Monday, June 30, 2008

Quilt Show 2008

This past weekend a quilt show was held in my home town. I was super excited. I've been wanting to learn quilting, but all my quilt projects never seem to get off the ground. Any way,My mom and I went and had an awesome time! There were so many cool quilts. I am so inspired now to really start learning to quilt. I got to try my hand at a long arm quilting machine. It was totally cool and now I really want one. But it was a little out of my budget...okay it was way out of my budget, but a girl can dream can't she?

I think I'm going to start with small lap quilt or wall hanging instead of trying to jump into a full size quilt right away. I'll let you know how it works out. Here are some of my favorite quilts from the show. All of the photos I took can be seen
here on flickr. If you have any quilting tips for me leave me a comment and let me know! Top: This one has a really cool illusion effect. Up close when I was taking the picture I didn't even notice it. Bottom: This one is made from neck ties!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Sounds Sounds Everywhere

Blue Angels Show
Originally uploaded by Sports Addiction
This week is Freedom Fest Week where I work. They have hydroplane races, airshows, and more. My building is about two blocks from the festival area and the jet planes are doing practice rounds. Everyone I have talked to say they hate the sound. But I love it! Low flying jet planes is one of my favorite sounds. The big roar, the shaking of the buliding when they fly really low its amazing. I think I am the only person in the building the jets don't bother. It is a little distracting though...everytime they fly over I want to run to the window to look at them. I probly won't get to see the actual air show but seeing and hearing the pracitce runs is the next best thing! Here are my Favorite sounds: the cunch of leaves in the fall, low flying jets, thunder, and laughter.

What are your favorite sounds?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Meet Alphonse and Sally the elephant

Meet Alphonse. He keeps your head warm on long winter days and loves cute kittens. Back story: My sis and I saw this hat (the original Alphonse hat) while shopping, she really wanted it but I said that I could make it. So here is the finished product. It is made from gray fleece and the face is made of felt. I think he turned out way better than the store product.

I was surprised by how simple it was to make. I didn't really have a pattern for it just a basic shape. I sewed the basic shape first and then pined and sewed it to fit the shape of my sister's head. The face I sewed on with my machine. For the ribbon in the back I cut a slit and sewed the ribbon in. I was so happy that my sis liked it. Before I began the project my sis said "are you sure you can make don't sew very well." I guess I proved her wrong. In all it took about a half hour to 45 minutes to complete.

I would also like to introduce Sally. She like to hold pictures, business cards, post-it-notes, or what ever is laying around. I found the elephant at my local craft store in the wood section and glued clothespins to the back to hold the cards and also for support. She now sets on my desk at work and holds my business cards. I've been looking for a unique card holder there are so may cool ones out there. When I saw the wood animals and shape at Hobby Lobby I knew they would make cute card holders. I was super tempted to buy a bunch of them but I knew I only had use for one. darn.

I'll leave you with some action shots of Alphonse.
Oh by the way Alphonse is a character from the anime Fullmetal Alchmist.

Peeping Al ;0)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

On my desk...

On my desk...
The green fabric on my sewing machine is me trying to learn how to appliqué. So far it is not going so well. I don't think I am using the proper needle.

The gray hat is an Alphonse (from fullmetal alchmeist) hat that I made for my sis.

The multicolored yarn is a free pattern I am working on from Mochimochi. It is going okay. Knitting has never been my favorite craft medium. I love all things knitted or crocheted...but I don't have the patience to completed large knitted projects. Plus, I don't have any knitting needles so I am using bamboo skewers!

The second pick is my attempt at pearler beads. I used to love them as a kid and I have seen so many cool projects on craftster. My problem is the beads don't melt evenly.

Looking at the picture makes me laugh because It totally describes my crafting style. I am so ADHD about crafts. I have about a million crafts and ideas I want to do. There are so many crafts so little time.

If you want to play on my desk head on over to Kootoyoo.

My first embroidery project!!

Let me start by saying I am the biggest procrastinator in the world. This project I stared back in March and just completed it recently.

I love to make hand made gifts for my friends. So I thought it would be cool to embroider a pillowcase for my best friends b-day. Okay, so her b-day was back in April...but hey, better late than never right? This is my first embroidery project...except for the smiley face I embroidered on my jeans when I was 9 (it didn't turn out so well).

I am super happy with how it turned out!! Actually I can't believe how well it turned out. There are a few mistakes, but my philosophy on crafting is that its not supposed to be perfect.

I started off with the monkey. The hardest thing about him was the satin stitch...I always seem to go outside of the line. The pillow was supposed to be monkey theme but I couldn't find enough monkeys that I liked.

I did find Needlecrafter. It is full of video tutorials and vintage patterns. I learned most of the stitches I used on this pillow there. The video tutorials are awesome...I am a visual learner and watching someone do the stitches is better than looking at a diagram of how the stitch is done.

Anyway, I found the birds and the to belle ladys there. I had the most fun with them. They started out as two different patterns and I combined them. I made them to represent me and my friend. The hardest part of them is the lazy daises they never look even all the way around. Maybe I should have drawn them better when I transfered the pattern. I'll know that next time.

My friend loved it! I was a little concerned that she wouldn't. I never know if someone will like my hand made gifts or just think I am crazy!

I can't wait to start my next project. I think I am going to embroider tea towels for my grandmother.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Holiday World

If you ever find your self in Southern Indiana there is a little town where it is Christmas year round! This wonderful place is called Santa Claus, In. Santa Claus is home to one of the best theme parks in the world: Holiday World and Splashin' Safari. I have been to this park at least once a year for my entire life. I love this place. I look forward to going there every year. In early spring (really anytime) I always say "I hope summer comes soon so we can go to Holiday World!" I know I'm obsessed. About a week ago it was finally time to go. We had so much fun. Holiday World has 3 of the best wooden rollercoasters, the Raven, the Legend, and the Voyage. The park is also theme with holidays: Christmas, 4th of July, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. I have so many great memories of Holiday World. I think the best part about Holiday World is that I get to enjoy it with my family.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Cupcakes and Updates!!

Hey all!
I am so bad about posting regularly :o(
I have so many projects to blog. Of course I don't have pictures of them yet. I am working on reupholstering a total of 5 chairs at the moment. I am having a hard time finding the fabrics I want to use. I can see the fabric in my head but the fabric stores just don't have what I want. I have a pillow case that I am embroidering for a friend for her birthday (her birthday was in April). Yeah I am really far behind, but it is very close to being done.

I do have one thing to share. I made cupcakes and a cake for my churches picnic. The first I call Monster Strawberry Cupcakes! They are strawberry, with colored vanilla icing. I used a grass tip for the first time! The first couple were a bit weird but towards the end, I think they looked better. I added oreo halves for the mouths. They were inspired by cookie monster cupcakes seen here.

Next is a fish bowl cake that I saw on Better Homes and Gardens. I have made several and really enjoy making them. I used yellow cake mix and added sprinkles in the mix. Blue Icing, nerds for the fish bowl rocks, and gummy fish!

Till next time same penguin time...same Penguin channel!