It turns out I can only go so long without making something pretty.
Pretty much all of my free time is spent on Illustrated with Crappy Pictures™ these days but I started getting itchy to make something that looked, well, good again.
I made my own binding, but not in a "look how crafty I am because I can make my own binding" way. It was because I lost the binding that I had purchased nearly 6 months ago. It is buried in my craft room somewhere and the clock was ticking so in a panic I just made my own.
My craft room that now looks like this again.
Notice that little birdie fabric on the binding at the top and then again 6 rows down? Designed by my friend, Marisa. She gave it to me recently, so it is a good thing it took me so long to finish this quilt. Things always work out for the best, don't they?
Have a happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate!
So it is a tradition that I get shoes for my birthday. It is also a tradition for me to post about it! My birthday was last weeked and my mom sent me a pair of TOMS in Morocco Classic.
They looked like this when they arrived:
So of course I couldn't let that be. A couple hours and several fabric markers later:
So six months ago, a magazine, Simply Handmade by Northridge Publishing, contacted me about showing one of my wooden items in their magazine. The magazine world as you probably know works about a half year (or more) ahead of schedule. I sent the requested info and then forgot all about it.
Now here is the deal, I was expecting another tiny image on a page as part of a collage of other work (like in the two other zines my wooden work has been in) so imagine my shock when I flipped through and found an entire two page spread devoted to it! I had no idea.
So Simply Handmade is a new publication that focuses on handmade projects and includes how-to instructions for them. Tons of inspiring crafty projects in there. I can't wait to spend more time pouring through it.
I designed and finished a shirt. For ME! It is so, so much harder to sew for myself than for my kids. But I persisted and came up with a pattern and finished product I was happy with. Mostly.
Surprise! I'm pregnant again! Kidding. KIDDING. I wanted to design a maternity/non-maternity cross-over pattern so I needed a maternity shot. I used props.
The top turned out pretty cute. I got the orange/red polka dot fabric from a friend & had been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it. I don't usually wear those colors and initially thought I'd use it for couch pillow covers but I'm loving it on me.
Do you have colors you always wear? Ever want to branch out?
I drafted two free baby bib sewing patterns this week. My little guy has just started showing an interest in solid food at 12 months. And by interest I mean he puts food into his mouth, explores the flavor and them promptly spits out 90% of it. Holy cow, this is messy! I had forgotten. So. Bibs.
Birdie Baby Bib is a simple, reversible design. I love it because it is cute and it is great for catching drips but it isn't great for chunks that land in his lap, so...
Anyway, they are both free. There are PDFs of the pattern you can download and print for your handmade bib sewing pleasure. (Update: I no longer own the website these patterns were hosted on.)
I'm on a pattern making sewing kick it seems and I'm going to take advantage of it! Enough of those darn babies though, next up I'll make something for me for once. I'm thinking of designing a shirt. I never make shirts for myself - they seem harder because of the boob factor. But I'm going to try. Will let you know if I come up with anything.
Am I the only one who is in full denial about the holidays coming up? I haven't even thought about it yet.
Our birthday festivities are over (still clean up to do out back though) and I'll share what we did for our homemade eco-friendly pinata other than the felted wool balls that I already mentioned.
Other than these organic lollipops, we did a mostly toy piñata. The NaturalCandyStore.com is a great source for organic & natural candy.
These mini play clay samples were also well received. They are scented in unusual scents like lemongrass, cardamom and lavender with real essential oils. We love them! You could alternatively get some tiny containers and make your own if you are so inclined. I'm so in love with the texture and scent of these I'm taking a break from making my own.
Other things we included that I don't have photos of that I found in local craft stores: bouncy balls, mini-watercolor pan sets, erasers, crayons and tiny bubble jars.
We glued some leaf cut outs to small kraft gift bags for the the kids to collect their loot in.
Party decorations! Most everything we used was handmade or from our yard. He wanted an "autumn theme" this year so it was lovely. Except the part that it was 108 degrees on party day. Didn't feel like autumn, that is for sure.
Did I mention the boy asked for pumpkin pie in lieu of cake this year? It was my tradition when I was a child, I never had cake - always pumpkin pie for my October birthday. Remember the cake fiasco last year? I was relieved when he suggested pie this year, and pumpkin at that. No suggestion from me even. Not that it didn't come with its own problems. We accidentally made a double batch. So instead of three pies we wound up with SIX. Oops! Pie anyone?
It was the perfect way to celebrate my eldest autumn boy. Pumpkins, acorns, friends, family and food outdoors.
PS - Welcome to all the new folks that headed over from SouleMama! I'm so happy you are popping over to check out my corner of the web and hope you stick around.
We've been getting creative with piñata filler ideas for my son's 4th birthday party this weekend and late yesterday afternoon we made a batch of wet felted wool balls to put inside.
In our house they are known as our "inside balls" because they are soft enough that I don't mind if they are thrown around indoors. Our cats love them too and will kick them around. This batch of mini ones will be perfect for kitty soccer.
A piñata to make and pumpkin pies to bake...
We go to the library weekly and I always struggle, trying to carry both the baby and the inevitable stack of books to the car since I refuse a plastic bag. After all, it is my fault. I always forget to bring a bag. I'm really good about remembering to bring my bags to the grocery store, but for other errands I have not trained myself yet.
So we took a grungy canvas grocery bag and it is now our dedicated "library bag" which makes the trips even more fun. Out of all the fabric choices in my stash, my son picked this one from Samantha Cotterill. Which I really didn't want him to pick. Too precious! I wanted to save it for something special, but then I realized that a library bag we use weekly is special.
I sewed on the pocket in about four minutes. With my son breathing over my shoulder and a baby in my lap. Thus, the shoddy sewing in black thread. But I think this print looks good with shoddy sewing with black thread somehow.