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I would have liked adding a summary of the things I’ve made in 2014, but that doesn’t make much sense if that means an exact copy paste of my last 10 blog posts :P. I guess adding a baby and renovating a nest to that list, does make it my most productive year ever ;).

Instead of focusing on my lack of sewn items, I’ve made a summary of (more or less) everything I’ve made since 2011. Motivating myself to keep creating, as little as it might be and as slow as it might go. Hoping to one day put my sewing machine, serger, embroidery machine and all those Craftsy classes I signed up for, to good use.

Check my full list of finished projects here.

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Finished my 2nd hat this weekend; the Wheeler or Maisie hat. Not sure why this pattern has 2 names! Unfortunately it’s not long enough for my head. You can see that the hat is quite short. I do blame the pattern. I think I may frog the decrease rows and lengthen the middle section. I knit this head on 2 circular needles (picture here, it’s hard to see the see-through plastic needles) a method I quite like!

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I finally decided on the nose color of my Spring bunny! I think it still needs a yellow flower in its hair…in time ;).

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Yesterday evening I joined a crafty get-together. We learned the art of quilling. I’m pretty sure I’ve actually done this before, at the age of 10 or something. The get-together was really nice and a lot of fun :)

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I finally organized all my fabric, notions, pins, little pieces of paper, thread spools, magazines, patterns and stuff I didn’t know I had. I feel like I have way too much fabric and other clutter, so I’m trying to stay away from JoAnn, Hancocks and online fabric stores. I only go to a craft store, when I need a couple of things. Btw, this isn’t all of it, the walk-in closet stores even more stuff :$, which I’ve also cleaned out completely.

Now that I have decluttered my room, my brain feels less cluttered. Time to use all that fabric! :)

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A bit outside of my normal crafty endeavors, but I was asked to (re)present my home country at the Multicultural event of the hospital I volunteer at :).

This is what I made of it! The presentation picture is high res. so it’s readable when you click to enlarge.

The event was a lot of fun! We had food served from 15 different countries. Among them, Scottish scones and soda bread, Italian biscotti’s, Indian samosa’s and paneer with spinach, Cuban empanada’s, Greek cheese triangles, Hawaiian pineapple cake, Chinese dimsum, Ethiopian injera, and I can’t quite remember the rest. I made a handout with Dutch recipes :).

Textile wise, I used orange fleece, as orange is the national color and Dutch ribbon, available through Etsy.

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Yesterday was the annual American Sewing Guild luncheon of our local chapter. Since April I’m the website manager (it may be temporarily under maintenance by the host), updating the site regularly with news items. Probably more often than my own blog, oops.

The luncheon was a lot of fun, we had amazing food, an extremely inspiring and talented speaker and a garage sale. This is what I got:

40 zippers for $5. I should have been 10 for $1, but I miscalculated and paid $5 instead of $4. No biggie. Not sure what I’m going to do with all these zippers, but I just couldn’t pass up the bargain ;).

All above fabric and notions for $5 total. Most items are a good 2-3 yards a piece. Last year I only bought this piece of fabric for $1, this year I scored better :).

Some fleece remnant strings that the cats absolutely love. Guaranteed hours of fun! They look so tense, because I was pulling the string and they had to hold on tight.

And last but not least, this lovely foam lady for $5. She’s a bit large chested for me (understatement), but her hips are my size, so I’m currently trying to reshape her boobs. A work in progress! Any suggestions on why she has a shoe string attached to her bosom?

Time to revive this blog!

First off, pictures from my sewing space! I finally got my sewing room cleaned out and ready for pictures. I quite like the look of empty floors (not shown in the pictures), so I’ll try to keep them that way from now on ;).

The most awesome sewing machine, a Bernina 430 :)

Art by Kurt Halsey, an inspirational poster, birthday calender and a paper bag I took with me from travels in India in 2008.

Only part of my fabric stash :$ I acquired a lot of fabric in the first few months of sewing, but since I’m running out of space and money, I’m way more picky :P.

A wedding gift from a friend :) Store bought, but cute and funny nonetheless :D

Original: Brigitte Herrod – Scrabble LOVE YOU Picture, love it, but the price of £59 (=$94) not so much
Material: Scrabble letters through Etsy, scrap of quilting cotton, Ikea Ribba frame
For: Christmas present for the hubby (finally finished it)
Cost: $14 in total. $3 for the Ikea frame and $11 for the Scrabble letters.

I saw below picture on the internet a long time ago and absolutely loved it! I wouldn’t mind buying original artwork, but there is no way I’m paying $94 for something that small and easy to remake. A perfect gift for the Wordfeud (Scrabble app for iPad, iPhone etc) playing hubby!

 

I found the Scrabble letters on Etsy, but the $11 (incl shipping) price was a bit more than I anticipated. I ending up buying them anyway because I couldn’t find any plastic ones sold by the letter (only wooden ones, but I didn’t want that). Now I’m still ‘stuck’ with the remaining 84 letters, so I guess I should make some more Scrabble art ;)

I had a hard time finding the right shadow box frame. I found one right before Christmas, only to find out at home that the glass with ‘Memories’ printed on them was glued to the frame and therefore not replaceable. I ended up giving the piece unfinished :$, and only found the right frame last weekend. There are some shadow boxes out there, but most are much too big, not white or on the expensive side. The Ikea frame is not an actual shadow box, but it worked :) Once I got all the elements, it didn’t take long to put together!

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