

A couple of fabric airplanes and a simple apron.  I added a pocket to the front of the apron - perhaps kiddo can hide a cookie in there while (s)he is cooking :D

Close-up of the frog buttons on the frog apron :D

Paddington Bear apron with added pocket, and fabric airplanes.

Sock monkey apron with added pocket, and more fabric airplanes.

Close-up of the buttons on the sock monkey apron :D

This is Matt the gingerbread doll :D  I post his picture a while ago when I made him - his new brother, my great-nephew Lleyton, named him Matt.  MATT! LOL!!!  Fine name, I think :D

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas sewing :)

Well - it's actually sewing I've completed this month, lol.  Tis  the time to get some things done, to cross other things off of the To Do list, and to eat far too many cookies - I'm very good at the last one!  ;)

Dog poop bag dispensers :D
Simple kids apron - tutorial here :)

I didn't make this - the amazing Tamara @ Etsy did - is this not the FUNNIEST THING EVER??!!  I bought several for Christmas gifts :D
2 strawberry zip pocket pouches with strawberry pulls :D  Pattern from Michelle Patterns :)

Upcycled (from my son's work jeans!) denim zipper bag - lined with money fabric from Joanns, and embellished with some studs my sewy friend gave me :D
Snowman apron for the daughter of a friend of a friend ;)  Same tutorial as above :)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

More November finishes :D

Gingerbread stuffies - I slightly modified the pattern I bought from preciouspatterns on Etsy ;)  These measure 11"t x 10"w :)

An assortment of zipper pouches - mostly using up bits and pieces of fabrics and trims :D

Not a completion - a start!  This is a sneak peek of a project that will be on-going until I finish it sometime next year :D 

November finishes :)

Christmas sewing and prep is in full swing, so posting and internet fun has been in short supply (although I've certainly managed to get a good amount of online shopping done, lol).  Here are some of my November finishes :)

Simple wallets, from this tutorial.  My changes:  1/4" to L + W when cutting (8 1/4 X 4 1/4 X 3, 8 1/4 X 10 3/4 X 1) - stitch 1/4" on either side of centre when making slot pocket piece - scant 3/8" seam allowance around outer edge.  These ones are Christmas and a birthday gift :)

Simple 4 patch/9 patch QAYG quilt :D  Backing and binding is the same brown TOT print used in the alternate blocks.  

Close-up of the jungle prints in Connor's quilt :)

The gift set for Connor - bib (backed with brown chenille), and quilt (36" x 36"). 
3 more polar bear washcloth puppets (Christmas gifts) - tutorial here :) 
Lotta Jansdotter use-up-flannel bibs - these are going to Blue Hills :)
More to come :D


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