Monday, March 29, 2010

Quilts

I have two quilts planned using fabric that I have acquired with some of the birthday money from my parents and grandparents. Of course the completion of these projects could greatly vary but at least I will have the supplies. :) The top quilt was a free baby quilt pattern that can be found here.

I have a charm of "Love U" that I will be using for the baby quilt. I have yardage of the owls on the green background to use for the binding. This quilt will before a future little Ben or Kimberly. For now it will just rest in my cedar chest.

I may yet change my mind but I think this is the quilt I will make with the fabric bellow. It is kind of basic but it really lets the fabric shine. Since I'm all about free patterns this one is free as well and can be found here. This quilt will be fore me (and possibly Ben if I decide to share).

This fabric line is called "Andrea Victoria" and I saw a sneak peak back in October. Ever since I have been anxiously awaiting its release. It also comes in a purple or golden colorway.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Paper Lanterns

I recently acquired a Hero Arts paper lantern stamp set. Here they are making their first card appearance.

Birthday Time

Here is the giant cupcake I made/decorate for my birthday along with paper lanterns to place my votive candles inside.

"Say Cheese!" Hubby bunny and I smiling for the camera.

Yes! More card making/scrapbooking paper. One can NEVER have too much paper.

Or too many cheesy grins. :)

Easter Baskets

I gave out the stuffed Easter/Spring baskets I made earlier as party favors on my birthday. :)

Colorful fun goodies how exciting!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Cute Easter/Spring Cupcakes

I thought this was a very cute way to decorate cupcakes fore Easter/Spring.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pyramid Bag

I found a fun little tutorial online yesterday on how to make a wristlet Pyramid Bag. It can be constructed to any size as long as when the fabric rectangles are cut the length is twice the width. I used fusible interfacing on my outside fabric to give the bag a little more structure. I bought a zipper while I was in town yesterday and paired it with the fabric from my trip to Bellingham.

I lined it with a purple batik but the room was pretty bright so the flash didn't go off to illuminate the lining.

Kiwi the Explorer

video

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Around-to-its

Bagheera was over seeing the sewing of my bunny ears. She previously had been sitting in my lap watching me sew. Definitely fits the, "I'll be watching you, always watching you." Or however the saying goes.

I found a framed piece of cork board for only 50 cents at the thrift shop. I thought there needed to be more contrast with the frame so I used spray adhesive to attach fabric over the cork board and then re-framed it. Also pictured is an old fashion iron I received from my aunt that I will either use as decor or a book end in my sewing area.

My friend gave me this pattern for my birthday last year because she knew I wanted to make a strawberry pincushion. I finally had all the materials to make it. I still have seeds to stitch on the outside but wanted to uploaded it while I was uploading my other pictures.

Almost Completed Bunnies

Almost completed because I haven't sewn the tails on and the body/limbs all need to be stuffed and sewn shut. I am being cheap because I know have two big bags of stuffing they are just packed where I can't get to them so will most likely be a while till they reach the stuffed stage. However, the hard part is complete and I am sure I will have them stuffed long before I have my own kids for them to belong to. :) The little girl bunny received cute eye lashes.

My sweet little boy bunny received no eye lashes. But basically color scheme is the only quasi distinguishing feature.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Bunnies

I have finally started created my bunnies. I have made it further since this picture but am hoping to complete them in the next day or so to show you the final project. The bunny on the right will be my boy bunny and the bunny on the right my girl bunny. Each bunny will have a small blanket. The blanket tops are picture under each bunny.

Birthday Girl

My Mom's birthday was March 12th, which signals only two more weeks til mine. :) Behind her is her birthday Red Olympic Mittens.

I made little shapes out of piped white chocolate to decorate the cake with.

Here my mom is opening the little purse gift box I made to discover a fun new pink wallet with gift cards for shopping!

Because she can actually say the name of Hawaii's state fish my sister bought her this shirt on her trip. The main t-shirt color was derived from dying the shirt in coffee.

Here is the one who returned from the tropics. She presented us with a slide shop of her trip complete with a running narrative.

Aloha Kitty

In honor of my sister returning last week from her trip to Hawaii, Bagheera and I had a tropical inspired photo shoot.

I think she is trying to impress us with her cuteness. Or it could be that she is just really good at summoning belly rubs.

I like the contrast the bright flowers had with her fur.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Crafts to Share

I have found some more fun crafting ideas that I thought some of you might enjoy doing and in the meantime give me a place to store these future ideas for myself. I have yet to look for the ear mold needed to make this marshmellow bunny so if someone else finds it before I do let me know, or has a good alternative idea.

These cute bird embellishment is made out a button. I thought this was a good idea. I'm trying to remember if I still have wiggly eyes around and if so what size I have. There is a cut project to make flower shaped coloring crayons on this website as well.

This is "Owlivia" and she was design by Sandy Gervais (Fabric Designer) and the pattern is featured in Moda Bake Shop for free. She is also available in a kit that can be purchased.

I'm always undecided on what size strips of fabric are too small for to keep around. I like these patch work apples because they make use of some of those pretty small pieces.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

To be or not to be covered?

I have previously never really liked tissue box covers. This one I think might actually be likable. I found a tutorial for it online. FYI: The picture of above is not mine. I have yet to make one.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Recent Craftiness

My mom's birthday is this week and instead of using a regular gift bag or wrapping her present I made this cute purse box to put her gift in. I found a template online that I enlarged and added a little width to in order for it to be able to conceal her gift. I also added a magnet to help it stay closed.

I also used my turtle fabric I got in Hawaii last February to make the art binder I posted about earlier.

This pad is a little too big but I have yet to purchase the appropriate size. I may adapt how it closes as I am undecided about the bow.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Fun with Cards

While in Bellingham Karrina took me to a card making class. In the class we each made the same three cards. In the first card the techniques we used were: heat embossing, flowersoft and some special kind of marker but not Copic (sp?), she prefers these markers because they do better on more surfaces. The second card has a clear sheet on top that we stamped with Stayzon ink. I had a hard time not sliding the stamp on the slick surface. It also has some special liquid spray on shimmer stuff that was red. I masked the middle of my flowers because I thought the card looked dumb when the front was a solid color. The third card used a Martha Stewart stamp for the lattice and butterflies.

At Joann's I found some stellar deals I couldn't live with out. :) The first was a stamp/rub-on set. The second is a border punch as I have been wanting to try one. I have done a little playing with it and at least if you have the right size square to begin with you can scallop the edges all away around including the corners.

Fun in Bellingham

This week I went to visit my friend Karrina, who lives in Bellingham. We did lots of fun things one of them being to patronize a cupcake shop.

We both selected chocoholic cupcakes. They were delicious and I would recommend a visit if you are ever in the area. I though their plates were very cute too.

A kind lady offered to take a picture of us together.

We also had our own mini quilt shop hop and visited around five shops near where she lives. The quilt in this photo was made using block patterns that will be given out during a shop hop that will be held in North Western Washington at the end of the month. Luckily I know someone who will be collecting most of the patterns. I saw a couple other sample quilts at other shops but I really liked the colors and arrangement used in this one.

Friday, March 5, 2010

I had fun making a little gift carton and filling it with goodies for my friend when I went and visited. This nifty little carton can be made out of one sheet of 8.5" x 11". Here is a link for the pattern.