Disappearing Act

Just finished my November blocks for do. Good Stitches Believe Circle.

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The task was to make a Disappearing Nine Patch block using Fabric from Emily Herrick’s Hall of Fame collection and some from our own stash.   Because it’s such an easy block to do my machine decided to get fussy about the Korean thread I was using, but eventually they worked out.

Time to get them in the mail before Turkey Day!

Santa’s Little Sweatshop

Well, the Bazaar is finally over!  It was fun making all that stuff, but it got a little hairy trying to finish it all at the end.  Wanna see what it looked like?

SAHS CollageI made most, but not all of the handcrafts pictured.  My friends and fellow PTSO moms,  Missie and Jennifer, made some beautiful pillows, coasters, tote bags, tissue pouches and Army ornaments to sell and my friend Kathy knit those two beautiful adult hats (cranberry and green) pictured near the striped baby hats.  Bink snapped up the cranberry one before we even opened and has been looking fetching ever since!  We also had donations of “regifted” items like picture frames.

 We had a very successful weekend at our little tables, making over $1300 for the school!  I was very flattered by how many people asked me if I had a card and if I took orders (I even got a hat order today).  Most of our stock sold on Saturday and we marked very little down at the end of the day on Sunday.  I can never quite guess which things are going to be the biggest sellers, but I’m getting better at predicting.  I guess all that crafting was worth it, but now I have to clean up all that mess I made on the dining table!

What’s in Your Wallet?

My wallet’s full of crayons  – and I’ve got loads of them…

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These sold so well on Saturday of last year’s bazaar that I had to go home early and make 10 more to sell on Sunday.  We won’t talk about the part where I stitched half of those upside down, and no one wanted to buy them, and some know-it-all PTO mothers made snide remarks, and I narrowly avoided smacking them.   This year, I’m older and wiser (ha!) and just made 25 of them ahead of time.  I’m proud to say they’re all right side up, too!

They’re from a pattern I purchased here.

 

Elf Yourself

More progress on items for the school bazaar.  This is the last weekend to work on things, so it’s a messy marathon in my house and I’m answering every question/request from the kids with “Go ask Daddy.”

In the quest for more tree ornaments, I went to Dongdaemun for supplies and spent Thursday evening and a good part of Friday working on these:

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It’s like my very own Santa/Gnome army!  I found the pattern here and just loved it.  The hand stitching part took a little longer than I thought it would and stuffing them in the middle of sewing took some practice to perfect make passable.  I could get about 12 ornaments out of each sheet of felt (about 12×15″) and I have lots left over.  If I survive the next week, I’d like to go back and make a batch for our own tree.  Of course, if they don’t sell, I’ll have 36 of them to hang on our tree!

 

 

Saving the Planet, One Cupcake at a Time

I’ve been working on my first tutorial for a little knitting project I’ve been doing:

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Voila, the K-cup Cupcake Ornament.  Earth shattering, no?  Sigh.  I know, another knitted cupcake.  There are loads of adorable versions already on Ravelry.  I made one as a pincushion here a few years ago.  Actually, it was in looking over my Ravelry notebook that I remembered that cute, fun, and easy-to-make pincushion.  I’ve been in whirlwind of crafting for the upcoming holiday bazaar and trying to come up with cute and easy tree ornaments.  So I thought, what if I scale it down, put a hanger on it and bedazzle it with beads instead of pearl head pins?  I could make them fast (turns out about 35 min. each)!  I could use up yarn and beads I already have!  [Editor’s Note: Wha’?  Starting a project without ordering more new yarn?  That’s not like you…]  This could be great!

And then I was struck with my most brilliant flash.  What if , to help them hold their shape, – wait for it – I recycled an empty k-cup from our Keurig coffee machine!!  I know you’re thinking: crackpot genius!  I am an eco-goddess and this totally makes up for my V6 engine that needs an oil change!  I hate throwing out one of those cups each time I make coffee, but I love the Keurig machine.  The coffee is great, and I never throw out a half-full pot anymore.  We make a fairly endless supply of used k-cups around here, and Handsome has even begun carting them home from the office, too.  I can only imagine what kind of freak-show hoarders the co-workers must think we are!

Since I had to make up the pattern for this and keep track of it, I figured I’d make it into a tutorial to post here.  It’s nearly done, but needs a few pics in better light.  Hopefully, instructions will be up soon and the whole world can begin hoarding dirty, used k-cups!  Surely, I have done my bit to save the planet.  Eat your heart out, Al Gore.

Pillow Talk

Goodness!  Where did October go?  I have been buried in chaos it would seem.  I’ve been trying to carve out time to craft, but it never seems like enough.  Peanut’s birthday took time to celebrate.  A gal doesn’t turn 8 every day.  I also had to take a two or three day break from Bazaar crafting to make a rabbit costume for Peanut for Halloween.  The pictures are on Handsome’s phone so, I’ll have to save the trauma of sewing with curly minky fabric for another post.  Let me just hint that my house looked more like a cat groomer’s during the process, and I’m still picking it off of the furniture!

Now, as for Bazaar crafting, that’s going to take a few posts to catch up on.  So lets start:

The spouses club here on base closed its gift shop a few months back.  Before they did they had a massive sale where I bought dozens of pillow forms for about 50 cents apiece.  Then a few weeks ago, my friend Jennifer called to tell me they were donating several more bags of leftover pillows to me to use for the Bazaar.  When life gives you pillow forms you make pillows.  Lots of pillows!

Throw pillows

Throw pillows

And more throw pillows...

And more throw pillows…

And more throw pillows!

And more throw pillows!

I toyed around with ways to use them up and make them more fun and sale-able.  Last year my paper-pieced penguin and snowman pillows from here were snapped right up, but they are time consuming and there’s no way I could make dozens of them.  The PTSO also quickly sold out of the 20 pillows I made for them last Spring using up their extra t-shirts.  I wanted something quick and fun that people would want to buy even if it didn’t necessarily go with their decor.  Hence the sarcastic pillow is born.  I used some of my favorite witty (I hope) sayings and inkjet printable fabric.  It’s the first time I’ve used printable fabric and I was pleasantly surprised with the results.  It’s fairly expensive per sheet and you have to follow the directions to set the ink.  In my case this involved washing and line drying the sheets after printing.  Each pillow only uses an little of the printable fabric, so I could get 3-4  per sheet and it was fun to play around with different fonts.  I still have several more to do.  Let’s hope they sell!

I also shipped off my very first round of blocks for the Believe Circle of do. Good Stitches.  I was so excited to join the group because I’ve admired their work on other blogger’s posts for a while.  Our finished quilts go to My Very Own Blanket which donates quilts to children in foster care.  Apparently, they get way more girly quilts than ones for boys, so this month was a block that will hopefully appeal to the dudes:

October Blocks for do. Good Stitches Believe Circle

October Blocks for do. Good Stitches Believe Circle

It was a fun and fast way to share a little love in the world.  I hope it will eventually make some boy feel special.   I can’t wait to see the finished quilt or next month’s assignment!