December 22, 2008
December 15, 2008
Here is a handbag and matching wallet I made my wife. She has been begging for this for a long time, so I hope that she is pleased with the outcome!
I used Kimberbell Kids personalized name pillow pattern to make these personalized pillows for my Mother in Law and Mom. I also made one for my niece.
December 8, 2008
This is a photo of us while we were dating.
Don't you just love the 80's glasses?
How big could they be?
So on this day, I toast my wife, and look forward to the next 24 years!
December 3, 2008
When we visit family and friends and bring their gifts, they can't wait to see what their wrap will look like this year. (They have come to expect it from us!)
Most of the time they say it is too pretty to open. We have always wrapped up our gifts that we give others a little bit special. Call it OCD, but I figure presentation is important too.
Grasp it in the middle and fold it in half.
This is what you should have!
Now carefully cut the folded ribbon in the middle like this.
Take care not to meet at the middle.
Now carefully tie the ribbon cluster that you just cut onto the package.
This is what your finished bow will look like! Now just add a gift tag, and get ready for the complements you receive as you give your gift!
On a side note, we are all Ohio State fans here!
I just made this hair bow for my daughter. I saw one like it at a boutique for around $12.00.
I had all the supplies on hand, so it didn't cost me a thing.
I used E6000 glue to attach the beads, the glue oozed out a little, but I wanted to make sure that they would stay.
I don't think you will notice it when it is worn.
November 26, 2008
I was going to make the holiday door hanger from YCMT, but all that embroidery didn't appeal to me at all. I am the kind of guy that likes to 'git 'er done! So with a few hours of free time this morning, I finished these lovely blocks. Leighanna helped me pick out the colors for these. I am hoping that everyone that receives them will like them!
Here is a completed one. This one goes to Leighanna's teacher.
November 24, 2008
Geez, that took me FOREVER!
After looking at all this fabric, you would have thought that I have been sewing for years.
Sadly, only three.
Anyway, here are a few photos.
Isn't it pretty?
I still have about 3 totes to go through. Mostly corduroy, fleece, and chenile.
All of my short cuts of 1/2 yard or less, still are waiting for me to fold them, but for now, I am happy!
My wife used to sew alot.
When she had a project to do, she would look at the pattern, see how much fabric it took, and go to the fabric store to get it. If a project took 7/8 of a yard, then that is what she got!
Ummmmm, when I go to the fabric store, needing only a 1/2 yard of fabric, I come out with much more.
First, I have to muster up enough courage to walk in by myself.
Second, I have to endure the stares of the "Cranky Quilt Ladies" who happen to be cutting fabric today.
Third, I have to search endlessly for the perfect shade of "pink" that my Picky Princess wants.
So, to sum it all up.
Man walks in fabric store with list (I only need a half a yard of fabric)....
Ladies look at him as if to say, "Hey, the sports store is two doors down!"...
Finds the perfect "pink" to match... along with a couple of more options in case my idea of "perfect" doesn't pan out...
Walks up to cutting counter....gets number (Lord, I forgot that important step once.... NEVER AGAIN!)....
Lays the fabric down on the counter...
Cranky Quilt Lady asks how much do you need?....
I shamelessly blurt out 3 yards of each please!
Uhmmmm...... What just happened here? I only needed 1/2 yard of each!
I feel so like Ralphie telling Santa he only wanted a football for Christmas, when what he really wanted was "An official Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time" Only I can't climb back up the slide and and tell Miss Cranky what I really only needed.
So... relutantly I pay the bill.... Go home and hide the stuff so that my "only buy what you need" wife doesn't see it.
Well... now it is all out in the open... my very own mini fabric store. AHHHHH!
If I only need a half a yard, I will cut it!
I don't have to deal with the Cranky Quilters looking at me over their little half reading glasses.
This should stay like this for a little while.....
Until I hit the fabric stores again, looking for the perfect shade of "aqua".
Must remember these words.... "Only a half a yard please!"
Has this ever happened to you? If it has leave me a comment, I would love to know if it is only a "guy thing"!
November 23, 2008
Off to finish organizing my sewing space. I need to start my projects by early next week!
November 20, 2008
I have my lists made. Well... sort of....
Fabric is getting organized. Well... sort of.....
I have plenty of time to get this done. Well... sort of.....
I have lots of backing and encouragement from others...... ABSOLUTELY!
Stay tuned for lots of pictures of things that I have in the works!
You are also welcome to leave me a comment or two on how I am doing, or if you would be happy to receive these handmade items as a gift!
November 19, 2008
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