Hand Crafted Christmas Cards 

  
This year I am crafting my Christmas cards. I don’t have any how-tos  for you (but if you want one on a specific card than let me know).

The card pictured above if for my Mom and Stepdad. Black paper and I used General’s white compressed chalk. This one takes very little time but I quite enjoy the quick sketch look.

  
Another very basic card going out to a friend from school and pen pal for many years JL. I just used some green embroidery thread I had boughten from Dollarama, glued down with crazy glue (I do not recommend this however I don’t have a glue gun) and the star/ trunk were done with Reeves soft pastels.

  
This one is going out to Boo Boo and her husband. The black line work was done in Staedtler calligraphy marker (the narrow end) and I used watercolours to bring it to life. I couldn’t tell you the brand as I just used what was dried in my pots.

  
I can’t tell you who this one is going out to. But it was done in the same way as Boo Boos card.

  

This one here is going out to my Dad. Cut out some tree part from leather looking paper (I think it came from a dollar store about four years ago) and mixed some white glitter in with glossy Modge Podge for the snow effect. Oh and I glued the trees down with Modge Podge as well.

I will have more of these to show off but I didn’t want to throw it all into one post. Especially since I am not done all of them yet. They have been fun and I enjoy the mix between tasteful and funny/crude/cute.

Hello Out There!

I just wanted to let you guys know that I may have been neglecting the blog for a month. Things just got depressing and I did not want it to come through here. I however have quite a few drafts saved that are being updated as I go along. Some are sewing projects that I’m taking a couple day breaks in between and others are going to be the first posts of a series. 

The series will be started by the New Year at least. I’m hoping I have what I need already (or what can be made do with in the beginning). Plus, I want to play around with a few things before I make the commitment of having a post every week. My neighbors are seriously going to hate it ha-ha. 

Sewing is taking place. However it is time consuming and I do not have a work area that allows for the most effiecent use of my time. So, again it is in the process. I just want to put the project up at once rather than long breaks at a time. I may switch to something a little more straight forward in the meantime. That way I can have a feeling of accomplishment and do not become discouraged.

Unfortunately Effie has not moved here yet, which I was very much looking forward too. I know I had not posted on here that there could have been a possibility. The offer is always open to her (pending my landlords approve). I will not air her laundry on here because that is none of my business nor would I air my dirty laundry here either. I do not harbor hard feelings about it as it was her choice and I know it was not made lightly. I support her in it actually. 

Weekend Plans

I forgot to look for the thread for my napkin and placemat set. I know I looked at threads a few weeks ago and had picked up a couple candy coloured ones. I just cannot remember if I actually bought them or not. I do have to go by the store to drop off paperwork (we do their books) and I need to pick up batting for the place mats.

If it turns out that I did not purchase any thread then I have another project that I can do. I have Ford truck fabric (purchased during my last relationship) that I have nothing to do with. I decided that I would sew some PJ pants for my oldest nephew. I am not sure how much fabric I will have left. Might be able to pull off a shirt as well. It is going to be a little difficult as I do not have him here to do basic measurements. My sister is no help in that department either.

I also noticed that there is at least one uncut piece of fleece in my sewing bin. I figure I should do a pair for one of nieces and hope there is something else there for the other niece as well. I have plenty of zippers I am just not  sure about the elastic…I should have looked at this stuff last night.

Hopefully I can get a few things done this weekend!

Finally a Curtain

So it is nothing fancy. It was actually the only washed piece of scrap fabric I had that would fit the window. Quite girly with its pink floral print but when doing the edges I decided to add a little flair. I used an almost olive green thread and a triple stitch straight stitch. Unfortunately I actually think it made it a little ‘cuter’ ha-ha. The picture sucks but here it is anyways.

Curtain for the Door

I buy quite a bit of fabric as scrap from the thrift stores since it is so cheap and there can be decent amounts there. I was extremely disappointed going through them to find so many unwashed. So now I have to go through all these pieces of fabric and wash the ones that need to be. My curtain would have been awesome if I had not run into that problem.

I believe I bought thread for my napkin and placemat set, so I imagine that will be the next thing I complete. I washed all my new pieces of fabric already so they just need to be ironed before getting cut up. I will also do a step by step with those ones. Just a couple things I need to decide on between now and tomorrow.

Aprons – The Begining

I own one apron and I rather hate it. It is very short and suppose to be a full apron. I do have to say though having a full chest does not make a full apron very comfortable. I prefer wearing a half apron that I can tie just above my natural waist. Or at this time in my life that is a bit higher ha-ha.

I went online and found some free patterns. Seeing as I have a bunch of fabrics I need to use up. I though hey why not? Aprons don’t take four yards or anything. I found one that is quite a bit longer but it’s made with fat quarters, this should work perfect as long as I can match the fabric types. 

Other then that one I have not decided what else I am doing. It is a place to start and that is all that matters. Once I get the materials all figured out I will post on my process. 

If you had been following me before, I posted about sewing some other things but I am not quite there yet. I still have to take the time to figure out nice thread to go with it. But that is another topic. Till then hold on and you with see a beautiful or possibly horrible apron from begining to end!