Friday, September 28, 2012

meet Kaley

This is Kaley Kitty. She's all packed up and waiting patiently to go home. She has been feeling kind of sick lately, but the nice doctors and nurses are all helping her to feel better.

It's a good thing she has Mrs Buttons to keep her company. Sometimes you have to wait when you are at the doctor's office and Kaley gets bored, but Mrs Buttons is always very patient. Also she knows how to play Tic Tac Toe and Rock Paper Scissors.

Sometimes doctors expect you to sit around in your underwear while they listen to your chest and fuss over your port! Silly doctors.

And when you stay the night at the hospital, you get to wear a funny gown that has ties and snaps. Kaley always forgets which goes where, but she has lots of help.

She always remembers to take her comfy socks with her to the doctor's office and the hospital. The big people must really like it cold in there. These socks keep her paws extra toasty. Also they might have magical powers. She is pretty sure they make lollipops appear in nurse's pockets.


Kaley's crossbody overnight bag holds extra tape and gauze for her dressings, in case she needs a change. There's also room for her spare frock and shoes. And for Mrs Buttons too.

Kaley Kitty has gone to live with a beloved small person, Madi. Cats are her favorite. I know Madi will take very good care of Kaley while she is getting all better. And I know that Kaley will give lots of hugs to Madi while she is getting all better too.

We love you, Wises big and small.

Monday, September 24, 2012

mushroom quilt. wish me luck.

I made the plan.

I ordered the fabric.

The walking foot has arrived. I hear these are a good idea when machine quilting.

So. I should have everything ready for my first for-totally-reals quilt. I have pieced many things. But I've never made a quilt with the batting, quilting, binding and everything. It's (in theory) a twin quilt for one of my girls. They both need a lightweight option to add to their duvets when it is very cold or in summer to use instead of their duvets.

So. We'll see how this goes. All I need to do now is shove this project under my craft table for a few months until the guilt overwhelms me, and then I'll be ready to start.

Friday, September 21, 2012

what I'm up to

For one, I finally got the design/pattern for my kitchen chair cushions whipped, but yeah, I haven't actually made the final cushions yet. Other things keep pushing in front of finishing these stinkety blinkety schminkety things. The one you see above is almost right. It's not completely sewn together in back because it's a bit too big anyway and I just slapped the stuffing in there so it's kind of flat.

The main reason for the delay was the usual: wrestling endlessly with colors and prints. I think I've finally settled on this timeless black/ivory ticking, accented with bright yellow buttons and piping. Still not sure about the ties. Makes sense for them to be yellow, but I keep thinking that it's too much yellow and should I just make them from ticking. More work. That's making the yellow look better. Also I keep thinking how awesome it would be to have six different fabric cushions that somehow go together without being too matchy matchy but still complement the kitchen curtains and hutch and don't end up looking like a big ol' busy mess. Easy, right? I have spent way too much time looking at fabrics, so basically I need to close my eyes and just SEW six that are identical for PETE'S EVER LOVIN' SAKE. I can't make myself do it though. (Bonking forehead against table). Welcome to my world.

Also, my international bestie's birthday is approaching fast (it's September the WHAT??), and I need to finish the handmade portion of her birthday stuff. Which I can't share until she receives it in Brazil. That will be a first. Wonder how much postage will be?

In addition I have several needle books living in my head and also some half started, and even went so far as to drag out some felt the other day, but had to put it aside as other things came up.

Also I'm making a special gift for a small someone I love and can't wait to get it finished! (bouncing in chair)

So despite the blog silences, I have been busy making. Just not sharing.

Oh, I ordered a Silhouette Cameo the other day. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I can't wait to get my mitts on that thing. I have so many ideas for cut paper goodies. (Looking away and up in unfocused, dreamy fashion.) It should be here in a few days. Where in the world am I going to put that thing? I hope it is not huge. I have no surfaces left in my studio. Or plugs for that matter.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

transition doll

I made this doll a while back when I was transitioning away from the Pippi pattern and I don't think I blogged it. I wanted to make a pair of friends instead who are BFFs but verrry different. Like a lot of good friends are! In case you can't tell, this one is the mismatched, arty, outspoken, messy one of the pair.

I tried something a bit different with her face by filling in her eyes with embroidery. I like it.

I finished her and then other, more urgent things came up and I lost my momentum completely. But I like her. She needs a black pair of converse and a feather boa to complete her outfit. She and her neatnik, prim, girly, quiet, bookish friend will have to live in my head awhile longer, but they may come out to play again soon.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

(paper rustling) and the winner is...

Kristie! (a.k.a. kkbroc)
Congratulations on winning this gorgeous stack of fat quarters from the Mod Squad Collection by Ben Stiles! My many thanks to purveyors of delicious textiles, Fabricworm, for sponsoring this wonderful giveaway.

Kristie, all you need to do is contact me with your snail mail information for the fabric, and let me know which PDF pattern of mine you would like from my shop! Happy sewing with your new fabric and pattern.

And thank you to everyone for participating! Giveaways are fun. Thanks again, Fabricworm!

Monday, September 10, 2012

fat quarter giveaway from Fabricworm!

Comments are now closed! Stay tuned for the winner!

Do you like fabric? Do you like free stuff? Do you like it when those two are combined? Um, YES. So you should enter for your chance to win this beautiful stack of fat quarters, a great giveaway sponsored by fabulous modern fabric shop, Fabricworm!

Say the gals at Fabricworm:
We at Fabricworm, are thrilled to sponsor a giveaway here at Mmmcrafts! This bundle from the Mod Squad Collection by Dan Stiles is 100% organic and as soft as butter! It includes two colorways: coral for the girls, and grass/teal for the boys! You'll receive a fat quarter of each print pictured. Thanks for having us and good luck! 
-The Fabricworm Girls
Be sure to visit the Fabricworm store and browse through their beautiful selection. You'll be glad you did! I'm kinda in love with this one. Oh, my good gracious, and this one and this one. And this voile! Ok, I'm getting distracted.

So, once you win this fat quarter stack you might need something to use it for, yes? Well in addition to the fat quarter bundle, I'll throw in any PDF sewing pattern of your choice from my shop! I think the Baby Binky Bunny pattern in particular would be great to showcase these cute Dan Stiles fabrics, but I'll leave the choice up to the winner!

What do you need to do for your chance to win this Mod Squad fat quarter bundle and a PDF sewing pattern from my shop? Easy. Add one comment below. The winner will be chosen by random number generator on Thursday the 13th.

Friday, September 7, 2012

updated the tooth pillow tutorial

I recently updated the basic tooth pillow tutorial and uploaded an improved PDF pattern to go with it. My process to make them has changed so much since I first posted the tutorial long, long ago that the photos didn't even go with the instructions anymore. Now it has (hopefully) much clearer steps and diagrams, and an improved shape. Go here to view the revamped tutorial.

Still hoping to come through at some point with a retail pattern that includes a much improved floating mouth pocket, ballerina tutu, fairy crown/wings, marshal getup and policeman's uniform. Crossing my fingers. School started a few days ago at my house and oh my word today was long. So long. With the whining and the groaning. Tomorrow will be better.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

T.O.U.C.s (Tomatoes of Unusual Color)

My sister Leigh had a birthday. She loves to sew. And I am of the opinion that one can never have too many pin cushions, so I took the opportunity to make some for her out of shot cotton scraps and felt.

They are easy and quick to make. I won't reinvent the wheel here because there are many great tomato pin cushion tutorials already available. I looked at this one and this one. Mine are in three graduated sizes, so if you'd like to make them here are the pattern measurements:
Large 10 x 5 inches
Medium 9 x 4.5 inches
Small 8 x 4 inches

Before stuffing I filled the bottoms with rice to give them a bit of heft.

This is after stuffing and closing, but before I added the embroidery floss and felt leaves. Be sure to stuff yours tightly. Nobody likes a deflated pin cushion. When you think it has enough stuffing, put in more.

A long doll needle is very helpful to add the floss along the sides. To make the felt caps I just drew a quick star on my felt with disappearing marker. Do you remember how to draw a star? You know, like this:

Then I just kinda made the leaves a bit longer as I cut it out. I think the MS link has a template if you would rather use that. I didn't take a picture of the tomato unders, but I also added a smallish circle of felt to the bottom that I cut out with pinking shears. 

Go ahead and make some in crazy colors. They are fun to have around.

Monday, September 3, 2012

facebook giveaway winner!

Thank you to everyone who played along on the Facebook pillow cover giveaway! Marissa Davies DeJong had the winning randomly chosen comment. Marissa, congratulations and I'm looking forward to hearing from you. And thanks to all for the very kind remarks about the cover. Best thing about it is, they are pretty easy to make yourself. Really. No, really!