With a family of 7 we tend to go through cups like toilet paper. No one remembers where they set their glass down , who the cup actually belongs to, or if some certain 3 year old has backwashed in it!

I knew as soon as I saw this on interest that I’d have to give it a try

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Personalized coasters!  Except, being me, I wanted to use what I already had around the house.  Meet fabric personalized coaster!

I took the tutorial from here.  Except I used some old receiving blankets as the middle since i seem to have a plethora of boy colored ones that I have no need for.

I also decided these would be a good project to try some reverse appliqué since I’ve never been brave enough to try it before.  I don’t usually freehand my letters but did this time since I was working on a baby’s nap schedule. You can tell!  And the D did not pop as much as I would have liked, oh well.  They must have been a hit, because I came down this morning to discover them already in use…

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A whole new world

Well, phew.  Time to dust off the blog.  It’s been an incredibly crazy time here and as things have slowed down I’m finally getting back to some crafting.

First of all, let’s take a look at this little cutie that at first has cut out my crafting time.  

While she has taken away some of my crafting time she has given me a whole new reason to craft.  Headbands

Baby legs

And little skirts (added the ruffle from my experience here) …sorry, this is from the phone so it’s a little fuzzy.

(the onsies were a gift from my baby shower)

So stay tuned for more craftiness from me as my little one gradually learns to take naps in her crib!


Potlucking in style

Here are a few gifts I made for some friends.  They were very confused as I handed them to them…

And still confused after they unrolled them

And then I explained that they were insulated casserole carriers that can help you carry your hot dishes to parties in style.  Thanks to the book One Yard Wonders, for yet again another great pattern…


You want to be where everyone knows your name…

Yes, I am still alive.  I’ve just been slightly overwhelmed the last few months.  But with Christmas, 4 birthdays, a move, and completely sewing my baby that is to be here any time’s bedding behind me now, I may actually have time to update!  So, there are many posts that are due, but I will start with some Christmas gifts.

I had a few littles to make some gifts for and what is better than having your name on something.  I started with these letters for E.J. and M.  The green fabric that you see here is really crappy and I hated it.  I wish I had chosen something different. I also wish I had chosen more square corners for my letters because the curves were really hard to do.  But all that aside, these letter pillows turned out pretty cute and thankfully their owners aren’t old enough to inspect them too much!I didn’t think Huc would appreciate such a girly present so I went to my favorite standby, printable fabric.  I printed his name and motorcycle design on the fabric and then simply added a hot wheels fabric (left over from here).  It made for a quick, easy and personalized gift.

And of course, my favorite thing to make, baby blocks for the newest little.


Cup Cozy

As I’ve stated before, I love small projects and when a friend posted this pattern on my Facebook wall, it was a great project to do in an evening (and then some). Plus it doubled as her Christmas present – bonus!ImageImage

She’s a great photographer so she sent me her favorite mug wrapped up in the cozy. I had to do some crochet techniques – chaining and such – but it was fun to finally learn how to do that when usually I just avoid patterns that have any crocheting in them.

ImageYou kind of have to make the cozy based on your own mug since it’s not quite a one-size-fits-all, but thankfully yarn is stretchy and you can fudge it. It fit her mug well enough and is a great gift idea! Thanks, J, for the idea and photos!


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Chai Tea Mason Jar

Maybe this isn’t something to toot about, but why not.

My brother loves the chai latte mixes for the Keurig so I thought for Christmas to make him his own mix instead of spending the $4 per cup (or whatever it costs).

I found the recipe here and mixed it up to put in a cute mason jar, which, in my opinion, can be used for practically anything. Made a label and slapped on some wrapping paper: a great gift, easy, and delicious!


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