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I have mentioned before how much I love Moda’s new Bake Shop line, especially the honeybuns. Well, I was playing around with strips to make a little zipper bag and my measurements were wonky. What was to become two bags, became one after much urging by my friend, Amy to rescue it. Behold, my new sock project bag:
Inside it currently houses two sock WIP’s…
The red/green/gold pair is using Plymouth Yarns Happy Feet and size 2 dpn’s and the Charade Pattern. The blue pair is using my beloved Socks That Rock (thank you, Phoe!), size 3 dpn’s and the Ampersand Pattern. (Both patterns are free, use your Google-fu)
I love the new wave of crafting books being published. Love, love, love them. I love supporting fellow bloggers turned authors. Looking at these books is kind of like sitting down with old friends, people that have let you into their lives and have so much creativity to share with you. I was lucky to get a huge gift certificate to Amazon.com for my birthday, so I indulged my love and bought a stack of books. One of which is the fabulous Last Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts (by the same author that brought us the equally fab Last Minute Knitted Gifts). I have a ton of gifts planned using this book, now I just need a gift certificate for time!
One present that was super easy to make was for a few girls that I know that are back to school. Take one Moleskine, some fabric scraps (or some pieces of a Moda HoneyBun cut up), your sewing machine and some glue. Ta da!
Love them! Need to order more Moleskines to make some for myself.
Cayenne is my netbook. If you aren’t familiar with netbooks, click here to see more about mine, an Acer Aspire One. If you are in the market for a netbook, let me know and I can hook you up with my sales guy. Anyway…here she is:
The garden hand shovel is just in the picture to show the size. Of course, I had to sew a padded case for her. I couldn’t find a tutorial online that I loved, so I winged it and made my own. Which included much swearing and using the seam ripper. Those zippers will get me every.single.time.
I picked up the printed fabric at my local Jo-Ann’s fabric store. The blue is from the stash. The case is padded with organic cotton quilt batting and lined with a repurposed white bed sheet. I am working on a matching bag for her power cord, thumb drive and my iPod connector cord. It has a zipper, so let the swearing and seam ripping commence!
The pillowcase dress. ( I swapped out the not-so-white ribbons with bright white ribbons later.) An easy to construct dress that will grow with the girl. A dress first, then a tunic to wear over leggings or shorts. A sweet gift for an even sweeter little girl. Almost makes me wish I had a little girl to sew for. Almost.
So, in my effort to make the boys’ room cute, but not too cute, I made the ever-popular birds from the Spool pattern (it’s free!). The pattern shows it as a mobile, but somewhere on the internets I saw an interpretation of it mounted to the wall on one branch. That got me thinking that it would look really cute in the corner of the room, hanging from fishing line.
It is cute and was quite easy. The first one was the trickiest, but after that I whizzed right through them. The hardest part was getting the birds on the branch and then getting it up on the wall/ceiling.
A few weeks ago, we snapped up a bookcase from our local Freecycle. It is a great bookcase that only needed a little sprucing up via a new paint job. It holds a ton of books. Which is great because our boys seem to get new books every single week. (For you Juneau-ites, St. Vincent de Paul sells kids books for 10 cents each!!)