Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mele Kalikimaka

I am off (almost) to spend some fun in the sun time with my family.
Merry Christmas!!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Baldwin the Bathroom Monster

Meet Baldwin!  He is one happy guy!

I think Harold was a bit jealous cause he hopped into the next picture.

Just one more to make!!
Happy Crafting!!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Farmer's Wife Week 14

More Farmer's Wife blocks.  I have been enjoying working on these this week.

#27 Darting Birds
This one was a little tough.  I had to pick out a seam several times but I still couldn't get it perfect.  I was just going to make it worse!

Next up was
#28 Duck and Ducklings

This is my favorite one of this batch.

I finished some more blocks today but it is way too dark to take pictures now.  I will be glad when it stops getting dark by 3:30.
Happy Crafting!!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

View from my Craft Room

This is what I was seeing outside my craft room window this afternoon.  Of course, in real life, the moon looks huge!  Gorgeous!

This was Teacher Appreciation Week at my daughter's school.  I was asked to make cupcakes.  I jumped at the chance!!  I got the idea off of skinny taste.  I didn't use her low-fat recipe, I just used her design.
This picture was taken at dark o'thirty.  They needed to be at the school before nine and I had a class at the gym then so I had to decorate them early.  How fun to make snowmen at 6 in the morning.  You also can't see that they have hats on.
Tomorrow I will have some Farmer's Wife blocks for you!
Happy Crafting!!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Meet Harold

This sweet little guy is Harold the Houseplant Monster.  He is going to go live with my nephew this Christmas.  I had to protect him from the Scruffy dog.  Scruffy didn't even care a little about him until I put the eyes in.  Then..... I could see the look in his eyes!!  Toy!!!!  I had to keep him hidden the rest of the time.
The teeth are glued on felt.

Poor Harold.

I finished the binding on the quilt for the raffle.  And I took it to the school today and dropped it off.  One more thing off my list!!!

Today I am working on a Farmer's Wife block and tonight I am working on another Monster!!!
Happy Crafting!!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Goals for 2012

Have you thought about your crafting goals for the New Year?  I have been thinking about mine quite a bit lately. You see, my craft room is overflowing.  It overwhelms me when I am in it because there are so many projects I want to do and I keep buying more things to do more projects!!!!  Yikes!

I plan on having this as my motto for 2012.  Maybe.... not so much the do without part, but I think you understand what I am meaning.
Since I can't imagine doing without for the whole year, I have made up a plan.  Once I finish four projects (it has to be all the same type : knitting, sewing, spinning) I give myself permission to buy the needed materials for another project. But... I must have a project in mind, not just random buying.  I have some great stuff in my craft room that I want to use but I keep getting distracted by all the new "ooh, shiny" stuff!!!
I have not renewed several of my knitting clubs for the year too.  At first I thought I would be sad, but it didn't bother me in the least.  I knew I was getting too much when some of the excitement of getting the package in the mail was gone.
If I was a computer guru I would make a little side bar thingie (see, I don't even know what it is called) to keep track of my progress.  Since I am not, I have pinned up a piece of notebook paper that I will use to keep track.
I am pretty excited about doing this.  Not only will I have a prettier craft room, I will be using up some of the wonderful goodies I have collected.
If anyone else has a plan, I would love to hear about it.
Happy Crafting!!

Monday, December 5, 2011


I had plans today, big plans.  I was going to photograph my quilt.  I was going to spend the afternoon sewing.  Hmmm, didn't happen.  The power decided to go out so I sat on the couch and knitted for a while.  It was not bright but there was enough light to see.  Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to get those things done.  The power has gone out three times in the last three days.  Yes, we had some terrible weather but I didn't really think it was that bad!!!

When my middle daughter came home for Thanksgiving, she brought an ear warmer that she borrowed from a friend to show me.  "Mommy, can you make me one of these?  In black?"

I used the Serendipity Ear Band pattern.  I actually knitted it twice because the first one was a bit too small and picking out the alpaca was just not happening!!  I will save the other one for a present for someone who has a smaller head.

I'm surprised that the picture actually came out.  This daughter was giggling so hard.  I think it was because she had blow dried her hair and it was super frizzy.  Any of you out there with curly hair will know what I am talking about.  She was going to use the straightener on it.  I got it mailed off on Saturday so hopefully she will get it soon.

Now I have to finish up the little things that didn't get done today.  It is amazing to me how life pretty much shuts down when there is no power.
Then I plan on knitting on Monsters!!!!
Happy Crafting!!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Raffle Quilt

I was asked by one of my daughter's teachers if I could make a quilt for the class to raffle off to make money for Prom.  I made one for one of my older daughters and I was happy to make another one.
I wanted to do something Alaskan and I chose a fabric that had a blanket toss pattern.
I was having trouble picking out the other colors so everyone in the quilt shop helped me.  Only in a quilt shop!!!  It is a bit bright even for me.  I was worried about it a lot!!!!  I still am.

The light coming from the right is from my sewing machine, not the sun!!!  I was in the process of sewing on the binding.  I got it all done and plan to start hand sewing the binding on.

Occupy your Sewing Room begins today!!  What a fun idea.  You can read more about it over here.

Now, to get all my chores done for the day so I can occupy my sewing room!!!
Happy Crafting!!!