Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sweater Blanket Give Away!

While attempting to make felted mittens for Emma (at her request) I somehow ended up with a cute pink felted heart. For some reason, that made me remember that I had a red felted sweater to use. I also had a bit of the pink felted sweater left. I cut the two up, stitched them together, added a few hearts and some purple fleece, and viola! A cute little blanket.

I am giving this blanket away. All you have to do is leave me a comment before midnight on February 6th to let me know you are interested. On February 7th, I will draw a name from a hat to select the winner. Very high-tech I know, but it's what I know. I will post the name of the winner sometime on the 7th, so check back then. I will ship the blanket out on Monday the 8th so that you can hopefully have the blanket in time for Valentine's Day.

Good Luck!

p.s. I finally got my slippers made and I LOVE them.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Quick Update

I have been having fun with my new found craft; Felting!

In anticipation of all the things I want to make, I ordered some sweaters from Kris at Resweater. If I get them before I leave for AZ, I might just have to find room in my suitcase for one or two:0)

Anyway, here are the fun things that we (yes, Emma was busy creating also, I love it!) created today.

Felted Flowers were first on the list.

While I was busy making flowers, here is what Emma created. She decided her rocking horse needed a headband and some earrings.

I went for flower number four and it wasn't working for me, so I decided to take a break instead of force something that I wouldn't end up liking. Here is what I made instead of a flower.

Then it was time for Emma and I to head to the library to meet with some friends. After a fun hour, it was off to hang out with Landon while his mom and dad where at work.

We got home about 5:00pm and Emma was hungry. Mac and Cheese was cooked and consumed, then we decided to make some cookies, brownies, and bread dough. Here is the mess, and cookies we created.

Icky kept sticking his nose up to the table to see what was going on, so I decided to sprinkle him with a bit of flower. Emma declared him a speckled dog.

After cleaning up most of the mess, and eating a few cookies, it was back to the studio. My feet where cold and I had a pattern for felted slippers. Not wanting to waste a lot of my felt, I thought it might be a good idea to start with a pair of slippers for Emma. Littler feet, less waste if I don't like them. Well, I love them and wish I had stared with my pair because my feet are still cold, but I am to tired to make anything else tonight. Also, I may not have enough left to make a pair for me tomorrow. Here are the slippers.

So, now its off to bed where I hope to fall right to sleep, but I will most likely lay there for an hour or more thinking about all the things I want to make tomorrow.

p.s. I am really tired, so I will reread all of this tomorrow and fix anything that doesn't make sense, I was just really excited to share our projects with you!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Felting, Upcycling, and Sewing, Oh My!

I have been very busy! I have been wanting to try felting for a while, so I went out this past weekend and bought some wool and wool blend sweaters from the thrift stores. I followed Resweater's guidelines, and had some luck. I knew that the blended sweaters would not felt as well, but I still liked them.

I got home from shopping and immediately threw the sweaters in the washer to get them felting. Everything worked out as well as I had expected, so I was pretty happy with my finds.

I was a little intimidated by the felted sweaters, so I used the blended sweaters and made some clothes for Emma. I made this jumper using a cute purple speckled sweater with pockets.

Emma was complaining that her legs were cold, so I used the arms of the sweater and...

I decided to go ahead and make something out of the felted sweaters. One of the sweaters had a hood and I just happened to have a book, "Warm Fuzzies" by Betz White with a project for a Hoodie Scarf. I used the felted hood with a sweater that was not all the way felted, but it work out well.

Then I had the sleeves left and decided to make another pair of sweater pants.

I had an orange sweater that didn't felt, so I made it into a sweater apron for Emma to paint in. I forgot to take pictures of it :)

I liked the neck of the sweater and thought it would be a cool waistband for a skirt, so I made a skirt to go with the waistband. Unfortunately the skirt is to small for me :( Still, it turned out cute.

Yesterday, as Emma was taking a rare nap, I finally felt ready to actually cut up some of the felted sweaters. My first felted project came our great, I think anyway. It was suppose to be a jumper, but it was a bit to short, so it is now a tunic.(I can't take my sewing machine with me when Emma and I babysit, so I bring my crocheting instead. I made the hat in these photos for Emma on Tuesday. She loves it! We plan to add a crocheted flower soon.)

The gray was from the same sweater as the hood in the Hoodie Scarf project. The sweater had cute little pockets so I made sure to include at least one in the jumper.

While we were doing our "photo shoot," Icky decided he wanted to be a model also.

The sweater was finished with enough time left yesterday to start another project (I tend to obsess when I get in the zone). Another book by Betz White, "Sewing Green", had a cute project for a bag made out of a jean skirt. I had a pair of jeans, so I turned the jeans into a skirt then into a bag.

I have not added anything to the back of the bag yet, and I bet I will be adding more to the front, but it gives you a good idea of what it looks like.

The day is still early, so who knows what I will be making next...

Oh, I almost forgot, I also made some seed pots using newspaper. Great way to use up old newspapers and get your seedlings started. I figure the pots are thin enough that they can just be planted right in the ground (or pot) once the seedlings are ready to be transplanted.

Have a creative and productive day!! I know I plan to :)