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!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

W.E.S.T. Handmade and Vintage Sale VII

Did you know that the Winnipeg Etsy Street Team is having a handmade and vintage sale soon?

 And did you also know that I was invited to be a vendor at this very sale?


 I have a supreme love for all the talent and creativity that comes out of this group and I'm so honoured to be counted as one of them. This team continues to amaze me with all their new projects, fantastic sales, support and learning opportunities, creativity, artistry and overall awesome awesomeness. I can't say enough good things about them. I'm just glad they let little old me have a table at the most ridiculously fabulous sale of the year.

 Do you want all the details?

 Of course you do!


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Spoiled Princess Kitty

Well... that does it! We have to admit that our new kitty is the most spoiled little princess cat in all of the world after what I just made for her.

Mathilda now has her very own cat couch - complete with catnip fishie pillow.

Is she totally pampered or what?

She seems to like her couch. I noticed that one of her favourite places to hang out in the house is on my computer chair, which is made from canvas and has arm rests. I figured she liked being enclosed, but not too enclosed when she goes to take a nap. She likes hanging out in her t-shirt tent when it's not nap time, but prefers my chair when it is.

So I made this couch for her out of strawberry shortcake canvas. I also happened to have two pink upholstery buttons in my collection that I used to make Mathilda's couch look all the more authentic.

I used fleece for the bottom cushion so kitty would be extra comfy. The bottom, back and arm rests are all stuffed with foam. This couch is durable and lightweight. So we can move it around to Mathilda's favourite spot in the house whenever that changes (which is like every single day).

As you can see, kitty isn't so much interested in the couch than the fishie pillow that I stuffed with catnip. hehehe - she's such a stoner!

Now pose and look pretty for the camera Mathilda!



This will have to do I guess.

Do you spoil your pet? I think Mathilda doesn't really care about all the stuff we get for her, but at least I enjoyed making this couch. :)

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Iron Craft #7: "D" is For...

This week's challenge:

"Last year we did challenge around the letters “A”, “B” and “C”. Let’s continue making our way through the alphabet with the letter “D”. Make a project using a technique, material or subject that begins with the letter “D”." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Well... I thought of a few things. Maybe a dinosaur? Maybe something with a Damask pattern?

But then I settled on the most obvious...


I was lucky enough to get a huge box of vintage patterns from a friend of mine who was selling them off. There are tons of little girl dress patterns in the box, plus costumes, and... well just about everything. So Lane has been checking out all these patterns for a few weeks now and narrowed down her Easter dress selection to Simplicity 9777.

It had all the features she wanted: puppies, bows, and puffy sleeves. She also wanted it to be pink and have laneybugs (that is what Laney calls ladybugs).

So... even though this dress is a little too busy for my tastes, Lane absolutely adores it!

And I gotta admit, it's growing on me mostly because of her enthusiasm about getting to design her own dress pretty much.


The pattern was good. I love the fit of Simplicity patterns so I didn't make too many changes (which I know is really odd for me). Putting in the zipper didn't make me cry, so I say it's a win!

Lane will be wearing her dress to her spring school photos, so stay tuned for a pro shot of her looking all fancy in her poofy, puppy, laneybugged, pink bows dress.

Doesn't she look Deliciously Darling in her Designer Dress?

To see all of the D projects from the Iron Crafters, please check out the Flickr Group.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Oh My! How They Have Grown!

Above photo taken Earth Day (April 22nd) 2010.

Five years later....

Give or take a few weeks....

Above photo taken yesterday (April 1st) 2015.