Friday, December 31, 2010

Stitchy gifts

Two of my Christmas presents from husband this year were sewing-related! Because he's such a good listener! I got a walking foot for my machine and new cutting blades for my rotary cutter. I am going to put these to good use in the coming new year!

As a gift to myself, I ticked off another to-do from my list. I made new ironing board covers! My old ones were GROSS! See the goop, stains and sticky spots? My big board was a main crafting surface before my mom gifted me her AWESOME sewing table when they moved to a smaller house. So my ironing board cover had tacky glue, hot glue, fusible webbing and all sorts of stuff stuck on it. Ew!

My new covers are clean, fresh, and THEY MATCH! My little ironing board stays out on my sewing table, the big one is put away most of the time unless I have big things to iron.Cute!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cross stitch

I bought this kit a few years ago because the book "Guess How Much I Love You" is special to my husband and I. It was the very first gift I ever gave to him. This is my progress so far, you can kind of make out the big rabbit's butt and front leg. I also bought the matching birth announcement stitch kit but this is the one I really want to get done.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Minky Monkey Burp Rag

From the pattern and tutorial found at Make Your Own Baby Stuff, this is a shaped burp cloth with fun bump minky fabric on one side and monkey-print flannel on the other. I've made these before for baby shower gifts, they are so easy, just sew, turn and sew. I know, I know. PINK? But I figure burp rags are more like an accessory for the mom, not the baby! So just roll with it!

Some FAQ

Are you pregnant? Are you trying?
No and no. I'm planning ahead. I'm a planner, I don't rush into things.

What if you don't get pregnant?

I completely understand that this might happen. I know a local charity that would be gladly accept these items and get them in the hands of parents in need. OR I can have a closet full of baby shower gifts to last a lifetime! (Just kidding!)

Isn't this a little weird?
Kind of. But I hope others will enjoy seeing the projects.

What crafts do you do?
There isn't really a craft I won't try. But I mainly sew/quilt, knit, and crochet. I like sewing because you can crank out an item FAST!


About me
I am a 30-ish librarian who enjoys crafting, baking, dog training and gardening. My husband and I have been married for over 10 years and we have a 7 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi and an orange and white cat named Stewart. We unashamedly watch a lot of tv and movies, play video games and eat pizza at least once a week. But to counteract that, I have learned to love running and going to the gym!

I also love playing board games, going on nature walks, growing my own food, organizing my home (a mid-century house with a flat roof and huge windows), reading (nonfiction and children's books mainly), and setting new fitness goals (and meeting them!).

About the blog
Why am I making baby clothes for a baby that doesn't yet exist?

A couple of reasons. I am very frugal and one of the reasons I have hesitated when it comes to making a decision about having a baby is cost. I already have a TON of yarn, fabric and other crafting supplies that I can transform into all sorts of things, without spending any more money!

I realize that once I do have a kid, I will not be able to keep up this level of crafting. So I'm enjoying it now and for those few years that I'll enjoy getting use out of the items I create!

It also gives me time to think about this BIG DECISION and while I haven't completely decided 100% when I'll decide it's the right time, it makes me feel like I've at least made one decision. I decided to start thinking about deciding. :)

This project started out as a list of works-in-progress that I wanted to get finished before I would even think about having a baby. I had told my husband I'd make curtains for his office when we moved to this house two years ago. I had bought a chair for the bedroom then too, that I said I would recover. I had some knitting projects on the needles that I told myself I wouldn't ever get done if I didn't finish them NOW!

But then once I ticked those things off the list, I felt pressure from myself. I had said I wanted to get these things done before I had a baby. Did that mean that when they were done, I wouldn't have a choice? So I suppose I added a whole slew of baby-related projects to the list in order to give myself some breathing room. Yes, some will say I'm just doing this to stall. You might be right. But wouldn't it be better to stall and really give it the thought and preparation it deserves, rather than make a rash decision simply because I finished my husband's curtains? I think so and that's what matters!