Thursday, December 18, 2008
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!
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
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! :)
Friday, December 5, 2008
Here are a few of the ornaments I made last month for the Holidays in the South Bazaar:
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! :)
Sunday, November 30, 2008
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!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
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! :)
Monday, November 17, 2008
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!
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)
Monday, November 10, 2008
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!
Friday, November 7, 2008
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).
Saturday, November 1, 2008
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! :)
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
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)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
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!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Dark Brown Corduroy, Brown Wavy
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!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
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. :(
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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. :)
Friday, September 26, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
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!
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
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. :)
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
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....
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
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!)
Thursday, August 21, 2008
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....
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
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!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
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!
:) MonsterBug Blankets
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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?)
Saturday, July 12, 2008
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! :)
Thursday, July 10, 2008
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!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
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! :)