Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Little Gentleman Fancy Bow-Ties

I made more "Fancy Bow-Ties" for Matthew back at the start of May.  I just realized I never posted about them!  He's got a nice little collection now and likes to pick one each Sunday to wear to church.

While I was at it, I cut muliple pieces from each fabric instead of one, and made a few of each.

I've listed the "spares" in my Etsy shop.

This is not my own pattern, I made them from this free tutorial you can find here.  They are really quick to make, but sometimes it's easier to get them made by someone else.  Plus they're adorable so it's a win-win.

**For reference, Matthew is 4 years old and these fit him with room to spare.  I cut the velcro a little longer (1.5" or so) so that they'll be adjustable for a while as he grows and last a little longer.  Plus, since the band is tucked into the collar of his shirts you can't see the velcro part. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Trying new things...

The weekend went fast, as usual, and it's Monday again. 

I'm 32 weeks pregnant now and have reached that stage where bending over is just not comfortable, but fortunately I've got two little helpers (and one very patient husband) so we're all pretty excited to meet the little peanut!

Anyway, end of last week and over the weekend I decided to try a couple new things. 

I really admire people who have skills with yarn.  I can only do one crochet stitch that someone taught me at church in college.  I've made blankets with lots of...um, character, but nothing fancy.  I have trouble counting so I usually avoid patterns.  Sometimes I count backwards mid-count or skip numbers, even if I'm counting aloud... what can I say, I'm just not a numerical person...

I wanted to learn to make a crochet sunburst granny square blanket after seeing such gorgeous pictures on Instagram (mainly from @insidethepaperbox or visit her blog here) and decided to give it a try.  Even though you do have to count. 

I followed these instructions found at nittybits here and so far it's coming along.  I'm trying to get it done before it gets lost in a corner somewhere so you'll be seeing many more yarn pictures.

I picked up a button making kit at JoAnn's (less than $4 I believe) and followed the instructions on the back as a break when my brain started hurting...

My gosh these are so EASY!!!  and so darn fun to make.  They turn out so cute!  But I have no idea what to do with them now.... Besides stare at them obviously. The car and the strawberry are my favorites.  And the snail too. 

I'm pretty proud of myself for trying something new! Here's hoping the rest of it turns out!  I'll keep you posted.

How was your weekend?  Have you tried anything new recently?

Friday, June 7, 2013

finally friday...

I really shouldn't complain, I have awesome pregnancies.  But holy smokes I'm so tired! 

We came back from our trips and weeks of upturned schedules with colds/coughs and though mine is small, it's keeping me from getting any good sleep at night so the rest of the family is really hearing about it during the day!!
I'm not as productive as I'd like to be, which is super frustrating as I know my time is limited...

Anyway, I gifted a quilt to my best friend/sister during our vacation and wouldn't you know it?  I didn't take a single picture of the finished thing....So this is what it looked like as a top.  It's mostly Moda Blue Raspberry solid, and Pat Bravo's Summerlove for Art Gallery with a few other prints thrown in.  The pattern is one from Camille Roskelly. 

The back was more bigger pieces of Summerlove, the last of the Blue Raspberry, and a big strip of white.  I hate making backings...it's so tricky... I cut up even more Summerlove and did a scrappy binding that looked pretty awesome.  And she LOVED it so that was the best part, of course!

I'm working on getting this one done next to mail to my step-dad.  Yes, we were just there to celebrate his 75th birthday (the surprise party was a huge hit, btw, and the whole trip was fantastic!), but I didn't get it done in time....
I've since filled in those rows with more white, and got it basted yesterday.  I kindof want to keep it but I've got enough DS fabrics to make another one just like it. 

I'm so glad it's the weekend!  Such a sigh of relief.  We just picked up the Mr. from work (his birthday is next week!) and he has already taken the kids to the park so I can make dinner in peace!  Nobody took a nap today and everyone neeeeeeds one, so that was fun.  

Oh! And one more thing....Happy National Donut Day!