Wednesday, August 30, 2006
We went geocaching the past two days and have found 21 caches and lots of really neat places.
Today is the first day we seem to be just relaxing and hanging around the cottage. It's cooool here! The forcast low for tonight is 3 degrees celcius. Looks like there may be a fire in the fireplace tonight.
On the crafty side, I've been knitting mittens.
I knit these with Noro Kureyon and I love the way they turned out. The mitts aren't identical, but that's fine with me.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Joe and I and the dogs are headed up to the cottage tomorrow for a week. We get back either Labour Day or the day before, we are still undecided. After that, it's back to work for me. The first few weeks back to school are crazy, it takes me a while to get back to work mode. At this point, I still hate to even think of school!
This is a picture of the view off the deck of the cottage that I took early in the morning in July. This is where I sit and sip my morning coffee. I can't wait!
We do have internet access at the cottage so I will be able to get my daily fix of blog surfing. And of course, I've already packed my crafty bag full of books and knitting. I will post should I stumble across anything post-worthy.
Have a great week!
Thursday, August 24, 2006
I'm feeling much better today, but I think that cards were about all I could handle. Boy, these are a lot of fun to make. Talk about instant gratification! I am still in the experimental stage with these. Some I like much better than others.
I'm afraid that I now have to stop all this craftiness and get down to some serious packing/cleaning/organizing. We leave for the cottage on Sunday and don't get back until Labour Day. I have to be all ready to start work the next day, so it's really important that I have everything in order before we leave! Ahhh!
Here's a picture of one of our cats, Jake. I was in the bedroom earlier today with the camera and decided to take a picture of where she spends most of her days.
I'm off to go and get myself ready, I'm meeting Joe to go and do some geocaching this afternoon.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Last night I noticed that the achy/warm feeling was speading to my ear and jaw a little bit. At 8:00 I decided to try to get into a walk-in clinic, assuming it was a swollen gland or something. Well, the doctor looked at it, felt it and his response was "I'm concerned." Not exactly what I wanted to hear. He told me to get my butt over to the hospital, he thinks I have a bone infection that needs IV antibiotics. He had a fancy name for what he thought it could be, but I don't remember what it was. Great.
So...I came home and Joe hustled me over to the "Prompt Care" hospital. After 4 hours of waiting, we finally saw a doctor. He did the examination and asked me a ton of questions. He thinks it could be the beginning of what the walk-in clinic doctor thought it was, but he thinks it can be treated with oral antibiotics.
So...this morning I dashed over to my favourite place in the world, Walmart (sad, I know) and filled my presciption for antibiotics.
I feel like crap and I seriously need to start thinking about packing for the cottage and getting ready for back-to-school.
To make myself feel better, I bought the latest Martha Stewart magazine and Real Simple magazines. I feel too crappy to read them right now. Back to bed I go.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
And here's a view of the inside so that my mother can see the zipper:
Now, I'm not sure when we'll see Annie again. Let's see how long it takes before I e-mail her the link to this blog page. I'm not very good at keeping secrets. I'm terrible at Christmas/Birthdays. Not only do I want to know what I'm getting, but even more, I want to tell people what I got for them. My mother tells stories of how I got so excited every year at Christmas that I made myself sick.
Monday, August 21, 2006
I made a floppy tote bag out of two thrifted pillowcases. I wanted a bag that I could throw a book and a drink and some suntan lotion in and take down to the dock with me.
This bag is bare bones. No interfacing, no pockets (although now I'm thinking maybe there should have been, oh well), no closure of any kind. I did add decorative buttons inside the pleats.
And what do I need to go with my new flopsy tote bag? A quilted card, of course, made of of the scraps. I have enough scraps left over to make a few more cards, but I need to purchase more blank cards first.
I'm serious when I say that everyone I know will be getting quilted cards on every card giving occasion. I just think that they are adorable! I am hoping that the more I make, the better I will get at them. They are still far from the way I would like them to be. Note the oopsies on the right side of the card.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Today's been a lazy Sunday. Most are around here. I felt like making something, but I didn't want to start a project that would take forever. After thinking about it for most of the day, I decided to try making a quilted card from Denyse Schmid's book. It was a friend's birthday last week although I have the gift ready to give, I needed a card to go with it. Ok, if you are reading this and I know you...you can expect one of these cards for every card-giving occasion for the rest of your life!
Here are some close-ups. Please keep in mind, the blue one was the first I made. All have oopsies in them, but the beauty of the quilted card is that it doesn't matter. In fact, I like the fact that they look very home-made.
I can't wait to get some Christmasy fabric and start making Christmas cards!
Finally, when I was going through the one pound of buttons that I recently got for $1.99 at Value Village, I stumbled across this little gem! I'd love suggestions for what to do with her. It has to be something very special.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
My mother has been pestering me to start putting zippers in my bags. I've been hesitant to try it because it just seemed scary. The other night she was on the phone trying to tell me how to do it (bless her motherly soul). So...for my mother's sake, I put a zippered pocket in this bag. I don't think I did it the way my mother suggested (I'll be sure to hear about that), but here's a picture of my very first zippered pocket.
This morning, I decided I also needed a small zippered pouch to go with the bag. Here it is, complete with beaded zipper pull thingy.
Friday, August 18, 2006
What started out so smoothly, ended up taking forever!
I'm very happy with the way it turned out after all that. I'll post pictures tomorrow.
With only two weeks to go of summer holidays, one of which we will be spending at the cottage, I'm starting to stress about going back to work. I love my job, but I've had such a fun crafty summer that I don't want it to be over! Ahhhhhhhhhh!
Posts with pictures are more fun to read. Here's a great picture I took of one of our cats (we had three, but now have two AND two dogs). This is Maia.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
This is my back to school tote bag. I find that I'm constantly lugging books back and forth from school and I wanted a new book/tote bag.
I had it 99% finished the other day, but I ran out of thread to finish it off. I got the thread I needed yesterday, and here it is in all it's glory.
I had such a fun day yesterday with my mother. She lives about 1.5 hours away so I don't get to see her as often as I like. It was her birthday last week so we got together yesterday for a day of shopping and bingo. I won, she didn't, but I shared.
Monday, August 14, 2006
I sewed together a bunch of strips and then trimmed them a little taller and quite a bit wider than the agenda (wider so that it could attach midway through the front of the book). I used fusible fleece on the outer fabric.
Here's a picture of the outside:
I then cut a piece of fabric for the inside. I sat the opened agenda on top of it and measured where the holders would go for it. The holders are simply the two beige strips of fabric that you see. I sewed on a pocket so that I could keep loose pieces of paper and a pen.
Once that was all done, I sewed the outer fabric to the inner fabric with right sides together, leaving a hole so that I could turn it inside out. I ironed it and sewed the hole shut.
Then I attached two snaps. You can kind of see them on the right side of this picture.
Here's a picture of the inside:
I'm almost embarassed to show this! I didn't realize how wonky my sewing was! In my defence, I whipped it up pretty quickly and I knew (or at least I thought) I was going to be the only person looking at this!
I sewed an AWESOME new tote bag for when I go back to work. I can't believe the summer is almost over! Anyways, it's raining outside, so I can't get a good picture of it tonight, I'll try tomorrow.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Joe was out Geocaching yesterday which gave me some uninterrupted crafty time. I made two bags while he and the dogs were gone. Both from the same pattern. It's a pattern that I've almost perfected which is basically a combination of tutorials and tips that I've found posted online.
I'm still not happy with the angle of the handles, and unfortunatley, it wasn't until they were all done that I realized how I could have made them better....next time.
The first bag is made from an embroidered fabric (it feels kind of lineny) with a plain black lining. In the past I've used heavy duty interfacing on the outside of the bag only (don't forget, I'm still a newbie at this). This is the first bag I've made using the interfacing on the lining and pocket as well. What a difference!! I love the sturdiness!
I ordered this Amy Butler fabric on Ebay and it arrived on Friday. I wish there was a Canadian source for Amy Butler stuff. Anyhoo...I needed a "back to school" bag, so this is it!
This is my third attempt at fabric flowers. I've almost got the hang of it.
I've hot glued a pinback to the flower so that it's removeable.
Friday, August 11, 2006
She is awesome, she is my hero, she is probably the funniest lady I know. She is also a bingo addict and a casino junkie (not that those are bad things).
She has finally gotten a computer and is checking this blog daily. Thanks to Joe, she has also discovered online slots.....the Internet will never be the same!
Happy Birthday Mom!
I follow the tutorial's directions exactly. I have two different size ribbons that I use. A smaller one for smaller items, and the wider one for bags.
The first time I tried this I used a fancy background for the label, but it really didn't look very good and it didn't match all the fabrics that I use. So..I decided on just a plain white background with fancy text.
I use fray check on the cut ribbons and they really don't fray at all.
Also check out her latest post about lining/interfacing bags. I asked her how she does it and this is her amazing reply!
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
I just got back from Value Village. It was a very successful trip as you can see. I'm so in love with green and orange. I found a piece of green and orange fabric (on left), a Vegas mug (oh how I love Vegas!) and a twin size duvet cover. The duvet cover has this amazing green border.
Joe is working today and has a Board meeting tonight. I'll be busy while he's gone!
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
I completely "winged it". I didn't realize until it was too late that my stripes were slightly crooked. Oh well, it gives it personality!
There is a pocket behind the book where I can stick little pieces of paper that I tend to collect and there is a place to put a couple of pens.
Monday, August 07, 2006
Well, they were my first socks knit on two circular needles. I liked knitting them, but I think I'll go back to the dpn's for my next pair.
So....bright and early on Saturday morning me, Joe and the stupid machine jumped in the truck and off we went to the doctor (aka Singer repair man). The repair man's name is Mike. We love love love Mike. He agreed with me that my stitches were a bit off, but made a few very small adjustments and quickly had them looking better. I was fully prepared for him to try to upsell me on one of the beautiful machines he had sitting there, but he did no such thing. In fact, he showed me a side by side comparison of the stitches on my machine with the stitches on the newer fancy models, and mine actually looked better! He did recommend that I get a new machine (to use side by side with the one I have), but his recommendation was an old black Singer. He gets them frequently and although he didn't have one in at the time, he took my name and number and will call me when he does get one.
Thanks Joe for being so awesome during that whole ordeal and Mike for convincing me there is nothing wrong with my machine.
We were a smidge late for the geocaching lunch we were going to. Here's a group shot of all the geo-geeks. :)
Yesterday I finished up the birthday gift bag. Here it is.
I decided to try a Craftster tutorial I've been drooling over for fabric flowers.
Here's my flower:
It's a bit wonky, but not bad for a trial run. I can see more of these in my near future.
Here's a picture of it on the bag:
Friday, August 04, 2006
How often have you heard the phrase "you get what you pay for"? I've heard it a zillion times and I completely agree with it. I tend to not purchase items that are cheap, simply because I know they are of lesser quality and I will not be satisfied in the end with my purchase. But every now and then common sense doesn't prevail and you make a purchase and hope. Well...I should have known the minute I tried to cut the fabric that this was not going to work, but at this point I was still hoping (apparently I'm an optimist). It was the flimsiest cotton I've ever felt before in my life. I swear, the bolt said 100% cotton, but I find it hard to believe. I used heavy duty interfacing which certainly helped a lot, but I'm still very disappointed in the outcome. I did not even finish it and have thrown it in a box for now and it will most likely end up in the garbage the next time I sort through that box.
So what can I post since I feel the need to post something?
I've always had an interest in beading and every now and then I pull out my box of beads and make earrings or a bracelet. In July we were at the cottage we rent near Huntsville and of course I had to go to the combination bead/yarn store (heavenly combination). I purchased some sock yarn and was admiring the necklaces that the store owner had made up. I inquired about how one was made and she quickly gathered up all the supplies I would need to make it.
Here's my version:
I have yet to wear it but I plan on wearing it tomorrow to a Geocaching event we are going to.
I also made a bracelet using the same supplies:
I actually wear this quite a bit. I love the colours and they match almost everything I wear!
Well, off to get the oil changed in my car.
I am thinking about the next bag I'm going to try sewing AFTER I throw extra-super-cheapo Walmart fabric in the garbage!
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
What doI do all day while Joe's at work?
This was my first attempt at a bag with a flap. No pattern. Just kind of winged it. I forgot to sew the pocket in before I sewed the lining, so a bit of ripping had to occur before the pocket could be sewn in place. The result of my oopsie is a wonky inner pocket. From the outside it looks ok :)
I also got a package from eBay containing this:
Joe was home for lunch when it arrived and he wasn't nearly as excited about it as I am. When he asked what I was going to do with it I told him I had "secret plans" for it. He just rolled his eyes. I do have plans for this fabric. You'll have to wait and see what they are.
OGA coolie sales are going well...so well in fact that I'm going to make some more this evening using these fabrics: