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Jul 31, 2012

Make Something Embroidered Pouch

The "make something" embroidery is finished and so is the mail pocket/garbage bag. This pouch is a modified version of the Mailbag Pocket Duo designed by Cara Angelotta and Mark Cesarik found in the One-Yard Wonders book.

hanging pouch

hanging pouch

hanging pouch

The three loops on the back close with Velcro and attach the pouch to the back of my sewing chair.  I will be using it as a small garbage bag in my craft room for threads and whatnot.

Jul 26, 2012

Mailbag Pocket Duo

Project three from the One-Yard Wonders book is the Mailbag Pocket Duo designed by Cara Angelotta and Mark Cesarik. I decided that instead of holding mail I could attach it to the back of my sewing chair and put threads and other garbage inside. I also decided that a plain pink bag was boring so I started embroidering it.

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If you are having trouble reading backwards, it says make something.
Tuesday I will share the finished bag!

Update: I closed comments because I was getting way too much spam!

Jul 24, 2012

Wine Lovers' Special

My second project from the One-Yard Wonders book is the Wine Lovers' Special Wine Bottle Holder designed by Sarah Hunter. I didn't have any wine to showcase the bag, but I did have a large bottle of beer and it fits.

wine bottle gift bag

This little project required only a small bit of fabric so I used part of a fat quarter. Again I didn't follow the instructions when making it and decided to skip the lining and sew the ribbon on differently than suggested.

I think it looks like an excellent gift so I will be giving this handmade wine bottle gift bag away to one lucky randomly chosen person. All you must do to enter is:
1. Leave a comment below with your name by Sunday August 12th.
2. Wait. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator and will be announced on Tuesday, August 14th.

Jul 19, 2012

Obi Inspired Hot & Cold Pack

I was given Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins' book One-Yard Wonders for my birthday (Thank You Danielle!) and have finally started making things from it. My first project was the Obi Inspired Hot & Cold Pack designed by Jessica Roberts from

obi inspired hot & cold pack

The fabric I used was not a standard yard cut of fabric because it had a previous life as curtains so I didn't really follow the instructions. Basically this is a belt with a large pocket to hold a rice heating pad.

obi inspired hot & cold pack

Below is the rice heating pad. It has a few channels sewn in to keep the rice from falling to the bottom. I only made three channels and probably should have made a few more like the pattern called for, but it works.

obi inspired hot & cold pack

I am making a few more items from this book over the weekend, but I haven't decided what they will be. Maybe a bag? Maybe two bags? Maybe something else? I think there may be a giveaway in the near future.

Jul 17, 2012

Antler and Feather Mobile

I made a hanging mobile with an antler and feathers.

antler and feather mobile

feather on mobile

The antler was painted gold then holes were drilled into it to attach the hanging hooks and drilled through the antler tips to string the feathers through. It looks pretty cool and I may make more with the other antlers I have, but I will need my assistant to help with the drill. Are you free Kari?

Jul 12, 2012

Giant Tomato Plant

The tomato plant in my container garden is doing great! It is getting so tall and full and I need to prune it back so it doesn't get out of control! It even has a few blooms! I can't wait to have fresh tomatoes! The peppers are not doing as well as the tomato, the bugs aren't being kind and I need to get something to help it soon! It does look like it will have blooms here soon though.

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You may have noticed that the marigolds that were in with the tomato and peppers are gone. The bugs destroyed them! It was pretty sad, I woke up one morning shortly after planting them to find marigold sticks. Every leaf and petal had been eaten; I thought marigolds were suppose to keep the bugs away!

In other garden news, I bought some clearance flowers (I can't remember the name) and planted them in the other whiskey barrels. They are quite pretty and I wish I remembered what kind of flower they are. Oh, I was visiting my friends who adopted a tomato and two pepper seedlings. I am quite happy to report that they are much better plant parents than I am and the adopted plants are not dead (like mine), but looking quite healthy!

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I bought some herb lavender too, but they are still in their tiny pots and I need to do some soil prep before they can truly move into the yard. (I may share their photos during the next garden update.) Happy Gardening!

Jul 10, 2012

Rabbit Queen Embroidery

I finished embroidering the painted canvas! The pattern is Rabbit Queen from Andrea Zuill at Badbird.

The canvas was hand painted to look like antique paper. There are lots of layers of paint! Embroidering through the painted canvas was a little tough, I found that pre-poking holes made it easier. The Rabbit Queen is stitched mostly with back stitching and lots of french knots. I really like french knots!

While taking photos the first time of The Rabbit Queen for this blog post I noticed I forgot to give her pupils! Now I am noticing I missed the shading lines on the front edges of her crown! And I am still not sure about the extra space at the bottom of the canvas either. I nixed the idea of a banner/ribbon because I am not sure what it should say. I considered giving her a torso or an additional ruff, but I want to avoid stitching on top of the canvas frame... such dilemmas!

Jul 5, 2012

Painted Canvas Embroidery

I got the idea of embroidering something on a canvas in my head a while ago and decided to finally try it. I had this long, narrow canvas on hand and this Rabbit Queen Embroidery Pattern from Andrea Zuill at Badbird's is perfect for it! The canvas was painted to look like antique paper. Not sure if it really looks like antique paper, but I think it looks pretty good.

painted canvas

Here are the Rabbit Queen's ears:

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I am a bit further now, her face is done (except pupils and possible pink bunny nose highlighting that I haven't decide on) and I am working on the crown and having trouble embroidering under the center support bar.

Do you think I should I put some tulle under/in the ruff? I think it could be cool, but am not sure if it actually will be. And I am considering putting a ribbon type banner under her, but don't know what it should say. What do you think?

Jul 3, 2012

Here are some photos I took on my phone.

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Some flowers. BBQ parfait. Tiny carrot. More flowers.