The holiday season is here! Yippee!

Well I have been very busy away from the house lately…errands, church activities, and the like…so my poor little blog has been sorely neglected. I thought I’d better at least try to get one post done before Thanksgiving, even though I don’t have a lot of things to share right now…Just kitty pics and a couple little felt projects.

My babies are now 7 months old, and calming down accordingly. They are also getting lots bigger! I had put their collars away for a couple of weeks, and when I went to put them back on yesterday, I had to drastically loosen them to fit properly! They cold weather is also encouraging lots of snuggling these days, and I got some cute shots of them snoozing on our bed yesterday. The lighting in the master bedroom is pretty horrible for taking photographs, and I’m not in the mood to retouch this one right now, but you get the picture. They are just like one big kitty-blob!

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One of the projects I’ve been working on, aside from Christmas gifts, are these little felt heart Christmas ornaments. Our church is having a bazaar and silent auction to raise money for a local homeless ministry, so I made these little ornaments to help out. I actually made four total, but I forgot to take pics of the last two before taking them to church.

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Stitching on all those little seed bead was not as much fun as you may think, but I guess it was worth the result. I also made one with a seed bead snowflake, which was very cute…too bad I didn’t take a picture!

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Part of me would like to make some more of these for my etsy shop, but it seems like there are already alot of people selling similar things there. What do you think? I am somewhat at a loss about what to sell these days. I have sold a couple sets of personalized cat toys, so I’m thinking about making more pet-related items…it’s just hard to know what to do, especially with all the worries people have about the economy these days. It’s not going to help me one single bit!

But we still have more to be thankful for than I could ever list out here. And I plan to fully enjoy this Thanksgiving with family, giving God the glory for all He’s done for us over the past year. What a year it has been! Thank you, Lord!

Sneak Preview

Well, I thought I’d have some crochet progress to show you on my Classic Trench Coat, but I didn’t have time yet to take photos of what I’ve done on it lately. I have just one sleeve to go before I begin assembly, so I’m definitely nearing the end! I do not seem to have the discipline to completely finish one project before beginning another, however; so Friday afternoon I just had to start something new…
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I have been wanting to get out my sewing machine and use some of the fabric I have stashed around here, and this project has been in my head for some time. It’s not quite finished yet (I still have a couple of ribbons to secure), but I’ll give you a sneak peek anyway.
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If you are a cat-lover, you’ll want to keep your eye on my Etsy shop over the next few days. This item should go up by Tuesday night, if I can get some good lighting and photo shooting time (I hope, I hope)! I’ll be sure to get a mini-post up on here as soon as I put it up for sale, too!
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 If I get my way, I’ll be making a similar item during my spring break, using more of my fabric stash. So my next few posts will probably be sewing related….but don’t worry….I am still crocheting up a storm when I don’t have time to get out the sewing machine! :o) Well, now back to stitching… Happy Sunday evening, everyone!

Little Mouse in My House!

I had a few extra hours this evening, and I decided to get creative! It’s been a while since I played with my felt stash (I need more!!!) and this was fun, fun, fun! It was also a welcome break from major crocheting, especially since I just finished my super secret project . Whew! It is a huge relief to have that done!

So, here’s what I came up with over the last few hours!
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Little Mousie Markers! They are small stuffed felt mice, with really long tails…about 11 inches, in fact. And they just love to tag along with you as you read! They can’t get enough of a good book, and they are so helpful that when you have to put your book down they’ll just stick their little tails in there and keep your page for you! How cute! How sweet! I just love ’em! Don’t you!? :o) Well, these little guys (and gals) are now for sale in my Etsy shop, so come on over if you’re interested in taking one of these mousies home!

I found it!

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     I love JoAnn’s Fabrics (at least today…some days I don’t)! So much fabric…so many patterns…so little time! I had a rough day at work today and decided to reward myself by going to JoAnn’s to find the lining for my tote. I found many choices, more than I expected, actually! It was a little hard to decide what to get, but I decided to stick with my original idea of a calico print with little blue flowers on a light blue background. I think the colors ended up matching perfectly! Plus, as an added bonus, JoAnn’s was apparently having a big sale (unknown to me) and I got the fabric for 50% off! I am super excited to get this sewn up and put the whole tote together!
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     As you can see from the pics, I have sewn on the large pockets (front and back), finished the gusset and straps, and created the button tab. I didn’t like the button tab when I followed the pattern. It was much wider than I thought necessary, and there’s no way I could find a matching button large enough to be practical. So to customize it to my desires, I did 9 ch. and did the pattern stitches for 4 inches. Then on the next row, I did the normal pattern for 2 stitches, 2 ch, sk 2, pattern for 3 stitches, turn. I finished with 2 rows of sc across. I like it alot better, and now I’m able to use a button that I found in my sewing basket that just happens to match almost perfectly!

     So, since I’m so excited to get this tote put together, I’d better get back to work on the side pockets. I waited to do them until the end because I’m running low on the yarn for them. I felt they were the least necessary for me to complete if I did run out. Enough typing…more crochet!

Oh, the Joys of Organization

I have been seeing lots of people making these little fabric cases for their hooks and things, and they looked so neat that I decided to make one myself. I was especially inspired by Erin’s hook case, and even though I tried to follow the tutorial she linked to, I ended up really making it up as I went. It was so fun to dust off the sewing machine and use up a bit of my fabric stash…which is much bigger than my yarn stash right now! So, I now have a completely organized place to keep my hooks, tapestry needles, and other little odds and ends I may need. And in the process I found the small pair of scissors my mom gave me a year ago and couldn’t find anywhere for months….they were hiding with my sewing machine! Go figure! :o) Anyway, here are the photos. Hope they inspire you as others have inspired me!Here’s the case when it’s all rolled up:


Here it is unrolled with the flap down:

And here it is completely open. I used sticky-back velcro instead of sewing the flap down. I didn’t want it too permanent. It works great!


Still Stitchin’ and Grinnin’,

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