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Some crafty things

At the risk of some people wanting to shoot me or at least throw something at me for “all the stuff I do,” I present some crafty projects I’ve been working on the last few months:

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I finally got one of my Alicia Paulson ornament kits done! I have two more to go so I don’t think I am going to be ordering this year’s kit. I love these ones so much. I want to hang the cocoa cup in my kitchen permanently.

I am in the process of redoing some of the stuff in the nursery to be more of a boy’s room. I made new basket liners for all the baskets in the changing table.

Before:
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After:
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I still need to do two more of these small ones that are in the closet, plus a couple larger ones that we use for storage and dirty laundry and I want to redo the crib skirt. Eventually it will happen. I am also kind of itching to paint all the white furniture in there robin’s egg blue, but I haven’t completely won Stephen over on that idea yet.

I knit Sprout a sweater that already made an appearance on this blog.

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And then I knit Bean some Nordic leg warmers for ballet.

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I’m pretty much always creating something. Just trying to figure out what to do next. I have a crochet scarf I started, a doll for Ethan all cut out waiting to be sewn, more nursery sewing as described above and two more ornament kits. Plus, I got a ton of really nice yarn from my mother-in-law recently that is just waiting for me to turn it into something. Picking the next thing will be hard.

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GAP inspired embroidered onesies

I mentioned a few posts back that I saw some really cute embroidered onesies from babyGAP. Since embroidery is pretty simple, doesn’t take up a whole lot of space, is inexpensive compared to most crafts, and is easy to pick up and put back down at a moment’s notice, this makes it the perfect craft for my current situation. So there really is no need to spend $20 each on these…

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…when I can make these all on my own…

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All motifs from Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray, a book I highly recommend for lots of cute embroidery ideas and motifs.

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Christmas presents for one of my favorite little families

Finally, I can blog about and reveal some of the things I’ve been working on.

I definitely overcommited myself on the handmade gift list this year. So, a lot of it got scrapped. I gave first priority to people that I knew would actually appreciate handmade gifts. The second priority is keeping it real and knowing what I’ll actually be able to finish in time.

Anyway, last night one of our favorite little families held a Christmas gathering for all our friends and I gave away their gifts. Yesterday kind of turned into the day from H-E-double hockey sticks though so I was completely lame and showed up with my gifts in a slightly tangled pile in my arms, not even wrapped. Life happens. And a lot of life happening has been happening around here lately. It’s just that way. I know Cara understands and that is why we can be friends.

Oh, and I forgot to take photos of these gifts. So, Cara had to do that for me too. Here goes…


Here is sweet William, the cutest Beatles fan ever and one of Bean’s best friends, sporting his new airplane shirt. It is just a simple thermal from Old Navy that I added the vinyl airplane and script to. Actually, Sprout has the same shirt, sans embroidery.


This scarf I made with fleece for Cara’s husband John. I got the basic idea for it from Scandinavian Needlecraft and had actually planned to go in a slightly different direction with it, but Stephen helped me out with a concept and I went with it instead. Oh and John, Stephen says if you do not want your scarf, he will gladly take it off your hands.


Then for Cara I made these embroidered dish towels. I bought the towels at Target and the embroidery templates are from Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection. There are so many cute ideas in that book that are all so very Cara that it was hard to narrow down what I was going to do. I decided to make her some dish towels because she was very much in love with the woodland animals onesies that I made for a few friends. I told her that I would make some for her next babe, but that could be awhile. She needed some cuteness now.

Alright, hi-ho, hi-ho, back to Santa’s workshop I go…

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Daily, 11/25

I taught my niece how to do some embroidery today.

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Daily, 11/20

Just some cute little shirts I made for our cousins. We are going to have another cousin in the family and it is so exciting!

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Daily, 11/10

The cutest little gnome girl you have ever seen. Just a glimpse at a top secret project I am working on right now.



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Daily, 11/5

Two done, two more to go. Hopefully I can get it all done tonight!



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Daily, 11/4

This little squirrel is just about killing me!



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Not so dark and twisty.

A friend is having a baby girl and I wanted to make something. I did not want to buy more yarn though. So I’m pretty happy with the fact that I was able to do this entire project without spending any money. I used scrap yarn leftover from other projects, but it turned out really cute!

Pattern: Garter Stitch Wrap Top by Erika Knight from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies. For the embroidery motif, I used another Erika Knight design, this one from the Short Sleeved Sweater in her Simple Knits for Little Cherubs book.
Yarn: Less than one skein Sirdar Snuggly DK in Lilac (LOVE this yarn! it is so, so, so soft and definitely does not feel like acrylic at all), less than one skein Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK in Willow and remnants of Knit Picks Telemark in Cilantro Heather and Sirdar Snuggly DK in Clover for the embroidery.
Needles: US 2 bamboo straights
Size: 0-3 months
Made for: Baby girl Miller
Modifications: I accidentally ran out of the lilac yarn before I could do the other side of the wrap top so I did the other side in the light green color. So, because of the random one side of green I decided to add in the embroidery motif to tie it all in together. I was sort of afraid it wouldn’t look good, but I think I like it better this way than a single solid color.
Started: October 24, 2009
Completed: October 25, 2009

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Year of the Ox

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!

We’ve been celebrating this holiday with my sister-in-law ever since Half-Pint came along. It is so much fun. We dress up and then make and eat good food shared with lots of friends. I really love that Ruth started this tradition!

Of course, Bean has to participate in the dressing up for this festivity too. I pondered many options and even coveted a few Etsy items. In the end I was good on our budget and just wound up embroidering a onesie for her to wear to the big feast next weekend. Mmmm dumplings. I can hardly wait!

The design sketched out:

Completed laterns up close (I still haven’t washed the onesie just yet to get the Crayola marker off, so you can still see it peeking out from behind the stitches here and there):

The ox (I just love this little guy!):

Bean happily modeling my needlework:

And of course she spit up all over the front of it just after these pictures to show her love most ardently. Guess that solves the marker problem. 🙂

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