I’ve been in a weird, restless, crafty mood lately. I have a lot of ideas half sketched out but I just can’t settle long enough to start anything big. I realize these are REALLY last minute, but I pulled out some odds and ends and, inspired by this post on Designed Improvised, made myself some Valentine’s Day wall art. [Read more…]
I started a Building Blocks afghan a year and a half ago as part of a class and stalled out 80% of the way through. I unearthed it during the craft room update and finally started working on it again. This is block 11 of 12, so it really shouldn’t take that long to finish. I’m determined to stick with it and get it done in time to actually use it before winter is over.
How about you? Any UFOs lurking in your craft room that you’d like to get done before spring?
I’ve been dealing with a shoulder impingement for the past few days. Ouch! I can use my right hand but I can’t raise my right arm at the moment, so I’m a little limited in the crafting/sewing department. But I’m also pretty much incapable of NOT crafting when I have a few minutes so I’ve been on the hunt for projects that 1) are super easy so I can do them basically one-handed and 2) use supplies I already have on hand because driving a stick-shift to go to the craft store is just not gonna happen. [Read more…]
Morning sun through my craft room window is a lovely way to start the day. Hope yours is off to a good start, too!
I’ve wanted to make a patchwork heart pillow cover since I made my Valentine’s Day table runner last year, and I finally had time to pull out by scrap fabrics and get some sewing done over the weekend weekend. For the front of the pillow, I followed the same dimensions for the squares and basic assembly steps as the table runner. [Read more…]
It’s done, it’s done, it’s done!!! The last of the paint has dried, all the furniture has been assembled, all the fabric and supplies have been moved into new storage containers and I have my craft room back. Squeeeee! [Read more…]
Oilcloth is great for making cosmetic pouches, but it can be hard to find options that don’t look like picnic tablecloths. Clear vinyl is versatile, but I don’t always want anyone who peeks in my bag to see all the bits and bobs I carry around. Pellon has a great solution – iron-on vinyl that can be applied to just about any fabric to make it more durable. I love this stuff! It can be a little challenging to work with, though, so today I’m sharing a few tips for sewing vinyl. [Read more…]
One last section of floor to paint (with some help from my Boy), one last bookcase to assemble, a few more boxes of supplies to unload and I’ll be back to crafting in my pretty new space. Squeeeee!!! I’ll be back when it’s done to share photos of the finished room. Can’t wait!
One of the good/bad things about my ongoing sewing room update is that it required packing up 90% of my craft supplies to get them out of the way. In the process, I discovered I have waaaay more crochet hooks and knitting needles than I really need. Whenever I buy yarn on impulse – and let’s be honest, that’s most of the time – I end up picking up needles or hooks to go with it just in case I don’t have the right size. To avoid spending money on (more) duplicates, I made myself a set of trackers to keep in my personal size Filofax. [Read more…]
My boy is getting an introduction to the joys of DIY. He’s helped rip out carpet and paint floors, and now we’ve moved on to assembling furniture. Tonight he helped put together the two units that will be the base of my cutting table, and tomorrow we’ll start on the bookshelves. Once he figured out assembling furniture is a lot like building Legos, he was ready to go. Progress on the entire room has been a little slower than I’d like – I’m anxious to be back in my happy place – but it’s still progress!