Friday, August 27, 2010

Crafty Project #3….

So, before Chompy was born, my friend sent me the link to this blog:  Sew Liberated.  She thought that it was a cute example of a baby room that went with my theme of nature, the outdoors and neutral colors.  Ever since I saw the bird mobile on the wall, I wanted to re-create it but had no idea how to do it.  It has stuck in my mind as I’ve started working on these sewing projects and since discovering how much Chompy is absolutely obsessed with birdies.  Can you see his face if he had a whole wall devoted to them? (well, he kind of does already, but you can never have enough birdies). :)

So, today, I looked up how to make it at:  Spool and then the family and I made a trip to JoAnn’s for some fabric to make the birdies. 

Here are the first two: 

IMG_7533I definitely need to continue to practice my hand sewing skills.  (They will sit up once hot glued in place). These little guys are just waiting for me to make them some more friends, and for Josh to cut down the dead tree in our front yard so they can have a place to roost, and then Chompy will have his birdie wall :)  Fun stuff.  

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sewing Project #2…

Look guys, I stuck with something :) 

Today, I made a bag.  I made it all wrong, but it will still work.  I like a project that will work no matter what the craftsperson’s skill level :)

Yes, you will probably see this fabric for awhile.  I like it and I bought a lot of it. 

Anyone want a bag?  :)


Sunday, August 22, 2010

First Sewing Attempt…

So, I at least figured out how to turn on the machine, use a rotary tool,  and make a line :)  After making a trip to JoAnn’s for a few cutting supplies (didn’t have any sewing equipment), I got to work.  Josh was nice enough to give me a corner in his office to use.  I guess we may have to re-name the office, the “hobby room” and get a couch ASAP to give us some more space.


These are the 1 layer napkins that we had to do for our first assignment.  The lesson was to grasp how to make a line and straight edges---both I still need to practice but, I at least got cute napkins :)   Many of you should probably ignore any projects you may see on here…I sense a home-made Christmas coming for 2010 ;)


Friday, August 13, 2010

Creativity? Can it be learned?

Ok.  So, I don’t know if you know this or not, but I have some of the most creative friends and family in the world.  Seriously, I do!   They are painters, designers, photographers, knitters, crocheters, sewers, athletes, sketch artists, writers, dancers, gardeners, singers, musicians etc. etc. etc.  Sometimes I feel like the right side of my brain completely forgot to grow.  There’s a distinct possibility that if you did a scan of my brain, you’d find that the left hemisphere had taken over both sides, and down in a tiny crevice is the little right side, merely present so that I can use the left side of my body. 

Well, I’ve decided to try and grow that little part…maybe there’s some hope that the rational left side can be tempered down with practice :)   I’m starting a sewing class with some friends (yes, they are part of the aforementioned “creative” people)  however, I’m hoping that I can get some confidence through practice (wow, that left brain just never goes away does it?).  And, I’m hoping that this turns out better than when I tried to learn to knit and crochet (I still have a 3/4th finished scarf in a bag I started last winter).   Admission-that is actually the second time that I’ve tried to finish the same scarf.  The first time was in 2006.  Yeah, that’s how not-creative I am ;)

In the meantime, please check out one of my uber-talented friends blogs here.  Annie has been in my life for a long time.  She made the drawings that were featured on Josh and my wedding invitations etc. and continues to wow me with her creativity, talent and humor! 

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