Sunday, December 30, 2007

Dolls and things

Willow is a girly girl, and as such she loves dolls. She insisted on making this doll for her little friend Lilly's birthday party earlier this month. She picked the pattern and all the fabrics, I sewed it and she turned the arms and legs and stuffed them. It was a big hit.

I made these for my girls for Christmas. As you can see, Violet had a fascination with her doll's mouth (left). I may have to replace later. I think they're beautiful dolls, but Violet is indifferent and Willow doesn't like her's. She thinks it should have black wavy hair like Charlotte from Little house in the big woods. Oh well.

My old chair cover wore out, so I made a new one. Here's the chair before. Thank goodness it had a cover. Yuck.

Here's with the new cover. Much better don't you think?

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Wow! What a week!

Okay, maybe week and a half. First was my birthday on the 15th. Happy birthday to me! It was the best birthday ever. And no, chickens are not my thing, but Violet picked them out and that was sweet. You really can't expect a two year old to get it perfect.

Then my baby brother Greydon came home from his mission on the 19th. We all went to the airport to meet him. Then back to the airport the next day to get my sister Tori! My little girls were getting tired of so much driving and waiting. Actually, Mom was too.

Then Christmas of course. Here's a picture on Christmas eve of the pajamas I made. Don't kids look sweet right after bath?

They look quite a bit more rumpled on Christmas day, but look at their faces! Those are the ponies from Grammy.

Violet didn't think much of her apron, but the duster was a big hit!

Then goodbyes last night my Mom could go back to the airport to return Tori at 6:00 this morning. At least I didn't have to do it. Whew! I'm exhausted!

I'll post pictures of the dresses and dolls I made for Christmas later, this post has enough pictures already.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Wow! Thanks SMS!

Sew Mama Sew featured my Meme! How cool is that? My whole day is made. I'll be grinning from ear to ear for the rest of the day. And just in time for my birthday tomorrow too! I'm wriggling in my chair with joy.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Shhh, don't tell Willow

I learned something today! Spray starch is wonderful! Let me explain.

I use bias binding all the time. I usually make my own and it's really no big deal, but I got the idea to spray the snot out of it (yes that is a technical term :P ) with starch when I iron it. What a difference! This is the smoothest, nicest binding I've ever done.

It's Willow's Christmas dress. It's the same fabrics as Violet's dress, so Willow thinks it's Violet's. So in case she does look over my shoulder she won't look too long. Hopefully, that's my thoughts anyway.

I lost one of my favorite patterns! So I had to make the pattern for this one. I drew it on butcher paper first, then cut it out of fabric, but of course it wasn't perfect on paper so I had to make some adjustments, which I then drew in on the paper version. I think it looks pretty good. I sure hope it fits. Maybe I should go into pattern making?

Sunday, December 9, 2007

The Ballet

I got to go to The Nutcracker yesterday!

It was fabulous. We got to dress up, go some place fancy, take lots for pictures and listen fabulous music. The actual ballet was kind of boring, but that's okay, because now I can say that I have been to the Ballet.

The Young Women have been working hard on personal progress this whole year, so we all went together. It was great. Teenagers are funner than I thought. Go figure.

Here's the YW president. Isn't she cute?

Friday, December 7, 2007

Star bunting

I got this great idea here. Very clever I must say. And her picture is a lot better than mine, I'm having my friends at LDFR help me though. I think I need to learn more about photography.

Here's mine.

She didn't post directions or anything so I think it's okay for me to sell it. I've got it up on my etsy shop now. Woo hoo! I've got 2 items there now! Life rocks. By the way, if you go look at it, tell me what you think. My listings don't look as good as the others, but I don't know quite what I'm doing wrong.

Snow-less man

Well, all the snow has melted. It's been almost 50 degrees here for half the week. Guess what activity we pulled out of the jar! Yep, build a snowman. Actually, the same thing happened last year, so I still had the body.
I took a scrap of batting and rolled it up like a sleeping bag. Then I tied a piece of yarn around the it at about 2" from the top and then again farther down to make a nice round head.
We used hot glue and whatever we could find to dress it up.

Here it is with Willow

Violet was giving it nose kisses.

Here's last year's. Willow looks so little! She was almost 4 then. I can't believe she'll be 5 soon.

5! How did that happen? I'm sure I'll freak out more on her birthday. Stay tuned...

Thursday, December 6, 2007

My Etsy Shop!

I did it! My Etsy shop is up!

My first item up for sale it this.

I got it for working at Greenwood Institute D'Art in Chewelah when I was a teenager. Boy that was a long time ago. I can almost smell the patchouli thinking about it.
I just loved the piece, but now it's just taking up space and it really isn't my style any more.

Anyway, wish me luck! I'm so excited!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Custom laundry bag ;)

I bought this laundry...thing... at Walmart. It came with this awful white mesh drawstring bag that kept falling off the metal frame. Really annoying. I like to fill my laundry bag more than half full before it spills all over the floor.

So, I made a new bag for it. Actually this is the second one. The first one was great, but after 2 years of use and abuse it wore out. The trick is to make it plenty long enough to fold over the top of the frame. Fold over the top of the fabric a good 8" so that when you do fold over the top of the frame, you don't see the inside of the fabric.

Voila! Beautiful! And it adds so much blue to the room!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

My little Meme

Sew Mama Sew is having a little activity for us craft bloggers. It is share our holiday projects and traditions and ideas. Here's mine:

  • Do you have a favorite gift that you love to give?
I love to make jams and jellies during the summer, mostly from things I've grown in my garden, to give to my neighbors, Clint's friends at work, visiting teaching sisters, etc.. I decorate the jars really cute and it's something that can be done by October and I don't have to think about it again until I'm ready to give it.

  • If you’re making gifts this year, what are you making?
Well there's this little apron for Violet. She's also getting a little duster and broom (both from the dollar store) to go with it.
I've also made jammies and dresses for both girls, but I'm afraid they'll look over my shoulder and see them if I post them now.

  • Name one thing on your personal wish list.
I would just about die for an embroidery machine.

  • Do you make and sell things that would make fantastic gifts?
I am in the process of getting any Etsy Shop right now. I need to take pictures and the weather has been cloudy, so the light hasn't been good for that. Keep watching my blog!


  • Have you started any new traditions with your family that you didn’t practice growing up?
We have a jar full of little scraps of paper, one for each day in December. Each paper has something to do for that day. All different things like, drive around and look at the Christmas lights, read part of the Christmas story, build a snowman etc..
  • What do you love most about the holiday season?
I just love the closeness you feel to family during the Christmas season.
  • What do you like least about the holiday season?
I wish it wasn't so cold. Cold makes me hurt. But on the other hand, if Christmas was during a warmer time of year, I'd have to go through the cold months with nothing to look forward to!
  • What is your favorite holiday food?
Apple pie
  • Do you have a great recipe to share?
We always make snowball cookies. They're really just Mexican wedding cakes, but my kids like to call them snowball cookies.