Monthly Archives: August 2011

Fare thee well…

Well, finally, after six weeks of having absolutely NO ENERGY (for a very good reason of a little bean growing in my belly) , I managed to get this craft finished before my dear friend left.

My absolute number one dislike about army is good-byes.  There is just no easy way to do it.  My friend that just left moved here about the same time as me.  She lived six houses down from me.  Her husband and mine were gone the exact same time.  Her son is two weeks older than mine.  We were each other’s wife for a year.  We explored much of Washington together.  With this last fact, I felt it only appropriate to send her son off with a book of Washington.

I had a great time reminiscing over our last few years together as I looked through my photos to choose which ones to use.  It was crazy to see how much the boys had grown from when they were 5 months, and how much of Washington we actually explored together. I did include a few places that were very Washington that we didn’t see together, but that’s ok!I used the wonderful fabric you can print on for the pictures and the kids and I had fun looking for “Washington” fabrics to use.  I love the umbrellas!The edges still look a little rough here but after some washes and use, they will fray nicely and not be shedding all the time.  

Here’s Boyce giving his buddy one last hug.  We’re going to miss you!


Sailor Knot Headband

Now crafty friends, let’s be honest: do you make everything for gifts only to find the recipients don’t think it’s as cool as the 3 days and 14 hours you put into it? Do they never wear/use/play with your gift? Do you sometime feel unappreciated?

I am super blessed with awesome family. When a chance comes around to give them something I make, I get really excited because I know they’ll love what I made them, even if it didn’t turn out how I wanted or if there are mistakes or it doesn’t quite fit (or all of the above).

It was my sister-in-laws birthday this past week and she’s a gem. She loves tiny things, turquoise things, and pretty [not-so-practical] things, which is so endearing. I found this tutorial on one of the many blogs I watch and she immediately came to mind. Really easy, totally functional, and doesn’t hurt your head: sailor knot nautical headband.

I hope you are mesmerized by the cute headband and not disgusted by how dirty my hair is…

Not a very focused picture, but you get the idea. So nice to have the hair tie to connect it – it doesn’t hurt your head after a whole day like every other headband in the world. A sewing machine is helpful but not necessary for this project.

I still love shopping for gifts, but I think all gifts should be supplemented with something straight from the giver’s hands. If you’re related to me and hate homemade things…so sorry.

No Cash Wallet

I made this little wallet to match my purse I made earlier and loved it because it was an easy and fast project. It’s from Bend-the-Rules Sewing, which has easy to follow instructions.

I popped it out in less than an hour and put in my credit cards…didn’t fit. Well shoot.

And as life always has it, when I made the second version, thinking I learned from all of my previous mistakes, it took twice as long and still has several mistakes.

God keeps us humble, right?

Nonetheless, here we have it! It’s lined with some interfacing to make it stiffer, and I learned how to hand sew the little clasp. Best part is that my credit cards actually fit in it now!



Flour Sack Hat

Finally picked up the ol’ knitting needles again and made this little flour sack hat for an expecting friend due in the fall. It’s 0-3 months so my son’s head didn’t suffice as a model.

Enter: cabbage patch. What a great and not at all creepy model!

Really fun and easy hat from Baby Beanies: Happy Hats to Knit for Little Heads. KSam did you finish the one you started?

The only not-so-beginner thing about it is the 3-needle bind-off, which is what makes it straight at the top. The little “ears” are created by tying some yarn around the corners.

I’m feeling a baby hat knitting binge about to happen as the weather cools down (someday?) so more to come.