So much has happened since the last time I posted that there is no way that I can fill it all in. 1. It would be a super long post, 2. there’s a good chance I don’t remember a lot of it anyways….I have a terrible mommy-memory.
So skipping over Christmas and New years and all that, I’ll go straight to the best part of the last couple of months….my little boy turned 5! Time is just flying by these days. It’s so hard to believe that I am the mother of a 5 and 6 year old. Apparently it’s just as hard for them to believe that their mother could possibly be 29!! They thought that was so crazy on my birthday…one of them even said, “there aren’t enough candles for you”.
All he wanted for his birthday was a Mario cake, a bounce house, and a pinata. He’s pretty easy to please, and I was happy we were able to get everything he wanted. He was genuinely appreciative of his party and had a great time with his friends.
After all the cake, running, jumping, pinata smacking, and candy eating, this is what we were left with….a bed full of sleepy kids and dogs :)
After his birthday I was worn out from the cake building and food making, so I took some time off from making anything! I seriously just focused on the kid’s school work and keeping the house at a manageable level of clean. I also started running again, and have been fairly good at staying on task with that. However, I forgot to fit sewing, knitting, or any other crafty things into my days. So the past couple of weeks I have been recovering from my crafting slumber.
Here’s what I’ve got to show for the last couple of weeks…
I saw a picture on pinterest about half square triangles and how to make them super fast! (Click here for the blog with the tutorial) . It worked, sort of. I mean the tutorial was awesome, but I cut mine smaller than what the tutorial said and they were all so tiny! Anyways, now I have this block of half square triangles and it’s not big enough for a blanket, and I’m out of this print…so I’m thinking maybe a large throw pillow or maybe I’ll just hold on to it and see what happens.
So after I finished learning how to make half square triangles I wanted to figure out how to make cathedral windows. I have always been fascinated by them, so I found about a million and five tutorials, all doing it a slightly different way…so I picked and chose the way I wanted to do it, and this is what happened! Too bad I ran out of white….I need to make a few more before it can become a pillow and be sent to it’s new home.
This one is for my mom. She said she needed a bag to carry books to Sunday school. I just happened to have this little block of hand embroidered goodness laying around and no idea what to do with it. Worked out pretty perfect…my mom used to sing ‘You are my sunshine’ all the time, and I loved hearing it. Hope it fits her books. And, yes, it is missing the strap….my daughter is a supply thief and she stole the material I was going to use to finish this…so I’m on the hunt for a replacement strap.
And it has these super cool eyelets for the straps….they are so shiny :)
Next up, a wallet for Steven. He originally intended to help me make it, but he was distracted by legos. So I mostly made it solo.
This quilt has been a work in progress for a while. Well, it’s still technically a work in progress…but the top is finished and that’s an accomplishment, right!? I used the ‘Out to Sea’ collection by Sarah Jane. It’s so pretty, and girly. I just can’t wait to finish it up!!
I <3 patchwork quilts!
And last for now….a checkerboard! I have had the idea in my head for a while, but today I took the time to test it out. My kids are into board games and card games right now, so I figured they would like it, and I was totally right!! They played with it for a couple of hours today. Here’s what I came up with:
We didn’t have any actual checkers so we used Adelyn’s buttons. The other side has a tic tac toe board (which is also a fave around here).
I used iron on stabilizer on both sides, but didn’t quilt it. It is completely finished on the inside as well, so you can store all the game pieces inside of it….or stuff something soft in there and you’ll have a checkerboard pillow!
I think next time I make one I will only use one print, and the other will be a solid. I just really love the ‘Fly a Kite’ collection and it was right on top of my fabric stash. I ran out of the cathedral window looking one and had to use off white…which is how I knew that it would have looked better with the off white and red/white polka dots. Oh well, the kids loved it and that’s what counts!
Well hopefully I won’t wait so long to post again. I already have another post that needs to be made…all the projects my budding sewist has been working on. Adelyn is a little worker bee when it comes to crafting…she has been sewing like crazy and has more finished project than I do at this point!