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The past few days have not been good. Between job hunting and a continuous sinus induced migraine, I haven't been able to sit and sew for long because of the strain on my eyes. I've been piecing together Steph's blanket, but progress has slowed greatly. Haven't even started on the window curtain and I need to get that done! I'm planning on having a birthday party in the middle of May and would like to have both the front door curtain and the bathroom window curtain done and up by then. If I keep going this slow, I won't make that deadline.

I'm also in need of a rotary cutter but they are so expensive it makes me want to tear my hair out. I HAD a couple of them in my scrapbooking supplies, but now they're gone. And I simply cannot justify buying one right now. It makes my job harder, but I'll find a way, like always.

Should have updated photos this weekend.


Mar. 27th, 2012 06:03 pm
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Alaine's blanket:


Steph's blanket:


The fabric for the door window curtain:

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I've had a couple of nice surprises today. I'd forgotten that my aunt gave me a good bit of fabric, and I have a good bit of this beautiful summer-sky blue that will be perfect for the bathroom window curtain since it's all blue and white.

The second nice surprise was finding a better option for the rod and bracket for the front door window.

After all the issues I've had with the dowel rod for the front door curtain, I've given it up after finding a magnetic curtain rod kit for the exact purpose for the project. Found it accidentally at Wal-Mart and decided that $7.97 was okay since it'll make my life and this project much easier (the wooden dowel rod I got still isn't cut nor could I find hooks of the right size to mount it). Hoping to have the curtain done by the middle of the week. I'm so glad I can finally get on with it!

I've also been looking at sewing baskets since all my supplies are crammed in a round metal container that my mother used back in the '70s for her very basic sewing supplies. I would never get rid of it, but it's just not practical for my needs. I've looked at baskets at Wal-Mart and Hancock Fabric and I don't like any of them. They're all horribly overpriced, ugly, and too small. I haven't been able to go to JoAnn's in Hoover yet, so I don't know what they have, but I hope they have a better selection. Going to try and go this week and at least look at what they have. Also want to go to Hobby Lobby, although I don't know where the closest one is since Tuscaloosa's was leveled in last April's tornado.
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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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