Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

 First off, congratulations to my wonderful husband for graduating and commissioning this past week. I am so very proud of him and his accomplishments! He's worked really hard in the ROTC program for the past two years, and now here he is; a 2nd Lt. in the United States Army! He earned his bachelor degree in Middle Eastern Studies and spent four long years struggling to learn Arabic. He did an amazing job persevering through the frustrations of learning a new language, and has become quite fluent.

Second of all, happy Easter everyone! It's a beautiful Easter for us--super sunny, and just a little chilly, perfect weather for taking a walk! 

A big thank you to my brother for taking the pictures!

Easter is not just a silly holiday for us. We enjoy the candy just as much as the next person, but there is something more to this holiday. Today is the day, two thousand years ago, that Jesus Christ rose from the tomb and became the resurrected Lord. This is a time where we can focus on the Savior, his life, and especially his death and resurrection. I know that my Redeemer lives. Jesus Christ died to save us from our sins. He gave his life freely out of perfect love for us. I testify, along with President Thomas S. Monson, that this is true; in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Craft day

Alan and I don't use washcloths, we just don't. I use a loofah, and Alan just soaps up . . . anyway, we don't need to get into our bathing habits, sorry about that. Since to us they're useless, the washcloths that we got with the towel sets from our wedding just sat in our cabinet and never saw the light of day. Yesterday as I was organizing the cabinet and decided I needed to do something with them.

I googled and voila! Bath-time duckies! I also came across whale scrubbies, bunnies and flowers. Awesome for my plethora of washcloths!

There's not a plethora anymore since I already used some, but you get the idea. 

Friday, April 8, 2011

New toys

Today was an inside kind of day. Outside it's rainy, and sleeting, and really cold. So Killer and I threw on some comfy clothes, spread out a fat, fluffy comforter and pulled out all the toys. I had Killer practice sitting up (which he's getting really good at) and practice trying to crawl. When Killer was a newborn he absolutely hated tummy time, then as he got older he started to like it more, and now, just when he's so close to crawling he hates it again. He'll sit there whining and crying until I turn him over or sit him up. What a stinker!

Enough about my cute, little boy and on to the real reason for this post. Since we spent most of the day inside I, of course, had to pull out the old sewing machine and make something. I decided to make a couple of new toys for Killer since he seems to be tiring of his old ones.

I got the idea for this teething giraffe off of Etsy. I know what you're all thinking and it's true, I'm a copy cat. I'm not so great at thinking up original ideas and so I just steal other peoples'. The giraffe is made from cotton fabric, is stuffed to the gills with stuffing, and has a tail made of braided embroidery floss. It took me about ten minutes to draw a pattern that I was satisfied with, but I think it ended up very nice.  

Here's Killer with his new toy. For the longest time I couldn't get him to actually chew on it, which was my intention; it is a teething giraffe after all. But he soon got the hang of it.

It turned out fine, but I decided that the next giraffe needed a lot more stuffing. So more stuffing was exactly what giraffe number 2 got.
See how nicely they stand?
This one I  made a little bit bigger, which makes it look better. The other difference is that it has a braided tail of yarn. I love how number 2 turned out! I'll probably be making a million more of these with all the fabric scraps I have lying around.

My other toy project I actually made yesterday, but I have to share it with you.

Meet Big Blue the big, blue whale! I got the pattern from Jess's blog Craftiness is not optional. Looking back on her post I realize that her whales' eyes are a lot farther back.  Huh; that's probably why mine looks so funny . . . . Oh well, Killer doesn't seem to mind:
Or maybe he does and he's actually laughing at Big Blue . . . .

What an awesome stay inside day it has been! I hope you all had and are having an excellent Friday!

P.S. Just one more picture because I think it's adorable!

He got his pacifier in his mouth all by himself

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What you've all been waiting for!

Finally, the post that you've all been waiting for . . . . my color quiet book!

I found this idea on Etsy and instead of buying the kit I just made my own. That way I could do more of what I wanted. I made the book entirely of felt, except for the scraps of fabric inside. Next time I make a fabric book (and I hope to do many more of them) I'll use fleece for the pages; the felt is just a little too bulky to sew together correctly. In fact, I had to hand sew the whole book together because there was no way I was going to be able to use my sewing machine!
Onto more pictures!

 Colored balloons on the front. At first I was going to do shapes to add one more element of learning to the book, but it proved to be a little more difficult.Okay, actually it was more laziness that prevented me from doing that. I didn't have the patience to search the internet for ten different shapes and make them all of the same size.

 You can unbutton the balloons! I wanted to make this book an interactive learning experience. So Killer (and his future siblings) will learn colors, and how to use buttons. Also, it's fun because it's a matching game. On each color page there is another button that the child buttons the balloon on to. That doesn't make much sense, but hold on it will.

Red balloon unbuttoned!
All the balloons unbuttoned!

 Now my explanation about how it's a matching game makes more sense doesn't it?

 I want to thank my mom who provided all of the scraps for this book. Thanks mom! I love you!

 Don't look too closely, it's all wrinkly. I had to do a lot of marking with a fabric marker and I forgot to iron the pages after washing all the ink off.

Yeah, the black page is a little sparse, but that was my only black scrap. And by the time I got to the black page I just wanted to get this done that so I didn't bother to go buy another black fabric.  

So there you have it! My long awaited color quiet book. I want to give a shout out of thanks to my friend and neighbor Katie for taking such wonderful pictures for me, and for selling me those adorable buttons! She made those buttons! Yep, you heard me, made them! And they are so dang cute! Here's the balloons again so you can get a close up of one of the buttons. 
I love the criss-cross pattern on the white and purple. You all can buy some buttons too since she sells them at her cool Etsy store. So go heck that out, and while you're at it check out her awesome blog too. Again, thank you Katie!

Update on my shirt . . . I finally got the pattern perfect and hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to go out and get some awesome fabric (tomorrow is payday after all).

Check out my latest quiet book, and my Etsy shop!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Going out on my own

I'm very much a pattern sewer. What I mean by that is I always use patterns when I'm sewing things, especially clothes. And they have to be patterns from the store; patterns that someone else dreamed up and has done all the math so that they come out perfect every time.

But times are changing. The crafty blogs I read are filled with dresses, shirts, pants, and other clothing items where the women made their own patterns. They usually do little girl clothes, and use clothes that already fit their children as patterns. For awhile now I've been wanting to make myself a shirt, but couldn't find any store bought patterns that I particularly liked. I have a couple of shirts in my wardrobe that I absolutely love and so last night I gathered my courage and did it. I took this shirt

Sorry that it doesn't show off the shirt completely
(one from DownEast Basics) made my own pattern and sewed up a trial shirt.


Then I tried tweaking it just a little to make some parts even better. Yeah that didn't work out so well. So I went back to my original pattern and made some different tweaks. I haven't yet made another trial shirt, mainly because I have other things to do today, but I'm really hoping that it turns out how I want. I think it will and I'm so excited! 

I'll post some pictures of it when I'm done. I'll also be posting this in Jess's Flickr group over on Craftiness is not optional for her series The Sincerest Form of Flattery. Go check it out, it should be awesome!
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