Over at quiltinggallery.com, they are doing a quilt block drive for the victims of hurricane Sandy. More crafty people are needed to assemble log cabin quilt blocks and send them in! Go here for the registration and instructions.
I just find that pictures do more justice than me rambling on for no reason. I especially don’t want to get myself started on politics…
I’m doing two craft shows coming up; December 1st at Baker College in Owosso, and December 2 at Gutting Law in Owosso.
Kid Size Rainbow Scarf
Sneak Peek at Monster Blanket
Takeout Boxes made with my Cricut
Taffeta Infinity Scarf
I swear I’m alive, I just hit a busier than busy couple of weeks and feel guilty about neglecting my blogs. To catch you up, I’ll post some pictures =)
Picture of a quilt I’m making for a friend. I’m doing long wavy lines for the quilting.
These fabrics are going to become a fall table runner.
Sunrise lit clouds I caught the other morning. I looked out my window and everything was PINK!
The Venue: I’m surprised you can’t tell it’s raining in this picture- I took family portraits here for a new facebook friend.
I have so much going on, I feel like I’m running in a million different directions! I’m going to be the Mad Hatter for Halloween, and I’m going to buy pieces and make pieces of it. Today and tomorrow is a costume drop n swap at my church, and then next week is my last week as graphic designer for a local newspaper. After that I’ll just be cleaning for a friend’s company, and doing Close To My Heart.
The weather is amazing right now! It is hovering between 60 and 70 degrees (F) here in Howell, Michigan, and I couldn’t be happier. We are a little bit babyish when it comes to temps above 85, so this summer has been a bit like torture here. Our electric bills have been through the roof.
This is double edged for me though, I love fall, but I hate winter. I end up not enjoying fall because I spend too much time dreading winter. How silly is that? I kept thinking that I hated everything but Spring and Summer, but then I realized how much I love fall, I just hate what comes after it. I am so sorry my dear Fall, for hating on you for no reason!
Anyway, I’ve been busy! I have a hard time sticking with one hobby, so I’ve been sewing, crocheting, and pretty soon I’ll start getting Christmas cards made, so they’re done and out of the way before the Holiday mayhem starts. Here are some of my latest projects:
This is a little red hoodie I made for Mei from an old t-shirt. It was very easy! Sorry about her messy hair, I’ve since fixed it. =) Mei is my ball jointed doll by ResinSoul.
A happy little doll hat I crocheted, for sale on my Etsy. Will fit BJD between 25 and 42 cm tall dolls. I can make other sizes upon request.
I’ve been working some more on this chevron quilt, but haven’t taken any pictures of it lately, sorry!
I’ve taken to wandering around with my camera, early Fall cloud pictures are the best!
I also have some family portraits that I took for a friend that I need to edit and get onto a disc for her pronto!
So first, Kristyne had a blog, then a pattern shop, (<—- will take you to her shop) and now, A BOOK!
It isn’t out yet, but she just dropped the bomb on her blog, www.prettybyhand.com! <— to post about book
She is just full of surprises! Kristyne is one of the most humble and talented bloggers I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. You should go visit!
Happy Monday! I was able to get a little extra rest this morning, so I’m feeling pretty good besides some mild back pain. I want to get stuff done!
I need to work on my research paper.
I need to work on a mini swap quilt.
I should take some pictures, it’s a beautiful sunny day outside.
I need to spend a little time with God this morning. (and write my post on heygoditsmelissa)
I need to meet w/ Pastor Mark for the next Bible study. (And then watch the church office during a staff meeting)
aaaaaand maybe a little housework. Maybe. =)
I did find two more sources for the impending paper, and talked about it with my friend Kevin, who also has a paper to work on, but he’s the worse procrastinator, his is due at Midnight tonight, mine on Thursday. =)
I started the embroidery for the mini quiltswap, I’d say I’m a quarter of the way done with that, and I’ll pick it back up in a few…
wrote my post, and did some volunteering at the church after I met with my co-group leader and Pastor Mark.
Made a roast, wasn’t done in time for Joe, but it will make great lunches for the rest of the week!
Did some dishes!
Mei has arrived! so she isn’t nekkid, I came up with an ingenious idea to make her a “sweat set” from a child size sock. Mei is a 42cm (16.6 inches) tall Asian Ball Jointed Doll made by Resinsoul. I was totally not expecting her this soon, but I am super stoked!
I was at the dollar store and picked up a three pack of child socks (size 4-6), thinking the nice stretchy material could make all kinds of things!
The far left is the toe, the far right is the ankle opening and the heel. I should have left a little more material on the heel. Not sure what to do with the toe bit, but the middle became a tube top, and the ankle/heel become a pair of shorts. Below I am knotting up the “crotch” by hand.
Here she is, in her new sweat set!
By the way, does she look like a Mei? Should I name her something else?
There have been some scary, uncontrolable fires spreading across the mid-west of the U.S. I’ve stumbled on a blog called Have Fun Quilting!!! Who lives out in that area, and was actually evacuated from her home, but was able to return to it, unharmed. (Thank you God!) She has some big ambitions, and needs our help! She wants to get quilts to all of those who have lots their homes in her immediate area, and if possible, further beyond. She isn’t a non profit organization yet, but doesn’t want to wait to start getting the quilts to the victims. She is accepting finished quilts, fabric, monetary donations, quilt tops/blocks, and other sewing supplies.
For more information, visit her blog.
I’m on a roll! I’ve been purchasing fabric left and right like a naughty girl.
I bought these half yards on eBay from a lovely new seller. She only has a few things listed, but she’s just starting out. Go take a look, she might have a perfect fabric for your stash! (I saw some ridiculously awesome pink flamingo fabric…)
It came! It came! My Quilts for Kids kit came! I got an interesting John Deere themed package that I’m going to call Tractor Love. I may try to make a few little hearts in free motion quilting. Well, I shouldn’t get ahead of myself, I still have to piece it! (And if you’ve been paying attention, I spend much more time buying and cutting fabric than actually piecing and finishing quilts!) But I have to finish this one. This is my jump start project. I am forced to finish it, then I’ll have the juices flowing to finish up others. Plus, it isn’t too huge, I think the kit makes a lap size quilt, perfect for little hands.
Whew! *sigh of relief* This week is officially over in KurtzCraft land! It’s Friday, and I get to spend the day doing whatever the hell I want! (Until the husband gets out of bed, and decides he wants me to wander all over God’s green earth with him for no real reason) Yes, we’ve been blessed with Fridays off together. No, I’m not the luckiest dog you’ve ever met. I get Fridays off, but then I spend the majority of my Saturday sitting in a stuffy classroom, while all the other kids are playing outside. *insert pout here* ANYWAY….
Here is my latest find from the local Salvation Army! The pastel roses is a full size flat sheet, soft and used. The print on the right is a pseudo sack cloth material that was just hanging out, probably purchased for a forgotten project. I have some real flour sacks and this will make a great addition to that collection.
Here is my amazing find from pickyourplum.com. I bought four yards, and I think it is going to be backing for the quilt that doesn’t have a pattern. (The link is back to Fabric Stash and Bathroom Decor, where the other fabrics are to go with this prize.)
Oh, and please excuse me while I gush about my new phone. My employer is amazing and bought me a Droid Razr Maxx. I think I received it mostly so I could work on other people’s phones when there was a problem. Either way, it’s frickin’ sweet! (yes, they let me buy an obnoxious case for it… We bought a lot of them, at least we’ll know which one is mine! lol)
And finally, here’s a side view with my hand for emphasis, this phone is slim! You can’t even tell it has the extended built in battery.
Okay, sorry about that. I’ve only had it a day, kind of hard to curb the enthusiasm. Yes, this is my first smart phone. (I know, I know, I’m in I.T. for goodness sake, but I never wanted to pay for the data plan!)