Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Iron Craft #10 - E is for...

This week's challenge:

"Ok you guys, I loved what you did so much with the letter “D” that I was really excited to move on and see what you could do with “E”. I have elevated expectations that everyone will engender excellent enterprises." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

"E" was more difficult than I had first imagined.

I thought and thought about this and came up with....

Empire!

Here is my first attempt at a crocheted dress (with an Empire cut).


Aaaaaannnndddd... of course I have my camera in front of the empire waist part.



Better? Sorta...



Anyhoo - it was actually really easy to make. A lot of netting type rounds. I ended up putting ribbon through the middle to define the empire waist more than the pattern called for. I really don't like dress that just fit over me because they end up looking like a tent. So the ribbon was a much needed touch.


And for some reason, this photo doesn't want to rotate. Whatever. I'm the world's worst selfie taker. You get the idea. I'm very pleased with the way this turned out and will get lots of use out of it for sure this summer.

Here is the link to my Ravelry project page.

And if you'd like to see what all the other Iron Crafters did with the letter E - check out the Flickr Group.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Iron Craft #9: Faux

This week's challenge:

"This week we want you to do a little crafting trickery and make something that looks like something it isn’t. I think this one should be fun!" (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Hmmm...

Ok. I got this!


Is this a pretty bouquet of flowers? Obviously not. The flowers are most definitely crocheted. But that isn't the faux part.



This bouquet isn't a bouquet at all... it's a jar full of pens! :D



I made pretty carnations, daffodils, irises and daisies and added a pen to each as a stem. I think these are going to be teacher's end of year gifts this year. They are pretty and practical. :)



Sneaky eh?



**** A link to my faux flowers project on Ravelry***

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To see all of the other sneaky projects by the Iron Crafters, please check out the Flickr group.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

The Snake Dens

This past weekend we decided to take our first family road trip of the season and visit the Narcisse Snake Dens.

Unfortunately, we went on Sunday (because I was a vendor at the WEST sale on Saturday) and the sun wasn't on our side that day.

We saw a few snakes, but not the enormous tangle of snakes that are usually around during this time of year. Not enough sun.


There was a lot of looking over the edge and pointing to some brave snakes that decided to come out to give us a show.


But all was not lost! We had a fun walk and a fun car ride and we ended our trip with a visit to Lane's favourite restaurant chain - this time in Gimli! :D


Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day 2015

Hello everyone!

I haven't participated in this little (or shall I say hugemungous!) giveaway day in a few turns, but I thought I'd give it a go this week.

Yay!

So ... what can you win?

I've been polishing up my resume as a dollmaker as of late and would love to share one of my latest creations with a lucky reader. Also, with Sew Mama Sew just finishing their 6 weeks of softies features, I thought it would be awesome to giveaway one of my sweet softies.

This is Miranda:


Some stats about Miranda from Miranda herself:

Hi everyone! My name is Miranda, but you can call me whatever you'd like. I'm so excited to meet you and I am looking forward to meeting all my new friends at my forever home. Is my forever home with you?
I am a 11 inch (30 cm) fabric doll.
I am made out of a cotton sheet that was dyed with all natural coffee to achieve my medium skin tone. I have safety eyes and a sewn smile on my face. I have sweet pink coloured cheeks sewn on as well. My hair is made out of green felt with a bun on the side.

(I am made with a pattern purchased from Elf Pop here on Etsy: A huge thank you to them for providing such a quality pattern.)


Would you like to give Miranda a forever home?

Just fill out the Rafflecopter thingie below and you're entered!


Some rules:
- This giveaway is open from May 6th to May 11th (12:00am), 2015
- I will chose a winner after that and notify via email. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, I will choose another.
- I will ship Miranda to the winner ASAP
- This giveaway is open to everyone around the world

**** If you'd like to see all of my handmade dolls and perhaps purchase one, check out my Etsy Shop****

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Good luck and be sure to visit Sew Mama Sew to enter all the other awesome giveaways happening this week!

Monday, 4 May 2015

Crocheted Girly Leg Warmers

Now that it's spring, the weather is getting super nice.

Lane still has ballet class every Saturday morning until the middle of June and it's getting a little rough wearing heavy tights to class.

So I thought I'd make her some pretty leg warmers to wear instead.


She loves them! They only took a few hours to make and came out beautifully.

Lane wore them to school today and I think she'll be wearing them with her regular clothes a lot. I guess I'd better get on making some more in different colours if that's the case!

Do you wear leg warmers? I'm thinking that I might need a pair now too. They look so sweet and comfortable.

**** A link to my girly leg warmers project on Ravelry (the link to the free pattern is on there as well. ****

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Iron Craft Challenge #8: Home

This week's challenge:

"Make something for the home, it can either be decorative or useful." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Hmmm... this was a difficult one to decide upon. I have about a billion home projects that I need to get done. In fact, today I'm rebuilding the middle front step. I rebuilt the top step and entire corner of our front steps 2 years ago, and now the middle step is crumbling. Oy! We also just bought a new faucet for the kitchen, have gotten rid of some old furniture, planned out a big shed move, want to get the fan replaced in the kitchen, are going to finally get to the front flower bed situation, make new curtains for the bedroom... the list goes on and on and on.

So many projects to decide from, and so little time. Since I'm really working at preparing for the big WEST sale this weekend, I knew that I would be kinda cramped for time. I decided on a project that I've put off for a long time, but doesn't take a lot of time to complete.



I had one lonely kitchen towel with a crocheted top and it broke several weeks ago. And since I have learned how to crochet, I figured I could make my own. Yeah... that never happened. I went weeks and weeks without my favourite towel.

Until now!

The above towel was purchased from the dollar store and I made it all fancy by crocheting the pineapple inspired top and adding the button. Here is a link to this project on Ravelry (click over if you'd like to try this free pattern).


My husband was being a goon when I went to photograph this towel. Um.. I don't think that's a very good hiding place Mister!

Anyway, this towel topper took me several hours to make because of that fancy pattern. It's beautiful, but I also need a few practical (read: easy and fast to make) towels well.

I found this project, which was just the thing! The towel toppers photographed below only took me about 45 minutes each to make. And they look fantastic as well.


I think I'm going to make a bunch more of these to have on hand for housewarming gifts. They work really well and look nice and there are countless variations of colours and buttons to jazz them up a bit. I think they would make awesome gifts.

Is there a household item that you've put off making even though you know the item is needed on a daily basis? Please tell me that I'm not alone! :P

To check out all of the Iron Crafters' projects for the home, click on over to the Flickr Group.

Monday, 20 April 2015

How To: Stockings Doll

If you have a little girl maybe you can relate to all of the colourful, pretty tights that she has worn out through the years. My little Lane loves to wear pretty dresses with equally pretty stockings. They always end up looking dingy and usually have holes in the knees by the end of use.

What to do with all of them? Too pretty to throw out and too worn out to donate.

Why not make a cute dolly out of them?


One like this perhaps?

It's a simple process and a fantabulous Earth Day upcycling project.

Click on over to my Tawny Bee website to get the full step by step and happy sewing!