Sunday, December 14, 2014

Stitching while away

My husband and I were recently gone for many days getting a big chunk of continuing education out of the way. Because of this we were in Las Vegas for 10 days. Let me tell you, that's a long time to be there. It's so overwhelming to the senses, and after so many hours during the day learning changes in accounting and tax reporting (it's not really as sexy as it sounds) we have the need to get out at night. So, as you can imagine, we're exhausted by the time we get home.

Anyway, while we're there, a couple of the days I don't have any classes so I took some stitching with me to work on.

It's one of those packages of pillow cases that already has the pattern printed on it. I decided to do it in all red to go with my bedding. I'm actually making these just for me.

I got the cases on If you've never been there you should check it out. It's great for getting things and for getting rid of things you may no longer need.

I did mange to finish one of the cases and I'm about a third of the way done on the other. It feels a little like an accomplishment, but won't really until I can see them on my bed.

Here's the one completed.

I think I'm going to like them.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Squared away

I know it's been forever, but this time it's actually not my fault. lol My computer contracted a couple of really nasty viruses. There were two different ones that are new that each did a lot of damage in completely different ways. We tried for a couple of days to make repairs to no avail. Then we took it to the computer doctor and after he spent a week trying to save it, we had to concede defeat and wipe the hard drive clean and start from square one. Not only did we have to reload all of the programs for work, we had to go back and retrieve (thank goodness we had carbonite) all of the files and pictures that were specific to my computer. At this point we've spent roughly three weeks trying to get things back to regular working order again, and I'm still finding little things here and there that we missed. It's just crazy.

In the meantime, I've managed to get all the pieces made for a sweater. Now it's time to join them all and see what I have. Wish me luck!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Another Halloween Finish

I know it's far after Halloween and I should have posted this ages ago. But, I've been having a heck of a time. My regular computer has a virus.....actually, the computer repairman told me that there were several and that they were deep. There's a good chance that I've lost years worth of pictures because our back up system may have overwritten those files with the corrupted ones. I won't really know until I get it back. Gaahhh!

So, here I am, trying to catch up.

One of my daughters worked with me to get this wreath made. She glued the googly eyes onto the ping pong balls. I found an old hanger and shaped it into a circle and then just gathered a spool of tulle onto it. Then Kirsten, my daughter, glued the eyes onto the wreath.

We thought it turned out pretty cute. Er, I mean's very scary.

It was hard to really get the full effect of the eyeballs for the picture, they kept looking away.

Anyway, it was a great project to do with my daughter and would be a good project for most kids. She's almost 16 so it was fine for her to use the hot glue gun, but you could use regular glue for younger kids, or maybe even peel and stick googly eyes so that they can help too.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Halloween Finish

I did this stitchery some time ago and then never did anything with it.

I recently came across it and actually had some Halloween fabric to use with it.

So, Hooray!! I got something completed. lol

I used the backing fabric to wrap around and make the binding on the front. I'm not sure if I'll leave it like it is or if I'll add some buttons in the corners or something like that to jazz it up.

If you'd like to stitch one for yourself, you can find the free pattern at Feeling Stitchy. I used crayons to color in my stitching and then ironed (with a cloth covering the colored portions) to set the color.

It's a great way to add even more depth to your stitching.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Boot Cuffs

I made these cuffs for my daughter, Kirsten, last year for Christmas. 

Or maybe I should say that I crocheted them, but didn't get the buttons sewn on until just recently.

How sad is that? The problem was that I couldn't find any buttons that I really liked. Frankly, I'm not crazy about these, but I figured I really should finish them so that she could have them.

It was a really quick and easy pattern, but I've since lost it. I've looked everywhere and just can't seem to find it - online or in print. If I come across it, I'll be sure to come back and post it here.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Spoiled Rotten

This is how he's learned to get his way.....

How could I possibly say no to that face?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Drink Cup Cozy

I can't believe how much time has gone by between my posts! It's been that way all year too. I don't even know why. I guess that I just get too busy. The kids all have their things going on which keeps me crazy busy too. It seems that by the time I get a few extra minutes when I could be updating my blog, I'm just too tired to do anything more. lol

But, I have actually been getting things done.

For example,

I used some of my scraps to make a cup cozy.

I decided on fabrics in red since it's my favorite color.

I just cut strips of different sizes depending on what I had to work with. Then I just stitched them together in straight lines.

You can see that one of my pieces ended up being a little shorter than the others. I hate it when it becomes obvious that I wasn't paying as close attention as I should have been.

I used one of the paper holders that I got from a local coffee shop as my guide. But, does the coffee in the cup that it came around counts as a 'research' expense or 'supplies'?

Anyway, I traced that on the back side of my piece.

Then, I cut it out about 1/4 inch bigger than the lines I had drawn.

After I had that piece, I cut out a piece of batting, and a piece from a coordinating fabric. I like the whole optical illusion that it creates to lay these pieces out like this. They're all the same size, but it certainly doesn't look like it.

 Then I layered them like you see here. My single piece with the right side facing me, my stripped piece face down on the single piece, and then my batting on top of that.

I stitched a quarter of an inch from the edges and then trimmed things as close as I could, leaving an opening on one end. That opening allowed me to turn my piece right side out and left a place for me to sew my elastic loop to.

Here's the turned piece...

I put a little loop of elastic in the opening on the one end, folded my pieces to the inside, and then top stitched around the entire piece.

I put two heart-shaped buttons on the end opposite from my elastic loop. I decide to use two buttons so that I could adjust the fit if I needed to.

Ta-Dah! It's all done!!

I really like the way it turned out. I like things that feel homey and this does to me.

Now if only I could remember to take it with me when my husband and I go to that coffee shop on our Sunday morning dates.