Thursday, February 24, 2011

What the Beginning Looks Like....

One day mom (a la "me") had this great idea, and she couldn't wait to show me. And all she would say is, "I have THE BEST idea EVER"

"what is it?"

And she held her arm out with this masterpiece....

"again, what is it?" haha.

If, for some reason, you cannot decipher what this is, ha, this is Little Red, our latest and greatest pattern.

Can you find the wolf? How about the ax? Grandma? And her cottage?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Guess What Is Coming???????


I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. We're putting yellow minky on the back! The perfect ending to a quilt.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Big Foot?

So I have a 2 1/2 year old son whose head is roughly the size of the average teenage boy. He is completely off the charts, and sometimes I think he looks like a lollipop. This feature he gets from his father. Which, between husband's big eyes, lips, and head size, and my big nose and ears, it's quite amazing our children are so cute.

My 4 month old flirt has large feet. Really large. So large that she wears 12-18 month size socks, and even then they're getting a little on the tight size.

Grandma's been knitting her shoes since forever. She knit up a few pairs that I took to the hospital, and one was too small. And sadly, new "shoes" last us an average of 2 weeks, so all the neighbors and friends we see on a regular basis think I have a weird obsession with baby shoes, since it seems she never wears the same pair twice.

Which, isn't really true, but her feet grow at an alarming rate. Currently, we don't own a pair of cute handmade shoes that fit and that depresses me a little {grandma, come in, grandma}

Now this is pretty impressive. These are shoes that she has worn. Sometimes booties get made and they don't fit at all, and grandma ends up with a box of shoes that need homes. We love little booties, because they're adorable, all these stay on really well, and when you've got a girl with a bunch of dresses, the outfit doesn't look complete without some form of footwear.

SO. Our pattern stash of booties is getting extensive. A large part comes from pipers quilts, who has garlands of baby shoes covering a window, and they're all cute. And is a good place, here and here. Ravelry is fun. And also we found these.
Seriously though, handmade stuff is fun. These slippers I made for husband for Christmas, and when he's working, monster keeps them warm. Also, he loves hats, and will not take this one off hardly ever. He already outgrew winter hat number one this year, and now his beloved bear wears it for him. Obviously, taking pictures was something that did not appeal to him today.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Arrivals....

Between the birth of baby, the holidays, and a total computer crash, things have been a little slow-going on the pattern front. But we're happy to announce "Little Red" a 50" x 50" quilt that is the perfect size for snuggling up with a good book.
The story of little red riding hood is told through these enchanting pictures. Patterns coming soon!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Boo-Boo Monster

As a mother of a son whose whole purpose in life is to live up to the expectations of the "terrible twos" or threes, or fours, bumps and bruises are a part of every day life. He completely hates ice packs, so I've created a small "pouch" of sorts for your ice pack or ziplocks full of ice, to keep the effectiveness of ice without being as intimidating.

For this project you'll need:

An old or new rag or piece of terry cloth measuring about 8.5" x 12.5"
Felt for face details
Thread, scissors, etc.

This is my cloth. It measured 12.5" x 11.5" but was old and worn, and surely stretched out.
So, I cut two inches off both ends, so the cloth measured about 8.5" x 12.5"

It doesn't matter too much what your size ends up being, as long as it's a pretty good looking rectangle.

Next, we fold the hemmed edge (if you trimmed one side) up about a third of the way.
Then fold the top down. It should look like this:
Flip it over, and this will be where your "face" goes. I chose to do my face vertically, but it would be equally as cute horizontal.
Next, cut your face pieces out of felt. I didn't draw it out beforehand or anything, I just started cutting. I did change the mouth last minute, so these next pictures differ from the final product.
Next, pin your face on, making sure you're only pinning on the first layer of terry cloth. Shoes (or hair perhaps) are sewn on last, as they would "stick out". If you choose to add shoes or hair don't pin or applique them on.
Next, applique your face on. There are a few ways to do this. I like the buttonhole stitch (blanket stitch) with embroidery floss the best. If you'd like to do that and don't know how, here is a good video. Otherwise, machine stitching around the edges would work, or a regular back stitch or fabric/craft glue too.
After you've got everything sewn on, baste your shoes or other stick-out part on. Pin parts going inward, and sew as close to the edge as possible.

Then, fold the fabric in thirds again. Fold fabric on top of your face (right sides together) (make sure shoes are still folded in)
It should look something like this:
Sew up the left and right side using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Then, zig zag close to the edge to keep the fabric from fraying.
Turn right side out and volia!! Slip ice pack inside.....
And soothe life's bruises away.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine Love

Last year, Madeline's class had a valentine box contest, and she was pretty upset when she lost and spent a good part of the year brainstorming box ideas and came up with this beast:

Adorable, and super simple, and sadly there was no contest this year, but we're sure she would have won anyway.

To make the valentine eater, all you need is paper, googly eyes (or just make big round eyes out of cardstock), some sort of base (we cut up a cereal box), and then a big cereal box (or a shoe box would also work)

(And I'm pretty terrible at tutorials, so there aren't any pictures, but we're confidant you can figure it out anyway)

1. Cover your base with paper. 10 " x 10" worked out nice for us, and we took some cute scrapbook paper of the same size and rubber cemented it on.

2. Cover your box like you're wrapping a gift. If you're using cardstock, you'll have to be more creative. Gluing same size paper to the box would also work. Just get the dang thing covered.

3. Find a small bowl, or plate, or anything round that would work for the mouth. Trace it. And cut out the hole with an exacto knife.

4. At this point, if you just used tape to get your paper to the box, gluing around the inside of the mouth part for extra support would be a great idea.

5. Decorate. We took a bunch of non-measured triangles and taped them on the inside for teeth. Glued big googly eyes for the eyes, and the hair was just a piece of paper with some random triangles cut out. But there are endless possibilities for your monster.

6. Make shoes. We cut two ovals out of cardstock. Glue "shoes" on base first, then glue your monster to the base.

So cute, so easy, and so much fun for kids to do too! And matching valentines are a must.

PDF files should be at the end, if I did it right. There are little holes for your lollipops. Easy.

And for my little guy, I found this awesome tutorial here. Anna from noodle-head is a genius! He LOVES it. And can carry around his choo-choos with minimal effort.

valentine monster2 pdf 2

valentine monster pdf 2