Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Mantel - Spring Ver.

My, this is a belated post indeed!
In keeping with our Mantel Tradition, we've been decking it out in springtime icons -- mainly in the form of birthday cards!

That's right, Daddy's Mama's and Ella's birthdays all fall within a month of each other.
Daddy - March 28
Ella Rose - April 1
Mama - April 25

Not to mention the Easter greeting cards, thank-you notes, and baby announcements :)

All in all, a very paper-filled mantel.
When I had been looking forward to the Spring Mantel, I was envisioning more flowers and whatnot, but they would wilt so quickly...and there was barely any room for them anyway~~ {: )

June 21st, the Summer Solstice, is coming right up, at which point we'll start to furnish the Mantel for summertime. I wonder what it will look like. Probably more flowers, kept in water-filled vases this time, and hopefully some good old-fashioned handcrafted works. Strings of knit yarn and such. ;)

Well! Until then, Happy (late) Spring~!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Two new sewing projects!

That's right, you heard it here first.
I'm actually sewing now! @_@
Sure, I've mended things in the past, and there were those bread bags back in January. But those were sloppy hand-stitched items.
Say hello to my sewing machine aided creations!!

(1) Knitting Needle Case

Using fabrics and ribbon I had hanging around, I finally got around to organizing my knitting needle collection (recently augmented by the stash inherited from my abuela) in a somewhat pretty, but definitely functional, knitting needle case :)

Don't get me wrong. I didn't come up with this pretty little thing all by myself.
I used the most wonderful tutorial from Made By Loulabelle.
If you want to make one of these yourself, I highly recommend following her tutorial with clear instructions and pretty photos to boot ;)

And before we say good-bye, to the Knitting Needle Case, here's oooone more photo:

Okay! Onto project #2...

(2) Dog Bed

Okay, so it doesn't look like much, but let me show you what's going on here:

First, that is one happy Tak'e.
But I kid. Really, look close, you'll see that this bed is comprised of three simple things:

- 2 old towels
- batting (scored for free at a garage sale!)
- and yarn scraps

Again, not my own idea, but totally right up my alley in terms of (1) frugality (2) repurposing and (3) functionality. I have the amazing Martha Stewart to thank for this one. That's right.

To recreate this in your own home, simply sew two towels to each other along 3 of their 4 sides. Then fill the pocket you've created with batting, sew shut, and then thread yarn through random areas of the bed to keep the batting in place. DONE.

And, because you haven't seen her on the blog in a while, here's little miss Ella Rose attesting to the awesomeness that is that new dog bed:

Can you feel the enthusiasm?

Well, that about wraps up my latest endeavor so to bid you all a good night, is Tak'e on his dog bed. :)

Take care and happy sewing!!