Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Fall Is In The Air



As I drove my husband to work this morning I was struck by how quickly the weather has changed here in East Tennessee.  Just Saturday I was at a marching band competition with my son sweating in 87 degree weather.  When I left the house this morning it was 47 degrees and a high of 73 degrees expected.  The leaves are just beginning to change color and a few are even already drifting to the ground.

Fall is a very busy season around my house.  With a middle school cheerleader and member of the high school marching band in the house we are constantly running to practices and games.  It is also high tourist season in the Smoky Mountains, so I help out my friend some at my LQS. 



In the midst of this craziness I have felt an overwhelming urge to write again.  So while I have taken an extended sabbatical from blogging after the birth of our youngest child, I have decided to begin blogging again.  

I hope you will join me as I once again share my adventures in crafting and journeys through motherhood. 

Amanda

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sweet Softies: Funny Bunny

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.

Happy Easter!


Sweet Softies: Funny Bunny

Pot Holder Pattern

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?




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

Inspiration

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

Our Etsy Shop is Up and Open

Our Etsy shop is now open.  Right now we have primarily sock monkeys available, but keep checking back for a variety of products and designs.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Product Safety


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.