Bad Blogger

I’ve been very negligent, I can’t even remember the last time I posted anything. I have at least been sewing, and knitting (and maybe debating dipping my toe into the custom tumbler pool, shh).

We went on a cruise, 11 days, 7 stops, all fun.

And I’m pretty darn proud of myself that I made a fair few of my outfits for this trip, including my bathing suits (no pictures, you’re welcome).

Once we got home I made yet another pair of leggings (that I need to fix the waistband on) and another raglan.

And hubby got a shirt out of the deal too, not home sewn but still technically made by me.

Cute shirt for Abby, of course her 2 year old reaction was “No!” I don’t take it personally, she liked it a few minutes later (I think).

Then the great bag experiment began, I’ll do a more in depth exploration later, this is the Summit Pack by cloudsplitter bags. In my beloved silhouettes by BackStitchFabrics that I got in a mystery pack.

This is the Park Sling by Sew Sweetness, in a fabric I found in a buy/sell/trade on Facebook.

Ok, that’s about as caught up as we’re gonna get in 1 post. I’ll try to not wait 3 months to post again so the next one won’t be the novel this post is.

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe it’s 2019 already, where does the time go? I work on an adult unit and it has been so weird seeing birthdays in this millennium. Weren’t they just born a few years ago??

Anyway, enough of feeling old, back to crafting. I’m rather proud to say that today I accomplished 2 new things. I successfully cut fabric with my cricut maker, and then I successfully put a buttonhole in that fabric in order to complete a hanging towel.

From this:

To this:

In (probably) way longer than it should’ve taken. But it’s done! Nowhere near perfect but still done. I wanted to practice on something for me, so I can make one for a dear family friend.

His mother had passed about a year ago, and while going through her things he found her sewing boxes. He knows I love to sew and thought I would be interested (how right he was).

These are just the coat buttons, she must’ve cut them off of all of their winter coats through the years, smart recycling really. There are 2 more bins like this with all sorts of buttons and notions.

The one that got me was this; I sent a picture of the threads to my mom. She sends back that my great-great grandparents used to work in the factory that made one of the spools in the picture.

The American Thread Company used to be based in CT, and apparently both of them worked there for years, along with a few other family members. Who knows, maybe they helped assemble that spool. Now she’s got me wanting to hunt down more of this stuff to put together a cool shadow box to put on the wall of my craft room. Luckily wooden spools aren’t really that expensive on eBay, so I’ve got my eye on a couple of lots of them.

But I haven’t just been looking for old thread spools and trying buttonholes, I also sewed 2 shirts for a friends baby. He just turned 1, which I felt meant he needed some new homemade goodies.

They’re both technically Mega Max Raglans, but I left off the mega and just made shirts. Boring I know, but I was in a hurry. The “You’re Welcome” shirt is backstitch fabric that I bought on the B/S/T Facebook page. It was actually meant for my nephew but he’s so big now that it’s too much color blocking to make it work. Star Wars was one I found at Joann, it may look familiar because nephew did get a tank out of that one. I love the max raglan (mega max, whatever) for the kids because it just seems to fit everyone. And the add on options are endless, I’m determined to make something super cute for the nieces.

I leave you with some of my Christmas creations I couldn’t share before the day.

Happy December

Wow, been a long time. Oops. A lot has been going on, it’s been super busy and I’m barely staying afloat. So buckle up, it’s gonna be a long one.

Lets start with my first hot mess canvas. I know what you’re thinking, “but Ashley, it doesn’t look messy (too messy anyway).” Maybe not when it’s finished, but underneath it looks like this:

Hot mess indeed. I went a bit rogue with my technique here, painted the whole canvas dark blue. Then I painted on my dabs of other colors, it worked very well actually.

Around this same time I got a lot of cricuting done towards Christmas, so I can’t really show much. Not that anyone reads anyway, but it would be my luck.

So instead you get the cute shirt I put together for my niece.

And her little dress, the dark around the decal fades, it’s just from pressing. That holographic vinyl near about kills me every time. Doesn’t want to stick to anything!

And of course I needed a new sign for outside, doesn’t my model just look Thrilled? I think I’m finally getting the hang of this stenciling thing. Now that I say that, the next one will be a disaster of course.

We had a last minute invite to go to the Very Merry Christmas party with a friend of ours, how do you say no to that? So I recycled last years shirt (this years wasn’t ready yet) and away we went. It was a lot of fun, kind of a dress rehearsal for our party we already had tickets for. Which needed cool shirts, of course. Red is hubbys, I found his on a site I’m a member of. Green is for our family friend that went with us. His was inspired by Pinterest but designed by moi. I’m particularly proud of the ears on the “a”, they turned out super cute. Snowflakes were on the site I found hubbys file.

And of course I had to make myself a new shirt. Luckily I had preordered this fabric (and completely forgot, if we’re being honest) because I didn’t get any other Christmas customs. Pattern is Classic Tee by Love Notions, I did the full bust version and boy was I glad I did.

Hubby benefited from scraps, new pair of Boxerwear by stitch upon a time. At last, something I can make him that he wears a lot.

I got a new pair of underwear too, Bunzies by stitch upon a time. As a bonus I used up the last of the freaky Aladdin print I got in a mystery box.

We had a blast at the party, it was a little more crowded than the first time but still fun. It was also cooler, which was a nice reminder that winter does still come here.

I think that’s about it, finally all caught up. Catch you on the flip side, I’ll post pictures of Christmas crafting once they’re safe with their recipient.

Happy Haunts

A while back I was browsing in Michael’s and found a cute three tiered sign. I knew I wanted to make a fun Halloween sign, even getting the perfect colors of paint. And then it sat, and sat, and sat. Until today, when I decided it was time, before my Halloween sign turned into a Christmas sign.

This is the best stencil attempt I’ve had yet, the last time I tried this technique it bled everywhere. The foolish board near about killed me, I had to re cut the whole word because it was too big for the board. But I’m still thrilled with how it turned out, and immediately hung it outside on my hanger thingy I got from my sister in law last Christmas.

It’s a good thing I had some success with the sign, because my other crafting attempts have gone awfully tonight. I’m trying to make my sister in laws birthday present and the piece is not going well. To the point where I’m going to have to start some of it over.

I gave up for the night, and thus leave you with my favorite sewing helper.

Testing, 1,2,3…

It finally happened! I was chosen to act as a tester for a new pattern by 5 out of 4. It was so much fun being one of the first people to get to try it out.

Pattern is Eleanor by 5 out of 4 patterns. And bonus! It’s on sale through Sunday October 7th!!

I made my muslin out of an unknown sweater knit that I found while I was digging around in the stash canopy. My serger was having issues with tension so it was all sewing machine for this version. The lightweight fabric and my machine did not get along, but I adore the finished product and have been wearing it at work pretty much every shift I’m there (I swear my sleeves aren’t uneven, it’s just super drapey fabric)

My second (and final) version was made with another mystery mid-light weight sweater knit. This time my serger performed beautifully and the sweater was just as perfect to assemble the second time around. All in all a highly enjoyable experience, and I have a feeling I’ll be making many more of these for some of the women in my family. Ok, and maybe some for myself too.

No Excuses

I almost kind of forgot I had a blog to be honest. I’ve been sewing and crafting up a storm though, so let’s jump right on in. I’ll try to go oldest to newest if I can keep track.

Starting here, with an Easy Tee by 5 out of 4 patterns.

I had some difficulties with neck and arm bands, I’ve been debating ripping and trying again to see if I can get them better fitted. So far though my motivation to do it has been minimal, time will tell I guess

Next up for hubby is a Nancy Raglan by 5 out of 4 that I put together because I knew the tunic length was long enough to catch most of my panel.

And this panel is just too cute to have most of it get chopped off. Unfortunately I had some server tension issues that I didn’t notice at the time, hopefully it stays put together. But I love it and have worn it a couple of times already.

Hubby got some sewing love too, a Rocky Tee by…5 out of 4 patterns (starting to sound sponsored aren’t I? I’m not, I just like their stuff)

I think I’ve mentioned his shirt before but he finally wore it!

A pic of the glorious back fabrics, I love them both but the snacks just push me over the edge.

Next up are the bags I customized for our Halloween party experience (if we decide to go, which we probably will). It was difficult to get a pic of them all together so here they are as individuals.

There are 2 Minnie Mouse spiderwebs, one for me and one for mom. Mickey and Minnie spiderweb files and the dripping Halloween file came from Etsy. Mickey pumpkin and Frankenstein came from Auntie Tay as part of the files available to her Patrons. I’m planning on using them for the Not So Scary Halloween Party st Disney (assuming we decide to go.)

Last but not least, a Safari tank by pickletoes patterns for Aiden.

Found this while I was digging around in the stash and found the pattern pretty much the same way. Decided it was kidney and went for it. At least I seem to have gotten my neck/armband mojo back a little. Now to do one with a cute ruffle for his little sister, I’m pretty sure I’ll have enough.

I think that’s about it, I did test a pattern for (you guessed it,) 5 out of 4 but I’ll give that its own post soon.

And as always, ending with a cat photo. I actually got Jack to sit still long enough to get a halfway decent one this morning.

Caramel Corn

I have a confession, I hate sweet popcorn intensely. Really the only flavor I truly like is butter, and maybe sour cream and onion. Cheddar, nacho, caramel, just not a fan. Until today.

Meet the start of caramel, the first I’ve ever made. An cup of butter is melted in there and it smelled so wonderful cooking it was distracting.

Pour it over the popcorn I popped earlier and plop into the oven. My house smells beyond heavenly and there are few words to describe the buttery, crispy goodness that this resulted in. Like I said earlier, I don’t like caramel corn, but I may have to make an exception for this particular type, for it is heavenly. Here’s the recipe, but be warned, it’s easier to make than I was hoping: Salted Caramel Corn*

*I used what is known as mushroom popcorn, from what I had read it’s most commonly used to this type of popcorn because it’s huge when it pops. And it lived up to its expectations and provided large surface area for the caramel to adhere to. Not that you can’t use any popcorn you want, just figured I’d mention what I found at my local bulk nation store.