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Monday, December 31, 2007

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Jacket number 2 for child number 3

Yes, I need to make another jacket; this one is for the butterfly-princess daughter of mine. Same problem as the last dress: no sleeves. She has been wearing a little white jacket with it, but the jacket looks more Easter- like and is bothering me. I want it to look more winter and to be warmer.

The previous dress, with the cream jacket, the ladybug princess was happy with. She wore it to church yesterday. Prior she wore a little caplet with it that had a spring feel to it . This was before I made the jacket; it just wasn't warm and didn't cover well.

I figured if I used wine or black it would be too heavy a color for a little girl of six years. This will make it a little brighter, plus I can place wine ribbon roses on it to add some of the color of the dress into the jacket. I am going to make a similar jacket to the last one. Still don't have a pattern, but it was simple enough the first time; I don't think I need one.

The details on bottom of dress: the sequins seem to shin a little green, thus the green I am using in the jacket.
detail of dressstart of jacket

Happy New Years Eve

Saturday, December 29, 2007

WIP for my middle daughter

My middle daughter's Christmas gift. She can't wear it because it has no sleeves, and she's a very modest child. Which I am very happy about. So, of course, the question of "Mae, please make a jacket".

I started to make a shrug this morning, but I just didn't like the way the pattern was working out. Plus, I didn't think it would cover her in a way she would be comfortable with. SO I frogged that piece.

Then I just started to crochet without a pattern, and this isn't finished yet. It still needs the all important sleeves. But, even as it currently stands, it covers more of her than the top of the dress did.

Could someone explain to me why stores in Utah, where there is snow, don't put sleeves on Christmas dresses to keep little girls warmer? I would think it common sense that, "oh my, it is cold and there is snow out -- maybe sleeves would be good on the clothing for this region." Oh well, I know how to crochet and with a little bit of chenille and two ribbon roses, a cute jacket can be made.

I debated on adding a silver thread to the crochet to make it match the skirt portion of the dress more. The more I thought about it, the more I thought it a bad idea. Chenille is so soft, and metallic threads are so rough and scratchy. Why make a little girl itchy in her clothes when she could have warm fuzzy instead. So, no silver. Not bad for only one mornings work and no pattern

lace close up
Update: finished it Saturday night. I am thinking it might need buttons or some sort of closure; what do you think?

Friday, December 28, 2007

I know Christmas is over but....

My creation
I still want to have fun with it and listen to holiday music. I have never made an ornament wreath before. I have been collecting ornaments for two years to make a real cool one I hope it will be cool, anyway. I decided I had to put all the ornaments on my tree first, so that is what I did this year. Next year I hope to make a wreath, or two, or more. To get me inspired, I started this group on flickr. Feel free to check them out or join, if you so desire, and if you know of any tutorials, I am looking for some so I can have a good idea of what to do before I make it.

The above photos are all ones from the pool; there are many more cool ones in the pool. Go check it out and leave nice comments for the people who had fun making these.

Ornament Wreaths. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

Store up-date: lots of new hats and scarves in store.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Advent Calendar

I never showed it decorated, so here you go.

advent calender

WIP's for store

Here are some current WIPs I am working on for my store:

A hand crocheted baby dress size 0-3 months.


I am also making a few drop-stitch scarves; this one is black with bright colors here and there.


Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A Request To My Readers

I am trying to improve my store and put things in there that my readers like.

So, out of all the items I have show in the past on my blog, which things might you like in the store? These are things that I have not put in the store in the past, such as St. Patrick's day or Valentine's day garlands, felt ornaments and things of this sort. I would greatly appreciate any feedback. Just anything I have ever shown that you might be interested in.


Cookie Cutters

I know Christmas is over, but I just wanted to show this ginger bread cookie house that is on sale at Williams and Sonoma. I showed one at Halloween that I got from them; I just think these things are so cool. Maybe in time if I get enough of these types of things I can make a whole holiday-themed village because I can use these for other holidays just by changing the frosting color and candies and not using certain parts of the kits. Plus, with the price of pre-baked kits, this is cheaper and you get to spend more time with your kids while making it. My husband let me ordered this right after Christmas when it went on sale as my Christmas gift .
ginger bread house

I don't have it yet, but I will get to use it next year. It will be cute with the sled my sister bought me last year, pictured below, from this same company.

Other cool 3d cookie cutters I found:
3d sled cookie cutter

Christmas gifts ...

This is what my children made for each other when they had 1 day each in my studio to make what ever they wanted.

From the oldest daughter to her two sisters:

She is 10 and designed the butterfly herself and the scripture cover for both of her sisters. Butterfly, of course, is for the sister with the butterfly room. The lady bug on the scripture cover is because it is for the sister with the lady bug bedroom.

oldest daughters gifts to sisters
From the youngest daughter to her two sisters:

She wanted both of her sisters to have a teddy bear that could fit in their hands and be different (thus one is standing and one sitting). She thought they might fight over whose was who's if they looked the same.
youngest daughters gifts to sisters

From the middle daughter to her two sisters:

My youngest daughter wanted a ballerina for Christmas (hence the polka dot tutus on the red bears she gave); it's also the reason this sister made her a ballerina bear. Bear is 24 inches tall.
middle daughters gift to youngest daughter
She wanted both to have bears so this is the one for the older sister.
Middle daughter to oldest daughter

Cool in-laws

old fashion tin eggs
My in-laws, one of which edits this blog for me, got me some real cool Christmas gifts. If you have read this blog for a while you know I like old fashioned tin eggs and have been looking for them for awhile. My mother-in-law, the dear she is, gave me 2 dozen eggs for Christmas to add to my collection. It was real cute: she put them inside of egg creates to give them to me. At first I was "what is this?" when I saw the side of the egg boxes. Then, when I flipped it over and saw the top of the box, I could see the tin eggs inside! So cool, to say the least. My MIL started looking for these back in March when I posted about them. I think she found them on E bay. When they showed up at her house after my birthday and after Easter she decided to hold on to them 'till Christmas.
the crafters companion
I also got some real cool craft books from them for Christmas, too. I have been wanting these for awhile; just was waiting for the right time. I guess the right time came to someone else.
bend the rules sewing

Monday, December 24, 2007

New Corsages in shop

I updated my shop today. I will also be adding a few new hats in the near future and a few baby hand-crocheted dresses, too.

Entries are closed and the Winner is

I have left the comments open on the advent post, but the winner is going to be drawn from what was currently posted when I started this post. There are 213 comments as of right now. My husband picked 131.
The winning entry is on Part 16, the 5th post.

Sharon said...

I would have never thought of something like this but I am liking the candle the best so far.

Friday, December 07, 2007 4:45:00 PM

I wish everyone the merriest of Holidays.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Arlington at Christmas

I think this is a lovely set of photos with great sentiment.

I don't know who took these photos; it wasn't me. My mother-in-law sent them to me in an email. If you know who took them, please leave a comment with that information so they can get credit. Thank you. Also, the statistics below came with the photos; I have not verified them.

"Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state."

Snow Fun

One of the members in an in line embroidery group I belong to submitted this link to the group. It is a site all about paper snowflakes. These can be used for exacto cut snowflakes, or wouldn't it be great to use as embroidery templates if you want to embroider a few snowflakes. Below are two examples from the site

Also my family went sledding today and last week. These are just some photos from the other day. My camera was in multi frame mode so this is all one sled ride. This was her first time ever sledding. Do you think she liked it even though she came down backwards the first time and hit a bump that she couldn't see? Actually caught her in the air after the bump pretty cool.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Mamae & daughter craft time

Yesterday, today, and tomorrow is craft time with my three daughters. Each daughter gets to think about what she wants made for her two sisters. Then each gets with me privately in the studio and we plan colors and fabrics and things of that sort; the youngest has all hers made as of 6:30 this morning. Next is the middle daughter and so on to the oldest. They each have thought out their gifts; let's just say for only one day in the studio each, they push me to the limit of getting things done. Even though I do most of the sewing and such (because they are not quiet there yet in ability) they are there in their imagination and ability to tell me exactly what they want, to the last detail. After Christmas I will post what all of them are having me make.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

pattern for the three bears

I have been asked by several people what pattern I used to make the bears. Here it is: I bought it at a thrift store for fifty cents; it looks to be from the 1980's.

Information on outside of pattern:
  • Called Dream Spinners
  • #118 ... and The Three Bears
  • By Great American Quilt Factory, Inc.
  • makes size 17, 20 and 24 inch patterns
There are three on ebay right now for about 5 - 13 dollars, counting shipping.

Obviously, I added faces and such to the faceless bears in the pattern, and I didn't use the fabrics they used. But then, I never follow a pattern 100% because there is no fun in that.

This is a good pattern and the pieces are a good size, making them easy to use. Looking at the picture on the package, I would have never purchased it in a store because it just didn't interest me. I originally purchased it because it was in a bag that had lots of taffeta pieces in it that I thought I could use for a crazy quilt. That never happened; I ended up using some of those pieces in these bears (pink, blue, and cream for the ears and paws). So, I ended up actually using the fabric for what the original owner intended: a fabric bear, not a quilt. I only remembered this pattern when my children started talking about the bears. I think I have had it for 5 years, just sitting in a box not knowing what to do with it; but I saw that the pattern had potential.

For all those people that love birds help

what bird is this
These birds are roaming my yard, quite often actually; about 13 of them. I haven't a clue what they are; if any one knows, please tell me because I think they are cool and want to know more about them.
Thanks! sunshine

Teddy Bear Hugs

other side
Here is what the trees looked like right before all the teddy bears where removed from them.

The kids all get in lines going down the adjoining corridors from the central part of the school. Each bear is removed and passed down one of the long lines to the end of the hall with each person giving it a hug goodbye. then they are packed up into bags and taken to the shelter.
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Here the bear is so big that the Kindergärtners are having a fun but hard time passing it down the line.
bear to big for little kids to pass on

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Part 26: The reason for the Season Ornament

on tree
  • wood peg people (these can be found at places like Michael's, Roberts or other hobby stores as unpainted wood)
  • paint / brushes
  • muslin
  • glue dots
  • needle/ thread
  • pearl cotton embroidery thread size 5
Order of events:
  1. Paint wood people.
  2. Cut muslin ruffly 4 inches by 3; a little bigger or smaller is fine, too (make according to your little wood people).
  3. Use glue dots to hold fabric in place. Black dots represent placement of glue dots. Follow pictures for directions in placement of glue dots and folds. There is also a glue dot on the back of Baby Jesus's head and back to hold him to the cloth.

  4. Stitch side up.
  5. Wrap with embroidery thread and tie at back of neck and about 2 inches higher on string to form hanger. Done.
wrap and tie plus hangerall finished

This is the very last ornament and the Reason for this season: the birth of baby Jesus. I will do the drawing on Dec 24, Christmas Eve. So you have 'till that day to add a comment to each of the advent calendar posts (all 29, including this one). Every post can have an entry from you on it. Happy Holidays and good luck to all!

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