Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Doodle Buttons

I finished my buttons for the Feeling Stitchy swap and they are going in the mail on time! I am just a little bit amazed that I didn't drop the ball on this.

Doodle Buttons

I am very happy with how they came out. I love the doodle stitching I see on flickr (like this or this) and thought I'd try that for these buttons.

Feeling Stitchy Swap

A little bit of fabric (didn't make the photo), some floss, sweets, and the buttons, on their way to Sophie in England!

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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Off to a Good Start

I guess posting my goals online really helped with my motivation!

I've already finished the circle quilt top, trimmed the Red Barn quilt and cut the binding, and I have the Feeling Stitchy swap buttons planned and on the hoop.

Buttons on the Hoop

It's a good thing I have this strong start - we are going on a ski trip at the end of the month and it is amazing to me how quickly that will be here. Planning and packing seems to be a lot more complicated when you throw a 3-month-old into the mix!

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

March Already

I feel like I have a new appreciation for the expression "time flies" now that I am watching my baby grow. It is hard to believe my little boy is already two months old! The days go by so quickly, and I never do everything I think I can accomplish looking ahead each morning.

For example, I only have a few seams left on the circle quilt but these strips have been sitting here for over a week waiting to get sewn together.

I also got the Red Barn quilt back from the quilters and it is waiting to be trimmed and bound. Of course, everything that was stored in the nursery is now stored in the guest room where this quilt will live, so I have a little work to do to make the bed ready for its new covering!

To give me a little more crafting motivation - to get back on the horse, so to speak - I joined the button swap at Feeling Stitchy. I can't wait to get to work!

In the spirit of looking ahead, I think I will post some March goals. I am keeping them quite simple, because my to do list often gets filled with baby snuggles - and laundry! - instead of sewing time.

March Goals:
1. Buttons for swap - finished and mailed on time!
2. Finish circle quilt top.
3. Bind Red Barn quilt.
4. Pick up guest room enough to make the bed!

Administrative Note: I've upgraded to threaded comments! From now on I will be replying in the comments, and it will show up tied to the original comment on that post. If you include your email when you comment I believe you should be notified that I've replied. Hopefully it works smoothly!

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Better Late?

Hopefully by now Miya has received her package from me for the Maker Swap!

Make Swap

Pleated Pouch

I sent her a zipper pouch with a slightly new design (I'm hooked on pleats) and a pair of earrings. I can't believe I've had this Park Slope fabric since last summer without using it! I also filled the pouch with some goodies I hope she'll enjoy. And only 2+ weeks late!

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Maker Swap

I got my amazing Maker Swap package from Miya today! I feel so lucky. And on the day I sent her an email saying I was going to be late with mine... [blush]

Maker Swap
Click through to flickr for item labels.


Monday, March 02, 2009

Lucky Girl

I sometimes get so wrapped up in what I'm doing for a swap that I forget I'm going to get something back... And what a treat I received for the Celebrating Handmade swap!

First, this super sweet kitty doll. My kitten Addie especially loves her - I caught Addie trying to pick up the doll and carry her off, a tricky endeavor since the doll is as big as she is!

And also this adorable softie bus. Both of these are from Kathryn.

I've started getting my fat quarters in for the Sew, Mama, Sew swap, too, and it is so fun to keep getting little packages in the mail.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Fat Quarters

This has turned into one of those weeks where everything gets booked up and I have no crafting time, but I did still manage to get my fat quarters together for the Sew, Mama, Sew swap. It will be fun to get eight little packets back in the mail!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Celebrating Handmade

For Anne's Celebrating Handmade swap, I chose to make a Nutcracker Doll ("Posie Doll") from Stitched in Time.


It was so much fun making a doll. I used some of the beautiful new Heather Ross fabric - of course I was drawn to orange and sea creatures, two of my favorites.

Posie Doll

Alicia's pattern is endlessly adaptable - so many different ways to make this doll unique! This time I pretty much followed the pattern in the book but I hope to do several more and play around a little.

Vintage Lace
A little vintage lace from my treasure box.

Thanks for the wonderful book, Alicia! I hope Kathryn likes her.

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Friday, February 06, 2009

Posie Doll

I know this is technically a Nutcracker Doll but I think of it as my Posie doll. She now has a face and a skirt and her body parts are reading for stuffing. I have never made a doll before and I am having so much fun working on her!

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Little Progress

The flutterby quilt is coming along.

All the squares are now triangles for the AmandaJean quilt.


I picked out some supplies for the toy swap.

All in all a good evening. Now it's time for bed!

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Friday, September 05, 2008

Good Mail

I finally was able to take some pictures of my wonderful bookmark swap package from Regina.

The bookmarks are fantastic, and Regina included some fat quarters from her local fabric shop and a book that I am really looking forward to reading.

The button details are especially adorable, and the bookmarks are already in use (since I usually have a few books going at the same time). I can't believe this is her first swap!!


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Not a WIP!

I belatedly realized I was going to be out of town next weekend for the deadline of Ibby Bee's bookmark swap, so I got my act in gear and finished up my bookmarks.

Swap Bookmarks

Felt, ribbon, pretty fabric, embroidery floss... I really like them! Now I just have to find some suitable thrifted books and maybe add a little bonus, and this should be ready to send out today.

Swap Bookmarks

More pictures on flickr.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Button Mail

My buttons from the button swap arrived!

Swap Buttons

They are absolutely precious.

I realized guiltily as I opened the package that I sent mine off with no way to know they were from me. Oops. No cute tag or backing, like these. How clever.

Not sure what to do with them now to be able to maximize admiration of them. Maybe pushpins or magnets, so they don't get tied to a single finished project.

Love them all!

52 Nights Update - (Night 15) I am still anxiously awaiting the return of my mojo. I think I see it lurking on the horizon, but still no crafting lately. Last night was an easy no tech night, though. It was girls' night with my mom and visiting cousin. We did watch a movie, which might seem to break the no-tech rules, but since it was social, girl time, I say it doesn't count!

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Cutting it Close

It seems like so long ago that I signed up for Michelle's animal-themed embroidered button swap. At the time, May 10th seemed so far away!

Embroidered Buttons

I kept putting off work on my buttons, because I couldn't come up with an idea I was pleased with. I threw away many sketches.


Finally, just last week, I came up with a plan that I liked and set to work getting it in thread!


See all six on flickr.

So though I had moments of doubt, times when I thought I might be a dreaded bad swapper, I got my buttons to Michelle on time. I can't wait to see what I get back!

Also... I redesigned the blog! If you check in a feed reader, be sure to click through to look.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Night 2 and The Mommy Bag

So I kind of cheated for my 2nd unplugged night - I slept through it, since I was still recovering from the flu. I got home from work, took a three hour nap, got up for a tiny dinner, and was back in bed around 9:30. Maybe I'll have to have a secondary unplugged night to make up for it...

Now I just have to share my latest project - I finished this a week or so ago but had to wait for daylight to take some pictures. Jeanine, one of my best friends from high school, is due with her first baby in just a few weeks - official due date is March 20. In honor of her impending bundle of joy, I put together a Mommy Bag for her!

I'd call it a diaper bag, but I figure she has one of those already, and my sister insists she uses about five bags to get all her things everywhere now that she has Charlie... So it's a mommy bag!

On the outside there's a small front pocket lined with ribbon, and a large back pocket with a magnetic snap.

On the inside there's a large divided pocket, an elastic-edged bottle pocket, a key clip, and a pacifier holder.

The whole thing closes with a zipper and is very large. Here, I'll model -

I didn't quilt it like my other totes this style because this one is so big, it would have taken forever. I did interface the outer fabric and lining, so it holds its shape very well. I filled it with usefull goodies like wipes and diapers and made a little matching pouch for small things.

Although the length of this post kind of exhausts me, the project came together in a weekend, a lot faster than I thought it would! Now it's all wrapped and in the post, I hope she likes it!

P.S. - If anyone's interested, Michelle is hosting an embroidered button swap! It's animal-themed and should be a lot of fun, I joined and can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Crappy Weather!

I really rely on the weekends to catch up on photos so I have things to post during the week. During the summer I do better, because it stays light so late I have natural light after work. But during the winter, it is so depressing. Dark when I go to work. Dark when I get home. And I hate taking pictures with the flash. Well, my weekend-picture-taking failed me this weekend! It was cold and dark and rainy all weekend.

Luckily, thanks to flickr and the holiday ornament swap group I can show you a picture of the awesome ornament I received late last week... I was lucky enough to get one of these in the mail:

I have received a couple other ornaments, and I can't wait to share them! I really hope this weather clears up for next weekend, otherwise I might go into a funk from lack of sunlight! I would never survive in Seattle...


Friday, December 08, 2006

Ornament Swap

I've now started to receive my ornaments from the ornament swap! One in particular I can't wait to show off, it is really above and beyond.

For my contribution, I really wanted to do something with beads, and this is what I came up with. Beaded snowflakes. I really like them. My husband described them as delicate, and I think that works best as a descriptor. I hope the recipients like them, too - they certainly aren't as elaborate as some of the things I've gotten! I feel so lucky!

I've moved on to other Christmas projects and am making enough progress not to panic that I'll never finish everything... Hopefully I'll have some good light to take pictures this weekend so I'll have post fodder for next week!


Monday, December 04, 2006


I've already received a few of my postcards from the swap! How exciting!! I am thrilled to have received one of Beki's. I just love it!

I am quite happy with how my postcards came out... I wanted to do something using fabric, but not just quilted cards since I've done those before. The beaded snowflakes that have shown up in earlier posts were sewn onto cardstock, and an address sticker across the back of the card kept all the threads in place.

I was trying to take pictures of these, but I made the mistake of putting them in a sunbeam, so I had some "help" with the photos:

How can you resist that face?


Saturday, December 02, 2006

Made It

Today has already been a crazy day, despite not having much going on... I ran bright and early in the cold weather (hey, 40's for Houston is cold!) with my training group, almost 10 miles. It felt good, even though my last long run was three weeks ago. Then I got home and packaged up my ornaments for the ornament swap, followed by cutting and sewing my postcards for the postcard swap. Just in time!

We'll swing by the post office on our way to soccer - it's already closed, but thanks to the awesome automatic package mailing postage thingy, I'll be able to get everything out today, only one day late!


Friday, December 01, 2006

WIP Friday

As I sat last night catching up on shows from during our vacation that my Tivo had lovingly saved for us (I told you I was a TV junkie!), I was able to finish up the stitching for a few different Christmas projects. The rows of neatly stitched shapes was very pleasing to my Type-A side. These will eventually become my annual card set I send along with goodies to out-of-town family. It was fun this year coming up with a different idea from what I've done before! Stay tuned for the finished product, hopefully next week.

The beaded snowflakes are for the postcard swap. Yes, that is still a WIP, despite the deadline of Dec. 1. I am pretty sure I will be able to get them finished up and to the post office tomorrow - there is only one step left to finish them. I also have to package up my ornaments for the ornament swap to get them in the mail. Shame on me! Many of those are international, and I will feel quite bad if they're late... Hopefully one day will not ruin me!!

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Friday, November 03, 2006


I am having so much fun playing with different materials for the various swaps coming up... I went home sick Tuesday, and sat on the couch with my box of tissues playing with wire and beads for the holiday ornament swap.

The weather changes we've been having down here in Houston are wreaking havoc on my sinuses. I get allergies this time of year anyway, and when it goes from the high 80's one day to the low 60's the next and back, my body just can't handle it. Laural was asking if this fall seems colder than normal, and I have to say I agree. But, when it comes down to it, I'll take the cough and stuffy nose in order to wear my sweaters!

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Ornament Swap

As if the postcard swap and NaBloPoMo weren't enough, I just signed up for the Holiday Ornament Swap hosted by freshly blended and cake + pie!!

I had been resisting this swap because I didn't want to overload myself, what with trying to make some Christmas presents and post more and make postcards... But then I had an idea for an ornament, plus I kept seeing links to this swap all over the place, and I couldn't handle it any longer! Crossing my fingers I didn't just get in over my head...


Saturday, October 14, 2006

Postcard Swap

I signed up for Nikki's Christmas postcard swap! I got my list of swap partners today, and only one lives in the USA, how fun. The rest are from all over - Australia, Japan, England... I hope I get several international cards, too!

My last postcard swap went so well, and I am already so excited! Can you believe it's getting to be time for Christmas already??