Saturday, November 1, 2014

I Choose You!


We had so much fun last night. Weather was perfect until about 9pm and then it started to rain. The moon had been out previously. Today it is so cold, I don't think we got above 49 degrees. 

I bet that you all are wondering if I pulled it off. 
Turning this:


Into this:



Pikachu, I choose you!
Sad Pikachu. No treats yet.

Surprised Pikachu.

Maybe model Pikachu?

Worried Pikachu.

D#2 picked out each of these poses and told me what they meant. She had a blast as Pikachu, fyi he's a character for video games and also a cartoon on TV.
All the children knew who she was. She had one little boy yell out "Pikachu.....I choose you!". That made her night. After she was good and tired, dad and Pikachu headed home. She loves to hand out candy, so they came back about an hour before the end. Pjs on, counting candy, face still painted and the doorbell rings. Not one to shy away from handing out candy she answers the door. A group of kids exclaim "It's Pikachu! She's the one that was Pikachu!". That put a big grin on her face and made making the costume worth it.

Now on to the next project.....Nutcracker themed birthday party! I gotta get crackin'.
Have a wonderful and stay warm kind of weekend!
Holly

Edited to add: Yes! It's the Nutcracker Ballet characters!! I love Nutcrackers. I also plan on showing you how to personalize some Dollar Tree Nutcrackers. So while they have them in stock, go and grab ya some!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Countdown to Costume

Get a cat, they said. It will be fun, they said.......

You know it's going to be a loooonnnngggg day when you have to wash cat throw up off the hood of your car from said cat. 'Nuf said! After that on to Joann's we went. D#2 finally decided on a costume. I think deciding is the hardest part. She started thinking about it as early as July. Robin (the bird not Batman's sidekick), dragon, eagle, bunny, mouse, snow leopard, cheetah, and finally some kind of pokemon that I am not familiar with. I asked her to pick three of her favorite characters and let's narrow it down: snow leopard, eagle and pikachu (pokemon that I am familiar with). Final decision was made Thursday and so to Joann's we went on Friday.


                                                         I have to turn this:


Into this:

Wish me luck. Expectations are great. Mom just hopes she can meet them, especially since time's a runnin' out!

Here's a sneak peek at a project that I am working on. Patterns and instructions will be on the blog in the future. Kind of another series like the Trick or Treat kids and Creature Feature from last year.  Can you guess what the theme is?


Gotta run, there's fabric to be cut! Chop, Chop!!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Holly


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Well Dressed Gal

I have had this little project on the bucket list for quite a while now. This little FW was shown a lot of love from her previous owner and I want to keep her as chip free as possible. But with moving her in and out of the little travel box, chips are sure to happen. The old gal needed some protective clothing. 

This is how you put her into the travel box, ahem......naked. The cord and petal fit into the box. You place the  attachments, thread, bobbins, etc in the top tray. And as careful as I want to be am, I know that chips are in our future. So, to remedy this ghastly disaster I wanted to make some sort of bags and cover for her.

Ta...da...I made a "sock" for the platform that lifts up, the platform will actually hit the screw that is in the "head" of the machine if you are not careful. Ouch! I made a lined bag for the cord and petal and another smaller quilted bag for the attachments. I wanted to quilt this bag to add extra padding to protect the attachments.

Here is the cover. Don't you just love the Mary Engelbreit fabric. I have had this in my stash for ages. I am trying to use my sister's sense of "use it or lose it". She is culling her fabric stash down by making her girls adorable clothing. Go and take a look at her and a friend's new sewing blog: ISewYouSew.

Now the cover is converted into a tote to carry your machine or to lower it down into the case. I don't have a pattern for the sock or two bags but you can find the pattern for the tote/dust cover on the blog CraftyHipster. If your machine is larger, just enlarge the pattern. I plan on making a dust cover for all of my machines. I am going to be very busy for a while :)

The dust cover turned upside down to form a tote. 

Birdseye view. All tucked in nice and neat. This was a fun project. The only thing that I changed from the pattern was the piping. I made my own. It is very simple to make. 3 yards of cording about 1/8"-1/4" diameter. I find that the smaller diameter cording is easier to sew onto a project, less bulky.

Have a goodnight and keep those crafty fingers busy,
Holly 


Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer! Where Have You Gone?

Summer has been a blast this year! We have had so much fun just doing normal stuff. And I can't believe that in a week D#2 starts school, D#1 moves back to college, Son starts college. Where did Summer go? 
D#2 wanted to learn to sew this summer. We borrowed a doll clothes pattern from a neighbor and used some left over material to make the cutest clothes. I taught her how to read the pattern instructions, lay & pin the pattern on the fabric, cut it out and sew.
 I believe in all it took us about 7 hours from start to finish. It is an easy pattern. This was her first time sewing and she did really well. She wasn't afraid of the machine, didn't get impatient reading the instructions and stitched real slow (which I stressed constantly, no speed sewing allowed). We made the orange top and grayish pants. That was outfit "B".

She loved sewing!

The completed outfit! We are going to make kid size pj bottoms next. That should be a lot easier. Nothing but straight stitching. 

Molly all glammed up and standing on her own. D#2 said "Mom, she can stand by herself! Put a picture of that on your blog!" :) It's the little things.

Happy sewing!
Holly

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Working On My Barn Quilt


It's no secret that I love quilts! I think that there is something so magical about turning a stack of fabric into a wonderful work of art, that is both beautiful and functional. It takes many hours of work to turn that fabric into a quilt. I love the whole process! I have one quilt that took me 120 hours to make. It is a paper pieced quilt. Paper piecing is magical! The process is very easy. Google it if you are curious. Pinterest is full of wonderful paper pieced examples. 
I am coming along with my Quilty Barn Along. I have two more blocks that are almost finished. I had to order more black on black patterned fabric. I just didn't have any in my stash. Can you find the mistake? Look closely. It is the barn on the bottom right. It's the cupolas. I reversed the roof and cupola "siding". But, it's ok. 

I just love the barn blocks. 


I know, I know......not another one. Yep, I found a Featherweight at an estate sale recently. The price was so amazing, that I couldn't pass it up. It's funny, back when I was really looking for one I couldn't find one at all. Now that I am no longer looking, they seem to find me. Not sure if I am keeping this one or selling it. It is in excellent condition with instruction booklet, case and other odds and ends. I don't think that the lady that owned it used it much. Thankfully she was just downsizing. I like those types of estate sales, they are not as sad to me.



It also came with a buttonhole maker for free. They just threw it in at no charge. Said that it didn't make sense to sell the buttonhole maker and machine separately. 

It's very interesting. I am not sure how it works but it came in a little box with instructions.

I love these old labels.

I have recently stumbled upon this site lostquilt.com. I was shocked and saddened to find that people steal quilts. I guess that I never really thought about quilt theft. Some of these thefts happened at quilt shows. So sad. The site is a great addition to the quilting community. Some of the quilts have actually been recovered. Recently a quilter lost 16 quilts to thieves. They broke into her studio and only stole the quilts. You can read about it here: Quiltville Friends on facebook. You may have to scroll down a little to find the article. I also found out that you can microchip your quilt. If I ever enter a quilt in a show or mail one, I know now to put my name and address on the quilt. It is even suggested that you sew it inside the quilt sandwiched between the batting and backing before adding the binding. Great tips. 


It's been hot here but starting to cool off a little. 


Sometimes all you need is a little pool, a water gun and a wet t shirt to rule the world!

Have a happy day and if you don't quilt I urge you to start! If you have any quilty questions just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer it.
Holly



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fun Flower Tour


Wow! I can't believe that it is July already!! Sorry for the mini vacation. I have been busy: gardening, redecorating, sewing, summer homeschooling D#2, canning, needle felting, painting and just plain old relaxing. Here's a couple of pictures of the yard. 
Cherry tomatoes always go crazy in the whiskey barrels. 





Pretty gladiolas after a rain. They remind me of my Mama and Papa. He always grew them for Mama and would bring them in from the garden for her.



I loooovvvvee my gardenias. I have two bushes that are about 9 years old. They bloom throughout the summer. 

Garden. See the corn that the squirrels planted. I have planted corn for years and can't get it to grow above 2 feet and look at how big the squirrels' corn grew-at least 4-5 ft. I believe that it has 2 ears on it.

Gladiolas, cucumbers, & sunflowers.

Pretty day lilies.

My beautiful butterfly garden. The black eyed Susans outdo themselves every year. It is a huge plot of them, about 6 foot x 14 ft and just full of the black eyed Susans. The butterflies, bees, goldfinches and other insects just love them.

Pot of flowers covering a pump we had to install to keep the area some what dry.

My neighbor got a little round-up happy and killed half of the butterfly garden. He sprayed the weeds along the fence and in their strawberry patch. When it rained soon after he sprayed (probably that afternoon) it washed down into my butterfly garden. But, I planted some zinnias, marigolds, morning glories and a few mystery seeds in those bare spots. Hopefully the b-e-Susans will make a comeback next year. Can you see the clump of weeds in the bottom left corner. The b-e-susans had choked all the weeds out but since there are some bare spots this year the weeds went crazy. They have all been removed now.


Another pot covering up a pump.

Little gnome all spruced up.

I believe this day lily is called a "tiger lily".

Canna after a rain.


   
Dr. Seuss quilt. This year I did the quilt a little different. We had 22 kids and I really didn't want to make 22 blocks. That would have been one huge quilt. I used a jelly roll (assorted Dr. Seuss strips of fabric) to make it. The children were so sweet and I just love their hand prints! I machine embroidered each name under the hand print. You do have to be organized while doing this. I used masking tape to label each child's hand print until I was able to embroider his/her name.

Each child signed their name to the label.

Back of quilt. I pieced the back using all the leftover solid scraps. I love to use up all the fabric and not have any left over. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!
Keep those fingers busy,
Holly