Saturday, March 28, 2015

American Girl Flip Room

This isn't done yet, but it's coming along.  Please don't mind that Samantha's hat doesn't "go" with her outfit.  I was just trying on to see if it fit. The kitchen chairs are the BEST find of my neighbor!  For Christmas we both received (neighbor gifts) the metal thing with ceramic insert.  Well, remove the ceramic, and Sam slips right in and it's better than her sitting precariously on a flat chair!  I just need a better table.  Updates to follow!

Bread products are made out of salt dough.  Mini Oreos were made by sandwiching a white flat button between two black ones.  Cotton candy was colored with ground up street chalk on batting glued to sucker sticks.  Birthday cake is out of a sponge.  Clear plastic cups that are glued together were from Dollar Store.

It's not Grace's sweet shop, but it also didn't cost $500.  Total including fabric, shoes, walls, wall paper, clay, and puffy paint, etc., is about up to $30.  $1.67 in leopard print made a maxi skirt and pants.  Shoes are from Hobby Lobby (4.99 full price) minus a 40% coupon.

This item below is a perfect chair - remove the ceramic insert.  Doll sits perfectly.

This is a work in progress


The half body has a machine embroidered face on it from  And the face on the fabric was quickly drawn with permanent markers, 
This doll turned out a bit homely. 

This dolly has a box from Michael's as her room.  Her bed is a piece of poster board with medicine bottle lids glued on for legs.  The table is a top of a water bottle with edges melted a bit and a lid to Lysol wipes for the table top.  Lamp is again a solar lamp from the Dollar Tree with a tea light replacing the solar light.  To keep the box from falling flat open, I hot glued ribbons and buttons to hold it straight up.  This doll is crocheted from this pattern:   Her little jeans have a faux fly.  Hair was easy to just crochet straight onto the head - no need to make a separate wig.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring has sprung

Dollar Tree decoration. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

American Girl Sewing

I guess I never got over my love of dolls. Now that I have a granddaughter, I can indulge in play without embarrassment.  When the big box patterns went on sale , I grabbed a couple American Girl patterns. Finally I whipped up a few out of scraps. Nice that you don't have to tweak around to make stuff fit!  It's just perfect. I used an old t-shirt for jammies and placed pieces so I didn't have to hem. Slippers pattern was from

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dollar store remake

I could not believe my luck when the Dollar Store had green t-shirts!  I grabbed a white one, green one, removed the neck binding, cut them up, reapplied the neck binding.  Hope it looks okay on the little munchkin!  Copied some design I saw on Pinterest a while back.  

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Machine knit gloves

Machine knit mittens

These were done with this Ravelry pattern: on my Brother KH930 knitting machine.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Machine knitting gloves

First attempt. I got to pinky finger and with great difficulty transferred stitches so as to knit finger in the round. Much to my surprise when I was done, I had this!  I did end up with full needle rib instead of a tube. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Machine embroidery luggage tags

Downloaded a luggage tag in the hoop design from  This took me a lot longer than it should have.  First I combined all the stitching color - well, duh, that eliminates the stops to add the backing, etc  And I wanted the clear plastic back as well to slip an address card in if they choose.  These are perfect size to fit in with the gift card in the bride box.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cricut Bride

This was a Cricut design and is perfect to hold a gift card.  Could even be a bit smaller than I made it. 

Starting Christmas in January

Machine Embroidery OESD Christmas Collection 2008.  I just love this little pain in the rear.  It's hours of stitching, but you can set it up and leave it.  I had never done applique before on the machine.  Should have looked for threads to trim BEFORE I washed out the stabilizer.  Putting it together, I'd push a buttonette through and another would come out.  Still not quite sure it's together right.  But I do love it.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Checkers, anyone?

Long sob story involving red sharpies, some spilled bleach, and a little alcohol followed by tea. But good nuf for checkers. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

And yet more quilting

Scarlett's quilt is finished!  I free motioned the pink much more densely, and decided for the strips to just do three squiggly lines down them - and that alone was difficult enough for long strips.  Free motion quilting in blocks of the quilt was much easier for me than doing these long strips. This is it on a king size bed, but her bed is a full size.  And so I tell Scarlett, you call me after you sleep under it one night to tell me how much you love it, okay?  And the dear four-year-old says, What if I don't? 

And the checkerboard table topper is ready for layering and quilting.  On this I used the method I saw on Pinterest to iron pieces onto interfacing and sew rows, and I'm very happy with the results.  My points would have been way off without this method.  All the interfacing I've used comes in 20" width, which is exactly the size I needed to end up as a 16" square.  The diameter of the table is about 35" and it should be much easier to play with free motion quilting on a small size as this.

Monday, December 29, 2014

More quilts

I've sort of been on a quilt kick!  The first of these, red, white and black, started just because Joann's had a flannel sale - even though I had sworn off rag quilts with the last one I made a couple years ago.  That snipping is a killer.  Thinking about it again, it's actually Six's fault.  She started it by making beautiful fall-colored flannel rag quilts for her boys.

And then I saw the flag quilt and decided my brother might like that for Christmas.  So I snipped away.  Seemed to go faster.  This last quilt is for Scarlett and is a full-size quilt for her bed. I plan on free motion quilting the top, and I hope I have the fortitude to do it.  It's awkward to maneuver such a big piece.  The center of the flower was made by piling snips and scraps of all the pieces of fabric between two pieces of water-soluble stabilizer and just stitching nilly-willy.  When it's sufficiently stitched, wash away the stabilizer, and there you have your new fabric.  I downloaded a petal shape from the internet and cut out petals of fabric and interfacing and stitched so the fusible interfacing was on the outside.  I pressed it down to hold firmly in place while I stitched them in place.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Monday, November 03, 2014

Sewing room redo

With a little help from my organizer friend, I managed to get through the fabric.  She suggested rolling all the soft fabrics and stacking in a box.  I can now lay my fingers on any piece of fabric without pulling everything from the shelf and dumping on the floor - my old system.  I love it!  The bookcases are from Target, $17 each.  So nice to have all the books in one place.  The table is Ikea's Norden gateleg table that folds down to about 12 inches!  I put it on casters that I saw on another blog out there - I think it was Cozee.  And for some reason, I added a huge table to the mix and now have way more room than I did without it.  Scarlett has three drawers stocked with craft stuff to keep her busy out there too.  I decided to protect the table with a piece of flannel-backed vinyl cloth I had on hand.  I wish the pictures did it justice.  I'm very happy!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Great Pumpkin

Christmas is Coming

And in this house we knit.  And now I see the mistake!  ah.  Nice.  This was made on the Brother KH930 with the help of instructions on Ravelry.  I plan on a string of these hanging from the mantel, different designs, different sizes.  We'll see what we end up with!  I input the design from Selbuvotten book, designs for gloves or mittens.  And the ball was from the Dollar Store - gaudy, red, ornament that I ripped as much off as possible.  Michael's wanted $4.99 per 5-inch styrofoam ball.  Even with a coupon for 50% off, it's too much.  Really, I'd like to pay less than $1 for a piece of styrofoam!