Wednesday, December 30, 2009
If you aren't sick of Christmas yet, and you want to get your crafting finished before the 24th of December next year ... check out what we're working on at Sewing Mamas - A year of Christmas
Here's a preview of some great tutorials that have been gathered up to help us get a head start on Holiday Decorating for 2010 -- January's theme. Each month has a theme to focus the sewing efforts.
I can't wait to see how many of us can finish this!
1. Stockings with rick rack
2. Stockings from quilts,
3. Stocking tute
4. Rick rack flowers
5. Button wreaths
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Saturday, July 04, 2009
May ... what did we do in May? I'm not sure ... but I'm certain it was a good time!
Oh, right ... sister-in-law's birthday, mother's day, a long weekend with no plans ... that was May. Then, our vacation - we drove out to New Brunswick and camped all over the province, and returned home to June.
Some other photos from May - I wore a sari to church for Mother's Day - a friend from Singapore was having her son's baby dedication & several of us wore them to help her feel at home as none of her family could make it.
June is over. I have no idea how that happened. The month did wrap up with some great news - my sister had a baby - he's lovely and we're all enjoying having a fresh baby in the extended family.
July started off nicely - a BBQ with friends to get things rolling and celebrate Canada Day.
Now ... you know I'll try to post more frequently as summer progresses. We've got 4 more camping trips planned before snow flies, so there should be lots of photos!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Breakfasts ONE -
Good Morning Muffins TWO - Blueberry Bran Muffins THREE - Smoothie FOUR - Raisen Toast <--so successful, I had this twice! FIVE - Toast with Nutella SIX - Pancakes with Blueberries <-- they had this without me on Saturday!
Lunches ONE -
yummy veg bagel sandwich TWO - cheese quesadillas and guacamole THREE - Bagel Melts (used leftover chili) FOUR - Fried Egg Sandwich FIVE - Leftover Lasagna SIX - Leftover chili
Dinners ONE - Lasagna (but I did make it this week! TWO -
Curried Cauliflower,Chickpeas & Naan THREE - Roasted Veg Chowder (making this tonight) FOUR - Fajitas FIVE - Chili SIX - Spagetti
So, too many dinners on my plan. We had leftovers of chili (we might still have leftover chili), leftovers of indian food & leftover pizza from the night our friends brought dinner.
I think my new plan will be to start over on Monday next week, and only plan 4 dinners and 5 breakfasts. Lunch will sort itself out without extravagant planning, and I'm sure leftovers, invitations or restaurants will take care of the other 3 dinners.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Here's the first batch ... more are cut out, and will be sewn up as time allows.
These are a great use of scraps!
Here is a before/after comparison of my fabric shelves.
Bottom two shelves, flannels, fleeces, decor weights, quilting fabric.
And now ...
Cotton Wovens, Solid Knits, Solid Tech Fabrics
Last shelves are the printed knit fabrics, with the bulky knits up on top of the bookcase.
It's not as dramatic a difference as I'd thought!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
I think this little yellow bit is my favourite, and there is just enough to trim a 25"square blanket. I'll tuck it away for the next time I need a baby boy gift.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
My only goal this time is to get more points than last time! I've got lists & spreadsheets to keep track of it all. Here is what has been stitched up since Sunday at 12:01! (And, yes, I did stay up late to do that one overnight project, it's a fun way to kick things off).
Bamboo Velour yoga pants & a Cotton Velour v-neck for me.
Bike T-shirt for the boy.
Grey Jeans for the boy. Look at the great detail - love these and have another pair cut out in a tan corduroy.
Tops for the boy.
Top for me.
Top & cropped pants for me for camping - lightweight fast drying, no seams on top of the shoulder. Great for both paddling & portaging.
That was 4 days of sewing ... there were a few more odds & ends in there, a small bag, a bamboo terry hair wrap, but they are boring!
Saturday, January 31, 2009
The snow changed everything. The driveway was a bit snowy, the drive at the barn wouldn't have been possible for my car.
So we stayed home and did laundry. I also never realized what a major role food plays in our day until I was taking photos of it.
Enjoy our day, and if you've made a 'DITL' somewhere, leave me a comment, I'd love to see it! If you haven't ... what are you waiting for?
Friday, January 30, 2009
(DITL is coming soon, maybe even later today, editing and organizing all those photos is taking longer than I'd thought!)
So, today, in the children's lit category - we are enjoying "Found You Little Wombat" by Angela McAllister. It's a sweet little story, with only a sentence or two on each page, a quick read within a toddler's attention span, and the illustrations are nicely done as well.
My own reading, I'm slowly working through "Exile" by Richard North Patterson. It's going slowly, as I don't get hours in a day to read like I used to! I'm only on page 42, and that's taken 3 nights to get to. Hopefully progress will speed up and I'll have a new book to list for next week!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Some other Canadian artisans & I have been working on a new project, and it's beginning to come together.
I'm also working on a DITL (day in the life) photo set for a contest on a forum I'm on. Expect to see some great (or very ordinary) photos tomorrow of what we've done today.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
My sister requested a protective cover for her laptop, and a little pouch to stash power cords and such. I took the measurements, and well, winged it. It worked out pretty well, though I had to use a slightly different sized laptop for the photos.
Today was a busy sewing afternoon, but I didn't get photos of the rest yet.
Friday, January 23, 2009
13. Mini potholder sample from Jekuthiel's Handmade Gifts, it's very cute, and I think I'll put some string thru it and hang it on the Christmas tree next year.
14. Fuzzy crochet scrunchie from Crochet Frog which will come in handy as my hair is long(ish) again, and I'm alwasy running out of gadgets to keep it off my face!
15. Flannel wipe from Princess Julianne's Closet, a very cute print, I may save it for my sis & her new baby, or add it to our wipes basket.
16. Magnet from Flirtbuttons, I love the heart on it and may tuck it away to include with a Valentine's gift or put it on my file cabinet right away!
17. Handmade all purpose cleaner from Picnicbasket Crafts, I'm going to try this out this afternoon - there are bathrooms to clean today.
18. Apple Jack & Peel Laundry detergent from Jenny's Simply Clean, I love the sample size detergents, I like to take them when we travel as they are the perfect size and it's nice to have great smelling laundry away from home!
19. Heart hair clippie from The Little Love Bug, we'll share this with my son's best little girl friend for Valentine's day.
20. Ceramic Coaster from T and Little S Designs, which is on my desk just waiting for the next cup of tea.
21. Amaretto Soap from Breezy Bug Boutique, smells great!
22. 5$ Gift Certificate to Closet on Queen Creek
23. 5$ Gift Certificate to The Melting Pot
This was a great box! You can get your own on the 15th of every month on both Hyenacart & Etsy. Including the item of my own, and our 3 faves in yesterdays post, we received 26 items.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Go check out some of these great vendors ....
Play dough from Sewing Alley.
My two faves are:
This note card from DFMI Designs.
And, these earrings from Shine - great prices on Swarovski crystal jewelery.
Other samples included
1. Diaper Doubler from Creativitykes Very useful, as our son is still in diapers, and we use cloth.
2. Mini Wipe from 2by2 Boutique We use this size as 'kleenex' when our son has a cold.
3. Breathe Easy Massage or Bath Oil from Scent-sory Creations I'm hoping this is a more natural version of the Eucalyptus bath gel I've used in the past when I've got a cold.
4. Hair Clippie from Social Butterflies I was going to gift all the hair clips to little girls I know, but this one might make its way into my collection.
5. Bath Salts from Glory Be Herbals, these smell great, a patchouli/orange blend.
6. Seeds from fluffnflowers, I'll pass these on to a friend with a green thumb - I'll get to enjoy them that way - if I keep them, they'll die!
7. Sample Curriculum card from Earth*School I've got a couple of these tucked away already for when the little guy is a just a bit older, great ideas.
8. Peppermint Diaper Pail Freshener from Jenny's Simply Clean, this is always appreciated!
9. Button/Pin from Buttered Parsnips This is going to live on my bulletin board, right next to my Spotted Box pin.
10. Knitting Pattern from Megan McDermott I was kinda bummed to see this is free on her website. I was going to include it with yarn for a knitting friend's birthday gift.
11. Toddler Girl's bracelet from Tiffany's Trinkets This will be gifted to a little girly-girl we know.
12. Bow Clip from I Heart Bowheads This is going to be gifted as well, it's sweet, but we have no little girls in this house, and I think I'm too old to pull of a big bow!
There's about 10 more samples, but this is taking far longer than I'd anticipated! Those will be listed tomorrow :)