Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Four more t-shirt bags

Made four more T-shirt bags from some t-shirts I found on clearance at Wal-Mart for $1 each!

Close-up of rosettes on the girl bags.

I will share this bit of advice: Stick with boys shirts or adult sized shirts.  Three of these were actually girl's dresses and so the shoulders on them were really narrow. Oh and when you cut the sleeves off it's easier if you turn the shirt inside out.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

TShirt Bag

I've been seeing these for a while now and wanted to try making one so I finally did.

Here is the t-shirt.  It's a little on the short side.  I usually only wore it under jumpers but those went out with the 90s right?  (I haven't re-made the bed in the guest room so ya that's the mattress pad.)

I'm a big fan of using a walking foot.  I just turned the tshirt inside out, lined up along the hem and sewed on.  I think this might be the first time I ever sewed on knit fabric.  Went better than I hoped. 

The shirt was rounded on the bottom but I like the bottom of the bag like that.  I of course had to make a rosette to embellish it with.  I didn't take any picture of cutting of the sleeves or around the neckline but that is pretty basic.  They are so easy to make.  I have a whole bucket of shirts I don't wear so maybe I'll turn them all into bags.  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Purple Heart Crayon Roll

inside of crayon roll


I'm on a roll!  Made four of these in the past couple of weeks.  Need to stock up on crayons next time I go into town so I can make a couple more and then I'll be out of felt!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bucket Labels

flour, sugar, rice

close-up of rice

Since I had my cricut out to make star and heart patterns for the crayon roll ups I'm working on I thought I'd cross another to-do item off my list.  We have these buckets to store some of our dry goods in but they weren't labeled.  I designed these little labels this morning and applied them.  Now it will be easier to tell what is in each.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Star Crayon Roll

After my post yesterday I had a friend order a couple of crayon rolls.  She wanted a blue one with a star so this is what I came up with.  Cut the star out with my cricut.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Custom Order - Crayon Rolls

 I had an order for two crayon rolls for Easter presents.  These are what I came up with.

I used washable crayons because I thought those are safer for kids.  I really like the ribbon I used across the top of the crayon pocket and to tie the crayon roll.  I hope my client and the recipients like them and that they get a lot of use.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Crocheted Owl

I've been wanting to crochet an owl for a while now but hadn't found a pattern that struck my fancy.  For some reason when I saw this pattern pinned a couple of days ago I knew it's the one I wanted to try.  I just used some yarn that I had laying around upstairs but I really liked how it turned out.  The only changes I made were just doing two rounds for the eyes instead of 3 and I sewed the nose under the eyes instead of on top.  Oh, and I didn't add legs.  It was an easy pattern but took me a couple of days to do since I just worked on it a little at a time.  I really like the button eyes.  I have a couple more pair so maybe I'll make a couple more owls to use them up.  Each kid needs one right? (and one for me!)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Laptop Cover for me!

Finished this up recently so I thought I'd post it.  I started this about a year and a half ago.  We bought a laptop on vacation and I needed something to protect it in my bag on the return flight so I crocheted up the "sleeve" part.  Finally went on another vacation last month so I got this out to use it and actually worked on the flap for a while in the car but it wasn't easy since I was in between two car seats in the back seat.  Finally finished it up after we returned from the trip.  Found the buttons in my stash.  I randomly had a piece of round black elastic so I used that to tie the buttons on instead of sewing them on.  I decided not to put my usual flowers on for decorations so I did a scallop across the flap so it's not too plain.  It seems rare these days that I actually crochet something for me.  I'm glad to have this done and hope it's not another year and a half before we go on another vacation and I need it again!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Redneck Baby Present

I picked up this yarn a couple of month ago and after making a few dishcloths I started looking around for other things I could crochet out of cotton yarn.  My friend was expecting a boy so I made this set for her baby shower.  I made up the pattern for the hat.  The pacifier clip is inspired by this pattern and the teething rings are from this pattern.

I've made three sets now.  Two have been given away and I'm about to mail the third to a lucky recipient.  I have to say that the binky clips are the best.  I wish I would've had one with my oldest baby but am glad to have one with my new baby.  It's so nice to be able to wash it after a day or two of getting drooled on and they are essential to help keep that binky off the floor when they spit it out.  My baby enjoys playing with the teething rings as well.  And babies look ever so darling in hats but I'm pretty sure my friend's 11 lb baby was too big for it.  Oh well.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Operation Organization: Pantry #1

For some reason there are three coat closets in our house all in close proximity to each other.  One is off the kitchen, one in the dining room and one at the beg. of the hallway.  The previous homeowners had already put shelves in the closet off the kitchen.  We are using the closet in the hallway for coats and the one in the dining room was just piled full of misc. things.  (Sorry there's no "before" picture!)  We finally installed shelves yesterday and I quickly filled it up.  I love how it looks and know it's going to be so handy having it organized.
We left the closet rod in there just because it was easier than ripping it out.  The bottom of the closet had been covered in shag carpet.  It's slanted because the stairs to the basement cut into the space.  We ripped the carpet up, pulled out the staples and painted it white.  Now it's a great shelf.
The shelves are just 12" deep.  The other pantry has really deep shelves and things get lost on them.  I had picked up these baskets on The Dollar Tree to use in this space.  The baskets are just shy of 12" wide so three of them fit perfectly on the 36" wide shelves.  I labelled each of them with some tags I picked up a garage sale over the summer.  For now they read "pasta, beans, snacks, paper goods, drink mixes, crackers, chips, baking and other".  These categories work for now so we'll see how it goes.
The cereal sits on the shelf that was already installed above the closet rod.  I convinced my husband to add a shelf up high for additional storage.  These baskets are from IKEA.  We used them at our wedding and keep them stocked with "napkins, knives, forks, spoons".  We only use these for parties so it's nice to have them handy but out of the way.

It's so nice to have this space organized.  You can probably tell that there's no closet door for now  We took them all down when we were fixing up the house before we moved in and haven't put them all back up yet.  I think it would be fun to paint it with chalkboard paint so we can write on it.  Will probably have to wait till Spring to paint it and rehang it.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Celebrating a Milestone!

I just reached 300 likes on facebook so to celebrate I'm doing my first ever Rafflecopter giveaway!  Yippee!  The prize is this Valentines Day hat:

Good luck!

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