Friday, September 28, 2012

Last Summer Blankets

About three weeks after my baby was born, my friend had the last of the summer babies.  I made the other three girls I knew who had summer babies blankets so I figured I should make the last of the summer babies a blanket.  The gender was a surprise until he was born.  She had a boy, and I made this blanket.
 Close up, I love the barn wood material and the tiny stars.  I love this blanket. This is the first blanket I sewed along the middle instead of using ties.  It was easy since the blanket is covered in lines.
Oh and it turns out I never posted the picture of my baby's cousin's blanket.  Brent's sister had a baby like three days after us.  But as a disclaimer I have an obsession with making Brent's nephews rooster blankets.  Brent's family likes to keep their own chickens, so I can't resist.  Brent is planning to get chickens in the spring, so we'll see how that goes...
Back to the blanket.
 Ignore the chalk around my embroidery, I'm sure it came off when my sister in law washed the blanket.  Plus I thought this might match her rooster lamp.
By the way my baby and my sister in law's baby were the last of the babies for my mother in law this year.  She got four grandbabies this year, it seems like a lot! Lucky her.
On to the winter babies....

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Anniversary Wreath

I love Christmas decorations, but usually my husband and are ready for them to go December 26th.  Yes, we put them away the day after.  There was a few years I put everything away the day we left town before Christmas.  Anyway, so its nice to have a clean clutter free house after Christmas, but it is also a little lonely, especially on my door. But I can't bear to stare at Valentine's stuff for a month and half so everything looks bare for two or three weeks.  Last year I really wanted to make an anniversary wreath/January wreath, but that just wasn't going to happen after the exhaustion of the holidays. 
 So that is what I did last week!  I made an anniversary wreath! 

 Our anniversary is December 30th, and we had blue and white snowflake theme.  I made the wreath with tulle, it will be great for the last week of December and the beginning of January.  (If you want to know how to make a tulle wreath go here, but pretty much its a tutu on a wreath.  I used a white wreath form since I used white tulle. I bought two and half yards of tulle I think )
It led to exciting developments, my friend saw my wreath, and she said learned from her mother in law to leave the snowman decorations up in January, so things don't look too bare.  How exciting to have January deco... I can't wait.  I'll have to make a snowman craft after I finish Halloween costumes, because I don't craft in January.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mouse Ears

My three year old daughter is pretty into Minnie Mouse these days.  So last Thursday we made Minnie Mouse ears.  Cost of the project FREE!  I already had the black headband, the black felt was left over from a different project, and the ribbon was also leftovers.
She also just happened to be wearing all black that day.  She has those days, where she wears all black, I have no idea... normally she wears as much pink as possible.  Her leggings actually did have pink stripes on the black.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Freaky Friday Wreath

I am the Relief Society Meeting Coordinator in my ward (church congregation).  I was afraid when my bishopric member (assistant pastor) said that, I was afraid it would involve asking people to say prayers.  Apparently being ward prayer spotlight coordinator has scarred me for life. 
Turns out it is the new name of Enrichment leader. What do I do as Enrichment leader?  I don't know... the presidency seems to plan everything...  But am in charge of a craft for Super Saturday, except its on Friday night.  Its not called Freaky Friday no matter what my brain tells me, I eventually can remember its Fantastic Friday.  This is the wreath I came up with, its loosely based on this wreath, that hangs on my front door.  All year long women have told me, we should make this for Super Saturday.  But I had to modify it, I wanted easy flowers everyone could make and I wasn't about to try to help people modge podge letters, while juggling a baby. 
Here is a great tutorial on how to make the rosettes.

Mod Kids

While my mom was here for the new baby, we stopped at the small quilt shop in my town and bought mod kid dolls on clearance. They had a finished dolly and my daughter asked to buy them. They were printed on the material and you had to sew them up.  It seemed like an easy job.  Not really I'm not quite sure when I'm going to learn that sewing dolls is never easy.  Then we made them little dresses from this pattern. We used fleece for their dresses so we wouldn't have to hem any seams. 
Hopefully one day she will play with them.  For some reason she doesn't play with homemade dolls until they have sat in her room for at least three months.  Today she did get jealous when a friend was over and wanted to play with them, I guess that is a good sign that one day my mom's work won't be in vain.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New But Who Knows If Improved

Ends up I hated my last key hook.  I decided imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so just do it exactly like the girl did in the pin, and here is the results.
 I used the same H as in my other monograms.
I'll be honest I'm not sure I like this, but I definitely like it more than my last three attempts.  Attempt 1 and 2 were so bad I didn't even post them. Attempt 1 even broke my color printer.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Key Hook

I saw this key hook on pinterest and wanted one, but I thought I had plenty of monograms without more, so I went with something else in the frame.  I can not tell you how many times I redid the inside of this frame. Well actually I can, its my third attempt.  I still am not sure I like it. Maybe I should just go with the monogram after all. I'm also not sure I like my mini rosettes.  Maybe I should just chuck the whole craft.  Any thoughts...