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more baby booties


I made another pair of booties this week. I found this fabric when I purchased the fabric for the tree skirt and I just had to get some! I have a feeling that I will be making a few more pairs because it is just too cute. These little monsters will hopefully ward off those that typically live in closets. Safe, cute and warm. I have a couple other newer postings as well, including the Bianca scarf (a white version of the Brooklyn) and an upcycled polish star ornament.

Tater Tot has been a cuddlebug as of late. I think most of it has to do with the change in weather, but it could also be that she is at a point where she feels more comfortable with us. She has been snoozing in sleeping bags, on top of our coats, underneath the covers and anywhere she can get. I had extra fabric from the tree skirt and decided to make her a dog blanket. Now she is cuddled-up on the couch, wrapped in a sleeping bag and dog blanket. I need to take photos yet and when I do, I will post them.


Christmas Tree Decorations


Our pile of presents under the tree, mostly courtesy of our parents. Plaid tree skirt made by me.

Star ornament from Ten Thousand Villages

One of the Polish Star/Porcupine Ball/Sea Urchin ornaments. I made four of them. 

They are made from upcycled catalog pages.
Looking at all of it together, it looks like I have a rustic Christmas theme.
Peeking out.

These ornaments have been fun to make. I may continue to make them for gifts and continued use throughout the year.

amigurumi giraffe: progress post 3

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Last weekend, we went to a local coffee shop to spend some time. I sewed on the appendages to the giraffe. Just the eyes, nose, spots and clean-up to go before she is completed.

Baby Booties


As I had posted earlier, my sewing machine had kept jamming. Tonight, Ryan and I performed surgery on it to fix it. I don't know what the part was called, but it was loose and so it caused another part to scrape away the plastic of the case and then get stuck in it. Thankfully, the surgery worked and I was able to sew once again!

Once fixed, I was able to finish off a couple pair of kimono-style baby booties. Eventually I would like to add more embellishments to them, but for now I enjoy the simplicity. The first are a pair of Baby's First Christmas Booties and the second are Yellow and White Plaid Booties.

Christmas Crafts


Yesterday, I had decided that I would make something new for my shop. Unfortunately, this is the day my sewing machine decided to jam and after a couple frustrating hours, I decided to leave it be. My next craft I tackled was much more successful.

I had been admiring these polish star/sea urchin ornaments for some time but could not quite justify the expense of buying one (let alone enough for my tree). I scoured the internet for directions to make my own. The first that I happened upon was from a Disney Fun site of which I could not make sense. I chalked it up to being a difficult craft. Then, I happened upon this YouTube video that explained it so well:

After watching this video, I successfully completed my first polish star ornament on Sunday.

After I had cut out 12 circles and cut 8 wedges out of each.

The stars after folding and gluing the segments around a pencil tip. 

Stacked up

Pulled tight into an ornament.
They seem fabulous! I now have two of them and hope to make a third tonight.

the Brooklyn

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During our trip to NYC and Brooklyn a couple of weekends ago, I started work on a new, thinner scarf. Here are a few photos of it. Tater was also a good sport and let me try it on her as well. How good it is to have pet pals!

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