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Welcome to my adventures in crafting blog! While I've always done some sort of craft, I recently starting sewing again after a long, frustrating search for home decor (you'd think green and beige wouldn't be hard to find, but it is). I also love giving my close friends and family members things I've made myself. And more importantly, it gives me that warm, fuzzy feeling. There's something incredibly relaxing and pleasurable about making something. It also gives me a great sense of accomplishment.

A few of the projects I'm working on at the moment are:
a black/grey gradient bandanna blanket and matching throw pillow (for my little sister, Ali)
a white and pink bandanna blanket and machine throw pillow (for my cousin Steph)
a small curtain for the window in my front door
two throw pillows in green and beige (because I'm not paying $20 for a throw pillow)
a curtain for my odd sized bathroom window

I have a whole list of ideas I want to work on, but I figured I should keep it simple and not bog myself down. I'm mainly working on the two bandanna blankets at the moment because they're the simplest, although it's taking me forever to pieces them together as everything is hand sewn since I cannot find my little sewing machine. I actually enjoy hand sewing, it just takes longer, especially since I tend to add an extra seam because I don't really trust the quality of my thread or my stitching.

The bandanna blanket is crazy easy. For Steph's, I'm piecing together 6 to 8 (I haven't made up my mind on which yet) white & pink bandannas for the middle with a very wide border in white all around. The back will be just plain white. Ali's blanket is much the same but with only 4 bandannas to work with, I'm going to have to add squares in black around the 4-square core with a wide grey border. I haven't decided on the backing as of yet.

I came up with the idea of making the curtain for the front door window after realizing that NO ONE makes anything close to what I need. I've been living in my house for almost a year and I don't like having my window covered with a dishcloth taped on. It's just.... Ick. So I'm making a small curtain in this beautiful light green and white material with a thin dowel rod as a curtain rod. I'll have to get small hooks that stick on as my door is metal and I certainly can't use a regular screw in hook.
The hardest part has been the "curtain rod". For whatever reason, Wal-Mart doesn't sell dowel rods anymore, and I really didn't want to have to go to Lowe's or Home Depot, but I finally broke down last night and went to Lowes since I couldn't even start on the curtain until I had the thrice-damned dowel. I found exactly what I needed, but even after telling me they could cut it the length I need, they said they couldn't because it was too small to cut. It was suggested I buy a saw. I did not leave Lowe's happy. But I have the dowel and I will find someone to cut it. I look forward to finishing this project just because it's been such a pain in the butt just to get it started!

All in all, I'm excited to be able to do these projects. I'd like to give a special shout-out to my Bex, the sewing genius, for getting me back into hand crafted creativity.

Happy sewing!


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