Monday, February 10, 2014

Girly Owl

Before my sweet niece was born, her Momma sent me a picture of a cute little girly owl and asked if I could make one IF this baby was a girl.  Well, Hallelujah... after three boys, my sweet sister in law got her baby girl.  So Christmas called for an owl.
The photo she sent me didn't link to anything.  Since I can't credit it properly I won't share it here.  But it was pretty similar.  I drew up my own pattern based on the picture she sent.
The cute face and head are made from wool felt. I splurged on the good stuff for this softie since I want it to wear well and last.

The body and dress are made from scraps of quilting cotton that I had in my stash.  The cool orange, blue and green floral was from JoAnns and I should have bought a bolt of it when I could. It's discontinued now.  

The body, head and legs are stuffed with fiber filll so it's nice and soft and cuddly.  I used a fleece interfacing in the "wings" so that it would have some body but still remain floppy.
This is the best, isn't it?  She is just the sweetest thing.  I didn't share this photo first because I knew then you wouldn't be looking at my owl.

Sweet baby girl, I hope you know how much Aunt Lindsay loves you!
Merry First Christmas!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Embroidered States Pillow

Hey, how do you like this? Another Christmas gift from 2012!
I need to stop losing these post drafts!
I made this cute embroidered pillow for my Sister and Brother in Law.
I'm a big fan of all the state oriented art work out there over the past several years and since the two of them were actually born in different states, I thought this pillow was a great idea.
I had to brush up on my embroidery stitches for this one. It was a great project to work on in the waiting room while the Bug was at ballet.  I don't usually have the patience for this type of project but looking at it now again, one year later, I'm feeling like maybe another similar project might help me beat these winter blues.


Monday, February 3, 2014

Gifts from the Bug

I still have a few Christmas gift posts if that's o.k.  This extra cold and snowy weather has just left me lacking focus and the desire to blog. But I can't let these sweet gifts go without sharing.

I always like to have Lily make a few Christmas gifts for people because I think there is great joy in giving homemade. I wish I could do more of it and I want her to see the value in giving of your time and talents.

So this year, we got our hands on some Stained by Sharpie fabric markers.  We found ours at Target but you can get them on Amazon or probably in most big box or craft stores.
She did a little sewing and a little drawing and came up with several really unique gifts for special people in our family.
She made a bicycle ornament for her Uncle who loves cycling.
Look how proud and excited she is for Grandpa to open his gift!
She made him a pillow with a picture of him at his drum set.  I love the drum set. . . all the detail of it. . . all just from her head, she wasn't looking at a picture or anything.
We found the Sharpies were much easier to use than other fabric markers we've tried.  I'm not sure how they will hold up to washing.  They are supposed to be washable though. Time will tell if they fade or bleed I guess.

For one of the last gifts she made festive tea towels.  First she drew a scene on paper, then I traced it onto the towel in black.  Once it was traced, she went back in and colored them.
They turned out so cute I can hardly handle it. I wish I'd thought to have her make one for me! Maybe next year.