Wednesday, January 27, 2010

new cover!

I finally broke down and made a new cover for my ironing board! It was in really bad shape. I had worn through the padding and was ironing some spots right to the metal.. nice, huh? I found this great tutorial and it was so easy! I bought a cover for a large ironing board (mine is a small one) at the thrift store, and used it as my fabric. It had the padding already so it was a 15 minute project with results that make me giddy, and for just $1!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

{honey bun}

My mom owns a quilt shop. Do you know how lucky I am? I get to help her do the buying (when the kids allow... sometimes it's not so fun) and pick what fabric lines I want to work with. This one I have been in love with. Moda's pre-cut bundles are so much fun! I made this quilt from a 'honey bun' and a couple yards of white-on-white print. It will fit a baby batting, but is still big enough to use for a couple toddler years. Please ignore the desperate need to iron. My ironing board is in really bad shape. Really bad. So, until I fix it... it remains unironed. I think it will be for my new niece that will be born early summer. That gives me... 4 1/2 months to get around to stippling it. ;)
I am also contemplating a 1" border around the edges... what do you think?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Craft Room

I am lucky enough where we live to have a room dedicated to my crafts. I love it. However, I have never actually done any crafts in there. This would be why...
It didn't start out this bad, it really didn't. I have beads, sewing supplies, scrapbooking stuff, yarn, storage, my mother-in-law's photos, my mother's chandelier... it seemed to turn into a storage space for everybody. So, today I had my hubby bring our elliptical machine in (hooray!) and had to do some rearranging in the room. I really got bad through December when I was storing all my Christmas gifts back there. I promise my whole house does not look like this! With a little help from Moo, I was able to accomplish quite a bit!
I now have space on the floor to move around, and have started tackling organizing all my fabric.
The bummer? I realized I have at least 15 quilting/sewing projects started. I would like to get down to 8... that seems to be a manageable number. I guess that means lots of sewing while hubby is away this week!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Kid Crafts: Week Two

We did more outside play this week than inside, but we still got a few kids crafts in!

Bug loves puzzles, so we worked on this Melissa and Doug set we got from the thrift store. She likes the 'sishies' the best.
I bought this mat at the dollar store, and we did 'school time' together, working on identifying numbers and copying shapes and colors.
We did some alphabet work with matching the letters - thanks to Grandma Warner for a great Christmas gift!Bug's favorite was matching calendar pictures. I got a mini calendar from the dollar section at Target for half price, and had her match the pictures with the mini ones from the back of the calendar. Once she got the idea of the game, it was really easy. We mixed the pictures up and did this game four times in one night! We got the idea for this one from Chasing Cheerios. I love that blog!

Thursday, January 14, 2010


I made this quick little panel quilt yesterday (backed with minky - love it!)...
however I can not take all the credit as I had lotsand lots of help!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Kid Crafts: Week One

Bug and I do kid 'projects' together several times a week while Moo is napping. I love the time we spend together and try and mix crafts and learning during this time. I thought every week I'd do a wrapup of what we have been working on.

We made Snowman inspired from here. Bug loved this project, and ate all the eyes and buttons off the snowmen before hubby could get home with the candy for the hats.
For Christmas she got a big bag of misc. supplies for our projects, and these Martha Stewart puppet kits were included. She and Moo played 'sroggies' the rest of the day.

Moo got magnetic Melissa and Doug animals and we have been working on identifying the animals. However, she would rather just slide all the animals off the fridge ten times and call it quits. Yikes - it looks like she has a mullet in this pic. Gotta do something about that.
My big Christmas gift this year? Pots and pans. I love love love them. I couldn't stand to throw all the wrapping materials away, so with the help of Bug and Moo ( love it!) we played in the felt and turned these plain cardboard pieces into princess crowns!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Selvedge fun

I have been dreaming about doing a project with all those beautiful little color dots on the selvedge edge of fabric for a long time. I finally dove in this week and I am so addicted! I opted to use edges all from the same fabric line on this one, and I like how it turned out. I had some wool blend felt in brown for the inside. Sending this one to my Grandma Kitch. LOVE IT!
Loved it so much I attempted one for myself! Fun, bright colors on this one! I was in such a hurry to finish while Moo was still in the highchair eating breakfast I forgot to look which side I was putting the elastic on... oops! I actually liked that side better, so whatever.
Together! They just make me giddy. Glad I have been saving these edges!