Happy at Last!

Happy at Last!

This is Sam. Two days ago she was telling me how sad she was because she wasn’t pretty enough. Well, I have been talking to her and we went on a long walk through the forest and we talked. She had never been in the forest before and it made her so happy! She forgot all about trying to be someone she isn’t and found something that makes her happy, NATURE! She found a leaf with a lady bug on it and an acorn. They are her treasures and she loves them so much! She just doesn’t care about trying look like a girl, just call her Sam. She loves to be outside all the time looking for new treasures. She will be on Etsy within a few minutes.

A New Doll

My new sewing machine is working like a dream! For a few days I spent working on my doll. I have tried one of these dolls a couple of years ago and I just couldn’t get her to look right, but this time I know a little bit more about sewing and how things go together. I really think she is coming along really well so far. I am very excited to watch her come together. 

I decided to take a break and today I made a curtain for my window. It’s not all the way finished, and I still have another one to make for the living room but once I get them both up and hanging, I will show you what they look like. 

I am so excited for my doll to come together. My sewing machine is really doing great and I have yet had to re-thread it because it breaks or knots up! Woo-hoo! ImageD

 

The new issue of Stuffed is coming out in Feburary!!!

ImageThere are so many reasons to look forward to February. First, on the 9th, is the return of my favorite TV show of all time, The Walking Dead! Ohhhh I can’t wait to find out what happened to everyone!

Then, There is Valentines day. My husband I don’t really do anything anymore. However, I love to help the kids pick out there Valentines Day cards and this year will be my daughters 1st School Valentines Day. Last year she was so sad that her brothers came home from school with boxes of treasures but this year she will get her own box and I am so excited for her.

Then, sometime in February, I will start called Barnes and Noble on the February 1st to see if they have it yet, is my favorite magazine of all time. When I first found this magazine it came out quarterly, but now it is only twice a year. That makes me rather sad, however I do get incredibly excited when its time for the new issue. It is the ONLY magazine I read cover to cover, every single page. I love seeing the unique creations and the stories that go along with them. My dream is to get one of my creations into the magazine someday. Oh I can’t wait!!! 

A new Machine, A new Inspiration

I am so excited. This week I received a brand new sewing machine. My old machine was a very cheap one, I bought it several years ago, 4 about, the cheapest one I could find, ( it was all the money I had) to buy a machine. I didn’t really know what I was doing, I inherited my mothers fabric collection. Anyway, a few weeks ago it was acting bad, it was something with the bobbin. I learned to fix it, but my fix didn’t work for long and I got so frustrated that I couldn’t get anything done. I didn’t sew for weeks. Last week my favorite sweater had a ripped seam, so, I took it over the machine and attempted to fix it. The dang thing wouldn’t budge. Well, it budged, but all it managed to do was make a tangled nest a bird would not want. I screamed in frustration, I NEED A NEW ONE!

Well, I did it. I ordered it, and it came! Its nothing fancy, but it is double the price of what I paid for the first one ( after all I am more familiar with sewing than I was then) and it has a few more bells and whistles that I just can not wait to try! Sadly, I have had a horrible week. During the last week all three of my poor babies came down with a stomach bug. I have had kids home all week, some days one, some days, 2 and one day all three. Sigh, I spent the week looking at my new machine all clean and brand new , all set up and ready to go, while I cleaned up things that are not fit to talk about on a decent blog. I finally turned it on last night, just to see it light up and to hear to what noise it made, but then I turned it off and went and cleaned a toilet. 

Today, only 1 kid is sick and he is on the road to recovery, my housework is getting caught up and the sun is shinning! After I give the bathrooms a good disinfecting cleaning, I will sit down and start designing my new creature. I can’t wait!

Trouble Keepers

Well, summer is over and for the first time, all three of my children are back to school. During the summer the house was loud and chaotic but in the midst of everything, I did get a few things made, not much, but I did create a few new things for my Etsy shop.  I also did a bit of experimenting with different crafts here and there. I think the craft that I really enjoyed was needle felting. I managed to make a really strange scary looking felted bird. The kit I bought had everything you needed to make a panda, well, mine turned into a scary baby penguin. Though it is nothing I can put up on my Etsy and only my cat seems to love it, he has hidden it somewhere I think, I really enjoyed attempting something new and different. 

I also attempted my hand at making quilted coasters which did turn out very cute, at least I think so. I attempted to learn “free motion quilting” which is quite a bit harder to do than what it looks like from the sewing shows I watch make it look. 

I did add a couple of new critters called Trouble Keepers in which have a pocket and you can write you’re trouble (such as a fear or worry or a broken heart) on a little piece of paper and put it into their pocket where the Trouble Keeper will keep it safe until you are ready to face you’re trouble head on. The creature I have here is The Fear Keeper, you can write you’re fear down and he will keep it for you until you are ready to face it. 

Now that my house is almost clean again, I can soon get back to work creating new creatures and experimenting with new techniques. I think I shall continue to practice wool felting as it is fun and relaxing to do. 

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My daughter is hiding everything I make

Well, I wish I had some pictures to show you of the things I have made this week. I made my first Trouble Keeper, thanks to a magazine called Mollie Makes I played with wool felt and made a felt bird key ring and after cleaning the garage I found my Felted Zombies book and made my first Zombie bunny out of felt. This morning, I wanted to take photo’s of them, the good ( the key ring and the trouble keeper) and the bad ( Zombie Bunny) however, my daughter has hidden them. 

The trouble started early this week when I finished my first Trouble Maker but decided it just wasn’t quite right, no personality, and so I set it up where I could see it several times a day until I was inspired with what personality it was telling me. Well, Lilly, my  daughter who just turned 5 decided it was perfect and really wanted to keep it. Well, I couldn’t tell her no because she seemed to love it so much. 

Before starting the next Trouble Keeper, I had this project that came free with issue number 26 of Mollie Makes just waiting for me, so I did it. I was a bit intimidated by using felt as I have only experienced the cheap polyester felt and never cared for it. However, when I opened it and realized that this 100% wool felt was much nicer, it was stiffer and did not shed I became excited and within a couple of hours ( I have 3 kids so I get interrupted a lot plus I made a mistake where I had to take apart one side of the bird completely) I had an adorable bird key ring. Well, Lilly also thought it was adorable and I told her she could look at it but couldn’t keep it because I wanted to proudly wear it on my key ring. Well, it’s missing now. 

Okay, well I was inspired by felt and went searching for my book I bought a few years ago about Felt Zombies. I had to clean out my garage in order to find it, but alas I found it! Since I have not been able to find any wool felt in my area and did not want to wait for it to be mailed to me, I bought the cheap polyester type. After 2 hours I had a relatively cute zombie bunny ( and I learned not to even bother with the polyester felt, the wool felt is much better). However this morning when I went to take a pictures of all these things, I could not find them. When Lilly wakes up, as I know for a fact that she is hiding them somewhere, I will attempt to get her to confess and bring me these small treasures so that I can take photos. 

Anyone else have the problem of you’re kids wanting almost everything you make? Right now, it’s a problem however I know that my kids will get older and won’t give two hoots about what I made, right now they love them and I love them so I guess it’s not so much of a problem after all.