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post #121 of 595

I finally bound a baby blanket that I made 5 years ago!  Holy smokes.  How sad.  I was lazy and used that silky blanket binding that I had a random pack of.  it took like 10 minutes and I have stared at that stupid thing that long!  I also whipped out a felted purse.  Just a felted cabled cream sweater, some black ribbon, recycled purse handles that have been irritating me, and some lime green lining.  Turned out super cute and I think I will send it to my grandma for her birthday.  And dang easy and one of my girlfriends- but I am making a carseat canopy for the new baby.  I am going to use the last of my fav green floral that I have been saving and debating between teal linen (which matches so well and would be sooo lovely- but I was kind of saving for a skirt for me...) or muslin lining and making contrasting bias tape....  I could always get some more of the linen if I still want the skirt I guess- especially since I didn't have a pattern in mind even....  Ok teal linen it is I guess.

 

ohhh yeah- 4/52.  And pretty much recycled if you figure out how long it has been sitting here :)

 

OK- well scratch the fabric I choose so far.  Need to go through my stash I guess...

eta again... I made the canopy. super simple.  just a yard of fabric for each layer and I bound mine with contrasting bias tape.  very cute!  so now I am 5/52 and I think I might knit tonight. I have a headache- so I think it will be a low key evening.


Edited by iowaorganic - 1/11/12 at 3:08pm
post #122 of 595
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Got the two girl's cammie dresses and the boy's pants done.. Hubby came home yesterday joy.gifand is watching the kids so I can start working on the pictures dresses I need for Tuesday! Thats if I can stop getting distracted from the projects!

post #123 of 595

I finished mending all the broken items that were stuffed in the linen closet and now they are back to being productive members of our family again. lol.gif

That's 2/52 complete now. Tomorrow I will be heading to the craft store for felt and materials needed to make DS's fastener pillow. I better make a strict shopping list otherwise I am bound to walk away with stuff I don't really need, but just couldn't resist.

post #124 of 595

Ds loooooves to do "projects". Often we do crafts for him or home repair or learning activities but today we did one of my 52!!! We made a set of 10 bean bags - took longer this way but heck they are done! He picked the fabric, filled them (which led to a lot of bean play) & played with the finished product while I did the cutting & sewing.

 

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post #125 of 595

last night I actually sat down and knit 3.5 rows on my shawl.  I think I  have about 26 rows left and then it will be done.  Then since I am getting to the end of my ball of yarn I wound another today.  Hopefully tonight I can get a little more done on it.

 

I also printed out the pattern I lost for my grandpas mittens, slippers for myself, and a new pattern for some cute slippers that would make cool gifts for my SIL and sisters birthdays.  But before I get too carried away my children need new slippers.  Our house is a frosty 56 today and it is so windy our heat can not possibly keep up.  Brrrr.

post #126 of 595

So I "made" my lacing board (so my kid can finally learn to tie her shoes!) tonight, but it looks really plain, so I think I'll have my daughter decorate it tomorrow with stickers and whatnot.  Since it really took 5 minutes (and has been on my "to do" list in my craft closet for nearly three years...) I started making a Hanukkah gift (cross-stitch menorah).  I was just going to put the whole kit in my hospital bag, but I'm glad I just started on it because my cloth is so small it's really hard to see and I know I won't be able to do it when I'm exhausted.  So I'll just finish it and pack my next project in my bag.

 

Thanks for the motivation, ladies.  This thread is *exactly* what my crafting mo-jo needed. :)

post #127 of 595

Yay!  I let this drop off my horizon last year - kept working on projects but also kept accumulating projects hide.gif - I'm so glad to see the thread is up and running again this year, and so many familiar faces posting here too! 

I'm still embroidering dish towels (sigh) - but we traveled over New Years which means that I am on track for the 52 project challenge! 
smile.gif  I finished 7 towels in the last two weeks, which means I am at 45/52.  I have another three to complete and that gift set is complete - 2 more complete sets of 15ish towels to complete this year.  And I am committed to not increasing my stash this year.  I'm hoping I can get some of my larger, longer shoulda-finished projects off my radar this year.  I have one quilt fully cut out and partially pieced, another mostly cut out -- and plans to get a couple recycled jean quilts made this year too. 

We still have a ton of decluttering that we ought to get done, and if I can get more of these projects done, that would help. 


Also, since I tend so frequently to make my Christmas gifts for family/friends - my other big goal this year is to have all my Christmas gifts made/purchased and wrapped by the end of September.  I know it's possible because I did it the year my youngest was born (September).  And it was a lovely, lovely way to spend Advent! 
 


Edited by elanorh - 1/13/12 at 12:11am
post #128 of 595

I'm still crocheting away.  Did an hour on the leg warmer today.  I almost have the first one done.  I sure hope I remember the count for the 2nd one  LOL.   I do LOVE that hour at swim team 3x a week and as a bonus there was an hour class at the library this week so I was FOUR hours strong LOL.  The blanket for my BIL is too large to take with me anymore so that's a strict 'at home' project now.  I have 5 more skeins then it should be done (about 5 hrs)

 

Part of me wants to cross stitch again, but part of me just is NOT up for task.

 

Almost has a mental collapse after Monday's subbing assignment.   Sent out some resumes today.  The economy needs to turn around sometime right?

post #129 of 595

Elanorh - what brand of towels do you use?  I'm trying to find napkins/towels to embroider that actually absorb liquid!

post #130 of 595

I have been working more on my blanket ( I have only stitched about 56 rows out of 325) and I was wondering why I am making such slow progress on it.  It's because I only pick it up once a week during Bible study.  At this rate I won't be done for another two years lol. I think I should spend the weekend doing a movie/knitting marathon and see how much I can get done.

post #131 of 595
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Elanorh - what brand of towels do you use?  I'm trying to find napkins/towels to embroider that actually absorb liquid!



Not Elenorh- but I buy great ones at my local farm store.  They are about 36" square and nice thick 100% cotton.  I think a pack of 6 is $9 or so and often they are on sale.  The ones from the grocery or kmart or where ever are a joke.  They are half poly and chinzy looking.

 

Slippers didn't get done yesterday- but I did re-plastic 8 windows yesterday afternoon- so at least I was busy....I even made DD move from room to room for her reading lesson while I taped and blow-dried the stupid plastic.

 

Maybe today I can get the slipper factory going.

post #132 of 595

ok my goal is to make a prototype mylar snack bag between now and preschool pick up....go go gadget crafting!!

post #133 of 595
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Elanorh - what brand of towels do you use?  I'm trying to find napkins/towels to embroider that actually absorb liquid!



I buy them at our local hardware store.  They are 100% cotton (sound very like what Iowaorganic describes).  Also, although they are far more expensive, Sublime Stitching has some very nice napkins and towels for embroidery, including some organic/fair trade dish towels.  I want to buy those when I finally embroider my OWN dishtowels ....

Aunt Martha brand dish towels are also nice - but IMO they're a little *too* large.  JoAnn's had them last time I looked there .... 

Some time I want to hit a JoAnn's when they're having a big sale and buy a bolt of birdseye fabric and just whip up a bunch of dish towels from that ... I love birdseye for these sorts of things, but don't want to pay full price for it. 

post #134 of 595
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ok my goal is to make a prototype mylar snack bag between now and preschool pick up....go go gadget crafting!!



Mylar snack bag: FAIL, more research needed!

 

Decided to try to throw together an organizer/insert for my bag (like a crayon roll, but longer, for pencils, crayons, glue, scissors and other "teacher-y" stuff)- completed, although not particularly lovely

 

Started 2 "knitting bags," like little bags that hold only one ball of yarn and the project (socks, hats, etc).  Did one mostly (need to add drawstring) and 1/2 of the other, broke my machine's needle and don't have any replacements. grr!

 

So I guess I am at 49/52 (maybe 48/52 if I get the drawstring in and don't hate the bag)

 

I made all those things out of repurposed dishtowels so half the hems were already done (hooray!)

 

I want to make recycled, rainbow, heart shaped crayons for ds's preschool and my student teaching class for Valentines day.  I think I might also make the kids in my student teaching class bookmarks.  Should I make each kid one crayon or 2-3 crayons?  

 

I'm thinking I can get away with 1 if I also do bookmarks, but I have few ideas for book marks.  I was thinking of finding some book that they all pretty much like and trying to get it at the thrift store (maybe Harry Potter, or something) and then using the chapter title pages and cutting and laminating them and adding a ribbon at the top?  Or should I save that for something else and just do 2 crayons and a heart shaped valentine? ugh!

 

 

post #135 of 595

I did a few rows of the baby blanket yesterday while my girl was asleep. And I've had an idea for the design of the quilt for my friend's baby. Although I found out that she's due a month earlier than I thought so will have to get moving on that.

 

 

post #136 of 595

Iowa and Elanor - thanks for the feedback about the towels.  Any idea the brand name you use?  I'm so hugely pregnant that I'd love to just track them down on Amazon and have them magically appear at my door.  Lazy?  YES!

 

I've never looked into birdseye fabric, but it might be worth checking out.  Thanks for that, too.

post #137 of 595

I wish I could get birdseye at my local Jo-ann's- or Hancock, or Hobby Lobby, or any of the 3 local shops.  I checked with them all more than once, and no one carries it around here.  I don't know why I don't do more shopping online.  I would love to buy a bolt of it, too, if I could find one!

 

About your valentines, tbone, how many crayons do you have to recycle?  I would probably melt down all that I have and see how many that makes.  If you have enough for several for each kid, then maybe you could call it done.  Or if not, then move on to the bookmarks?  Personally, I wouldn't feel right about cutting up a book where no one could read it again and so i would opt for printing something out instead or re-using something that has no more useful life as is.  But that's me; i'm not judging your idea as a no-no for you!

 

I have no projects to count as done (for points; i am feeling relieved and glad to have FINALLY gotten our tree and Christmas stuff down and put away just today!  The middle of January! -But still they were calling me Scrooge and both boys and dh were greatly saddened and upset to have it go!)  I haven't worked on any crafting for days. shrug.gif I did find a couple more projects that need on or moved up my list, one which isn't there yet but needs to be next.  It's a cloth dolly I made last year but need to wig and paint a face and make clothes for (and I will like to also do either a pair of removable wings and/or a mermaid tail).  Like I said, this needs to be next for me, and I would like to get her all done this weekend.  We'll see. eyesroll.gif

 

I hope everyone enjoys a peaceful nice weekend!

 

post #138 of 595
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Iowa and Elanor - thanks for the feedback about the towels.  Any idea the brand name you use?  I'm so hugely pregnant that I'd love to just track them down on Amazon and have them magically appear at my door.  Lazy?  YES!

 

I've never looked into birdseye fabric, but it might be worth checking out.  Thanks for that, too.

Next time I go I will look for you.  It is something with a white and blue paper label.  How is that for descriptive?

 

Well between DH and I- we finally finished up my new silver and black handbag.  I should really take a pic and post it because it turned out even better than the first- which got replaced because the leather just didn't hold up very well at all and now looks pretty darn shabby.  It took 4 mo for DH to tell me how to do it- but the results were well worth it :)

 

And I figured out my nesting project.  I am going to make myself some pretty cotton nightgowns for labor, delivery and after since they will be being friendly.  I am going to use Simplicity 9505 and I bought enough beautiful fabric for 4 of them.  Very excited and think I might cut one out tomorrow.  I got the idea off Etsy and at first I though a boutique style nighty/hospital gown was ridiculous and now I can't believe I never had something pretty and modest before.  My midwife will be so impressed over me actually wearing something and having something else clean to put on after :)  I didn't even scrimp on the fabric- but I probably could have saved some money if I had been at hobby lobby over joanns....  

 

6/52 I think?
 

 

post #139 of 595

Finally getting around to posting a list:

 

Finished

1. Embellished freebie lap top bag  & made coordinating mouse pad  for DD #1's hand-me down lap top-- cute & done

2. Knit heavy weight balaclava & lighter weight winter headband to coordinate with this year's snow suit (in circulation since October--better late than never)--done

 

 

Projects On Deck

  • Knit up additional winter warm stuff coordinate better with other new in circulation snow gear
  • Sew bed side caddy thing for DD#2
  • Sew new duvet cover
  • Re-Upholster recliner chair (intimidating--must get my nerve up to properly tackle this job)
  • Knit protective cozies for new ipad-esque device & lap top
  • Embellish "boyish" fleece jacket to make it "girlish" (as requested by DD#1)
  • Continue wool rag rug project

 

Goals

Use materials from stash as much as possible

Plan ahead carefully for big projects (like chair upholstery project) requiring purchase of supplies

Turn upstairs spare room (currently unfinished and used for storage) and turn it into a dedicated & ORGANIZED studio/work space 

Have a mix of projects going so there is always something to grab and work on during spare moments of kids practices/classes/activities

 

Running total: 2/52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And I figured out my nesting project.  I am going to make myself some pretty cotton nightgowns for labor, delivery and after since they will be being friendly.  I am going to use Simplicity 9505 and I bought enough beautiful fabric for 4 of them. 

Good idea, iowaorganic!  Are you gonna make nursing panels in that somehow? How? Or make the shorts to wear under so it will be modest?  I have made that as a nightgown in both views, and shortened the view with a casing to make a summer top, too.  One of them is my favorite nightgown I have; it was recycled from a favorite girly sheet.  What fabrics did you get to make it with?

 

I came in here to find my list, I haven't updated it yet.  I think I will put nursing nightgowns on mine, too. 

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