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Christmas Crafting?

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This post is a supplement to my previous book report. I now have pictures and a plan, hooray!

I made a promise to stay off the computer all Thanksgiving day, which leaves me some time to try a bit o’ Christmas crafting. I think the book I’m most excited to experiment with is The Cute Book, because the projects are so tiny and… well, CUTE… and best of all, I have a huge stash of dyed organic velour and organic wool scraps in a rainbow of colors. I have easily found a use for scraps that are 3″ or larger in the past, but I never knew what to do with the smaller pieces that are abundant around here. This is the perfect project book for me! Just a little note, of course the animals can be made as large as you like, but actual size of the projects in the book is very mini.

the cute book 2

Isn’t the index (above) adorable? I mean it, I’m obsessed with the layout of this book. I think it’s wonderful and witty, and the text is cute as well. Each project covers two pages, and each project layout is a different color from the others.


the cute book 3

I’ve never made any sort of critter, whether hand-sewn or by machine, stuffed or flat, embellished or plain. I will be interested to see how this works out for me. Ha ha! I’m going to see if Anya can do some hand sewing as well. I think she can do it because she loves to”make” and she’s pretty meticulous for a 5 year old. Yeah, I’m bragging on her. Better than ragging on her. Pfft, hush Christy, you’re being weird.

From Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilting Gifts, I fell in love with this quilt but there’s no way I will even attempt to make it. Not that you shouldn’t, it’s just that I am not a quilter and I am far too scatterbrained and disorganized. I’d never get such a beautiful color wheel laid out, let alone sewn nicely. Isn’t it striking? I think so.

last minute patchwork + quilted gifts

I do plan to try making the bird ornaments (which can be seen on the cover of the book if you click on the title above), and this sweet stuffed elephant. “Peanut, the wee elephant” is what the project is called, and it was designed for the book by Hillary Lang of Wee Wonderfuls.

last minute patchwork + quilted gifts

The finished size is about 7″ by 9″ and I think Zella would love one of these for Christmas. I’m partial to this project because when I was a little girl I dreamed of being an elephant. You know, as a career. My mom tricked me into believing that if I pulled on my nose and ears every night before bed, it was possible. What a gullible little kid I was. Thanks for deceiving me, Mom!

Finally, two little projects from Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching. These ornaments are cute and simple, and will be a good introduction to hand embroidery (another first for me). If I mess up I’m not wasting much in the way of materials or energy.

aimee ray doodle stitching

Another little critter to try out…

aimee ray doodle stitching

In other Christmas-related news, we bought a live tree this evening! We went to Lowe’s and let Anya pick it out, I honestly think she picked the nicest one in the lot. It’s gorgeous. Even more exciting, it’s our first live Christmas tree! If I had known you could get such a lovely (and extremely aromatic) tree for under $30 I would have started this tradition a long time ago.

Encouraged by one of the photographs above, I tried to talk Bill into getting a pink tree but it was hopeless. I’m lucky he didn’t throw me out just for suggesting it, I could tell he was seriously considering it. I think pink would have gone well with our black, white, gray, and silver house though. Totally. I guess pink trees are trendy this season… check out the latest cover of Blueprint magazine for another example. Previously, I think it was upside down Christmas trees, which I don’t quite get. I mean, this one is $600 and sadly, all sold out already. Really?

My last little tidbit before I go to sleep. I coveted these Ahna Holder wool-felt stockings last year, and swore to make some cool felt sockings for my family before Christmas rolled around this year. It would probably make more sense to just *buy* some, huh? I would never go for such an easy solution.

ahna holder stockings



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November 21, 2007 at 9:10 pm

Posted in Books, Crafty fun, Sewing

Book Report

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I should never wait until it’s this late to write my posts. By the time I get around to it I’m fighting to keep my eyes open while my computer rests on my lap in bed, and I type the most random stuff. This kindergarten-induced 9PM bedtime is killing me, and it’s a far cry from this time last year when I was happily working past 3 or 4AM most nights. I really miss working my night shift.
What does any of this have to do with books? Absolutely nothing. But when I’m this tired I have not so much control over what I write. Can you tell I like to ramble? Ah-yup.

I have this huge pile of crafty books next to my bed that I’m dying to read. The problem is, when I read in bed I get very tired… I need to develop a solution, because I really need some everyday motivation and holiday inspiration.

The Cute Book is put together so nicely, I love the layout of the pages ( if you click on the title you can see a small photo of an inside page) . And as the title states, everything in the book is so darn *cute!* Lots of little creatures to make. My girls loved looking through this colorful Cute Book.

cute book

I got D.I.Y. Kids for ideas of things to do with my little artist Anya. She’s already taken some of the ideas she got from looking through the book (without me) and made them into her own little projects. She used a roll of blue tape she took from her dad’s office and did “paintings” on paper, and made some nice drawings inspired by the book.

D.I.Y. Kids

Now obviously, I have some experience with machine embroidery but I’ve never tried hand embroidery before. I’ve either been too lazy, or too intimidated – take your pick. But I love Aimee Ray’s book and am looking forward to trying some of the projects in here. Her illustrations are just my style, her color choices are fabulous, and I just really like looking at the pictures of the projects.
Cool side note – I’m working with Aeolidia right now on a website for the various Fussy brands (or rather, Aeolidia is working with me, yay) and Aimee Ray is one of the artists available for hire through Aeolidia. Such sweet images – check out her website.

Doodle Stitching

Final book for the night (sooo tired) is Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts, by Joelle Hoverson, the owner of Purl. I have only been able to glance through the book, but already I love it. Seriously. I will totally make the projects featured in the book, and I hope to get a chance to make some as Christmas gifts. That means I’ll have to sleep a lot less though…

last minute patchwork gifts

I lied, I’m still typing. Just want to add that I always have Kathleen’s book (Entrepreneur’s Guide to Sewn Product Manufacturing, available for purchase through her website or nearby, it’s been surprisingly helpful in so many ways. I can’t recommend this book enough.
I also just got a book called Fashion Artist that got great reviews on, because I want to try and learn to sketch figures. I did a lot of sketching in college but most of the sketches were of buildings, straight lines, and orthogonal forms. And even then, I wasn’t very good. I’ll have to scan images from my sketchbooks sometime so everyone can make fun of me.

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November 8, 2007 at 11:38 pm

Posted in Books, Crafty fun

Overdue Gratitude

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I can’t believe how rude I’ve been. A couple of months ago I received a sweet gift from the oh-so-adorable Claudia as part of a “pay it forward” type gesture.


Of course I already thanked Claudia privately, but I wanted to give her a little shout out here, too.

Consider this a heads up. Sometime in November I’ll post the “rules” and choose three people (from the entrants) to whom I’ll pay it forward. Y’all are going to have to leave comments if you want to be eligible. Whoo! Feel the excitement people! ;D

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November 6, 2007 at 10:49 pm

Posted in Contests, Crafty fun

Helloween Sewing (Simplicity 8953)

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What was I *thinking?*    I could have spent as little as $20 and 45 minutes on a Little Mermaid or Princess costume for Anya but instead I decided to try and thin my fabric stash and make her this poufy insane ensemble that may not even fit her.

simplicity 8953

I’ll be sure to post pictures of the actual project in a day or two.  It’s basic but very “Princess-like,” and Anya is all about Princesses these days (but not as much as she is crazy about Ariel).
Must get back to hand sewing the lining in so that I can go to sleep.    I gathered well over 10 feet of fabric tonight.  Errgh… remind me never to do this again!

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October 31, 2007 at 6:21 am

It’s Like My Birthday!

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But it’s not for another two months. I got the most awesome mail this week!

A while back, I did a trade with Laura of ElBee Baby – who makes the most amazing diapers in the world – and here is what I got from her the other day. These diapers have short organic velour outers and have been hand dyed, I *love* the seafoam/orange color combination, and the dip dyed diaper is possibly my only non-fussybutt dip dye. We’ve already washed and worn both of these and I’ve only had them for two days.

*love* *love* *love* *love* *love*

ElBee Baby Diapers

I should add that I only sent her one diaper (in retro apples print, coral colorway), and she was supposed to send me one in return. Not two! But how awesome is that?
I love these diapers.

Next, I received this gorgeous black onyx, silver, and red fire agate bracelet and earrings set from Michele of Jonah’s Gems! It wasn’t part of a trade, it was just something incredibly sweet she wanted to do. Thank you Michele, I adore the set!

Jonah’s Gems Jewelry

I wanted to add a picture of the diapers I am finishing up. They still need doublers and front panel snaps (as well as better photos), but you get the idea… I have about a dozen AIO diapers to list at the same time as these fitteds.

dip dyed fussys

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September 7, 2007 at 1:46 pm

Indiepublic – go join!

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This site is fun, it’s like a MySpace network but for independent artists (and more). From the website—

“Indiepublic is an independent art and design community. If you’re an artist, designer, retailer, blogger, or just someone who gets giddy when they buy indie, we’ve saved a seat for you!”

Here’s a link to my profile if you join and want to add me as a friend –


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August 21, 2007 at 6:27 pm

Posted in Crafty fun, General

My Sampler Subscription is Ending :(

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I don’t quite remember how I came across The Sampler, but I was quick-fingered enough (thanks for the practice, Hyena Cart!) to score a 3 month subscription back in May. If I recall correctly, it was $57 for a total of three “issues” and that included priority shipping for each month. Single month subscriptions might have been around $20.

I was really excited about my first batch of stuff, and then my second, but this final month of goodies was my favorite by far. Look at all this … STUFF! This is only a little fraction of what was in my July box—->

Sampler Subscription Goodies

A typical batch of items might include coupons and biz cards, magnets, stationary and cards, soaps, interesting jewelry, pens, adorable pins to wear, an old issue of Bust magazine, and more. I thought I was ready to let my subscription period end, but I just received an email regarding the next opportunity for subscription purchases. From the email-

” Due to the very limited number of available subscriptions this month, there will be only one subscription time: Tuesday, July 24th at 10 AM Pacific. I apologize for the inconvenience and I want to assure you that Team Sampler is working very hard to get as many subscriptions available to as many people as possible. We hope to have double the number of available subscriptions next month! More information about obtaining a subscription will be posted to the Sampler homepage ( on Tuesday morning! Please stop by the site to learn how the subscription shop works. If you have any difficulties in obtaining a subscription, please consider contributing! If you have a small business of almost any kind, you can send in samples to the Sampler and receive a Sampler in return! If you’d simply like to get your hands on some awesome goodies from independent businesses, please check out the Samplers Gallery and Contributors page for links to 100s of fabulous websites. As always, thank you for your patience and understanding! Marie”

Everybody should try to snag at least one subscription! It’s really a great concept.
Now I’m trying to figure out what I could contribute in the way of cool biz-related samples. Any ideas? Anybody?

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July 24, 2007 at 4:05 am