Saturday, August 6, 2016

Cord Tacos

I've been wanting to make one of these for quite a while. I actually talked about them at one of my knitting meetings and a friend of mine made a ton of them before I could get myself together to make one myself. I wanted one to match my phone case, so I found a cheap little piece of light blue leather on Etsy and when it came I cut out a 4" circle and then set the snap. So easy! And it's so much nicer to have my earbuds neatly packed in my bag instead of the wires getting stuck on everything. And I love the feel of the leather! SO soft! What a great, quick useful project!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

More Matching Fun!

So here's some other fabric I found at Jo-Ann Fabric that called out to me! It has the look of old-fashioned travel stickers! I saw Venice, Rome, Florence, Paris, London and more places we've I thought the fabric would be great for a traveling project bag! Then, I went ahead and made a matching DPN holder too. Yeah, I made another one! 

Then, I thought about the Christmas project bags I made last fall and thought it was such a shame I didn't have matching DPN holders for them. Since I already had out the pattern, the sewing machine, the lining fabrics and the snap press I decided to go for it!

The two DPN holders on the left match my Christmas project bags. I'll be all ready for knitting up some Christmas socks in December!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Finally...Nice Weather for a Photo!

It took me a bit to have nice enough weather for a photo...but here are the seat cushions out on the deck! They're thin enough that they can be put away in the deck box so the squirrels don't eat them, but they're comfy...and the color is a lot more vibrant than it looks here. I loved the YouTube tutorial I came across...I'm thinking in the spring I may make new cushions for the screen porch. The ones that are out there are old, and they're would be nice to make new seat platforms and then get some really cushy foam that you can sink into and just listen to the birds, the windchimes and the fountain. You'll have to check back to see what I come up with!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

I Craft So Hard I Sweat Glitter!

While browsing at Jo-Ann Fabrics with my mom I found this black and glittery fabric that says, "I Craft So Hard I Sweat Glitter." I fell in love with it and knew I wanted to sew up a project bag with it! Then, while I was waiting to checkout, Hubby saw a matching mug!

I spent a weekend morning sipping tea from my mug and making a matching project bag and DPN holder. Know what I really loved about these projects? I already had the red lining fabric and the zipper. I saw them together and they made me think of the peek of red on the bottom of Louboutin shoes. It went well with the fabric and I didn't need to buy anything else...BONUS!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Little Man's Self Portrait

This picture may be one of the cutest things I've seen my son draw. He was so careful to catch the details...he was especially proud he remembered his scar! I don't know how many cute projects there are in our future, I know he's getting what I do see means so much! Didn't he do a great job?!?! 

He did this picture for his school years sweet it will be to look back at it for years to come!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Master Chief Pillow

You never know what kind of weird, crafty request you may get. And when you're a craft chick you never want to let someone down! So, Little Man made a felt pillow in the shape of Master Chief from the video game Halo at school, but he wasn't happy that the stuffing was coming out. He also didn't like that his stitches were so obvious, so he asked me to fix it up. Here is the fixed up's amazing how using matching thread can really keep crooked stitches from being noticeable!

Monday, July 25, 2016

I Told You I Needed More!

The sewing machine was already it was nothing to quickly sew up this shark DPN holder!! And it's just in time to hold stitches on the needles of my Shark Bite sock!

Pictured below is the 2nd sock. I knit the entire intarsia (picture part)of the first sock, then planned to knit the entire intarsia part for the 2nd. But I changed how I carried the yarn on the 2nd sock and didn't have the puckering that I had on the first...and decided I needed to take the 1st sock apart and knit it again...because it would have bothered me too much to have a rippled looking shark on my sock...can you see the difference? I didn't carry the yarn on the better sock. It made the knitting a little more of a pain...but the shark looks SO much better!

No bueno...hated how this one looked! Glad I took the time to redo it and make it better!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Cushions Are Done!

I can't show you a photo of the cushions out on the deck in all their glory yet because the deck isn't finished so the chairs aren't on it. But here's proof they're done! The color is washed out here...but I'm so happy with them! I may have to make some for the screen porch next!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sailing on the Lake!

Just wanted to quickly share some photos of Little Man learning something to sail a boat! So happy I was able to see him out on the lake...he loved it and was so proud! How awesome is it that he can learn something like that at summer camp? Next week is water-skiing!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Southern Sweets!

We just got back from a trip to Charleston, SC, and usually Hubby likes to get some pecan pralines. This trip though he didn't because he was kind of disgusted at the when we got back, as a belated anniversary gift, I tried to make some. I found this recipe. He said they tasted BETTER than the store-bought! He liked that there were more pecans. Even Little Man liked them which isn't usually the case.

I didn't have the heart to let them think they were hard work...they were so easy I thought for sure they wouldn't be as good.The secret is to use a candy thermometer and parchment paper. Oh, and I used one of those smaller than an ice cream scoop scoops with the push release so they were all about the same size...made them look more consistent.

Not only did they taste amazing, they were so inexpensive to make!