Monday, December 27, 2010

Xmas gifts I couldn't post... till now

My boy is wearing his hat, though I was distracting him from watching his new Elmo DVD his Nana sent, so he was not too pleased... here's a few images of gifts I made this year:
Silas' Panda Hat

New color scheme for the Owl Hat... Purple Pear!

A few Freyja Fingerlass Gloves went out...

A cute set of Retro Dishcloths

and a Beehive and Bear Potholder set... There are others, but I haven't finished them, sorry folks! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

oh... that wasn't enough pictures for you? see more on my Flickr

Friday, December 10, 2010

Felt Penguin and lots-o-crochet

Although I have too many felt project lined up, I just bought this pattern last night and HAD to make them right away! The pattern was very easy to follow and I made these two "baby penguins" in about and hour and a half. I really need to start using wool felt though, acrylic pulls apart far too easily on these tiny pieces (these guys are only about 2" tall). With a clip attached to the bottom, these would make a great ornament!

The Frejya Fingerless Glove gets an upgrade...
I lengthened the shell stitches, switched up my hook size and changed up the part going up the arm a bit... which I can make in any length *hint, hint*
This pair was a custom order a friend asked me to make for her because her hands get cold at work while she types... good idea! She asked for them in November and I am just now getting them to her... ugh! In my defense, Silas is now on his third round of antibiotics for his ear infection... so the little guy has been extra needy, and not sleeping well. We are just keeping out fingers crossed that this time it clears up so we don't have to resort to having tubes put in, yikes!

These hats may be getting old by now, but they are selling... so I keep making them. This color scheme I have now made in every size, newborn right up to this adult size hat. And since I designed it for a little girl named Sophia, that is now what this set of colors will be called... Sophia... fitting I think.

This was another custom order but from an order through Etsy. I had fun making this one since it was so bright and cheerful! This is another adult size hat. More adults want this hat for themselves it seems! haha.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Owl hats for the whole Family

Yes, more hats. This is not for Zac, but I did plead with him to model it for me. And it got me a new order for one just like it! This was a custom order for a friend in Navada. I'm now getting more adult hat orders than baby or child hats!
I LOVE the colors in this one. Perfect for a guy, but I actually made it for a girl. She'll soon be hitting the Tahoe slopes in it =] Jealous!!!

And I'm pleased to share my new toddler scarf design! I just put it together yesterday afternoon and I'm in love with the design. I really want to make a wider one for an adult...
This is also a custom order for a friend here in Germany in size 3-6 months. I re-made this hat 3 times to get it right!!! But the bright side is that I ended up with a hat that will fit a new born in the process, and I actually wrote down the pattern for this size, and for the new born size, so I don't make the same mistakes again. Ugh!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Things are selling on Etsy!

First up are these baby shoes. I had to improvise on the size because I usually make 6-12 month slippers, but these are for a baby that was born in October, so I found the applicable size, and altered my pattern, hope they fit! They are lined inside with fleece and flannel on the back and on the sole. Ho ho ho little Niko!
I also sold my first pair of these in the 6-12 month size on my Etsy shop this week for the first time too! Yay!

And for the owl hats... I decided the eyes with the off center pupil are way better, so all the new hats are getting these now. Here's a hat for 5 year old Hallie, who's a bit of a tomboy... not too girly I hope.

And this is for Niko's older sister Sophia, 3 years old and girly as they come.
I'm nearly finished with another hat with this same color scheme and have 2 more orders, also with these colors! Ranging from 3-6 months all the way to an adult sized hat... it's a popular color combo!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Motivated to finish projects: a good feeling!

I've been in lazy mode the past few weeks, but this week for some reason I have fire under my buns! I have started a bunch of new projects and am proud to show the ones I finished this week. I'm always inspired to get moving on projects for Sew and Tell Fridays over at Amylouwho's wonderful blog.

First off, a brand new hat... new size, new yarn, new eyes... just finished this today! (Guess this is crochet and tell, but I think it still counts)
This is the first 3-6 month size hat I've made. It's quite small and is made to fit on a 14"-17" head. I just bought the yellow yarn at the shop the other day. I had already finished up most of the hat when I bought it, otherwise I may have added it into the rows as well, it's very mellow yellow and yummy, I can foresee it being the beak on most hats from now on at the very least. Also, I had an idea about making the eyes with an off-centered pupil, which worked great, but I had to make the white of the eye stand out this time since it was on a white hat, so this little girl gets eye liner, haha! It will be up in my NEW ETSY SHOP very soon =] (more on that further down)

Last night I finished my third hat like this. It's the first one to sell off my new Etsy store I opened last month, I also sold one to a friend, Kim, for her 1 year old daughter, so I made two of these this week!

The same friend who ordered the owl hat, asked me to make a Jack Skellington hat for her son. A little late for Halloween, but it's not for that, it's just because it's his favorite movie, he's got good taste! I finished both hats for Kim last night.

I made another hooded towel for Silas, this time with a bigger hood he can grow into a bit. I love this new striped towel from Martha Stuart, it's perfect for my boy! I love how easy and quick these towels are, although this time I used the hand towel length wise so it would be big... because he really will be a big boy before I know it... boo!

Another thing I've been procrastinating on posting is my inevitable dive into selling on Etsy. Remember my post about a new obsession with cuckoo clocks? Well I wasn't happy with using "Cheerio Chicken" anymore, I don't even like chickens... So I thought I would go a different route with using cuckoo in some way, keeping with the "Black Forrist" theme I already have going. About a month of deliberation and a random phone call to my sister and I got "Cuckoo Kinder", and it all came together. Anyone have a good place to get garment labels made?
I made the logo using mostly the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator, and a lot of inspiration from found cuckoo clock images. Now I am thinking of turning the bird into an owl though since my specialty is the owl hat... (also, I just added a link to my store so if you need a darling hat... adult sizes are on their way... go check it out, though it's sparse at the moment since all hats I'm currently making are special orders)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Re-purposed Toddler Scarf Tutorial

Yes, he's that big now, it's insane, I know... And with this rapid growth, comes a new nightmare: molars. These painfully slow growing teeth are creating more drool than ever. Now I know why so many German babies wear these scarves. Silas will not wear a bib, but he'll wear one of these all day without even one tug. And it's getting really cold out, so bonus on the duel functioning up-cycled scarf! Here's how to make your own:

I used an old thermal shirt, but any knit shirt will do.

The shape you need. Print this without scaling (do not fit to page), it should be the right size.

1- Fold shirt so you do not have a seam going through your scarf and cut out 1 template shape.
2- Choose a backing fabric and cut same shape. (I used flannel for extra warmth, another knit or fleece would also work here)

3- Place right sides together, pin around. I mark where I do not want to sew because I tend to leave an opening that's too small if I don't. Sew around with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a 2-3" opening for turning.

4- Turn, shape and iron flat.
5- Top stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance

6- Grab about 1" strip of hook and loop (aka velcro) and some Wonder tape (if you so choose)
7- Stick your hook and loop strips on, one on the front side of your scarf, the other on the back side.
8- Stitch around and diagonal. Trim the corners so they don't poke your little one's neck.

Super simple and totally reversible! These would be very easy to personalize with a stenciled or appliqu├ęd letter or symbol. Here's to warm necks and dry chests!

You're welcome =]

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sizing up

I'm having trouble making this hat in the next size up... So Silas gets to wear his old hat from spring still. It's snug, but fits alright. We have a handy balcony sandbox for the rainy days... Silas loves it! (But lugging a 50lb bag of sand up stair while carrying a 28lb boy was really tough)

And tonight, I made a super warm pair of slippers for Silas. totally lined with fleece! Baby shoes are back in business people. I have a new motivation for making them... I now have an etsy store! Well, It's not open yet, but I saved the name and all... so, not much longer now and you too can have snuggly toasty baby feet, amongst other items for your munchkin!
Also new: Leather toes! This keeps the fabric from getting wholes, and it's real leather... super soft!

These are going to the A&E this month... but honestly, I won't mind if they don't sell! And If they do, well, I have the pattern, I can make LOTS more =]

Frejya Fingerless Gloves

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ophelia Owl Hat

This is my favorite combo so far...

This has dark grey and light grey... though it's hard to tell in the photos

I'm having trouble articulating certain parts of this pattern so it makes sense in words without a thousand photos. Not sure how long it will take me to make a comprehensive pattern here... hrmmm... Also, I decided on Ophelia for the girl hat, but not sure about the boy version... Oliver, Olaf, Otto, Oscar... any votes? any other options?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Making things once again

Hold the press... I also started making stuff again. I'm planning to sell things at the Art & Espresso at the Swabian Inn Oct 14-16th, so I figured I better bust my buns, or my hands rather, heh. This is one of three nursing covers I made this week. (the others are double sided!)
And I'm making Owl hats again! I've altered the old pattern, that I never finished, a bit and took more photos. I decided to crochet eyes rather than sew on buttons that can become a choking hazard, Silas pulled one of his nearly off the other day but I cut it loose before tragedy struck. I should be able to have a hard copy of a pattern with two sizes at least, by the end of the month. I just finished this guy today and am already over half way done with another in a different color scheme. I really love these hats!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Travel Chair Sling

Really, I don't know what to call this contraption, other than awesome! Chair converter, travel chair sling or strap??? Any thoughts... Well, this was very high on my "sewing for Barcelona" priority list... and what I did ALL day yesterday, in between playing with and feeding Silas of course.

I had this idea to make a cloth chair strap, so I google it and came up with a bunch of cloth sleeves for chairs like this and this, both of which I like, but thought they may not fit on EVERY chair... Then I found a pattern that I almost bought, but $11 just for the pattern seemed steep, so I looked at the details and came up with an adjustable style of my own, easy to sew of course.

Luckily, I just received this set of Riley Blake My Minds Eye fabrics, which were perfect for this project.

Silas thinks it's really neat to sit in a chair... So this will be fun for him AND useful for us on our vacation.

It adjusts easily to different heights on the chest and chair back. That first photo has the belt up higher on his chest, which is MUCH better than in this photo where it's more down around his waist, but this can work too for a not-so-squirmy-baby, if there is such a thing.

A note about the belt... I was planning on jut sewing it over the front of the seat, so it was all attached, but was unhappy with the alignment on the two halves of the fabric, so this was my solution to "hide" that. I am torn between wanting to make the next one (because there will be more of these) the same way, so that all the pieces come apart for easy washing, or going back to my original plan and sewing the belt to the chair piece... hrmmm, that's up in the air.

So the size is PERFECT for traveling. It rolls up to be stuffed into our backpack (the Deuter Kid Comfort II that we just recently won on Unroll and slip it over the back of the chair. I used quilt batting in between the two fabrics for the seat which I am really happy with.

The monkey cooperated much better for these photos... I added loops at the back to slide the belt through before tying it around the back of the chair because without them, Silas can turn around and wiggle himself up and out pretty easily.

So, after setting baby down on the chair, run the belt through the loops and around to the back side where there are more loops to choose from for the right sizing... tie and you're good to go... hopefully for a whole meal!

Details... The sizing can also be altered on the back for these belt loops and the velcro keeps it from slipping out AND I sewed on this fabric strip to wrap around the whole thing when you're all done.

I still have ONE more thing to add, a non-slip bottom...

I was going to sew a strip of this fabric straight across the bottom when I was putting the binding on (this was my first attempt at binding, so I know it's not the greatest, but I'm learning), but thought this would go with the fabric better and they are near impossible to sew with the machine because they stick so well, So I have to stitch them on by hand.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Baby Slippers + The Towel Bib

I've been doing everything except blogging... All my internet time has been devoted to searching for a place to stay in Barcelona for July because right after Zac gets back we're flying there for a week! Booya! So, the rest of my time (Silas' few naps he's willing to take these days) has been spent either in the sun or sewing a little. Luckily baby slippers only take two hours or so... I can finish one pair in a day! haha. These are the newest pair...

These two already found their way to the shop... and more ARE on their way, when, who knows... but they will get there eventually.

I love this fabric Christy, Zac's mom, sent... it's for my Alphabet quilt, which is another "back burner project" at the moment... Silas won't know his ABC's for a while yet... I have time, right?

On to other sewing projects... I copied a bib someone gave to that looked like a little tuxedo (Kelly?) that fits over Silas like a shirt because it's the only bib he's not obsessed with trying to pull off. So, my rendition is reversible! I took all the photos to make a tutorial for this miracle bib... but I have the baby shoe tutorial to write up first... so anyone wanting it may have to wait a while.
Front with fork and spoon has a "food pocket" at the bottom. Then turn it inside out, un-snap the pocket... and voila... an apron for messy projects with a toddler... eh? Silas doesn't mind wearing it, that's the miracle part of it all =]

He want to feed himself much more now and finding foods he won't squish in his hands and can be picked up easily is tough. Here he's eating black eye peas and green been, both of which, surprisingly, he likes. Then he's there attempting to feed himself, notice the empty bowl... he typically throws it on the ground right after doing this, maybe he's frustrated that he can't actually get the food from the bowl to his mouth yet...