Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Hey there, I didn't mean to disappear on you like that. Life around here has been a bit chaotic to say the least.
With the adventures in broken plumbing, more broken plumbing, craft showing (which was awesome, btw), cramming the normal five weeks of Christmas shopping, making, and activities into three weeks (we celebrate early with Dan's side of the family), plus, you know, life with kids, things are out of control in this house.
I feel like I'm falling off the back of the tread mill. I'm sure some of you know exactly what I'm talking about.
I am considering taking the rest of the year off and coming back in January fresh and ready to start 2014. I may drop by if I'm feeling cool, calm and collected, but let's be real, that's probably not going to happen.
If you are still looking for DIY gifts to make, there are plenty of ideas around here.
Check these round ups from last year:
7 Last-minute DIY Christmas gifts
6 Quick gifts to make for kids
or my project archives:
Wall Art | Crafts | Sewing | Kids
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Have a great holiday! See you in 2014!
Friday, November 29, 2013
Late Thanksgiving have you nervous about getting your Christmas shopping done? Find unique, handmade gifts and support local artists at the same time at St. Louis' very own Rock n Roll Craft Show! Did I mention there's also live music?
This craft show is a little different than most. Firstly, it's what I would describe as a hipster craft show. It's like etsy without all the shipping fees.
Secondly, it's a department-style craft show, which means there are no individual booths. All the items from all of the artists/crafters are organized into "departments" like a store, making it easy to find what you're looking for and compare different items before you buy. So you shop, shop, shop, then head to a central checkout.
I'm just one of 120 artists showing this weekend. Here's a sneak peek at some of the stuff I'm selling!
Leftover inventory will be headed to my etsy shop, but if you see something you like and you're local, you may want to head over and grab it to save on shipping!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Want to make a cute advent calendar for your kids? Lucky for you I've designed a set of free printable number tags that will make this a super quick and easy project!
Do you have paper lunch bags? What about envelopes? Either will work.
Download these printable tags! >>
For personal use only, please.
Click on the link, then select File > Download to save to your computer.
Print on white or kraft card stock, though plain white office paper will also work just fine in a pinch. .
Trim on the dashed lines, then clip, staple or tape to the paper bags or envelopes -- whatever works. (This is supposed to be easy!) Then fill your bags with treats or other surprises. You can make this as simple or complicated as you wish.
These labels will work for alternative advent calendars that replace prizes with winter-themed books or activities too!
This year I wanted to take a different approach to filling our calendar than I have in years past. We are drowning in "junk" toys, so instead, I bought this Christmas cookie play set. (We have the regular version of this cookie set, and it's a long-time favorite of Elise's.) I'm going to divide it up, and each day, she'll get another piece.
Really running behind and don't have anything to fill the bags with? You only really have to keep one step ahead of the kids. Just sayin'.
More advent calendar posts:
Fabric advent calendar tutorial part 1 >> part 2 >>
See what I've used as fillers in the past >>
Monday, November 18, 2013
I can't believe it's been nearly a year since my last quilting adventure! Yikes! I really do enjoy doing so many different types of projects, but that often means I don't do any one of them as often as I might like.
This was a refreshing bit of sewing, made for a family friend (Hi Blair!) who is expecting a baby soon. The gingham pattern left little to fret over. No selecting and coordinating prints. I do love that aspect of quilting, but it takes some time and brain power, both of which I could stand to have more of these days.
The finished quilt measured 34" x 52.5". My squares ended up being 5" finished, so 5.5" to start.
For the record, I was inspired by the design of this gingham quilt. I ripped it off, yellow binding and all.
To keep it looking lighter and more babyish, I made sure the edges were bordered with white & gray, not gray & dark gray. That avoids the whole dark frame effect that might look too heavy on a baby quilt.
As for fabric requirements, for the front, I bought half a yard of the dark gray, half a yard of white and a full yard of the lighter gray.
For the backing, I used a single 1.5 yard piece of fabric (Michael Miller Baby Zoology in Sea). It's really hard to find cute gender neutral prints, but I think this was a perfect choice.
I didn't have time to bind the quilt by hand, so I machine sewed the binding on this one. I tried a different technique and got better results sewing back side up instead of blindly sewing from the front side. Definitely sticking with this method for the next quilt. The fabric I used here was Robert Kaufman Metro Living Circles in Marigold.