Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

                  I spent my Halloween doing homework, watching football, and making my cat hate me.
He's probably going to pee on my bed tonight.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Fabric Favorites- Halloween edition

Hancock Fabrics had all Halloween fabric 75% off this week. I got the email Sunday night and went out on Monday between my classes to check it out. I'm glad I didn't put it off until the weekend because by the time I got there it was already slim pickings. I had to wait behind two older women to scout out the bolts they had hoarded up and hope that there would be enough left over for me. Above are just a few of the fabrics that I bought to do a coin quilt. Everything together, including backing, cost a grand total of $12. That's an insanely good bargain. I've been piecing the top bit by bit in between homework and studying and am anticipating finishing it up either tonight or sometime over the weekend. I love the combination of orange, purple, bright green, and black. I also made some Halloween bunting out of felt I had laying around. It's a different method than the one shown in the link, so I will be putting up a tutorial in the next few days. It's so cute that I'm thinking about leaving it up year round.  Also on my weekend to do list: carve pumpkins and think about putting together something like this. It's a shame I didn't start decorating for Halloween earlier and only have a week or so left to enjoy all the things, but I think I could get away with leaving a pumpkin table runner out past Halloween.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bow Tutorial

These bows are simple to make, they just take a little bit of patience and tweaking to get the perfect shape. Follow the jump to find a printable pattern and step by step instructions with on how to make these

Saturday, October 16, 2010

What I've been up to

The pink/green pin and mushroom tote were for two separate swaps, and all the hair clips and barrettes are currently waiting to be listed on etsy. I'm really excited about these.. they're cute, and quick enough where it doesn't feel like a huge chore making them. Right now I'm looking to sell the barrettes for $7 each, $8 for a pair of hair clips, $9 for a pin, and $3.50 for a set of two fabric covered button hair elastics.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fabulous Fabric Friday!

I have been good and not buying any new fabric lately, so I've been spending a lot of time drooling over fabric online. I have an insane stash that I need to use up before I even think about purchasing anything new, but it's so hard to resist when there are so many fabulous fabrics out there. Below are a few of my favorites that I've compiled together. I love the combination of aqua and tangerine, with some purples and pink thrown in to soften it.

all fabrics can be found here
Left to right, top row: Metro Café by Louise Cunningham/Next Day Art for Kaufman Fabrics, Farmdale Blossom by Alexander Henry Fabrics, Faux Diamond Weave by Iota for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Filigree by Art Gallery Fabrics.
            bottom row: Wallpaper by Melissa Averinos for Free Spirit (I follow Mellissa's blog over at Yummy Goods), Cute Deer & Shrooms by Jay McCarroll for Free Spirit, Mod Herringbone by Iota for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, The Owl & the Pussycat by Heather Ross for Kokka (I just found Heather's blog and saw this post and I think my heart exploded. I want to own every piece of fabric that Heather Ross has ever created)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pure awesomeness

I'm very fortunate that the interwebs have brought me together with some fantastic people. Among them is my craft swap partner from a knitting/crocheting and sewing swap. I had such a great time with the first round of swapping that I contacted them and arranged for a private swap along the same lines (she would crochet me stuff, and I would sew her stuff). I originally just wanted a pair of these, but we ended up doing a larger swap, so not only did she make me an awesome pair of slippers, but a giant Kirby amigurumi, a baby adipose (from an episode of Doctor Who) amigurumi, and a cupcake pin cushion.
I love the chubby little fingers and toes!
It's HUGE! And so perfect!
I'm so blown away by the awesomeness and quality of everything I've received. Everything besides the slippers are patterns that she made up herself. I am so impressed. I mailed out half of the stuff I made for her, but kept running into difficulties with the second package (sewing machine tension problems have been plaguing me for the past month, being sick all last week, and then forgetting my sewing machine cord when I brought everything else I needed to finishing hemming a skirt and mail it out while visiting in Houston), so I hope once she FINALLY gets the package next week that it will be worth all the effort she put into my package and the extra wait.