Sunday, March 26, 2017

Marbled Magnets

Hello!  Yes, yes, I'm still alive.  I've just not been crafting or blogging or even reading very much...I can't say that I've been doing much of anything lately.  So this thing here that I'm showing you was done for Christmas....3 months ago.  Argh.  

So...remember when I took that second marbling class?  I made more bookmarks for the little free library with some of that paper and then I also made little tiny magnets.  I got the idea from Consumer Crafts and did a little bit more research via Pinterest to decide on the best method.  One place suggested Diamond Glaze and I bought that, but then realized that it wasn't what I wanted to use to adhere the magnets to the glass tiles.  I used some of the E-6000 stuff and probably gave myself lung cancer in the process.  That stuff is so smelly and I'm sure I wasn't well-ventilated because it was winter in Minnesota.  I bought all of my supplies on Etsy from this seller.  They had everything I needed, so that worked out.  

Anyway, so here are the end results.  The lighting is not great, because I finished at night and had to pack everything up to ship off the next day.
These were little boxes of magnets that I gave away to the girls' teachers.  I never know what to give as teacher gifts.
The bigger boxes, which fit about six magnets, were sent off to friends and family.  
The idea was to find little tin boxes so that the magnets would stay put during shipping.  Unfortunately, I could not find any locally and could not find any cheap enough online that I liked.  So I went to the dollar store and picked up six packs of gift boxes.  Then I got some stupid idea to use magnetic tape.  It really wasn't strong enough, so I'm assuming that when everyone opened their boxes the magnets were all stuck together and chaotic.  Oh well.

I have a bunch still that did not get given away, so that's good to have a little present stash on reserve.  I just need to remember that I have it.  

Monday, December 5, 2016

Bathroom Fixtures

I haven't forgotten about that dollhouse.  It's still a work in progress, but I recently found some very cheap bathroom fixtures for two bucks a piece...a toilet, a bathtub, and a sink.  Progress.

All three fixtures in the bathroom space in the dollhouse proved to be a tight fit:

I never know if things will be the right size when I am out and about, but my little model doll demonstrates that these are to scale.
The toilet has a lid and a seat, but they fell off, so this gal just sat on a cold rim.  Yuck!
The bathtub is missing a fixture, but for $2.00, I did not mind.  It's a nice little set and will work nicely when the house is finished.  

I would also like to point out that my ironing board (blue dot fabric) is looking pretty nasty.  Sorry about that -- I did not mean to assault your eyeballs.  I should probably learn to just make a new cover.  You know...just add that to my list of junk to do.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Belated Marbling Post

Hello!  In early October (I think -- it's been so long!) I took another marbling class at the Textile Center.  The last time I took it, I was pregnant and couldn't do the alum spray, so this time I had the full participation experience.  I seriously love marbling...most things come out so nice.  Anyway, here are the end results...


There was some map paper to marble and that turned out kind of interesting:

But my absolute favorite thing to marble is sheet music:

There was one piece of fabric that came out well:
Of course there was some green sludge in my tray and that appeared on the fabric.  Another piece of cotton had some air bubbles, so it's not perfect:

I have a bunch of other stuff that came out kind of ugly:

Meh.  I don't know.  I also marble a piece of ribbon and a piece of leather, but I haven't taken pictures of them yet.  I would love to set up my own marbling station in my house, but I have a feeling that I would make a major mess.

So what should I make with all of this?  I was thinking some more bookmarks for my little free library.  I don't know what else.

Monday, October 24, 2016


So this year, we have Jessie from Toy Story and a dinosaur.
Jessie was pretty easy.  The white shirt was painted yellow, edged with ric-rac, and then a little sequin loopty-loo.  The red hat was from the dollar store.  I punched holes all around the edge and then wove cording through them.
The red braid was first attached to the hat with tape, but that caught her hair, so I attached it to her real ponytail.  She wore it to a birthday party for two hours straight and it held up, so that's good.  Of course, in this photo I forgot to put a little yellow ribbon at the end of the braid.

As for the dinosaur, she wanted to be an orange dino, so I ordered matching pants and sweatshirt.  She wears a size 2 and they were a size 2-3, but they were way too big, so I had to hem the bottoms.  I just folded the cuffs up and tacked them down, but I was crunched for time and that was a bit of a pain.  

I found the pattern from this website.  
She was a little bit scared of it and was pretty reluctant to wear it for more than 10 minutes.  We'll see how she does on Halloween night.  Candy is a pretty big motivator.

And from the back:

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Rainbow Dancing Skirt

I mentioned earlier this week that I have some rainbow fabric.  There's one piece that I'm thinking of making into the skirt part of a long dress and then I had another 19" piece.  I decided to make that smaller piece into a long skirt for Z.  I didn't bother trimming it any shorter and it's super long, which makes me wonder how long the skirt of the dress will be??  We'll see.
Like I said, it's super long.  I used a free Oliver and S pattern called the Lazy Days Skirt.    The only thing I changed was the hem.  Instead of sticking a ribbon on it, I serged the edge, turned it to the inside, and gave it a narrow hem.  
I may chop off about two inches...or three?  It seems just a tad long.  
I love her little dances and this is my favorite photo from our little morning photo shoot:
It was a very quick sew.  It probably took way less than an hour, perhaps even 30 minutes.  Time tends to get lost in my craft room when I sit and ponder ribbons and threads and fabrics.

Did I mention that it's long?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


My craft room acts as the repository for all things that are broken.  It's so sad.  Things go in there and they never get fixed.  They just get moved in, piled up, and then hidden by half-made projects.  I had a few hours to myself on Saturday so I decided to gather some things up and fixed them.  There's no after picture.  Just the before.  Three broken things.  A fourth went undocumented, but it was a pink bunny with a busted neck.
The umbrella broke like five years ago.  It was an easy fix, so I'm glad I didn't throw that out.  I hate throwing things out.  The broom broke around May.  I lost the handle for a bit, but it all worked out - just a bit of hot glue in the hole.  And that little bear was my husband's bear when he was a small boy. Miss Trix loves it and she started pulling the stuffing out of his head when he got a tear.  He was looking a little like Sloth before I sewed him up.
As I was repairing him, I thought he kind of looks like Corduroy and that I should make him some green overalls.  Ugh.  As if I need another project.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Maxi Dress

Most of the dresses I had for Miss Z at the start of the summer were standard 4T dresses that were sort of baby-dollish and just to the knee, which caused her to throw a fit every time we tried to get her to wear one.  Not because she doesn't like to wear dresses, but because the dresses were not long enough.  She wanted them down to the floor.  She likes to feel fancy and to dance around in long flowing dresses.  She also likes to feel like a princess and princesses wear long dresses, don't cha know.*

So I've been on the lookout for long dresses all summer.  I found a bunch at yard sales, but they tended to be size 5 or higher.  They're a little big, but they do the job.  And then I bought two patterns by The Simple Life Company.  I bought Mia's Tieback Dress and Molly's Scoop Collar and Pintuck Dress.  I bought them both in early July, I think, and I just finished one of them last night.  I'm so slow lately.

The goal was to make one of them out of this rainbow fabric from the Textile Center's 2016 Garage Sale.
Unfortunately, according to the pattern directions, the pieces of it did not really work for the maxi dress.  Balls.  So I went rooting around in my stash and found a perfect piece of fabric.  The bottom one with the blue/green circles.  I bought that at the 2015 Textile Center Garage Sale.  I have a lot of fabric.
I had enough white to make bias strips and the waist band and some light aqua for the bodice and lining.  The white and aqua are pure cotton, but the circle fabric is a blend of some kind.  Makes ironing after a wash a little bit easier.**

Here are the three colors up close.
 And here is the finished Tie Back dress:
It seems to be less puffy if you compare it to the pictures on the website.  A lot of those pictures are for the banded dress, though, and I opted not to do that because a.) I hate gathering and b.) that much sewing would take me two years instead of two months.

That being said, her range of motion did not seem to be limited by the lack of puffiness, as demonstrated by her dance moves:

You can see a bit of the back in the above photo, but here's a better view:
The whole thing was rather easy to piece together.  I had a hiccup on two pieces of bias tape (I sewed them together, when they needed to be separate) and another hiccup on the elastic (the pattern said it was 5.5 inches, but that made it impossible to work with, so I just marked 5.5 on a longer piece, sewed it in place, then trimmed the excess).  I had a big fat belch when I sewed the skirt to the bodice because I lined up the wrong seams and all the gathers were in the butt area when the pattern clearly said that the butt area would have no gathers.  Did I notice that before I sewed it?  No.  Blah.  Other than those issues, the pattern was really easy.

As for fit, it's perfect.  I'd almost say it's nearly a bit snug, but she's been wearing size 5's and 6's for a month.  I remeasured her after I made it (thinking maybe she'd grown in two months), but I made the right size.  I'm going to make a five next AND I'm going to make a dress with the rainbow fabric.  As it turned out, I chopped off five inches before I sewed the hem.  I really don't think I measured incorrectly (I checked), so The Simple Life Pattern obviously caters to a race of giants.  I don't know if it will be as long -- maybe a midi instead of a maxi -- but she will crap her pants for a rainbow dress.  

I hope she won't take a literal crap in her pants.  Fingers crossed.

*I don't know what possessed me to use the phrase "don't cha know," but I got curious and was informed by Urban Dictionary that this is a Minnesota thing.  Hey!  Look at that!  Does that mean that I am now an official Minnesotan for incorporating that into my language?  Probably not, because I can't quite bring myself to use "you betcha" or "uff da."

**I don't really like to iron kids clothes and tend to stick insanely wrinkled things into the donation bag because I just can't deal with that, but I'll make an exception for things that I have handcrafted.