Sunday, January 31, 2010

Camo Yo-yo Pin Cushion

Camo Yo-yo Pin Cushion, originally uploaded by aaaandreaaaa.
This is an oldie, but goodie. I used camo left over from a pair of pants I decorated. In the process, I used the large heart yo-yo maker, a bit of fiber-fill, Ginger-blossom fabric and the large yo-yo maker to make my pin cushion. The flower is a simple scalloped shape sewn right sides together and turned. Then, I gathered the flower.  If you want pointers on how to make this pin-cushion just leave a comment, and I will get back with you. 

This is one of my favorite pin-cushions made to date. Unfortunately, no new projects because I have been sick, and I went to school at SMU this weekend. I started the Spring semester, so homework and tutoring after school will be my focus.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Double Crochet

, originally uploaded by aaaandreaaaa.
I made this scarf for my friend, Janice, and I gave it to her in school today. When making this scarf, I used Lion Brand yarn. The multicolored one is
called parfait and is no longer manufactured. Both the parfait and tangerine are the Lion Boucle' fibers and the shade of dark gray is called Edwardian and is from the Lion Homespun.

Double Crochet

,originally uploaded by aaaandreaaaa.

Taken right before, I left for school this morning.  I got a lot of crochet time in this weekend because I sat on the couch fighting a sinus infection. 

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Ladybug Yo-Yo

Ladybug, originally uploaded by aaaandreaaaa.
Hope this inspires you? The ladybug yo-yo is made by using the Clover Yo-yo Maker size large and the extra small Clover Yo-yo Maker. Just add felt legs and glue to my favortie ribbon. You are then ready for Valentine's Day. I made the napkins, too.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Heart Yo-Yo Napkin Rings

I love setting a pretty table. Why not make your own napkin ring holders? I used the Clover heart yo-yo maker. My favorite go to ribbon of all time is Wrights one and a half inch ribbon, and it's perfect for making napkin rings. Make these for very little money. I made a set of 8 for less than five dollars. They add a little love to any dining experience.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Snowman Yo-Yo Wreath

Snowman Yo-Yo Wreath, originally uploaded by aaaandreaaaa.
I turned simple yo-yos into snowmen by adding google eyes, a felt carrot nose, and a felt top hat.  Hard to believe I made this in November of 2007?  I didn't have a blog then, but I do now.  From time to time, I will be posting older projects that I made in the past.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

My New Cupcake Hat and Sammy Lammy

A friend of mine, I met on flickr, sent me this fabulous knitted, handmade cupcake hat. I asked my husband to take my picture, and he cut the fun red pom-pom out of the shot. I love my hat and Peppermint Sky has turned into quite a knitter. Thanks so much. On my flickr page, I have the link to the pink cupcake cake hat.

This photograph was taken by Peppermint Sky. 

This is a picture of the pink hat Peppermint Sky made, since you can't see all of the wonderful detail, red pom-pom.  This is too adorable, and thanks again. 

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Brrrr! Quilt Kit

I picked up the Brrrr! Quilt kit which I purchased from the Fat Quarter Shop a few months ago. This Friday night my friend Kate came over, and we had a sew and go sleep over.  We began sewing at 8:30 pm and sewed into the next morning.  3:30 is when we finally went to bed, and we began sewing again around 8:30 the following morning.  This little quilt was started during our sew and go sleep over session.  I spent the remainder of my break working to finish it up because I go back to work tomorrow. 

I loved using the Crazy Eight fabric designed by Sandy Gervais and manufactured by Moda.  The colors of this fabric are bright, fun and cheery.  Those of you who really know me (I mean really know me) understand that I don't follow patterns or recipes very well.  I can't explain it something happens; I call it off-roading.  In Texas they do a lot of off-roading in their big pick-up trucks to get out of traffic jams.  May be I like to sew myself out of a jam?  Therefore, I did a little off-roading and made a few changes to the quilt pattern such as:  free-style embroidery for the cheeks and carrot nose, adding yo-yos and buttons to the stocking cap and body of the snowman, used navy blue fabric to surround the entire snowman, not using binding, and I added one additional row on each side of the vertical length.

Reasons for not following the pattern are simple.  The Fat Quarter Shop quilt kit came with navy blue binding, so I decided to use this around the snowman. With the exception of the all solid navy background, I finished doing exactly what the directions said to do. The instructions for the pattern called for cutting the remaining charm squares in half once the focal point, snowman, was made. I had leftover charms cut in half. I hate wasting such beautiful fabric, so I kept sewing two additional rows in total. May be that is why I had leftover cut in half charm squares? Lastly, I don't have super-duper, fancy-smancy sewing machine.  (Sigh....  I am hoping to fix this dilemma.)  The patterned called for applique, and I didn't want to do this by hand, and the additional yo-yos were much easier to make.  Remember my crafting journey includes the use of yo-yos, so this quilt was a great opportunity for including fabric yo-yos.   I am super pleased with the results of the quilt.  Hope you enjoyed my crafting journey? 

Here is the finished quilt.

Close up of decorative yo-yo detail. 

Stay warm and always count your blessings.   

Saturday, January 2, 2010