Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I am so inspired.
While catching up on some of my favorite blogs I came across a post on Ric Rac about the "Softies for Mirabel" campaign. Much like Craft Hope the Softies for Mirabel campaign combines the art of crafting with the spirit of giving to a much needed charity. They just kicked off their third year and there is still time to participate!
This particular charity, The Mirabel Foundation "assists children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental illicit drug use and are now in the care of extended family (kinship care). Mirabel believes that every child deserves a childhood and its mission is to break the destructive cycle of addiction and disadvantage."
This project is simply asking for you to donate a handmade softie (plush or soft toy) by December 10th. Just an FYI - this project is based out of Australia. Please consider that for shipping times/cost.
You can see pictures of some softies that have already been made here. On the same page there is a "Discussion" thread with links to FREE softie tutorials! I'll include some here:
Soldier & Nurse by Ric Rac
Bug tutorial by Blinking Flights
Whip Up - scroll down for "Softies"
Ruby Doll by One Red Robin
Chibi Kitty & Rabbit by My Little Mochi
Itty Bitty Oddity by CraftStylish
For more information on this project including deadlines, materials to use, shipping info, past campaigns, etc. check out "Meet Me at Mike's" blog. Hope you can help! Now...what to make?
Monday, September 28, 2009
And yes, they wanted me to.
Poor kiddo. As you can tell she was terribly upset. And yes, the tooth fairy did come.
This morning I made it a point to send a note in to her teacher explaining what had happened because Kailani has another tooth that is hanging on by a thread. I will be totally surprised if it doesn't fall out before the end of the school day! Good luck teacher. Hopefully there will be no blood!
Note: Please don't hate on me because I recorded the aftermath. ;) A few of my girlfriends have sent me some "hate" mail telling me how WRONG I am to have taken the video clip. But it was a BIG moment! She will laugh about it one day. I promise!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
The verdict? It was easy to make but the instructions definitely need some tweaking. I am a visual learner so more pictures would've been helpful as well. Due to the fact that I had some difficulties making sense of some of the instructions it took me a bit longer (due to having to unstitch/restitch, etc.) to make. It is a simple project but if you are a beginner sewer you definitely need more clarification on the how-tos. I think it's a cute little gift so I am seriously considering rewriting the tutorial for my own sake. I'll let you know when/if that happens.
Here's how it turned out. You may or may not (depending on how much of a perfectionist you are!) be able to see some cosmetic blemishes. *Sigh* Live and learn!
Instead of going with the traditional race track or Disney "Cars" theme I opted for the "Woodie" look since we are back in the islands. It's got the total surfer appeal! The pocket holds three cars. At the time I thought using a constrast fabric for the pocket was a good idea. I think I should've stuck with the same red woodie fabric instead. Again, live and learn.
A couple of cosmetic issues - fraying of the ribbon for one. The instructions recommended using grosgrain ribbon - of course I couldn't find any yellow so I settled for yellow twill. Next time I will try something completely different - just not sure what yet.
I actually managed to find a "Woodie" car to include with the bag! :)
Regardless of the headaches I encountered I think it turned out pretty cute. I'm looking forward to making another one. Next time I will probably include some velcro to keep the bag shut when not in use.
On that same note - have you seen THIS one?
12/11/09: Update! I finally made the above car mat! Here's my version of it. Click on the picture and it will take you to the post!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
"Not the brightest crayon in the box."
"Not the sharpest knife in the drawer."
Or to put it quite bluntly, a dumba$$.
Yesterday I was without an Internet connection for about five hours (blasphemous!!!) After trying on my own to figure out what was wrong I finally called tech support. It took them, oh, about ONE minute to figure out what was wrong:
Can you say mortified?
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I'd like to keep it simple. Just send us a postcard with one fact about your state and we will do the same in return. It could be your state's nickname, state tree or anything of interest about the state you are located in. That's it!
I have listed on my side bar a list of all 50 states.
Leave me a comment and what state you are from if you're interested! You can also send me an email at SHARKritzler@aol.com with your mailing address.
Should be fun! I did this with my 7th grade class and the kids loved it!
Can't wait to get started! Thanks!
Monday, September 21, 2009
So guess what? Kailani has actually received some stickers in the mail via the sticker exchange! I really wasn't expecting the sticker exchange to be a huge success - as a matter of fact I was thinking we would be lucky to receive ANY but over the weekend she actually received two letters in the mail containing stickers! Oh the little things that bring a smile to a kid's face!
Thank you so much to Sarah from South Dakota and Madison from Kansas! Hopefully you'll be getting some stickers soon as well!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I love the construction of the waistband with the rows of elastic in the back. You can also tie the sash in front or in back.
Happy Birthday Girls! I hope you love your skirts! (Thanks for the perfect opportunity to sew something!)
ETA: Just to clarify - I did not make Momo's skirt. I am hoping to post a picture of Kailani and her BFF in their matching skirts but do not have permission yet to do so.
We decided to give the sewing machine repair guy a green light to fix my machine. At least when it gets out of the shop it should work like new (it better!) Can't wait to hear it purr as I feed it with fabulous fabric. :)
In a previous post I mentioned Kailani's teacher requesting someone to sew some computer covers. DONE! I made four flat screen monitor covers and am working on how to make some keyboard covers. Any suggestions on how to construct it? I have this tendency to think big and complicated when simplicity is the best answer - especially for a bunch of 2nd graders.
After I made the covers Kailani's teacher then asked me to sew two seams down the side of some fabric to use as a tv cover. I have never been so happy to sew a darn seam! :)
Pictures to come - after I've completed the keyboard covers!
BTW - that old Singer? It works GREAT. It doesn't have ANY fancy gadgets and is definitely louder then my machine but the sucker works!
Friday, September 11, 2009
It's hard to believe it's been a YEAR! Congratulations Stephanie! I'm so proud of you! :)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I don't even recall what he said was wrong with it. Lower rachet, ball-bearing, lot of work to fix it.....
That's what I remember.
The other day I mentioned that I borrowed my girlfriend's sewing machine. I still haven't tried it out yet but my plan is to do so this weekend. Yesterday Kailani's teacher sent out a wish list asking if anyone could donate fabric and/or sew covers for their new computers. I jumped at the chance to help. So today (before getting the call from the shop) I went out and bought some sewing essentials - seam ripper, pins, thread, scissors, etc. Of course I need much more but since I have everything that I need back in N.C. I hate to spend the money to get more stuff, you know? Hopefully the sewing machine that I borrowed from my girlfriend will work well enough to get the job done.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The thing is I like the print so much that if I had a bolt of this fabric I would be making curtains, table cloths, seat covers, etc. with it! It's such a happy-happy-joy-joy kind of print! Lately I've been contemplating taking the placemats apart and making cute little summer shirts out of of them for my girls. Problem is I DON'T HAVE MY SEWING MACHINE!
Well, that's only half the truth.
My dad was kind enough to mail me my sewing machine (THANKS DAD!) but I had to take my dear Janome into the shop for a tune-up (and hopefully that is all!) The shop is about 1.5 weeks behind so it probably won't even be looked at for a couple more days. Meanwhile my girlfriend was kind enough to loan me her machine. I haven't even plugged it in yet as I am now reminded of just how much stuff I need to start sewing: scissors and/or rotary cutter; pins; bobbins; needles; measuring tape; iron; ironing board; etc. And I have NONE of these here with me. Sure...packed up in my boxes in N.C. I probably have two or three of everything but right here, right now, nothing! And you know how all those little things add up! *Sigh*
Not that I need another reason to want to sew but about two weeks ago I ordered some personalized sewing labels. My girlfriend recommended that I order from "Mommie Made It" on Etsy. I would love to be able to support another crafting mom so I did. She was able to make my label exactly (actually better) than I wanted!
Aren't they cute? The ones I bought are not pre-cut but Mommie Made It does have that option. If you're looking for sewing labels I would highly recommend checking out her site. The turnaround was quick and shipping was blazing fast! Can't wait to sew!
Monday, September 7, 2009
What exactly is it? I don't know! Some kids thought it was an octopus or a squid but I'm thinking more along the lines of an anemone or jellyfish (or a scary hybrid!) One of the kids (not mine!) picked it up and said he started to itch. I apologize for the terrible picture - unfortunately you can't see the iridescent "tentacles" and two of it's "legs" are tucked under. I think the little guy is on it's back in this picture.... Do YOU know what it is? I would love to know! :)
Waikiki Beach on a cloudy day.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Now if only I can get the chance to use it. Momo loves the bag and has claimed it to be her own. "MINE!"
Matching changing pad included.
Getting ready to go (where?)
Diaper changing time!
Guess what? All of the JJ Cole Tactic Changing Purses are currently on sale at All Modern Baby! Some at 50% OFF!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Apparently the stickers were left within Momo's reach. Momo was being a little too quiet and here is why.....
She was so darn proud. Thankfully the stickers were easy to remove from the wall. I was able to put them back onto it's original paper without Kailani ever knowing!
Thank you Lulu and Emme for the stickers! Because you were so nice we're sending some back! Check your mail in a couple of days! :)
PS - If you would like to be a part of the "Sticker Exchange" it's not too late! While we finally have six people to send letters to my girlfriend Stephanie at A Pocket Full of Buttons is looking for people to participate!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009