Thursday, December 20, 2012

Project Baby Teddy Bears

The second pattern I ordered from Dolls and Day Dreams is a baby teddy bear. I'll be making two. One for a baby girl and the other for a baby boy.

This pattern has directions using felt for the snout and nose. I'm choosing not to use felt because these will be for 7-9 month old babies. I thought the fuzzy felt wouldn't be a good thing for a baby to put in their mouths. You know they'll try to eat the bears.

I attempted embroidery. This first face only took me 4 1/2 hours. I thought I'd never finish. I took my time and made small stitches while watching television.

I transferred the face onto the fabric by doing the pencil scribbling on the back of the pattern then tracing the face onto the fabric. Worked like a charm.

Since its 2am I will be heading to bed. Gotta be to work at 8am.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dolls

I made these cute dolls for Christmas gifts. I bought a doll pattern from Dolls and Daydreams on Etsy. Had a hard time picking out a pattern.

I made Little Red Riding Hood dolls with a little basket. First time making dolls and they turned out nicely.

Next project are baby teddy bears.






Sunday, November 11, 2012

Coffee Cozies

One of the latest projects I was working on was felt coffee cozies.
I used a take out coffee cardboard sleeve as my template.
Now I just gotta figure out when I'll have time to meet up with the customer these were made for.

Here's a picture of them in progress while I was hand sewing on the owl cut out shapes.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Halloween Crafts

Yesterday I took along some newly made Halloween crafts to October's Art from the Heart. I made felt ornaments.

Pretty easy to make.

First step: Just cut out your shapes. Hand sew on the face features. I like the look of the button eyes. Helps give them character.

Second step: Hand sew around the outer edge. I put two strands of embroidery thread through the needle so that I would have four strands of thread to sew with to make sure the outer edge was held together good. You can see my stitches on the skull.
NOTE: If adding a piece of ribbon make sure you get it sewn in while sewing around at the top. I reinforced it with two stitches where the ribbon is. Another note about the ribbon: I just guesstimated my length. I made mine to hang off door knobs and made sure my ribbon piece would go around and adding a little to go into the seam.
Also make sure you leave an opening while sewing around the outer edge about 1 1/2" or 2" to add the stuffing.

Third step: the stuffing. Fill with some poly fill. You don't have to over stuff it. Do make sure you get the stuffing in the corners if there are corners.

Fourth step: finish sewing up the opening. Tie a couple knots and your done. I always do three knots no matter what it is I'm sewing.

Now you can hang your ornament. I like to hang these on door knobs in the house.

2012 Coming to an End

It's been a busy busy year. A little too busy if you ask me but its been fun. Non stop craziness with working full time then coming home to sewing/crafting has run me down. After the church fiesta I was exhausted. That exhaustion turned into a bad cold that kicked my butt. I'm still recovering from that cold. Can't seem to get rid of the cough and feeling tired all the time. Just want to get my energy back.

Next year I don't plan on doing so many shows. I really want to start making things for me. It's my turn. I'm going to be very selective on picking out shows to apply to and what I mean by that is shows closer to home not way out of town. At least this is what I'm telling myself.

Right now I have a few special request to take care of before I can start on some Christmas presents. There are some dolls I want to make for gifts for a couple of little girls. I have ideas for other gifts and hope I will have plenty of time to make them.

This week I'll be finishing up an apron order. Next I'll be working on some moustache shrink art necklaces and felt moustsches on a stick. I really should have had these done weeks ago but that darn cold kept me from doing anything.

Today I found a new blog app for my phone. Same blog for me only now it looks like I can actually post pictures from my phone. As you may know my laptop and me don't get along to well. Computer stuff just isn't my thing. Hopefully I will be posting more now that I have this new app.

Oh let's see. What else can I tell you? I know I can't wait to start sewing for me.

Soon I'll also be adding more items to my etsy shop. I've been neglecting my shop. Just haven't had the time.

So this is how I'll be ending 2012. Finishing some projects to make way for the new year of sewing and crafting.

Fiesta 2012

This has been one busy year of sewing and crafting. This September was my church's Fiesta Mexicana. This was the first year they held the fiesta in September. It's been in the month of June since the late 60's. All in all it went well.

I wasn't able to get the Our Lady of Guadalupe fabric like I wanted. Every time I had the money to purchase it, it was out of stock.

In a few months I need to get a head start on sewing for next years fiesta.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Special Request Apron

 Here is an apron I made for Rob M. He requested an apron for one of his co-workers who has been a long time employee at Paul's Pipe Shop in downtown Flint. I was given a tour of the shop and let me tell you, that place has a whole lot of history. If you ever make it down there you have to check out the museum upstairs. It's pretty amazing.



Still Sewing

Hello Everybody! I've been a busy gal with my sewing. That bag of aprons to be sewn has been completed. I couldn't tell you how many there were because each time someone seen a finish apron they asked to see what else I had and I gladly showed them. I also had a few special request. By the time the craft show came around I only had about a dozen aprons to sell.

The big craft show I was getting ready for was the Flint Handmade Spring Craft Market that took place on May 5, 2012 at the Masonic Temple in downtown Flint. It was great. Had a lot of fun.

My next show I am getting ready for is the second annual Craft City at the Buckham Alley Fest in downtown Flint on Saturday, July 14th. Can't wait. In the mean time I am getting ready for it. To start out with is the aprons of course.

In the picture is my son with me (can't believe he is taller than me) at the Spring Craft Market. He was my set up helper the night before.

Again, wish all this sewing and crafting was my real full time job. While working at my "real" job (with crazy retail hours) I can't wait to get home so I can start sewing. Then when I get home I'm usually up till 2 or 3 in the morning and all the while I'm sewing I'm just so happy. No matter how tired I get.

Over this last weekend I actually got three days off in a row and took it easy. By taking it easy I mean only sewing two aprons a day.

Okay enough with my rambling. Got home from work today and logged into computer to apply to a craft show who's deadline to apply is tomorrow. Keeping my fingers crossed.



Monday, February 13, 2012

Aprons!


Over the last week I have been cutting out aprons out of fabric I have on hand. During the last part of last year I had been working on my fabric stash. The goal this year is to try and not buy any supplies unless I absolutely need to. So hopefully I won't have a lot of out of pocket expenses. That's the goal anyhow. I already know there is some fabric and supplies I must have for some future projects.

Starting this week every chance I get I will be sewing. I'm guesstimating it will take about three weeks to sew all these. My first sewing projects are a couple special request aprons.

I'm trying to get a head start on the sewing for the year. The more I get done now the more time I'll have to work on other projects.

Project number two might be purses/bags. We'll see.


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

More Coin Purses

Last night I cut out fabric for a bunch of coin purses. This will be my little project this week.

Think I'll try posting a little more often of what I'm working on. My way of doing the 365 day of crafting projects. Then you could see projects in progress too.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

My Sunday

{pictured above:  special request crochet scarf with crochet flower}

Did you know that practically everyday I am sewing, crocheting or making something crafty? I love keeping busy this way. Since today is Sunday it is a "me" day. Which means I can relax if I want. I decided this a few weeks ago when I felt overwhelmed with things that where going on. After all I'm just one  person. So Sunday's are my days :)

{pictured below:  Christmas gift for one of my sisters}

 I'm not complaining, I'm just trying to be realistic. All this computer stuff as you know overwhelms me as well. Think I'll tinker with the computer on Sunday's too. Why not?

Pictured above is a blanket I had started. It was suppose to be a baby blanket but might end up being a toddler blanket only because its not made with baby yarn so it is turning out heavy. I restarted a new one in a very nice blue color, not that traditional baby blue you always see. Its more like the color blue of Linus' blanket from Peanuts. Because I'm using baby yarn it is taking me forever to finish.

Just a while ago I signed up to a granny square Flickr group. This group is going to be making a granny square a day during the month of February. I will have a chance to use up some of that extra yarn I have sitting around.

With that note I think I will work on that baby blanket then head to bed.

P.S. Here is the Flickr group link:  http://www.flickr.com/groups/crochet101/


Friday, January 20, 2012

New Aprons


Hello Everybody! One of my latest projects was making aprons for the Flint Crepe Company. This was lots of fun because I had a chance to paint. At first it was a little tricky painting on the fabric but I got the hang of it. The Following three post are pictures of the aprons (I was having difficulty adding the pictures with the typed post so I did it all separate).

I was very pleased how they turned out and the guys at the Flint Crepe Company love them. I made them four aprons; Two half aprons in black, one full black apron and one tan color half apron.

Apron 1 & 2







Half aprons. These are all hand painted with fabric paint.

Apron #3


Full apron with logo on pocket

Apron #4