Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bags for Christmas

These are book bags made with a thicker material, and assembled in a whole new way. The handles were a pain to make, but I had cut out several pieces already so I stuck it out and followed the book's instructions.

I know a woman who is really into these kinds of bags. Hope she likes it.

The lining is the same material as the outside top piece of the bag.

This time the pouch is padded with the material I use when quilting.
It's a really good size for many things.

Inside. I like using colors that contrast, even clash with each other.

Side view.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Pencil Carrier

One of my new sewing books had a picture of zipper sewing that lifted my fear of giving pouch making another try.

I needed to make gifts for teachers.

I made several. I am not quite at the stage of the learning curve where the skill is second nature.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Art Apron

What to make the Art Teacher?

Her apron shown on an adult.

On a kid.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sewing marathon and more

I was prepared with books, materials, and energy. There was plenty of free time during this holiday weekend.
Elf shoes to be filled with candy.

Heart pillows for hanging.

A night time poncho for TV watching in bed.

The blanket for little sister who will get it at Christmas.
I love being able to accomplish my goals.

Friday, November 21, 2008

What I am giving for Christmas

One rust colored lap blanket.

And one lilac lap blanket.
My other crochet projects include more of these and many scarfs.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Crochet time

Cooler weather makes my hands fidgety, and my psychi brings forth memories of women in my family that had the affinity to work with yarn.

I went to Michaels' and picked out warmer colors this time.

I started a few blankets. I like having several works in process.

One of three.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Personal Finances

The check register case is pretty easy to make.

Now Snowden can organize her financial documents.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Pumpkins and Halloween

Fun in class on Halloween is a must.

Pumpkins were decorated.

Lined up.

Must have eyes. This one won a prize.

Brooms. These were my favorites. Easy to make too.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Things to with one large piece of fabric

We are having a cold spell in the desert and it was nice to be in the backyard and do some cutting for projects to be worked on later.

I used this material for everything. There's the checkbook cover, the eye cover for sleeping, and the bathroom organizer.

My test Mozambique Kid doll will be floral too. Hey this may lead to a theme...
Now it is time to get the machine going.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Diaper Fold Pouch

There isn't much sewing going on here. Instead, I play with paper.

Using this tutorial to guide me I picked out my paper and started folding.

The plain pouch.


Snowden and Grasshopper made some too.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A gift with love

For a teacher.
I wanted it long so it could store longer papers.

The pocked is a bit off center, but it is a pocket.I used a thinner material as the lining. I enjoy the contrast in pattern too.

Monday, September 22, 2008

On a sunny afternoon

I finally got myself sewing even if for 1 hour only, in the afternoon. It was sunny and very quiet.
Buttons needed sewing, and rips needed mending.

While at it, I made a bag, most likely to go to Grasshopper's teacher who has been pretty cool and supportive.

My heart smiles, I breath deep and feel accomplished.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

More Halloween preparations

Snowden got in on the action.

They are looking around the house for possible display space.


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Hot diggity, Fall is here!

Grasshopper gets bored easily. We were discussing pumkins so I decided to we should have fun on Halloween, as I used to have when the girls were toddlers.

I pulled out the October magazines from my Martha Stewart collection. We looked for ideas.

We visited the website but have to wait to find templates because it is being upgraded.

Grasshopper started working on some of her decorations.

Tomorrow The Halloween box will come down and I will be all warm and fuzzy inside.

In the desert, Fall is created 'cause it just doesn't happen quite like I want it to.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Tote bag

I reached the point where I was no longer afraid to tackle that tote pattern and begin the process of creating my tote bag.

I cut the material on Saturday.

On Sunday I started sewing. One step at a time and a lot of pattern reviewing got me there.

I could not understand that inside pocket and made up my own thing.

My bag. It's 10 years of wishing finally coming true.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

When you zoom around in the world of craft blogs, much is discovered. I leaned about and signed up for the daily specials email.

This opens up possibilities of some money savings.

I was thinking "garden" when I chose this material.

Maybe I'll venture into the land of lined bags.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

This and that

We have been busy with the backyard, but there is always a little time for sewing.

These are 2 of 4 aprons. The other 2 are adult size. Lets get bbquing.

Finished the red fleece poncho. I have to find more pink pom pom border to finish the pink one.