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post #81 of 174
5/52: I made a couple of hooded towels this afternoon for my girls this afternoon, while the baby slept.


post #82 of 174
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Originally Posted by Lidamama84 View Post

Angelorum, that 's a beautiful sweater! And a cute little guy inside too smile.gif i wish I could knit /crochet clothing...it takes me months just to ake a scarf...I either get bored or sore hands or interrupted by children, housework, etc.
 

heh.  Over here it's more likely that I interrupt my housework with the knitting.  And the kids are pretty used to waiting for help while I finish my row :o

post #83 of 174

Cute baby!  Cute sweater as well!

 

4/52.  DD and I painted some onsies for my baby and one for my friends baby.  We used paint pens and it was just fun- though not a big project by any means :)

 

I have a Janome MC6600.  I love it!  It is about the most fantastic machine in the world.  I think they are discontinued though.

 

I am hoping to have a little free time tomorrow to sew.  I have to make my sister a potato sack purse and need to use my upholstery machine on the leather trim.  I must do it tomorrow because I am loaning out the beast to a friend who is going to reupholster a the seats of her mustang and 2 of her living room chairs.  I will enjoy having more room in my sewing room as well :)

 

I am knitting a metallic green scarf currently.  Hopefully I can get in a little more knitting time- because at this rate I will never get it done....  Hopefully the babe and I get a little better at nursing because that is always good knitting time.

 

Angelorum- your sweater makes me want to knit a couple for my little girls...  I should think on that a little more- there is a pattern on ravelry for a customizable hoodie that you can add ears and pockets and whatnot to.  

post #84 of 174

Overdyed some sock yarn my mom destashed to me. 

 

Before: 

 

After a whole bottle of blue food coloring:

 

Much better!  I was hoping the greens would be bluer, but I ran out of blue dye and I'm just too lazy to go through all the soaking and dyeing again :P

 

 

7/52

post #85 of 174
6/52 - a pair of flat-fronted shorts for DD1. Slightly too large but pretty good and she likes them. I will just shave an inch or so off the side seams next time.
post #86 of 174

1/52 - First project finally completed. I made velcro sticks for DS's busy bag.

post #87 of 174
1/52 - pair of socks for DS 15 (so they were big!)
2/52 - pair of mittens with flap ( originally for me but a bit small so giving them to my sister for the Holidays - made from 50/50 Buffalo yarn and super wash merino)
3/52 - sock monkey for DD 20
post #88 of 174

Ohhh no.  My friend who borrowed the upholstery machine wants to come organize my sewing room on Friday.  I really don't want help...  She is super organized and I am just embarrassed...  So I shall give myself 2 points if I beat her to it :)  Need the motivation I guess.

post #89 of 174
7/52 - denim shorts for DD1

8/52 - teacup pincushion for me

DD2 has decided that she wants to wear pants as well so my next job be a couple of pairs of shorts for her.
post #90 of 174
Iowa, I am with you on beating the "organizer" to my disorganization. My sister brought me swings yesterday which actually work like magic to quiet my babies when they are fed and clean diapered. I need to sort through a cabinet to declutter the paper in it
(bills, magazines, etc) so I can put craft/sewing stuff in it. Now with the swings I may have a few moments of "quiet time" to declutter.
post #91 of 174
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1. ruffle scarf (made from the most horrible scratchy yarn ever - but that is what the  reciepitent chose

2. shawl (MINE!)  monets garden shawl

3.queen annes lace scarf (stash)

4. bucket hat (stash)

5. Ribbon Candy Shawl/Scarf (mine)

6. Shawl - covered in lettuce (mine)

7. Purple cape/poncho (gift)

8. rainbow cape/poncho (abby)

9. Purple pinafor (gift)

10 .Blue/white scarf (present stash)

11. purple shawl - present

12 pink scarf- get well present

13 gecko scarf - mine

14. 3 easter hats

15. purple scarf - didnt love the yarn but gosh i have tons of it... (present stash)

post #92 of 174
9/52 - skirt for DD1. I had to take up at skirt I bought for myself and I promised DD1 I would use the cut off piece to make her a skirt. It wasn't enough for the whole thing but it made a nice ruffle around the bottom.

I am half way though two pairs of shorts for DD2 but she has woken up so I am feeding her back to sleep. And I'm getting tired now too so that will probably be it for me tonight.
post #93 of 174

So. If you love repurposing in your crafting- where do you draw the line?  That illusive line of being a freaking hoarder vs. saving/being frugal?  some things are easy- others are hard.  That is the point I am at in my sewing room.  I have got to get rid of things but I have no idea where to start.....  Somethings are obvious- others are harder...  Like a mattress pad- that would be great batting for little projects!  But it takes up so much room!  See the dilemma?  Scraps of PUL?  A million scraps of calico?  weird antique/retro patterns?  I hate throwing stuff out because my oldest DD is now into crafting/sewing and I let her use up my scraps and random other supplies...  It just doesn't make sense to throw things out only to have to find supplies for her later....

post #94 of 174
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So. If you love repurposing in your crafting- where do you draw the line?  That illusive line of being a freaking hoarder vs. saving/being frugal?  some things are easy- others are hard.  That is the point I am at in my sewing room.  I have got to get rid of things but I have no idea where to start.....  Somethings are obvious- others are harder...  Like a mattress pad- that would be great batting for little projects!  But it takes up so much room!  See the dilemma?  Scraps of PUL?  A million scraps of calico?  weird antique/retro patterns?  I hate throwing stuff out because my oldest DD is now into crafting/sewing and I let her use up my scraps and random other supplies...  It just doesn't make sense to throw things out only to have to find supplies for her later....


I have trouble with this too. I'm just really trying to be better organized than I have been in the past but I know I still have to get rid of some things.

post #95 of 174

2/52 - pattern cards for DS's unifix cubes

post #96 of 174
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Originally Posted by iowaorganic View Post
 

So. If you love repurposing in your crafting- where do you draw the line?  That illusive line of being a freaking hoarder vs. saving/being frugal?  some things are easy- others are hard.  That is the point I am at in my sewing room.  I have got to get rid of things but I have no idea where to start.....  Somethings are obvious- others are harder...  Like a mattress pad- that would be great batting for little projects!  But it takes up so much room!  See the dilemma?  Scraps of PUL?  A million scraps of calico?  weird antique/retro patterns?  I hate throwing stuff out because my oldest DD is now into crafting/sewing and I let her use up my scraps and random other supplies...  It just doesn't make sense to throw things out only to have to find supplies for her later....

 

I'm in the same boat. Plus I inherited fabric from my mom when she passed away. I am thinking of putting some of it up for sale on craigslist or ebay - some is just not stuff we will use. It's vintage 70's and ugly as can be IMO, lol.

 

I tend to keep all scraps, and even loose threads / tidbits of fabric. Those all go in a "stuffing" bag & I use them for stuffing cat toys or draft dodger tubes for windows. Bigger scraps get used to make doll items or doll quilts. Someday I'll get those done.....

post #97 of 174

OK. I have crossed the line to hoarder.  Seriously.  I have been working on it all day and it is awful!  I have 4 huge bins of scrap fabric!  It is absurd!  I think I am going make DD a new quilt and as I go through the scraps for that I will just throw away a bunch of it.  I did whittle down my wool bin so that at least the lid shuts easy.  And at least things are making into the bins....  But I still need to tidy my shelves- which hold actual fabric for you know....normal projects....  and other random supplies.  But this has got to stop.  I have wasted weeks trying to manage this and that time should have been spent actually sewing... My goal for today is to throw out 2 garbage bags and I am boxing up flannel for diapers to pass on to a friend of mine and another box of random supplies for another friend...  I am going to purge my scrapbooking stuff too as soon as DD1 has a chance to help me actually scrapbook.  This will be managed.  eventually :)

post #98 of 174

I was really in craft hoarder mode for years.  Then my oldest went to Kinder and her teacher sent out a call to arms for "beautiful junk."  Basically, she liked to arm the kids with things to make projects - really open ended stuff.  Lots of moms sent in bottle caps from their recycle bin, scrapbooking paper, etc.  I sent in garbage bags full of stuff - good stuff!  My theory was that these little creative minds could use this stuff...or I could just keep in my closet, "just in case I ever get time."  Our Kinder teacher shared it with the whole group (four teachers) and the kids had a blast.  So worth it.  I know you home school, but it's worth a shot.

 

For fabric (and I'm not a sewer), I was happy to thrift it away.  Let the universe find a new home for new projects.  I was happy to let go years ago.  This *this week* I needed some fleece for a girl scout project (making no-sew fleece scarves for a local charity) and put a note on Craigslist to find some for free.  Only to have a woman message me about a local charity that gives away fabric for free if the project is for charity.  She gave me two trash bags full of fleece for my girls!! 

 

Crafters are really good people and things seem to work out well in the crafting world, yk?  I'd let go so someone else can enjoy the things you don't have immediate use for...and watch what happens when you really need something. :)

 

Just my two cents...

post #99 of 174

AfricanQueen- YES!  I love it!  I think the homeschool group would love my quilting scraps :)  

 

5/52- new curtains for my sewing room :)  because....

6/52- it is clean!  Still needs more things purged- but I have a clean work surface, bins are put away, the floor is clean, the ironing board is clear and I am happy!

 

next up is a cover for my mom's cover stitch machine for a birthday gift for her then a set of covers for my serger and sewing machine...

I need to come up with some cupcake holders for my sister's elegant bridal shower. But I have a plan for those also- if I can find hardware very cheap I will do that.  If not I will stack mismatched thrifted china plates on candle holders that I will spray paint gold and silver :)  

post #100 of 174
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my downfall is yarn... i love yarn... i have a yarn collection that continue to grow by leaps and bounds... (maybe i just like getting packages in the mail??)

 

yarn....  yummmy   le sigh

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