With four little ones every day is a bit chaotic. And that's okay. Because somehow I'm able to craft amid the chaos.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Large Felt House

For Christmas we gave my two year old son a felt house. He'd been asking for a house and so we decided it would be the perfect gift. We also wanted it to be big so our older kids could play in it as well. It is 6 ft wide by 4 ft deep and 6 ft tall at the peak.

So far the kids love it. Our 4 year old son has even moved his bed mattress inside and sleeps there each night.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Goals and a New Recipe

Wow, it's 2013, and over a year since I last posted anything on here. One of my goals this year is to post more frequently on my blogs. I have so many projects planned and so many past projects I can post. I'm also going to start posting recipes that I've tried on here, and a tiny review of them.

Last night we had Oven Baked Chimichangas.

My family and I really liked them. If you like ground turkey and green chilies, you probably will too. Were they hard to make? No, just a little time consuming. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

My Sister's Wedding Items

 I made this necklace for my sister's wedding. I'm still debating on whether or not to make matching earrings for it. The design is from "Beaded Allure." It took quite a long time to make, and now that I'm done I realize that the dangle on the bottom is slightly off center. As everything is woven together on string it would be really difficult to change that now, so I hope it won't be too big a deal.

I am a little worried that it is going to be too long though and that it may not work with her dress.
 Having already anticipated that the first necklace may be too long, I made a backup. I found a really neat kit at the store and loved the necklace, so I bought it. I did make a few changes though. Simply switching out the flower color and seed bead color. The kit came with green, so I purchased blue flowers separately, and just used some seed beads I had on hand.

I think it turned out pretty cool, but it too may actually be too long. However, I can simply remove the white flowers from the bottom for the wedding and then replace them after word.
Finally here is a facinator that I made for her to wear in her hair. I made it to go over her birdcage veil (which I also made, but have no pictures of as it really hard to take a picture of a veil not being worn that looks good). I made them separately, so if she didn't want to wear her veil at any time, she could still wear the flowers.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Teddy Bear.

I used the Funky Friends Factory Honey the Teddy Bear pattern to make this little guy. I gave him to my son for his 1st birthday. Because of this I opted not to give him the safety eyes, or button eyes, the pattern called for. I also didn't give him a nose, because I didn't give him eyes. I kind of like the look though.

He was super easy and came together nicely. Because of this, I can't wait to try out more Funky Friends Factory patterns.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Shaped Rag Quilts

My little boy turned one the other day. So as one of his presents I gave him a turtle shaped rag quilt. I had previously made a dinosaur shaped rag blanket for my 3 year old son for Christmas. (I was too tired to get the turtle finished in time so I put it off making it til June.)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Pillowcase Nightgowns

While surfing the pinterest boards I came across a super easy tutorial from Gingercake on how to make a nightgown from a pillow case. So a few days later when I happened to be at a thrift store, I thought I would go and look at the pillowcases. They were 99 cents so I grabbed three and came on home. 

I made the pink one first because Miss Little's favorite color is of course pink! Also it had a ruffle at the bottom. She saw me with the pillowcases and she tried to steal it for her pillow (despite the fact that her pillow is just a travel size). I promised her I would let her have it after I fixed it. So I proceeded to make up her new nightgown.
You can't see it in the picture (and honestly you can't really see it unless you're looking really closely in real life) but there are darker pink vertical stripes. Also there are darker pink flowers on the ruffle. 

In her tutorial she used a button to close the back, but she suggested also using ties if you preferred. I just happened to have pink single fold bias tape in my stash, so I chose that route for binding the neck and the back and just let it go out to be ties.

Because the first nightgown turned out to be such a hit (she wore it all the next day and wouldn't take it off) I decided to whip up a second one. I happened to have purple double fold bias tape in my stash so I chose to use the yellow pillowcase with purple flowers. It turned out cute, but I think it would be better to use pillowcases without any super noticeable stripes, because you don't have the material to play around and match up stripes.

Because this one lacked the ruffle, I thought I'd dress it up a little by adding a purple ribbon around the bottom of the bodice. As purple is Miss Little's second favorite color she liked this one too. Though, she informed me, the pink is her favorite.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


I made this poppet for a friend. It is based on a character he played in a Table Top RPG. He had drawn a picture of his, which is what I was going off of. You can see it here if you like.  It was definitely my most involved poppet.
 I used the male modification of the poppet pattern (as I did with the Lincoln poppet) and I used the included abs plate to give him sculpted abs. Because the character is covered in rune tattoo/scar things I used fabric paint to cover his body in different designs. His hair is hand spun merino yarn spun on my drop spindle. He has two gold hoop earrings (just gold colored jump rings) and a manacle (which is felt, fabric paint, and a bit of jewelry chain). His eyes are suncatcher eyes.