Monday, September 28, 2009

Nature Walk

My daughter and I took a cool nature walk last week, she was leading the way. There are some groomed trails located near our house, but she decided to follow the deer trails instead.
We found a Milkweed
Some crazy looking berries
Sumac changing color
Here is a look other than a poised smile, it's a smirk I guess

This is her leading the way...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Update on Sigg bottles

I do not own a Sigg bottle but I know a lot of other people do. I found this update/alternative bottle on someone's crafty blog and thought that I would pass it on to others. You can view her report at The paper Seed

Plus on the Sigg website they are having a contest find it : here

Thursday, September 24, 2009

In Progress...

I feel like I have too much to do and can't finish anything lately, so I have nothing to post most days. Sorry. I have STARTED a new project for my upcoming craft sale, will post when I finish...

This is another one of the towels I have been working on for my Dad's aunt who was recently in town visiting my folks. It is almost done so I will post the finished project when I can.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

How to hem Jeans

I have not tried this yet, but it looked like it could be great help & I thought someone might be able to use it. It is a tutorial on how to hem jeans in 3 easy steps. Who couldn't use those skills?

This comes with a warning - This is mainly for short people- You can find it here: How to hem jeans

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cafe Latte take II

Does this towel look familiar? This was the first pattern that I had ever embroidered & now I have been commissioned to do some more coffee towels for my Dad's Aunt. This is one of them.
I think it looks much better on my second try. The first towel I did is on the left and I used 6 strands of thread for the whole thing. I also used a Chain Stitch because that is what I learned to do first.
Here is a close up of both of them. The one on the right I used 3 strands on the whole thing and used a Back Stitch for the whole pattern. Depending on the stitch, it really gives it a totally different look.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Toasting Marshmellows

I finished another towel using a pattern from the Camp Out set by Sublime Stitching. I am liking how these are turning out & I am going to have a hard time giving them all away as presents when I am done :).

Coming Soon

I found this awesome pillow at a thrift store the other day. My friend Karen used to make one just like this. I found some cool fabric and I am going to try to make my own version of it. I dug out a home sewing machine in the basement that needs a tune up so once that's done I can start sewing on lighter weight fabrics.

My daughter has been wanting her own "crazy pants" because I told her I would make her a pair a while ago. We found this awesome Yoda fabric and made a pillow for my husband as a surprise one day. Now she wants her crazy pants out of the remaining fabric, so hopefully that will be coming soon too.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Yucky Spider

The past two days there has been this big nasty spider hanging out on my plant. It was hard to get a good photo of it, but look at the size of the web it's spinning. Yuk!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Labor Day Camping

We went for one last long camping weekend for the season and had a great weekend! The weather was great, almost no bugs and good company. Our fancy swimming lessons have finally paid off and we swam a ton this weekend. We went to a campground where we have the option of swimming indoors or out depending on the weather and we did both.
The boys even helped with the dishes.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Deer Towel

This is the towel I embroidered for my sister. She has a really cool Deer tattoo on her lower back that reminded me of this one. I will have to get a pic of the one on her back.
I told her it was sewers choice as to what pattern I was going to do for her, but as soon as I saw this one I new I had to do it for her. She has gone deer hunting for as long as I can remember. She can kill em' clean em' and cook em' like no one else I know!
This is one of the bigger projects that I thought I would try to do back stitching on. When I first started embroidering I always used the chain stitch and then I tried the stem stitch. I did all three of them on this project, but the deer head is all done in the back stitch. I made the eye a little too bulky to be seen clearly, but I really like how it stands out against the rest of it. I have seen other projects done where the shadowy parts are in a darker color and maybe I would try that next time. I still stink at French Knots, maybe one day I will get it.

This pattern is by Sublime Stitching of course and I think it's from the Forest Friends pack. Find them Here

First day of Kindergarten

Somehow she survived the first day of Kindergarten. I wouldn't have guessed it when I dropped her off this morning. More like, when they pried her off of me. I knew she would be fine and love it once she was there, but obviously she didn't think so. The is what she looked like when I came to pick her up at lunch time. Happy to be going home or to McDonald's because that was the first day of school deal we made.

Hopefully tomorrow will be easier and the next day and the next day until she is happy to go on her own one day :)