I have been working on a Bear pouch design to go with my Cat pouch and Fox Pouch. Currently my cat pouch pattern is available on craftsy and a handful of complete Cat Pouches are available in my etsy shop. I also have two Fox pouches available in my etsy shop. The Fox pouch is not currently available as a pattern but I am hoping I soon can offer that pattern as well as the new Bear I have been working on. Oh and if you can make it till the end there are a couple discounts for you.
Onto the Bear Pouches:
This guy is what started the Bear Pouch Epiphany, I had a friend order a baby quilt and a crinkle from me and I ended up making this guy. Which gave me the epiphany I needed shape wise for the bear pouch I had worked on a while before.
So I sketched out a pattern for the bear pouch from the crinkle bear and this guy happened after a little bit of tweaking.
The Design of the zipper is a little bit different than that of my cat pouch, while the cat pouch as a zipper in between two sets of ears so to speak seen in the two pictures to the right, the bear pouch has a flat zipper on the back which simplifies the construction a lot. I am going to add this option of zipper to the cat pouch pattern also, and anybody who has purchased that pattern will get an update.
In making the pattern a second time to make sure the pattern pieces worked and tweak a couple more things i had to try out heart eyes, and while the guy below is slightly grumpy I think the heart eyes are a winning option that the pattern will have.
So here are a few that I have made in the past year.
Mega King Quilt.
I recently finished this mega King Size Quilt for my sister. She and her husband helped select some of the fabrics and I layered in the remaining to make this warm and inviting combination.
The Pictures were taken at night before they had to leave in the wee hours of morning so they are a tad dark. The good news is it’s bright and fun in person and they absolutely loved the quilt.
I backed it with the Birch Mod dots with some insets of the front blocks. I quilted it with my favorite loopy free motion. I’m not sure what this pattern is called but this quilt mimics, per my sisters request, my very first quilt I ever made following along on the Flickr quilt along started by Dana at Old Red Barn Co.
Neutral Woodland Themed baby quilt.
This Baby Quilt is made with over sized flying geese blocks in a bold but neutral print fabric pull. It measures about 36″ square and is straight line quilted to give lots of texture.
This quilt was commissioned by a friend after she saw one that I made for myself that was almost identical to this. This is a pattern by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew and is a super fun and quick make. I used orange fabric pulled from my stash and this amazing background fabric by Dinara Mirtalipova from her line Mischief Night.
The Pumpkin Quilt below is my original one.
Gilmore Girls Mini Quilt Swap.
I joined a Gilmore Girls Mini Quilt Swap last year because Gilmore Girls is the Best Show Ever. I ended up enlarging a Silver Linings Original Swan pattern to make a good sized Mini, I believe it finished about 18″. The pattern is all paper Pieced. I finished it off with some free motion quilting and a quote from the movie regarding a swan. :) Do yourself a favor and watch Gilmore Girls if you haven’t. It’s the best show.
That’s it for now, I hope to post a few more quilts I’ve made recently soon.
I have had this pattern coming down the pipline for awhile now and it’s finally done and available for download for, wait for it……. FREE! Yes that’s right a great free pattern for you all.
I originally designed this pattern to make a couple pillows, possibly a quilt (hasn’t happened yet) for my son, and thought it’s such a simple sew up that I would write the pattern for you all. But patterns do seem to take way longer than I anticipate so lets just say I won’t tell you how long it’s been since I started.
It’s a simple sew pattern, with a few specific pattern pieces to download and the rest is cutting straight lines with your trusty rotary cutter. The hardest part is sewing 4 pesky curved seams, and they really are not that bad. Don’t let the curves scare you once you sew them several times they get easier and easier.
The great thing about this block is you can customize it’s face to have several different looks. You can also do one block which finishes at 18″ sewn up (18.5″ unfinished) and make it into a nice sized throw pillow or make a bunch and sew them all up into an epic “block man” quilt. I give block amounts with finished quilt sizes and what they roughly relate to in standard quilt sizes in the pattern. They won’t be exactly the size of a standard quilt but they are close.
So stop by craftsy and download your Woollypetals “block man” pattern and let me know when you’ve made one. I can’t wait to see all the cool block men, or women, you come up with. Feel free to tag them #woollypetalsblockman on social media, send me a picture, or let me know here or via email if you’ve made and posted about one. I can’t wait to see them.
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.
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.
Folded up it fits in my hand, and I put a little strap on the back to loop my finger or hand through.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Doll Lady – Winifred
Doll Lady – Mirabelle
Doll Lady – Lucinda
Doll Lady – Geraldine
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.
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.
I decided to join in on Kids Clothes Week this fall. I feel like I never make time for sewing clothes for the kids and I, and I would like to change that. Especially since I bought all the fabric for my wardrobe. :) Plus I’m never going to have “enough” time right?
Kids Clothes Week is a community and Blog that host quarterly week long challenges to sew 1 hour each day for your kids. This time the prompt is Disguise. Which you can join in on or not as long as your sewing. You can browse past projects and post new projects, keep a list of thing you want to make and see lots of patterns in one spot. It’s free and a great kick in the pants.
I used Lizzy House Catnip fabric: Cattitude in Spice. This is more dress then Tunic, maybe I made the wrong size for Norah. She is a little peanut. But I had to hem it double the dimensions it said and the sleeves are full length when I would have preferred 3/4. So I will make some adjustments the next time I make it. It would also be a super cute tunic without the sleeves. I love the fullness of it and that’s it’s loose and swingy so it will grow well with her and looks modern at the same time. The Stitching detail to hold down the neck interfacing and the pockets is a detail that I love. Of yes it has hidden pockets!!! which is so fun to me. A place for all the treasures. Now I just have to remember to check them before it gets washed. :)
When I showed it to Norah she loved it and wanted to wear it right away! So that’s a win. She’s a picky one.
Okay now I must decide on what to sew next and use the precious naptime I have left.
So I have been thinking a lot about my wardrobe lately. What it is and what I want it to be. I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe but when really thinking about committing I am not sure it’s for me. But I do need to have better perimeters for buying clothing, and then I thought wait, what happened to all my handmade clothes? I used to have a good selection of shirts that I had made and I liked them. But it’s been several years since I had made anything and I tend to be hard on my clothes because I have kids, I diy a lot and don’t always change, and I wear the same few things over and over, the things I truly love. So they have all bit the dust in one way or another.
Check out my Handmade wardrobe pinterest board for all the sources of the pictures in the above photo.
I ordered some fabric, raided my stash, and even found a couple at Joann’s. I Then printed out the tops I loved the most and started figuring out what I would like. This may change as I get going or make something and maybe don’t like it. I have made Wiksten Tanks before and altered that a bit by adding sleeves to one, and changing up the sleeve line on another. I have made a couple Washi and also drafting a couple tops using old shirts I loved that were reparable. But I will definitely be making a few muslins and hopefully they turn out wearable.
Here’s what I have currently landed on.
Lotta Jansdotter Lucky, Hemendu in True Green Tokyo Train Ride, Mystery Meal lawn in navy
I finally got to all those little details that finish it all in Luke’s room and so now I call it. Done! So here you go, the full tour.
Walking straight into his room you see his bed and looking over to the right is his desk and comfy chair.
I made some Pin Boards with IKEA frames and a roll of cork. They may not be the greatest idea considering they are right above his bed and he boycotts naps like a pro. But they are a great place to hang up drawings, cards, little mementos, and photos. The Be Strong canvas is from Hobby Lobby, the Orange Book print is from A Vintage Poster, and the tree picture is a vintage paint by number in a floating frame. All the Frames in his room are from Target or IKEA.
Above his bed I hung a Lion print by Sharon Montrose, The Be Awesome Print is from Lucius Art, and the L is from Anthropologie. The Bug Pillow on his bed is from IKEA, and the Raccoon Pillow is one I made, you can find others in my etsy shop. He has a shelf full of animals in his closet that make the regular rotation on his bed. Right now it’s Norah’s Bolt and his ambulance ride bear from when he broke his leg this summer. His duvet is from The land of Nod, we love it there and have several sheet sets from there hidden beneath the duvet. This one, this one, oh and a lego one too.
The Valance is probably the newest edition. I had wide Grey and White Horizontal Striped panels over his roman shade up until a couple months ago. Being right next to his bed he seemed to pull on them to much and a curtain rod bracket got pulled off the wall. So a Valance was the answer since the light control was taken care of by the woven roman shade from Home Depot. I made a wood mounted Box Pleated valance out of a Nate Berkus fabric I had stashed from Joann’s. I lined it in a white and green stripe (a thrifted duvet cover) for a little hidden detail. Normally I would never line window treatments in anything but white or ivory since they are seen from the outside, but this one hangs just a bit below the trim and is 99% of the time covered by the shade. So I went for it.
His desk is a remake of his shelves in his old room at the old house. I basically used the shelves as is and raised them to add a desk underneath. It’s a shorter than normal desk I think about 27″ tall, 30″ is normal, but it works perfectly for him and I can change it as he grows. These are such a great versatile and pretty inexpensive shelf/desk to make. We love them. You can find loads of tutorials on pinterest if you want to tackle some. We but some keepsake and vintage decor on his top shelves and lego creations hang out over the bottom. The short stool is from Hobby Lobby. It’s a chair height stool. The various lego heads and boxes have all been thrifted! Crazy right?
I found the wood helicopter at a thrift store. Luke is a helicopter fanatic so it was a must. The little L block is one of the coolest baby gifts we got for him, someone had it made with all his birth stats on the sides. The blue vase thing is actually a lamp from Homegoods and is just for looks as I never plug it in.
I found the Green mail box at a thrift store, the 4 is from a vintage market, the school bus was my grandpas, the tree is from Michael’s unfinished wood section, and the artwork is by Luke.
He has a jar of rocks and shells he finds when we travel, some artwork, a wooden excavator he and daddy made together, a legoman flashlight, and a truck nightlight (target) on another shelf.
Under his desk we have a big basket full of little bins of legos sorted by color, which seems to work really well for him. Between his desk and comfy Chair I have a green bin from IKEA (Super great bins by the way from IKEA $5) filled with his current reading material.
On the wall above his chair, which I thrifted and slipcovered, I hung a recent addition. Star Wars Legoman prints I found on Pinterest , they are a free download from Over the big moon and Luke loves them. I picked up clearance frames at target to hang them in and boom a wall filled that was practically empty before. Add the Metal L made from old signs I got at a Vintage Market and it’s perfect. I made the little pillow on the chair from this awesome print by SaltyOat.
I thought I would show you the inside of his closet since it is multi purpose. We had a tall dresser in his room for awhile, but when finishing the desk and shelves I couldn’t get them in the room and have the dresser too. Since his closet was pretty empty still I bought a bunch of plastic bins and put all his clothes in there. It is working super great so far. We’ve got a shelf full of softies, toy bins on the bottom, the shelf above his hanging clothes has older kid books, his bank, a bin full of school stuff, he has extra blankets and pillows, out of season clothes, and all the lego boxes he loves to save on higher shelves. A laundry basket for dirty clothes completes the closet nicely. He can reach everything he needs and can see and ask for (hopefully instead of climb) for anything he can’t.
Last on the room tour I recycled his train table into a lego board to roll under his bed. We hadn’t used his train table since we moved. You can see the train table original post here. But to transform it, I removed all the train tracks, filled holes, added a trim piece around the edge so there would be a little lip and legos wouldn’t slip off, I painted it all grey, and lastly added wheels. It rolls under his bed easily at night so his room looks clean. It also gives his legos a landing spot so they aren’t all over the floor and a pain to pick up all the time. I highly recommend the under the bed storage method. I cut some thin wood into 14″ lengths and painted them black so he can make roads on it. Someday we will add a dotted line to the roads.
We have an old green wooden tool chest under the window that he can lock his treasures into, and a Lego Police Crest I made for his last birthday hanging on the wall next to it. His bed is from The Land of Nod,(we love our local The Land of Nod the staff is stellar) and his rug is from the Crate and barrel Outlet from way back when I was pregnant with the boy. The Paint Color is Velvet Sofa by Behr , Luke picked it himself. The ceiling is basic flat white ceiling paint.
So that’s it! I think I over share sometimes. :) A lot of his room is from His room at the Old house. Fun story, Luke’s room is the only room that got painted before we moved to the new house, we had a 3 day window between closing and our moving date. I wanted to make sure it was ready for him and having him help pick the color made the transition to a new room more fun for him.
Please tell me what you think! You know old school comment style. I’m working on those final details in Norah’s room so I will share with you all shortly.
Was anybody else ready for fall well before Labor Day like I was? The kids asked to put up fall decorations (a.k.a Halloween) several weeks before Labor Day. I held them off till Labor Day at least and then put up some fun FALL decor and I will add some spooky decor in the next couple weeks! I am ready for cozy sweaters, flannel, scarfs, fire lit nights, and just the general feel of fall. But Summer is also not my favorite so……
So this year I have two Mantels! Crazy, I go from zero to two and it has been fun and sometimes confusing to decorate them. In the seasons without a Holiday I am not really sure what to do up there. :) The Holidays seasons coming up are making me super excited, and I did have fun with this fall look.
I picked up the black framed wire screen at the Kane County Flea Market a couple weeks ago thinking it would be the perfect background for the mantels since I could hang lots of stuff off it so easily. So that plus my tall Homegoods mirror were my back drop. I added in an arrow I made several years ago and an arrow I picked up at the cute Main Street market last Saturday. I had a bunch of the white pumpkins and picked up the velvet ones at Homegoods last week. The black owl is old but also from Homegoods, the green vase might be too…. I love that place. ;) The white vase is from Pottery Barn when I worked there years ago. The white book page garland is from various installments at the old house and I whipped up the Felt and fabric pendant garland this afternoon. The little fall letters I dug out of a giant box at a booth at the Kane County Flea Market and the Happy Fall Chalkboard sign is from Joann’s. Whew, that’s a lot of info but I am nosy and like to know all the details so there you go. You can also get a glimpse of my growing surveyors measuring sticks that tower on the side of the fireplace. They are so fun and I have always loved them but never had the ceiling height for them until now. So the collection was finally started this year and growing maybe a little to quickly.
Do you decorate for Fall? Holidays? I would love to see your mantels and spaces, because I am nosy after all. Nothing fasinates me more than getting a peek into peoples homes.
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!