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Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Are you ready to flip some burgers and play a game? These printable burger patties have different grill marks and toppings, and when you print two sets, you have a memory game! You can even print out solid brown backs for better flipping, and then trim them with not-so-perfectly-circular edges for a more realistic look. This would be a fun game to pull out at a BBQ, so you may even want to laminate the patties to protect them from greasy fingers.
Lay them out topping side down, and start flipping them two at a time! Some of them are similar, but not the same, for building visual discrimination skills. Have fun grilling!
The other day I treated myself to some charm packs. My first. And now I know that they won't be my last. Even if I never make anything out of the, these little squares of fabric are simply sumptuous.
If you're not familiar with charm packs, these are small cuts of fabric, and you get one (or sometimes more than one) of each design in a fabric line. They are perfect for quilts or small projects. At first, they felt expensive to me, but to get 42 pieces for around the cost of a yard of fabric isn't bad at all. And speaking as someone who doesn't have a huge fabric stash, they are perfect because you get a nice mix of designs that all go together, and you don't have tons of extra laying around.
I bought mine on Etsy from Awesome Quilting, but a search for "charm packs" will turn up lots of options! Here's what I bought:
The photos don't do them justice, and they don't show all that came in the packs. I seriously want to just play with them and arrange them and look at them. And of course, buy more of them, because I already have a few more packs in mind. I think I have a new collection forming...They have me charmed!
Posted Saturday, June 15, 2013
Missy Kulik has mind reading abilities. That's the only way I can explain the fact that she emailed me about Flossy on the same day I was looking at Flossy and thinking that for ages I've wanted one. But then, I'm pretty sure all embroiderers would want one of these sweeties.
If you're not familiar, Flossy is a little wooden dachshund who hold embroidery floss for you. Technically, Flossy is also a pony, a unicorn, a llama, a fox, a sheep, a fawn, a giraffe, and a bunny, and you can see them all here.
When Flossy comes, her face is peeking through tissue. My excitement was already getting excited! I mean, just look at that cuteness! But she's also looking a little bare. A dachshund has that entire belly just waiting to be put to good use!
So I wrapped her up in my favorite brown floss. The color that I use all the time. It wouldn't really be practical for me to store all of my floss on bobbins like this, but keeping my most used color on her means she'll always be close at hand. And isn't it kind of Flossy to hold the end in her mouth? Eep! The Sweetest!
If you think you may need a Flossy or two (because it's difficult to decide between all of these cuties!), check out Sugar Cookie by Missy Kulik. While you're there, you'll want to see her jewelry, paper goods, buttons, zines, and more!
Thanks to Missy for the gift of this much loved bobbin!
Now, a sidebar. Today I mailed off a batch of projects for a book contribution, I have another batch to do, and I'm stitching along with the Summer Stitching Club. More regular projects will return to the blog soon...I've just been slowed down a bit here as I keep up with other things!
Posted Thursday, June 13, 2013
We have a little joke around here. When we're not sure what to make for dinner, my dad always says "I can grill!" He means it to be helpful, but if we don't have grill-able food around, my mom and find this to be well...not helpful. He maintains that a quick trip to the store will result in an easy meal, complete with grilling. We're still not sold, because we know what happens in the kitchen while he's out grilling.
But we can't deny that he's wanting to serve the family in this way. If you have a dad or a husband or a brother who likes grilling (of if you enjoy flipping burgers, because I know I do!), how about embroidering what's on the grill to show your love?
Download the PDF pattern, then stitch it onto an apron or baseball cap for a quick gift for Father's Day!
Prefer a different view? Check out my Grumpy Grill pattern!
Last Monday, the first pattern for the Summer Stitching Club was sent, and the second will be sent out today. What's so fun to see is the progress people have been making already, and the fun we're all having doing it!
That's Shelley up there. My friend Leela's mom (Isabela) is in a sewing group with her and when she pulled out her work, Isabela took a pic for me! Nice stitching, Shelley!
Below are a few more pieces from very ambitious stitchers, Sarah, Paula and Jen!
We've hardly gotten started, and I already feel connected to a whole lotta summer stitching friends! You can see more photos in the Wild Olive Flickr group or searching #SummerStitchingClub on Instagram!
Posted Monday, June 10, 2013
Two weeks ago I suggested that over the weekend, you spend some time exploring the My Poppet blog, and I thought I might make it into a little bi-weekly series! I know that it's easy for me to continue reading the same blogs or just spotting a single post here and there at unfamiliar sites, but never get to know new blogs and the people behind them. And sometimes it's as simple as spending 20-30 minutes looking through a few pages worth of posts.
This week, I invite you to spend some time @ Family Chic. Camilla Fabbri consistently delivers simple and stylish solutions for bringing creativity into your life. I love that so many of the things she presents are easy transformations of everyday objects. She proves that you don't need to spend a lot (of time or money!!) to make things special.
Here are a few of my recent favorites:
Stitched coasters. Perfect for a weekend sitting outside...stitch 'em and put 'em to use!
Brocade Bracelets. You know those pretty ribbons you have? Wear them!
Gouged Frame. These would be fun for both kids and adults to make!
Now, go spend some time @ Family Chic!
Note: All photos copyright Camilla Fabbri. Used with permission.
Big news, friends! A new book comes out today...one that I've been waiting on for nearly a year. Why? Because it's the newest Mollie Makes book from Collins & Brown!
Mollie Makes Feathered Friends is a collection of new projects all featuring birds. Now, I'm not really a fan of real birds being close to me, but cute and crafty avians? I'm up for it! Especially when they are as sweet as the projects in this book. Take a look at a couple of my favorites:
How amazing is this? It feels so classic. I'd love to make this, although it may end up a lifetime work in progress...
This is definitely at the top of my list from Feathered Friends. So good!
And this one? I like it a lot...because I made it! I might need to make another so I can have one hanging in my office, as this particular one now lives in England.
From simple and swift to complex and carry-through-life, Mollie Makes Feathered Friends will make a lovely addition to the craft book shelf (shelves?) in your nest...er...home. You can order now from Collins & Brown (the US edition will come out July 1).
Or maybe you'd like to win a copy? C&B Publishing is giving away one Mollie Makes Feathered Friends book to a lucky winner! There are a few ways to enter, and the giveaway is open to international winners too! Thanks, Collins & Brown!
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June is here and it's hot outside and all you want is a nice cold pitcher of lemonade. Or not. In the Chicago area, it's still rather cool. Nice, but cool. And the only way you're longing for a lemonade is if you're in an Arrested Development sweat lodge. (Watch the new season on Netflix...you'll get what I'm talking about.)
But sweat is what this project is about. Actually, it's about the sweat that forms on cold beverages in the summertime. We have coasters for glasses, but what about that big pitcher of lemonade or iced tea? You need a BIG coaster for that, and now you can make one!
There are lots of ways to make a little mat like this, but I'm combining my favorite material (felt) with my latest obsession (hexagons).
Here's what you need (to make the size/pattern I did):
Felt - 2 pieces each about 12x12 inches (I'm using wool blend)
Fabric - 1 piece about 12x12 inches
Felt hexagons - 19 pieces with 1-inch sides (2 inches across)
Fusible interfacing (optional)
10-inch embroidery hoop
Iron (if using the interfacing)
A note on felt hexagons: You can cut them out yourself, but Benzie Design sells pre-cut (with precision!) wool blend felt hexagons. Renae from Benzie provided the hexagons for this project, and I love them! The package comes with 36 hexagons and you can choose your colors. Thanks, Renae!
Place one layer of felt and the fabric in the hoop. It will be tight, so open the tightening screw nearly all the way. As a side note, using a hoop isn't absolutely necessary, but it is very helpful.
Lay out the hexagons how you want them, just to get an idea of spacing and design. There's really no right or wrong way to do this. Mine is pretty big, as you can see it filling the 10-inch hoop, but you can adjust the design and make it larger or smaller if you want.
Remove all but the center hexagon, and start stitching there. Use three strands of embroidery floss and running stitch around the edge.
Continue adding hexagons and stitching around them. For mine, I left just a little space between each shape because I like the blue fabric peeking through, but you can place them right up against each other and they'll look great that way too!
After you have all of the hexagons in place, cut around the shape you've created, leaving a 3/8-inch border of fabric showing.
Wait...the back of my work is not pretty? Not a problem. I planned for that! You're going to add another layer of felt to the back of this, but if you'd like to make it a little more secure, cut a piece of fusible interfacing into a circle-ish shape that is smaller than your coaster.
If it's paper-backed, iron it to the back of your work, peel away the paper, and iron the second piece of felt to the interfacing. If it's the plain fusible interfacing (like Stitch Witchery), sandwich it between the work and the second piece of felt, then iron.
If it doesn't feel completely secure, don't worry. This is just to help prevent the layers from separating too much.
Cut out the felt around the coaster, leaving a small border of felt showing.
Stitch around the entire shape with three strands and running stitch, close to the edge of the fabric. Because this work will show on the back, hide your starting and ending knots between the layers of felt.
Usually I like to work on projects that I can finish in an afternoon or evening. This one definitely took me closer to a full day (putting together the different times I worked on it). But I think it's worth it. I love this, and look forward to using it on our table all summer!
And although I'm calling this a lemonade coaster, it's also very much like a penny rug. Functional and pretty!