Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I'm just starting to try my hand at making some stuffed animals. When I'm learning a new craft, I find it beneficial to learn by making projects from patterns that have already been created by others. No sense in trying to reinvent the wheel, right? Once I've learned basics and become comfortable with a form, I can branch out from there.
This dinosaur pattern is from Morrissey Dolls. It was a very fun project to put together and the instructions were quite easy to follow. It didn't take me nearly as long to complete him as I was afraid it would! And, of course, Lil' Kay is convinced that he needs one, too. He wants his to be green. And, he thinks Sally needs a purple one!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
This is Lil Kay and Sally this morning before work. They're wearing their matching Godzilla tees. Can you tell that Spongebob was on while I was snapping this photo? Neither of them is paying attention to me.
ONLY 2 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!
Monday, November 30, 2009
I convinced my dear sister Jessica to venture out with me on Black Friday. We only wanted to go to Target and WalMart, both of which opened at 5 AM. We also agreed that we didn't REALLY need to be there when they opened. That's just for crazy people! **snort** We agreed to leave my house at 6 AM.
I set my alarm for 5:00. At 6:00 I heard a knocking on my front door. Yeah. Alarm did not go off. But, hey, I was ready to leave the house at 6:10!
Overall, it wasn't as bad as we expected. Target was our first stop. It was busy, but the staff was helpful and the customers were friendly. We snagged a couple of the bargains we went for and then waited in line. The line looked more imposing than it was. We got out of there in fairly decent time.
With fear and trepidation, we drove down to WalMart. We were shocked! Where were all the cars? We parked in the front row!! We went in, got our items and checked out at the Christmas department with no waiting! The employee back there said, "You should have been here at 4:30. It all died off at 6:00."
Really, the only things I didn't get were the $29 digital photo frame and a copy of Elf for $3.99. I was pretty pleased with my purchases, and it was a low stress experience. Except the over-sleeping part. Thank God Jessica went with me. I'd have been pretty annoyed if I woke up at 8:00 and realized I'd missed it!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Turns out, these rugs were orginally made using a needle made from a tooth brush! Back in the day when tooth brushes came with a hole in the handle. Have you noticed they don't come that way any more?
The Mennonite woman who made this rug, told me it was made from strips of sheets. It's very nice and squishy under my feet. I have it laying in front of my kitchen sink. I do think I need to put some kind of rubber gripper thing underneath it though. It slides quite easily at the moment.
Want to make your own tooth brush needle rug? (Apparently, you can now buy tooth brush needles, so you won't have to find an "antique" tooth brush to make one from.) Here is a pretty good set of instructions. Personally, I'm going to leave this art to the rugmaking experts, but it is an interesting idea!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I mentioned that I wanted to learn to crochet, and my mom said she could teach me, but somehow, that didn't seem like such a good idea. I picked up a learn to crochet kit at Hobby Lobby and took it with me when Sally had to be in the hospital for jaundice. I learned a little, but when I got past single crochet, I felt like the instructions were a bit lacking. Stuff wasn't making sense, so I put it all away. It wasn't like I didn't want to learn anymore, it just wasn't coming all that easily, and quite frankly, I'm a little lazy.
Over my lunch hour yesterday, I happened to pass buy the local bead and yarn store and decided to stop in and see what kind of crochet books they had. The owner showed me two or three that she said were very good. When I asked which one would be most helpful for both learning and reading patterns, she recommended The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller.
Last night, while I was watching tv with Mr Kay, I broke out the yarn and hook and went to work. The instructions in this book are amazing! All the things that I just didn't "get" with the other book were fully explained in language I could understand. The diagrams made sense. It addressed common mistakes with phrases like "here" and "not here". It kind of feels like you're learning with an actual person sitting there teaching you. I am loving the way the hook and yarn feel in my hand, and it's so exciting to see the actual progress. And it actually looks good!
Today over my lunch hour, I learned the double crochet stitch. Tonight, I'm going to tackle the triple. I can hardly wait to get to the end of the book which is full of simply adorable patterns! There are at least two scarves, two sweaters, a couple hats, a bag and a blanket that I want to make. It should keep me busy all winter long!
Make sure you get the most recent edition of the book. Apparently, the original book had a number of errors in the patterns, but those have been corrected in the latest edition. (I nearly panicked when I started reading some of the reviews, but was relieved to find out about the corrections.)
I'm sure there will be future posts about my foray into this new hobby. Maybe I'll get brave enough to post a picture of my swatch!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I've had this little design sketched up for some time now, but had been focusing on my fruit pillows. Over the past few days, I've been bringing my owl to life.
After I had the front stitched together, I held it up for Mr Kay. He just stared at it. "It's an owl," I said.
"Oh. I see it now. I thought it was a cup."
Seriously?? A cup?? Granted, I didn't have the eyes on it, but still, a cup??
So far, I have the front, back and sides done. Now, it's just a matter of sewing the three components together and attaching the eyes. I found the perfect buttons to use as eyes. I think they're supposed to be a flower design, but they make awesome owl eyes!
I'm hoping this little cutie will be in the shop very soon! If I can get decent pictures. Winter has arrived in Kansas, and it's wet and cold!
Monday, November 16, 2009
My son is a prolific artistic. Our house is a veritable tinderbox of paper. That child can go through a ream of paper in a week! I am constantly picking up papers and sneaking them into the trash can. I have to bury them under other stuff, because he knows my trick and checks on me.
But, every now and then, I run across a drawing that is so funny or so accurate, that I simply must not throw it away. This year, my nephew was an octopus for Halloween, and this is Lil' Kay's depiction of Layton in his costume.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Lil' Kay brought this little airplane home from school. It was a prize he received for selling a certain number of items (all bought by me!) in a fundraiser.
Mr. Kay and I just scratched our heads.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
When we found out that we were having a baby girl, Mom immediately started to think about what kind of quilt she should make for Sally. I found this pattern in a quilting magazine and helped her to pick out the fabrics. Let me tell you, there are a lot of different fabrics in this pattern! It took quite some time at the quilt store to find the necessary number of coordinating prints!
My mom did all the cutting and piecing for the quilt and Grandma did the quilting. So, it's been worked on by both Sally's grandma and her great grandma. Talk about an heirloom!
Mom presented us with the completed quilt this past Saturday, and isn't it gorgeous? Very feminine without being too pink. Just the way I wanted it. It's also huge! Definitely not a baby blanket, but that's perfect, too. Now, Sally will be able to enjoy this blanket for a long, long time.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Thursday night was our annual pumpkin carving party. We had ten people over to eat chili and carve jack-o-lanterns. Lil Kay and I decided to take a cue from Family Fun Magazine and carve a shark eating smaller fish. Mr. Kay carved his pale green pumpkin with a bit of a scary face. We were so surprised and delighted to see that the green pumpkin actually still had vivid orange innards! Our white pumpkin, on the other hand, was white all the way through! I have to admit that we didn't get all six of these pumpkins carved on Thursday night. Three of them were finished on Saturday morning!
Here in Kansas, we had beautiful weather for trick-or-treating on Halloween day! Lil Kay's scuba diver costume was a big hit, and everyone was gushing over how cute Sally looked in her goldfish suit. Mr. Kay and I both agreed that it looked a bit like she'd been eaten by a giant goldfish.
Lil Kay's diver costume was so much fun to put together. I have to give credit to Mr. Kay for making the tank and flippers. The flippers were created out of duct tape and tubing and finished just a couple hours before we left for the big Halloween event downtown. Unfortunately, they were a bit hard to walk in and were taken off shortly after we arrived downtown!
After trick-or-treating downtown, we drove over to my parents' house, and Lil Kay got to do more trick-or-treating with his cousins who were dressed as a mermaid and an octopus. Anyone detect a theme here?
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
This is pretty much how the weekend went:
Passerby: How old is your baby?
Me: One month.
Passerby: Look at all that hair!
If I had a dollar for everytime I had that exact conversation, the craft show would have been a HUGE success!
As it was, we didn't sell a lot, but it was a very nice show! Well-organized and wonderful quality exhibitors! I would definitely consider doing the show again. I even met a fellow Etsian - LindsayLouCreations!
I'm all done with craft shows for this year, so my new patchwork fruit pillows are starting to show up in my Etsy shop. Stop by and take a peek!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
So, they sent out a bili-blanket for us to use at home. Unfortunately, we got pretty poor instructions, so we didn't use it correctly the first night. The next day, her levels were over 20. The doctor wanted us to bring her in to the hospital so they could put her under the larger lights. We were not at all excited about that, so we asked for more time so we could use the blanket more effectively. Her levels went down by one point, but the next day they were back up to 22, the highest they had been so far.
At that point, the doctor was insistent that we bring her in to the hospital, and I agreed. I just wanted to get it fixed as soon as possible. So, we spent this weekend in the hospital with Sally. She got to spend most of her time in a box under the "smurf light". She hated it and especially hated the little mask she had to wear to protect her eyes.
Fortunately, on Sunday morning her bili level was down to 10, and the doctor sent us straight home. Unfortunately, Lil Kay, who had been staying with Grandma and Grandpa has been running a fever all weekend and complaining of a sore throat. The doctor thought we should keep him away from Sally, so he's still there, but is seeing the doctor. Hopefully, he'll be home soon!
Seriously. I thought I'd bring my baby home, and we'd settle right down to being a family of four! This is harder than I expected!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Last week, I had a complete break down and was insistent that there was no way I could way four more weeks to have this baby. Then I made a list of things I want to accomplish before the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair on the 19th and said, "Whoa, Baby! You better just stay put for a few more weeks!"
Anyway, I'm feeling pretty good this week. I had my last baby shower last night and got lots of cute teeny tiny pink things, and I had a pedicure over my lunch hour yesterday. The house is reasonably tidy and the baby's bed is all made. However, I still haven't packed a bag for the hospital. I'm a teensy bit silly like that. I figure if I pack a bag ahead of time, I'll probably have to be induced. If I don't pack a bag, maybe I'll go into labor and be rushing around at the last minute to do it! Yep, I make my husband crazy!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Anyway, Saturday night we discovered that he was only $5 away from having enough to buy Screature. So, after a fairly well-behaved morning in church where I had instituted some new behavior rules suitable for a first grader, I agreed to make up the difference so he could go buy his new pet.
Without a doubt, it was the "best day of his life"! (Granted, this is coming from a kid who has been known to have the best and worst day of his life within the same 24 hour period, but he was pretty happy.) In no time flat, Screature had his own bed with a pillow and blanket, and Mr Kay and I were being told to turn down the t.v. so we wouldn't wake him. Screature has been terrorizing the cats, and I swear, if that thing snaps at my nose one more time, I'm removing his batteries.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
I'm a little tempted to embroider a cute little face on this and make it a bit more kawaii. What do you think?
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
"Ummmm..... maybe a picture of me?"
"A picture of you? Why?"
"Well, so he could put it in a frame."
"That's weird. Would you want a picture of Brandon for your birthday?"
"No!" (Said like I was totally out of my mind.)
So, I'm taking him shopping tonight for gifts. I worry that maybe he's a bit selfish, but I think that's a little normal for a six year old, especially an only child. I'm just not quite sure how to get him to think of others before himself.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
So, in case you couldn't tell, this is an apple. I've also got sketches drawn up for a pear, a pumpkin (which I know isn't really a fruit), a slice of watermelon and a strawberry. I think I'm going to go with the watermelon next.
Tell me what you think!
Friday, July 17, 2009
I am so stinking proud of this that you would think I'd made it myself! My sister Jessica showed me this beauty last night, and it was love at first sight.
This pretty little mermaid is at least two feet tall. (I haven't measured her yet.) She's made from fleece, so she's soft and cuddly, and I'm thrilled with how the fleece hair turned out. What little girl wouldn't want to snuggle up with this friendly beauty?
She will be debuting at the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair in Hillsboro, KS in September. If there are any left, we'll add them to the She Made It store after that!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I have to admit that I meant to go for a deeper redder red, but I'm a total nincompoop when it comes to choosing paint color by those silly little swatches at the paint store. I need a 12x12 swatch to really get the feel for how a particular color will look. But I'm still happy with the results. My favorite part is the vinyl decal I purchased from Single Stone Studios! It is actually a 23" long decal that I cut in half so I could have birds on both sides of my sewing box. The directions that came with the decal were super-easy to follow, and the quality of the decal is excellent! I'd highly recommend them!
I've always wanted to be one of those people who can take a flea market find and turn it into something lovely!
If you'd like to see a play by play of how this project went down, you can check it out here!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I did the cutting and sewing and then turned Lil' Kay loose with a bag of polyfil! He did a fabulous job of stuffing his pillow, but it took a lot of "fluffy" to fill it! He kept telling me, "It's almost done!" and I kept say, "No, it's not!" He was quite the trooper. I really expected him to get bored when it didn't fill up as quickly as he wanted, but he just kept stuffing.
Lots of "fluffy" later, Lil' Kay had a huge body pillow covered in his favorite dinosaurs. Lately, he's been trying to determine the "king" of everything -- king of dinosaurs, king of animals, king of candy (which, by the way, is chocolate). He was very quick to dub this project the King of Pillows!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I know I haven't blogged for a while. It's because I'm working on lots of projects that I want to share with you, but not until they're finished!
My new craft area is in the works. I have my cute little sewing box almost done. My belly is getting bigger by the minute. And, I've got a fun little project for the nursery that I just ordered supplies for yesterday.
That little guy up there is my most favorite firework that we blew up this year! How could I resist that face?? And when we ignited him, his eyes and mouth lit up! So that's what I'm up to! Working on projects and blowing things up!