Eat lots of candy! Love: Gabe, Natalie & Jack 🙂
Treat bags were made by mama, in the 3 hours prior to going out 🙂 No time like the 11th hour to get things done!
I received my package from the I ❤ To Sew Swap today, and I love it! My partner sent a fabulous package. I loved the little pear pincushion and the knitting roll- how cool is that!! The fabrics looks like so much fun, I’m already planning a new purse and a new cosmetic bag with them. The swimsuit fabric is from Speedo, and is so pretty. The pattern she sent along with it does not include my current size, but I’m doing Weight Watchers with a friend, so hopefully in the future! It will be something to look forward to! I love the long zippers, most of the ones I have in my possesion are 7″ or so. These new ones will be good for backpacks- I have been debating making Natalie a new one for school. I figure I should make her one now, before she starts getting bogged down with homework! Oh, and the box of buttons makes me so happy! I have been making button flowers, and now I have a whole crop of new buttons to choose from. Today was a really good mail day!
I have wanted to make a quilt out of the kids old clothes for quite some time, and I’m so pleased to have finally finished one! I went a little out of order and started with Jack- it was easiest since he has all those outgrown baby clothes! I just cut a bunch of squares using an easy template I purchased at walmart and used a single sheet of batting. I used a length of fun anchor fabric I’ve had on hand for several years (!) for the back, and simply folded it over and stitched it in place instead of using a seperate binding. The result is a fun, cuddly quilt that Jack totally loves. I couldn’t be happier!
I received my swap package from the “Mostly FQ Swap” over on Craftster, and I was so pleased! Check out the yummy fabrics I received from aspenwall- I love it all, but the Heather Bailey Freshcut and the bananas are my favorite!
Speaking of swaps, I recently participated in the “I ❤ Jim Henson Swap” also on Craftster. Here are the items I sent out- A pendant with an image of JH decoupaged on the top, I painted the bamboo domino green and used gold wire and several small glass beads to finish it, then hung it on a gold tone chain.
Another necklace, this one a little more funky with Dr. Teeth and Beaker, decoupaged onto pink painted wooden tiles. The pendants are interchangeable on their ball chain.
And the box that those items are sitting on, hand painted using my favorite Lumiere paints (same ones used for the pendants) and decoupaged (again!) with my favorite image of JH. This is a shitty picture, but the gold patches you see are reflecting from the flash. The paint I used was a green with heavy gold tint mixed in. It’s rather stunning IRL!
I am SO addicted to these. In addition to this one, I’ve made one for myself, and I have several more cut out, just waiting to be sewn. For those of you who are interested, my etsy shop is: goobernana.etsy.com . Keep in mind that I’m just getting things up and running, although I have made two sales already! I’m going to get a button made for my sidebar here, just haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Whew, thats a bit of a mouthfull! Don’t blame me, thats what the tutorial was called on Craftster 🙂 Anywhoo, I love, love, love this little bag! I found the awesome fabric on sale 50% off at Joanns last week, and bought 2 yards of each. Who knows what other fun stuff I could make! The tutorial (I will find the link and put it here, I swear!) was very easy, but my zipper turned out to be a little too long, hence the wonkiness. Oh well, it still works and I still love it!
This doll is so freakin cute! (The pattern is here: http://www.marthastewart.com/article/black-apple-doll ) I ended up overstuffing her limbs a wee bit, but she’s still adorable. She doesn’t have a name yet, because she is intended for Natalie’s 6th bday next week and I’m sure Natalie will think up something. Can you believe my baby girl will be 6? I feel old! Not that turning 26 myself last week helped. Oh yeah, and you’re supposed to enlarge the pattern by 150%, but I couldn’t figure out how to do that with my computer, so I printed one out normally and brought it to Office Depot. The nice folks there blew it up for me for a whopping $0.19 INCLUDING tax *lol* Thats all I have for now, be back later with more crafty goodness to share!
And, it’s not so bad. They did quite a few renovations since I moved out last year, and so far I haven’t had any problems with neighbors or anything. We moved in last Friday, and are still unpacking the last few things. 740 square feet doesn’t stretch very far. Oh well. It’s liveable, and it’s cheap. Things could be worse! D and I have been talking a little lately, and he’s making all his usual promises to start sending child support. I’d love to believe it, but I have to have cash in hand first. Until then…we’ll see. Kids are doing well, they like the new place and their new room. They are on spring break this week, and once school starts up again next Tuesday, we’ll have a little extra walk to get to the bus stop (different school zone now, but they can still finish out the year at the old school), but even that is not so bad. Overall, life is good at the moment.
Ugh, how I wish I had a digital camera right now! My mama’s birthday is tomorrow, and I whipped her up an art bag from scratch. Cool retro print canvas, hand stitched denim applique spelling out “art” on the front, blue cotton lining with a wicked pocket, and a cool purple leather handle. It’s for her to carry her supplies to her classes and such. I can’t even begin to describe how cool it is! Maybe I’ll get mom to snap a picture so I can share. I’m so proud of it 🙂 Oh yeah, in case you didn’t know, my mom is an artist! She and I just had a really great time at Clay Day at Artists Oasis , and made several really cool pendants. One of the ones I made is going into a swap package for a buddy over on Craftster. I’m so excited to be into swaps again…this one is Fairytales and Folklore, and I’m having an absolute blast.
So see, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. Pulling myself out of the crushing depression of a few months ago. Living my life to the best of my ability, and enjoying my kiddos every day. Life is good 🙂