Saturday morning command center

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Lots of house stuff to do still.

I hope regular crafting will resume soon! Until then I’ll share the more crafty projects.

Saturday morning command center

Today I have to finish up packing my craft room. A little overwhelming and a little sad, its funny what hits you hardest about change.

I’m getting emotional about this damn place now. Go figure.

Anyway! Here’s what I’m working on now.

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Goodbye craft room, you've been good to me

Pattern Testing: Sweet Simple Dress

Since the Sweet Simple Dress is live over here now, I can share one of the last projects I worked on in our apartment! (I’m in the process of moving and getting a house done/livable so there won’t be many (if any!) projects for the foreseeable future.)

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the photo that I posted when I did a pattern test for Allison over at Freshly Completed. As a pattern tester, I was provided with the pattern to test at no charge to me and remark on, thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you didn’t see the Instagram post, here’s another version

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This pattern was pretty easily followed and put together, had a bunch of customization options and came out really adorable. Her instructions are clear and there’s nothing “funny” to do. This might even be fun for a child to do with a helper adult for ironing.

(If you’re wondering, the pattern comes with directions for customization which includes sashes, pockets and ruffles! I chose to use the daisy “ribbon” but it had to be hand stitched in and easily took longer than the dress took to sew. You can see more options over here.)

I think it’s available 6 mo to 4T, but it could be adjusted to fit others fairly easily.

I can’t wait to make more of these for gifts!

Thanks for the pattern to test, Allison! It was great as always. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

Projects for Good: Penguin Sweaters

rtxkihhAren’t they cute? What could be cuter than a penguin in a sweater? Adorableness aside, these cute little guys NEED sweaters! These guys are Little Penguins and live down under.

But sweaters? On Penguins?

From here:

These knitted penguin jumpers play an important role in saving little penguins affected by oil pollution. A patch of oil the size of a thumb nail can kill a little penguin. Oiled penguins often die from exposure and starvation. Oil separates and mats feathers, allowing water to get in which makes a penguin very cold, heavy and less able to successfully hunt for food.

When oiled penguins are admitted to the Wildlife Clinic at Phillip Island Nature Parks, a knitted jumper is placed on the penguins to prevent them from preening and swallowing the toxic oil before they are washed and the oil removed by staff.

Now you know I’m not a knitter but I might be able to figure out a pattern for these adorable and needed little numbers to be made with one stick instead of two. (If you’re interested in working on this, here’s the knitting pattern.)

(Photo from here.)

Sewing bug bites again!

Saturday I had to be on the pool deck so I didn’t have a command center post, but Sunday, I packed up a bag of supplies and headed down to Schoharie County for a crafting day/demo/instruction day.

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Littlest crafter!

A bit ago, a friend of mine mentioned that she wanted to make a quilt and that her mother in law had given her a sewing machine to help this along. A sewing machine that she knew very little about other than that she had one now. Being that I adore spending time with her, I’m a helper, and I love spreading the crafting love (and love of crafting) I told her that I was happy to help her figure it out.

From what I understand about quilts (I haven’t made one yet although I’m considering a tshirt one…), they can be simple or complicated and it all depends on what you’re trying to make. They are not all that forgiving though if you want one with straight sides so I suggested that we choose a project that we could do together that was easy. I offered headbands, jammie pants, or bow ties (the last not being easy, but fun to make!) We could have made crayon rolls, tote bags or many other projects.

We decided to make jammie pants for her boys (one little, one big) because they’re not complicated to make and if it’s not done “just so”, they’re incredibly forgiving. I had some fun fabric on hand that I thought her boys would like so we picked a day and I headed down to her house to get our sew on!

(By the way, I highly recommend pj pants for first time projects. :))

A few things to keep in mind if you have a new machine and are just learning to sew (which I am totally willing to come help with):

  • Have the instruction manual handy. I can thread many different bobbins and machines by looking at them, but each is slightly different and some of those little differences aren’t actually so little in the long run. Also there are a LOT of handy tips in there. Your machine may also have a helpful hint or trouble shooting page. Feel free to keep that with your machine, on the wall by your machine or depending on it’s size, taped right to the sucker.
  • Read the instructions on the pattern and get all the supplies you’ll need. I failed to bring a safety pin so we had to get creative with my coffee straw to get the elastic in the pants.
  • Have a small piece of extra fabric that you’re working with for test sewing is really helpful if you’re having trouble getting the tension right. You might need to play with stitch length and tension to get it right.
  • Have a sense of humor and a seam ripper handy. Sometimes you sew the wrong seam or you realize that it’s all messed up underneath and needs to be redone. These things happen but they can be really frustrating. It’ll be okay. So long as you don’t destroy the fabric by just ripping things apart, you can generally undo anything you do.

Although there were some hiccups with the machine itself (that ended up with us taking a field trip to the store to get a different machine because I’m not entirely sure the first one she had actually worked.) we had a lovely afternoon of cutting, pinning, reading, chatting, and sewing and if I’m not mistaken, she might have caught the sewing bug!

Popping in!

I have so much fun to share with you! New ideas that I think will be big fun, being cleared through NYS for selling, and a new design. Of course I’m also working on legwork for a mortgage and dealing with a bedroom water feature that we did not install nor want so stuff is a little busy right now. Hopefully by Monday, March 3rd, I’ll be up and running.

Just in time for Mother’s and Father’s day.

In the mean time, if you’d like to follow me on Instagram you can.