Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Merry Christmas Stockings

Thak you for all the nice comments on my paintings, I'm glad you like them. And if anyone wants one of them you can always email me.
Now that the semester is over and I don't have to worry about homework and tests I've been trying to cram in some sewing projects before Christmas. Here are the kids stockings I'm working on.
I was hoping to have a lot more crafts done by now but I'm not gonna let it stress me out. Just gotta do what I can when I can.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Water color class

I took a watercolor class this semester and I wanted to share my work with you.

My first painting was abstract using shapes of eyes and leaves, I wanted to start with something fun, where I could try lots of things.

I painted a landscape of a field of cosmos for my second painting.

This painting is a children's book illustration and supposed to be expressive.

This one I did of our July 4th picnic is may favorite, I think it turned out awesome!

This one is symbolic, it's called "Planting the seed in your heart" and I thought of it while reading Alma 32 in the Book of Mormon.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My favorite Halloween decorations

At first this wall only had the jack-o-lanterns on it but as Halloween drew near my kids came home from school with these beauties. My 5 year-old (Actually he just turned 6) made the skeleton and my 8 year-old made the scarecrow and the back cat. I'm going to have to hire them for next years decorationg, these are just awesome!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Busy as a bee in a beehive

So I've been pretty busy lately, what with the end of summer vacation and and the start of school and birthday season is FASTLY approaching at our house and it's getting me a little stressed.

Anyway a few weeks ago I tried out my new william-sonoma beehive cake pan that I bought on sale for $14!!! I saw it in a magazine once and oogled over it and saved the pages, and now I have it!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Neat and Clean!

This week I cleaned up my craft room, it had gotten very cluttered! Perhaps you noticed from my last post? At least now I have more table space, the blue shelves were just sitting on the table before. I know it's not beautiful yet but at least it's functional and it makes me very happy! The biggest improvement I need to make now would be to paint those blue shelves some other color, but I talked it over with myself and I just wasn't up to painting it yet.

That fabric pile on the sewing table it a little project I've got up my sleeve and I can't post any more about it so this will have to be it's sneak peeks for now.
This is a picture of the book shelf where I keep my rubber stamps and paper crafting supplies and the the wall above is where I put up pictures from my kids and other happy inspiring things.

I threw this one in here for fun, this is what I used the blue shelf for in my last house, it matched the boys bed room.

And this... is a sad picture. I made these little cork boards beauties, mounted them on the wall of my craft room, snapped a picture and went on a trip. When I got back they were on the floor crumbling to pieces. oh well.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009

Art work

My little van gogh made this lovely portrait of me and my sewing machine, it proudly hangs on the wall of my craft room.

Friday, June 26, 2009

It's my first quilt something was bound to go wrong, right?

I just didn't do a good job piecing the quilt together I guess. I'm thinking it may be the pink gingham triangles that are causing the problem. They look like they are pulling on the other squares and making the ripples. Or did I not sew the squares together right? The pattern said "scant 1/4inch seam allowance throughout" what does a "scant" quarter inch seam look like?

Monday, June 22, 2009

How much is too much?

I found this gorgeous quilt pattern.... and I want to make it!

I searched around and found the perfect fabric to make it:The fabric is Aviary by Moda and it's just so beautiful and gorgeous and it's gonna cost me $150+ to buy it! Is that too much? Or is it a deal? For my budget it's on the high side. I'm thinking I'll have to pass on this one, maybe wait for a big sale or something.
I bought the fabric!! There was a sale and I got it for less than $150! The fabric is so soft and smooth it will be just gorgeous! I'm saving it until I get more experience with quilting and then I'll make it for my bed.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Sneak Peek!

I completed all the quilt blocks for the kitty quilt! This is so much fun!!

I found a pattern in a quilters magazine with similar fabric requirements (yardage) and decided to give it a go. For anyone who is wondering I originally bought this fabric to make a little apron like this one for my daughter, I bought way to much fabric and now I'm using it for my first ever quilt. :)

A Picture of the finished Easter Dress

I started sewing this dress a while back and finished it in time for Easter this year, I'm finally posting a finished picture of it now.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Kitty Fabric

I've had the kitty themed fabric for a while now and I'm excited about making it into a quilt. I noticed the other day that I had a lot of black so I recently picked up the two cute gingham fabrics.

The only problem is that the adorable, shimmery, beautiful, turquoise gingham is polyester and and my neighbor (who quilts) said I shouldn't use it for several reasons; it'll fray like crazy, it's a loose weave, it won't shrink like the rest of the other cotton fabrics.... etc.

What do you think, what would you do?

I'm thinking that I may have to find something similar in cotton and use this lovely stuff to make a dress for my little girl.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

piecing trial run

I decided to do a test run today with my scrap fabric stash. As it turns out I'm not very good at sewing in a straight line and this is important if I want my seams to line up. I wasn't sure what my seam allowance was supposed to be, so I ended up having to cut some of my pieces to fit right. I'll have to look over my pattern more to see if I missed something. All in all I had a really fun day :)

Fairy Garden Fun!

While visiting family over Memorial weekend my Mommy took me to a beautifully elaborate fairy garden display at the Gulley Greenhouse. It was so enchanting, whoever put it together did a fabulous job. I did take pictures but for some reason blogger wont let me post them, I'll have to try again later. Anyway while I was there I purchased another fairy to go with the two my sister got me for Christmas a few years ago. And instead of buying ever adorable accessory there I remembered this issue of Family fun with directions to make "magical clay mushrooms" for a fairy garden.

Here is my fairy garden with it's new inhabitants and a magical clay mushroom, I planning to make more mushrooms to go in it.

This yellow fairy is the most resent addition.

These two I've had for a few years, unfortunately my 2 year-old got a hold of them not too long ago and I had to glue the little blond fairy's head back on and the blue fairy's finger is missing. This is their very first visit to my fairy garden. Though it's been around for a while the garden is usually sitting in a "touchable reachable" location and therefor the fairies only make supervised visits.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Never ever thought I'd would be interested in this at all!

Can you believe it I'm totally in LOVE with the idea of quilting! I never thought that I'd want to quilt. It was on my "I'll never do that" list. When I discovered that sewing was fun, I remember thinking "but I won't quilt, that's too hard and old ladies do it, it's not for me".

These past few weeks I've been looking for bedding for my three year old daughter and consequently I've looked at a lot of quilts and now suddenly I'm totally excited about learning to quilt. Craziness!

These first two I found at Cluck Cluck Sew she makes cute stuff.
Found this one (above) in a google search I saved the picture but not the blog I gleaned it from.

This last one is from pottery barn; and it looks as though a beginner, like myself, could possibly make it.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Merci card

I received my new Stamp'n Up paper last week and yesterday I spent some time in my work room and made this card. I'm so weird I have a hard time getting inspiration for making cards so I spent Thursday and Friday on SplitCoastStampers.com looking for inspiration. This is the first time I've used my self adhesive paper lace (I think it's from the dollar store), turns out I really like it.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Beatrix Potter Baby Book and Card

Last month my sister after having three girls had her first BOY. To honor her and her new little one I went to work on this Beatrix Potter themed soft book.

Several years ago my mom gave me a book for home made Beatrix Potter toys and nursery decor with patterns and instructions. At the time I received it (expecting my first child) I didn't think I would ever use it I had already picked out my nursery theme and colors. It wasn't until after seeing the Miss Potter movie that I really fell in love with Beatrix Potter and all her children's books. I was so excited to give this a try and I have to say that I had SO much fun making it!

This is the card I made to go with it, if you look close you will see that there are three girls in the bed and the mama is holding the new baby boy (Mom also got me this stamp). The accent paper framing the image looks like black in this picture but actually it's a dark brown that matches the dark color in the fur.