A Bag in a Bag in a Bag

So instead of wardrobe building, I spent April purely focusing on my Craft Book Challenge craft: The Origami Bag from Amy Butler’s Style Stitches.

You know how you put small objects in a larger bag and they always seem to fall to bottom corners so you end up digging and digging or dumping the entire contents just to find the darn thing?  Yeah, I was in desperate need of something to solve this problem.

When I take my earrings off before my workout I can throw them in one of these bags and easily retrieve them without a hassle.  I can use the larger ones for toiletries, intimates, electronics, etc.  These bags come in 6 different sizes (extra-small, mini, small, medium, large, extra-large) so there is a size for just about everything.

Because I wanted to use up a little more fabric in the stash I even made a second set which I have hopes to offload to someone in need (or want!) of some catch-all bags.

I still have a few more to complete, but I am so ready to get back to more sewing for the wardrobe.

-Nizzy

A Bag in a Bag in a Bag

Hoodies!

I LOVE Hoodies!  If I could have one in every color I would.  There really isn’t anything that spectacular about them other than I’m always cold so they come in handy.

Source: http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m4261-products-1839.php?page_id=118

A while back I purchased enough sweat suit material to make both the pants and jacket from McCalls 4261.     I made the pants  years ago and the remaining material was recently rediscovered in the stash.  Since I am in “fabric-stash busting mode” this year, it was this fabric’s turn to get used up.

Unfortunately, after resizing the pieces I found that I did not have enough material to make long sleeves.   I solved that problem by cutting them shorter and adjusting the cuffs to fit my bicep.  I also couldn’t find a matching zipper so I used a neutral.  Problems galore, right?

The pattern instructions wanted me to leave the pocket edges and the shoulder piece edges raw and I didn’t want that look so I just top-stitched all the seams on the inside.  Everything else worked out well.  I just wished I cut down some of the seam at the cuff so it’s not so bulky on the inside.

As a bonus, I made the yoga bag.  I haven’t been to yoga in quite some time, but I’d love to take some classes again.  Now, I won’t have hand carry my mat anymore!

-Nizzy

Hoodies!

Another Nomination!

Emilybev nominated Creatively Motivation for a Leibster Award.  Thanks again!  She’s got some really cool crochet projects going on so head on over and check out her stuff!

This time it comes with a different set of questions since Emilybev’s spot is mainly a crochet blog.  Here goes…

1.  What was the first thing you ever crocheted?

The first thing I ever crocheted was (going to be) a blanket.  In the fifth grade I learned how to crochet from a teachers aid I met with after school hours.  I only learned single crochet stitch so you can imagine where that blanket went…nowhere. 

2.  What is your favourite type of food?

I’m a Greedy Gus.  Trying to narrow eating down to one selection?  Impossible.  However, one of my favorite cuisines is Indian.  I love the spices and flavors.

3.  Who is your favorite band/singer?

I couldn’t choose one so I pick both Mint Condition and Linkin Park.  I know, always breaking the rules.

4.  Summer or Winter?

SUMMER!  I find it easier to cool off than it is to stay warm.

5.  What is the main purpose of your blog?

The main purpose of my blog is to share my projects so that I can connect with others bloggers/crafters who share the same interests and keep track of what I’m working on for myself.

6.  When not blogging, what are some of your favorite websites to visit/hang out at?

FoodGawker, CraftGawker, Artist-a-Day

7.  Favourite smell?

Ripe Nectarines!

8.  You have £100 to do with as you wish. What do you spend it on?

Nevermind the exchange rate: Yarn and Fabric!  What else?

9.  If you could go back in time and talk to anyone from the history books, who would you choose and why?

Ummmm….I don’t know!  I’m just starting to get into history so I haven’t figured out yet who I find most interesting.

10.  What makes you laugh?

Being completely silly with friends

11.  What is your favorite memory?

That feeling when you were a kid on the first day summer day after school is out for the year.   The next couple of months you knew you were going to do nothing else but sleep in, hang out, and have fun all day long. 

On a completely different note, I’m behind in sharing some of my finished projects so I’ll leave you with a little jewelry-making that I haven’t posted about in a while.  I wasn’t always a necklace kind of gal, let alone a BOLD necklace kind of gal, but here is a little something different and I’m liking it a lot!  Now, I’m all about the big, the bold, and the beautiful!

-Nizzy

Another Nomination!

Can I Make These in My Size?

I love little baby feet…and fat little baby knees…and their cute little hands, but the poopy diapers really kill it for me!

A friend of a friend just had a baby and I was asked if I could make a few pairs of baby booties for her brand new baby boy.  Of course!  I like making baby items, but so sad to see them born out of the size or grow out of things so soon.  Let’s just hope this time the little one can get some wear out of these Little Mister Loafers.  So cute I want a pair in MY size, but big feet aren’t as cute.

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I also made a pair of the Boot Scoot’n Booties and again they are too adorable.  The yarn, Caron Simply Soft was a little difficult to crochet with as it splits so easily.  I’ve knitted with this yarn before with not too many problems.  It also fuzzes up fairly quickly after a lot of handling, but the yarn is nice and soft.

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I’ve got a few more pairs of booties to make in larger sizes and then back to the sewing lab.  It’s past time to share some old finished projects!

-Nizzy

Can I Make These in My Size?

Finished Objects and Vermont Oranges

I had a slip-up with my challenge. While I’m having no problems working from my current craft books, I did slip in a spring fabric and pattern purchase.   Oops! I should make sure I incorporate those items in my crafty plans this year.

March's Craft Book Challenge: Granny Triangle Shawl

  • This month, for the Craft Book challenge entry, I finished up a project that I had worked on for a while based on a square found in Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs.   I didn’t follow the instructions given for linking them since I did more of a triangle shape that I sized as I went along.   I used Size 3 cotton crochet thread (warm teal and copper mist) and added beads to the edges for weight and fun.  All that work trying to get a decent picture and I managed to only capture the reverse side of the shawl.

And two other things for Thursday…

  • How cute is this? I must have this fabric!
keep calm fabric
Photo credit: www.nancysnotions.com
  • There is nothing like a good ole’ sweet orange!  I once went on a snowboarding trip to Vermont and when I returned my friends/family asked about the trip.  I remarked “Vermont has THE best oranges!”.   At a small market near our lodging, our group picked up this super huge bag of oranges.  I faintly remember orange, black, and gold packing.   Let me say, those oranges were the best damn oranges on the planet!   We tried looking for that supplier/brand again and never found them.   If you are in Vermont and have an orange tree in your back yard, please do share! 😉

-Nizzy

Finished Objects and Vermont Oranges

Let’s Go Flyers!

They say If you are in/around/near Philadelphia or even know someone from the city, you better pretend like you are a Philadelphia sports fan or else get booed!  Philly sports fans are all about their sports teams.  Even kids, little old ladies, and the fan’s own mother are subject to disapproving looks if found rooting for the enemy other team.

While I support the teams, this is a project made for someone else.

This project came out of a discussion with some co-workers over which sports team has the best logo.  One guy thought the Philadelphia Flyers had hands down the best logo and thought it would be a fun and challenging to come up with a logo scarf for him.  He rather enjoyed my husband’s storm trooper scarf.    The Flyers logo is good, but I think Miami Heat has the best one.

I’m not a fan of the team, but the logo says they are in the business of burning up the net with all the shots they make.  Unfortunately, it’s true, but don’t get me started on my Miami Heat/NBA rant.

Here is a list of the top 100 (way too many) best logos that we viewed during the discussion.  Which team do you think has the best logo?

-Nizzy

Let’s Go Flyers!

Turning a House Into a Home, One DIY Project at a Time

I mentioned in an earlier post how badly I wanted to decorate to make my place feel lived in.  Well, I am finally getting around to putting something up on the walls!

I had my husband cut the wood blocks and I started painting.  These colors are a lot brighter, but I painted them the in the color palette that I want my livingroom: chestnut stallion, deep aubergine , leapfrog (green), hallowed hush (blue).   I saw this Eastern inspired palette in a Behr paint pamphlet and thought it looked quite modern, but the bright colors make it look fun.

To start, I selected various photos from our engagement and wedding and attached them using removable glue dots so I can change them as often as I want .  So sad that I’m just getting around to printing these out years later.

I used the velcro command strips to adhere the blocks to the walls for easy removal and positioning.

Et Viola!

It feels so good to personalize!

-Nizzy

Turning a House Into a Home, One DIY Project at a Time

Happy Februween!

Craft Book Challenge Month 2!

I have an interest in decorating, but it’s not always something that comes so easy. I often take the lazy way out: doing nothing.  Most times I just pull out the Christmas decorations.  But I’m tired of looking at empty corners, walls, and surfaces.  I want my place to look lived in, inviting, with a touch of something personal in each space.    I imagine indoor plants, pictures filling the walls, pieces of art strategically displayed on surfaces.  For the outdoors, dreams of a floral container garden with the fresh colors of  spring fill my head.  For now, I’m starting with placemats.   And not those headache-giving shaped ones either.  Instead of doing lazy this time, I did easy and created a few holiday themed placemats.

You really don’t need a pattern for simple placemats: two rectangles, sew some straight lines, and you’re done!  I took it  a quarter-step further and went with the look of the place mats in this book: four rectangles. 

Unfortunately, I will have to enjoy the Valentine’s Day mats next year and since it’s such a long stretch to Halloween, I picked up some patriotic fabric so that I could enjoy a set in the near future.  Inside I used Pellon 926 Extra-Firm instead of the Timtex called for in the instructions.

My best pal Fibbonaci even makes an appearance in this craft.   The placemat front pieces above are cut in a Fibbonaci sequence.  How cool!  A geek craft, home craft, and craft challenge completed all in one.

-Nizzy

Happy Februween!

Cowl Crazy – Cozy Eastern Cowl

Yesterday morning I was looking around my craft room looking for something I could do a post about (and wear to keep me warm) and my hands landed on two cowls that I created over the summer. Cowls and scarves are becoming two of my favorite accessories.

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Off White and Charcoal
Inspired by:
Stitch Pattern in Alice Starmore’s Charts for Color Knitting

Despite the pattern lines, this one gave me little grief, although I do wish the bottom and top edges were a little tighter.

Acrylic yarn usually isn’t very warm, but the stranding on the inside makes it quite comfy.

So I used something from my library and stash, but I can’t really count it for the 2013 challenge, because I made it in the Summer of 2012.

Yeah…and about that library. I’ve had the sudden urge to catalog the whole thing. An ugly task, I know, but sometimes I really need to know what resources I have.  I’ve used Ravelry to keep track of knitting and crochet resources, but that doesn’t include all the other crafty books, magazines, and patterns. Thankfully I can use s.pringpad’s barcode scanner to make easy work of most of it.  I would rather spend more time creating than organizing.

-Nizzy

Cowl Crazy – Cozy Eastern Cowl

The Slowest Sewist

Say that five times fast!

Soooooo….I’m finally (well, almost) done with my first pair of dress pants! I feel like they took me forever to put together.  At the time of starting this post I had to sew on buttons, hem the pants, serge the inside, and reposition the hooks and eyes. I thought it was a lot, but I was able to finish it all on Tuesday after work.

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General fitting was a real issue.  I can’t stand a pair of ill-fitting pants so that made me try my best get them to fit as great as possible, but I still ended up with a pair of ill-fitting pants.  Crotch woes and all, I’m wearing them today.

I decreased the waistband after pattern fitting, after fitting the muslin, and again after I tried on the pants and after all that, it’s still a little too large.  I think I added too much crotch depth and room in the rear. To top it off, as I am wearing them it seems the pants are getting stretched out. Or am I gradually shrinking? Who knows. I’m also having issues with the rear pocket lining pulling up through the pocket hole.
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Other things I changed:
I straightened out some of the flare on the leg below the knee. The waistband lining was also not put in according to the pattern instructions cause I goofed somewhere.

Overall, they’ll work for work, but I still have to go back to the drawing board for refitting before the next wearing. I’m not gonna let these pants be the boss of me!

-Nizzy

The Slowest Sewist