Monday, April 30, 2007

Surprise Give-away Reminder

Don't forget to comment on this post for a chance to win a drawing for a super surprise in honor of my first etsy sale! I'll pick a winner sometime tonight...

futuregirl's Octopus


Here is the octopus I made from futuregirl's pattern. It is named T-ron-pus after its new owner, my friend Taryn (nicknamed T-ron). I embroidered a big "T" on the bottom as well. Check out all the other octopus concoctions at the octopus flickr group.
This week is going to be a little crazy for me, because I still have quite a lot to do for the Spring Fling for Handmade Parade this Saturday! I hear there may be a crowd, and I'm second guessing the quantity of items I'll be bringing... we'll see.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Father-Daughter Dance

Ali and Mike went to a Girl Scout's Father-Daughter Dance tonight, and they had tons of fun. It was a Red Carpet event where the girls could dress up like their favorite famous person. Ali's all about rock stars in general, so that's what she decided to dress as. And Mike was her bodyguard.


Ali partied like a rock star...

And even the bodyguard let loose...

My First Sale!


I just checked my email to give my hands a break from making a bunch of legs, and I've made my first etsy sale! Someone bought two of my she-ra bands. THANK YOU! I'm so excited, I'm going to send a special surprise to someone in celebration. Leave a comment, and I'll pick a winner on Monday. What will it be? Comment and find out...

You can check out the other band that was sold at Handmade Parade.

And I just added my pics of Laura's first aid kit to the flickr group. Go check out all the great first aid kits!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Shopping!

I've been perusing the internet too much, which always leads to trouble. Usually I end up buying things that I absolutely NEED (aka, impulse purchases that make my checkbook cringe), but I've bought a couple things I'm really excited about (while still keeping the peace with my checkbook). First is A Small Object's new t-shirt which I found out about from a post on Angry Chicken. The t-shirt is a lovely blue with her adorable Woodland Pals across the front, and it's only $18. Today is the last day of the sale, so go get your tee!

I also bought Futuregirl's Octopus Stuffie pattern for a mere $5. I've had this great octopus dancing around my brain since I saw this post about the Octophrost. Sarah at A Small Fox in a Big World reminded me of how much I love this octopus with her Pandapus. Thanks Bitter Betty for the heads up! I can't wait to make my own, which I can tonight if I want, because the pattern came to my email just now in PDF!

And have you seen that Amy Butler fabrics are on sale at Reprodepot ? Oh dear... And don't forget to check out Sulu-Design's new creations! I can hear my checkbook sighing in defeat right now...

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Raffle is a four letter word


I finished the binding on the quilt, Mike and I (mostly Mike) put together some really great looking tickets and fliers, I took it to work and everyone loved it. We started selling tickets and then.... wait a minute! Raffles are illegal for non-registered charitable groups in the state of California! Yay! All that work for nothing. And we had to collect all the tickets and fliers back from everyone. I was devastated. Who knew that raffles were so bad? Not me. That is a major first-time charitable quilt organizer faux-pas.

Luckily we were able to change the process around, after a LOT of work. We are now working directly with the Susan G. Komen foundation, and we're going to be able to have a drawing for the quilt on behalf of the foundation. I'm glad to have it all sorted, but wow, what a stressful day!
But what cheered me up was a visit from my favorite little bird on the window ledge by my desk...

It just sang its little heart out, and lightened mine a bit.

Fabric Swap


I've joined Flibbertygibbet's Swap Round 3. You put together two sets of 3 coordinating fabrics for two swap partners, and you get two sets of coordinating fabrics in return! I can't wait! I'm glad I came across this, and looking at the previous swap rounds, it looks like a lot of fun. You have until May 12th to join, so head over to Flibbertygibbit and join in the fun!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Canned Air Cozy

I finally got some canned air to clean out my severely dusty sewing machine and serger. I discovered that while you're using it (and I used it a lot, I had LOTS of dust), it gets almost too cold to handle. So, what solves that problem? A nice quilted cozy!





Now, I must admit that I didn't actually quilt the fabric, I somehow had a scrap of pre-quilted fabric that I acquired from somewhere. Despite the cheating, I think it looks alright, and it definitely keeps my hands from freezing.

First Aid Swap

My swap partner got the first aid kit I made her, so now I can post the pictures I took of it. Make sure you check out her site, she took some great ones as well.



The big white circle is a white chocolate aspirin, and it's covering up this sewing kit...




I tried to fashion the pockets after the pockets in old suitcases. There's also a tissue holder which is tied into place. I'm pretty happy with it, and I'm glad Laura likes it.

Thanks Missy for organizing this super fun swap!

Free motion quilting


No that's not me, and no, that's not my Bernina. My aunt was gracious enough to do the quilting on the group quilt, while filling my brain with pointers and inspiration. She is really talented at free motion quilting. She sewed a leaf/curly-cue meander on the main part of the quilt (with a flower on each of the squares that the breast cancer survivor made), and a feather design border. She did all of it free-form without markings or patterns, except for the feather where she merely marked the spine. I was (and still am) highly impressed.


Check out one of her recent projects...


Wow, right? I just love the turquoise and the orange together. Along with all the quilting wisdom I soaked up just talking to her and watching her in action, she also sent me home with a couple quilting books to peruse. This one has already helped me prep the binding.

The book will also be my friend through my attempt at mitering corners... hopefully it'll turn out ok!

And look what I came home to... kids fabric scrap creations!

Devin's...

And Ali's...
I'm a very lucky girl.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Ready for quilting

I have the borders on, the batting, backing and binding (purple and pink swirls) ready (4 B's... check!), and am heading to my aunt's tomorrow morning for some proper training. I am SO happy to be getting this done! It really hasn't taken much active time, but it's been taking up a lot of space in my brain, itching away, reminding me of all the things I need to have done in May. But now, I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

So I got my second pair of Sulu-Design earrings (I LOVE Sulu-Design - her jewelry is gorgeous and she's so nice!) and these great pendants from Miss Fickle Media a while ago, but have been feeling so overwhelmed with my projects that I haven't gotten a chance to post the picture of them.

I also got quite a bit accomplished for the Handmade Parade, but you'll see that later. Either at the fair or on my etsy shop after May 5.

And on a non-crafty note, Mike got Ali and Devin recorders, and they were showing off their skills tonight.

Devin was all nonchalant, like a pro. Plus the tv was on, so he was multi-tasking.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Lucky me!

Thank you Laura! Check out my first aid kit from the swap...


My Mom's Jewelry

My mom has been beading for many years now. My sister and I both have fairly hefty jewelry collections that follow our mom's creative evolution throughout those years. My mom is taking a class where she's been learning many different techniques, and has very successfully branched out from her usual single strand jewelry.



Unfortunately I wasn't able to come home with one of these gorgeous bracelets, but hopefully soon...

Quilting and Wine


My mom, sister and I had a wonderful Girls' Weekend in Murphys. I don't think we stopped laughing until we were driving home in our respective directions. We had lots and lots of very tasty wine and hit a bunch of cute shops. I got several vintage handkerchiefs and buttons and made my first yarn shop purchase (usually I buy from Joann's or Hancocks).


I tried to take it easy on my first time and only got a couple things, but wow, that will definitely become addicting. So much nice soft, non-acrylic yarn!

And to make up for doing no crafting/sewing at all this weekend with MANY pending deadlines looming, I've taken today and tomorrow off work. Today I completed putting together the group quilt from work.



That is a major load off of my mind! Hopefully I'll be taking it to my aunt's house this weekend for the next steps of layering and quilting, which I've never learned how to properly do.

Tomorrow... more pencil bags and maybe some tissue holders!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Colour Week - Red

The last one of Colour Week, and here's my sewing desk, with a bit of a hint of my First Aid Kit for my swap partner...


Thank you handmaid, this has been so much fun!
After work I'll be off on our second annual Potter Girls' Weekend with my mom and sister to Murphys for wine tasting and hiking (not at the same time - the hiking is the healthy activity that will make up for all the wine we most certainly will consume). Hopefully I can make up for last time. Have a great weekend everyone!

Headbands on Etsy

I've put some obi headbands on my etsy shop. They are some of the more muted headbands. After the Handmade Parade, I'll be putting the rest of them up.

Go check them out!


Colour Week - Yellow

My constant companions of late...


And an origami boat made by Ali.

Next Round

Of headbands... Check!



I'll post a couple on my Etsy shop once I can take some pictures with daylight. The downfalls of getting most of your crafty work done after dark.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Naughty Magnets

I got my Handmade Parade postcards in the mail! And the tins for my saucy marble magnets.



Now I'm off to work on finishing more headbands! And I might even put a couple up on my Etsy shop.

Colour Week - Pink


I'm a bit late, but here is my pink for the Week of Colour.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Pain doesn't matter...

...when you have fabric!

I fell in the parking lot after work and skinned up my knee, but who cares, because look at what I got in the mail when I got home...


I'm so a-flutter about these fabrics, that I almost forgot that I have some first aid kit paraphernalia shopping to do tonight! More quality time with the fabric later... I'm sure those of you going to the Homemade Parade will see some of these in some form or another.

Colour Week - Green

New flowers for Spring...


For Handmaid's Colour Week - Green Tuesday.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Colour Week - Turquoise

The first swim of the year...



For Handmaid's Colour Week.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Back to business

So after the Polly Pocket clothes, and then a hammock made out of old jeans for Chip, the stuffed chicken, I got around do doing some pencil bags.






And Ali and I discovered that the obi headbands also work as belts for little girls.

Busy busy...

I've been crafting my little heart out lately! Necessity requires it, because I have my first swap due next Friday, and my first craft fair in 4 weeks. But in spite of my little stress attacks, I'm having a great time with it all. Here's some ready-to-be-sewn pencil rolls...




Some revamped Starbucks coffee sleeves...

And some freezer paper stencils (which I got from this site) that I'm thinking of using as patches for some drawstring bags.

Don't you love the palm tree print on my ironing board? I desperately need to follow wiksten-made's lead and recover my board with something that I like.

I can't show you any pictures of the swap stuff yet, because I want my swap partner to be surprised! But I'm pretty excited about how it's coming together so far...

I also want to share some pictures of some (more) things I received in the mail from Etsy sellers.

A super cute octopus pendant from imogen...

A pair of earrings from South Street Designs that I adore...


And this pendant from Madison Craft Studio that I actually got a while ago, but forgot to post a picture. (It doesn't come with the chain.)