Mother Nature, foiling my crafty plans

Things have been chugging along on the craft front here… I am trying to get stock prepared to post for sale (baby goodies) while also working on some gifts for friends and family. I ordered some fantastic fleece and an amazing price as the fleece we have here is not great and way over priced. Because we live so close to the border we just order and ship through the states then cross to pick it up.

Well today we planned to head over to pick up my 13 yards of fantastic fleece so I could get to some more crafting and this is what we woke up to…

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Seriously…. I am so ready to be done with this. Craftiness foiled! It is supposed to rain this afternoon so it should be gone by tonight but really… apparently Thunder Bay never got the memo it is spring.

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Well Hello Blog!

Wow, it has been ridiculously long since I have posted. Things got a little busy leading up to Easter with our trip to southern Ontario to visit with family. My mum scored me a few orders for baby things so I was busy sewing those up before I left… and of course, I am kicking myself as I didn’t take photos before they were picked up!

Now that we are back home and settling back into our routine I can focus on getting items posted so I can hopefully start selling some more stuff soon. My mum ‘donated’ some fantastic fabric from her stash that I just finished washing, ironing and adding to my collection last night as well as the 6m of flannel I picked up on super sale this weekend. I also, finally, made my light box so some better pictures are coming up!

More to come very soon… especially since I will be picking my serger back up today. It needed to be checked out. Ever since the needle broke the tension has been ridiculous and there has been an awful clicking sound. I’m hoping it’s all better now and ready to make some blankets!

NCM Day 21: Catching up with some sewing

I have been trying out some new patterns the last week or so – I haven’t made it very far as I have also been relaxing with some Dexter and my husband, but tonight we did some crafting. I didn’t make a lot, but I happily made myself a set of fleece breast pads (my son has been really rough lately as he is really interested in everything going on around him at ALL times and most of the time forgets to unlatch when he wants to look around… ouch!). My plan for tomorrow is some Newman’s cream and heating pads in my bra (which is why I wanted the fleece pads). Along with those, I made a quick pattern for a diaper pouch… I seem to be focusing on diaper carriers a lot lately, I think because I’m transitioning out of a diaper bag. It was really quick to sew up and I got to use some of my new fabric. I did it with cotton without interfacing, but I think next time I will either use a heavier fabric or add a lining to make it a little sturdier. All-in-all I am very happy with how it turned out. I may even use a PUL fabric at some point to make a quick, small wetbag. And yes, my cat Omlet tried to get in the picture… that’s her style.

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My plan for tomorrow is to finally complete my photo-takin’ box! Hopefully then my pictures won’t be so awful! Bring on the white light!

NCM Day 18: A Slip

My husband and I decided to spend the night downstairs relaxing with some Dexter tonight instead of venturing up to the craft floor as we have been doing the past few weeks. I made myself an Earl Grey Tea latte a la Starbucks (I LOVE that I have figured out the recipe… even bought myself an official vente mug to make it feel like the real deal!), and sat down to do some more work on my crochet blanket.

I started this blanket before Christmas – I’m not an experienced crocheter, so I wanted something simple, fun, and done in patches so I could just do a few every now and then and still feel like I was accomplishing something. I have a crochet blanket on the go that is done in rows and after doing a single row I’m pooped and don’t really feel like I’ve accomplished anything. I found a beautiful pattern by The Purl Bee, and of course, in true Meagan form, chose drastically different yarn and hook size. This one I’m working in Vanna’s Choice.

It has been a few months since I have done any squares so I picked it up tonight and completed the outside border of the last square I was doing then completed a second. As I was packing the squares up into the bag of the other 20 or so I had already completed I noticed that my second one from tonight was considerably larger. Yup, measured and it was a complete row larger. Ugh… wrong hook size. I grabbed the hook I thought I had used, but apparently  not. There is no way my tension could have changed that much in a few months, and if it had it would have just gotten tighter not looser… so after sighing a few frustrated sighs, I did a test of two rounds in the size smaller – still too big – and finally in two hook sizes smaller. Perfect.

So while it was nice and relaxing to sit, enjoy a latte, dexter and some crocheting this evening, all my work will have to be torn apart and done again. Oh well! Good thing they are just 7 round squares!
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NCM Day 17: Fabric!

I meant to post this last night, but sleep over took me after a fun day!

I finally made it out to the fabric store yesterday – I have been in need of some different coloured fleece for some more soakers (specifically black so I can do Batman ones!) and flannel. Well, I managed to purchase some flannel – one has a slight flaw in the dye so I got it for $2/m – and I also picked up some on sale cotton which included a Michael Miller pattern which this store NEVER has!

However, I am very disapointed overall with this store. It never seems to have a really good selection, the sales are always on the crappy stuff (IMO) and everything else is overpriced. It’s sad too as we only have this one and a local quilter’s store which has beautiful fabric, but, understandably, only cotton and a small selection of flannel. I am heading down to my mum’s for Easter so I may do a quick trip and check out some of the stores in her area to see what they have before I order online.

Here is the flannel – the polka dots has a white streak about 6″ long every metre or so… won’t work for a single large project (receiving blanket, pants, etc), but will be great for projects that require smaller cuts! Also, how cute are those sharks!
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And here is the cotton! The Owls are a Michael Miller print, and I just couldn’t resist the alphabet pattern.

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NCM Day 17: Diaper Strap

Yeah, I’ve totally missed quite a few days this month, but I made it back up to sew something new tonight. I have been sewing – made a few fleece soakers as gifts this week – but tonight I was finally able to make the diaper strap I’ve been thinking about! Super easy and quick sewing project and I am so happy with how it turned out.

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The strap easily fits a small wipes case and a few diapers. I have tried it with disposables and I have no doubt I could get one or two cloth in it too. This will be great for quick trips out and to just throw in my bag… or just leave in the car so I’m never without!

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NCM: Day 12 & 13

Hmm… my Day 11 blog didn’t post… odd… good thing I noticed and got it up!

I finally made it back up to the craft floor tonight – I didn’t do a lot, made a bib and another soaker. It was relaxing. Sometimes I just like to sew straight lines. I find it calming. I really need to get started on a rag quilt. I have been thinking a lot about crafting the last few days – the things I would like to make, fabric I’d like to get. I think I will draw up some patterns this week to help move things along.

 

NCM Day 11: Organizing Fabric!

My craft floor is a disaster. It is the space in the house that we never care how it looks becuase only my husband and I spend any time there. Well now, I would like to get it organized. I decided to start on my fabric. I don’t have a whole lot, but I would like to start using what I have instead of constantly thinking I need more and going out and buying some – I decided to wrap the fabric around cardboard and create my own bolts to put on a bookshelf. This way I can easily see what I already have, what I may want to use for projects and where I may be missing colours/patterns to keep an eye out for if they ever go on sale (note to self: definitely need a more varied selection of broadcloth). I ran out of cardboard before making it through all my stash – still have the knits to do – but I am loving it so far! Best part… I can now use the clear bins the fabric was in for my yarn (which I have a ridiculously huge stash) and finally see what I have so I stop buying the same colours over and over again!

NCM Day 9 & 10

I have had a pretty wonderful few days. H hit 6 months on Friday and heading straight into the sleep cycle of a growth spurt… Saturday he did a 3 hour and a 2 hour nap. I was able to get a ton done around the house and complete 4 pages from my wedding album. I am really enjoying working on this album. I love that each page follows the same colour theme and uses the same selection of paper/brads/ribbons. It is making the pages come together quite quickly, but I also think, quite well. I usually get bored of an album pretty quickly (I got through 3 Disney pages before I switched to the wedding album), but I think I should be able to get through this one before moving onto the Disney one again or starting to work on H’s.

One thing I love about scrapbooking is organizing the photos. Especially  now that I am printing in all different sizes – 2×3, 3×4, 4×6, 5×7, 6×8 and I want to do some 2×8 and 4×8 as well next time – it is easy figuring out what photos to use and I have more freedom with designs. I also love that I can add the not-so-perfect shots in a 2×3 format and use the ‘perfect’ one on the other side. Needless to say, I am having fun with this book!

Tonight though, I got out my sewing machine again and tried my hand at making a fleece soaker for H. This boy is one heavy wetter and I love using cloth diapers  but did not want to go out and buy covers as we use AIO’s. Well, a mommy friend sent me an online pattern and I gave it a shot tonight. SO easy and pretty fun to make. I will definitely be making more. Tomorrow I’ll be trying them on H to see if I got the right fit and then sewing up some more this week. I also like that I can use it as another homemade gift to add to my ‘Welcome Baby’ gifts for friends who are about to have babies (one was induced today.. YAY! and another should be any day now!). I  know forsure one is using cloth diapers, but even if you aren’t… a soaker is definitely still a good idea. Especially with newborns who seem to soak through everything! Man I miss those squishy newborns!
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NCM Day 8: Baby Info-Photo

I’m not even sure what you call them… I’m going with info-photo… they are the artsy way to showcase your child’s birth stats (length, date, weight, etc). Well, I have had it on my list to do for H for months now and I finally sat down and did it last night and finished it up today. I am very happy with how well it turned out too. I did it in CorelDraw (a program which I LOVE!) and chose Illuminate as my font. I love free fonts. Every so often I go and download another dozen or so. Today was one of those days!

This is definitely a project I would do again and a great one as a gift!