Branching out

Let me start with my apologies, I’ve got a cold that’s driving me to my knees. I don’t know why summer colds are always worse, but they are. It hasn’t limited my crafting too much, I finished 2 new tops.

One for me, and because there was enough left over, one for Abby.

Mine is still another All Seasons, in a size 12 I believe. If I made it with less forgiving fabric I would probably size up.

And here is Abby’s second Lil LDT as a tank. She loved it when I gave it to her yesterday. Maybe not as much as Minnie, but close. Her big brother gets the next shirt, so no worries about favoritism.

Today’s project is something completely different, no sewing, no knitting.

Today’s project is…you guessed it, lip balm. This cold has my nose and lips chapped beyond belief, and I was tired of using chemical filled chapstick to attempt to moisturize. I used This recipe on Pinterest for my first attempt. Lavender mint, and so far it smells so good!

I have some great tees and tanks planned for later, so stay tuned.

Catch Your Breath

What a couple of weeks it’s been, feel like I’ve just been going non stop. Luckily some of that go has been in the direction of my sewing machine and serger. My poor beloved sewing equipment has been very neglected of late. But I have corrected the deficit in a pretty big way.

I decided to jump back in with 2 pairs of Ninjas, my favorite legging pattern. I found both fabrics in a b/s/t page on Facebook and it was love at first sight.

Next up was a shirt to go with the leggings, I ordered some solids that I thought would go nicely with my prints from and luckily they came at the perfect time. I wanted to check fit though, since I was planning on making a new pattern. The muslin did not go well. Number 1, it was enormous, huge, tent like. Number 2, I majorly messed up my neckband. Not a biggie, that’s what’s muslins are for. Size down and we should be good to go, unless your fabric is just about 3 inches too short…

Luckily only 1 of the 2 was cut a bit short, and I was able to get my tank cut successfully out of the other.

Meet one of my new favorite tips, the All Seasons tank by Pickle Toes Patterns. This is the tunic length and it will go perfectly with all 3 pairs of my new leggings (uh yeah, there’s another pair that I didn’t get a picture of). I’ll confess that I don’t recall the fabric content, but it’s got great drape and hand, it also breathes nicely. I have the same fabric in a light purple that I can’t fit another tunic piece into, despite having ordered 2 yards of both, so purple is going to turn into shirt length and then I should be good to go. At first I thought I messed up the fabric direction (again) but I triple checked before I cut. My only other guess is that I got shorted a bit when it was cut.

Another new pattern, and technique for this week was Boxerwear briefs by Stitch Upon A Time.

Made for hubby as an experiment out of the creepy Aladdin fabric that nobody seems to want (including me honestly). I got it in a mystery pack and it’s the first time I haven’t absolutely loved what I got from backstitch. He’s got rather mixed feelings about them, so much so that he’s asked I hold off on another pair until he decides if he likes them. But I have a cute knit remnant from Joann that would be cool as these, so we’ll see if I listen.

Up next is a pair of undies for me to see how they stack up against my commercial brand. There may or may not be pictures of these, we shall see.

That’s all for this post, I leave you with a beautiful picture of forget me nots my mom took while on her Alaskan cruise last week.

Mother’s Day

Late, but still… The thought is there, I just haven’t seen Mom. I had planned on making her a topiary, but I kind of lost steam. Then when I found the correct stuff to fill it the weather decided to play with me. It rained for 2 days straight, then I had to work. So I finally had time today, to realize that sculpture is not my forte.

Considering my skill set I think he turned out ok. But I know what it’s supposed to be, which is a bit of an unfair advantage

Here’s the backup present I had planned, she’s getting it all. This is the Mother’s Day to end all Mother’s Days (late and all). I’ve just decided to cheat a bit and give her the topiary frame and bag of moss and let her go for it herself. She’s much more artistic than I am. Hopefully hers will look less Groot like, which is the general consensus I’m getting on Facebook.

Here’s what the framed piece says up close, she saved it on Facebook, so I decided to put it together for her. I assume she’ll bring it to work, because she doesn’t really have wall space for it at home. Hopefully she likes it. Fingers crossed.

Nurses Rule

I believe I’ve mentioned in the past that I am a nurse. And not just a nurse, but a third generation nurse. I’ve had many specialties in my (fairly short) career, ranging from Mom/baby to geriatric and now behavioral health (aka psych). Each has helped me learn valuable skills, from managing my time, to putting out fires, to learning names and purposes of a wide variety of medications. I wanted to make myself something to express my pride in my chosen career, but still be funny, as I think you have to maintain a sense of humor to survive.

I saw this on Facebook and thought it was perfect! All I needed was some printed vinyl and a plain t shirt. I found the vinyl on SparkleBerry and fell in love. Unfortunately my phone auto filled the address wrong, and my package got lost. Luckily the address that is wrong apparently does exist so the post office held my package and I was able to pick it up. And I barely got home before tearing into the thing to play. it took a while to arrange, each color was cut separately and had to be placed individually. I have no eye for straight lines, and could only hope that they were at least close enough. Next one that gets made will have 1 color of text. And I foresee that there will be more of them.

I also finished moms New Zealand socks last night. I was already almost at the toe, so I put the major burn on them and got them finished while we were visiting her yesterday. Just in time for her cruise to Alaska.

And they fit like a dream, thank goodness. Pattern is Shapely secret socks and it’s moms favorite. Though apparently she loves to fold down my gorgeous cuffs, which we shall not speak of again.

Jack has decided that I’ve crafted enough and am now cut off from my easy press.

There’s a kind of hush…

Hopefully you can finish the end of the line, I had the pleasure of seeing Peter Noone in concert today. He performs every year at Epcot flower and garden and he’s a hoot every year.

As per usual the sock of the hour got to watch the show too. I’m trying to get these finished soon for Mom, about 1/4″ and I can start the toe decreases. But as anyone who knits can tell you, that last 1/4″ takes 10x longer than the whole sock. You can knit 15 rounds, measure, and still be short. But tread carefully, that 16th round will make it over the measurement you were striving for.

Since today was May 4th I threw together some shirts for the 3 of us. I love hubbys the best, but it was Darth Mickey that got all of the attention.

I will definitely be making more of the Wookiee shirts in the near future, it’s the perfect blending of Star Wars and Big Bang theory, it’s the geekdom trifecta. I’m actually fighting myself not to slap it on absolutely everything I possibly can, he’s just so cute!

I had planned on using this file I had made, but decided I wanted a more neutral shirt so I can wear it again. So poor R2 got left behind, sorry buddy. Maybe next year.

May the 4th be with you! Have a great weekend (I have the pleasure of working).

It is done

As much as I love taking a few days and heading to the happiest (busiest) place on Earth, it’s always nice to come home. Until I try to go to bed and the cats must express how much they’ve missed the humans. But anyway, on to the fun stuff.

Day 1, Epcot flower and garden festival. Mom and I were accidental twins, I made matching hats and shirts on purpose, but the white shorts were just weird family esp I guess. Our middle fast pass got delayed so we were offered a list of replacements, character spot here we come. It’s not often we do character pictures but it’s always fun.

On to magic kingdom, where I only have this picture to show. That was the day for the kids, so I only have pics of the them. Since they’re not mine, I’m not going to share their stuff. But this one is fair game, since he’s modeling my hat in such an anonymous fashion. It was still a fun day, the youngest loved the parade, and the few rides we managed to get on (Saturday is a busy day at MK for the record).

On to the Animal Kingdom, which was celebrating its 20th anniversary (which makes me feel so old). This was the day we were concerned about our rain chances, but it was for naught, it spit for maybe 5 minutes and was clear the rest of the day. Mom and I twinsied it again, semi on purpose, I knew she planned to backstitch it and decided to do the same. I was expecting epic crowds, especially when the parking lots were jammed. But it really wasn’t that bad, and the temperature wasn’t center of the sun hot, so we had quite a pleasant day.

Yesterday was Epcot again, and once again mostly child focused. We had a nice lunch at harvest grill, where I had half of my lunch “airplaned” to me by my niece. Her mom and I were using the technique on her to get her to try things, and she liked it so much she adopted it towards me. You haven’t lived until an almost 2 year old moves your fork around and makes airplane noises to try and feed you.

So here we end, with a picture of the completed quilt. I finished it on the drive to Disney and my fingers have just started to recover. I hate hand binding, but it looks so nice that I do it anyway.

It is time

Almost. Today is the first of the trips to Orlando, just for the day to go to the McDonalds worldwide conference. Obviously I’m not an employee, but hubby is, and sometimes being the wife has perks. Today is the day where they allow more employees than the ones who bought passes for the whole thing to go on the expo floor for a few hours and see what’s around. They also have food set up from around the world, so I’m planning to try the goat cheese burger from Spain and the dinosaur McFlurry from Singapore.

But it’s an hour + drive, so to keep me busy in the meantime I have the I Spy quilt binding to finish. Almost 1/4 done, but I started on a short side so I can’t be too cocky about speedy sewing.

Yesterday I got this bad boy done, I had found the hat at Target in the dollar spot and knew it had to be mine. But I also knew I wanted to put something on it, but what. I had been lurking around one the sites I like for files and someone had uploaded these autographs. It was love at first sight, but there was no Mickey or Minnie, and that just won’t do. So I managed to find their autographs online and put them into design space, and the rest is history.

Also made yet another bucket hat, this one is adult size, out of knit. And it’s surprisingly comfy, I was worried it was going to be too floppy, but it’s not at all. Now I just have to protect it from the ladies in my group that will want to steal it from me (Mom, looking at you).

I went rogue with the pattern directions and chose to fully assemble each hat, then put them right sides together and sew the brims, leaving an opening for turning. Makes it so much easier, at least I think it does. And I think it makes for a cleaner looking hat, no stitching lines showing because your allowance isn’t exactly spot on. The brim can be a little challenging, especially with knit, it likes to stretch and buckle a little. But you can hardly tell on the finished product.

I leave you with a picture of my glorious zucchini plant (yes, they’re yellow zucchini, I grow purple green beans too). Hoping for a productive year of zucchini, I have had bad luck growing them in the past.