Saturday, December 26, 2009

Where did Christmas go?

Did you all have a wonderful Christmas? Although we missed having several of our out of town family members with us for our festivities again this year, my parents and I enjoyed a nice, though quiet, day at home. I enjoyed giving my family some home-made gifts this year, and really liked hearing how much they loved them. I’m also excited about the sewing-related gifts that I got: quilt magazines, Gingher scissors, pinking shears, hem clips, a gift card to Joann’s, and best of all some large clear plastic tubs to store all my fabric in. My make-shift sewing area looks so much better already!

Ok, now to catch up on some pictures. There will be quite a few of them for this post, you were warned!

First, I just thought this was funny, I had to take Dad to pick up his car at the shop, and Joann’s just happens to be on the way, haha. So I made dad stop there with me and guess what happens? He falls in love with this and ends up spending more there than I did.

I kept myself very busy for a while, helping my friend Shealynn with her shop *Shey*[B]. She had several Christmas orders for her camera strap covers, and I was glad I was able to help her out. Needless to say I still have some Christmas decorations that I have yet to make. Maybe I will get them all done in time to pack the decorations up for the year.

I also had some of my own Christmas orders to fulfill, both for dog collars, and also for a baby gift. It was nice to sew something different after sewing so many dog collars for a while. I think I need to make and sell more baby items now. Especially since I just organized all my fabric in my new bins and I have seen how much baby fabric I really have. Anyway, here is the baby gift I made for a friend of mine to give to her friend. I really like the color combination and how it turned out. I’m glad to hear that she loves it too! It’s so affirming to hear such positive feedback from paying customers!

I believe it was Christmas Eve by the time I finally got around to finishing this wreath that I had planned for the longest time. I fell in love with Just A Girl’s version, and became a major copy cat by buying the exact same ornaments that she did. I just love the color combination! It was a major pain in the butt trying to make what was supposed to be a very simple wreath (I will spare you the play by play details) but in the end I LOVE it. I think it is gorgeous! I want to keep it up all year!

Now on to some of the Christmas presents I made for my family. It all started with wanting to make these oven mitts for my grandmothers and my mom. I got the idea from Amy at The Idea Room.

My dad got an ipod over the summer, and had been talking about how much he wanted a case to take it to work in, but he didn’t like how much the ones he saw cost. I remembered a tutorial I had seen by Make It and Love It and told him that I could make one for him. He requested Wisconsin colors, so this is what I came up with.

Since the grandmas were getting hand-made gifts, I decided I didn’t want the grandpas to feel left out, but had the hardest time thinking of something that I could make for men. I ended up making them felt ornaments that had to do with an interest of theirs. One grandpa got a saxophone and the other got a billiard ball. There is a back story to why I chose an 8 ball, but suffice it to say it is a family memory that makes us laugh whenever someone mentions it.

Of course I had to make something for my dog then, and yes I am one of those people who puts clothes on my dog. If any of you knew her though you would know how she is a wimp when she thinks she is cold and how needy and annoying she can get when she is. (I still love her though!) Therefore, I decided it would be a good idea to make her a hoodie. I followed a pattern that was absolutely horrible and I ended up having to make lots of modifications, but in the end I think she looks really cute in it.

Finally, today I went to Michaels and hit up their 70% off section. I ended up getting some things I never imagined getting before I walked into the store, but ended up making this wreath tonight. Who cares if it’s after Christmas? Haha. I had no idea what I was doing. I have never made a wreath before, or even really paid attention to other wreaths that are already made. What do you think? I didn't like it so much at first, but now I think it's pretty. Oh and this picture just doesn't do the glittery parts justice.

I think that catches you all up on just about everything I can think of at the moment. I still have at least 3 more Christmas decorations that I wanted to finish this year, and 2 or so more (plus a Christmas quilt) that I may just pack up and make next year.

How was your Christmas?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ornament Exchange 2009

I had so much fun participating in my first ornament exchange hosted by my friend Shealynn over at The Benner Daily. Here is the ornament I made:

And here is what I received in return:

I love how we both went with a brid theme! Thanks Heather!

And on an unrelated note, here is the apron I made myself a long time ago and keep promising pictures of. I made use of it on Thaksgiving and finally got a picture of it.

Many of the other things I have been working on will have to wait until after Christmas to make their internet debut so as not to spoil any surprises, but I'm really hoping to have some of my Christmas decoration crafts done before then. One of them is an advent calendar. Oops, guess I won't really be getting any use out of that one this year...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My first giveaway!

Want to win one of my collars?

My friend Shealynn was kind enough to feature me on her blog, and there is a free collar up for grabs.

Head on over for your chance to win! Thanks Shealynn!

The beautiful picture of Bailey is courtesy of DreamMaker Images. Thanks Shelly!

The contest ends Tuesday, December 8. Good luck!