Thursday, 28 March 2013

Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress Blouse

I was hard at work this morning sewing this little blouse for my daughter. I wanted to make sure the size 4 still fits her before I sew her some summer dresses. I've had this pattern for a couple of years and size 4 is the biggest one in the envelope. I think I will order another one though with the bigger sizes because these dresses/blouses are so cute!
Here is the front view with my little fashionista modelling.

And here is the rear view. It took my three hours to sew this from start (pinning and cutting) to finish (sewing on the button). If you want to buy this pattern you can find it on the oliver + s website and it is called "Ice Cream Dress Pattern". The fabric I used is an oldie by Fig Tree & Co. that came out a few years ago. So now I can use up some of my stash for little summer dresses. Bring on the warm weather. (Please?)

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Ruffle Fish Net Scarf

I knit this scarf in one day! It helps that it's spring break and my husband is home to help entertain the kids. But still... it went pretty quickly.
Here is a dorky picture of me modelling it (Ignore me please and just look at the scarf.) It's in colours that I love but I don't think it's really my thing. I'll see if my aunt would like it as she loves these ruffle scarves. I received this ball of yarn for my birthday but it had no ball band on it so I didn't know what it was called or how to knit with it. I went on You Tube and found a video by Webs that showed me how. This is the link here. So that's what I've been up to today. It's been a productive day.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

My Bliss Quilt - Fouth Finish of the Year

I finished my Bliss quilt last night and just took some photos to post. These are hot off the SD card.
The fabric in the body of the quilt is "Bliss" by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. The border fabric is a Kona solid by Robert Kaufman and the binding is a leftover piece of double wide from another quilt. I quilted the charm squares in the centre with meandering stipple quilting and the borders are quilted with stones and pebbles. I think this is the most quilting I have ever done on a quilt.

The is the fourth quilt I have finished this year and the third (and last) super easy charm square quilt. I am now onto more challenging projects now that I have cleared up some of my fabric stash. I love the colour combinations in this "Bliss" collection and I searched all my local quilt shops for this fabric. I was unable to find it so I checked on eBay and found two charm squares which I immediately purchased from the United States. I held onto them for a year or two being unsure what to do with them. In the end I just used them as they were. As soon as this quilt was finished I was going through "Bliss" withdrawal and again checked eBay for these fabrics. I did see a kit but the price was a little high. Maybe I'll check again later.
I backed this throw size quilt with fabric from the "Cotton Blossoms" line by Bonnie and Camille for Moda which I was able to find in a local quilt shop. It's pattern is the same as some of the fabrics on the front it just has different colours. I am thrilled to have completed this quilt which is "just for me". Looking at it makes me want to redecorate using the aqua and red with a neutral. We are expecting to move with my husband's career in the summer so maybe I will do that in the next house.

The impending move is what has spurred me on to complete many projects as the prospect of having all my craft supplies packed up has me feeling a bit anxious. Maybe I'll pack the most important things in Rubbermaid bins and take them in the van with me instead of entrusting them to the movers. What am I saying "maybe" for? I know that is what I will do! I guess I should stop writing and get back to all my projects (and cook supper for my husband and kids too). I am currently a bit  obsessed with learning how to knit socks. Hopefully there will be progress on that to post about soon. Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Started New Projects

It's the first day of Spring Break here and I've started two new projects plus decided to do another quilt-a-long.

I started knitting the "Honey Cowl" after reading about it on Angela's blog Fussy Cut. I am loving this pattern! I've ravelled it here and here is a photo of how much I've done so far today.

You can download the pattern from madeline tosh for free. I intend to track down Madelinetosh yarn but in the meantime I am knitting with Martha Stewart 100% merino which I got on clearance at Michaels for $1.99 a ball.

This is my first time knitting in the round and I had one false start that turned into a necklace for my daughter. But all is well now and I am actually finding this easy! :)
I also started this fish cross stitch sampler which I hope to have done for my Dad in time for father's day. Shhh! Don't tell him! ;) This magazine is from 1989 and was given to me by a friend of my Mom's years ago. I just now bought all the thread colours and got started. I haven't cross stitched in years and my kids have never seen me do it so they were quite fascinated watching me last night. (Part of that may have been stalling on bedtime though.) I can't wait to get to the Rainbow Trout. He's next after the Walleye that I am stitching first. With the massive tonne of snow that fell yesterday this cross stitch pattern is really making me long for summer fishing trips.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Finished Shawl

I finished the purple shawl I was knitting. It was actually done on Monday night but I didn't get a chance to take photos and write about it until today. We are receiving A LOT of snow today so it's a good day to stay inside and wrap up in a shawl. It turns out the shawl was not really big enough for me but it's perfect for a four-year-old.
My daughter and I are having a pajamma day today. We both just changed from last night's p.j.'s into a fresh pair. The pink flannel and penguins offset the shawl nicely don't you think? ;) I have been busy crafting all day on things for my son's birthday party on Saturday. I'll probably have pictures of those items to show on Saturday. In the meantime, here is the shawl from the back.
This shawl is actually a simple dish cloth pattern made huge. You cast on four stitches. Knit two rows. Then you knit 2, yarn over 1 and knit to the end. You keep doing this until the shawl is the size you want and then you bind off. It's knit using a round as it gets too large to keep on regular needles. I believe my needles are 6.5 mm. I used "Marbles" yarn. I had one large ball of the purple. I don't have the ball band anymore though so I can't give anymore details than that. Ravelled here.

Friday, 15 March 2013

What I'm Working On

I am quite busy crafting even though it may not look like it on this blog so I thought I'd write a quick little post of what I'm working on.
This little person keeps me very busy. At the moment she is fast asleep on the couch (I think she is coming down with a cold, poor girl) and so I have a moment to write a blog post.
I am embroidering this pillow case. It's taking a long time and it's the first one out of two. That's the thing about pairs... you get one finished and then you need to do it all over again for the second one. But they will be very nice when they're done. :-)
And I am knitting a purple shawl and a cotton scarf. Both also taking me a long time. I am also quilting the border of another charm square quilt and I've cut the pieces for Camille Roskelley's "Fireworks" quilt. So hopefully there will be pictures to show soon. Have a great weekend!

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Masculine Desk Organizing Set

I made this desk orgainizing set for my brother as a gift for his birthday using things I already had in the house. It is outdoors themed so when he's toiling away in his office he can be reminded of fun things to do when he has time off like hiking, fishing and camping in the mountains. The tins are repurposed tea tins. The mesh basket container was from IKEA years ago and I dressed it up with the little banner and twine.

The tall tin is for pens and pencils. The small tin that says "tackle" on it is the lid of the tall tin but now it can be a container on it's own for paper clips or thumb tacks. This second photo coming up shows the side of the tall tin with it's little chip board tag. I covered the edges of the chip board with "distress" stickles.

The little tag says "Call of the Wild". And here's one last photo taken in Jasper, Alberta Canada which was the inspiration for this project.