Monday, December 21, 2009

More Gifts

I wracked my brain trying to figure out what to make for my sister-in-law. Well, Mom suggested I do something with dish towels and bought me some at the Dollar Store (she's a lifesaver). I found this tutorial and whipped up a few tonight. They are cute and I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Progress

I finally made some headway on my handmade Christmas gifts this weekend. Here are a few things I made for my 2-1/2 year-old niece:

Placemat Colored Pencil Roll from this tutorial

Scrabble Magnets on a Cookie Sheet via here

Mom and I also worked on some coasters for my brother's girlfriend (tutorial here or here). I made a set for myself because one of the tiles was chipped (plus, I needed some anyway). I'm going to make two more sets sometime this week but I have to get more tiles. Cheap, easy gift idea (the tiles are about 16 cents a piece and you can use scrapbook paper, wallpaper samples, or gift wrap and stickers).


Mom using Modge Podge on the tiles

Me focusing intently on the tiles. Ha. Pay no mind to that double chin.


The tiles with scrapbook paper and stickers for Katy


Mom and daughter, working together. Fun!


My travel-themed coasters

Saturday, December 12, 2009

All Christmas Projects Completed

The last of my Christmas projects is done, and I'm a little lost. I finished the blanket Friday afternoon.
















It turned out better than any of the others, and I suppose that is due to practice. But, today I have no pressing projects.  So, I thought I'd take some scrap fabric and see if I could create a quilted bib. 

I took a bib LeLe gave me for my birthday (ha!) and used it as a template. I cut out the front and back, and then cut out another layer out of the old quilt my grandmother gave me. It was the one I used for my reindeer quilt. There's still a lot of it left. I also cut out the letter W from some coordinating fabric, to use as an applique on the front. After using Wonder Under to secure it, I zig zagged it onto the front of the bib, then sewed the top to the back with the quilt in between.
















It needed a little quilting, so I stitched around the letter, and around several of the circles. I then attached some hook and loop to the top, to connect it around the baby's neck.

It's my first try, so I'm fairly pleased with it. It has some flaws, but I don't think the baby will care.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Deer Quilt

I finally finished the quilted wall hanging of the three reindeer. Yay!
















Am I satisfied with it? No. Is it perfectly square and even? No. But the only person I have to worry about is me. No one is going to go up to it and pick it apart.....well, no one that ever visits my home anyway.
















 I started out fusing fabric to Wonder Under and cutting all of the individual pieces out in preparation to attach them to the background fabric by pressing with an iron.

I then zig-zagged the edges to keep them from fraying. I learned about using an old quilt for the inside "stuffing" from another craft blogger, and used an old quilt my grandmother had years ago for that.
















It worked very well, and I even decided not to use any backing, to keep the bulk down and make it easier to quilt.
















Since I didn't have time before Christmas to get hand quilting done, and don't own a quilting machine, I just used a basting stitch on my regular sewing maching. It was tricky twisting and turning the entire thing around to get all the corners and curves done, but it wasn't as hard as I thought it might be.
















When I finally had it all quilted, or as much as I was going to, I folded the seams under and sewed them. Then attached little loops to the top corners, to hang it on the frame already on the wall.

It took a little work to get it to hang just right, but all in all, I'm pretty pleased with it. It adds just the right touch to my living room decorations.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Re-Deux

Ok, for LeLe....



Much better?

Now, I'm Done....Well, Almost.

The rest of my house is a total disaster, but my Christmas decorations done except for one item I'm still working on.  The tree is not exactly how I had invisioned it, but I had to cut costs somehow. Maybe by next year, I'll have enough gold ribbon to do what I really want.


It's really hard to see the truth of a Christmas tree in the daytime. But, I hope you can get the idea. I filled in some of the blank places with some of the ribbon. I probably could have added more balls, but.....nah.

I finally got a large candle for my dining table centerpiece. It didn't turn out as fancy as I'd liked either, but I'm ok with that.




I used depression glass serving pieces as the base. A large platter and a large bowl. The pattern is Ruby Red. My Mother-in-Law gave me several pieces of it.

I need to add a little something to my Nativity, and I know what, but I'll have to do it next year. (Or later in December) I think it needs some white netting, as was suggested to me by a friend who is going to do hers with that. Still, it's dignified and I like it.

















I actually combined two sets I have. The stable belongs to a smaller resin set I have, and the people are ceramic and didn't have a stable. The angel is not very dignified, but it needed a little something.
Don't be hatin' , K?
















And lastly, I had to ponder a few days about where to put the stockings this year. I decided not to hang them from the shelf on the wall. Mainly because I'm going to add the quilted hanging I'm still working on, right under that shelf.  SR suggested I don't hang them, since all the kids are grown and we don't really need them. Bite your tongue Scrooge! I fill those stockings every year. Yes, even for the adults. LeLe has mentioned that the best gifts come in the stocking! Little Doodle Bug has one, but no name yet. Gonna add that after the 10th.

Old Ornaments

Just sharing two ornaments I made when the children were very small. I did a lot of wood working with a band saw and paint. It's not as popular as it was, but I've been longing to get back into it, just for my own pleasure.



Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Neat Ideas

Okay, I know I haven't made anything in awhile because I haven't really felt like it since getting pregnant (well, I did make one thing but I didn't take a picture and post on here because it was a gift for someone who reads this blog), but I'm going to give a few links to some cute projects.

Pen Pouch - if I knew how to do zippers, I'd try this.

Pretty Pillowcase - these are so cute.

Recipe Card Holder
- if I knew how to embroider and had a better track record of cutting my fabric out evenly, I'd make some of these as well. When I have to fold over and make a seam, my fabric never seems to match up. I guess I'm not doing absolutely perfectly straight stitching before I turn inside out and fold over. I don't know if that makes sense. I'm still learning...

Diaper Bag
- apparently, it's the easiest diaper bag EVER. I guess I could try it and see. I'm not too confident in my sewing lately.

Baby and Toddler Slippers - these are adorable. The link is to a downloadable tutorial. Just click on "Preview" if you wanna peek.

Mommy and Me Ladybug Bags - I wish I had the time and fabric to do these for my sister-in-law and niece for Christmas; alas, I do not.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Weekend Wreath

I had an autumn wreath on my door that I've had for about 3 years. I just kept putting it away and then wondering what I was going to use for Christmas. I'd use a simple berry wreath I found umpteen years ago and let it ride. This year, I decided to just take the stuff out of the autumn wreath and create a Christmas one with whatever I had on hand. I didn't have to buy a thing.




The wreath itself is just a regular vine wreath you can buy at Walmart, but if memory serves, I think I made it from vines in the yard. It's not hard to do. You just gather as many long vines as you can, and wrap them in a circle. You weave the ends together when you have it as large as you wish.

I left the ivy that was already there from the autumn version. Then, I took leftover silk poinsettias and stuck them in, added some decorative "sticks" that had candy canes and gift boxes with a little holly and thought a little more. It just didn't have enough. I considered going to wally world to buy something else, then realized I had some round ornaments leftover from my tree. So, I hot glued the tops on them so they wouldn't pull out, and strung them together, two and three with wire, and added them in. Last, I added the Santa bow I found in my box of decorations.



So, there it is. It's not the stuff of decorating magazines, but it suits me and it was free. Free is good.