Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Cape

I decided that C needed a cape to wear this spring. Found a great pattern for one at My Taylor Made. The pattern didn't specify a size, so I asked and she told me it was for 3-7 year olds. When I told her I was wanting it for my 1 year old, she very generously resized it for me. Then to add to her generosity she not only included the new size, but the original as well! So now C will get a cape made every year until she is 7, maybe! I think she like it, because she was walking around twirling it.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Larger Owl

My wonderful husband enlarged the owl pattern for me so I now am able to make larger owl purses. These measure 5" X 3.5" and even hold a flip top cell phone. It has a pocket inside large enough to hold credit cards and plenty of space for change, make up, etc. Check it out here.

 It turned out so cute I almost couldn't give it up (good thing I have enough of the fabric left to make one more).

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Owl Coin Purse

Trying something new in my etsy shop. Owl coin purses! Made from a Keyka Lou pattern. They measure 3" by 4" and will hold you change and other small items in your purse.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New Kanzashi Flower Petal Style

Here's a sneak peek at a new petal style I've been working on. I've also been experimenting with using beads in the center of the flowers. These will be up in my etsy shop as soon as I get backs put on them.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Kids Clothes Challenge Week-Spring 2011

Did you see my new button over there? Yep, it's happening again-Kids Clothes Challenge Week!! If you don't already know it is an event hosted by Elsie Marley where you commit to sew clothes for your kids for an hour a day for one week. The dates for this are May 9-15. I will be participating once again and this time I think I will try to focus on the boys' clothes, although I do have a couple more dresses for C in mind and a few things for nieces and nephews. We'll see, my plans always seem to change.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Springtime, slowly--Craft Hope Project 12

Slowly, very slowly spring is starting to show it's lovely green "head". Everyday I check on how much my tulips have grown and keep my fingers crossed that the moose don't return to eat them before they have a chance to bloom.

Little furry friends are returning (let's hope the BIG furry friends don't show up-AKA bears).

Soon all the snow will be gone and the puddles dried up and we can all go out and run around (and burn off energy). Good-bye cabin fever!

Please check out Craft Hope's latest project, making bracelets for the orphans in Russia. Help if you can, this is a simple project that most can do and it means so much to the children. Send 1, send 100. Every bit helps.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sneak Peek-Infant/Toddler Headbands

Here's a sneak peek at the infant headbands I've been making:

C does NOT like things on her head (except for J's socks and the occasional toy). I'm still trying to decide if I want to leave it like this or to add a flower to it. And if I do add a flower should I sew it on or have it on a clip so it can be removed. What do you think?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


I finished the booties for the babies. I used 2 layers of fleece to make them nice and warm.

Now we are all set for springtime walks, including the MS Walk this Saturday.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Kanzashi Headband and Hairbands (Thanks Laura)

After some great advice I made some Kanzashi flowers into headbands and elastic hairbands. These are for children and adults (not infants, yet). Check them out here.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Stroller Blanket

It's spring in Alaska and that means 40 degree weather, wind, occasional snowfall and generally gloomy weather sometimes broken up by sun. Since the snow IS melting and my cabin fever is getting the best of me (and everyone else) I decided we need to get out! I also decided it was time to make some cute stroller blankets to keep the little ones warm on our outdoor walks. I wanted to make some that you could put on the stroller and slip the straps through so I wouldn't have to worry about it falling off somewhere. I also wanted it to have a sack that would go over their legs and torso that they couldn't wiggle out of.

To get the pattern, I laid out a pair of their footie jammies on a large piece of paper (I used the jammies because I knew I couldn't get them to lay still) and traced around it leaving a large amount of kicking room. The back has flaps on either side to wrap over their body and is a single layer of fleece. The foot sack is made of two layers of fleece and comes up to about their armpits. To get the measurements for the straps, I just placed it on the stroller seat and felt where the straps went and cut slits. Later I think I will reinforce the slits by zig zagging around them with my sewing machine.

Doesn't he look cozy? Now I just have to make some warm booties for their feet and some mittens that will actually stay on.