Wednesday, April 30, 2008

a whole week!

I wish there were more fun fonts, but oh well. I can't believe it's been a whole week. I guess I just have so many projects that I am half into. Hopefully I will finish and post a bunch this week. I love these giraffes! I found the fabric super cheap at Walmart. They had one more yard left when I was there tonight, I almost bought the rest.... I'll probably give in if it's still there next time.
These are for Kristina (I already made her an afghan but I got invited to a shower and wanted to send something) I am pretty unsure about the snaps, but I did my best. They are better than my eyelets, so I guess we'll see. I need to find out a better or more durable way. I made a small and medium the pattern said to blow up to 175% and my copier only had 155% (The small one) and 200% (the larger one).
I am currently working on bday gifts, mothers day gifts, derby decor, and a baby blanket. I also need to finish the other crayon rolls.... Poor Britton has to put up with my loud hammering (between 9 and 10 pm) (He hates it!) and my sewing crap which is currently all over the living room (For the 2nd week in a row). Although, I think it bothers me more than it bothers him. But, its the only way I get any sewing done! This weekend was all report cards and stuff. I am getting a lot of planning done too. I love being organized! (I find it challenging to be organized and flexible.) Well I need to relax and get to bed. Hopefully you'll here from me sooner than later.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

weary, but less annoyed.

I finally figured out that changing the needle fixed my problem. I do fine sewing until I run into a problem and then I panic. I am not good at problem solving with my little green friend. I am terrified of messing up the tension, I have no idea how to fix it. I researched online a little, and one recommendation was to change the needle. Hallelujah, that fixed my problem! So in the AM I changed the needle and finished this zip pouch for my friend Tyler's birthday. (I think she turned 8)

I only sewed a little this weekend. Most of it was spent cutting and
pinning, etc. I made a bunch of personalized coffee sleeves for friends.Like reusable, personalized sleeves.

I am not sewing tonight, but I am working on another baby blanket... This one is for a podcast "friend". It will be similar to the previous ones, (it has a ruffle because it's for a girl).

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Last night I made another lunch bag. I took it to school and took it's picture outside my classroom this morning. This one is for another girl I teach with, Terri, is the 5th grade super hero. She needed a bag for her glass water bottle. I am still unhappy with the eyelets. One of Chelsea's needs fixed already.... so I am going to have to do some more eyelet research and practice.
I am also going to have to research why tonight my lgsm is not working. I was just trying to make a simple zipper pouch. It worked for a little while but I changed the bobbin and now it's not catching the bobbin thread at all. I bent 1 needle and broke one needle and screamed obscenities at it... I was not a happy camper. So I need to research that too. It's past bed time. arg.

Monday, April 14, 2008

double post day! :)

Ok, so I love that I was productive enough to make this a double post day, but I think the pictures I took without natural light look disgusting. So this is the last p.m. post, from now on I'll need to take pictures during the day to post.... That's annoying I am not a patient person and I am more likely to blog if I am posting recent successes. Anyways.... I finished Holly's (my sister in law) pink and black purse. I like it. I assume the pink will be the inside usually... but It is reservable. I made my sisters and I similar purses from this pattern. I like my purse but my cell phone and keys get lost in it's depths, so I added a pocket to hers. I have UofL/black cut for Lindsey (my other sister in law) and myself but I couldn't find any red or black thread in my stash, so sewing will have to wait until tomorrow.
Then I moved on to the next plan.... I made a lunch bag for myself in the first week of March as one of my initial sewing projects. It's cute and I like it, but I saw this (I made the large size) and thought it was really cute and similar. I also wanted to brave the eyelets. I don't think I am a fan of them yet. But Chelsea (my best friend from work and a Kindergarten phenom) needed a lunch bag too. Orange and lime seemed very her. I am happy with how it turned out. I liked the way these instruction had you attach the lining to the exterior. I had to mod it slightly because my lgsm doesn't have a zigzag stitch like recommended, but I think it worked just fine. I used ribbon for the handles now, but I might switch it out for cording. We'll see. It's getting late and I need to clean up all my fabric and fold laundry.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

So the real beginning....

So Britton started my blog preemptively... I said I wouldn't blog until I had kids, but I am crafting again and excited to show the world my creations.... So y'all have to pretend you are as excited about my results as I am! :) Also, our digital camera is missing and so you will have to survive with the less than mediocre pictures from my blackberry. I finished two baby blankets last week and needed a big brother present to mail with one of them. I have had my eye on this for a while. I love the colors. Picking out fabric was a blast! I modified them slightly to make them crayon rolls for Henry and my non-nieces. (Until Britton's sisters or mine have kids for me to spoil I will be spoiling my friend's children) I am hoping to make one for my mom and myself too. But they are not high on the priority list. I have been working on the rolls off and on all week, picking fabric, cutting etc. I really like them.

Henry's, cute finished and all rolled up :)
Chloe's (the green/pink) is backwards black on the left, instead of red, and it gathered a little on the pocket. But I like them. I have a few other things to work on today... maybe this inaugural day will have 2 posts... :) we'll see. Thank goodness tomorrow is an inservice day and I don't have to grade stuff today (I'll do it in meetings tomorrow).