Friday, December 12, 2014

C's First Quilt

So, it only took me over a year, but I finally finished C's first quilt. I have been coveting all of the beautiful equilateral triangle quilts out there, and decided to go with that pattern.


Most of the fabric is from the Art Gallery Fabrics Littlest line. The others are Kate and Birdie Co.'s Storybook line, Riley Blake Super Star and Oh Boy, and Birch Fabrics Birdie Strokes,  The back is definitely my favorite part.


I think C likes it, too...



...and I couldn't be happier about it.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Activity Advent Calendar

A gift for the nieces! I have been wanting to try and make one of these forever and finally, my nieces are old enough to appreciate the activities!


I used Elizabeth's (the genius behind the Oh, Fransson! blog) advent calendar for inspiration.

(she could be the next Vanna, don't you think?!)
 I considered making a version that would have large enough pockets for gifts instead of doing activities; my boss does this for her two boys and she wraps each of the gifts and puts them in the pockets. That is fifty gifts to wrap. 50! That is before you even get to the ones that go under the tree! I know I would not have the patience for that (or money) so I decided that the activities were the way to go.



I used the following as activities for the cards. I made way more than 25 cards, partly because I couldn't decide which ones I liked best, but also so my sister-in-law could change the activities as the girls grow up. I sewed a little pocket on the back to keep the extras.
 
Make Christmas Rice Krispies Treats
Pick out a Christmas Tree
Make a gingerbread house
Go to a Christmas parade
Holiday light scavenger hunt
Make a snow angel family in the yard
Go to a Christmas play, concert or recital
Write a letter to Santa
Decorate the Christmas tree
Make a popcorn garland
Make paper snowflakes
Read a Christmas book
Have hot cocoa with candy canes
Watch Elf
Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas
Watch Mickey's Christmas Carol
Watch Frosty the Snowman
Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Watch Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer
Watch Home Alone
Watch A Christmas Story
Watch the Nightmare Before Christmas
Watch National Lampoons Christmas
Watch Miracle on 34th Street
Go sled riding
Go ice skating
Pajama party - get in the car in your PJs and drive around to see holiday lights
Have a snowball fight
Make Christmas cookies
Make Christmas candy
Decorate your bedroom door for Christmas
Wrap Christmas presents
Have a Christmas music dance party
Donate gifts to the less fortunate
Write and mail Christmas cards
Christmas scavenger hunt in the house
Visit Santa at the mall
Go Christmas shopping
Get holiday family photos taken
Surprise! Unwrap a present early!
St. Nicholas Eve! (December 5) Place your shoes outside your bedroom door.
Family sleepover in front of the Christmas tree
Build a snowman
 
All together, there were 45 activities, and I put some blank cards in just in case they came up with some fun ideas they wanted to try. I printed the cards on white cardstock and covered both sides with contact paper so they were a bit more durable.


Overall, I am pretty happy about this project, and I can't wait to make one for my kiddos (yes, #2 is on the way!!). But for now, it's nice to be able to try these things out on my nieces - and they have fun being my guinea pigs, too.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

holiday card

I;m starting to become addicted to Shutterfly and TinyPrints.  Just ordered our holiday cards...exciting!!

Stationery Card
View the entire collection of cards.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

i'm still here!

It has been an amazing journey the past seven months. Since last time I posted LOTS has happened. Here's a quick rewind...

February
- no more morning sickness
- felt our little one move
- learned we were expecting a girl! (never would have guessed)

March
- took my first trip out of the country - to ICELAND! (pics to come)

April
- prepped the baby's room...and slept. a LOT!

May
- lots more sleeping and a sweet baby shower

June
- contractions on my birthday
- the arrival of our little princess 


Amidst all the excitement, not much sewing has happened.  I did make a crib skirt for C's crib which was much easier than expected.  I just measured, cut and hemmed.  The fabric is Zig Zag in Mist from Carousel Designs.

Our house has also turned into quite a disaster since the hubs decided his paternity leave would be a great time to start some home renovations....

...they have been going on now for three months!  Dad nesting period, maybe?  Who knows.  Unfortunately, the house disaster has temporarily displaced my sewing machine from my work space and I am determined to get it back before fall starts.  I am itching to start a project!






Friday, January 11, 2013

bella's backpack

My younger niece, Bella, has decided to be just like her sister.  That includes wanting to go to school, and wear a backpack.  So I decided to make her a backpack of her own.


I used the tutorial from Made by Rae blog for a toddler backpack.
I loved the pattern, it was super easy. And Bella loved her backpack! Yay!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

i need a bigger floor.

Basting the Steelers quilt. I had to move all my furniture to do so!


Plugging away...

Thursday, December 20, 2012

holiday sewing mojo

I don't know if its the holidays, or if I am actually getting back my sewing mojo, but I have been on a roll lately. Yesterday, I finished an Innotab case for my niece using a tutorial from the pink stitches blog. Loved the tutorial, but I didn't realize until I had finished the project that the Innotab is about an inch bigger all around than the LeapPad. Oh, well - I improvised, and it works! Not perfect, but at least I know this if I ever have to make another one!


H loves Hello Kitty, so I had to use some of the left over Hello Kitty fabric I had from the quilt I made her.

I also finished stockings for my nieces and mom and dad. I used this tutorial, from the vanilla joy blog, only I left out the interfacing/batting and used fleece for the lining and cuff.


Sorry for the poor quality - I was too lazy to get out the real camera!

And, I have made some major headway on the Steelers quilt. Pictures to come. Luckily for me and the quilt, we are postponing Christmas celebration with my brother-in-law until we can see them in January...which means more time to finish!