Saturday, December 26, 2009

Yarn, glorious yarn

Lucky me. I won a yarn giveaway extravaganza on Susan B. Anderson's blog. (She's pretty much my knitting hero. She's the designer of the lamb, the turkey, the tiny elf, Ribbit, and my mom's scarf.)

Here's my loot.

The main prize is the orange and yellow yarn to make the giraffe on the cover of her new book, which my sister got me for Christmas.

The rest of the yarn is for other projects in her new book.

She also sent me this cool Pom Tree.

Thanks, Susan! I can't wait to get started on these fun toys!

The last of the handmade Christmas gifts

Hat for my sister (pattern here)

Scarf for my mom (pattern here)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hankie Apron

My grandma gave me her collection of handkerchiefs. I don't see any point in letting them sit in a box forever, so I'm trying to think of things to do with them. I think I can find some ideas in this book. And I'm going to try this too.

Today my mom helped me put together an apron to give my grandma for Christmas (is that a regift?) using two of the hankies and some coordinating fabric. Hope she likes it. We used the Apron in an Hour tutorial.



Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Orangey goodness

Did I mention I joined a quilting bee? A virtual one through Flickr. It's for beginners. There are seven members, and each member is assigned to a month. During each month, the member in charge sends fabric to the others and gives instructions for making a block. Then each of us sews up a block and sends it back.

I got the fabric for the first block this week. It made the long journey from the U.K., along with instructions to make a 12.5-inch improv block. Eek. A little nervous!

The woman who has January is planning a ROYGBV quilt, so she sent each of us a specific color. My color: Orange. Sweet. I'll be sure to post a picture of my finished block.

My month to send fabric is April. I have a plan in mind, but I'm sure I'll come up with 15 different ideas between now and then.

Wondering when your favorite shows are coming back after the winter hiatus?

Just click here for a handy schedule.

I'm marking my calendar for...
Modern Family (January 6)
Chuck (January 10)
Lost {If I have to...} (February 2)
and Burn Notice (January 21)

I've missed you most of all, Michael and Fi. Okay, mainly Michael...

Dear Santa,

I don't want a lot for Christmas. I won't even wish for snow {understatement}. But if you wanted to drop a few of these goodies from Fat Quarter Shop under my tree, I won't hate.

Blush Fat Quarter Bundle
I just want you for my own.

Calm Dolce Fat Quarter Bundle
More than you could ever know.

(The Elves at Fat Quarter Shop are helping Santa fulfill some last-minute wishes. Head over to The Jolly Jabber to join the fun.)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Stripes and polka dots

I made these aprons for two of the little people on my list.

This is the same pattern I used for Luke's apron. It's a great pattern, and I love the Velcro waist band and elastic neck strap.

I hope these kids get more use out of their aprons than Luke does. He doesn't want to have anything to do with it.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

My new favorite thing

I think I need to stock up...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


The Christmas craftiness can't be stopped.

I put together this little snowman this evening. It's a very simple project. (The idea came from the December 2009 issue of Southern Living magazine. I'm not seeing a link online.)


The original project uses old sweaters, but I just grabbed a white flannel remnant from Hobby Lobby. I stretched it over three embroidery hoops and glued them together with Aleen's Tacky Glue. Then I glued on buttons and a felt carrot/nose and knit him up a little scarf. It seems like he needs something on his head, but Alabama snowmen never last long enough to really get cold anyway. It cost me about $4 for supplies. (I know what you're thinking--it looks like it cost upwards of $6 or $7!)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Giveaway winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered my Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway! There was some serious enthusiasm about the mini rotary cutter...I'm beginning to quesiton my decision to give it away!

I used to come up with the winner. Lucky #132. Without further ado, the winner (out of 497 comments!) is

Congrats, Carolyn. You should have an e-mail from me. Just send me your address, and I'll drop this in the mail!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas craftiness

Looking for my Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway? Scroll down or click here.


I just finished up this jolly little elf. Free pattern on the Spud & Chloe blog.


He was supposed to have eyebrows, but I ran out of room. His swirly hat makes me happy.

Luke and I had fun with this project. Even if you don't consider yourself crafty, you can make this crystalized snowflake.


Kind of hard to photograph. The points of the snowflakes start pointing in different directions as the crystals grow.

You simply twist together some pipe cleaners and then soak the snowflake in a mixture of water and Borax. (I found Borax by the laundry supplies at my grocery store.)

Ta da! Crystals. Impressive to 2-year-olds and 30-year-olds alike.

Instructions from Martha Stewart here (via Wee Wonderfuls)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Read it: Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving

Looking for my Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway? Just scroll down or click here.

I {finally} finished reading John Irving's latest novel, Last Night in Twisted River. It's a long, epic type of book that caused me to rack up some serious overdue fees at the library. But it's a beautifully written story about a family's reaction to a tragic accident. The old logger Ketchum is one of the most interesting characters I've come across in a while. I really hate to say anything more about the plot because I don't want to spoil it!

I'd definitely recommend this book, but I might save it for after the holidays. It's definitely not a quick read! If you've read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Please stay tuned for a winner!
Sew, Mama, Sew's Giveaway Day is here!! That means you can expect my productivity level to plummet, effective immediately.

I've won more than my fair share of giveaways this year, so I figured it's time for me to share the love and host one of my own.

One winner will receive the following:


3 Fat Quarters from Heather Ross's Lightning Bugs and Other Mysteries Line


One mini rotary cutter (aw...isn't it cute?)

A copy of Scrap Quilts: Fast and Fun. (My work library is closing, so I grabbed some quilting books from their fire sale.)

How to win: I'll make this easy. Just leave a comment on this post--any comment (might I suggest "ME! ME! PICK ME!")--and I'll pick a winner using a random number generator. I'll leave the giveaway open until December 6, and I'll post a winner on December 7.

PLEASE make sure I have a way to reach you, either through your blog or e-mail address!
This giveaway is open to everyone--I'm happy to ship internationally.

What are you waiting for? Enter now! Then head over to Sew, Mama, Sew and plan on spending several hours browsing the hundreds other giveaways.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Little lamb


This little guy is a Christmas gift for my cousin's baby. He stands up if you fiddle with the legs juuuuuuuust so. (There are straws in his legs.)


Love the hair.

Pattern from Susan Anderson's new book Itty Bitty Toys. I've asked Santa for this book, but I checked it out from the library for a sneaky peek.