Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Beth's pink shirt

Well, I had a few issues with this shirt, but luckily they won't be too noticable. This picture doesn't do the shirt justice. It has several pleats, a tie in the back as well as pleats, pleats on the sleeves, and elastic around the wrists. I think this is going to look adorable on her. I hope she likes it!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Louie's blue cords

This pattern was a big pain in the butt. They kind of look like Urkel pants! I made the size three. I know Louie is small, but these pants were about six inches too long. I made HUGE hems, so hopefully they'll fit. I think he'll like them, and if all else fails - they can always go in the play clothes pile. I love the material though.

Brown hoodie and skirt

I love the way the little daisy stands out on this hoodie. This is a stretch knit that wasn't too bad to work with. I should have hand sewn the hems though. Oh well. I think it'll look okay after it gets washed. I love the way the stitching around the hood turned out though!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Livi's pink blouse

One more Christmas present done! This shirt was a big pain in the butt! The pattern was pretty easy, but this fabric was awful! It is certainly not the best sewing job I've ever done, but I think it turned out cute, and I think Livi will like it. I like the white and silver ribbon on the blouse. I got that ribbon in a swap, and I finally have a project I can use it on.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The flames shirt and the frog shirt

Louie's shirts are done! I think they turned out cute, and I hope he's going to like them. The Christmas gifts are getting done! Woo hoo!


I made these wipes for my friend as a gift. They're really soft. I still have some lobster flannel to make some more, but that will have to wait for a bit.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Strawberry Shortcake pajamas

I really like how these pajamas turned out. I've had this material for a while now. I saw it on a clearance table once and knew Livi would love it. There wasn't very much there, and I have had trouble finding a pattern that would work with the material. I finally found one! I made these pajamas for Livi for Christmas. They were pretty easy although a little time consuming in places. I think she's really going to like them.

Here is the shirt I've been working on for Louis. It's finished except for the buttons and buttonholes. I've got to figure out how to work the buttonhole maker on my machine! I couldn't resist taking a picture and posting though because I love the material. This shirt is also a Christmas present.

Ray's pajama bottoms

I made these pajama bottoms for Ray for Christmas. The material is a really soft flannel. I know the color is a little boring, but I think Ray will like them. I will probably make some kind of shirt to go with it. I think I'd like to make the shirt in a coordinating color with the leftover blue in the collar or sleeves. I'm not sure yet.

Monday, August 10, 2009


A few days ago, I spent the day teaching my oldest daughter Beth Ann and my dear friend's oldest daughter Emily to sew. Unfortunately, Emily made a small error with her fabric which made it so that she couldn't use that fabric for her pattern. Luckily, I had another cut of flannel fabric with ladybugs on it, so all was not lost! I played around with the original fabric and was able to salvage it and make a pair of pajamas for Beth Ann. She's thrilled with them, so everything turned out good in the end! Isn't she cute?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

More kid's crafts

I'm really trying to teach my children the joy of gift giving. Too many people have this real dread about gift giving, and I love it! I don't want my kids to grow up and think it's a chore. I want them see it as a way to celebrate the people they are giving gifts to. The kids are going to a birthday part tomorrow for two brothers who they have known all their lives. Ray came up with these gifts - well, I helped, but he chose the shirts and the material for the appliques. He also helped with the designs, etc. I hope the boys like them. Then, we went upstairs to pick out gift bags for the presents, and I realized that the only "boyish" bags we have are Harry Potter bags. Ray didn't want to use those, so I let him dig through my material stash and pick out some material for the gift bags for the boys. I love the material he chose. Here are the shirts:

And here are gifts wrapped in the gift bags I made out of the material that he chose:

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Kids' Crafts

The girls recently made necklaces for a couple of their friends who were having birthdays (with Mom's help, of course!). We went to a locally owned bead store to get the supplies. They picked out all the things the wanted on the necklaces, and here are the results!

Olivia's necklace was a little simpler (she's only 5!). She picked out a pretty butterfly charm, and then pink, blue, and clear crystal seed beads to go around it. I think it turned out really pretty! She was happy with the results.

Beth Ann's necklace was a charm necklace. She picked out 7 different charms that all had different meanings. The horse represented the girl's spirit, the heart in the envelope was because she was sweet, the guitar was because she rocked, etc. I can't remember what they all stood for, but she wrote it all down in a card for her.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Baby Sling

I finished up a baby sling yesterday, and I love it! I got this fabric at Denver Fabric a couple of months ago. I love it. My husband modeled it for me because it looked better with his t-shirt than with my very loud maternity shirt that I was wearing! LOL. Louis approved. He actually begged me to take him for a walk in it. :-)

Here is an up close picture of the fabric.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

More cloth wipes

With all the chaos of Trey being laid off and me doing temp work, crafty things have pretty much been put on hold. Finally though, with Trey having a job, and me trying to get things back to normal, I have pulled out the crafts again! Yesterday, I whipped up some flannel wipes for Baby T out of the left over flannel from pajama making. It's not much, but it's a start!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Day cards

A couple of weeks ago, when I was sick and stuck in bed, I entered a bunch of blog giveaways. I won one! It was a card kit. I put it together tonight for the kidlets for Valentine's Day tomorrow. I think they turned out pretty cute. How perfect is this? It came with a little chocolate kit with FOUR chocolates in it! Perfect. The company the stuff came from is called The Angel Company. I'd never heard of it before, but I like their stuff.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Birthday Pajamas

My friend's twin daughters are having a birthday next weekend. I sewed them some flannel pj bottoms. I bought two cotton t-shirts and sewed shapes from the leftover flannel. I think they look kind of cute!

Here they are all wrapped up in cloth gift bags.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Cloth wipes

I used the extra flannel from Trey's shorts to make 18 baby wipes. They are so soft! I also made a few more bags. A couple of days ago, I whipped up some bags out of the leftover material from Beth's shirt. We have bags coming out our ears! LOL.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Pajama shorts

This was a super easy project, a pair of pajama shorts for Trey.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Beth's shirt and hankies

I sewed up 7 hankies. I don't have a serger, so I used the zig zag on my sewing machine. It's not the prettiest stitch because my feed dog is starting to get a bit wonky, but it worked okay. They are really soft and nice and thick. Obviously, I need to make more because 7 isn't going to cut it! I used scrap flannel from Denver Fabric that I got off their "by the pound" table. I think I'm going to use the same type of material for both our napkins and the baby wipes that I'm going to make. They are so soft. Here's a picture.

I also made a shirt for Beth Ann today. The pattern is Simplicity 2944. It wasn't too difficult, but the sleeves were very tedious and took quite a bit of time to finish up. It looks absolutely adorable on her, and it actually fit without me having to fiddle with it. She is so long and lean that sometimes it's hard to fit her properly - most things are pretty loose fitting. This pattern fits her like a glove though, so that's nice.

Friday, January 16, 2009

First of the Christmas bags

I screwed up cutting out the pattern of my maternity shirt - which I normally never do. Oh well. I have decided that I can make do with the maternity clothes that I have for the next four months. I have enough to get me through. So, I am done with maternity clothes! Today I worked on bags. I have quite a few that are ready to have the top seam sewn and the ties put in. I need white thread though, and I have a spool - somewhere! I started on my Christmas bags. I got four small and two medium ones done. I think they're kind of cute. I was a little bummed about giving up wrapping paper I have to admit, but after seeing the bags made, I'm feeling good about them. I think they're going to look really cute under the Christmas tree this year. Here's the first batch.

Here's a picture of three other gift bags that I finished up.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Finally - THE SCARF!

Okay, here is the finished scarf - finally. It's the first knitted object I have finished. It is super thick and warm. It's also Cowboy's colors!

I also finished up a few more t-shirt bags. Now, if I can just remember to bring them shopping....

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ripple Baby Blanket

I have finished up Trey's scarf, but I had to wash and block it, so I can't get a good picture of it yet! That will have to wait until tomorrow. I had a bunch of scrap yarn that I wanted to use up or get rid of, so I decided to whip up a ripple pattern baby blanket to give to The Gathering Place. I think it turned out kind of cute.