Still working out how to get this one perfect! It is supposed to be attached to another one of my projects which I would show you except I am totally going to rip it out and redo it 🙂 Tutorial found here
I saw these boots (free pattern found here) and decided I HAD to make them. Now, I’m a beginner but decided I would give it a try because they are so darn cute. I made them and ripped them apart so many times! I finally ended up with a decent end product.
I’m really not good at doing finishing work. I am fully capable of sewing on a button, but for some reason I just won’t bring myself to do it! I hate doing little things like that and thus my projects are never quite finished. I did manage to put a couple of buttons on the boys pair but they’re not really that secure on there and I haven’t weaved the ends in
Hi, my name is Molly and I have a problem.
Happy Happy Monday! No school today! No school today!
I’m probably a little too excited about not having school today due to rough traveling conditions. Nonetheless, I forged ahead to buy coffee in celebration this morning. I am so glad on days like this that I have a Jeep.
I’ve seriously been so happy and so motivated this morning. Part of my great mood has to do with the talk Tom and I had yesterday about his feelings (don’t tell him I told you that!) and thoughts about the future. It really cleared the air and was much needed. This morning, I’ve cleaned up and organized my crafting things. I gathered up my yarn and balled it all up. I think I officially have what is known as a “crafter’s stash.”
Here’s a sneak peak at the baby blanket I am making from a pattern I found on Pinterest:
It will looking something like this when I am done (hopefully). I loved the original colors but they weren’t available at the stores I went to so I improvised.
I’m such a grandma right now and I don’t have any kids. Yes, I crochet. It is the craft du jour. It started with my mother-in-law teaching me how to crochet over Christmas break. I was so into the afghan I was making. Sure, I was making a lot of mistakes, but I persevered! A few days later I was not so sure about the colors I had chosen, so I gave up. I wanted to make something but felt uninspired.
A month later, I found myself intrigued by these baby button booties. SO cute. I couldn’t help myself. I had to make them. Do I have a child? No. Am I “with child”? No. Have I been pinning lots of baby-related crochet patterns on Pinterest? Yes. Do I have a problem? Probably not, but I see the potential for one 🙂
I’ll post later on some of my recent projects. For now, I shall leave you with my purchases from today:
This project began this summer with my sudden decision to try my hand at sewing again. My mom has a fantastic stash of all sorts of crafting supplies and so I saw it as an opportunity to pick up some “free” fabric. As we looked through a bin, we came across an old pattern, wool fabric, and a nearly completed pencil skirt. My mom had started making skirts to wear to work back in the mid to late 80s. I tried it on and it fit and pencil skirts are classic. They’re pretty much wardrobe staples. I decided then that I would finish it up and maybe start in on a second one from another fabric she had bought with the same intention. Let me tell you this: I am an amateur sewer. I don’t have enough interests in projects to see them through the fine-tuning and more mundane tasks or or or…troubleshooting. I hate figuring out stuff when it doesn’t work. I knew I needed some major help to realize this project and it just so happened that I would be paying a long visit to my mother-in-law’s place, who happens to be a crafter with definite sewing skills. Fine-tuning fit is not my cup of tea. In fact, it took forever just for me to get around to sewing on an eye hook and now it’s practically fall off making the waistband a little droopy. Have I done anything about it? No. Will I? Prob not. Even though they may not have the best fit, but they work. In fact, I wear them to work so they really do work.
When I was home over Christmas, my mom offered me a couple of skirts that she found cleaning out my grandmother’s house. They were my mom’s from back in the 80s and lo and behold! they fit me. Well, to be honest, one’s kinda snug (not pictured). PS-I don’t much care for posing for pictures with just me…kinda awkward.
The more I think about it, the stranger my habits seem. I move from project to project, having some success but never truly mastering much of anything. I’ve done just about every kind of craft (slight exaggeration, but still). I don’t have any one thing that is the thing I’m known for. I go with what interests and entertains me for the moment.
Since the falling out I had with my sewing machine in which we fought over a simple scarf project, we haven’t been on speaking terms. Thus, I needed a new craft! One day I got the itch to knit so I went out and bought needles and yarn. I watched a Youtube video and started on a scarf. I’ve dabbled in knitting before…nothing extensive of course, but in true Molly fashion, I had to relearn this craft.
My scarf is well on its way to being a scarf now. It’s been very relaxing to just pick up my project, do a few rows and set it down. It takes up little room and doesn’t have to cost very much money. Tom and I have been working our way through 4 seasons of the show Merlin and now Once Upon a Time episodes on Netflix. Even minimal amounts of action and/or violence in shows can stress me out, so I find that knitting helps me to redirect my focus.
We’re off soon for my parents’ house and later for Tom’s parents’ house in Montana. That means lots of time in the car and probably some knitting! I love portable crafts 🙂
Happy rest of Advent and Merry (soon to be) Christmas!
Since it is our first Advent/Christmas together as a married couple, we’re trying to figure out what traditions we should start and where to go over Christmas break. Tom and I attempt to follow the Church’s liturgical calendar in our everyday lives. (Honestly, not really doing that a whole lot lately, though.) That being said, we want to make the weeks before the big day (Dec 25th) build in anticipation. Approximately 10 seconds after walking into any store/mall/restaurant/whatever one hears Christmas music from Thanksgiving through Dec 25. One whole month of anticipating Christmas by already celebrating Christmas before it’s already here! No wonder Dec. 26th always seemed like the worst day ever as a kid! Most people are so sick of all the Christmas-y celebrations that there is a decisive cut off exactly when it would be awesome to party on.
I love being Catholic for many reasons, but as I get older I realize how great our Advent preparation and Christmas celebrations are. Advent is pretty much as long as the whole “Christmas from Thanksgiving to Dec 25th” thing except it has a decisively different focus. Instead of celebrating the Christ child’s arrival (or I guess, just Santa for some people) in the time before He arrives, we have a period of intense and joyful waiting. We walk through salvation history, the stories of God’s love from the beginning of creation and fulfillment of his promises to take care of us up through giving his son, our own savior.
The best part of a Catholic celebration of Christmas is that Christmas carries on for 8 days of major partying, and then the celebratory season continues till January 13th!! Each day of those initial 8 days in the Church are meant to be as joyful as Dec 25th. Let me tell you, anticipating God’s arrival in this solemn way beforehand REALLY makes one appreciative and joyful that Jesus has finally arrived. Advent helps one to realize the need for a savior and how things are dry and barren without him. Once Christmas has arrived…oh man! What a celebration!
So, in order to help us along in our preparations, there are a couple of traditions that I have started for our own home:
Our advent wreath: Each week during Advent we light another candle, helping us countdown to Christmas. 1st, 2nd & 4th Sundays are purple and 3rd Sunday is pink because it is Gaudete Sunday and it is a time to be joyful in our anticipation and preparation because we are almost there to Christmas!!
I bought the wreath, mini poinsettias, and gold pine branch from Michaels. (Man, was it hard to find purple anything at that store!) We bought the candles and holder online because…
Photo Credit: Catholicmemes.com
I also started a Jesse Tree. There is an ornament for every day of Advent and a bible verse that walks us through Salvation History, God’s love and salvation throughout time. The bible verses I used are here.As you can see, the “tree” element is missing. Oh well, maybe next year!
I bought mini gold ornaments and wrote/attempted to draw the symbols on them with a back paint pen. My plan was to buy/find sticks to put into a vase and hang the ornaments off of them. The sticks never materialized.
What happened to the month of July? How did I arrive here at August? I KNOW August will be even faster. I just know it.
What did I do this past month?
One afternoon, I was searching the Internet for some easy sewing projects I would be interested in and found a few, but I thought this particular one for a market tote bag would be the perfect place to re-learn how to sew. Here commences my “tutorial” on how to make this bag, keeping in mind that I am an amateur simply wanting to help other amateurs with what I thought are clearer instructions and some changes of my own.
You will need:
Cut your fabric approximately 14 inches…
By 17 inches (or however large you want your tote to be)
You will need to cut out 2 (14 x 17) pieces of the outside fabric and 2 (14x 17) pieces of the lining
Sew the two coordinating pieces together on 3 sides only with right sides facing each other. You sew together two long sides and one short side.
Here’s the sneaky part: Leave about a 2 inch hole in your seam on the short side of the lining which will be the bottom of the bag when we are done.
To give the bag some shape, here’s what you need to do. While the fabric is still inside out, square off the edge and sew a seam about 2 inches in from the corner. With scissors, snip off the excess fabric. Do this for both sides of the lining and outside fabric.
Have a grown man around. He will instinctively play with the fabric, making elf ears out of them. Take a picture.
Turn the lining right side out. Only the lining. (Thanks Elf Man!)
Place the lining inside the still turned inside out “outside fabric.” Line up the top edge, pin, and sew them together.
The next two steps I do not have photographic evidence of, but I think you can get it just fine. Remember that hole at the bottom of the lining? You’re going to pull all of the fabric through that hole. Start by grabbing the outside fabric until you’ve pulled everything including the lining. This hides all of your seams. Magical! Now, sew up that hole in the bottom of the lining. It doesn’t have to look nice since no one will see it.
Next up, iron around the top edge of the opening of the bag. This will create a flat edge which is nice.
I also recommend sewing a tiny stitch at the bottom of the bag to attach the lining to the outside fabric, using a color thread matching the outside of the bag. It’s annoying if you try to pull something out of the bag and the lining comes out too My fiancé actually came up with that solution!
Attach whatever handles you would like. Mine were about 28 inches each. I chose these ones because they seemed sturdy, matched the lining, and were cheap. It’s sold in the ribbon section of the fabric store. The guide I followed said to braid fabric together. Do what your heart tells you.
PS- I sewed on bows made from this tutorial.
I’ve decided I’m an enthusiastic amateur in a lot of stuff. My friend recently described herself with this phrase and I totally think it fits me too. I have some talent in a lot of hobbies I try, but I don’t have the dedication or interest to pursue these goals for a very long period of time. You may have noticed if you’ve been reading my past blog posts that I like food. More specifically I like to make food. Baking and cooking have been my thing. I’ve been into them for a while, but there have been long of stretches of time in which I have little or no interest in cooking and baking. I don’t have enough of something or other to become an expert.
This brings me to my most recently re-acquired hobby. Introducing…
This is one hobby I have done before, have some talent in it, but still need to relearn stuff…like how to cut straighter and sew in a straighter line. Progress is being made, though. Practice, practice, practice!!!
After having my sewing machine sit under my bed for a month, I have finally decided now is the time to craft. I am finally enthusiastic about it. And am I ever into it…for now, that is J I am currently a sewing fiend! I get in the zone and just don’t want to stop until it is all done, but then I don’t know what to do with myself. You will definitely be seeing more projects in later posts!