Fri, May. 21st, 2010, 02:17 pm
I really have not posted here in over a year!?!?!
Well, I have not given up crafting, or drawing or any of that...I guess I just gave up taking the time to sit down and share it all.
The feedback is missed!
I still check about a million blogs a day, that hasn't changed!
In the meantime, I recently started this;http://nottoopinkcdean.blogspot.com/
It's a little different. I was just trying to make myself draw again, every day if possible.
It's an "almost" every day kinda' thing.
Just fun for me, just to keep my mind going, my hand drawing!
So far I am liking it, and it is not becoming a chore, I look forward to the drawing, the posting all of it.
I will keep it going, as long as it feels this way.
If you feel like it, stop on by, say hi...or anything!
Is anyone still there after such a long absence?
I have been making quite a few things lately following patterns (usually I just make it up as I go!)
So I thought I'de post, since so far, all have turned out pretty well!
Around Christmas time, I mentioned this dress
from Sugar City Shop.
This is the first piece of clothing I have ever made, and I am so happy with how it turned out!
Ava wore it, and I loved how she looked in it!
Nice wrinkles eh!
Since I found their pattern so easy to follow, I quickly ordered the Wanderings coat pattern
When I first saw their red version...it was exactly the coat I was looking for, for Ava. Perfect!
I loved making this coat...I can't believe how well it turned out!
and all the details and finishing touches were the very best part!
Oops, looking at this, I realize I forgot to make the cape for my little red....I will have to get on that!
So I definatley recommend this pattern, there directions were very thorough and easy to follow.
Oh, and the coat is so stinkin' cute, and warm!
Some other patterns I have followed lately have been by the fabulous Hilary at Wee Wonderfuls
I have actually made quite a few of her items, they are all so cute, it's not hard to want to make them all!
But for Christmas gifts, I made a bunch of those fleecy monkeys
for nieces, nephews and friends.
So cute, they turned out pretty sweet and were pretty easy to make!
Just last night, I finished up this little guy, from her patterncards.
This will be mailing off to my mom soon for her birthday
So I am just sharing these if anyone is looking for ideas. All of these turned out, just as I hoped.
Now, I have a bunch of "non patterned" stuff I should get back too!
I hope everyone is staying warm!
So...last week we got to ride the Santa Train
...which is the El train, they bring out every Christmas here in Chicago.
The entire train is fully decorated inside and out, and one train car is removed, and replaced with a platform to hold Santa and his sleigh.
They even have elves at each entrance onto the train passing out candy cains.
We took the train to the Christkindle Market
which we went to last year too. and I swear
the weather is always just so bitter cold, it's hard to enjoy this outdoor event!
There are some really cool indoor shops too...filled with cool German ornanments and so much
cute stuff...it hurts.
I did buy a few ornaments this year...since we bought none last year!
a gerkin for each kid.
this bird...Ava was totally obsessed and I don't think we could have left without
buying this...or a major temper tantrum!
And this...which is my favorite...so stinkin' cute.
There were a ton more like this, and if they weren't so pricey..I would
have bought more!
And lastly, in the outside booths...I got this little magnet, which again, is so stinkin' cute!
It doesn't seem to be very accurate on the temperature...but that's ok, it makes me happy to look at it!
Oh, and the older man at this booth, was so nice...he gave us these cute little wooden flowers for the kids
while we were waiting.
I have just about everything ready and finished. Today, is finishing up the last two little girl purses,
making 2 cheeseballs, and packing all our stuff, to leave tomorrow....which I hope the weather allows!
We pretty much have it all "christmassed out" here now
I have the handmades gifts, fairly well along..or I would, if I didn't keep adding "one more thing" to the lis!
The little bags for my mom and sisters are done
Man, sorry for the not so great photos lately.
I have so much to photograph, but no light!
It's snowin' like crazy outside right now!
Pretty, but so so cold!
I have a bunch of these monkeys
these little fairy ornaments to finish up with Ava, (they need wings)
Make some biscotti, finish up the baby food jar snowglobes (I am now questioning why I started these!)
Hem Ava's dress, and sew on the buttons.
And probably some more stuff too...I better get going!
Fri, Dec. 12th, 2008, 05:25 pm
I am working away on the homemade gifts this year...much much much in store!
That is, if I can finish it all in time!
My good friend, asked me to make some little "girly" purses, for some little girlies in her life.
Here is what I came up with
I really hope they like them, Ava sure does!
Then I felt totally guilty I didn't even think of making one for her!
I'll add that to the list, if I get time!
The polka dot fabric, the purses are sitting on, will hopefully become a really cute
dress for Ava, for Christmas, and any other occasion I can get her in it!It's from this pattern
, so I really hope it turns out, as cute as it should!
I have lots of other things in the works..so hopefully (for my sake!)
I will be posting them all soon!
If these kids can take awesome naps, like they did today, it just all may work out!
Although, this happens about once a week usually, so we'll see!
Good luck to anyone working on the homemade end of things!
So we are gettin' all the Christmas stuff ready and in gear.
Yesterday, Ava and I made a gingerbread house.
Her Nana gave us this, from a kit, so not the kind you eat (so full of bad things!)
But much easier to make.
Although the icing was not so easy to work with, I will spare the boring details!
and tah dah!
Ava was especially good at making sure we used every single piece of candy we could!
Check out that front garden!
She was good at monitoring the icing too, constantly telling me, "whoa, that's too much,!" then removing the excess with her finger! (to eat of course!)
More to come!
I have recently listed some new prints in the shop.
They are digital prints, from the paintings in my Big Bad Wolf show at Nancy.important conversationannabelle
Printed on matte paper this time...just because...and all ready in theshop!
I have some plush in the Luv n Hug show again this year, at Gallery Hanahou
It opened yesterday...and the plush are on sale in person,, or online here
Here are my wolfies from the show
These three were printed on fabric through the use ofSpoonflower
sweet and simple...
and then these 2, were a bit more complicated;
all handsewn from wool felt
So I am very happy to be included in this show again, along with so many other
super talented artists!
Fri, Dec. 5th, 2008, 12:19 pm
ok, so I've got some major catch up to do.
We have hardly been home the last few months...so yeah, I haven't posted since SEPTEMBER!!!!
Ok...so here are the final costumes from Halloween!
Ava = squirrel
Simon = acorn
and the TAIL!!!
So Ava's was all sewn, and crazy and homemade looking...I don't know that the tail is really intact, it's been through THREE halloween outings now.
Simons, was really just a little acorn hat, I crocheted, and a light brown comfy outfit, he already had. Easy peasy.
I don't know that many of the candy givers knew what either was....Simon was "baby Bjorned" to me the whole time
and Ava...well, people just didn't get it...that's ok though, I was pleased!
Next year, I Really, really want them to go as Little Red Riding Hood, and the Big Bag wolf....oh, but Ava might have some opinions of her own on that!
OH, yeah...and my little sister, requested I make this hat for her, she originally saw here
I thought, "that doesn't look too hard"
so I downloaded the free pattern, and then completely ignored it, b/c I am too impatient to read directions
so it works...it's not perfect, but it works!
Oh yeah....it's Katamari
as modeled by Ava...and Owly.
so that's most of October...I guess!
More to come!
So I guess I am trying to make up for having not posted in so long...3 posts in one day! That is a record for me!
Anyway, I just wanted to mention The Red Ball Project
, which is currently here in Chicago!
The red ball is inflated in different locations all over the city, and it is just really cool to see in person!
(and fun to follow around the city!)More info here;
We got to see it this past weekend with some friends at the Chess Pavillion
The kids loved it!
If you are in the area, you should definitly try to see it at one of the locations
here is a schedule
of where it will be, and where is has been.
Also on a side note...while standing by the bike trail, my husband almost got runover by Vince Vaughn! Haha! He was passing by on his bike, luckily no one was hurt!