Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Crafting Projects Review Collage

Hi Friends, Here a visual review collage of the handmade projects I made for 2016.  Let me thank you for visiting my blog throughout this year and I look forward to sharing with you in 2017!



Fashion Sewing:

Craft Sewing:

Friday, December 23, 2016

Fabulous Apron Making Friday| Candy Canes & Gingerbread Men Apron

Hi everyone!  As a little girl, my favorite Christmas treats were peppermint candy canes and freshly baked gingerbread!  When I spotted this candy cane and gingerbread men fabric in Joann Fabric I knew I had to make an apron for Christmas from it.  Now friends would you believe that I did not own a Christmas themed apron until now!

What I Did:  
A sweet, Christmas candy cane themed waist apron edge-trimmed with medium rick-rack in the colors of red and white, featuring a contrasting pocket of Christmas gingerbread men also trimmed with rick-rack!

What I Used:
Butterick 5474.  Apron: Christmas Cotton Fabric, Ditsy Candy Canes on Black purchased from Joann Fabric.  Pocket: Noel Collection, Christmas Gingerbread Men purchased from Joann Fabric.

Christmas is only a few days away!  I hope you have finished all your holiday crafting.  Best wishes and enjoy the season!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Needlecraft Wednesday| Snow White Two Stitch Crochet Hat and Scarf Set

Welcome friends! 
 My Snow White Two Stitch Crochet Hat and Scarf Set reminds me of a favorite Christmas event; attending the Annual Christmas Parade and waiting for Santa Claus to appear on his sled!  On Parade day it always seemed to be freezing cold and Mom bundled me up in layers of clothing.  I enjoyed wearing a pretty hat and scarf to cover my ears and keep my neck warm.  That memory lives on with this hat and scarf set!

What I Used:

What I Did:
  • Stitches - Single crochet, Double crochet, Slip stitch
  • Skill Level - Easy
  • Finished Sizes - Scarf: 6 1/2" x 60", Hat: Fits 21" head circumference

Did you ever go to a Christmas Parade?  Share it with me in the comment section.  Please return on Fabulous Apron Friday to see my Candy Canes & Gingerbread Men Apron!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday's Minute| A Few Of My Favorite Christmas Things

Welcome to Monday's Minute:  A Minute About the Song: "My Favorite Things."
  • "My Favorite Things" is a 1959 song, originally from the Rogers and Hammerstein, musical The Sound of Music.
  • The song was fisrt performed by Maria (played by Mary Martin) and Mother Abbess (Patricia Neway in the original 1959 Broadway production.
  • Julie Andrews performed the song for the first time on the Christmas special for The Garry Moore Show in 1961, and then she starred in the 1965 film
  • My favorite version of this Christmas song if from the Supremes Merry Christmas Album! Click this Link to hear. 
Please come back and see "My Favorite Christmas Things" featured on Needlecraft Wendesday and Fabulous Apron Friday. Have a great week. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sewful Sewing Sunday| A Hoot Owl Apron

Hello everyone!  Here is a handmade "Hoot Owl Apron" for Fabulous Apron Friday.  Oops it's Sewful Sunday isn't it?  Well my friends, I am a little late getting this apron done.  Yet very happy to share this apron with you!

What I Did:
I love this waist apron with its gorgeous color scheme of a sky blue background featuring polka dot and chevron owls and birds surrounded by hot pink, orange, lime green, white and light pink flowers and leaves.  I added a "dainty" detail by applying a white ruffle trim to the upper pocket edge and the apron's edging.

What I Used:  
McCall's Craft 9890 purchased from Walmart.  Color Chevron and Dot Owl and Bird Fabric by David Textiles purchased from Hobby Lobby.

I hope you have enjoyed this week of Hoot Owls.

(An Update: This apron became a sweet Christmas gift for the young daughter of a friend who is learning to cook!)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Needlecraft Wednesday| Counted Cross-Stitch Lil' Hoot Owl

Hi Friends!  I am sooo in love with my hand stitched, counted cross-stitch 
Lil' Hoot Owl!

What I Used:
Bucilla Counted Cross-Stitch, My 1st Stitch Kit, Whoo Loves You.  The kit contains one 14 count Aida cloth, one 6 inch plastic hoop, floss, needle, buttons and an easy-to-read chart.  

The finished size of my Lil" Hoot Owl is 6 inches.  I plan to frame my Lil' Hoot Owl in the 6 inch plastic hoop.  I haven't decided if I will add the buttons to my project. 

Well on to my next little project.  Please return for Fabulous Apron Friday.  Happy Crafting Everyone!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday's Minute| Hoot Owls

Welcome to Monday's Minute: A Minute About Hoot Owls.
  • There are around 200 different owl species.
  • Owls are active at night (nocturnal).
  • Owls are farsighted, meaning they can’t see things close to their eyes clearly.
  • Owls can turn their heads as much as 270 degrees.
  • In addition to hoots, owls can may chirp, bark, scream, whistle, screech or growl.
Please come back and see Hoot Owls featured on Needlecraft Wednesday and Fabulous Apron Friday.  Have a Great Week!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sewful Sewing Sunday| The Joy of Sewing

Hello everyone!  This month I have been participating in the Bimble & Pimble Sewvember 2016 Challenge.  The Sewvember project involves posting pictures regarding various sewing themes on Instagram.  Upon reviewing the themes and pictures a warm feeling came into my heart.  I began to think about how "Thankful I Am for the Joy of Sewing.

Sewing has become a very personal way to express my creativity!
  • Studying sewing techniques and viewing sewing tutorials.
  • Selecting fabrics and patterns.
  • Researching blog post themes, photographing projects and writing blog post.
These are primary activities in my life.  Watching it all come together is like a little dream come true for me!

Again, I am thankful for the joy of sewing and to have you as a reader of my blog!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Fabulous Apron Making Friday| The Joy of Aprons

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Hi friends!  For me the apron is a sweet reminder of mothers, aunties, grandmothers and godmothers of my childhood.  Whether baking cakes in their home kitchens or cooking community dinners on Sunday afternoon in the church kitchen, these ladies wore pretty aprons.

Me and My Daughter wearing my handmade Turkey Aprons
Today I make aprons as reminders of the joys those ladies brought to my life!  Here are pictures of some of the aprons I have crafted through the years:

Do you wear aprons or have you made an apron?  Leave me a reply in the Comment Section below.  Return on Sewful Sunday to see "Thankful For the Joy of Sewing!"

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Needlecraft Wednesday| The Joy of Crochet

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Hi friends! I am about to reveal a secret. Crochet is My Favorite Craft!

I find crochet creative and calming.  I enjoy the repetitive, soothing motion of applying a smooth, steel hook to soft, luscious yarn to create beautiful, handmade projects that I thankfully cherish!

Minnie Mouse Socks

Minnie Mouse Ears Cap

In 2006 I decided I wanted to learn to crochet!  I enrolled in an official class with a broad certificated teacher through Knox County Schools, Knoxville, TN; Adult Education Program. 

Basket Weave Cap

Regina's Little Shrug

I am so thankful for the basic skills of crochet I acquired thought that class:
  • Crochet lingo and how to read a crochet pattern. 
  • Getting to know the hooks.
  • Choosing yarns and how to read a yarn label.
  • Mastering basic stitches: chain stitch, single crochet, slip stitch, half-double crochet, double crochet and triple crochet.
Beaded Tiered Purse

Wine Bottle Bag
Friends, I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my crochet projects.  Please return for Fabulous Apron Friday.  Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday's Minute| Thankful

Welcome to Monday's Minute: A Minute On Thankful.
  • Merriam-Webster defines "Thankful as glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someones exists."
This week I want to give thanks for "Crafting" that has become such joy for me! Come back during the week and see Needlecraft Wednesday, Fabulous Apron Friday and Sewful Sunday.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Quilting Saturday| Quilt-As-You-Go

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Hello everyone!  I thought teaching myself to Quilt-As-You-Go would be a fun "Trying Something New" project.  

Several years ago my best friend, Sheren Kirkpatrick, introduced me to the wonderful world of quilting! Today mastering the varied techniques of creating beautiful quilts has become a major crafting goal for me.

I am using June Tailor Quilt As You Go Pre-Printed Batting with Fusible Backing Fair & Square Block Pattern.  The project package includes six 12 inch finished size blocks for a 24 inch X 36 inch quilt.  I purchased two packages to make a larger 48 inch X 72 inch quilt.

June Tailor offers an instructional video of their Quilting-As-You-Go method on YouTube featuring easy to follow directions.

Here is a visual display of my first steps into this project:

A Fair & Square Block Without Sashing
Have a great Crafting Weekend!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Needlecraft Wednesday| Crochet Planned Argyle Color Pooling

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Hello friends!  When I started seeing crochet projects using planned argyle color pooling I just had "TO TRY SOMETHING NEW!"

Red Heart Yarn, Super Saver,  in Bright Mix
Using Method Two From The Crochet Crowd
There are several posts on the Internet with lots of expert advice on color pooling.  The three most helpful to me were:
  1. Planned Pooling with Variegated Yarn by The Crochet Crowd.
  2. Planned Pooling with Crochet Made Easy by Glamour-4-You.
  3. Planned Color Pooling Crochet by The Purple Poncho. 
What Is Color Pooling?  It is a crochet technique that uses variegated yarn and the Moss Stitch to "pool" colors together to get a tartan or harlequin effect.

What To Look for In A Ball of Yarn!  Variegated yarns have sequences of colors that lay in lengths of stripes.  The individual stripes of colors in the ball of yarn should be about 6 inches to 12 inches in length.  If any of the strips within the sequence are smaller than 6 inches in length this method will not work!  The Glamour-4-You Blog post features a wonderful list of yarns that work with this method.

Caron Yarn, Jumbo Roll, in Rosewood
 Using Method One From The Purple Poncho
I followed directions from two different methods to achieve this concept:

Method One:  Begin by chaining a specific number of chains to work the color pooling. Using the Moss Stitch, watch your crocheting tension and possibly adjust your crochet hook size.  This method was featured by The Purple Poncho.  It took me two and a half days to establish pooling with this method.  I had a very hard time finding the correct hook size and adjust my crocheting tension.

Method Two:  Begin by chaining through one length of entire color sequence of your yarn.  Then crochet your first row in the Moss Stitch through one one length entire color sequence.  Drop one stitch and chain at the end of that sequence before beginning row 2 to establish color pooling.  This method was featured by The Crochet Crowd and Glamour-4-You.  I could see that my colors were pooling by row three!!!!

Have you tried Color Pooling?  I would love to heard your story!  Share it in the Comment Box below.  Happy Crafting!