Oct 102016
 

In the post Zander’s Baby Quilt, I commented that I didn’t have pictures of the Simba and Nala quilt my mother made for Zander. She promptly sent me the pictures she took.

After he unwrapped it, we held it before him and asked if he knew who it was. He flashed a huge, shy smile and said, “Simba.” Later, again smiling, he pointed at the quilt and said, “Lion King.”

I need to stop forgetting my camera. I wish I’d gotten a picture of his reaction to seeing the quilt. It was so adorable.

Oct 032016
 

One of the gifts we brought up to the hospital for our new grandson, Alistair, was this amazing quilt my mother (great-Mammaw) made for him. One of the nurses happened to be in the room when I pulled it out of the bag and she stopped what she was doing to come take a look. The nurse oo’ed and aww’ed, read all the words and helped me hold it up in front of our daughter so she could see the whole thing. The nurse commented on how beautiful it was and my hubby said, “Yeah, her mom is incredibly talented.” The nurse agreed and so did our daughter.

I actually forgot to tell my mother what happened. Bad me!

I love it that the quilt is different, but matches the quilt she made for Zander, our first grandson. The words are so cute!

Sep 262016
 

Apparently, I forgot to post this one. This is the baby quilt my mom made for my grandson, Zander. I love that all the fabrics used in the quilt are fabrics she used to make clothes for my daughter when she was a baby.

I still have all the clothes, except the clothes Zander could wear, and even a couple of outfits she made for me when I was a baby.

I don’t have any pictures of the second quilt she made for Zander, but it was a really cute Simba and Nala quilt. She gave it to him for Christmas and I forgot my camera. 🙁

Zander's Baby Quilt

Jul 112016
 

The flat spiral is the first bracelet I learned how to make, thanks to a friend taking the time to teach me, and what started my jewelry making hobby. Over the years, I’ve posted many pictures of the flat spiral bracelets I’ve made, still my favorite design for a quick and easy gift, but I’ve never posted a tutorial.

Like I said in my last craft post, I’ve toyed with making my own tutorials, but there are already so many out there with better production quality than I could manage. Maybe if I come up with more of my own designs I’ll have something new to add. Until then, Beading4perfectionists has a great tutorial for the flat spiral.

I still have several flat spiral bracelets left if anyone is looking for a quick gift. If you’d like to buy one, use the contact page and let me know.

I have other designs as well. If you’re local, let me know if you’d like to drop by and take a look.

Jun 272016
 

I made a bookmark for my mother-in-law for Christmas, but I forgot to take a picture of it. I’m not sure why, but I forget to take pictures of over half the things I make for her. I made it from frosted clear seed beads with pink and purple silver-lined seed bead hearts. She’s commented several times on how much she likes it, so I decided to make one for myself.

The little slip of paper I have been using for a bookmark is so worn it feels like cloth, so I’ve been needing a new one. All my other bookmarks are in use holding my place in non-fiction books. I have a habit of putting bookmarks to hold places I might need to reread for research. Using sticky notes would make more sense, but I never seem to have any when I need them. Besides, making sense is banned in this household.

Beaded BookmarkI decided to use square stitch over peyote stitch because it bends nicely where it sticks out of the top of the book. I find making my own patterns easier with square stitch anyway.

I was going to make it about the size of a normal bookmark, but instead made it the width and length I would have made a bracelet. So, if I ever decide to, I can turn it into a bracelet by adding a clasp.

All the beads are Czech round seed beads that I had in abundance. The pattern is simple and I felt a little lazy not coming up with something more creative, but I can always make another one. I have a few patterns I’ve been dying to try, I just need to get the right colors.  

The great thing about this project, you can make it as wide and long as you like. You can have a skinny bookmark as long as a book, a super wide, chunky bookmark or any combination. My bookmark is 20 seed beads wide and about 62 rows long because that’s the size I made the last square stitch bracelet. 

I’ve included some YouTube videos on the square stitch and how to decrease. I’ve thought about making my own videos, but there are already so many great instructional videos, I don’t think I could add anything to what’s already available.

I’m too shy anyway. 😛

If you have any questions, feel free to comment or use the contact page to get in touch with me directly.

Jun 202016
 

My mom surprised my hubby with this gorgeous lap quilt for his birthday. His jaw dropped when he saw all the incredible stitching that went into it. He spread it out on the floor and kept discovering something he hadn’t seen before.

Later, he placed it on his lap and I’d find him looking at it until his cat, Mirage, jumped in his lap and curled up in the middle of it.

Hubby's Lap Quilt - Front

I still have light issues inside, so I did the best I could with the pictures. It’s extremely detailed.

And of course, Mister Underfoot has already claimed it. Taking pictures without him in the middle was quite the feat, as usual. 

Hubby's Lap Quilt - Claimed

He wasn’t very happy when I made him move so I could pick it up off the floor. I hung it over the back of a chair and he’s currently curled up in the chair pouting. 

I posted pictures of the whole front and back sides, so you can see more detail. 

If you have any questions, feel free to comment and I’m sure my mother will answer. 

Jun 122016
 

Another quilt my mother made for my daughter. I found it under all the sheets in the linen closet and took a quick, terrible picture with my phone before returning it to my daughter. We were in a hurry so I didn’t make sure the pictures came out. Mistake. Maybe I can get her to take some better pictures of it sometime.

My daughter was still using this quilt until she moved out.  She was pretty happy when I gave it back to her.

Arrow-Quilt

Jun 062016
 

This is my first try at a ring. I didn’t follow any patterns even though I think I pinned a ton of them. I was just playing around with the wire to see what I could do and this is the result.

I’ve had these magnetic hematite beads sitting in my bead box for years now all stuck together. I’d play with them every once in a while because magnetism is fun, but I never came up with something to do with them until now.

It’s not perfect, but I like it. I might have to come up with pieces to match now.

hematite-ring

May 102016
 

I wanted to do something special for my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day this year. She loves things that are handmade, so I’ve beaded and crocheted gifts for her in the past. This year, I decided to do something a little… less simple.

I poured through both patterns I had and patterns I’d collected online, but I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. I did find something I could modify to incorporate a focal piece I’d been saving specifically for her.

This Rojo Necklace from Beads Magic was the basis for my design. I didn’t change it much, but just enough that I could add the focal in the center.

The whitish and clearish looking beads are Malaysia Jade and the pink drop in the center is pink dyed howlite, I believe. The rest are Czech silver lined seed beads.

I’m not a fan of pink myself, but I was pleased with final product. I’m calling the modified necklace design Beth, after my mother-in-law.

If you’d like to duplicate this design, most of the pattern is the Rojo Necklace. If you need a hand with the modifications, comment on this post, use the contact page or drop me an email and I will do my best to help.

Apr 112016
 

My mom has been busy, as usual. She’s been turning old t-shirts into yarn and crocheting rugs. I’ve been toying with doing something similar with some old pants, we only have a few old t-shirts, but I didn’t know exactly how I wanted to tackle it until now.

I searched YouTube for examples of how to make continuous t-shirt yarn and how to change colors without huge knots. I don’t know if this is the way my mom did it, but this is what I’m planning on doing. It looks like the same process will work with old khakis and jeans, so I’m going to try my hand at an old pants rug as soon as I finish a couple other projects. Sadly, all I have is the khakis and jeans, so I don’t have different colors to work with. Maybe I should play with dying some, too?

Pictured is the beautiful rug Mom made for me. Now I just need to go pick it up.

crochet shirt rug

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