Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pink Baby Blanket

Baby blanket in progress. This one feels like I will never finish it. Slowly but surely it's getting done. 

I'm using Bernat Softee Baby yarn and hook F. Almost done working with the third skein of yarn. I'm thinking one or one and a half  more skeins to go. 

Using a pattern my grandma gave me for my very first crochet project almost seventeen years ago, my son's baby blanket. Been hooked ever since (I made a funny). 

Next projects are aprons. Also I need to sneak in crocheting and sewing time for making Christmas gifts. 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Robin T-Shirt: Do It Yourself

My son wanted a Robin, the boy wonder, costume. I told him I'd make him something simple. 

I purchased three t-shirts, yellow, red and black. My original idea was to use the yellow and black t-shirts for the cape but changed my mind since this was going to be worn outside during marching band camp. The weather is predicted to be warm the week of band camp. One less layer is what I was thinking. 

The cape is the back of the t-shirt. I had cut around the front neck opening about 4" down around, cut to the arm holes. Cut up around the shoulder then back down around the back of the arm holes, then a slight diagonal out towards the front of the shirt down to the bottom edge. 

Next I had cut out the yellow rectangle shapes and the "R" out of the left over yellow t-shirt and the black back ground circle out of the other t-shirt. Used fusible bonding web to attach the shapes onto the red t-shirt. Then did a zig zag stitch with the sewing machine around the shapes so the edges don't detach. 

My local craft stores didn't have the green color t-shirt I was looking for so my son went through all his shirts and found a good green one I could use for the sleeves. I changed the sleeves out. It was easier than I thought it was going to be. 

I had cut the sleeves off of both shirts the same way by cutting of the sleeve and leaving the sewn edge seam remaining on the shirt side, not the sleeve being cut off side. Pinned the green sleeves to the red shirt right sides together. Used the zig zag stitch since I do not own a serger. 

The last steps was attaching the cape. I used the fusible bonding web on the front of the cape so it's held in place on the front of the shirt. I also stitched a straight stitch at the shoulders of the cape, about the middle of the shoulders and about a two inch stitch, just to help hold the cape down. 

This last picture is the cape with the fusible bonding web. It lays nice and smoothly in place. 

The very first picture I took, my son was very excited to try on the shirt before the final steps. The perfectly matching green shorts we found by accident while shopping at Walmart. We just happened to walk by the little boy clothing department and couldn't believe we seen these. What was even more amazing was that they actually fit my son. 

So this is the simple Robin costume. I was told that he still wants a real Robin costume. If you only knew how many costumes he says he wants. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013


This week has been my vacation week and do you know what I made happen? I made a trip to New York happen! Finally made it to New York. I honestly thought it was going to be bigger. Oh well. 
Didn't see every place on my list but saw a lot. One magnificent site was St Patrick's Church. It was going through a renovation and it was still amazing. 
My favorite place in New York was Central Park. We walked through the park on the 7th Avenue side up to Strawberry Fields where the John Lennon Imagine memorial is. Then we had cut across the park to 5th Avenue. At the time I had said I think the park was a bad idea. Under the circumstances I wasn't thinking right (it just happened to be the hottest week of the year). Looking back now I realize it was the best part of the trip.
Since it has been my vacation week I decided to do no crafting or sewing that is related to vending. I did however breakdown and sew me a new top. 

I needed this vacation. So glad it has happened. So sad it will end after tomorrow. 

Vending Here and There

Last Saturday was the Buckham Alley Fest. It was great. So many people came out. It was wonderful seeing downtown Flint packed with so many people. 

Tonight was the Zine-A-Palooza Zinefest, also held downtown Flint. Jacob had his amazing comic "Something" and I was invited to sell my bottle cap magnets. 

In a couple more weeks is the Flint Drop Fest taking place downtown Flint. I'm thinking about coming up with one new craft to create to sell at this electronic music fest. 

{8-24 to 8-25-13}
Then shortly later is the Fiesta Mexicana at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mt Morris, Mi. I need to get busy with a few new ideas I have in mind for this event. 

So I have been keeping myself busy over here right along. 

Thursday, June 27, 2013


Here are the newest bottle cap magnets. For being simple looking I do end up putting a lot of work into them and still only charge $1 each. Affordable. Will be taking these to the Buckham Alley Fest, July 13, 2013. 
Coming soon...Our Lady of Guadalupe bottle cap magnets. I'm getting a batch ready for the church fiesta coming up this August.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Hobo Bag

Working on a hobo bag for someone who really wants a hobo bag. Using a pattern for this one. McCall's 4400, view C. 

Friday, June 21, 2013


Today after work I crocheted outside. Weather was perfect. Crocheted a pair of fingerless gloves. Used a Red Heart Yarn pattern. When I had finished I started on a blanket with the leftover yarn. I'm going to keep adding to the blanket until it gets to a size I think is good.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Coin Purse Pouch for a Gift

Made this pouch with cute fabric I found on etsy. Japanese cotton print. My friend is giving it as a gift to a coworker.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Half Apron Project

Working on half aprons. Making twenty. Only have three made so far. They are for a project that is like a project in a way for something else. I need to hustle and work on these. The month of April is just around the corner.