Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Oh Headbands, How I've Missed You

Sunday afternoon I was supposed to do a craft fair, but it got cancelled.  Bummer right?  Well, I took the extra time to make some really cute headbands.  The headbands themselves are re-purposed t-shirt sleeves.  Then I cut out, and embellished, some felt shapes.  
This is the first one I did.  Originally I wasn't going to put stuffing inside the heart, but once I got into the project I changed my mind.  
Man am I glad that I have a pretty decent button stash!!!    These are all newer buttons, but I love mixing the vintage with the new.
This is the second one I cranked out.  (I say cranked out as if it only took me a few minutes.  HA)  I decided to try some veins on the leaves and I'm very glad I did.  They are so cute!
My favorite thing about this, besides the leaves and that turquoise is in my favorite color group, is that I finally got to use my turquoise and orange buttons!!
This one I think I would like better if I'd had a more yellow piece of felt for the wing.  Don't get me wrong, I still really love it, but the wing is just a tad bit more orange than I would have liked.
You can see it a little better in this picture.  Note to self: invest in more colors of felt.
This is the last one I finished this weekend/Monday morning.  I'm not typically a big red, white, and blue kind of person, but I really love how this one turned out.  
I'm going to do another one with a red star and blue headband.  Who knows, maybe I'll make a bunch of them in different red, white, and blue combinations.  I'm working on another flower headband, so the answer to that query is: most likely I will.  

What do you think?  Cute??  

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

87? Way to go Grandma!!

My grandma "TuTu" turned 87 at the beginning of February.  She's a pretty awesome lady and we all love her tons.  For her birthday party everyone came to my parents house.  We had pizza, wings, pickles & olives, and cake with tons of ice cream.  My mom got one of those little helium tanks so that we could do balloons and she FINALLY got her Cricut Expression out to make an enormous Happy Birthday banner.  
The sign also has all of Tutu's different names.  That's my goofy sister Kira back there making faces at me and that's my Mom carrying the can of Scrubbing Bubbles around.  She was doing some last minute cleaning.
There's my grandma!  She was in rare form that night.  She's a sassy lady and can be VERY sarcastic sometimes.  Huh, wonder where we all get it from?
That card WAS hilarious!!  For the last few years I've been trying to make more of my gifts for people, especially my grandmas, because I think it means more to give a gift that you had your grubby meat grabbers all over.  This is what I put together this year:
Some pretty rosette magnets.  They were simple to make and Tutu really liked them.  Plus they're functional.  She has many, many, many grandkids and great-grandkids, so she always has lots of stuff to hang on her fridge!  I even made a bunch more because they were so fun to do!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cool New Rugs!!

A couple of weeks ago I decided to try out a new rug pattern for my t-shirt rugs.  I made a bunch of small rugs that turned out great.  Last week I decided to try my hand at a bigger rug.  I chose the colors I had the most of in my stash: pink, dark blue, white, and black.  I ended up running out of black, so I "yarned" a few more shirts.  
This rug is about 32 inches.  This pattern is great because I had no issues with curling or wrinkling.  It increases very nicely.
Another thing that really helps is that I worked it on a flat surface and my stiches have gotten more consistent.
This one took me about 3 hours to do and that includes cutting the extra shirts into yarn.  I actually finished it on Saturday after my parents and niece left.  (They came down to bring us a new dryer!!!!)  When I was done with it I decided to start a new one.  This one I did in all blues and turquoises.  
This one needs to be stretched out a little or something because it's looking kind of pointed on the outside round where the increases are.  
These are some of my favorite colors.  I wish I'd had a bigger stash of yarn!!!
This one took me about 2 hours or so, but it's a bit smaller than the other one.  I think it's 26 or 27 inches if I remember right.  Stitching these two rugs severely depleted my stash of t-shirt yarn.  No problem though, it just gives me an excuse to go to the Salvation Army and do some shopping!!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Feathery Yarn Wreath--Take 2

Back in September, I decided to try my hand at making a yarn wreath.  It went SO well that I gave the wreath to my Mom for her birthday...without taking a picture of it first.  Oops.  It was gorgeous and I'm still mad that I forgot to take a picture.  Mom loves it, and she has it hanging in her cubicle at work now.  I had so much fun making the wreath that I started another one right away.  Then I promptly forgot about it, adding it to the pile of unfinished projects.  

Last week, as my morning sickness was on vacation, I finished a couple of projects from that pile.  The yarn wreath was one of them.

It felt amazing to finish things that have been hanging around my craft room (and brain) for months.  I really like the way this one turned out, but the one I made for Mom really is better.  Hmmm, maybe I should get her to take a picture of it for me.  

You know, the idea of a "pile" of unfinished projects is actually very misleading.  I have an entire room full of stuff that is awaiting my attention.  This weekend we had some family visiting and a munchkin photographer managed to capture some photographic evidence...

Scraps waiting to be made into flowers. Frames waiting to be made into something!
T-shirts waiting to be cut into t-shirt yarn, headbands, and scraps for flowers
Spray paint waiting to be, well, sprayed.  More t-shirts and scraps.
And one of my favorite unfinished projects of all....the hubs!  He's a very proud and excited Daddy-to-be.

Seriously though, this is what I'm working on right now, or I will be as soon as I finish this post!

Hopefully it's going to work out.  It's another t-shirt rug, but this one will be a series of connected circles of various colors.  Tonight I'll be working on the blue circle.  It's a different pattern than the one I used when I crocheted the rugs for my nieces at Christmas.  I'm not sure whether I like it yet or not.  The finishing off is bothering me.  I don't like the bump it leaves, but I can't seem to figure out how to make it disappear.  Anyone have any tips??