Archive for the ‘sew happy’ Category

OK, there is hardly anything crafty going on in my house lately. The sweater for Leah is only partially knitted (back complete, now starting the front) and I have been way busy working on my newest hobby, digital scrapbooking. Add that to my current 600 + page read (a perfect book for the creepy month of October), one busy kindergartener  and my not-so-clean house and I am one crazed woman!

My mother, on the other hand, is happily crafting away. Her latest sewing project was a knitting needle roll just for me. Isn’t the fabric just beautiful! 

As for actually getting some knitting done within the next few weeks, I am not too sure that will be happening. October is one busy month around here, with Maya’s first birthday party to plan, getting ready for Halloween and spending the weekend with some friends at this fun indoor place.

I will be taking a bit of a craft blog break to get my mojo going again (don’tcha just love a word like mojo)  and will be back in a couple weeks.

Until then, happy crafting!


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Fabrics for the nursery

One of our current projects here at home is converting our spare bedroom from the place where our Japanese foreign exchange student slept to a nursery for Maya. We still have a few weeks to go before we leave for China to pick her up, so in the meantime we have been busy getting the whole place ready.

I love the colors purple and green together, so after painting two walls purple and two walls green, it was time to find some coordinating fabric for window treatments and a baby quilt. My mother, Leah and I went shopping last week and found the most beautiful floral pattern.

I just love that it has hints of purple (and a little pink) in it. This fabric will be made into the valance for the window and also will be the main fabric in the baby quilt. Isn’t it PURTY!  

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I’ve got lots to show you, so I will break all this stuff up into a few posts over the next couple of days.

First, the pink


Viv was so generous to send me a lovely package filled with this beautiful cotton blend pink yarn and a couple patterns to go with it. There are a few people out in blogland that I feel I have developed a relationship with, even if I have yet to meet them. Whether it is through my current adoption process, my love of knitting and reading or in dealing with recent tough times, there is always an e-mail or comment of encouragement. Viv is one of those people. Thank you so much Viv. It sure means a lot to me.

As far as black and white, take a look at the fabric my mother is using to put together a “turning twenty” quilt. Isn’t it just beautiful? I hope that she will enter it in our state fair this summer (two years ago she entered two quilts and came in second place for both). I will post more pictures of the quilt as she is making it.


Up next, the finished baby sweater!

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Inspired by the cool list that The Psychotic Hobbyist put together, I am putting in writing my craft goals for 2007.  Am I actually going to make or work on all these things? Maybe not. But it may be fun to look back at this list in December and see how I really did!

Scrapbooking  I was lucky to be able to attend a scrapbooking weekend this past November and in doing so I caught up on a whole years worth of scrapbooking. Even so, I am still a year behind (currently working on pages from Christmas of 2005). My goal is not only to catch up with my chronological scrapbook, but to continue working on our home improvement scrapbook and put together this cute little cat scrapbook kit that I recently bought.

Knitting – I have been inspired by the beautiful book Knitting for Peace and would love to make at least two of the items showcased. Specifically the Project Linus blanket and one of the Eyelet hats for Chemo Caps. Speaking of hats, I really need to make one that actually looks good on my husband. I have this strange knack for picking out hat patterns, knitting them with “manly” colored yarn (think camouflage) and then have them still come out a little bit on the “girly” side. Which means I have a lot of very warm hats for myself, none of them in very feminine colors. Oh, and I did promise to knit up a hat for my exchange student (I really forgot about that one)!

Also, I need to get on the ball and finish my first ever sweater, being made for the child we are in the process of adopting from China. We still have a wait ahead of us, so to be honest I am not in a big rush. Made with the very soft Cashmerino Aran yarn, it should be a really sweet (and comfy) sweater when finished.

Having said that, Leah has been itching for me to make something (other than the usual hat) for her. In The Yarn Girl’s Guide to Older Kids Knits, which I got for Christmas, I found a cute pattern for a girls knitted spring dress. My daughter is a BIG dress type of girl and once she saw that she nearly flipped. This one is definitely high on my “to do” list.

I have been having fun making those felted Sophie Bags and have almost completed my third one. I probably will make a few more in 2007.

Lastly, for myself, I would like to try to make a pair of fingerless gloves. I have already printed out a copy of this pattern and am just waiting for my next trip to the yarn shop.

Cooking – This is a pretty easy one to keep, because I have to cook for my family anyway. I would like to entertain a little more. I show love through the food I cook and I would like to share more with family and friends this year. 

Reading – I read a lot of book blogs for two reasons. First, I am an avid reader and am just amazed at all the really well written and honest book reviews people put on their blogs. The second reason has to do with the fact that I am required to read at least one book a month for my on-line book club The Written Word. It wouldn’t be very fair for the moderator to not even read the book that we will all be discussing. I guess my resolution would be to make more time to read, like the woman at Bookmark My Heart, who read a whopping 105 books last year! OK, maybe not that many…

Sewing – I used a sewing machine briefly during my home economics class in seventh grade. We had to make a skirt (mine was black, grey and white vertical stripes). It came out so bad that I refused to wear it to school, which was a requirement to get a good grade. Needless to say, I didn’t really excel in that class. Recently, I decided to try my hand at sewing again. This past fall, my mother helped me make two small stuffed animals. I would like to continue to learn more about patterns, fabric and how to actually thread the sewing machine needle. I think it would be a blast to make some of the really funky stuffed toys in the book Plush-o-rama. Click here to see inside the book.

By the way, can you guys see the new header I put up? That’s my cat, Dumpling. She looks sweet, doesn’t she? Don’t be fooled, she is one nasty little bugger. She sure is lucky that my husband has a soft spot for her, the little pain-in-the-butt. 🙂

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Someone came upon my blog by typing into Google What tree drop brown balls? Is there even such a tree? If so, I certainly don’t want it in my house at Christmas.

Anyway, here are some pictures of two of the four scarves I have been knitting for Leah’s preschool teachers.  The third one is almost finished and I should be starting on the fourth (that is if I can stop working on these yo-yos).

The second one, made with Lion Brand ribbon yarn is my favorite so far. Not that it will provide much warmth (it is ribbon), but it was really easy to knit up (using the recommended 13 US needles) and it turned out pretty funky.

Oh, here’s a picture of my husband sitting at my Mother’s sewing machine coming up with patterns to make basket liners for our mudroom baskets. I swear, sometimes I wonder if there is anything that man can’t do!

Lastly, if you haven’t already seen this blog, do yourself a favor and take a peek. Aren’t those handbags just exquisite!

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Pointy Kitty







Who doesn’t love Pointy Kitty? With a lot of help from my mom, we were able to sew this together in no time. I got the pattern (for free) off of Wee Wonderfuls. Now my daughter Leah wants one, so I better get cracking!


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