A Room for Blaire Wilson

Blaire Wilson is the New American Girl of the Year for 2019. I took my kids into the city of Chicago on January 1st to check her out and ended up letting my daughter bring her home. Whoops. Who am I kidding we were never not going to leave with her, sorry honey. Anyway she is adorable and my daughter LOVES her to pieces.

Once Blaire joined my daughters AG family consisting of Nanea, Luciana, and Camille, we got to work reading her book right away and really enjoyed her story, along with getting a bigger picture of where she lives. Blaire’s book tells us her bedroom is on the third story of her families Victorian Bed & Breakfast in the Turret. So naturally my mind went to how can we recreate her room. Being an Interior Designer by trade has me always planning rooms and to get to make one in the scale to fit Blaire sounded like great fun.

My daughter has an American Girl “Dollhouse” consisting of two 16″ deep x roughly 50″ wide shelves in her closet. I’ll pop a little picture below to see it. It’s pretty full, with 3 dolls already residing there I knew Blaire’s room would have to be elsewhere, along with it being Turret shaped. We plan on making a big dollhouse this spring and I may try and figure out how to incorporate Blaire’s room room in that design.

(The light was there purely for pictures) We had just finished making a little kitchen area to fit all the kitchen supplies she got for Christmas.

I constructed the room base from Foam Core. Using 3/8″ thick for the walls and ceiling and 1/2″ thick for the floor. I planned out of graph paper the room plan after looking at a ton of turret floor plans. The one I model it closest to had a closet in the open space and the door in the corner. Once the plan was set I cut the walls out, I had to do a little bit of fancy cutting to get the angles on the edges. After cutting the walls to size and making sure they worked in the layout I had come up with I cut out all the windows and then constructed the room. I used painters tape to hold the walls in place on the outside while the glue set and then replaced the painters tape with masking tape. We will be “siding” and “shingling” the exterior with paper strips at some point so it will all be covered. You can see the outside in the picture above. The picture below is an in progress picture of which I took few. I seemed to take more videos in my Instagram stories more than anything.

Once the walls were glued I taped it to my cutting table to get a size and shape on the grid to cut out the floor foam board piece. Once the floor was cut to size I attached it inside the walls with glue and used painters tape to hold it in place, of which you can see in the exterior photo is still there. ; ) But it will get covered.

I ended up cutting each wall at roughly 12.5″ wide x 24″ tall, and the longer wall without a window at 15″ wide. The full room measures about 28″ deep x 30″ wide. It’s pretty big.

Okay onto the roof. The was the trickiest part. I am sure there is a scientific method to figuring out the exact size and angle to cut the wedges but I used the trial and error method. I cut two wedges to about the size I thought and trimmed until I had the proper shape and then cut out the rest. I decoupaged the ceiling before gluing it all together so the seams where a little cleaner. I ended up covering the seams with masking tape “beams” anyway. But I had a friend tell me it looks just like the ceiling of her turret attic so that makes me feel good.

I made a Window Seat from 1/2″ thick foam core. If only it opened for storage. Ha ha. I decoupaged wood grain paper for the seat part, and used hobby wood, similar to balsa, to add some moldings to the front of the seat. Blaire and probably a friend can sit and read a book or plan a party on the bench.

I found the cutest paper from Maggies Holmes Bloom line that both my daughter and I loved, I bought some pieces but couldn’t find enough anywhere to buy, which final lead me down the path of digital scrapbooking supplies. So cool. I was able to buy the digital file for the paper and print it on my printer. The color and scale is slightly different than the paper due to altering the file a bit in photoshop to print on bigger paper. But it’s still super close to the original paper, slightly smaller print, and more grey coloring probably due to my printer settings.  I decoupaged all the walls with this paper.

I used a different scrapbook paper from the same line to decoupage window mullions, and then used hobby wood, similar to balsa, to make actual window frames and baseboards. The floor is actual vinyl plank flooring that looks so much like real wood. It’s from Lowe’s as is very inexpensive and easy to install. I would use it again in a heartbeat and probably will when we build the big dollhouse.

Once all the “building” was done I was able to get more into the decorating. My daughter helped select all the fabrics from curtains, bedding, and pillows. I really tried to just direct her towards a selection that would all work well and let her decide on final choices. Boy was that hard! She did a good job picking stuff if I do say so myself.

I made simple little rod pocket curtain panels and used dowel rods for the curtain rods. I cut small rectangles from square wood and drilled holes big enough for the dowel to slide through. I ended up gluing them to the wall since it’s foam core. I would definitely have used screw cup hooks or eyelets if the walls were wood.  My daughter requested the little garlands be cut from scrapbook paper and hung on each window. So cute.

I found adorable butterfly scrapbook paper and thought if we could make the ceiling vaulted I would string the butterflies from the ceiling. I cut out two of each butterfly and glued them together so they look the same on each side. I used a long needle and regular sewing thread and strung them through the ceiling seams. It was super easy to do and makes a big impact.

We couldn’t find a desk my daughter liked so I made one from foam core based on a picture of a real desk we found. The drawers even work. LOL. I don’t imagine this will last long. It doesn’t have a lot of weight to it so the drawers are hard to open. I’m also not sure how long the decoupaged paper will hang on for since it’s on foam core. It’s all kind of an experiment. But Blaire needs a workspace right? I used some beads and gold wire I found in my bead stash and strung some little handles. The legs are made from hobby wood and painted gold. I do think I could make this out of wood now that I have made a foam core prototype. Once it warms up and I can stand to spend more than a couple minutes in our unheated garage, where my saws are, I will try it out. Hopefully at that point I will be better at documenting the process and can make a tutorial for it.

For a Bed I scored Ebay and Tutorials on Pinterest but ultimately I settled on the American Girl Bed for Molly. It wasn’t her original bed but a special release bed available the last year she was available. I found it on Ebay from a wonderful seller and was pleasantly surprised when it arrived in it’s original box in even better condition than described. I made new bedding for it, storing the old in the event we need it in the future. I made a fitted sheet for the existing mattress, a matching pillow case for the existing pillow, a reversible comforter, and a handful of pillows of which my daughter dictated fabric and shape for each.

Well that may be it! Whew.

I do have to say I would like to make from wood. Yikes! But we will see how well this holds up. My daughter although only 5.5 yrs is very good at playing with her dolls gently and carefully. If it feels like it could get ruined by the time we make the BIG dollhouse I’ll incorporate a wood version in that. If this one is doing good I have thought on making an attached garage on the BIG dollhouse and could set this on top of the garage so it’s “attached” to the house. The main reason I didn’t use wood to start is I was sure of cutting all the angles to construct it. Plus, cold garage, time, cost, lol all those factored in. This was supposed to be another “quick” project like the Snow Chalet. Oh well.

My daughter is a huge fan, and I had a blast making it. Designing in this small scale is infinitely quicker and easier than designing in real life.

Check out a little tour video my daughter did of the room down below or on my Youtube Channel. It’s the first video ever over there. Yikes! Lots of Learning to do on that front, like turn the camera sideways. ;)

 

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Winter Chalet Look Alike for American Girl Dolls DIY

So I have dived down the Rabbit Hole of making things for my Daughters American Girl Dolls, and lets be honest we pull out my old dolls to “play with” too.

I was looking on our local Craigslist for a couple American Girl things that I hadn’t been able to find on eBay, and since we live near a store (Chicago) I figured I may have luck on Craigslist.  While we didn’t find anything to purchase I did stumble across a used American Girl Winter Chalet for a pretty reasonable price and had my son not been sick I may have purchased and left it at that. But being house bound, I started looking up details on the Chalet and realized it was kinda small, and while still utterly adorable, I decided to see if we could whip one up real quick with a cardboard box. Cue eye roll. That real quick project got away from me due to the fact that I am particular about details and how cute things look, not to mention being the proper scale. Luckily, I mean not really, my son was sick for two weeks on and off which meant lots of time at home and lots of free time so I worked away and ended up with our fun Winter Chalet and Hot Cocoa Stand.

Okay here are some details for you. While I didn’t take any process pictures, sorry about that,  I can give you an overview of how I made the Chalet and if you have Instagram I have some story Highlights saved from during the process.

I used a cardboard box, just a random box we got in the mail,  the box measures roughly 18″ x 18″ x 15″. I am pretty sure you can get Home depot shipping boxes in the store very similar to that size.  So I cut one side off, and the top “roof” off, I added a peak at the back by just cutting some card board to fit the width and height of the peak I wanted and taped it to the existing box.  I also cut a piece of white foam core board the size of the back wall including the peak, and glued it to the back wall as extra support and so there would be no seams. The roof is two pieces of foam core board I decoupaged with scrap book paper before hot gluing onto the roof.  I cute the red roof beams from foam core and did two layers glued together so they are thicker, then they are just glued in place after being painted.

I cut sticks from a dead bush in our back yard and glued them on the front like log pillars.  As you can see the one as popped off a bit on the right so i will reattach with a stronger glue.  I did use Hot Glue for everything and while it has held up great thus far we will see how long it lasts.

I painted the outside with just a basic brown craft paint to keep it simple.

I cut windows out of one side of the Chalet with an exacto knife.  The shutters are made from thick Popsicle sticks that I cut the rounded edges off, glue together, painted, and glued to the sides.

The walls are papered with a gingham scrap book paper and a wood plank scrapbook paper. Both papers were found at Hobby Lobby. I just cut to match seams as we went around.Then I cut a thin piece of the wood paper and glued it over the spot where the papers met as a “trim” piece. I used Modge Podge for all decoupage, a layer of it under the paper and after the paper dried a layer over the paper to seal it for longevity.

To make the Fireplace I needed something round to match the look of the one in the Real American Girl Winter Chalet. I finally settled on a protein powder container. I cut the bottom and the top off, and then had to cut it into maybe a third of a circle, I kind of measured it against the wall to figure out the exact size. It was all trial and error. I hadn’t attached the roof at this point so I had the angle at the top of the walls to measure against. Once I got the right size, I cut the half circle shape in the front for the opening. I glued the protein powder bottle to a 1/4-1/3  circle cardboard piece as its base. I added a duplicate partial circle piece on top of the protein bottle for the mantle. On top of the mantel I attached  the top portion of a Pepsi 2 liter bottle, and then a paper towel roll over the Pepsi container spout as the chimney.  I really wish I had a picture of this process for you. The best I can say is trail and error and don’t give up, and HOT GLUE can help anything. :) After it was all glued together I painted the top with a gold metallic craft paint I had, several coats right over the paper towel roll and the Pepsi container. I painted the interior of the fireplace black, and decoupaged the rock paper, from Joann Fabrics, over the bottom portion with Modge Podge. I had to clip the paper overlapping it on the curved sections. With the busy pattern of the rocks this isn’t to noticeable. But you could also paint it to look like rock.  I added a trim piece on the mantel to match the trim on the walls and a little cardboard scrapbook NO. sticker. The wreath is a bottle brush wreath I had in my stash and I just used a dot of hot glue to attach it. I cut the logs from the same bush as the “log” pillars and added a tealight under them for the glow. The whole fireplace is detached so you can move it out to access the logs and tealight.

The Benches where probably the trickiest part. I used real wood, and mdf I had from my dollhouse. I cut the bases from 1″ ( actually .75″ thick) wood and just traced a similar style to the real Chalet bench. I drilled the holes for decoration, and attached it all with real wood glue and clamps. They measure roughly 4″ high x 6″ wide. I painted with red craft paint after they where assembled.  If you wanted to make a bench but don’t have wood working tools I suggest pursuing your local craft store wood section and see what you can come up with.

The Antlers on the back wall were a quick make. I cut a base from brown cardboard and then antlers from red card stock. I just google antler images, printed one out, and cut that shaped from the card stock. I then glued the antlers on the base and hung it on the wall with dot of hot glue.

The little table was an addition not seen in the original Winter Chalet. I have had that birch wood disc from Micheal’s Craft Store in my stash for ages and cut it down from a circle into a little less than a half circle and attached it to 3 wooden spools I had that equaled about the height I wanted of 8″. The birch wood disc is still available at Micheal’s Craft Store, and they have cute wood candle sticks that would make great bases also.  The Joy poster is cute from Scrapbook paper from Joann Fabrics and the items on the table are from American Girl.

Okay onto the Hot Cocoa Stand:  I watched a YouTube Video by Eighteen Inches and did a lot of the same things she did in her How to Video for her American Girl Hot Coca Stand. I thought I would just share what I did differently here. But go watch her fun video tutorial.

The base of this Hot Cocoa stand is a brown paper mache’ box I found at Micheal’s Craft Store. I believe it is roughly 8″ Square and 4″ tall ( or in our case deep when used for the stand) with lid. I flipped the box on it’s side so the opening is in the back ( the above view is essentially the bottom of the box). I cut the lid in half slightly deeper than the box and placed it on the top with the lip overlapping the front of the box as sort of counter edge. I used the other half of the lid upside down glued on the inside for a shelf. I painted the inside, and the top red, and then decoupaged the wood scrapbook paper on the front and sides of the the box.  I hot glued sticks from outside on the sides towards the back, they measure about 24″ tall. Enough for a doll to stand under any sort of sign or garland you attach to the top. I wrapped a mini faux evergreen garland and some mini lights around the top for a festive feel. I had both in my stash, but  I am pretty sure you can find something similar in the miniature Christmas section or fairy section at Micheal’s, Joann’s, or Hobby Lobby.

You can see the inside, or backside, of the hot cocoa stand above where we stashed some extras. I laid scrapbook paper on the shelves to dress it up a little back here.

 

We had fun with the Food. Lots of yummy treats and Hot Cocoa Toppings were made.

We used a hole punch and  punched circles out of all colors of craft foam for the little “sprinkles”.  My kids made a lot of the sprinkles, it was an easy job they could help with. I made marshmallows with white clay by rolling snacks of clay roughly 1/8″ thick and then cutting the marshmallows of the snake and softening the edges by rolling each one in my fingers for a second.  I made peppermints in a similar fashion to the marshmallows, but instead of just plain white I rolled several snakes of red and white together to get that peppermint look.

We also cut tiny little sticks of cinnamon from brown craft foam and put them in that clear box  ( from the container store) on the bottom. For the whip cream I followed the tutorial on the Eighteen Inches video I linked above.

The Hot Cocoa dispenser was a bit tricky to figure out. I finally found a round clear container similar style to a paint can at the Container Store. the lid pops off so I cut a brown piece of craft foam with a wavy top and taped it into a circle that would fit the container perfectly. I liked this option over paint so we could change the drink offered. I glued a bead to the lid for a handle, and follower Eighteen Inches tutorial for the spot. Then we just taped the sign on to let our customers know what is offered. The little cups are from a vintage tea set my daughter has and the birch circle is from Micheal’s Craft Store.

Lastly we made cookies and brownies for treats, the brownies are in a little metal tub found in the Joann Fabrics fairy garden section. I followed eighteen Inches Tutorial again and they were so easy to make from clay, as long as you buy the correct clay. ;) I bought clay that doesnt harden first and made a bunch and then cooked them, only to have them melt and not harden. oiy!  Oh and the little candy canes are also made from clay by just rolling a white and a red snake and them twisting together into one snake. I think cut 1.5″-2″ long sections and shaped into a cane before baking.  My daughter brought me that red and white stripped fabric from my stash and asked me to cut little napkins which I think is a cute addition since we don’t have plates.

Here are a couple shots of the dolls so you can see scale.

The Sled in the last picture is from the Target dollar spot this year and is the perfect American Girl doll size, plus it’s a chalkboard.

The Snowmen in the last picture are a craft we made last year.

Okay I hope you have enjoyed reading a little bit about how I made our Winter Chalet and Hot Cocoa stand. It was such a fun project and can be made as simply or extravagant as you please.  I would love to see if you make something similar to mine so please tag me or send me some pictures. As always please feel free to comment or email with any other questions too.

I will be having some food sets available on Instagram later this week so keep an eye out for those.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Crafty Goal Digger

So for 2018 I decided to write down some crafty goals. I have admired a couple friends over the past year who totaled up the amount of fabric they owned and kept track of fabric in and out for the year. So while that’s not in the cards for me this year it pushed me to set some other goals I can work on.

So my goals are based on mostly on monthly completion, because to set all of them yearly I know I will just fail.

Goal 1: Sew something selfish each month that isn’t a quilt

So this could be an item of clothing, a bag, pouch, pillow, anything that isn’t a quilt. Because I realize I have a lot of non quilt projects I want to make but I usually spend my sewing time quilting. So I am trying to break out of that rut.

For January my selfish make was this Catch All Caddy. The pattern is from Patterns by Annie and is great! I made one a couple years ago for a swap and since then have always wanted to make myself one. So I made one for a swap I did recently and made this one for myself at the same time. The pattern is a great pattern albeit not heavy on the visual which was hard for me. I am definitely a visual learner and I found I had to read the instructions multiple times the first time I made this. But for the two I made in January it was a breeze though because once I got through it once I realized how simple it was. I also found out there is a Craftsy class for this pattern so that would be a great option if it’s your first time.

I used mainly Rashida Coleman Hale’s newest Cotton and Steel line Paper Cuts, with a bit of Annabel Wrigley’s Maribel thrown in for good measure.

So that’s my selfish make. I have been using it to carry hand projects around the house, knitting, stitching. But I will definitely be breaking it in as a tool caddy next month at a little retreat I’m attending.

Goal 2: Sew someone a gift.

This is pretty self explanatory. Sew something for someone else. Preferably it will be a random gift to show someone I care about them. But if it’s for a swap that counts too. I used to have this page on Facebook, well technically it’s still there,  were people would nominate others who were awesome and needed a pick me up to receive a handmade gift from me. I did it for 2 or 3 years before I had kids and it was so fun. It fell by the wayside with kids and life getting busier.  I loved sharing and gifting though so I would like to do that more. Who doesn’t love to get a thoughtful gift in the mail just because, so I will be doing some form of that…..

For January I made the other Catch All Caddy for a Swap I did with my traveling Quilt ladies. It was so fun and everyone made absolutely perfect gifts for each other.

I really love the complete difference in these two Caddies based on which fabric I used. This one I made with a Cotton and Steel Sprinkles as the main fabric and I quilted it with loops. I used a Cotton and Steel Kicks print for the handles, and for the pockets on the inside I used a print from Annabel Wrigley’s Maribel, which is one of my all time favorite fabric lines.  I added a little handmade zipper pull on the outside and stuck some sassy glasses on the inside.

Goal 3: Make a Quilt each month.

This is pretty basic, make a quilt each month, not limited to one a month. I just want to set a goal of a minimum amount of quilts for the year. Last year I made 25, whoa, and it may have been to much .:) But this minimum of one quilt a month can be personal, a gift, a custom order, or product for my shop. But it can not be an overlap for one of my other goals. i.e. if I make one for a gift I can’t also use it for my #2 goal, that would have to be a separate quilt or gift item.

In  January I made two baby quilts that were part of a three quilt order for a friend. She had three ladies in her school having babies and wanted to gift them each with a baby play quilt.

I used the backing Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel fabric on the back as my bases for a slate , coral, and grey color scheme. I went with a simple quarter triangle block alternated with a solid block. It measures 36″ square,  and is the perfect size for a little floor quilt or to throw over the car seat.  I finished it off with some figure 8 loopy quilting.

This quilt was a navy, coral, and grey color scheme and I thought that  triangles would be perfect for this slightly preppy color scheme. I have only done maybe 3 triangle quilts and I feel like this one I found my groove and might want to try it on a larger quilt. It finished at 36″ square and I quilted it in a simple loopy pattern. I love the way it turned out.

This is actually the first quilt of the order of three quilts I made and it was made in 2017. It was supposed to be a gender neutral safari theme, and once I found that out I knew I had to use Ginigber’s Savannah line of fabric. I did simple patchwork with all the coordinates in the line on the front and used the awesome panel fabric for the backing. I used my go to loopy quilting again and it finished at 36″ square.

Goal 4:  Try a new crafting skill.

This is maybe an every other month goal since it will be more time consuming, and could be from screen printing to painting to a new sewing technique etc… It will help me expand my horizons and keep me going.  I haven’t learned a new skill yet this year. I did knit an American Girl doll sweater for my daughters doll but I already knew how to knit, it was just the type of item that was new. Soooo it could count, but this is more a loose goal to help me stretch myself and doesn’t have a specific timeline.

I would love to try pottery on a pottery wheel.

I would love to knit myself a sweater, which seems like it should count even though the doll sweater didn’t.

I would love to try the bias applique for a full quilt.

I would love to make myself pants

I think it would be cool to try dying something… fabric, yarn…

I would love to write more patterns and develop a kids sewing curriculum.

Goal: 5 Work on a business plan for a Fabric store and sewing Center.

One of my goals for when my kids are all full time in school and I could go back to work is to have a quilt shop with an emphasis on teaching sewing and building community.

 

So that’s what I have fleshed out so far for my crafty goals in 2018. I am hoping to do a recap post at the end of each month, so consider this January’s recap.  Otherwise there would be no pictures.

I would love to hear about your crafting or regular goals this year. Do you set goals, big, small….

 

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Don’t Let Go

Did you know that otters do hold hands while floating in their sleep so they don’t drift away from each other.  Otters are also one of the few animals that mate for life. Once I found those two facts out I knew I had to make my otter quilt themed on never letting go. Which eventually turned into it’s name Don’t Let Go.

I have been working on this quilt and pattern for about 9 months now and I am so excited to say it’s released into the world for you all to make.  It is a straight forward pattern with diagrams for each step, simple construction techniques, and sews up satisfyingly fast.

It started with a sketch on graph paper of a Manatee of all creatures.

I mocked Mr. Manatee up on graph paper after sketching up an inital sketch as shown above. He was relatively easy to piece and figure out until I got to the dreaded bow tie. I’m not a big applique fan, I will do it if a pattern calls for it but I won’t do large amounts of it, and it better be needle turned applique. ;) personal preference you know. So that made me want to piece the bow tie which added a lot of hassle.

While Mr. Manatee turned out super great I stalled in producing a pattern for him because of that darn bow tie. Also this sample measures roughly 36″ tall so not an easy quilt size, so multiple sizes would have to be made and it all seemed daunting. So Mr. Manatee hangs on my wall like this still today waiting for his debut. Which will come.

So I turned back to my sketches, and I had sketched this guy up at the same time. I decided to flesh him out a bit more and I started looking up otters online for a visual and started graphing him out and mocking up the pattern.

Once I had the graph paper version I mocked it up in EQ7 (Electric Quilt 7) and the pattern really came to life and started to look and feel like something.  I am still very much a novice when it comes to EQ7, but it is a great tool. The quilts I have mocked up that are a single block repeated have been so much fun to do and play with. I’m sure once I get better at the program quilts like my otters will also become more enjoyable.  ;)

I made a few otters prior to the finished quilt as I tweaked the paw and feet construction from my initial design to simplify it.  I think my final product turn out so cute and I am thrilled to have it out in the world for others to make. You can purchase the Don’t Let Go Pattern in both my Etsy and Craftsy Shops and download immediately for instant gratification.

I backed my quilt in this most amazing sea otter fabric by Laurie Wisbrun. She designed the cutest Otterific fabric in two colorways and it is just the perfect addition to my quilt.

These two quilts are some gorgeous examples of my quilt made by some great friends who agreed to pattern test for me.

Kayla, StitchKaylaStitch, made this adorable version on a white background that she did a giveaway with on her Instagram.  I love the quilting and seeing it with a non blue background.

This beautiful version was made by Jennifer Johnston, jenjohnston80, and was gifted to her 3 yr old niece who dubbed it her favorite otter quilt. I love seeing a version with matching otters.

 

Purchase your own Downloadable PDF copy of the pattern on Craftsy or Etsy and get started right away. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #dontletgoquilt so I can see your wonderful versions of the quilt.

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A sewing supplies solution… say that five times fast.

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We gifted the kids a smallish (read: 7ft diameter) trampoline for Christmas, and set it up in the basement. The max weight is 100lbs so mommy and daddy are not allowed. Darn. So crushed! This has allowed for copious amounts of downtime for me where I get to sit and hand stitch. The downfall of having it in the basement is they don’t really want to go down without an adult as it’s “scary”.

I have since pulled out my scrappy trip around the world quilt to hand quilt. The quilt has been in various states over the past three years, top was sewn within a couple weeks of Christmas when I caught the bug at that time of sewing a scrappy trip quilt. The top sat for a year till the following Christmas when I managed to get it basted. Then it sat for another two, yes two, years knowing I wanted to hand quilt snowflake like starbursts all over it. So it’s the perfect quilt for jumping time and also when I just need to sit and be next to my kids but not engaged.

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Okay so that’s really an unnecessarily long opening to the fact that now I had little scissors, needles, and thread that need to be toted all over the house and not left out for kids to stab themselves with. So I searched for a pattern or tutorial on pinterest and stumbled across this insane cuteness. A Sewing Organizer bag tutorial.  I was smitten. While it is fully a picture tutorial it helped me figure out what I wanted and I made up my own from there.

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Folded up it fits in my hand, and I put a little strap on the back to loop my finger or hand through.

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The arms fold in and are elastic bungeed to allow for a little bit of give. The legs fold up and the ears fold down and snap to the legs.  I gave it a cute little face replicating my cat pouches.

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I used cotton and steel salvage from Sarah Watts new line Cat lady for the little straps and the bias to hold the interior fabric pocket. I want to be able to lift to the pocket to access the scissors. The pocket is an expandable pocket and has a flap to help keep my thread and thimble inside.

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The Pocket lifts up to access the scissors that slide into one strap and have another strap to snap over the handles so they don’t fall out.

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I added a stitched down piece of felt to hold needles and pins.

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And then it folds back up again into a cute little safe and manageable pouch.

You can see the template with dimensions in Centimeters on the tutorial I linked to. I did end up making mine smaller. The finished folded size is 4″ x 6″.

The Outside fabric is Lotta Jansdotter collection Lucky, the Inside main fabric is Cotton and steel from Sarah Watts Tokyo Train Ride collection, the pocket main is Cotton and Steel from Sarah Watts Cat Lady Collection, The yellow and linen polka dot is Jones and Vandemeer Sevenberry, and the felt is from Benzie Design.

 

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Doll Ladies

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I have wanted to make dolls of my own design for awhile now. I have made some  great dolls from others patterns and they are so fun to create, but I always wanted to add my own personality and touch to them beyond picking out fabrics. So I started drafting a pattern, and then set it aside for a long while…. no reason, just time and inspiration are fleeting sometimes. But I picked it back up recently and got back at it. I am glad I waited as I think it helped me fine tune what I wanted and make dolls that are my style. I love these doll ladies and I hope the people that they have been sent off to love them also.

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The Doll ladies all have a bodysuit that is part of their torso, they are dressed in handmade frocks that are all removable if needed. Hand knit, lace, tulle, feather, and sequined accessories and embellishments dress these ladies up for whatever special occasion they are accompanying to. They have vintage lace hair, heart shaped felt mouths made from felt, and their wide eyes are made of felt with hand stitched lashes.

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Doll Lady – Winifred

Doll Lady 1

Doll Lady 2

Doll Lady –  Mirabelle

Doll Lady 3

Doll Lady 4

Doll Lady – Lucinda

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Doll lady 6

Doll Lady – Geraldine

Dolly Lady 7

Dolly Lady 8

My Norah was quite taken with the doll ladies and probably would have kept them all. She was my perfect little model to help portray scale and I think she deserves a special doll lady under the tree this year.

Doll Lady and Norah

Feel free to contact me if you would like to order a custom doll lady before Christmas.

There are plenty of other fun items in my etsy shop to for delivery before Christmas.

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Let’s Play some more

I finally finished… is anything ever really done? the playroom!

I am methodically working my way through repainting and fixing rooms up in a way that only makes sense to me. I told my husband that things are ranked in my head from most offensive to least offensive and that’s how I am fixing things up. Aside from the offensive things that would cost to much money the house is coming along nicely. And so it came time for the Playroom to get a little spruce.

These are the best I could find with minimal effort of the before, shortly after we moved in. I am a horrible before picture taker. :)

With a 6 month younger not as much crazy haired Norah front and center.

Not much big stuff needed to be done. The trim was oak before so I painted that White, and then the walls got a nice fresh coat of Benjamin Moore’s Owl Gray it was a buttery beige before as seen in the above pictures. We used the owl gray in the family room and since this room feeds directly into that room it made sense to paint it the same. I then embarked on planking the back wall and painted that white. It makes it feel so much bigger with the horizontal Planks and bright white.  I achieved the planking by cutting 4′ x 8′ luan also called underlayment plywood into strips, this wall is 8″ tall planks. I then just used my nail gun to attach them on the wall, cutting to size as I went. Then I hand brush painted the whole wall with primer and several coats of white until it was fully covered. You could definitely roll the paint but I like the texture of hand brushing on a plank wall.

The Playroom sits at the top of the back staircase which is located in our family room. In the above picture I am standing at the top of the stairs. The door to the right is my sewing room, and the door to the left goes into a small hallway that leads to my closet and two steps up to our master bedroom. You can go through the Master into the rest of the upstairs. The beauty of having two staircases makes the house a loop and we kind of really love that. It makes games of hide and seek rather fun!

The above picture looks over toward the reading area at the top of the stairs, and you can see it has a loft like feel over there being open to the family room.

I was able to get rid of two big boxes of toys without the kids noticing to much. They have asked for two of the things I donated so that’s a win! The shelf below is from Home Decorator’s Collection and  holds two big canvas bins, from homegoods, of dress up stuff, above those are Luke’s biggest trucks, above those are a couple Vintage Fischer Price Play things, and then the top as some random fun stuff. Chalk, bird houses the kids painted, wool felt balls in a jar, a jar of chalk, some vintage toys, a globe I paint with chalkboard paint awhile ago, and a green box with some craft project supplies. You also get a glance into my sewing space which is right off the playroom.

Here’s a better peek at the reading area loft and into the Family room. That’s the brick of our family room fireplace. The reading area up until the redo was just a landing spot for junk that needed to go elsewhere. There was a little armoire, a small table, and a bunch of random home decor sitting here for far to long without a proper home. Now it has a much better function as my children LOVE to read, especially Norah.

 

The Bookcase is the Bitrade from IKEA and was purchased because it was the perfect size and cheap. I am not sure this will last but for now it’s perfect. I used left over planking from the wall and stained it dark, then I nailed it to the back as this shelf has no back. I used a couple more of these green boxes, also from IKEA, to house puzzles and more craft supplies.  Our Play Room Quilt sits perfectly on one of the shelves for easy access.

 

I hung a bunch of random Chalkboards up here. Oddly enough my kids don’t use them to much. I think I like to doodle more than they do. The Bean bags are from an awesome Project Nursery tutorial I came across on Pinterest.  I stitched the zippers closed so we haven’t had a problem with leaking beans. The beans themselves are from clearanced out regular style bean bags from Target. They were the cheapest option I could find for buying beans. The Stripe fabric is from IKEA, and the green on the bottom is a linen I found several yards of while thrifting years ago. This style of bean bag is so much more comfortable and cute than the average ball shape in my opinion, I can sit in them comfortably and play for awhile too!

 

At the top of the stairs we have two wrapped canvases, one of each of the children of their 1 year photo session. Photos are by my awesome brother who along with his wife had a professional Photography business. They are transitioning to new careers now, not for lack of talent. :) The Canvases are from Canvas Bundle and Easy Canvas Prints, they are both 16″ x 20″ and are both super great quality.

 

Playroom art is so fun don’t you think? I love picking art for kids spaces it’s so much more whimsical, bright, and quirky. The La La Love you print I have had  for so long as is from SparklePower on etsy, the Hip Hip HooRay banner I made myself, the Plus Symbol hoop I also made, and the bird I made from perler birds off a picture I saw on pinterest. The chalkboard which you can see in some of the other pictures is one my mom bought me while we were shopping at the Main Street Market in Rockford, IL. Definitely a must go if your in the area.

The Fox Mini Quilt I whipped up last week using Elizabeth Hartman’s fancy fox pattern, the clock is from Homegoods, the Print is from Pen and Paint, and the Bear Head is from Joann’s.

Over by the Teepee (the teepee was my husbands as a child) I hung the Busy Board I made for Luke several years ago, our old rotary dial phone, a small smile embroidery hoop I made, and an embroidered snippet of a bible verse. “you shine like stars”

I painted the shelves for toys white, they were thrifted 5 or so years ago and have been a redish maple color up until now. I  put a new top on this cool old table I found several years ago. It used to have a laminate top with a metal rim. Not quite the style I was going with. The little chairs are a few of the ones I have thrifted. I am a sucker for child size chairs.

I finally figured out how to hang up the kids artwork!!! Like seriously I thought about this sooooo much! I used Tim Holtz clipboard clips I found at Joann’s a hung them directly to the wall. Inexpensive and they work super great!

 

One of the fun things I enjoyed was making yards of garland and stringing it and white globe lights up on the ceiling. I love this aspect of the room and it is so fun to play up here at night with it on.

Lastly I finished the quilt I had been planning for the play room. It is simple half square triangles. It’s a copy of Denyse Schmidt’s quilt she made in her Hadley fabric and Kona Snow as the white. The back is pieced and it is bound in a neon pink solid I have had in my stash for years. This quilt is so gorgeous in person, the colors are super lovely, and I straight line quilted it at 3/8″ apart which takes forever but gives the most amazing texture.

 

Thanks so much for taking  tour or our playroom with me! I love to share the spaces I pour my heart and hard work into with you all!

 

 

 

 

Shop Update and a Discount!

 

I added a few fox pouches and House pillows to the shop last week! Stop by and take a peek. They would make some pretty sweet Christmas gifts for someone….. or yourself. ;) The shop will be open through December 6th or 7th and you can use the code HAPPYHOLIDAYS2014 for 20% off your order. Thanks so much for your awesome support!

 

 

 

 

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Feathers

Dusting off the old blog here……

 

It’s been awhile since i blogged but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! :) I have actually after counting them up last night have finished 6 quilts this year and am almost done with my 7th! Whoa. I haven’t made that many quilts in one year in a looooong time.

Without further ado here is my favorite quilt I have ever made! I will explain why!

My mom and I found a field to hold it up when we went to the Urban FarmGirl Main Street Market. Seriously check it out next year! It was a little windy. :) She was a good sport. Thanks Mom!

From the Moment I saw this feather quilt in someone’s Instagram feed at Quilt Market maybe Spring 2012? I just knew I HAD to make it, I stalked  Anna Marie Horner’s blog waiting to see if this would be a pattern. While waiting for the pattern to become available, Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee line came out and I snatched that up as fast as possible! Seriously My favorite line of fabric to date. I knew immediately upon seeing it that it would make the most perfect Feather quilt. So it sat for awhile waiting for the pattern and time. The Pattern is Feather Bed Quilt by Anna Marie Horner and is available for free here.

I finally finished it a couple weeks ago and it is MY snuggle quilt. I don’t even like my kids to use it. hehehe

It took me a bit to figure out the perfect background fabric color and I finally bit the bullet and went with my gut even though it was so bold. This yellow is so bright and neon in person, it’s just a random quilting solid I found at Joann’s and never looked at the bolt to see what it actually was.  It’s thick like KONA and is very similar to KONA cactus, although cactus is more green.

The back is almost all the chicopee prints in a patchwork band surrounded by Crosshatch Sketch in Charcoal. I love the darkness of the back! The quilting is roughly 1/2″ straight lines and took FOREVER, but was worth it as it gives it so much more texture. You can see more of my dilemma with the quilting thread color in my Instagram feed. Lets just say there was some unpicking that had to be done.  The Binding is from Rashida Colmann-Hale’s Koi collection, It’s a Plus in gray. Love it, and it’s the perfect binding. I am going to see if I can scrounge up some more for my stash. :)

 

 

The pattern is a great and easy pattern, the worse part is all the cutting! :) It is definitely time consuming but the end result is so worth it! I would highly recommend starting this quilt immediately.

Have YOU made a feather quilt? Leave me a link I would love to check it out. :)

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Shop Open!

 

The Shop is now Open! Come on by and pick up some super cute pillows, toys, pouches, burp cloths, garlands, and more!

Just because your awesome! A discount code for 15% off for you.  MARCH2014 is the promo code.

 

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