Saturday, January 24, 2015

{3/52} Pillows for Wendy

My good friend Wendy recently moved into a new (old) house with her family, and has been decorating each room to fit their adorable eclectic style. She found a vintage bark cloth curtain at a local shop and asked me if I would use it to make pillows for her couch and loveseat.

We both loved the "paint-by-numbers" look of the fabric, and I decided to sew red piping into the edges to make the bright colors pop. There was only enough fabric for the front of the pillows, so I used a new soft green upholstry fabric for the back.

I had never sewed a bolster pillow before, so I looked for a tutorial and ended up using this one from (link isn't working now but will hopefully be fixed soon).

I think they turned out great, and look especially nice with the new paint color on the walls!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

{2/52} Sleeping Mats

Earlier this week, I needed to stop at JoAnns to pick up a few things. As we pulled in, Kenley said, "I wish this store would have Elsa fabric..." and I said, "Guess what, I'm SURE they have Elsa fabric!". Sure enough, there's a whole Frozen section set up. So we picked up a yard of fleece and she asked me to make a sleeping bag for her stuffed dog, Luna (who received her own Elsa dress and pjs for Christmas - ha!).

After I made the sleeping bag for the stuffed dog, I realized that I could buy Frozen fabric to make a sleeping mat for Kenley, too. I've been meaning to make one for her rest time at preschool, and who can go wrong with Snow Queen fabric and cozy fleece?

I planned to spend a couple hours on Saturday whipping it up - but then I added homemade piping... decided to patchwork the fleece blanket... added a few decorative stitches and binding on the blanket... and one whole Saturday later, the sleeping mat was complete!

Don't ask me the details of how I made it - I pretty much winged it as I went along. But if you're looking to make one, I have sewn one based on this tutorial by Prudent Baby before, and recommend it. The Snow Queen fabric from JoAnns is heavier weight and also wider than the usual cottons (also much more expensive, thank goodness for sales!) but I think that worked out perfectly for a durable napping mat.

happy customer testing out her sleeping mat (with bluish mouth - still trying to kick the popsicle habit post-tonsillectomy)

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

{1/52} Lachlan's new scarf

Here's my first creation of the new year! Lachlan requested a scarf a few weeks ago. He wanted it to be "half green and half blue" to match his new winter coat. Well, I know it won't be long before clothing items made by mom aren't in fashion anymore, so I jumped at the chance to make him a scarf. I found soft cotton yarn at Home Ec Workshop and finished it on his first day back to school. That proud smile when I asked him to model his new scarf for a photo makes me so very happy!

 Here is the pattern I used. I actually used the adult width for Lachlan, just eyeballed the final length on him (it ended up being 36"), and left off the fringe.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Waving hello!

Only a year since my last blog post? ;) Well, I'm resurrecting the blog for a 2015 project that goes back to the reason I started my blog  - documenting and sharing my creations. The collage above features some of the items I made in 2014 - most of which were given away. I miss having a place to keep the details for each project, and maybe a few of you miss hearing about them? Regardless, this year, I'll be sharing {52 things I made} (inspired by a blog I follow called Green Valley Crafts). Each week, I'll pop in to share a photo and details of something I created. It might be a long-term project, like a quilt, or a quick birthday card made for a friend. I'm looking forward to the process, and the motivation to make time for creativity even in the busy weeks. Thanks for following along!

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Project Life 2013 - DONE.

Pretty excited that I have completed all the pages for my weekly digital Project Life album. We had two extra days of vacation thanks to the frigid temps this week, so I spent lots of time snuggled up on the couch with my laptop.

I'll be printing the last half of 2013 in a 12x12" book from Blurb, to go with my first half of 2013, and my two 2012 albums. Now to continue on in the new year!

If you'd like to see all my pages from this year, you can check out my Flickr set.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Project Life 2014!

I'm excited to embark on another year of documenting our family's adventures and everyday life with my digital Project Life pages. Here is my title page for 2014, using the "Start Here" kit by Splendid Fiins (20% off this weekend). I still have about 6 weeks of 2013 to finish up - I got distracted by working on a paper pocket scrapping project for December Daily. Hopefully I'll be able to share both of those here soon. Happy New Year!

Friday, December 06, 2013

Craft and Fancy 2013

I'm excited to be part of the 6th annual Craft and Fancy sale at Home Ec Workshop. It is tomorrow from 10 am - 5 pm, featuring lots of lovely handmade gifts. I'm packing up fairy garden kits, tooth fairy pillows, and play tea bag sets for my table. If you're local to Iowa City, I hope you will come say hello!