Archive for the ‘CREATE’ Category
The maternity leave that I took 5 weeks before baby and 3 weeks after has been an incredible break. It wasn’t exactly planned, so I’m throwing myself back into deadlines and projects that were left very unfinished.
Good news is, I’m back. And it feels good.
But of course, as soon as I opened up the studio again, dust balls and everything, Addie was just as excited to get back too. But I think what she was most excited to get back, was her mom again. While I’ve been “home” all this time, I’ve not really been myself with my body & and baby demanding so much of me. And she was anxious to be with her normal mom again:)
But I had a whole day planned, and instead we ended up sewing together….her way!
Addie has been begging me to show her how to use the sewing machine so she could learn to make her own doll, and I’ve put it off (like every other project) because of my laid up pregnancy situation.
And it had been way over due for so long, we tackled it right then and there.
She had drawn up a pattern (which I politely mentioned might not really look like she wanted it to in the final stages) but she insisted! A good lesson in pattern making, I thought. Ginormous arms? Hmmm. Slanted head? We’d make it work.
And after a few minor and major surgeries (the white thread over-correcting some things can’t be seen via an iphone picture, but you get the idea) we had a doll!
She’s so proud. And I am too.
I’m so lucky I get to share my studio with little awesome people.
Sometimes I overlook how important it is for me to stop and do projects that my kids direct. I have so many projects going on all the time, that often my projects get labeled as “more important.”
The trick is in doing both. And that’s the studio space that feels just right.
Addie wanted to sew and stitch some kind of Easter pillow, and so we spent some time this weekend making it together. She is so crafty and artsy, it’s so fun to finally have a buddy in all this. She’s at that age where she can really learn how to do it herself!
So I drew up an idea, and then she drew up her idea….and we met in the middle. I wanted to sew up a big colorful egg, she wanted a bunny, so we made a bunny holding a big colorful egg.
The best part about these projects is that they can be turned into anything. Wall art, pillows, you name it.
And of course, bunny needed a scarf. So we started there.
The best part is that I got a little helper to work the pedal underneath. Go team!
Then I grabbed some random fabrics from my stash, and sewed strips together (You might recognize some new fabric of mine you haven’t seen yet…coming in the spring! hush, hush:)
Then I used the egg template and pinned it to the sewn scraps. I cute about 1/4 inch around the template, ironed down the edges, and pinned onto the bunny design. Sewing it down in a perfect oval isn’t my specialty. But hey. It’s a darn cute egg, ya?
And then we stitched and stitched! It’s a super fast little job.
But when I got to the tail, I just knew it needed some texture. The kids would love a little cotton tail.
So, yarn pom pom’s it was.
Stitch it onto the little tail, and you’ve got yourself a little cottontail bunny holding a really awesome egg, and ready to be made into something special.
I’ve made the Bunny template for you, so all you have to do it trace it onto some fabric. You can decide what you want to stitch, or what you want to sew on. So many variations!
Have fun! I’d love to see your pictures. Don’t forget to share on my embroidery FLICKR page, or on Facebook...or wherever you like to follow me around:) And if you like this, don’t forget to share on Pinterest!
(just hover over any picture, and it’s an easy share)
Happy Spring everyone! And happy making!!
Remember how my 8 year old creatively got me to finally do all the mending? Well, we got it all done this weekend. And everyone pitched in.
I printed out some stickers for when they were all stitched up and ready to be released, the kids helped me sew up some Medic head wraps and….Ella just wanted to be a pet. How can you blame her with all the stuffed animals around! She’s our comic relief around here, and our method actress too.
The kids set up beds, prepared shots (to numb the area before I dug in with a needle!) and took records of their names, procedures, and recorded when they were released.
We made white bandages to wrap their stitches when they were done, too.
The kids even came up with names: I was Dr. Stitch, Addie was Nurse Needle and Ian was Nurse Sew.
It could have been the most adorable thing they’ve come up with in a while.
Kenneth even got involved. I guess it looked like too much fun to hold back. He’s really cute when he sews. Quite the MAN.
Poor Ella though. She got a little carried away, and may have caused more pain than comfort to a few of the animals. The poor bunny, actually.
And all was well. I still have a few more blankets, but I convinced the kids that hand sewing would mean no dinner. They changed their minds pretty quick.
Are you like me, and have soft toys and socks and blankets that really could use a quick stitch?
Feel free to print these out and make some fun out of it.
Have fun mending!
If you are like me, You had grand ideas of making special valentines, but waited till the last minute.
Well, if you are needing a quickie print out this morning….here you are.
Easy non-sugar valentines that the kids will be super excited to put together.
You can get little plastic animals just about anywhere…the dollar store, the craft store, party store….or even draw your own! Have fun making!
And Happy Valentines:) I just love this holiday! Even if I’m usually scrambling to finish up little love things. Enjoy!
This weekend was so awesome. After a quiet and rather blah Christmas, we made up for it in the past few days with Addie turning 8 years old this weekend! In our church, baptism happens at age 8 (old enough to know what they are doing), so we had both sets of grandparents and great grandparents in town, lots of family, celebrations and so much fun. I can’t believe I have an 8 year old. Where does time go????
My mother-in-law is a fantastic seamstress, and made the sweetest white dress for her. It was a perfect day!
With the new year, I’ve had a few requests for some printable religious stuff, and I thought these bookmarks woud be really sweet and a fun for you to print out and and use at home or at church.
These are a FREE download, and I hope that they will come in handy for Sunday School Teachers, parents, and of course…kids! Please….these are for personal and church use only. Not to be sold, copied, or tampered with.
Hope you enjoy! I’m back in the studio today after a long well needed break. It feels good. Back into art making….and a fresh new year. I’m ready to dive in:)
Here’s a quick Christmas Fix if you are needing one. I went to my local fabric boutique (Harmony & Darlybird) and they had this adorable washi tape tree on the wall. So cute! We’ve added presents (one for each of us) and we’re displaying our Christmas Cards on them this year. We’ve run out of room, and so tomorrow I think I’ll make a few more.
Super easy, and a great way to use up the tape. I love that won’t ever damage the walls, and the kids help put it up. Are you a washi tape geek like me?
Happy Less-than-a-week-till Christmas day! Horray!!
And PS: Thanks so much for all the amazing donating for the Sandy Hook Cards. We’re up to over $1200 of funds donated (and that’s just approximating the numbers from 2 days worth) $5 can go a long way! I’ll be collecting funds all through the holiday.
PPS: Tomorrow is the LAST DAY for all my paper goods in the shop (sigh.) Grab them in the clearance, or never more!
Off to make some peppermint Cocoa now:)
We love paper dolls at our house. I’m thinking of making some more for Christmas, and I came across this really darling idea from Alanna’s Blog who blogged about magnetic paper doll tins. I had to share!
She took the paper dolls, and made their own boxes, and lined it with the Children at play crafting paper. So so darling.
(The set has 6 dolls and 30 outfits!)
I’m starting to feel the “crunch” time of getting my handmade gifts done for this Christmas. You? I’d love to know what you are making this season. Do you have any handmade gifts you just can’t wait to give?
PS: Sorry my blog has been so slow. We’re working out the glitches.
PPS: Come back tomorrow for some super exciting news!
One tradition we have in our family, is the I LOVE YOU BECAUSE game. Each birthday, we go around the table, and say I LOVE YOU BECAUSE….. to the person we are celebrating! I love this tradition, and it’s one that we bring to every birthday…regardless who is in attendance. I love it.
So forThanksgiving, I thought it would be fun to start a new tradition, and WEAR the reasons we are loved.
Each person gets as many feathers as there are people at the table.
Each person writes down what they are grateful for about that person.
Then, all the feathers are passed to the recipient, and they get to wear all the reasons people are grateful for them.
We often don’t know why, specifically, people are grateful for us. This year, I’m making sure my kids know that everyone in their family is indeed….grateful for them. And more importantly, why.
You can wear these, hang them, pin them, or make a piece of art.
Either way, I hope it helps us all take time to show gratitude for the people in our lives who mean the most to us.