Friday, February 29, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I had a lot of bits and pieces of fabric leftover from the patchwork tablecloths that I previously made, and decided to make them into these cute patchwork handbags. I used Simplicity pattern 9963, which includes two different handbag sizes. These are very fun to make and my new favorite party gift. And besides, who wouldn’t want a matching handbag and tablecloth? Very chic!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
This plate of goodies was shared with a good friend, and accompanied by a China Pai Mu Tan white tea. Chocolate, tea, and good company -- what a delightful combination!
He has been married to my mother for almost 43 years. Together they have raised three lovely daughters, who brought into our family three awesome son-in-laws and five beautiful grandchildren. He has much to be thankful for as do we.
I am especially grateful for his good health. My father is a cancer survivor and is a stronger person than I could ever be. He has always been there for us even when life was difficult for him.
It’s not surprising that my dad survived cancer; I have always known that he can do anything. You name it; my dad can fix it, build it or create it. When I was growing up, living in Wisconsin, my dad had a side job of fixing pinball machines, jukeboxes, and just about any type of equipment that you’d find at your corner bar. He’d take me with him sometimes when he’d go on his repair jobs. I always remember sitting up at the bar having what we called a “kiddy cocktail” which was essentially grenadine, sprite and a cherry. Our basement was filled with pinball machines, bowling machines, and jukeboxes. Even to this day there’s a vintage Seeburg jukebox in my parents home. It’s my kids’ favorite thing play each time we visit. My dad has remodeled homes, tiled floors, fixed major appliances, and hand-crafted many things from wood. He is amazing and I’m so proud of all of his accomplishments!
Dad, thank you for teaching me the value of hard work, good judgment and courage. Thank you for listening and caring, for giving, sharing and for always setting a good example. I hope you know how much you’re loved and appreciated. May the years to come be filled many blessings. I love you!
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1 - Leave a comment on my blog that says you want to play. First three folks to comment will get a gift! (If I don't know it already, let me know how I can contact you.)
2 - Do the same thing on your blog!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
The boys and I chose the first and the second options. Their job was to find something that they can re-gift, and my job was to hand make something. I decided to try my hand at making a sock monkey, complete with a knitted hat and scarf. (I used a doll pattern for the knitted hat) He was made, with lots of love, from a pair of Rockford Redheel socks. How did I do, Esme?
Saturday, February 9, 2008
For both patterns I used size 10.5 (6.5 mm) needles and used about 250 yards of yarn.
Diagonal Ribbing Pattern:Cast on 24 stitches
R1: *K2, p2, repeat from* to end
R2: *K2, P2, repeat from* to end
R3: K1, *p2, k2 rep. from * to last 3 sts, p2 k1
R4: P1, *k2, p2, rep. from* to last 3 sts, k2,p1
R5: *P2, k2, rep. from* to end
R6: *P2, k2, rep. from* to end
R7: P1, *k2, p2, rep from* to last 3 sts, k2, p1
R8: K1, *p2, k2 rep. from* to last 3 stst, p2, k1
Continue repeating these 8 rows until you run out of yarn, bind off and weave in ends.
Checkerboard Pattern:Cast on 20 stitches
R1: k5, p5, k5, p5
repeat for rows 2 - 5
R6: p5, k5, p5, k5
repeat for rows 7 - 10
Keep repeating these ten rows until you almost run out of yarn, bind off, and weave in ends.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
You may recognize the fabrics as being Mary Englebright. The tablecloth has colorful teapots and the words, "A Cup of Kindness" written throughout the pattern. I made the stool covers out of a coordinating fabric in black with cherries. I sewed elastic into the stool covers so that they can be easily removed and thrown into the wash. The boys eat breakfast and lunch at this table so as you can imagine my stool covers make it to the wash a couple of time a week. I'm excited that these are black. Maybe they'll last longer between washings....maybe.As an added bonus and one that I didn't even realize when I bought the fabric, is that I have a set of the matching Mary Englebright dishes. A friend gave these to me, they were her mother's. She had several place settings and was kind enough to share 6 of them with me.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
I used Simplicity pattern 5068. It was very fun to make and not difficult at all. From start to finish it took less than two hours. I'll definitely be making more of these for my tea-loving friends.
This is the backside of the cozy. It's a pretty coordinating fabric in beige with pink roses. I also lined the inside with the same fabric. I ironed a thick fusible padding to the front and back pieces to insulate the cozy.
Above is a picture of the inside lining, and below a closeup of the pretty tea fabric.
Mac was invited to a friend's birthday party this weekend. His friend who happens to be an 11 year-old girl, just learned how to knit. We decided to buy her some fun knitting supplies and I also thought it would be nice to make her a knitting bag.
I found this cute pattern, Simplicity 9963, which I thought would be quick and easy to make. I've had this blue and brown paisley fabric for awhile, another Hobby Lobby find. I just fell in love with it and had to buy some even though I wasn't quite sure what to use it for. It ended up coming in very handy for this project and I love the end result. Very pretty!