Sunday, November 23, 2008

Stitching & More

While I was working on my "Where we Love is Home" project, I taught the kids the stitches I had learned in the eBook.
Trenton is 10 so he picked it up quick.

Although Isabella is only 4 she was able to handle the basic stitches on her own and only needed a little more direction for the others.

While searching for the kids stitching pictures I came across a couple other projects they worked on recently that would make great gifts for kids to make for the upcoming holidays.

One of Trenton's favorite projects is making pillows.
He's made them for teachers, grandparents, himself and to sell at craft fairs.
He raids my fabric stash and creates pillows in all different sizes.
No pattern needed for an easy sewing project like this.

Here's a proud grandma receiving a pillow for mother's day

Trenton has also made his own tote bags, perfect to take on trips to carry books or his NintendoDS
This one is reversible

He also made his first piece of pottery over the summer.
This is still a work in progress because he hasn't painted it yet.

Isabella is the Queen of Jewels!
She will spend hours beading necklaces and bracelets for herself and friends.


Thanksgiving Crafting and Stitching?

This past week we worked on a few Thanksgiving crafts.
Isabella came up with her own way to give thanks to family we will have over for the holiday.
She made/decorated a Give Thanks Mailbox.
This was her own idea and she told me she plans to make a mailbox for every holiday.

She's already made several cards and drawings to give out on Thanksgiving.

While Isabella worked on that, I made the Leaf Garland that was featured in Good Housekeeping.
This was an easy no sew project.

In years past we have talked about what we are thankful for but I thought Skip To My Lou's Thanksgiving Tree would be a good tradition to start as well.

This is not necessarily a Thanksgiving craft. This is my first stitching project and I have been working on it for a couple months in my spare time.
I absolutely love stitching! I chose this new hobby because it was something I could do anywhere; sitting on the couch with Dave while he watches tv, waiting for the kids at gymnastics or guitar lessons or many of the other times I am sitting in my car waiting for the kids (which feels like most of the week)

This stitching pattern is from Needle in a Haystack.
I purchased Stitching Essentials: An Introduction to the Art of Stitching
The eBook covers the basic fundamentals of stitching from choosing embroidery hoops, needles, floss, and fabric, to learning 7 basic embroidery stitches. Besides the step by step photos of the stitches and instructions on how to frame your finished project, the eBook also included the "Where we Love is Home" pattern.
I thought it was a great pattern to start with because all the stitches you learned are incorporated in the design.
I am totally hooked and am now well stocked with floss, hoops, fabric and felt to get started on lots of holiday decorations!

Almost forgot... Needle in a Haystack also offers a few Free patterns ;)


Friday, November 14, 2008


At approximately 7:55pm we headed outside with binoculars and cameras in hand to catch a glimpse of Space Shuttle Endeavour rocketing through the night sky

We are 150 miles from Cape Canaveral. Although the pictures don't do it justice, it is spectacular to see the night sky light up and hear little Isabella declare she wants to ride in a rocket ship!


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Halloween 2008 ~ rewind

Today we started Thanksgiving craft projects and I realized I hadn't even posted about Halloween!
Here's a look back at the festivities that were filled with...

Crafting, Decorating

(to make a Trick or Treat sign for next year visit Skip to my Lou)

Harvest Festivals, Hay Rides

Singing (4 red apples)

Pumpkin Carving

Pink Poodles, Grim Reapers

Parties and Haunted Houses

Halloween felt like it lasted weeks with all the events to keep us busy!

To rewind even further, Here's a look back at last years pre-blog pumpkins