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Showing posts from December, 2013

WIP Crisis

I've hit my standard crisis. I'm about 2/3 of the way through a project and I'm no longer sure I even like it. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? I think I get this way with every single project.

I've got 60 scrappy sawtooth stars done and they're just not singing to me. I can't even really put my finger on it. Are they not contrasty enough? Too contrasty? Too busy? Too calm? Too much white? Should I have even included black? I like each block individually but together they're all killing me. All I know is they look almost nothing like the inspiration quilt.

So, now I've got a big decision to make. Do I chalk it up to mid-project blahs and work through it? Or, do I try and fix it?

Not that I'm really sure how to fix it. Maybe some sashing to try and let each block shine on it's own instead of being overwhelmed by the blocks next to it?

Or,  do I take out all the drab and boring, neutral blocks and only work with the high-contrast bright ones?


Handmade Christmas

Alright, it's almost time for a round-up of all those secretive things I've been making for the past few months. But first, a big Thank You to Martha Stewart and Pinterest and Anthropolgie and any other cultural force that has gone into making handmade things cool. You are the reason people now actually look forward to the same sort of handmade crap I've been giving out for years. No more fake smiles or hidden sighs. And for that, I thank you.

First up- the handknits.

1. A cashmere scarf for my mom (based off of one she saw on Pinterest).

More details on Ravelry.

2. The monsters- four of them.  Six if you count the little baby monsters in the mama's pockets. Three for my kids. One for my nephew.

They were big hits. I got lucky on two of these. I actually knit them around Christmas time last year to be store samples for my favorite local crafty store.Then, in time for Christmas, they decided to stop carrying yarn and I got them back. Goodbye only place nearby to buy go…

Making Christmas

It's getting to the part of Christmas I really enjoy. My out-of-town packages are all shipped. I've finished shopping. I've heaved my big sigh of relief and I'm finally ready to wind down and just enjoy some time with my family.

Even this little monkey.

We've watched the Muppet Christmas Carol (aka the best Christmas movie of all time) twice. I'm considering watching it every day from now until Christmas.

We've made candy. Lots of candy. I think it's time to move onto making cookies.

And I finished up and gifted teacher gifts. So I can actually show them to you. Hurray!

First up, Anna's teacher. She's obviously a big Dr Who fan. Her desk is decorated as a Tardis. She dressed up as Rose Tyler on Fantasy Character day. So, I cross stitched a little Tardis Christmas tree ornament for her.

I think I may need to make another to keep for our tree.

Ellery's teacher and her paraprofessional got hats to help keep them warm at recess.

Free pattern. R…

Not Ruining Christmas

Hey, I have a project I can actually show you!

Although, at this point, I'm not quite sure whether I've finished my last block for a Quilt Guild block swap.....

....or started a new quilt for myself.

I've fallen head over heels in love with these blocks. The pinks, greens, reds and greys! Be still my heart. I used Bee In My Bonnet's Great Granny tutorial and it's my new favorite block ever. I just keep thinking how well they would go with the quilt Ellery has adopted as her own. I could turn these blocks into a coordinated quilt for Anna. Then I could buy them a rug and a dresser and some pictures for the wall and actually have a designed, pretty room for them. These are the sorts of plans that keep me awake at night.

The Crafty Bloggers December Dilemna

There is all sorts of exciting stuff going on in the craftroom. But, it's December. Everything's a gift for someone. Everything's top secret. Normally I'd just show you what I'm making for my kids. They don't read my blog, after all. But, I'm making the same thing for someone else and I don't want to give it away. This is about all I feel like I can show you of my current ten or so crafty projects-

That's it. One little bit of patchwork.

Sorry for arousing your curiosity with no intent to assuage it until after Christmas. I am making such cool stuff. Trust me, it's killing me to not be able to show it off!

Instead, we'll just have to make due with cute pictures of my kids from last night's Christmas party.

My husband's work definitely knows how to throw a party. Christmas cookies made by the culinary students. (I had a divine raspberry macarron with chocolate filling.) Christmas temporary tattoos. Santa- who was handing out free ph…