Monday, October 26, 2009

I Love Fall

I love this time of year. The days are cooling done, the kids are back in school, waves of color ... I just love it!

I thoroughly enjoy decorating for fall and Halloween, probably more than decorating at Christmas (I like that too). My kids still like to help with the decorating, playing in the leaves and carving pumpkins... Although my son tries to act like he doesn't enjoy it but he does... he would just rather make everything look scary. My daughter LOVES getting ready for Halloween.. she's had her carving tools and pumpkin face drawings ready for weeks. I'll show you the pumpkin carvings, her artwork, and small crafty things we've created later this week. In the meantime here are a few fall photos from last year...
Lightweight All Season Scarves:

The cool crisp air has inspired to make some fall scarves for those chilly mornings or evenings. These are lightweight made from 100% cotton and look great with a sweater or a vest. The can be worn any time of year. Here is one of the scarves made from brilliant blue peacock feather and daisy fabrics. This and a few other scarves are in my shop.

"I love fall! Fall is exciting.
It's apples and cider.
It's an airborne spider.
It's pumpkins in bins.
It's burrs on dog's chins.
It's wind blowing leaves.
It's chilly red knees.
It's nuts on the ground.
It's crisp dry sound.
It's green leavings turning.
And the smell of them burning.
It's clouds in the sky.
It's fall. That's why...
I love fall."
- Author Unkown

Thursday, October 8, 2009

What Have I Been Up To....

Wow, it's been almost a month since I have blogged! Again, life just keeps us busy and we need more time in each day. I'm getting bored of listening to myself say that .. Anyway, now that my kids are back in school and we are back to a regular routine I should be able to spend more time over here in blog world.

There's a few things I've worked on over the past few months but I haven't posted about them so I'm just going to give a run down here of what I have been working on. So this will be a rather lengthy post.

First, I've added some new items to my Etsy shop... The Carry-All Apron and Fabric Headbands.

Carry-All Apron

I tend to be the type of person that organizes by piling and gathering stuff. So I thought an apron that holds and carries all of my stuff while I'm working would be great. So I've been making Carry-All aprons and I totally love this style of apron for myself.

This apron has one large pocket where you can carry all of your necessities while working. It's much like a clothespin apron but with a modern twist in design.

Here's one made from Patty Young's Andalucia fabric collection ... I love her fabric!

You can find the Carry-All Aprons at my shop. Or you can make one yourself. you can see by the full view picture it's not hard to make.

And what to do with all the scraps of fabric...

Fabric Headbands

I have lots of hair and by the evening I can't stand it in my face .. so I'm a HUGE fan of headbands. I've tried various styles and my daughter and I find these to be the most comfortable, and they stay put on your head while being fashionable.

These headbands are available at my shop as well. So have a look.

Here are some other projects that I completed 'recently'.

Baby K's Activity Blanket and Jingle Balls

Back, way back, I posted that I was working on a project for Baby K. I finally finished and delivered this activity blanket and jingle balls to her.

It was so wonderful to hold Craylynn for the 1st time. Best of all my daughter was TOTALLY THRILLED to be able to hold her and spend some time with her cousin while being a mommy's helper.

The reverse side is made from soft minky fabricEach corner has ribbons securely sewn in so she can hang some linky links on them or just touch and feel.Each ball has a jingle bell inside so it's ring-a-ding's when you roll the ball or throw it. I also added various ribbons to one of the balls.

This was such a fun project!

IBOL .. Iraq Bundles of Love

Back in September I heard about this wonderful project, Iraq Bundles of Love (IBOL). This relief project was started by a US Soldier, Art La Flamme, to help familieis that were/are in desperate need for sewing supplies where soldier and his unit I came across this wonderful project a few days before the deadline. Art knows many of us have an over abundance of fabric, yarn and supplies. So he has reached to us for donations. All donations were to be sent to him by September 8th. He and his unit are currently delivering the bundles to where needed.

Bundles of Love ..

We got our bundle of love mailed just in the nick of time. I wish I had found this project earlier so I could have spent more time gathering items. But we did get a bundle sent and I hope it's helping someone that is in need. I can't imagine how life must be there for these families living in this chaos.

Our bundle was made of up large pieces fabric and yarns. The bundles were built to fit in a large flat rate box per Art's instructions ... (remember the deadline has been reached but thought you may want to see how the bundles were built).
Check out Art's blog to see updates on the delivery process and be sure to read through the blog to see how people contributed to this project. Saw Mama Sew did an amazing job at gathering bundles... so many volunteers, so many people participating. Check our her blog as well.

Thank you Art and his unit for doing this wonderful project!