The last couple months have been a bit of a blur. Taking some time off was a must, but it ended up being longer than I expected. I’m so ready to get back to life and blogging. For the month of June I’m going to do something I did on Facebook a while back where I catch up on some of the massive pile of unfinished projects I have and share my progress with you weekly.
In that pile are many patterns as well. After some work this week I have two of those patterns being scanned in today and will have a pattern/tutorial for them posted for you asap as well.
Today, I have some of those projects that I’ve never shared. I’ve been trying to focus on new and original projects but realize inspiration comes from all sorts of places. So here we go.
First up we have these fun tote bags, a.k.a. the Tessa Basket by Green Letter Day. You can purchase the pattern here. This has been my go-to pattern for gifts for some of the favorite women in my life this past year. I have made ten so far and plan on making one for myself this month as well.
I love to piece small squares together and quilt them, so making these is fun for me and thankfully a lot faster than piecing together a full-blown quilt (which I love to do, too). This one is done with Bonnie and Camille fabrics from their “Hello Darling” line.
As you can see, I tried to personalize each one with different color combinations, sizes, and fabrics.
I also make a lot of dresses, mostly for my youngest daughter but sometimes for my nieces, too. Thankfully, Quinn decided to go full-girly on me and wears a dress every day. They are getting plenty of wear which makes this mama one happy lady. Here are two of my favorites that I’ve made. The first dress I made using a Create Kids Couture pattern called Poppy. The fabrics are Michael Miller. Quinn wears a shirt under it and it still looks cute. 🙂
The second dress I made using the Nelle pattern by Brownie Goose. Every once in awhile, Quinn will complain about the neckline but I love it. It’s super cute on her. This is one that does not look okay with a shirt under it. Just sayin’.
I also love to crochet and whipped up this cardigan for Quinn while I was on an airplane. The pattern is called Zara’s Sleeveless Cardigan and was my first attempt at crocheting a clothing item. I usually do things like blankets and scarfs. You know, easy. This wasn’t hard at all.
For my son’s Pokemon-themed birthday party, I made some Pikachu cupcake toppers using chocolate melts. I printed off a Pikachu image I found on the Internet, placed parchment paper over the image, and piped the chocolate melts following the shape from the image. The boys loved them!
I make a lot of holiday/season projects that don’t get finished in time. I just get too many ideas, start too many projects, and always think each project will take less time than it actually does. I’m not the only one, right? In fact I’ve still got a couple of Christmas pillows, a Christmas quilt, and a Halloween quilt in my unfinished project pile. I’m sure there are more. So sad.
I worked on this project with a couple of friends. I’m happy to say we all have finished this project. Crafting with friends is helpful.
The pumpkin is from Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book. I’m starting to get a little more selfish (or maybe wise) and I kept this one for myself. Happy Fall to me.
If you haven’t noticed yet I’m a huge fan of making banners. There are so many different ways you can make a cool banner and I have the want to do them all. Here’s my Minion (from the movie Despicable Me) version.
Lastly, I have this adorable purse I made for my little girl to give to her friend for her birthday. It, too, is made out of Bonnie and Camille fabrics (my favorite!). I used a free pattern from Made by Rae called the Buttercup Bag. Quinn wants one now too but who has time to whip up a second one? Obviously not me. 🙂
So this is how this month’s posts are going to go. I hope something inspired you or you discovered a new pattern, technique, or blog today. I’ll also have at least two new pattern/tutorial posts. Let me know if there is anything specific you’d like to see and I’ll do my best! If you want to join along and finish a few projects of your own, I’d love to get a look at them. You can leave a photo or a link in the comments and I’ll swing by to take a peek and say hello.