Thursday, December 18, 2008

busy!

I want to write--really, I do! I have pictures to post--and pictures to take in order to post. But, what I do not have is TIME to do these things. Or to do much of anything! :) My etsy store has done very well since I opened it up after Thanksgiving. (YAH!) And I am a busy bee, packaging and sending orders and sewing up all the Christmas presents. (I want to show you--but am scared the recipients of said presents will see and their Christmas will be forever ruined. :) A little dramatic, perhaps?)

So, all you get from me today is this little blurb above, as I watch the kids (out of the corner of my eye) playing with tape and bandaids our neighbor gave them for Christmas. :) She also gave them those little capsules you drop in water and watch shapes come out of, chapstick in yummy flavors, and various other things that have proved to be extremely entertaining! She SO knows kids!

That's all I have time for!
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PS--there's still time to get an order from me! I'm shipping via priority mail through tomorrow morning!!!! Should get there in time for Christmas--look at those crayons and ornaments in my shop--don't you know someone who just HAS to have them? Or a Playmat???

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

5am Wakeups

Soooo, in order to STOP STRESSING over all the Christmas sewing I need to do--I am waking up at 5am to ensure that I have enough time to do it all. Today--it was 4am--though not by plan--just because. In the past two days, I've sewn 8 cocktail napkins and the first sewing of 10 dish towels and 8 tea towels. Not too bad! I have to pin and cut out another 15ish tea towels and 2 dish towels (for me--don't tell!). :)

I got a HUGE box in the mail from my sis yesterday--with over 7 yards of white chenille. So today, while on my grocery shopping run, I'm probably going to end up at the laundry mat--to wash and dry all those yards into soft, cozy perfection! Hubby has banned me from using our own washer and dryer again for this fabric--since I broke the dryer for two weeks the last time I dried chenille--and since his clothes had little fuzzies all over them, too. :P

I talked with hubby about the two craft fairs I was debating between. And he made the decision easy--he's in classes for work around the time of Piney Woods, and would not be able to help me at all the week prior to the show. Everything gets so hectic that week, and he takes the kids away or outside, so I can finish my sewing. And he does the dishes and picks up, since all my time, thoughts, and efforts are into sewing and prepping for the show. I need that help, and so the Piney Woods fest will have to wait till another year. Nice thing is, I now have till April to get things done! YAH! And I get to try out another craft fair.

I'm pooped for the day, and it is barely 9am! This is the craziness that happens when one wakes up at 4am and runs around like a chicken with her head cut off! I'm ready for a nap, and the kids are still going strong! :)

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas Napkins and Ornaments

I've been busy ironing and ironing. Took me 2.5 hours to iron last night--just so I can cut the fabrics and sew with them. :P It was quiet in the house, though, and I was able to think a little, be still a little, and grump a little cause I was tired of ironing! But I finished all the gorgeous cocktail napkins and tied a bow tied around the middle of them--sooooo cute! Want to keep them ALL for myself! (And yes, they have strings on them still in the pic above, as I PLANNED on writing this post 3 days ago, while they were still in progress.)

Here are a few of the ornaments I made last month for the Holidays in the South Bazaar:
Fish Ornaments: Baby safe, chewable, soft, and perfect for those first several Christmases when the kids want to play with all the Christmas Tree Ornaments! :) (My kids are finally old enough to stop taking ornaments off the tree--well, mostly!) I also have Poppy Ornaments, but haven't photographed them yet. I tried, but the wind blew them away!

Next on my list: cutting out and sewing tea towels and dish towels, then I have two youth blankets to make: one fairies and one Star Wars--both with white chenille backs--so cozy! Oh, and so much more--but if I get into all that, I'll stress myself out!

I've been searching through old magazines and books--finding ideas of more things I could make for MonsterBug Blankets. I have a stash of Decorating magazines from when I was pregnant with Bug and Monster--all of baby nurseries and children's rooms. Man, there are TONS of ideas in those books! And not just decorating (duh!), but things I can make! When I last looked through them, having my own business was not even an idea in my head--so now I'm looking at them with fresh eyes. It's a whole lot of fun!

My brain keeps thinking and thinking, trying to figure out what I should work on/focus on for the coming year. It's fun having so many ideas, but I have to look at cost and time, too. And what materials I already have on hand. I want somewhat of a focus for the coming year. I have a few things in mind: I need to play with and figure out my embroidery machine! And I have many, many baby onesies that are just waiting to be sewn. :) (Been practicing with my kiddos' clothing lately!) Those are two "necessities", but the rest seems unlimited--I could branch out in any direction! I do plan on sewing up several ACU baby blankets. I'll be near a Joann Fabrics store the end of this month, and the plan is to super-stock up on chenille while there--especially white, of course, but also pink and blue--to back the ACU Blankets! How cute will that be!

I'm also debating about my next craft fair. Should I sell at the Piney Woods Arts Festival again in March, or wait till April to try the Troy Fest? I've never been to the Troy Fest, so I'm really curious--what are the customers like? Will MonsterBug Blankets be a good fit there? So many unknowns. But I like that it is a little later in the spring--so I have more time to work on new items. And I won't have to be crazy right away after Christmas, gearing up for Piney Woods. :) I would like a little bit of a break in there. Not too long, but enough!

So, that's how my mind is running lately. Ideas, plans, questions, trying to figure out the next year! :)

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

What Have We Been Up To?

What have we been up to? Absolutely NOTHING! And loving it! The MonsterBug Blankets family has enjoyed time together, stillness, lots of laughter, a little of our own craziness, and just being together. No big shopping, no super-sales, no running around having to have the latest and greatest. Movies, some popcorn, a good ballgame or two, spending Thanksgiving with family, and decorating our Christmas tree. It's been lovely to just chill out and not have anything pressing us to do or go! This is how I enjoy my holidays! :)

The sewing will commence soon--it HAS to! :)

Oh, and I opened up my etsy shop for the time being. Check out some of my goodies there!

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Purple Giraffe

Wow, last week felt GREAT! Once I settled down and relaxed, that is. And I FINALLY got my workroom back together--it looked amazing--well, till I had to hem a pair of pants and make Bug's birthday shirt--now it has strings all over the place, scraps of fabric, various scissors sitting here and there--but I did put the ironing board away!

So here is the shirt I made for Bug:
I originally was going to make her a purple ladybug, but she's been going on and on about how she's a giraffe (due to her lovey, Mr. Giraffe), so I drew up a few giraffe plans. I just remembered this afternoon that I had these corduroy fabrics in two shades of purple--it could NOT get much more perfect! I have hoodies for the kids for Christmas, so she MAY get another giraffe--or a poppy--we'll see! All I know is that I won't be able to pop on to check my blog while she's around this week now that I've posted her present! :) (Oh, and sorry for the poor pictures, it was dark out once I finished this.)
Since the only other thing I've sewn is a pair of pants, and I don't plan on showing them off, this is it for now!
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What to do with myself?

I keep feeling like I have something pressing I HAVE TO DO. I keep running through my mind, wondering what I'm supposed to work on next. I can't seem to stop thinking like this. Even though I haven't begun any more projects, even though my workroom is in a shambles, not put together yet, sewing table STILL in hubby's truck--I'm sitting and trying to rest--yet the brain keeps trying to figure something I can work on! Six weeks of non-stop going, doing, sewing, projects--guess I've developed a habit! :) Good thing--cause the Christmas presents aren't gonna make themselves--and the Christmas budget has been spent on fabrics (so no getting out of sewing by popping into a store and buying things!). :)

It's hard to relax right now--even though my body is thoroughly exhausted. My emotions are spent, too, as yesterday we had to put our dear Rottweiler to sleep. Cancer was consuming her. So relaxing means quiet which means thinking of how much I miss my dog which means tears and more exhaustion....and....and....and..... Yet, if I don't rest some, I will be sick (and I feel my body fighting something off even now).

So--what's next to do? (Maybe if I write it down, it'll stop running in my brain???) Bug's birthday present. I want to make her a hoodie with a purple ladybug applique. Though she's into giraffes (thanks to her Mr Giraffe lovey and her giraffe print minky blanket). Maybe a purple giraffe, instead? I'd have to figure that one out. By next week.

And Christmas presents. I have fabric for dish towels for some lucky recipients! Hubby will make salsa to give out, too. Both kids will get new blankets--IF the fabrics come in on time. I have a Cave Diving Blanket to make for a friend of hubby's. And I want to make a felt board for Bug--maybe Monster, too. That's all I can think of right now. My brain has been soooo focused on the craft show, that I haven't made time to think of more presents this year. Guess I need to get busy thinking! I also have baby blankets to make for my brother's baby on the way! :) Still don't know if it is a boy or a girl, so I'll have to wait to find out. I have SO MANY ideas for their new little one! :)

Side story--Bug and I were talking about the new baby my Bro's wife is having. We were wondering if it would be a boy or girl. Somehow my almost 4 yr old took that conversation and decided that Mommy was having a baby. She made sure to announce this to her dance teacher yesterday. :) And last night, she was arguing with her Daddy about it--and started crying when she was told that no, I don't have a baby coming--that her AUNT is the one with a baby. Please, tell me HOW one conversation got SO turned around!?!!!

So that's where we are now--tired, but hoping to enjoy the week ahead. Oh, and about to begin homeschooling again. Wow, we had about 3 weeks off there--life, busyness, helping others, mommy busy sewing. It'll be good to spend my time teaching the kids again! :)

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Holidays in the South Bazaar

Holidays in the South Bazaar, Ft Rucker, AL

Some Cozy Blankets and a whole bunch of bibs! See the helicopter bibs on the top row? Ft Rucker is home to Army Aviation--ie. the helicopter training mecca!

Some burp cloths (on Bug's red stool--she was so worried I'd sell it!),
Patriotic Bibs, and my new child-friendly ornaments to the left, on the tree!
Runway Playmats, Merryville Playmats, Tag Blankets, and Diaper Holders.
Our Pretend Station: Very Verdant's gorgeous potholders and a pencil holder on top,
my baby doll blankets on the next row next to her cocktail napkins,
Chunky Christmas Tree Crayons and Doll burp cloths,
And fish and flower play blankets (similar to tag blankets)
Wow, it's all over. Whew! I had fun at Ft Rucker's Holidays in the South Bazaar. Very Verdant and I sold together and it went well! Thankfully, we were able to set up on Friday--cause my brain was fried and I needed a ton of time to figure things out. It took me two hours to set up a few pieces of furniture and put my bibs up--I redid them about 8 million times! Very Verdant and her daughter set up the whole pretend station (on my baker's rack) while I was in zombie-land trying to figure out the bibs! Then Saturday morning, I got there early and added all the things I was able to think of overnight!
Both of us were tired and frazzled first thing Saturday morning--we've had alot on our plates at home besides getting ready for the bazaar. We even forgot to charge tax on the first several purchases! :P But soon we started to get into a rhythm, and all worked well. We figured out we needed more than one hiding place for us to stand, as we kept doing a strange little dance each time a customer came into our booth! :)
The hits at this bazaar? The Helicopter Bibs, Christmas Tree Crayons, and Playmats. The airplane Cozy Blankets received alot of attention, but no buyers. The pair of ice skates I picked up in Germany had several inquiries--Nope, not for sale! The sale for bibs and burp cloths went over well: one for $9, three for $25. I had three or four people buy a third item because of that! I'm thinking of doing it with my baby blankets next time: one for $20, two for $35--we'll see how that works!
I'll definitely do this bazaar next year--it's one of my favorites--long before I ever thought of selling! Very Verdant and I realized we'll most likely need to get a 10'x20' space next time, as we pretty much filled up the one we had! Plus, we don't care to do the funny dance next year! :) AND--we need a specific place to have as a checkout! THAT would be very helpful!
It was fun--and I have stock to maybe do another one. Maybe. If my family can stand it! This one was hard on all of them!
:) MonsterBug Blankets

Monday, November 10, 2008

Late Night Sewing Fest

I fell asleep for about ten minutes last night, then woke up from a nightmare. This is a nearly every night occurrence, so don't be alarmed. :P But usually I conk back out quickly, and last night I didn't. Hmm--seems I forgot to take my tylenol PM, and so my mind started racing over all the sewing I need to do this week in order to get everything done. And it would not stop. So after tossing and turning and realizing I was WIDE awake, I decided to make the most of it, and I got busy sewing, cutting, pinning, etc. I did the first sew-around of 9 Runway Playmats and 15 burp cloths--yah! It took me just over two hours of work, and I realized the things I want to finish today, tomorrow, and Wednesday aren't more than I can handle! Good, cause the other day I had THE BEST idea for Christmas ornaments for little kiddos! And I should be able to spend all of Wednesday morning working on them--yah! :)

The ornaments are made of fabric, batting, and chenille--in poppies and fish shapes. :) Perfect for baby's first Christmas, and up through the toddler years--unbreakable, washable, chewable, etc! My kids have free reign over the bottom half of our tree--so having pretty ornaments they cannot break or destroy is always a good thing! Plus, they end up playing with our ornaments more than they play with their toys, usually! Well, till Santa comes!

Gotta get back to work. Well, after a nap--I DID stay up till 1am sewing!
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Friday, November 7, 2008

This Week

Sooooo, I have two blog posts that I STARTED, but didn't want to finish. I don't know--I guess I started rambling and didn't care for what I wrote about 2/3rds of the way in. Sometimes I just need to jabber, I suppose, but then realize it's ridiculous (and I'm not going to pretend that today may not be ridiculous, too!).

The kids are playing so nice this am--I suppose I should try to sew. Oh sewing. What a week. So many plans, so little accomplished. I swear. I REALLY wanted next week to NOT be crazy, but well, we'll see.

We've been busy making Christmas Tree Crayons this week. I may not have time to sew, but the kids and I have had lots of time to unwrap crayons and then break them. Hmmmm--which do YOU think is more fun for them? Mainly they just enjoy hanging with Mommy and being helpful! And Mommy loves it, too! Bug is excited that the crayons will go to some little kids. She understands that I make things to sell, and that another kiddo will be on the receiving end of Mommy's work--and she likes that. :)

I found out this week that MonsterBug Blankets was in the December issue of Adoptive Families! They talked about or listed my Christmas Tree crayons! I donate a portion of all my sales to Samaritan's Purse--and for this reason I was featured. How cool! I received two emails from that article--one trying to get me to buy ad space in Parenting Magazine. And another ordering some Crayons from me! YAH! (With that sale, I was getting down LOW on Christmas Tree crayons--thus the flurry of crayon making this week!)

Ok--time to get some breakfast in my belly, get ready for the day, and get out to the post office to mail off an order (for a Merryville Playmat).

Till Later!
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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Crazy

Yes, I'm feeling a might bit crazy right now. I get calmed down for a bit--but then it soon comes back. Two weeks. Two weeks until the Holidays in the South Bazaar on Fort Rucker. 14 days. Oh I have SO MUCH TO DO! I keep telling myself that it is ok to not have all 25 burp cloths made to match the bibs already waiting to go. I keep telling myself that it is ok not to have time to make the grocery lists this year. I keep telling myself that not getting all the baby blankets made--well, it's ok. Right now I mist need to worry about making the Runway Playmats--and it will take me ALL of this week to come, maybe more. And that frustrates me. Because I cannot do any of the other things--since these will take up so much time. In one week, I can finish the 8 burp cloths, three Merryville Playmats, and 4 Baby blankets PLUS the other 25 burp cloths, some more bibs, and several more baby doll blankets and burp cloths.....or, I can make 13 Runway Playmats. Thing is--IF I can get the Runway Mats done in one week, I can still sew up much of the rest in the following week. But I'm so scared it won't happen. So I become a crazy one--worrying, fretting, and feeling overwhelmed--which usually equals me not getting ANYTHING done. :P Stupid nerves!

So my thoughts go to--should I REALLY bother with the Runway Playmats--since they will take so long to make? BUT--I am selling to a bunch of aviators and their families--and the runway mats are the exact runways and helipads that they train on and fly from day in and day out. So really, it is foolish to NOT make these up. Then I get to thinking--should I make more than 13? How will I have time to make more than that? And I get overwhelmed on the opposite side of the coin! Funny--haha--I know. :P

What has been most frustrating this week has been only getting to sew on Monday and yesterday. Two days out of five. UGH! But I hope to have some time after (my) nap today, and since we wore out the kids this am, hopefully that will end up being a LONG time for me to sew! :) Please tell me I can do this!!!!!! Please!

OK, that's enough freaking out for one day! I need to close my eyes for a few minutes, so I can barrel on through this afternoon! Wish me luck--or rather, pray for me! :)

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sock Monkey Tag Blanket and Bib



Here's a custom order I made for C. I was SO EXCITED that she chose the green Sock Monkey fabric with white chenille for the backing--it looks so pretty together--so cozy! Perfect for the new baby that will receive it!
I hope to get many things worked on today. Well, at least 40 some buttonholes made for 20+ Runway Mats! :) Then I need to hand-embroider all the runway numbers and H's for the helipads. :P I also have 8 helicopter burp cloths to press and top stitch. What else? I don't want to even think about it--I'm already terribly overwhelmed!
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Friday, October 24, 2008

Ta Da.....

Here they are: Merryville Tot Town Playmats!
They measure approximately 17"x21", and while the placement is different on each playmat,
all of the scene is on each of them: airport, hotel, playground, "Welcome to Merryville", etc.Each has a blue denim back, and denim ties with ragged edges
Cost: $15.00 (plus shipping and/or tax)
(And you can buy them HERE.)

I did get two small bursts of energy yesterday--well, rather bursts of motivation--cause the energy was hardly there. I spent the kids' bathtime pressing all the playmats (thought I'd DIE--how does sitting in a chair and ironing really wear you out?). Then after lunch, I topstitched them all. Today they received their final pressing, and I pulled all the strings (most of them, at least) off the ties. I originally was going to roll them up with the denim on the outside--but it's so much prettier with the town on the outside, don't you think?
I picked up a 58 gallon container at the store today to hold all the newest items I'm making. The old one is overflowing, and the bench in my workroom was overflowing, too--so it was time for a new one. It now holds about 16 baby doll blankets, 18-20 baby doll burp cloths, and 9 of the playmats. Kinda looks empty--but I have two baby blankets and several bibs to put in there, too--I just didn't get a chance to finish pressing them today.
That's all for now, hoping to get much accomplished this weekend!
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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Busy, busy--then BAM

Being busy and also not sleeping well for three weeks combined into an ugly thing this week. So the past two days I've been sitting in my chair, unable to move or do much. Not fun! Especially when my days are planned to the T for the Holidays in the South Bazaar at Ft Rucker on 15 November! UGH!

I was super busy on Tuesday--even though it was a relaxed, lazy kind of day. I sewed on and off for about 3.5 hours that day--what FUN! I sewed up nine Merryville Playmats, 8 baby doll blankets, and 4 baby doll burp cloths. Well, the Merryville playmats still need topstitching--but man are they CUTE! They measure about 17"x21", and are backed with blue denim. I also sewed on denim ties, so they can be rolled up and loosely tied--to take them along with you to the doctor's or anywhere else little boys need to play with their cars! :) Monster is SOOOO in LOVE with this fabric! (Have I said that before??? How silly of me--but it deserves repeating, that's for sure!)

I was wanting to finish the Playmats, sew up another three of them, and also get about 25 burp cloths pinned and cut--before this weekend was here. But seeing that it is Thursday, and I'm barely moving, I'm not positive these goals will be met. It is frustrating, but getting better fast is more important to me right now.

Oh, you HAVE to check out the newest items by Very Verdant!!!! Check out her etsy store! Those Aprons and Tea Towels are GORGEOUS! She brought the Aprons by my house about two weeks ago, and they are AMAZING! The colors and details--wow, I'm SOOOO in love with them! Little girls NEED these aprons, so if you need to buy for a little one this Christmas, go visit Very Verdant!

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Some Fabric Choices For a Bib and Tag Blanket

Choices, choices. I love to sift through my fabrics to find colors and patterns that go together. Here are some choices for C. to sift through now! :)

Blue Sock Monkeys
Dark Brown Corduroy, Red Polka Dot, Green and Blue Plaid
(Monster has a quilt of the plaid and the monkeys--love it!)
Brown Wavy Fabric (I know, so technical!) and Red and Cream Stripe
Red Sock Monkeys
Red and Cream Stripe, Brown Wavy
(The polka dot red is the wrong color red for this fabric)

Dark Brown Corduroy, Brown Wavy

And lastly, Green Sock Monkeys. Either of the browns would look nice, the reds would be ok, or the white Chenille would be pretty. I can also search at the Quilt Shoppe, too, for a pretty backing fabric. (I had to use an old picture, as I've run out of this fabric--but the quilt shoppe has tons.)

The Bib will have White Chenille for a back, and the Tag Blanket can have any of these fabrics, the Chenille, or I can find something else at the Quilt Shoppe!

Thanks for looking!

Jennifer

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sunny Afternoon's Work

Soooo it took me all week, but I finally finished sewing the forty-some items I had sitting around my workroom this week. The snaps still need to be put in half the bibs, and most everything needs a final pressing, but it's done. Whew. So glad!

Bug chatted with me this afternoon while I finished everything. She cut up scraps of chenille (well, tried to--toddler scissors are unsurprisingly dull!), ate a snack, played with more scraps, watched me wind a bobbin--her FAVORITE, and tried to learn how to roller skate on carpet. :) It was wonderfully sunny in my workroom, and warm, and just a lovely, relaxing afternoon. (Had this week not been super-crazy, I would have finished everything MUCH earlier!)

I have not hardly slept this week. My mind will not shut off. All the ideas. UGH--I'm tired! But next time I'm up from 2-5am, I need to sit my hiney at the sewing machine, and get to work! I might be able to finish 2% of the ideas in my head if I did this every night. :) Ok, 5%.

Gotta get the kiddos in bed. We have tears and sadness. Crazy weeks make for crazy children. :(

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Working Away!

The dish towels I made a couple of weeks ago:
Yes, I'm still here, and working very hard! I had to take a break just to write this. :P I have around forty items in various stages of being sewn right now, and many, many more ahead! I'm working on some Christmas gift items for girls and boys at the moment--baby doll blankets and burp cloths for the girls, my runway playmats for the boys, and Christmas Crayons for all! :) I have 15 or so bibs part-way sewn, 3 baby blankets backed with chenille--two with biplanes on them, and one with a cute kids winter scene. (I swear, finding a link for that fabric was tough!)

I have 13 or so of the runway mats cut out--but I need to work on hand stitching all the runways. Whoo-hoo--sounds like FUN--anyone want to help? I figure I can work on that in the evenings while watching tv. Bug liked helping me--as I cut out the circles, she pulled the pins out for me. :) I loved it, and so did she!
I think the runways are going to be the most work--but that is because I want to sew around 20 of them (hopefully more!), and with the hand-stitching, they take a bit more time. I wish I knew how to use my embroidery machine! It actually may take less time to figure it all out than I'll use to hand-stitch. Hmmmmm.

I am having a hard time focusing right now--there must be something about the fall--but I cannot stop getting ideas of things to make. I'm writing things on any piece of paper I can find--whenever and wherever I am! I was like this last year, too! Anyway, one of the thousand ideas I'd LOVE to have time to do would be to make up several onesies for the Holidays in the South Bazaar. I have a whole bunch that I bought wholesale last MARCH, and I keep having ideas for them! UGH! If only I had tiny elves working for me while I came up with all the ideas! :)

I keep having ideas for gifts for the kiddos, too. Bug has a birthday coming up, and I really want to find a pull-over hoodie, plain, to decorate with a ladybug made of several different fabrics. I need to check out target, because walmart only has white hoodies--yeah right!--or ones already decorated. I also want to make her a flannel board--with or without the board part--maybe a roll up or fold over one. We'll use it for homeschooling, and she can play with it in the car or in her room, too. I've been writing down different games I can make/do with it for when we do school, and so I have millions of those ideas, too!

For Monster, I keep wanting to make him sheets and pillowcases and blankets for his big boy bed--which we do not have yet. But out of this fabric, and this. I already have the second fabric--and hope to get some playmats made out of that for the bazaar, too!!! When Monster saw the fabric, he went positively berserk! The kid was in love! So I'm hoping to get some of the first fabric in time for Christmas through my fabric coop--and he'll get sheets and/or pillowcases made of it. The one with the roads--it'll be a large blanket for him! :) He can either sleep with it or play with it on the floor--or both. :)
Anyway, I need to get back to work! I have a TON of ironing to do--so I can topstitch a million things and get them all finished! Ok, more like 40, but still, that's ALOT of ironing! Plus I have several yards of fabric that can't be cut till they are pressed--I think it's time to pop that Mama Mia CD in, and start dancing--uh, I mean ironing! :)

Tschuss!
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Prepping for The Holidays in the South Bazaar

Ok, how come November 15th seems an eternity away, until I sit down and figure out all I want to sew between now and then--and realize that it is just around the corner! Six and a half weeks is NOT enough time to sew hardly anything! Not when I'm mom and wife and homeschooling!!!! YIKES! Oh, for those of you who are wondering--Nov 15th is The Holidays in the South Bazaar, on Ft Rucker. And Very Verdant and I are selling together then--in fact, she's at home RIGHT NOW, sewing her fingers off! :)

The Holidays in the South Bazaar is wonderful! It is run by the Officer and Enlisted Wives Club, and I go every year I can--trying to contain my Christmas spending! (My idea of Christmas shopping is one for _________, one for me, one for __________, one for me.) :) I'm so excited to get the chance to sell there this year! Yippeee!

Anyway, I woke up this morning, fretting about how 7 yards of chenille won't make very much--a couple of baby blankets, and a few bibs and burp cloths--but I wanted to make MANY blankets, and MANY bibs and burp cloths. How am I going to handle not having enough--when will I get the chance to buy more--where will I get the money I need to buy more..... Then I started thinking of all the things I want to sew and create--and I realized I needed to figure out what I most want made by the 15th, and what was second most important. This helped me to focus. And then I thought about how much time I'll need to make the most important items. I decided that I need to put my main focus on making the runway play mats--then I need to work on the blankets, bibs, and burp cloths. And all of this can be made in 5 weeks--IF I work 2 hours a day, 5 days a week! So I may never get the chance to run out of chenille!

So my goal today is to finish the dish towel order for L. (she picked the turtles and the toasters!), then if I have time, to cut out circles for the playmats--as many as I can. While the kids played outside this am, I pinned and cut out several bibs to sew later. Fun ones in apples and pears, sock monkeys, and red and orange ones. :) I hoped to cut out some of the winter kids print I have, but I ran out of time. Somehow, the monsters that inhabit my house got HUNGRY! :)

Anyway, I felt kind of crazy this am, but feel better now that I have a plan. :)

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Dish Towels Green and Blue, from my stash

This post is to show L. some of the blue and green fabrics I have in my stash--well, my non-dump truck or baby doll ones! :) She ordered some dish towels, and I figured she would like to see the more grown-up fabrics I have. I also need to run to the quilt shoppe to take a few photos, but that is for another day.
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Yes, I included a few fun ones--the turtles, and the two above! :) I mean, those toasters are just TOO MUCH! And, yes, some of my fabrics are horribly wrinkled. I have two little munchkins, so the fabrics get washed when they arrive at home, then ironed just before I sew with them. :) Unless I think I have more time than I do (hmmm, not me!), and iron a bunch thinking I'll sew 50,000 things that week.
Anyway, If anyone else in this world wants custom dish towels, MonsterBug Blankets would be HAPPY to make some for you! They make excellent housewarming or hostess gifts, birthday gifts, Christmas presents, or a just because I want pretty new dish towels gift for yourself! Each dish towel is approximately 17"x22", and backed with a soft, white cotton fabric. They are $11 each, and I can make matching dish wash cloths (8"x8") for $4. Just send me an email: monsterbugblankets-at-yahoo.com.
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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Projects This Week

Wow, I was in such a rush to make it to the post office this morning, I completely forgot to take pictures of the Adult Blanket and Tag Blankets I made for my friend A. :( I wanted to keep her blanket, as it has the same front as mine, but a soft, comfy chenille on the back. Warm and cozy--and now I NEED to have a chenille-backed blanket as well!

I guess it was a good thing I didn't stop to take pictures--one, the kids were getting rather grumpy and were ready to DO something other than terrorize each other while Mommy was sewing! And two, we made it to the PO with 15 minutes left before they closed! Got in there kinda close to the deadline. But now I don't have beautiful things to show you!!!! :(

A. picked out Amy Butler's martini print in linen for her baby's Tag Blanket, and one for her friend's baby as well. I think the last time I made a Tag Blanket was back in February? Or March? Not sure.

Now I need to finish top-stitching all the bibs, burp cloths, and diaper and wipes holders I worked on last week. I'm not sure what I'll do next. (There's soooo much to choose from!) I know what I WON'T be making--a baby girl ACU blanket. The beautiful pink flannel I bought at Joann's Fabrics is horrid after I washed and dried it. I will NOT use Joann's flannel again. It is the most pilled up, rough flannel I've ever used! And I normally buy Walmart flannel. I assumed the quality would be greater, but it is so poor. I'm absolutely amazed at this. Has anyone else found this to be the case??? Anyway, I do have a glorious, soft, cushy baby blue flannel (where, oh, where did I purchase it???) that will make a sweet baby boy ACU blanket. I'll sew ACU camo on one side, and the baby blue on the other. Soft, cushy, army! :) (Please, it's for a baby--not a soldier!)

I did spend some time yesterday afternoon sewing tags on some of my bibs and burp cloths. I didn't realize so many of them had no tags! Ooops! Now they do--but I didn't put price tags on them yet. Will do that later.

That's all for now!
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Oh--yeah, um.....to order anything, you'll need to contact me from now on. After much deliberation, I decided the few, precious minutes I get to create each day were best used to sew--and not to list, list, list on etsy. So I've pulled my items off etsy.com, and will now sell through here, on my website, or by phone/email. It just wasn't working out so well. The majority of my MonsterBug Blankets sales come locally or through people I know, yet the majority of my time was spent taking pictures, writing up listings, and trying to promote on etsy. It became more of a hassle than anything else. So now I have MORE time to do what I really love--sewing! YIPPEEEEEE! :)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sneaking in Some Sewing

I've sewn a little bit here and there the last few days--the bibs, burp cloths, and diaper/wipes holders I got pinned up before and during our vacation. Hubby was studying one night and I sewed, and then last night the kids played outside after dinner and I just needed some time to myself. While on the phone last night, and while the kids played outside today, I trimmed everything, then flipped all the pieces right side out. I need to press and top stitch everything still, but it is a great start!

This morning I was able to press some fabric that will become bibs. And this afternoon I'll start on the adult blanket for my friend A. I need to press the brown fabric, and pin it to the sage chenille she picked out, then sew the edges. I may not get it all done this afternoon, but maybe I can work some tonight after the kids are in bed and hubby is studying. I hope to get all the rest of it done tomorrow--then ship it off to her on Wednesday or Thursday. :)

Saturday, hubby and I went to Hancock's fabrics for me to buy some ACU fabric. I had a 40% off coupon that was about to expire--but lo and behold--all their camo fabrics were 50% off! So I was able to buy 7 yards for $3 a yard! :) I have soooooo much planned for this fabric!

I think I broke our dryer. I washed the 7 yards of white chenille the other day, and there was sooooo much fuzz in the lint trap. Not all of it came out--some fell back into the dryer, and ever since the dryer has not dried properly. Hubby used the vacuum cleaner in and on and around the dryer and the different filters and hoses, etc--but it still isn't working. All my clothes are sopping wet, and I'm having to hang things up to dry. Oh joy.

That's it for what's going on lately. A little bit of sewing, when I can sneak it in. :) And I save my pinning and cutting for when the kids play outside. :)

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Back from my mini-vacation

Yeppers, I've been gone awhile. Can't believe it's been so long since I wrote. can't believe all the things I made and didn't take one photo of. :( I finished a baby quilt for my friend A--and delivered it--yah! :) Haven't seen her since five years ago in Germany--now she has an extra two kids! I made four burp cloths out of Amy Butler fabric for her little baby's burps--they got put to good use right in front of my very eyes! And I made her two older kiddos some cute little wash cloths out of a violin print fabric and my lovely ACU fabric--since her oldest is a boy and his daddy is in the army. I also made a set of a pretty turtle print batik fabric (that I am in love with)--for my friend M.'s little boy--I got to see M. this past week, after 11 years!

While at A.'s house, I worked a little on some diaper and wipes holders, cutting out fabric and sewing on the velcro--yes, I remembered THIS time to sew it on before I stitched everything together! :) My own personal diaper/wipes holder has only one piece of velcro on it--I forgot to put the other piece on, and while it annoys me, I just never have added it. (And I just tried to find where the pics were of that project--can't seem to remember when I made it....) :) Anyway, the fabrics I used are ACU fabric for the outside, and for the insides I picked a pink/green floral for girly ones, and a light blue camo for the boy ones. I have them in my workroom, all pinned together and waiting to be sewn. I finished one of them--but I did that one first, to make sure the velcro was in the right places and that I remembered the correct seaming before I went and made all seven of them.

I got to go to the mother of all Joann's stores last week. It was crazy-big. The one near my MIL's is teeny-tiny, packed and crammed into such a small place. The one by my mom's is maybe 1.5-2 times larger--at least you can turn in a circle in the aisles! :) But the one in FL that is by A's house seems like a super-walmart size! Ok, it's more like an old Walmart size, but when you compare it to the super-tiny ones I've been in, it seems bigger. I was also in 2 Joanns around Orlando--they didn't even compare. And one in Tallahassee--it was smallish, too! Yes, I was on a hunt for some sage green chenille, and ended up calling several Joanns on the route home, trying to find someone who had it in stock!

I found the CUTEST baseball fabrics for my bro's little baby-to-be! :) I decided--girl or boy, this baby of my crazy cubs fan brother is gonna get a baseball blanket--well TWO--since I found two prints I love while at Joanns. :) I can girly them up if they have a girl, don't worry--already have that planned out! :)

I finally picked up the white chenille fabric I've been needing for about 2 months now. It wasn't as much as I wanted to get--but all I had the $$ for. Seven gleaming yards. :) I wanted to buy 20--just so I won't have to worry about trying to get some next time! BTW--does anyone know how to use a Joanns discount coupon for multiple yards of fabric? In the store, my 40% off coupon goes for however many yards I have--but online I was only able to use it for one yard! (Thus the tracking down every Joanns between Orlando and home!) I was NOT going to pay $30 (with shipping) for fabric I could get for $13 in the store! It would be useful to know how to apply the discount to ALL the yards, for future buys--in case I'm not wanting to make a four hour trek to get more chenille!

That's about it. Or at least all I can remember from the past couple of weeks. Oh--I got my Michael Miller fabric in--and am hating I didn't buy more of this print. :( It's too precious in person! :) Oh well--guess I CAN pay full price....

Nighty-night!
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PS--my friend A turned me on to the Land of Nod catalog--what cute, cute stuff they have. I saw the most adorable picture on one of the pages--it's of a vintage paper doll and her clothes--all laid out on a mat and framed. Hmmmm---if you check out my current etsy favorites--you'll see where MY brain has gone with this! :) I LOVE the idea--hate having one that ANYONE can buy from the catalog! :)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Yesterday I put in an alchemy bid for a housewarming gift. (Alchemy is a place on etsy where people can post something they'd like to be made, then shop owners write up what they'd make and how much it will cost, and the poster wades through all the bids and chooses the person they want to make the item for them.) I told them I'd make dish towels out of the gorgeous map fabric I have. (I bought the last 34 inches of it last time I was at the quilt shoppe!) But the more and more I thought about it--the more I wanted to use that fabric to make ME some map dish towels. So I've been nervous--I'd like the sale--but I want the dish towels for me more. Thankfully, they chose someone else's idea! YEAH! SO I can get to work on more dish towels for me. (Cause I sure don't have enough!)

I opened a new store on etsy for my home items. The custom order last post will be the first post to that store. I'll share the store info later, I promise--I just haven't done ANYTHING to it, and nothing is posted. I mainly wanted a place to add custom orders that aren't baby related. I may add my stockings and some dish towels to it later, or I may not. It's crazy enough trying to keep up with one store on etsy!

Not much else going on. I need to finish the curtains for Sarah, then on to finishing my friend A's baby items. Oh, and in 4 or 5 months, I'll be sewing for a new niece/nephew--once I find out what my SIL is having--yah! :) (I HATE waiting!)

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Custom Order Dish Towels


I'm almost finished with a custom order for Sarah, a lady I met on etsy. She is an Air Force wife, and makes the prettiest cards--check out her etsy store. She also has two little ones close in age to mine, and is starting to homeschool, so we had alot to chat about while figuring out the details of this order. :)

Sarah wanted something red for her kitchen, and picked out this sweet fabric I had in my stash. It's a favorite of mine--I bought it at Ikea maybe 6-7 years ago. I just loved it, it was a good price, and funny--I wasn't even sewing then! :)

So above are pictures of her four dish towels. The back is a soft, heavy-weight cotton. I also have two curtains I am working on--they are sewn, but I need to add buttonholes so they will look similar to this. My very first buttonholes were the other day when I made Monster's playmat--and being a super-perfectionist, I'm thinking the buttonhole part may take awhile! I'm kinda nervous.

I think that's it for today--it's late, and my brain has begin to shut off....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Adult Blanket


It's rather hard to figure out the fabrics to use for a blanket when you don't know the person who will receive it. This blanket is for a woman I don't know, given by someone who doesn't know her, either--as a surprise. :) Sooooo, I had to look, and weigh choices, and pray, and HOPE I got it right! I wanted to get something with red in it, and something a little graphic. Then I wanted to pair it with something a little more classic. That way if the lady who receives this blanket has a kinda funky style, (hopefully) the more graphic side will suite her. And is she's more traditional, she can flip it over and enjoy the more laid-back side. I love both sides, and hope she loves it, too!

I was planning on making this with only a layer of flannel in the middle, and then I'd only need to do minimal quilting. But I kept thinking of my Grandma, and how cold she would get every time she was at the hospitals, and worried that the flannel wouldn't keep this woman warm enough (she has cancer, and is getting treatments). So I went with a light batting. That meant LOTS more quilting. Not my favorite--I always get SCARED halfway through that it won't look right, but once it's done, I usually end up loving it. (And I'm kinda thinking I might need this blanket now....) :)

Gotta get going--have a custom order to cut and sew!

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Another Runway and Helipad Playmat


Here's prototype #2. I thought I'd make it big and round, with a drawstring for Monster to carry it around when he was done playing. Maybe it's the size--and it needs to be smaller next time--but the drawstrings were too long. I was hoping to have it similar to a backpack when it was drawn up--but nope, WAY too long--especially for little almost two yr old legs. :P But, it is a GREAT playmat, size-wise--approximately 29 inches across.
So, my dilemma--do I make these playmats rectangular, like here--nicely sized for popping in a diaper bag? Or round, like this one--great for lying on in the floor and playing? Smaller circle? larger rectangle? with or without a drawstring? Too many, many choices!
Anyway, that's a little something I was working on the past two days. I have an adult blanket to finish this week, and a custom order of dish towels and a set of curtains. Can't wait to show those off! :)
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Army/Air Force Bibs

I think the summer slowness is about at it's end. Last year, August was the start of many new projects--and so far this month is proving its worth as well! Gonna make me regret not keeping my nose to the grindstone this summer!

Here's the first of my projects for the Holidays In the South Christmas Bazaar:

I love this fabric--it has Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters (my two favorite), FA-18 and F-16 jets, and the B-2 Stealth Bomber. It's too cool! It covers both Army and Air Force aircraft--which is great for this area of the Southeast. I backed these bibs with the Army's new ACU camouflage--and put a layer of flannel in the middle to help absorb liquids.
I have an adult blanket to make this evening, and tomorrow I'm heading to Hancock's Fabrics to get many yards of fleece. I have a Mac-Daddy Dive Flag Blanket to make, and also another Diving blanket to work on--this one is headed to a good cave diving friend. (Hubby gives me all the scuba diving/cave diving blanket ideas!) :)
What else is going on??? I can't think of much. Have lots of Christmas ideas bopping around in my head--presents for people. I'm seriously wondering WHY I haven't sewn all summer! (Getting a wee bit panicked!) Will keep you posted!
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PS--For all of you searching for baby blankets made of ACU fabric (yes, YOU!): I can and will make baby blankets with this fabric. Just haven't made any YET--but I'd LOVE to make one for you! :) Contact me: monsterbugblankets at yahoo dot com. :)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Christmas Crayons--Choose Your Colors


I'm back to making Christmas Crayons. Yes, I know it is barely August, and yes, I know that when I am outside photographing them in the 95 degree heat they begin to melt--but it is time to make them, and time to list them on etsy! I've already sold four sets--in the first two days they were listed! Bug and Monster helped me take off all the wrappers, and Bug helped me break them so I melt the pieces into the swirled beauties above! They are soooo proud of their hard work! :)
Last year I made several Christmas Crayons, sold them quickly, and ended up not making more. It was a hard decision, cause I KNEW they would sell well, but I didn't have time to devote to them then. Too many Christmas presents to make! That is why I'm starting early on them this year. I can stock up now, and get a ton ready for the Christmas season. I've bought around 70 boxes of crayons so far--yikes! :)
I've worked some on the baby quilt for my friend A, and on several sets of bibs and burp cloths. I've started on my helicopter bibs--they are cut out, pinned, and ready for the steady hum of my sewing machine! And this week I need to finish an adult blanket for a friend of hubby's. I can't wait to see it finished!
It's hard to blog when I haven't finished much--just lots of prep work at this point. And lots of crayons! :)
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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Runway and Heliport Playmat

This is Monster's Christmas present from LAST year--just completed today.
No, it's not a purse. (I'll let those of you who know hubby pick yourselves off the floor now.)
It's a Runway and Helipad Playmat!
It folds up nice and neat, and has handles to carry it around!
Here it is with a few of Monster's EXTENSIVE aircraft collection--just so you get the full effect!

This is my first prototype of this playmat. I already have a laundry list of changes I want to make. But since I'd already started it in this shape and size about 8 or 9 months ago, I finished it the way it was started. I'm trying to remember the size--I think approximately 18"x22", give or take.

I came up with the idea last year--Hubby flies both airplanes and helicopters, and I was a student pilot many, many moons ago. The runway numbers are from the main runways I flew in and out of when I took lessons--good old three three and one five! :) The helipad is all for hubby! :) Hope the little squirt loves it!

Not much sewing going on here. We've been super-busy running the kids around and just going through life. I've just sewn some here and there. I made some gorgeous dish towels for my neighbor this week, but forgot to photograph them before the kids delivered them. So you'll just have to take my word on it!

I've ordered alot of fabric--some Christmas, some halloween. I found a place to finally purchase the ACU fabric--so I can make playmats and baby blankets and stockings and bibs and burp cloths and, and, and.....out of it. The one business I contacted 4 times by email, three by phone, and for some reason, they just are not interested in my money. So don't try Magna Fabrics if you are searching for ACU fabric! Maybe I'm too small potatoes with the 30 yards I wanted. Maybe they are just soooooo busy they don't have time to sneeze. But when someone has money for you--take it!

That's about it for my update!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Boat Baby Blanket

This baby blanket is on its way to Virginia right now. I love the orange in the sails! I have more of this fabric to make some bibs and burp cloths out of--yah!

Not much else going on here. Waiting for my ACU fabric, and waiting for the sale tomorrow at The Front Porch Quilt Shoppe--yah! Moda has a new map fabric out that is to die for! And me being a map junkie--gonna be expensive!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Busy With Bibs

These are the bibs I made for my friend A's baby. I love them! I sure hope she does!!! :) I think I've FINALLY worked out in my head what I want to make for her baby quilt--now quilts. Yes, I've been having a mental block on her quilt, cause I really have ideas for two and was trying to make them fit into one quilt. So I am glad to have that sorted out, and need to get cracking so her poor baby won't freeze without her cozy quilts! :) (Though living in FL--I DOUBT that'll happen!)


And this is a Bib and Burp Cloth Set I'll be listing on Etsy tonight. I have two of them made (though the fabric placement is different on the second one). I worked some on the rest of the bibs I began the other day--need to finish them off tonight. :)

I realized today that my white chenille fabric is almost out! I've gone through six yards of it since May, and that's with not sewing for 4 weeks (or was it 6?)! I went to Joann.com to see what they have listed and if they have any coupons off right now. 1. they didn't have any white chenille 2. the coupons they have are only good through Saturday--and I need one for Sunday, when hubby will be near a Joann's to pick up the fabric for me. (He doesn't know about this yet--shhh!) :)

Oh, I also found a supplier for my army ACU fabric that I've been hunting for. I thought I would have to order 100 yards from them, but they will allow a 30 yard minimum! YAH! Sooooo, if anyone needs some ACU fabric, I'm the gal to get ahold of! (Where, oh where will I put it all?)

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Saturday Sewing

I got these beautiful trims yesterday--I'm using them as the cuffs for my Christmas Stockings. I think they are gorgeous! I "finished" 3 Christmas Stockings last night and today, but am not happy with them, so I need to rip out some stitches and redo parts of them. I sewed the lining smaller than the outside--which works great with fitting down into the toe/foot area of the stockings--BUT the top of it is also smaller--so when I went to sew the lace onto the top I had some problems. The lace and outside of the stocking are about half an inch wider than the lining. So parts are gathered, and the top of the stocking is more narrow than the base of it. Aargh! I am not at all happy with it, and need to work on it some more to make it "perfect". It's frustrating to spend alot of time on something, then have to redo it. :(

I cut some more bibs and burp cloths out today, and worked on piecing quilt squares together to make bibs for my friend A's baby. One is a nine patch square, from which I'll cut the bib shape and sew together. The other is yellow squares, and I'm planning on sewing some poppies onto the front of it. I'm excited!

The nice thing is that I am sewing again--that I WANT to sew. Yah! I guess I'm rested from the craziness from the beginning of the year. Good timing, too, as I need to get BUSY for the Christmas craft shows!

Anyone know where I can purchase some REAL army ACU fabric???? I'm having a TIME finding what I want! Nowhere local has anymore of it. I can order 100 yards of it--for a good price--anyone want some ACU fabric, too??? Cause I don't need 100 yards. I ordered some online last week--"100% cotton rip stop fabric, 7 ounces per square inch". What I received: a lightweight cotton/polyester blend with no ripstop--what a joke! The picture online was what I wanted--but they sent something completely different. I'm so frustrated and disappointed.

Anyway, that's been my Saturday. I'm happy to be back sewing! What fun! :)

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Stockings

So here's a partially finished Christmas stocking (above), and here are a couple, waiting to be sewn (below).
This quilt they came from was GORGEOUS! When I was pregnant with Monster, I found it, and sooooo wanted it to be at the foot of his big boy bed when he got older. The quilt needed washing--kinda musty-smelling--so silly me throws it into the washing machine. The first time didn't hurt it--but the second time did. Tore several of the squares and damaged it beyond use as a quilt. I was devastated! The beautiful hand-stitching was so damaged. Why I thought I could dump a wool quilt in the washing machine????

Then that first Christmas (I think yesterday I said it was this past Christmas--was wrong about that) I made Monster a stocking with this quilt. It was tough to cut into, even as damaged as it was. But his stocking is gorgeous! And I wanted to make more out of the same quilt! I just hope other people love the worn quilt look, too!

I ordered some army ACU fabric online last week, and got it in today. It's a cotton twill, and I'm rather disappointed with it. It looks the same from a distance, but I love the texture of the regular ACU fabric--it has the "ripstop" squares throughout, and the texture really makes the fabric for me. So now I have three yards of fabric I'm not thrilled with. And WHO KNOWS when Hancock's is going to get more of the real stuff in--OR how long it will last! Everyone around here has snatched up every last piece of ACU fabric they can find! Gonna be LOTS of it at the Christmas Bazaar, I can feel it!

Gonna go get the kiddos and make dinner!
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Christmas Stockings

Hubby was talking last week about how fast time will go by between now and the Christmas craft shows, and that I need to be REALLY stocked up by then. So, three nights ago, I decided to go ahead and work a little on some Christmas stockings. I had two cutter quilts I planned on using, and I got my patterns and pins out, and was prepared to cut, cut, cut..... But. One of the quilts was just too pretty. And not torn up enough to justify me cutting into it. Even though the colors were PERFECT for making stockings, I just couldn't do it. And don't think this is the first quilt I've decided to keep instead of cutting--I promise you I have four others sitting on an old trunk in my bedroom! All of which were supposed to be used for sewing projects! :) (A couple of them will make it one day--once they fall apart a little more, but for now, they still have some warmth to give!)
^ The one I couldn't cut. I love the aqua and orange!
^The stack in my room--one more out in my sewing room.

I was able to get six stocking out of a small lap quilt made of old wool suits. I actually made one for Monster last Christmas out of this quilt. I have quite a bit of it left over--but it's falling apart too much to be used for more stockings--so I have to figure out something else. Maybe some sort of stuffed animal??? Yes, I'm STILL throwing that idea around, even if my first try wasn't that impressive! :) The neat thing is that the backing of the quilt is in such great condition, I'm using it for the backing of the stockings. One, maybe two, have some fabrics pieced together--way cool! I cut the linings out two nights ago, but still need to run out and find some trim for the cuffs.

I have another quilt WAY up in the top of my fabric closet that I may look at for more stockings. I made one for Bug out of this quilt, but the colors aren't very exciting. Kind of bland. The dark greens, blues, browns, and greys of the suit quilt are GREAT--especially with the yellow stitching holding the squares together--but this one way up high is kind of washed out pastels (if I remember correctly). Probably just is ME, not being into pastels! :)

I have time tonight to work on stuff, but am feeling weary and BLAH. I COULD piece those stockings--it would take very little time, then when hubby comes home and wants to chill together--I could do the cutting and flipping out of the stockings.... Hmmm....

Anyway, I know working on Christmas stuff now is weird a little, but it is also something different for me--and I get a kick out of doing new things every week or so! :)

Night!
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