Anyway, I've been crafting up a storm lately. Here is a round up of various items that I've done lately.
These are just in the random order that they uploaded in. So, in no particular order- Claire's Easter basket. I'm still working on Alex's. I wanted to get them both done, but it just didn't happen, so I had to prioritize. Claire's took a lot longer than I anticipated. It involved a lot of hand-stitching and embroidery. That stuff takes time. Alex's is completely different. I'll post pictures when it is done.
|Scene 2- Bunny munching a carrot on a hill. His whiskers stick out and his tail is fluffy. He is flannel appliqued to the piece.|
|Scene 3- aka the boring side. It's just a bunch of flowers. I was out of ideas. And a bee.|
|I don't know why I can't rotate it, but this is the exterior of the bag.|
|And the unrotated, stuffed to the brim interior. It is still packed from church, which is why it is so full. Those books at the front are in one of the pockets. That blue fabric is the interior divider.|
|I don't usually wear it with that shirt. It's just what I had on.|
|The fabric pattern. Cute spots. I really like it.|
|I am quite proud of this one because a) it has not one but FOUR zippers and b) each of those zippers are their own compartment and c) the pattern matched up SO perfectly and d) I designed it myself.|
|Alann's blanket. He is glad to have it back.|
|This is the laptop sleeve I made to go with my awesome messenger bag. It's padded and closes with those cute buttons.|
|A cute springy hat|
|Up close hat. I love that butterfly fabric. I wish I had more. I barely had enough for this hat.|
|What on earth could this be?|
|Here's the dress. Ruffles on the bottom, elastic shirred waist, totally my creation sleeves. It was fun, not as hard as I thought, and turned out pretty decent for my third garment ever.|
|And what would Easter be without a matching bowtie for the boy? It was so easy, and turned out so cute. I love it!|
|Some cute kids.|
|the cute envelopes|
|all closed up. You can see it isn't too big.|
So, what's next you ask? I still have fabric for two skirts (and patterns I picked up at Joann for 99 cents each. Score!)
I need to finish Alex's Easter basket
I also have plans for a smaller diaper bag- I'm thinking messenger style, enough room for 4-6 dipes and that lovely wipe case featured earlier, plus snacks and maybe pouchy-things on the sides for sippy cups. We are entering that phase in life where we don't really need much for Alex or Claire when we go out. So I want to be able to downsize when it is just us.
I also have a scripture bag planned. This is elaborate. I'm not sure I can complete it with the fabric I have. I may need to watch for a good sale at joanns. The outer needs to be solid or understated pattern in a home decor weight fabric (for durability). I'm planning on it being big enough in the main area for my lesson manual and a notebook (which is what I teach from), plus a pocket for the Sunday school class manuals. Then there will be a separate zippered pocket on the front for my scriptures, and next to or above that (depending on final layout) another zippered pocket for random supplies- tape, chalk, whatever. Some slots for my pen and scripture pencil and a zippered pouch/slot/pocket for my tithing receipts (which I looked in my bag the other day and I have from 2009 to current. Redic. Need to clean it out). And of course a nice adjustable strap, preferably padded. Right now, I end up going to church with the diaper bag, my teaching bag (which holds my manual, supplies, and notebook), my scripture bag, two blankets, two babies, any coats or sweaters they may need. I look and feel like a pack mule. So I'm hoping to downsize a bit. And it will be convenient to have all my stuff in one place. I'm also working on something called SOAP, which I will detail in another post, so having that notebook would be good too.
Let's see, I also have a few refashions to do- jeans that need hemming up. The purple/yellow dress I am wearing in the Easter pictures needs some help. It was good when I bought it- pre-Claire. I really love it. It was expensive. But, now, as a mom, I feel it is a touch too short. It covers my knees, but I have youngins. Monkey youngins. There is occasional flashing. And it really bothers me that it has no sleeves. It came with that cute sweater, but it feels wrong to wear it in summer because it is a knit sweater. And it's too springy to wear in fall. So I get very little use out of it. (Oh, and I've been pregnant for two springs, so yeah, I've worn it maybe 10 times since I bought it.) So I have big plans. I have more purple fabric that I used on Claire's dress. I am planning on taking off the bottom trim that the dress has now (and is purple) and adding a new trim that is 2-3 inches longer. Then I am going to create some sleeves from the same purple fabric. And if I can, finding new ribbon for the belt, because the darn cat has put holes in the ribbon it came with. I have to tie it specifically to hide the holes. Then, I can wear it in summer, or spring, or possibly fall if I feel adventurous, with or without the sweater, and be comfortable in it. That's my plan anyway. It's intense. I also have two shirts that I want to adjust- the first is really cute, but it is double layered in the front, and there is LINT in between the layers. Lame Target, Lame. So I need to open up the layers, get all the lint out, possibly serge the raw edges (if that is where the lint is coming from), then redo the bottom. I also have another shirt that has a cute neckline with some fabric flowers, but they didn't tack down the underside of the knit, so when I wash it, the inside of the shirt comes up and out the neckline and it just looks lame. That should be simple- just sew a line to hold down the lining, but hide it within the design of the shirt. (already did this since I wrote this post).
And the couch covers. I have the stuff. I just haven't done it yet. But when the dogs start shedding, I am reminded of why I want to cover the couch again.
I think that's about it. I'm not sure what order I will be tackling these projects in. I think the wallet goes first, because it is desperately needed, followed by the shirts. Then, I dunno. Wherever inspiration takes me.