Halloween in December

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For Halloween this year Caleb decided to be Ash Ketchum from Pokémon XY. Specifically XY. Queue the sewing machine in 3……….2……….1………… For each of the seasons of Pokémon, Ash wears basically the same colors, but the clothes vary slightly.  It’s pretty easy to find an Ash costume for the original series of Pokémon, but XY is newer, less iconic, and therefore more difficult to find. Scratch that, it’s IMPOSSIBLE to find.  Not that I have … Continue reading

Another Zakka Swap

This time it’s magnets! I’m as excited for this one as I was for the last one…maybe more. I made a mosaic of fabric magnets I found on flickr that I love and/or things I think would work well as magnets (that I also love, of course). I’m already considering the possibility of sets of magnets to sell in my Etsy shop! Any suggestions? Special requests? 1. hexies, 2. hexie panda, 3. Little Mushroom Fridge Magnet, … Continue reading

Birdie Key Fob

Here we are, another swap! This one is for the RATZ (Rapid & Tiny Zakka) Swap. May was Key Fob month. Using the pattern found at BDDesigns Owls and More… I created this little key fob for my partner.  I sure hope she likes it! The pattern is not in English, but she did make a photo tutorial. Of course I have my own notes…I ended up tracing the pattern straight from my computer screen – it printed … Continue reading

Baby’s first sewing project

Last night Caleb came out into the living room carrying one of his small chairs.    M: Caleb, what are you doing?    C: Mommy, I want to show you how much I love you!    M: Ok…    C: (climbing up on the chair and reaching as high as he can) I love you this much!    M: Wow, that’s a lot! I love you too. How about we put the chair back now? … Continue reading

Crafty Interlude: Angry Birds Pillow

Today, Caleb and I made this angry birds pillow.  Actually, I made the pillow and mostly he whined.  I thought he’d be excited about it since he loooOOOoooves Angry Birds, and he was…until it came down to doing some work.  Admittedly, the project was a little beyond the capabilities of a 4 year old…especially a four year old who doesn’t like to get glue on his hands. (Who the heck raised this kid? Not me, I was … Continue reading

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program…

…to bring you something completely different. Stuffed alien guy Originally uploaded by alyson_olander I know, I know, you thought I only ever made quilts anymore!  Well that’s just not the case.  For her birthday, my friend, Helene, asked me to make my version of an UglyDoll.  This is he!  I actually drew out the pattern so I can recreate him if I decide to.  And I may…with some adjustments.  He’s made from lime green terrycloth … Continue reading

Wolf Moon – complete!

Uploaded by alyson_olander Snow Moon, Cold Moon, Quiet Moon abide, Let protection and strength grow inside, Inanna, Sarasvati, Hera, and Sinn, Sew new beginnings deep within. —Dallas Jennifer Cobb In my research about the Wolf Moon, this rite struck me as just perfect to begin my year long full moon journal quilting adventure. The full moon on the night in question was shrouded in clouds, but the moon shown through, creating these amazing rings of … Continue reading