I'm looking at the dates on my post and realized it has been almost a year since I have been active blogging. Later this week I might post on what that year has consisted of, but for now I am thrilled to return from my hiatus of blogging. Especially when I am finding so many cute things to share with you. Look at this a year without a post and now two post in one day.
Sweet Softies: Funny Bunny
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
I just found this as I was searching the web for new inspiration. I know it's a little late for Valentine's Day but love isn't a seasonal emotion is it?
Pot Holder Pattern
A Spoonful of Sugar has offered a free tutorial for this adorable beginner friendly potholder. Check it out!
Pot Holder Pattern
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I'm in the process of designing several projects at once. Normally this would be an overload of the senses especially as I am finishing up my last semester of a graduate program.
So how do I get myself into such a creative blitz.
I think it's a combination of having a new baby to create for as well as the dangerous website known as Google. Especially image search.
I love owls. There is just something that appeals to me about them. I was googling images looking for possible prints to frame for the nursery when I found these images.
The colors in this one just reminded me of a quilt. My brain went straight from there to possible patterns.
The eyes on this one are just too cute for words. Hmmmm possible plush toy for baby.
There are lots of owls being created in my craft space right now. Be on the look out for the finished projects here and in our Etsy shop.
What about you? What inspires you to create? Is it an image, a written pattern, or something as abstract as a color?
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
From time to time I get questions about the safety of my handcrafted softies for young children. It is widely recognized that buttons can pose a choking hazard for small children.
I often use buttons because I like the look it gives a finished product. But when making a toy for my own baby I consider several factors. The most important one to me is this: is the toy going to be a decoration or actually played with?
If the softie will be used as a toy, it doesn’t matter how much supervision I provide, the toy will end up in my baby’s mouth.
If this is a concern when making your own softies I urge you to consider alternatives for the eyes, wither the safety eyes that are available at most craft stores or eyes directyl sewn on the softie.
On the original Skittles I used buttons. It is a shelf sitter in the baby’s room, our of reach. On Skittles II I hand appliqued felt eyes with a basic blanket stitch. This one was for a friend’s two year old grandson to play with.
The look is completely different but still adorably cute.
The options available in fabrics are virtually endless. Don’t limit yourself to felt. Use your creativity to explore with all types and prints of fabric.
As always, Happy Crafting!
P.S. I couldn’t resist just one more picture of this adorable sock bunny.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
My 9 year old loves all things Hello Kitty so when I walked into my LQS as they were packing up for the Smoky Mountain Quiltfest I could not resist the new stock.
They had this adorable panel that my little girl just fell in love with.
Her birthday was just a couple weeks later so I had to get busy.
I squared the edges of the panel and added a simple double border with cornerstones.
The cornerstones are a square in square design.
I had to try my hand at another pieced back and came up with this belt buckle design. I love how it mimics the cornerstones on the front.
I quilted it with a simple diagonal strip about 2.5 inches apart.
The look on my daughter's face was priceless. I was flying pretty high until when we started taking pictures for this post. Then my 12 year old decided she was going to steal the coordinating pillowcase I made.
We recovered it, broke up arguments and now are back to the enjoyment of a successfully crafted gift.
Have any of you crafted the perfect gift for a loved one? Share in the comments. I would love to hear your stories.