Monday, December 24, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

handmade gifts - pencil case and apron

Along with all the Christmas preparations that have been happening around here, I also have been making a few Christmas gifts.  Using Pretty by Hand's pattern, I made a niece this round pencil case.  (I won this in a giveaway on a blog awhile back and it was fun to finally make it!)  This is such a cute pouch!  I think I'll have to make a few more once the holiday season is over and life slows down a bit!

pencil pouch

pencil pouch

For another little girl, I made this apron.
Hopefully she'll enjoy wearing it as she keeps busy in her little play kitchen or as she
helps her Mom make some cupcakes!  :)

girl apron

I am loving the little ruffle at the bottom!

apron cupcake

What are some handmade gifts you made this year?

Monday, December 17, 2012

not gingerbread houses

For the past couple of years, I have bought a gingerbread house kit.
While it's fun to make with the girls, it doesn't taste the best and I find the candy rather boring.
This year I decided to try something different - Rice Krispie houses!

rice krispie house

I followed this recipe (basic rice krispie bars but brought to a boil to make it harder, which equals stronger walls).  I used this royal icing recipe and it worked great!

rice krispie house

The girls and I had fun decorating these houses!
We can't wait to do it again next year!

rice krispie house

rice krispie house

I hope you'll stop by later in the week to see what I've been sewing lately.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

giveaway winners

Thank you to everyone who entered the Sew, Mama, Sew! giveaway!
The winners are:

Blanket -  Peggy
Advent Calendar Pattern - Amy

Check your email ladies!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

tree skirt

A finished tree skirt!

The Hood tree skirt

Christmas tree skirt

I had fun using scraps of fabric to make this appliqued neighborhood skirt.
The girls now have fun deciding which house is theirs and where their friends live!

tree skirt

Christmas tree skirt

I'm so pleased that we now have a skirt for our tree after going a few years without!

Pattern from Fat Quarterly 2010 Holiday Special.

linking to I Heart Naptime

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sew Mama Sew giveaway day

It's giveaway day at Sew Mama Sew!  I am participating by holding two giveaways.

First is a baby blanket.  Fun patchwork on the front with a chenille backing that will get softer with each wash!

baby blanket

I am also giving away my newest sewing pattern - a Christmas advent calendar.  This is a PDF pattern and will be emailed to the winner.

Advent Calendar
Giveaway is open until 7:00 p.m. central time on December 7th and is open to international entries.
Winner will be drawn at random.
- Just leave a comment below letting me know which prize you would want.
- For a second entry, become a follower of this blog and let me know in a blog comment.  If you are already a follower, let me know that as well!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas advent calendar

I've been wanting to make some sort of advent calendar for my daughters for the past year but wanted one similar to what we had growing up.  It was a fabric calendar with a picture at the top of Santa and Mrs. Claus sitting by a cozy fire sipping warm drinks.  Below this picture were little pockets with the numbers 1 through 24.  Then there was a little Christmas mouse who moved from pocket to pocket, day by day, as we counted down til Christmas.

Having searched online for a pattern similar to this and not finding one that was just as I wanted, I decided to create my own.  A little house with a Christmas elf counting down the days as he pops from window to window.

Advent Calendar

This was a great way to use up some of my scrap fabric!

Christmas Advent Calendar

I also created a pattern in case anyone else is interested in making one.
Pattern available here.

linking to The Shabby Nest 
linking to Crazy Mom Quilts
linking to I Heart Nap Time 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

pattern testers needed

Thanks for your interest in testing my pattern!  I now have enough testers.
Hopefully the pattern will be in the shop next week!

I've been working hard to get an advent calendar pattern together and I think it's finally done!
Now I just need a couple pattern testers to try it out.  This includes making the calendar (in the next few days) and letting me know if you come across any typos or errors or have any problems while making it.

Christmas Advent Calendar

If you are interested, please leave a comment below. 
Include your email address in your comment so I can get back to you!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

quilt progress

I have had a fat quarter bundle of Denyse Schmidt's Flea Market Fancy sitting in my sewing room for a few months.  I finally took some time to cut into it and started a couple quilts.

quilt block

I love this colorful and fun!
My daughter even commented on my pretty wall when I was arranging blocks on my design wall!
(design wall = batting tacked on the wall) 
 This was my first time using one but it makes designing a quilt so much easier.

quilt blocks

Linking to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

potholders & ornaments

Just stopping in here to show a couple small projects.


First, some pot holders that I made to go with these aprons.



And also some felt mitten ornaments.
I've been working on some Christmas projects as it sneaks up so quickly every year!

stocking ornament

stocking ornament

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 19, 2012

finished table runner

So I started this table runner back in June and posted about the top here.
Well I can finally say it's complete!
Feels good to get a work-in-progress finished.
It now adds some patchwork goodness to my kitchen table!

patchwork table runner

table runner

table runner

table runner

I'm now working on an applique project.  Here are my fabric scraps ready to be cut up.

applique scraps

Thursday, October 11, 2012

craft sale sewing

Wow, it has been awhile!
I really haven't forgotten about this blog...I just hadn't been sewing up until recently.
So now I'm here to show you a few things I have been working on.

When I finally made it back down to my sewing room, I decided to get a few more things done for our church craft sale in November.  So I made some pacifier clips, crayon rolls and grocery bag holders.

pacifier clips

crayon rolls

bag holder

Now to see if I can get a few more things whipped up in time for the sale.
Wish me luck!  :)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

patchwork travel pillows

I wanted to make the girls some neck travel pillows before we went on our road trip to visit family in SK.  Using this pattern and some scrap fabric, I got these done just in time.

travel pillow

travel pillow

patchwork travel pillow

These pillows worked great and the girls were excited to use them!

linking to Quilt Story Fabric Tuesday

Monday, September 17, 2012

craft bag

My oldest turned 4 this summer.
Earlier in the year, I had seen the Crafty Chloe book illustrated by Heather Ross.
I bought it and stashed it away for her birthday.
Well, imagine my excitement when I heard about the Crafty Chloe fabric at Hancock Fabrics.
I ordered some up right away and made a little craft bag to go with her book.

Crafty Chloe book and bag

crafty chloe book and bag

Crafty Chloe bag

craft bag made using this great tutorial

There are some fat quarter bundles of this Crafty Chloe fabric available in the shop.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

PDF pattern storage

Wow, that was quite the blog break!
We enjoyed some time in SK visiting family and now we are back home
trying to get back into the swing of things...which seems to be taking longer than it should. :)
Anyway, here's a blog post that I had prepared to post before we left but never got around to posting it.

I have quite a few PDF patterns and also some tutorials found online that I have printed.
I always save a copy of the PDF pattern on my computer but I also print them because I like to have a paper copy in front of me while making it.
I organized my patterns this summer and thought I'd share with you what I did.

I put patterns with many pages in report covers.
If the pattern has small pattern pieces, I put these at the back in a plastic sleeve.

PDF pattern storage

I then put these patterns in a couple magazine files I found at Goodwill.
I also sorted the patterns by color:  dark blue - clothing, green - toys, red - shoes...

PDF pattern storage

The patterns that don't have many pages or short tutorials that I found online and printed were put in plastic sleeves in a binder.

PDF pattern storage

PDF pattern storage

And here are the patterns tucked in the closet by the scraps!
It feels good to have these organized.

PDF pattern storage

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

scrap fabric organization

I have done some scrap organization this summer.
With the girls busy playing outside, I go enjoy the sunshine too 
but bring along one of my scrap bins and get to work.
I have hopes to make a quilt using 2.5-inch squares so I cut some of the smaller scraps into squares.
I saved strips that were too skinny to cut into 2.5-inch squares because I hate throwing out pretty fabric!
I also have a section in my scrap bin for the bigger scraps.
My green scrap bin will demonstrate for you:

scrap fabric

Hopefully this organization and the pre-cut squares will help me be ambitious 
and get a scrap quilt done this winter!


Tuesday, August 7, 2012


My girls love to make forts (or get my husband or I to make it for them).
Then we have chairs tipped over, cushions off the couch, blankets over everything.
When I saw this on Pinterest, I thought it was such a great idea.
I showed my husband the picture and he went straight to work building one for the girls.
Once he was finished, it was my turn to get sewing.
It is mostly made from thrifted sheets...the exception being the roof fabric.
The appliques and curtains were all made from fabric I had on hand.




playhouse mailbox

linking to I Heart Naptime