Friday, October 29, 2010

Blue and Orange

When I found out that my cousin was pregnant last winter, I was so excited.  She and her husband were the first to have a baby in our family.  The last baby was my brother, who is now 18!  Part of the reason that I was so excited was because babies are just so darn cute.

But, I was also pumped on the idea of a baby in the family because I love the idea of being able to make things - like quilts, blankets, clothes, hats, booties, etc.  Really, the list could go on forever.  However, even with all of the excitement, I procrastinated until right before the shower.  I just wasn't sure what I wanted to make. 

After searching some wonderful blogs, I found Cluck Cluck Sew and her blog where she created Ben's Quilt.  I wanted to do something similar - but on a smaller scale as it was to be a crib quilt.  I used the Orange Quilt tutorial for creating my quilt.  Mommy let me know that Baby's colors were blue and orange.

So I set out to find just the right fabric.  The tricky part was the orange.  Most of the oranges that I looked at screamed hunting opener or trick or treat.  Plus, most of them were very floral.  Not that one can't use floral prints in a quilt for a sweet baby boy, but there are those prints that automatically make any project look like it just belongs to a girl.  So I settled on these cute prints.

My favorite print is the cream fabric with orange and blue dots.  It's called Lulu Dot - even the name is adorable.  Unfortunately, all that was left was a remnant, so I bought all 3/4 of a yard.  It mostly went to the quilt, I have a small about left over and I hope to find just the right project for it.

So, true to who I am when it comes to projects, I finished the hand quilting and binding the day of the shower.  Really, I only procrastinate and finish things last minute when it comes to craft projects.  I threw the quilt in the dryer for about five minutes while I got dressed.  Then quickly snapped these two pictures and ran out the door.

Sorry that these photos are not the greatest, being in a hurry is a terrible thing.

I love how the hand quilting turned out.  In both pictures you can just make out the little hearts that I quilted into the center of each square.

Mommy and Baby are both happy with  the quilt, and I am going to make a promise to myself to not do more of these projects last minute.  I am already starting on some ideas for my SIL who is not even pregnant, but who wants to be.  That should be enough time, right?

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Little on the Wild Side

Although I would love to share more knitting wonderfulness with you, I found a little mistake in my knitting and am currently unraveling - not something I am delighted to share.  So instead, I have some sewing to share with you!

While at a networking event for the job I no longer hold :) I met a darling named Lorinda.  She mentioned that she was on the hunt for a new business card holder.  Preferably one that was not metal, and that could hold more than 15 cards - and she would like it match her lovely zebra-print business cards.

Since I had just mentioned to the group that I was getting back in touch with my crafty/creative side it was suggested that I make something for Lorinda.  Immediately, I knew exactly how I was going to tackle the situation.  Yes, I would love to make something for you!  Meanwhile, my mind was searching through the many many archives of blogs and tutorials that I had stumbled across this past summer.

Very Purple Person created some wonderful wallet tutorials, and her mini wallet would be perfect for a business card holder.  So the night before my next networking meeting, I set to work cutting fabric, ironing folds and sewing.  This did not take long at all, and even my dear hubby was impressed with the quick turnaround.

Here is the inside of the card wallet with Lorinda's business card.  (They match quite well if you ask me!)

The outside of the card wallet - my only modification to the pattern was to create a fabric loop for the button rather the elastic recommended by the tutorial.

The back of the card wallet when open, along side the business card.

A little plug for Lorinda's business Daizy & Co - see her for wonderful ideas on marketing your business.

I hope to have some tutorials of my own to post soon.  My mind is currently on and idea for Christmas - a little early I know, but by the time I create the tutorial and post it, it will most likely be mid December.  I promise to have other updates between now and then.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, October 25, 2010

A New Beginning

I started reading through a few blogs this summer and thought about starting my own.  Then I was captivated  by all of the other wonderful resources available, so I joined BurdaStyle and Ravelry.  I am so amazed at all of the wonderful crafty people in this world, it is so inspiring.  What finally prompted me to begin a blog is that I am in job transition.  I had been working a job that  I did not love, which was a little draining. I am hoping that the transition to my new career path with allow me the energy and extra time to make this blog a worthwhile place to inspire at least a few people to find their inner domestic diva and bring their creativity to fruition.
So what will Annabellebumps be blogging about?  Any lovely ideas that come to mind, preferably related to a creative output.  At the moment I am working on a sweater.  I learned to knit in college and even made my first sweater back then. Unfortunately it was a tad small and knit in a very bulky yarn - too bulky for me.  So, it was  given to goodwill.  Note - for future projects, check gage and carefully consider the yarn designed for the project.  If you wouldn't buy an $80.00 sweater, don't spend hours making one only to donate it.  I think we all learn similar lessons the hard way.

Fall is really the perfect time to start knitting, the cool, crisp air is a reminder that I can't wear shorts forever.  And since I usually protest winter and avoid wearing a jacket until absolutely necessary, I think I could use a new sweater knit up in some incredibly warm alpaca wool.  Below is a picture of my lovely Frog Tree Alpaca and my sweater progress thus far.  Sorry for the big shadows, the sun sets so early right now, its practically dusk by the time I get home from work.

I may also grace you with some sewing from time to time.  Another skill I picked up during school, but didn't do much with.  Of course all I know how to do is sew a straight line, but hopefully those skills will expand.
It's fair enough to say that I don't yet have a clear direction of where I want to take this blog, but I do have a start and that's something.  Hang in there with me and eventually this can be something beautiful.

The Best Advice Ever

Here it is, day one of my job transition.  I have the entire week off before I start my new job.  This past weekend my mom told me to make sure that I did not use this time for housework.  Seriously, my mom is telling me not to do housework.  I love it!Apparently when my dad switched jobs this summer, he spent his week off working around the house and when Monday morning of the new job came, he felt like he did not have any time off.  This is not to say that I should let my house fall to shambles for the week, or allow my dear hubby to take double load, just that I shouldn't spend the average working day taking care of housework.
This means that I will be using this wonderful week for things that I normally don't have time for, but really want to do.  There are several things on my agenda for the day.
1.) Go for a very short run (I used to be a runner and was hoping to train for a marathon.  I had worked my way up to eight miles on a trail of hills - not quite a marathon, but good for me.  Unfortunately a year ago I injured myself and have not been able to run since.  After many visits with chiropractors, physical therapists, a sports physician and some X-rays and an MRI I had no answers.  Then a few weeks ago I visited a quack doctor (that's what I call her) and she suggested that I had a wheat intolerance.Really, my hips hurt because I eat wheat? Well, now about a month into my nearly wheat gluten-free diet and my hip pain has made more positive progress than in the past year of many doctor visits.  Perhaps I should reconsider calling my doctor a quack doctor).  So after a year of not running, or exercising, I would like to go for a tiny jog to see how the hip fares.  We are really talking a tiny jog, because any backwards progress and I might ask to have the thing amputated.
2.)  Take a yoga class.  Prior to the injury mentioned above, I was an avid yoga-goer.  I fell into it my accident when my apartment offered free classes.  Then with my injury and moving in with my husband after our wedding, I stopped going.  I have yet to find a studio near our home, but I am willing to travel a bit to get back into yoga.
3.)  Do some knitting!  Yes, I would love to finish my sweater before Thanksgiving.  For many knitters that may be no lofty goal, but apparently I am not one of those people.  I so enjoy knitting and am not one seeking instant gratification, so if it takes me a month more to finish this project, it will be all smiles the whole way.
4.)  If I am feeling extra ambitious I might visit a new-to-me yarn shop to get inspiration for my current and future projects.  But with an entire week off, I should save some joy for later in the week.
Who knew a list of four things to do could actually turn into a four paragraphs?  Being new at this whole blogging adventure I was worried about starting something because I might not have anything to say.  Well I can safely tuck that argument away with the past.

Lastly, I will give you readers (which may only be myself at the moment) a glimpse of my knitting progress.  I was able to finish the back of the sweater that I am working on.  The fall leaves are there because I love fall (and because my loving husband told me that my sweater is the same color as our deck stain) but really more because I love fall.