Bookcase Arts and Crafts Storage

I know I’m not alone in my quest to organize and declutter. I know this because I’ve probably spent hours on pintrest browsing through ideas others, presumably overwhelmed by clutter just like me, have pinned.
I’m pretty happy with the way my craft storage project turned out and wanted to share it in hopes it might inspire new organizing solutions for someone else swimming in art supplies.

 

The problem: bins of unsightly arts and crafts supplies. I swear they’re reproducing but they’re the most loved supplies in the house so I need to find a way to deal with them. The kids seriously get giddy when it’s project time. Continue reading “Bookcase Arts and Crafts Storage”

Sewing a Crib Bed Skirt

My latest project, which has taken me far too long to actually pick up, was sewing up a crib bed skirt. After spending some time looking for ready made options online I decided home made was the way to go even though I’m a novice. I couldn’t find anything in the stores that grabbed my attention enough to want to spend money on it.

We had decided on a theme for the nursery: Dr. Seuss. Oh, how I love Dr. Seuss. We bought some different Dr. Seuss fabric samples and finally decided on the Celebrate Seuss bright allover characters print with 2 accent fabrics.

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Quilted Table Topper

I recently undertook my first real quilting project. I had in mind a table topper with bright colors that would suffice for Easter and all of spring. I went to the fabric store with the intent to keep the visit short, in and out was the plan. However, once I got in there I couldn’t narrow down my options. Thank goodness for charm squares is all I have to say. For those that aren’t familiar, a charm square is a bundle of precut fabrics, usually in the same design theme, packaged together for quilting purposes. I walked out with a bundle of Moda Fabrics Fresh Cotton squares and 2 different larger pieces of fabric for both the front and back of the project. I just could not resist the vintage charm of the Fresh Cotton prints.  The trim and batting would be leftovers from a different sewing project.

Once I decided on the 4 prints, the squares were cut in half on a diagonal to create 8 triangles, 4 for the front and 4 for the back.

For the front, the 4 triangles were pieced together to form a square, then trimmed with the main print for the back of the table topper, then placed onto the main square of fabric. Continue reading “Quilted Table Topper”

Crocheted Shawl

As you know, we have had a lot of rain/ snow over the last couple of weeks which means plenty of time indoors and extra time to crochet! I cranked out this lacey looking shawl made from Lion Brand silk mohair using their South Bay Shawlette pattern in a few evenings.

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This was my first time using this thread-like hairy yarn made of 70% mohair (made from angora goat hair) and 30% silk. I chose this bright citrus color called Sunbeam. Continue reading “Crocheted Shawl”

Penncrest Sewing Machine

This wonderful piece of machinery was passed on to me a few weeks ago. What is it exactly? It’s a 1971!! Penncrest sewing machine that works like a charm and has not a dent or ding on it. Complete with sewing table and all the accessories I could ever need. I have started sorting through the treasure trove and working on a few pieces. Sewing is new to me (feels like it anyway after so many years) and makes for slow going.

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Blocking knits

Thought I’d share my latest crochet project because it involved a new step for me. This is the first project I’ve made that required the shaping and blocking step.

This scarf was blocked in segments because I didn’t have a piece of cardboard large enough to accommodate it’s length. Since this piece has a lot of open space it needed the extra shaping that blocking provides to give it a finished look by removing the ripply, uneven effect.
It’s really quite simple, pin the item into the desired shape onto a piece of cardboard and thoroughly moisten the yarn with a spray water bottle. You can also wet the piece before pinning but I found it much easier to do after. Allow it to dry, remove the pins and you are left with a nicely shaped knitted garment.

Crocheted Owl

This little crocheted amigurimi owl was a project I stumbled on while searching for a  Crochet Today pattern for something else. He’s so charming I just had to make one. For those not familiar, amigurimi is the art of creating small stuffed creatures from crocheted pieces. Mr Owl stands about 4 or 5 inches tall and worked up in a few hours. Continue reading “Crocheted Owl”

Crocheted Baby Blanket

Made for a friend who recently gave birth to her first child, a beautiful baby boy.

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This is a giant granny square with many rounds. A very simple design as I’m still getting back into the “groove” of crocheting.  Also, I think its a good multi season blanket. The holes in the pattern will allow for plenty of circulation and the weight of this yarn will retain some warmth. A solid design with this yarn would’ve been far too heavy for anything but the dead of winter. Continue reading “Crocheted Baby Blanket”

Granny Squares Blanket

This is a project that I worked on during the winter months but forgot about until now. This was the first time picking up a crochet needle in oh.. about 12-13 years. It was a bit of a nostalgic project for me. I’d been taught many many years ago by an aunt of mine who was heavy into knitting and crocheting.
I started with what seemed like 1,000 of these little squares that are really quite simple to make. After a dozen they become tedious. Crocheting is a mindless relaxing past time for me so the tediousness really is tolerable.

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