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fabric-y spring goodness

March 6, 2009

Just popping in to show off a couple of projects I finished in the last week.

First up is a curtain I made for the bathroom.

patchwork curtain

The mister refuses to part with our old skull & crossbones shower curtain. I think a patchwork curtain certainly cutes it up a bit. The orange & red match the other bathroom accessories.

Second, I’ve been wanting to make a wreath for our front door and I finally got around to it last weekend.

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Using this semi-tutorial from lindamade I turned an old lime green floral sheet into an adorable wreath for our front door. It still needed something, so that’s where the little birdie, complete with wings, came in. Yellow rickrack for hanging. I think it would look nice with a 3-dimensional bird, so I’m contemplating making one of the birds from spool’s bird mobile to hang out in the wreath.

Holiday Ornament Swap

December 12, 2008

I was excited to sign up in time for Freshly Baked and Cake & Pie’s Third Annual Holiday Ornament Swap. I’ve missed it every other year.

This wasn’t my original idea, but the first try didn’t really work out. So I decided to focus on supplies I already had in the house. These little trees are the combination of a felting project gone wrong and embroidery thread left over from my friendship-bracelet-making days.

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I used the 2nd largest shape from The Small Object’s Stacking Fabric Trees template. I whip-stitched the cones closed with coordinating embroidery floss & then either embroidered stars or french knots in red & yellow. I threaded rickrack through the cone’s opening & added a bell on the inside for some fun. The bottoms are stitched closed with some coordinating wool felt left over from a stocking project a few years ago.

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handmade nation

November 21, 2007

jungle quilt

The boy has baby fever & is concocting plans for us to have one at home of our own. Right now I think we should be content with visiting the little toad & providing awesome handmade gifts, like this quilt I’ve been working on for the past few months. It’s the first actual quilt I’ve ever made and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I was a little worried I’d injected it too much of my taste into it and not taken the nursery theme into account enough, but the parents seem to love it.

the boy & the baby

The DIY ethic has been influencing me more & more lately, to the point that I’m having a hard time buying things I could make myself, even from other crafters, although I have been trying. I bought an awesome bag last month from Jmacc because I fell in love with the fabric print. In an attempt to make our place feel less transitional, I bought some wall pretties last week – a woodblock from Cabin & a print from A Minor Thread. And I just finished knitting a simple ribbed scarf with some glorious handspun yarn from Feral Feminine.

One area where I don’t have any guilt about the extreme DIY is food preparation. A friend introduced me to rice pudding a few weeks ago and I spent all day yesterday thinking about it, so I made a batch when I got home. I’ve yet to perfect the recipe, it needs way less sugar, but I’m already thinking of way it can be incorporated into other dishes. And Monday night I tried out a recipe for pumpkin butter that I’d bookmarked a few weeks ago (del.icio.us is my friend). It made the house smell wonderful and it tastes delicious on everything.

pumpkin butter


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