I've listed the The Dream Bike infant set on Ebay if anyone is interested. You can bid here. I'm new to listing things on the internet and wanted to give this method of selling a try. I'll let you know how it works out.
Say hello to Mr. Handsome. I love this guy! I wish I could show you something amazing that I lovingly handcrafted for him for his birthday last Friday. But I can't. Try as I might, I can never come up with handmade goodness for a guy. So instead of creating something for him, I spent the afternoon of his birthday hard-wiring XM radio into his car. OK. That's a lie. I spent the afternoon waiting while a very qualified technician at Best Buy hard-wired XM radio into his car. But for the record, I would have done it myself if I only knew how. For some reason, I didn't think this was a do-it-yourself project that I could figure out by reading instructions on ehow dot com. I'm thinking that any job that requires you to drill a hole into a car is better left to a professional. It would be fun, though, to drill through the side of a car. No?
I do have some crafty handmade goodness to share with you. Check out my sorta new recipe file.
It holds and organizes all my 4 x 6 recipe cards. I made it a while back by stitching up a cover for one of those cheap little brag books you can get at Target or Walmart. I used some Summer in the City charm squares and a coordinating piece of Michael Miller Dumb Dot.
Which brings me to my next point. Why is it called a Dumb Dot? I don't think the dots are dumb. I like them. I use them alot. Dumb? No way! I would have called it a dandy dot, or a spanky spot, or a perfect polky. But a dumb dot? No. That just doesn't work for me. Sigh. If only I ran the world...
Ok, so it's not really my birthday, but we do have an insane number of family birthdays this time of year. My new neice kicks things off with a birthday on October 10th. Mine is October 27th. Mr. Handsome's mom is the next day, October 28th. My older sister and another neice share a birthday on November 2nd. Mr. Handsome's sister has a birthday on November 4th. My mom's birthday is today, November 17th. Happy birthday, Mom! Mr. Handsome has a birthday this Friday, November 21st. My younger sister's is December 1st, followed by a nephew's birthday the day after Christmas, and great grandma's birthday the day after that. My brother-in-law has a birthday on January 1st. And another nephew's is on January 30th. We get a six week break and then the insanity of spring birthdays begins. All these birthdays are just immediate family, mind you. Moms, dads, sisters, and their families. People you send gifts to. No fourth cousins twice removed or anything like that. Throw in Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's...Well, it's party, party, party!
Did I mention that today is my mom's birthday? Oh, yeah, I did. But in case you got lost in all those birthdays I mentioned, I thought I would remind you again. I love my mom. She's a good mom and a good friend. I stitched up a clothes pin bag for her birthday.
Here's a close-up of one of my new tags in action. Can you see where the orange tag wouldn't really work here?
The pattern for this bag came out of this book. The hardest part about the project was finding the right kind of hanger. The directions say to use a child's wooden hanger. Wooden hangers for children are not easy to come by in these parts. I ended up buying a padded hanger. I had to cut the padding off, saw a couple of inches off both sides of the hanger to make it fit, and then modify the top of the pattern to be the same shape as the hanger. Not a big deal, but a little more detailed than I had anticipated.
After I made this for my mom, I got to thinking of all the things you could use this bag for besides clothes pins. My girls have all kinds of lip glosses, lotions, potions, collections, and treasures that somehow end up everywhere but where I want them to be. I really don't think a collection of Bonniebell's finest Smackers should rest in my living room nestled in the only piece of Portmeirion pottery that I own. How cute would it be make some of these bags for storing their doo-dads? They could be made to match their room and hang on fun hooks like these. Oh, the possibilities. Now if I could just find a few more hours in the day to sew....
It was a bear, you guys, a real live bear. Apparently most of you weren't quite as impressed with the bear poo as I was [giggle]. I am a nut for wild animal sightings. I think my enthusiasm for the visits from Mr. Bear clouded my judgment of what pictures you would really like to see. But, come on, there is a bear in my backyard. How cool is that? Ok. I will shut-up about the bear now. But I do thank Nanette, Tonya, Brigette, and Jona for sharing my enthusiasm with clever comments about bears and my close-up photography skills. LOL! Today I promise to stick with pictures of things that are lovely and tasteful.
A while back I ordered some woven sew-in tags for the things I was making.
I like the tags very much, but they are a little large. Also, I ordered them with orange lettering. The tags look lovely in their storage jar and on items that coordinate with orange. Most of the time, though, they don't look good sewn in to what I am making. I usually end up not sewing one on.
Well, a few days back, I found this tutorial by Patchwork*Pottery. It is a dandy. Look at these cool tags I made with my computer, twill tape, and iron-on transfer paper.
You should definitely give this a try if you are in the market for some tags. Thanks for a great tutorial, Laurraine.
I've also been busy stitching up some bags for a few custom orders. Here is my latest effort.
The green Amy Butler full moon polka dot fabric seems to be my default fabric. It goes with everything. I only have a bit of it left. I can't decide whether I should get some more or move on. Hmmm? I don't want to be a one note wonder. It's probably time to move on. But I will miss those green polka dots. They have served me well.
I guess that's all for now unless you'd like to see what the deer are leaving in my yard. Just kidding!
Do you want to know where Papa bear hangs out while Goldilocks (me) is sleeping? He is in my back yard eating apples off a tree that is less than 10 feet from my house. How do I know? Well, everytime he visits he leaves me a present. No, it isn't a jar of huckleberry honey with a bow tied fancy around the neck. It's a more natural present. It's a gift from within. Oh, do I have to spell it out?!? It's POOP! Big poop. Icky poop. If you must see it, you can click here (View this photo). Go ahead. I'll wait. Don't be mad at me. I told you it was icky.
I have been stalking trying to sneak a peek at Mr. Bear. I really, really want to see him. Mr. Handsome and the triplets saw him on the hill behind our house a few evenings back. On a different evening, Paige and Hailey had to stop on their way home from dance and let Mr. Bear cross the road. I get up in the black of night and peek out the window every time I hear a rustle in the bush or an apple fall from the tree. I've seen lots of deer, but no bear. It's so unfair! He's been to the tree at least five times because he's left his special present on five different occasions. He's very tricky!
I don't think I will get to see him this year. We have lots of signs like this up by our house.
The responsible thing for me to do would be to go out and pick the fruit from our tree. I think I will do that this sunny afternoon. Even though I've never seen Mr. Bear, I don't want him to get into trouble because he is used to humans. For now I will have to be content with his presents, not his presence. LOL! That was a joke. Did you get it?
I can see why Mr. Bear likes our apples. Apples are yummy. We don't eat the apples off of our tree because they are full of worms and don't quite get ripe enough for eating. We do eat the apples from my parents' tree, though. My mom and dad gave us a large quantity of Macintosh apples. Aren't they pretty?
I think Macs are the best baking apples ever. I have made a couple of not-so-pretty-but-very-tasty pies, a large pot full of applesuace, and a batch of applesauce cookies. Next up is caramel apples. YUM! To make up for that nasty picture of bear doo, I will share my applesauce cookie recipe with you.
Cream margarine and sugar. Add thin, hot applesauce and soda. Mix in dry ingredients. Stir in raisins and vanilla. Plop cookie-sized lumps on to greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Cool on rack.
This is a family recipe. It is a good one. To thin and heat the applesauce, use 3/4 cup applesauce and 1/4 cup water. Heat for one minute in the microwave and then add soda. You will see science in action when you add the soda. I love that part.
Editor's Note: I am trying to get that poop link to work. Sorry to have published so many times. Cas
Another Editor's Note: Duh!!! I think I have finally figured it out. I was trying to link using Flikr, but I didn't want the icky picture to show up in my photostream. For some reason, a picture of poop seemed out of context in all the handmade goodness. I finally figured out how to link to the photo in typepad. Seems obvious now. Oh, well.
I've completed my first little shirt using an Ottobre pattern. It was all new to me...the eye-crossing pattern tracing, the puzzling absence of seam allowances, the conversions from metric to standard measurement, easing in a sleeve, setting a collar. Who knew that a placket was part of the front of a shirt? I thought it was something that grew on your teeth if you neglected your dental hygiene. Oh...that's plaque. It would be accurate to say that the learning curve was great. But I will definitely do it again.
I first saw this shirt on Kate's blog, Two Little Banshees. It is the Garden blouse from the 1/2008 issue. Very sweet. You can't see it well, but there are three little pleats on either side of the placket. (See? I did learn something.) You also can't see that I used the red polka dot fabric on the underside of the collar in case the wearer wants to flip up the collar and be jaunty.
This shirt is for a little baby girl from Vietnam. Her name is Camryn. Mr. Handsome's secretary and her husband just adopted her. She is soooo cute. I want my own Camryn, but the Voice of Reason (a.k.a. Mr. Handsome) gently said no without a moment's hesitation. It's probably a good thing I have him.
I also spankied-up a pair of jeans to go with the shirt.
Here's how they look together.
Now picture them on a cute little Asian wee one. It's a good thing, isn't it?