Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I think this one turned out the best of all. I love how the eyes work. They are french knots pulled tightly to make little potato-y indents. I think I used a reference online for this, but can’t remember now where it was. I’m sure that I didn’t use a pattern. I did this one after I got home because I used the sewing machine.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Here are my first two pieces.
The chicken drumstick came out a little large and looks more like a turkey leg.
The fried egg turned out well except I didn’t have the right color floss to match the yolk.
To make these two pieces I used some images I had seen online for inspiration, but made the pieces free hand. I just started cutting felt. I added extra layers of felt for stability on blanket stitched around the edges.
And by the way the pan came from a cooking set from Ikea. We don’t have one near by so when we were going to be close to one recently I begged my husband for a detour. He grudgingly agreed. I didn’t waste time (although I’m sure he would disagree) heading straight to the kiddy section. I scored the set of pans, cooking utensils, and eight cups which all together were under $20. Everything is pretty gender neutral which makes me very happy! The dishes were in pastels but they weren’t over the top. I still decided to pass though.
Hopefully (it’s on my LONG to make list) I can put together a kiddy kitchen to show soon. I have been seeing tons of adorable ones that look way better the plastic kinds you can buy. And I have made a few more pieces and I will be sharing those later.
Friday, July 24, 2009
I really like the templates that Spotgirl gives because you have three different options, birthday, thank you, and congratulations. And they are the best kind of handmade, kiddie handmade! Love it!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
This past weekend I actually got to visit an antique market. They had lots of great things. I realized too late that I should have brought the camera, but really I was too busy looking any way. I was trying to look for galvanized things especially storage, but apparently I’m too cheap. And obviously my reputation is well known because the two ladies I was with both bought me something. Why? Because they were afraid that I would come back empty handed.
See the cute little tray. Love the detail.
And what about this piece? It’s Fenton and really heavy. Usually I don’t like hobnail and I think it’s because when I usually find hobnail pieces they are surround by lots of others and it’s just too much. It looks really good with my other pieces though. Adds texture.
This is the piece that I bought for myself. I actually bartered for it! First time ever. It was priced $8 and I paid $6. See big spender. It has wonderful color to it and I love the urn shape.
I kind of kept expecting to turn a corner and see Eddie Ross though. I even sort of looked around and tried to find things that I thought he might buy. I don’t know why it’s hard for me to branch out into other things. I kind of get tunnel vision for old cameras and milk glass. I’m trying though. And I got a funnel cake! All in all it was a good trip.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
A few months back I saw a instructions in Family Fun magazine for a Backyard Melody Maker. I thought it might be pretty cool to make one. And then I saw it posted on Chasing Cheerios and that confirmed it.
So off Hubs went with my shopping list to the hardware store. It took all of 2 minutes to put together when he got back and then I realized . . . . where are we going to hang this? I wanted it on our deck but it’s higher than the rails. I guess we could shorten it, but that’s beyond my skills. So until then I hold it as little one plays with it. But it is super neat. If you have little ones and a place to hang it (not next to your house because I know it will be swung and hit the house) then I highly recommend making one of these!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The cupcakes were supposed to look like zebra print. I used black jell and white icing on top.
The tags had tiger print that I found online printed on the bag. For some reason I didn’t think to print a front page and a back page and glue them together like I had done in the past, so you could see the tooth picks that I had glued on the back to hold it in place. I used Elmer’s glue because it’s non-toxic.
All in all I think they went well. Happy Birthday Personal Shopper!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Dear Friend of the USO:
A few days from now, Fourth of July celebrations will be held in smalltowns and big cities all across America. Bunting will be everywhere.Parades will feature bands, antique cars, kids on bikes, and veterans ofmany conflicts... all marching proudly to show their patriotism and loveof country.
At the same time, halfway around the world, 170,000 brave young men andwomen will demonstrate their patriotism in another way: by putting theirlives at risk to defend everything America stands for.
As we gather in our backyards for cookouts and picnics, our troopsoverseas will grab an MRE and head out to patrol crowded streets andback alleys where insurgents continue to lurk.
As we play softball or watch a parade, they'll spend their afternoons inharm's way: a "place" where rounding any corner can mean a deadlyambush... where stopping any car or passerby can trigger an explosionand sudden death.
As we "ooh" and "aah" at fireworks displays, they'll duck live roundsand remain alert for the sudden rush of an incoming rocket-propelledgrenade.
Today, the nation's economic concerns continue to push the ongoingviolence in Iraq and Afghanistan off the front pages; some Americans mayeven have forgotten about the brave men and women who are doing theirjob overseas, but counting the days till it's their turn to share thehome-town celebrations with their loved ones and friends.
However, the USO hasn't forgotten; we've already geared up to provideextra services to our troops... not just for July 4th, but throughoutthe weeks and months ahead.
As Americans, we count on them. They count on us. I hope we can count onyou.On behalf of those we serve,
Sloan D. Gibson
Thursday, July 2, 2009
So here it is, a revamp and much larger version of the Party Bag.
When I made the pocket, I just cut around the back pocket of my jeans. I then sewed some left over bias strip from the Sling Sack onto the top. I laid it onto the top of one piece of fabric and decided where I wanted the pocket to go and where to place the straps. I sewed down the inside of the straps and that is what attached the sides of the pocket. The bottom of the pocket was attached when the bottom of the bag was sewed together. I thought that the heavy weight of the denim pocket made the bag pull down to one side so I decided to add a layer of matching brown fabric to the inside of the bag. I didn’t exactly add a liner as just added an extra layer for weight. I also sewed little corners in the bottom to make it hold books a little easier.
Here is the gratuitous sew in the pin shot. I used Barn Dandy’s by Robert Kaufman, old pants, left over brown fabric, and a very bright yellow Gutermann’s thread Color 1661. And there you have it!