Fun in the Sun

As promised, I’ve been working on a few extraneous projects and finishing off some final details.  Here’s a little sneak peek of a sunny cross stitch baby blanket package I picked up on sale (60% off!) at Michael’s.

    It turned out to be way bigger than I expected, but it’s super cute so I’d like to finish it right away.  It has taken a long time to come to near completion and since before the move has been patiently awaiting it’s final stitches.  I’ll probably dig through my fleece stash to see if I can find an appropriately coloured backing for it and (at my mom’s suggestion) will probably have to pick up some satiny fabric for the trim.  Luckily for me, once this is finished I’ll have a fantastic baby shower gift to give to one of my sisters or close friends should anyone get around to having kids.

The weather in Toronto has been foggy, rainy, and unseasonably muddy skattered with occasional bouts of snow that doesn’t seem to want to stick around.  In honour of spring, here’s a little sunshine.

January Resolutions

I’m getting back on the horse (as it were) and coming back with a plan.  My crafting resolutions for 2012 are as follows:

#1.)  Fabric Diet – I’ve been away from the blog mostly has due to my recent housing relocation; my live-in boyfriend and I have bought a house together.  We refer to each other as ‘spouses’ now; its icky but wonderful.  As such,  Fabric Diet is in the works; no purchases of any kind for the next several months until I finish all my planned projects for the year which brings me to…

#2.)  UFOs (UnFinished Objects) – I have quite a large number of started or conceived of projects.  Shopping trips that have included “oOo that fabric would be great for SOMETHING,” or “WOW that colour of floss is GORGEOUS” or even just items that were interrupted for in favour of another project that had a stricter deadline… I have several lists and at least one drawer-full of items that need love and time.

The only acceptable exceptions to these two rules would be if I needed to pick a crafty item up finish a project or anything I receive as gifts.  Luckily, my birthday is in May so that should give me a great six month booster.  I’ve already gotten a head start from these fabulous two new books I received for Christmas, shiny new Pinking shears and a wrapping paper slip cutter that I use as a thread slicer for my cross stitching.

#3.)  Learn More! – I’ve always wanted to delve more into the Fibric Arts.  Two years ago I took a knitting class, last summer I went to a quilting seminar and this year I’m planning to learn the basics of crochet.  I learned a lot, even from a little bit of time spent with someone else teaching me and it has made me more productive and tons more confident in my crafting abilities.

#4.) Host a Stitching Group – Now that we have a better space to have guests over in the new house, I’m planning to invade the living room with tons of artistic and crafty ladyfriends to help share their talents and teaching abilities with other like minded gals, myself included.  We will be sharing and discussing stitching, quilting, knitting and crocheting and helping each other learn some things we didn’t know the week before.

Wish me luck!  I’ll keep you posted

~ PaintedMare

Christmas Trees

I’ve been away for too long; it’s time for an update!  This year I’ve made mug rugs as a gift for my family for the Holidays.

I managed to do 24 of these little trees using a pattern I made for the project. Finished photos to follow!

A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

~PaintedMare

Completed Quilt

Hooray! I finished this loon quilt for my Gramma that I posted about several months ago.  A few weekends past, I cleaned out my stash, and organized my ongoing projects in hopes of completing a few and this is the first I’ve managed to work on.

It’s backed with a navy fleece and it reminds me just how much I heart my sewing machine.

Happy Birds

I love owls.  This little trio is a bunch that I have hanging around the house.  They are all versions of a Great Horned Owl, which is my favourite species to boot.  I thought I’d post some as a celebration of the first day of spring, which was yesterday.

The blue and white one is an owl I made using a great tutorial that I found online. The Tutowlrial is located –> here <– .  I promised my mom several of these for the new cottage to decorate around the place, so expect more of these (no promises on how soon however).

The brown one is an old pencil holder that was at my gramma’s cottage when I was growing up, that I stole saved when the cottage was sold.  The green one was a dollar store find.

Belated Christmas

I know, I know Christmas was around 3 months ago.  I’m a little behind updating my project photos so here’s something to get me started.

I made these little ornaments about 3″ across for my friends and family this year.  They were made from chickadee and cardinal fabric mixed with strips of different festive fabric, backed with sparkly felt and ribbon.

I hope to make this a yearly thing, making a different project in a mass assembly line style so I can practice for someday where I might sell things like this in an Etsy store.  Or something.

Holiday Projects

Now that Christmas is officially past, I can post some projects that I made as gifts without fear of pre-exposure.

This lovely little blanket is a baby mat, basically a 12 block quilt (of 6″ squares) with a 3″ border made with vintage Winnie the Pooh fabric.  I backed it with blush pink fleece for a girlier motif (not my normal style) I have more of the swirly fabric, also in blue, so I’ll be likely to make more of these for baby gifts.    I made this one for my boyfriend’s niece for Christmas.

My sister also tells me that she used one of my blanket tutorials to make a birthday present for a friend of hers, how exciting!