It is so beautiful out today, and I’m so excited about spring! I have some fun projects planned.
First up is an Easter dress to sew. Last year Pearl wore one of mine from 1975, but this year I want to make her a new one (um, from a pattern from 1975, actually). I’m also dreaming up some crafty surprises to add to her Easter basket…
And thanks to lots of help from Patrick, we have a new raised bed, right next to the first one Andrew and I built last year! Super exciting.
So here are my before pictures… hopefully I’ll have some afters to share soon too!
Well, I have suddenly found myself in the toddler-passed-out-in-the-carseat trap so after a trip through the Burgerville drive-through, here I am in my car, in front of my house, with my laptop jammed awkwardly between myself and my steering wheel. Thank goodness for wi-fi! I had planned to post some new Valentines to make but my camera and cord are inside, and Pearl and I are out here, so I think I’ll just share some I made last year again instead… and next year you can see the new ones.
This beaded card was fun to do, and all you need are a needle and thread, a dozen seed beads and a couple pieces of cardstock. You could use any colors for your beads and paper, of course. I love red and turquoise together, but how about red and pink, or silver and red, or whatever you happen to have handy? You can find the complete tutorial over here.
And here’s one of my all-time favorite crafty projects, Valentine’s Day or not: heartfelt fortune cookies and rings. These are also super easy, and you can make six cookies and a bunch of rings from one 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of felt — not bad! The tutorial for these is over here.
Okay, I hope everyone has a really wonderful Valentine’s Day, Year of the Tiger, President’s Day, Mardi Gras, and weekend! I’m going to put the darn laptop away now and read the mystery I thankfully stashed in the diaper bag this morning.
This was originally a Quick Craft project I contributed to their print issue 06, and they were nice enough to republish it on the site this month as a flashback. It’s good to see those little guys again! This is a super easy project, and a nice present for a beginning sewer (especially stocked with pins and needles and threaders).
Since I’m in full-tilt sewing mode on a big project right now, I can attest that my fabric does NOT look anything like that at the moment… so it’s encouraging to see those neat stacks and know I will eventually get there again. Someday.
Hope you are having a nice Monday… and thank you to CRAFT: for making mine even nicer! It’s pretty gray here today and this was a sweet and colorful pick-me-up.
I’m very excited to be part of the new Crafty Tree Trimmings ornament-making ebook! I was asked to design something with beads and buttons, so I made a set of Sparkle Ornaments — a super fun way to use some of my favorite glittery bits and pieces.
I made two ornaments, a pink and gold version and an all-blue one. It was fun to bring our little silver tinsel tree out for the photos and listen to some Sufjan Stevens while I made the ornaments — it’s still early, but I’m looking forward to the holidays this year!
The book is a collection of six ornaments to make in all different crafty mediums from some of my favorite designers. The book includes:
* Crocheted Flower Ornament, by Linda Permann
* Felted Gingerbread House Ornament, by Betz White
* Bead and Button Sparkle Ornament, by me
* Vintage Treasure Ornament, by Kayte Terry
* Gossamer Thread Three Ornament, by Diane Gilleland
* Paper Globe Ornament, by Patricia Zapata, who is also the book’s designer
The cover spotlights all the ornaments so nicely, and each how-to has a clearly photographed set of photos and any full-sized templates you need, right in the book’s pages.
Fifteen percent of the book’s sales go directly to Project Linus, an organization we were all eager to support. Here’s a bit more about them:
It is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
And Diane and Patricia structured their book in a very innovative way: each contributor receives a portion of the sales as well, so we are shareholders in a sense as well as creative contributors — very cool!
I wanted to share this covered button project I did for this week’s CraftStylish post — I used a favorite Denyse Schmidt print from the Katie Jump Rope collection, which always reminds me of making my quilt. Anyway, it was a fun one to do and I hope you like it!
Speaking of CraftStylish, I am happy to announce that my lovely friend Michaela Murphy has a new story, “Eye Spy,” posted on The Moth — it’s available as a free download here. Michaela is such a gifted storyteller and I am saving it for first thing tomorrow morning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!