Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Whooooo? You say?
My oldest, who loves to create, loves this owl from Pottery Barn Kids (which I LOVE!). She just kept going on and on over how cute he was. I suggested we try to make our own owl, since she loved to create things.
I had her start with an inspiration drawing. This was her first attempt. It’s the first time I’ve seen her draw an owl…I was impressed.
I had her refine it by just drawing an owl. I had her color it in so I would know how many fabrics to use.
We made a pattern using freezer paper. It was awesome because you can iron on the freezer paper to the fabric and cut it out without using pins! She is a young 6 years old, so I thought it would be great for her to try cutting out the pieces from the fabric that way. It worked awesome and she got such a kick out of it!
She went through my stash and picked out all the fabrics she wanted to use. I tried to let her pick on her own – so she could figure out what things she thought “went together” – like a true designer.
We fussy cut some fabrics for the eyes, nose, and eyelashes. I had her go through my scraps to find a piece for a mouth and cut it how she wanted. We used Steam A Seam to apply the fabric, which I let her do with the iron (also her first time ironing). She thought it was so amazing how the Steam a Seam worked to stick together fabrics – much like glue on pieces of paper.
We also put a little applique on the belly – again fussy cutting some scraps. I also free-motion stitched around all the appliques to help the fabrics stay on for years to come.
And, hence, we brought to life Mrs. Owly. Mrs. Owly who has been in her arms every possible moment. It’s amazing how well this owl flies…I am pretty sure it flies better than a real owl (even though it’s wings are teeny tiny for it’s long body).
In the end, this was a fun project to do with a child who likes to make things. She found it amazing how she MADE this – all from her own drawing. She enjoyed getting her hands involved in the whole process – specifically stuffing it. I love that she loves the end product, enjoyed the process, and in the end we have a handmade, homemade piece of art that looks just like SHE wanted it to look.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I just need to bind it.
Isn’t it great?
I think I am holding on to this one….waiting for someone to have a baby girl…someone close to me…so I can see it in use…I wonder how long I will be waiting on this one? :)
Love you, you know who. That goes to more than 1 person.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Spring is my favorite season. I love the way that the world comes to life with pops of color. You can tell by all the color in my garden in spring.
This was a volunteer in my garden. Last year I got some Lily of the Valley from Grandma Connie and I planted it sporadically under the crape myrtle. They bloomed, but had some damage thanks to Morgan. (I planted them in her “path” as Kenny says, so what did I expect?) Well, this appeared among them. Surprise.
I had no idea what they were, but thanks to my dear friend Dawn, I can now call them by their name…Columbine! They are really a neat plant. The leafs, the tall blooming flower. I hope they come back again next year.
Spirea. They have no scent, but I had to take the picture. I only have 1 of this variety. I want more and I don’t know the name! I have tried to propagate it by sticking a brick on a limb to see if it will root out. No luck yet. I might try to take a cutting later this year…
Peony. Need I say more. Can you smell it? They are enchanting. They are my favorite.
Summer blooms coming up: Coneflower, Black-eyed susan, Sedum, Day lillies, hydrangea, crape myrtle, joe pye weed
On my wish list:
- More hydrangea. Lots more. Mopheads, lacecaps, and event oakleaf!
- Butterfly bush
- Tall Phlox (pink)
- Liriope (solid green with purple flower)
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I think I want to attempt this. Can I commit to 1 hour every evening for 1 week making clothes for my kids?
1 hour/night….I think I can make a dress or skirt in that time frame.
Well, why not? I mean, it’s not like I have anything else going on. . .
1. Baby quilt. Cute. Not sure who it’s for.
2. Lotus quilt. Just purchased sashing to complete top (for the third attempt at having enough sashing. The top is really, really almost done but I ran out of sashing. I have backing.) Need batting.
3. Corinne’s lap quilt. Need to purchase backing. Need batting.
4. Duvet. Need to purchase backing.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I have been quiet in this space. Maybe too quiet.
I have projects in place.
1. My Bee Quilt of all Amy Butler Fabrics. It’s going to look so great! I ran out of sashing putting the top together. I finally found the matching fabric and will complete the top!
2. My brick path quilt that I started during our winter snow fall. The top is done. I need to find fabric for the back.
4. The duvet cover for my bedroom. Again, the top is done. I need to buy the fabric for the back.
My plan was to finish the tops for 1 and 2, then quilt them both, then do #4. I think I need to now complete #3 first, since I want to get that completed while the baby is still, well, a baby!
What is wrong with me? Time to finish one project before I move on to the next!
(And I STILL have that bench to finish sanding and painting!!!!)