Sharing Craftiness

Since we can't get together as often as we would like, this blog is to help us share some of the things that we create.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Stuff I made for Christmas

Here are the things I couldn't show because they were Christmas presents.

I got the patterns to crochet these off of Ravelry. There is a small Totoro and and Ponyo and a big Totoro.

This pattern I also got from Ravelry and Maddy loves it!

I made this skirt from a pattern that Molly sent to me. All from leftover fabrics and fabrics from Goodwill.

This hat I just made up and it didn't turn out perfectly but not bad for something I made up. It's the triforce from Zelda.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sewing Maniac!

I've been doing a lot of sewing for Christmas presents lately.  Here are a couple of bags that I've done.  They are the same on the outside, but the linings and straps are different.

And here are some pajama pants that I made for Emyli.  Kathy took her to the fabric store and let her pick out some fat quarters.  I couldn't figure out what else to do with them, so I just put all the pieces together to make pjs.  Here is the front:

And here is the back:

They're pretty ugly, but Emyli loves them.  I've still got three more pairs of pajama pants to sew for Christmas presents for friends and I'm also working on some knitting for Christmas gifts as well.  I'll post pictures of those as soon as I'm done!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Santa Hat Pics

Here are some shots of the girls that I took tonight. They are pretty cute, if I do say so myself :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

More Quilling

Here's some more quilling I did. The one inside the ball was a little difficult. It got easier on the second one. And I just had to have some sparkly gold ones. :) That's Santa holding his toy bag if you couldn't tell. lol This is a really cheap craft to do. I only use a quilling tool (Hobby Lobby), card stock, glue, and a paper trimmer to cut the strips.

Halloween Bags

I'm a little late. lol I couldn't find any trick or treat bags I liked this year so I let the boys make their own.

Monday, November 15, 2010


So, I started doing some quilling. Quilling is a paper craft where you curl paper strips and shape them. I'm making some Christmas ornaments. Mostly snowflakes, but I've been trying other shapes too. I'm trying to do some gold glittered one's, but I hate when the glitter falls off so I might have to skip those because I haven't figured out how to keep the glitter from falling off yet. I've tried different gold paper, but there to thick and don't curl well. The top right red one is the first one I did, the poinsettia flower has 3 layers that you can't see well in the picture and the last one is 3D and took a couple hours to make. :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Winter Mitts

I usually only knit things for other people for gifts, so poor Doug often gets left out when it comes to knitted gifts :(  He asked me to knit him a pair of mittens a while ago, and I just got them finished  for the winter and for his birthday!  Hooray!  Needless to say, he's pretty dang excited about them.

Friday, November 5, 2010

I Knitted My First Sock!!!

So, I thought I would never knit a sock but I wanted to knit these little socks for ornaments for my christmas tree. This was the first one I knitted and it will probably just be thrown away because it has some pretty ugly gaps between rows. Each person in my fam will get one with their first initial on it (immediate family OK, I'm not that fast!)We have a great tradition of getting a new ornament every year and this will save us money because I can use scraps of yarn.

Here is my clock collection so far. I got three new ones this year for my birthday. The red one is from Andy, the knitted one from Molly, and although she doesn't really know it the tire one is from Judy which I got at a swap meet with the money she sent me.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

HECK YES I DID....and I never will again!!

I learned a lot while I was knitting this sweater, how to slip slip knit, mattress stitch, and pick up stitches, but most importantly I learned that I never want to knit another sweater again in my life. It was really hard. And the tight time frame with a deadline made it even harder. I am, though, really really proud of how it turned out.Maddy almost didn't wear it because it was 80 degrees that night but after seeing the tears well in my eyes she put it back on. The first few pictures are of the sweater in progress....

I also knitted the tie that she's wearing. I think she looks freaking amazing and she gets to wear the costume two more times when we go see the movies. The specktrascopes were made out of cardboard and Maddy colored them and we also made a cork necklace which took about 2 minutes and made her costume very cool.

I crocheted the radish earrings. I found the pattern on Ravelry but I HATED it. It was confusing and also made the earrings way too big. So I improvised and made them up myself and they turned out well enough, although they don't match.

Joel was Indiana Jones and all I had to do for him is make him a satchel. We already had his hat and we bought the shirt, pants, and belt at Goodwill for 5 bucks. He looked awesome. Here he is re-enacting the scene from Temple of Doom when Indy is sleeping on the plane.

I also made the kids some Halloween Pajama shorts.I reused the pattern and they turned out really well.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Amanda's Clock

I finally finished Amanda's clock for her birthday! It took me so long (Like 10 days or so) because I am just lazy. Anyway, it didn't turn out like I wanted it to, but it still looks pretty good, I think. All Amanda has to do is put the mechanism in and it's done! Happy (late) birthday, Amanda!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Advice Wanted

Okay so I need to hem Matt's pants. And I am a bit nervous about doing it, since I am only learning to sew. Does anybody have any words of wisdom for me?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

So Emyli is finally at the age where she really loves princesses. I thought that it would be fun for her to be Cinderella for Halloween since that seems to be her favorite princess right now. I also decided to make her dress myself, and here's how it turned outI did somethings on it that I've never done before: darts and a zipper. This is my second dress that I've ever sewn and I think it turned out pretty great.

Plus Emyli loves it. She calls herself "fancy" when she's wearing it. Now all I have to do are make some gloves and find some glass slippers.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Crazy Socks

I made these socks for Mom for her birthday. I made them with yarn that I got when we went to Grandma McTeer's a couple months ago. They turned out wacky and fun. I hope mom likes them!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Always the procrastinator

Everything on here is so cute and it makes me feel like a slacker. I've made things, I guess I just need to get my butt going and take pictures.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Braided Ball and PJ Shorts

These are PJ shorts that the kids sewed mostly by themselves. I did the casing for the elastic and the hem at the bottom. And yes, you guessed it, the fabric is from Goodwill and these shorts cost less than a dollar. PJ shorts make more sense in AZ. On Sunday Sept. 19th it was 108 degrees for the high. What the hell?

I knitted this ball. It was a no-brainer which is nice because I could pick it up any time during the day and work on it. I am making a few presents for Christmas this year to save money and use up yarn and to keep myself from dying of boredom. This is for Elliott. I am going to put a bell on the inside so it jingles. A lot of the things I am making now I can't show because they are Christmas presents and the kids look at this blog. I also crocheted something for mom for her b-day and I can't show that.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


So here is my first post. Since I'm not good for anything but knitting, it takes me a while longer to post than yous guys. Anyways, I finally finished these like 5 minutes ago. I really liked this pattern, so I decided to do it, even though Twilight is lame. These are the mittens that Bella wears in the movie. Cute, huh? I love how far up the arm they come cause I always get cold right there.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A few things

Ok, so I did a few small things. Sometimes it's nice to have something that will be done quickly. Instant gratification.

These are Andy's birthday pajama pants. I had a really hard time finding fun fabric that wouldn't look, shall we say--flamboyantly feminine--and really even what I picked crosses some sort of line. But they work for pajama pants. Pajama pants are really easy to make and anyone wanting to learn to sew or to branch out just a little in their crafting world should try pajama pants. Just make sure you buy the patterns when they're 99 cents, because really why wouldn't you?

Next is my fabric bracelet which I love. It was really easy to make, really quick and it's really cute. After making the first one and putting on the snaps I realized that you could snap it on both sides so all of my subsequent bracelets will be two-sided so you can flip them and have two bracelets in one. The only problem I forsee with this bracelet is, that they're so easy and fun and fast that I will want to keep making them. I won't wear them and Maddy can only wear so many. So I hope some of my nieces won't mind one for christmas. Although Abe has expressed an interest in a Spider-man one.

This is my knitted bracelet which I hate. Admittedly, it is supposed to be lined and it's not, but I am not sure I want to put forth the effort. I don't like the design, it looks messy and it's just not as cute as the fabric one. I have found some other knitted/crocheted patterns I want to try before I give it up altogether but this pattern won't be repeated. Maddy really likes it though.

And my candy corn. I really like Halloween. Really. I think I mixed up the colors on this candy corn though. I think it's supposed to be the yellow at the bottom but it's still really cute. I am having a hard time this year because Halloween is on a Sunday and unfortunately outside of Utah that doesn't mean that it is automatically moved to a Saturday. Plus, Maddy is not allowed to wear a costume to school because 6th graders are too old. What a bunch of BS! So anyway our plan is to have a fun Halloween party/treasure hunt here at home, so I am trying to come up with ideas for it. I thought it would be easy to turn this into a pouch of some sort to hold candy but for now it's just a decoration.

Maddy made two Origami things she would like to share. The first one is a bunny. It looks like it belongs in one of the japanese anime movies as one of their animal charaters. And the other thing I won't name right because it's a long name (and she's not here right now) but we'll call it bowl/file/candy dish thingy.