Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Bags, bags, more bags, and a pumpkin shirt!

Due to feeling crappy but not extremely crappy, I didn't work on anything that took too much thought today! I made my first t-shirt bags from t-shirts I purged from the closet. This is the first one.

Once it was made, I realized that the handles were too long. I cut them shorter and sewed them back together. That size worked better, so this is my second attempt.

This one will work out very nicely! I plan on making a bunch of t-shirt bags to carry my groceries and other purchases in. I think they'll work really well. They are nice and deep, and they are strong.

Beth Ann and I went to JoAnn's big sale today (and used our 10% off our entire order coupon!). We bought 3 flannel fabrics to make Christmas napkins and 12 cotton fabrics to make Christmas gift bags. I'm not in a big rush to get those done. I plan on doing a few at a time.

Since I didn't feel all that great, but I really wanted to accomplish SOMETHING today, I decided to whip up some gift bags. I made 7 little ones and 1 big one. I used my orange t-shirt bag to store them in!

And finally, here's the pumpkin shirt. Eh, it's functional.

Monday, December 29, 2008

New Year's Goals

I've decided to set monthly goals in the new year! I hope that if I have specific goals, I'll meet them! :-) I don't have too many unfinished projects going, but I don't like having unfinished project. It bugs the heck out of me. I would put those on my list first, but I have to finish my maternity clothes first. So, my goals for January are: finish up maternity clothes, make cloth napkins and hankies, and finish Trey's scarf. Those are my January goals!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Last Christmas Scarf

Here's the last of the Christmas scarves!

I made an "overnight bag" for one of our friends for Christmas. This is the bag. I had leftover material from one of my maternity shirts, so I made the bag with it. I still have some material, so I am making more gift bags from it. I ran out of thread though, so I didn't get them done today.

I finished another maternity shirt - an easy one, but it's functional. I also mostly finished an orange shirt that I sort of look like a giant pumpkin in, but again - it's functional. Maybe now that I have the easy stuff done, I can actually do some of the cute stuff!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Maternity clothes - finally

Now that I have a little bit of energy and Christmas is over, I got to work on some maternity clothes. I have four outfits which is not going to last me for the next 20 weeks! I made two simple pieces today. I made a pair of white cotton pants and a white cotton top. Finally, I have a top that I can wear with the skirt I made earlier.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Now that Christmas is over...

I can post a few pictures that I couldn't put on my blog before!
Here is my sister-in-law's scarf.

Here's my other sister-in-law's scarf without the fringe - I added the fringe later, but I forgot to take another picture.

This is the only picture I took of my mom's scarf, and it was half done. I forgot to take another picture when I was finished!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The great juggling ball saga...

So, last week I spent most of a day making juggling balls for my brother-in-law. When I got done, I didn't like them. I tried making one a different way. They were too kid looking. Not being willing to give up, I gave it one more try, and I finally liked the result. I cannot tell you what a pain in the butt these juggling balls ended being! LOL. That's okay. My oldest son loved my first try, so I made him a Harry Potter bag, and put the first set under the tree for him. My youngest son loved the second try, so I am in the process of finishing up the third one for him. I also made him a Harry Potter bag, and they're going under the tree for him. My brother-in-law's went out in the mail today. Here they are:
First try:

Second try:

Final result:

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Christmas socks are finally done!

I finally found the second page of the pattern to the socks and finished Beth's socks for Christmas. Of course, I forgot to take a picture of them before I wrapped them up and put them under the tree! Oh well. I think Beth will really like them. The pink matches her scarf and hat.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Livi's Christmas scarf

Here's the scarf that I made for Olivia for Christmas. It's made from a chunky, variegated, Malabrigo yarn. It is so incredibly soft! I don't really need to include all these pictures of Louis modeling the scarf, but they're way too cute! This pattern is from a scarf book and it's called Blackberry Cobbler.