Friday, August 26, 2011

So... (long entry, lots to catch up on!)

Haven't been posting in a while, but never fear, I am still crafting away.  :)  Lately, I have been making many, many things, clothes for my girl, soft and plushy things for the Wee Ones to play with, things of that nature.  I'll admit, I got my initial "kick" from the felt strawberries I made a while back, and that just got me jonesin' to make more felt food.  And so I did.  BOY, did I ever!  So far, I have 4 green beans, 1 small pumpkin, three cookies, one slice of chocolate cake (with cannoli cream filling, according to Wee Miss V, lol), and now I have another piece of cake almost finished (vanilla with raspberry filling, so claims Miss V) but ran into a bit of a snag before I could finish it.  I am also working diligently on two pita pockets (they're finished) cheese, lettuce, tomato slices, carrot chips and slices of ham to stuff in them!  I have many pieces cut out, but that snag last night (my polyfil was locked in my stepson's bedroom, lol) kept me from completing many of them.  But I'm still working, never fear!  These have been SOOO much fun to work on, you've no idea!  I'm still trying to figure out how I should do the veining on the lettuce, or if I should even bother, and the ham as well...  Trying to figure out how to make it look less like a pink oval and more like a slice of deli meat is NOT easy, believe me!  But I'll figure it out.  In the end I always do.  :)  But now, enough chatter!  What we need now is PICTURES!!!  lol
Green beans.  Yummy!  :)

Wee pumpkin and green beans.

Pumpkin and green beans with a Pepsi Throwback bottle for size.

Wee little pumpkin.  :)

Chocolate cake!  Om, nom, nom!!!  :D

Bit of a wider shot

Two of the three felt sugar cookies.  One is "iced" in pink, the other in fudge, both have bead "sprinkles.
There is more in the works for felt foods, as I mentioned, but for now, these are all the pictures I have.  But there's more, so I'll now work on some of the machine sewing I've been doing lately.

You see, we're rather short on money these days, so I decided that, in the interest of saving as opposed to spending, I would make Wee Miss V some of her uniform bottoms.  Nowhere in the handbook does it say clothing can't be handmade, and since she loves wearing handmade things, and is even PROUD of it, I'm happy to say, I thought it would be a good use of my time.  So in total, I made her 1 pair of tan shorts, two tan skirts with pockets (one is a circle skirt, one is a straight skirt), one navy blue skirt with no pockets, and a navy blue skort, also without pockets.  And here they are!  :)  (BTW, I found the basic pattern for the straight skirts on What Would a Nerd Wear, the pattern itself being here.)  BTW, all of the tan stuff is totally "upcycled" from a tan bed sheet we owned that somehow got HUGE holes in it.  And there's even enough left to make her a reversible hat similar to mine!  Woops, you haven't seen that one yet!  lol
Navy skirt with no pockets and light blue lining.

Navy blue skort

Shorts view of skort

Tan shorts with floral fabric pockets.  :)

Tan straight skirt.  One of my favourite patterns, cuz even WITH pockets it was simple!

Hands in her pockets.

Tan circle skirt.  She requested that it be long like that.
 So pretty much that's it for the school clothes I've made.  Gotta say, not only am I happy that she enjoys them, I feel such pride when she chooses to wear one of these pieces instead of one of the store-bought ones, even though most of those we get at local thrift stores! 

But wait!  You guessed it, there's MORE!  :D  I also made Wee Miss V a pretty little something for a birthday present.  Her name is Gretl, and she's a cute little fox softie, and I found the pattern and a wonderful tutorial for her on the Ruffles and Stuff blog, right here.

Better lighting on the kitchen counter.  lol

Gretl the fox.  :)

All finished!  (The Wii remote is for size comparison.  She wasn't suppose to be so small!  lol

Gretl's "scar" (above and to the left of the eye, near her ear) to match Wee Miss V's scar.
Ah, V was so happy to get her on her birthday!  And she LOVED that I thought to add a little "scar" to Gretl's forehead, just like Wee Miss V has.  (Miss V is a bit accident prone and ran into a wall.  Long story.  lol)  Gretl goes everywhere with Wee Miss V now, and she absolutely adores her.  She doesn't even mind that Mommy messed up when printing the pattern (which I did to SPECTACULAR effect, I might add!) and that her little toy ended up being about half the size it was originally intended to be.  Ah well, live and learn, right?  :D

Let me see, I know there was more...  Oh right, the HAT!!!  HOW could I forget the hat!  I found a pattern on the Martha Stewart site for a reversible sun hat (find the instructions on the Martha Stewart site here), and decided that I was going to make it, no matter WHAT!  And here it is!
Reversible hat with optional pin, and before I "stiffened" the brim a bit by sewing rounds on it.

Opposite side of the reversible hat, with pin.
So I really like this hat, though I've absolutely NOTHING that goes with it!  Figures, right?  lol  So maybe I'll make myself a pair of floral print shorts, though Wee Miss V would love it if I made a skirt, and just go with that and a nice ivory tank.  Hmm...  The idea does have merit, and will stop her bugging me to wear dresses...  lol  I actually LIKE that you can see the tan thread on the burgundy side now that I've sewn the rounds on the brim.  I think it gives it a nice feel, and besides, there's nothing wrong with handmade stuff!  The pin is just rolled-and-twisted roses hot-glued to a felt piece with leaves added, then stuck on a pin back.  Actually, I need to reattach that, the pin back keeps falling off...

Well, I think that's it for now.  Time to go finish stuffing and sewing everything that I'm currently working on.  Bye!  :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011


It seems as though I slacked off the last 5 days of last month, but in truth I merely forgot to post stuff, in the throes of my creativity.  In all honestly, though I know I made many, MANY more things, I can not , for the life of me, remember what most of them are anymore, though I do have pictures!  Just gotta get them all saved to the computer so that I can upload them here as well.  All for how, more at another time!  :)