Monday, January 18, 2016

Resurrecting the Craft Blog

Long overdue on updating this site, sorry.  Lately I have found myself needing a place to share my projects and insights again so it's definitely time to dust off this dinosaur.  Today I am going to focus on two categories.  First, projects I am already working on and hoping to finish by December 31, 2016.  Then projects I am starting in the next few weeks and hope to complete by the end of the year.  I typically work in two fiber arts medias, quilting and knitting, so my project lists will include both.

Projects already in progress that I have plans of completing this year include:

Quilting Finish-A-Longs 2016

1. Snapshots (Fat Quarter Shop BOM 2015)

I will donate this quilt upon completion to a family that has been affected by childhood cancer as this was a fundraiser for St. Jude's.  The fabric line is Daysail and I bought the kit last year from the Fat Quarter Shop.  I am currently working on the 7th block in the series.

2. Moda Sampler Block Shuffle

I was messing around looking for block of the month programs a couple of weeks ago and came across this weekly quilt block program.  I immediately fell in love with the concept but I did not care for the fabric line Moda suggested using.  I had a fat quarter pack of Moda's Hello Darling line that called to me.  I decided to share the wealth and put a mystery quilt together for my mother, sister and friend to join in on the fun.  These blocks are adorable.

3. Vintage Farm Girl by Lori Hol

I started the blocks from this book Summer 2016 with my daughter.  Our plan is to put enough blocks together to complete a Full-Size quilt for her bed.  Summer 2016 we will redo her room using this quilt as the basis of her room and decorate accordingly.  These blocks are great for her to learn quilting as they are interesting and not overwhelming done one at a time.

4. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Instagram Sew-A-Long 

I discovered this quilt in November 2015.  Have pieced 6 blocks in the series but I am not completely happy with the colors and how they are blending together, so I shelved the quilt.  I think I will pull it out again in the summer and see what I can do to improve on what I began.

Knitting Finish-A-Longs 2016

1. Phoebe Hat & Mitts (Swan's Island)

I fell in love with this set last fall and eagerly awaited its release.  I bought myself the navy blue and green set my parents spoiled me with the red-orange and green set for Christmas.  I am excited to learn more Fair Isle Knitting and these small projects are perfect.

2. Simplicity Toe-Up-Two-At-A-Time Socks

I started these socks for my son Riley.  Its good to always have a sock project on hand as they are small and travel well.  In the past my issue with socks is I never finish the second sock.  I thought I would solve this one sock dilemma by knitting socks two at a time.  It's a bit cumbersome, but in time I will have this technique mastered.

Now on to the projects I have hopes of beginning AND completing this year include but are not limited to:


1. Bloom Sew-A-Long 2016

I am the first person to admit that applique scares me.  I elected to join this Sew Along for two reasons, sometimes I need to get out of my comfort zone and Lori Holt's instructions are clear and easy to understand.  Should be interesting to see how this works out.  Today is the first day in this Sew Along and I am excited to get my block started and hopefully finished.

2. Crossroads Quilt Along

I hesitated on joining this Quilt Along as I had already purchased Bloom.  My darling husband suggested I go ahead and order the kit as the profits benefit the March of Dimes this year and it is a years worth of entertainment for me.  Isn't my husband darling?

3. Quilty Fun Sew Along

I missed this the first time it came around and have decided to run with it on my own!


1. Baa-ble Hat (2)

I made one of these hats and enjoyed the pattern.  A friend loved my hats and has requested a couple of her own.  Thought I would oblige.

2. Lucca (Shawl by Brooklyn Tweed)

A dear friend and long time knitting buddy mentioned she wanted to start this shawl.  I find in knitting lately that if I don't try something new I lose interest quickly.  This shawl will be a challenge and fun to chat about with Lisa.  While it calls for using lace weight yarn I've got a fingering that I need to put to use and this fits the bill.

A long list of things to do this year but not impossible.  I am looking forward to sharing my trials and tribulations with all of you!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Life Moves On...

I did it, took the plunge, I have invested in an Erin Condren life planner.  I have suffered from extreme disorganization and have been researching how to take life back once and for all.  This planner looks to be a great tool as it allows not just for the organization, but also my artistic side to take off as well.  If you are interested in investing in one of these amazing planners here is a great link:

As soon as my planner arrives I will share my adventures with using this great tool.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Favorite Knitting Book

I have a favorite knitting book, two of them actually and they are in the same series. The books are "Last Minute Knitted Gifts" and "More Last Minute Knitted Gifts". Yesterday I knit a coffee cup sleeve from this series and today I am working on a knitted hat. The patterns are simple and stylish, my only complaint is the author is nuts to think that items knit up as quickly as she claims!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Busy time of the year...

I've been busy working on a variety of Christmas gifts the past few days. I have some recipe/notecard holders I've put together, gift card snow globes, book covers and coffee cup hand protectors. In progress and soon to be done knit hats, knit socks, kindle covers, iPad covers, and gift card wallets. If you see anything specific that you admire please say the word I always consider special orders.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dinosaur Hoodie

I have seen these floating around the net for awhile and thought I would give it a go. A special little guy in our life is turning 5 and he is a huge dinosaur fan so this was a wonderful opportunity. Essentially all one needs is a hooded sweatshirt and five of 6 squares of good quality wool felt. I cut out a triangle template that I drew and then placed one edge on the fold of my felt so that I ended up with diamonds. Sewed the diamonds down the center of the sweatshirt back and then folded and sewed the felt into triangles. Rasa, a creative and fun present for the budding dinosaur hunter in your life.

Middle of the night thoughts

Lots to do today and I've too many thoughts running through my head. First if all, why isn't there an iPad app for Blogger? I hate typing on these tiny iPhone screens! Next, what is my to do list? I need to make a dinosaur hoodie for a birthday gift and some gift card holders. Now that I've figured out how t blog remotely I have a feeling you'll be hearing a lot more from me!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ugh, delays again

Back in October I really had high hopes of resurrecting this blog. While me intentions were good work and kids seemed to have gotten in the way. Let's see here are the major highlights of the past 6 weeks. Riley broke his October 12 and will get his cast off on December 21. Brian's been in New York and L.A. a ton. Oh, and most importantly, I quit my job yesterday. After the Christmas holidays I will devote much of my time to the store I aim to launch in February. I hope that all my readers are doing well and hopefully tomorrow I can share with you my latest creations.