Saturday, July 28, 2012

First Sewing Venture

Well, I finally did it.  I dug out the sewing machine and cleaned it up and got it working again!  I'm actually kind of proud of myself.  It's been so long since I've touched the machine, that I had to do Spring Cleaning on my brain!  Dust up the cobwebs, so to say.  But, sewing is in my blood.  My Nan was a Seamstress for Singer, and she made all of my clothes when I was a kid, and I feel somehow obligated to carry on that tradition somehow. 

Now, I'm NOWHERE as good as she ever was.  Granted. But, I'm determined not to give up.  Little projects here and there, and I will be on my way to not being so rusty, and not being so "afraid" of the machine.  Not that I'm afraid of the machine itself, but lets face it, it is a tad bit intimidating. My Mom wouldn't even go anywhere near it, unless it was to help fix it.  But, I have to say, I actually got her behind the wheel, so to say.  She actually used the machine to sew!  HA!  Ok, so it was only a small table cloth, but it was great!  And it was actually semi-straight, so props to her.  Isn't it great?

I have to honest and say, I wasn't exactly planning on a sewing project any time soon.  But, we were in JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, one day looking for yarn to match a project that was already in progress at the time, and they just so happened to have a lot of fabric half price.  There were so many adorable prints that we just loved!  I wanted to get some of them just for the heck of it, that's how cute they were, but that was just not going to happen.  Then my Mom pops out with oh I'd love some new shorts!  Of course, the dummy that I am replied, "OH? Well, I do have a pattern at home I could use.  And now would be a good time to get the fabric."  HA!  

Well, I got myself into it this time.  It wasn't so much they sewing that caused all of the nightmares, and the headaches, but the machine itself.  I'm telling you, if there was something to go wrong, it did.  Ok, I deserve it.  Really, I do.  I mean, I did let the poor thing sit, neglected, for well over a decade.  So, yes... it is my fault.  I am quite lucky she works at all.  We cleaned her up, gave her a bit of oil and a spray of air, and she was as good as new.  Well, a tab bit slow, but she worked all the same.

Once I got the machine itself going, then I had all of the smaller problems.  The nesting, where the thread was  gathering up in a ball when it sewed.  Or where the fabric getting stuck on the Feed Dogs.  Or the Needle getting stuck inside the bobbin.  Then I was having the issue with hemming.  Its one thing to have the person try them on so you can pin them up in the right place, but then you have to make sure they are straight and even.  Well... what a nightmare.  Yes, I know... I haven't done it in a long time.  I shouldn't let it get to me.  But, it did.  I think it took me like two whole days just on this part LOL.  After I finally got them straight, folding the fabric over to get the 1 inch hem was fairly easy.  It was sewing them up that I had some issues with.  I was completely fine then entire way around, until I got to the end, where I was going to join the stitches together where the fabric decides that its going to pucker up on me.  Go figure.  Right at the end.  

Oh well, the shorts hem got a bit of a dart in them LOL, but they are finished.  I think it was just the fabric.

I was even clever enough to make a tag for the back of the shorts, so you know which way to put them on, hehehheeee.  I'm good like that.  What do you think?  Did I do a good job?  Now I just need to figure out what to do for my next project!!

Happy Crafting, (and Sewing) from Homespun by Design,

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Amigurami Donut

Amigurami Donut

This adorable Amigurami Food Donut could have been used in so many different ways, but I decided to use it as a pin cushion! It was super easy to make, and made in 5 different steps. The first step is the use the tan color to make the base, or the actual donut part, which is just a ring. Step 2 is to stuff the donut; I used acrylic stuffing. Step 3 is to use the brown (or you could use pink), for the icing part of the donut. Step 4 is to add the bling, or the sprinkles for the donut, which is optional. And last but not least, Step 5 is to sew the icing to the donut. Voila! You have an adorable little donut!

Happy Crafting from Homespun by Design,
Sunflower Mallory

Personalized Wall Decor

I was talking to my one friend, who just had her baby, one afternoon, and we were talking about crafts. She just moved into a new house, and they havn't had much time to decorate the Nursery, let alone their older son's room, or theirs.  And their son has been asking them to redo his room for some time now, but of course they want to do the baby's first.

As we were deciding the things that she wanted in their rooms, she mentioned something about wanting to have their names up on their walls.  So I thought about it for some time, and did some browsing.  Of course, she sent me some links to things that she likes.  I decided to go for it and make Name Plaques!

I found these really cool pink glittery sponge letters and I had to have them!  I knew my would love them because she loves anything that is "girly-girly", and they are super cute!  Next, I found the plaques, and instead of going with just squares or circles, I got both to break up the visual menotany.  At first I thought I was going to paint the plaques, then I thought, wait....  what if I cover them in fabric??  How awesome is that?  I know its kinda 70-ish, but it turned out really awesome, right?  And, of course, I got two different fabrics.  One for the squares and one for the circles.  And then for the ribbons!  I also got two different ribbons, so I could put the opposite color on the fabrics.  I was able to hit the jackpot with the ribbons and got them on sale, as well so that really helped!

When I posted these on my Facebook Page, Homespun by Design, someone noticed these and asked if I could make one for her.  She is pregnant and is having a boy!  Lucky her, they have already decided on a name, Ethan.  They have also decided that his Nursery is going to be in Greens, Blues and Browns, with Monkeys.  So, off I went, on the hunt for awesome things.  Boys are a bit tricker to design for a lot of times because you can't go overboard.  You have to keep it clean, classic, beautiful and timeless.

I really lucked out this time!  I found the same letters that I used for Emma's, but in Blue.  The sparkles might be a bit much for a boy, but they help bring out the blues in the fabric.  I also lucked out huge with the fabric!  Not only does it have Monkeys on it, but its Green and it has blues and browns on it.  Since I found Blue letters, I decided that I should do I Brown ribbon.  I kept with the square and circles, but stayed with the same fabric because I loved it so much.

I hope both of you ladies loved your wall hangings!
What does everyone else think?

Happy Crafting to Everyone from Homespun by Design,
Sunflower Mallory

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Lorelei The Crocheted Ladybug

Lorelei the Crocheted Ladybug

Ever since my friend got me to help her with her Baby Shower I've been on a Lady Bug kick.  Her theme had ladybugs on them, and so did the bedding set, mobile, lamps, and wall decor.  She keeps telling me she's not crafty and wants to do all of these things for her kids rooms, so of course now I've got it in my head that I could make some things for her.  But when does a few things end?  For me, I could keep going for months LOL.  Once I get something in my head, I have a hard time getting it out of my head untime I'm interupted.  And no, it doesn't help to throw other things at me, because I can have many projects going at the same time and it will not slow me down at all.

I remembered seeing a crochet pattern for an Amigurami Ladybug on my Pinterest travels, so I decided that was going to be my next project!  I hunted up the pattern and got to work!  I couldn't decided what colors to make her.  I mean ladybugs are Red and Black right?  But, Emma's room is in Pink and Brown.  So what do I do?  I decide to make both.  I just gives me something to do right?  Which one do you like better?

Do you have a favorite? Happy craftin from Homespun by Design! Sunflower Mallory

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Day of Pin Cushions

Not that long ago, I decided that I was going to get my Sewing Machine out and "RE-learn" how to use it again.  It's been a good 20 years since I've used the things, so it's going to take me awhile to get reaquanted and get back into the swing of things.  Everything, except from the machine itself is my Nan's, though I do still have my Grandmother's machine as well.  One day, I'm working on a project and I've got my antique pin box out.  Now, my cats are like most, they insist on "helping" on everything.  Which of course means, that they set you back most days because they are sitting on your stuff, putting their tails in your face, or knocking your stuff over.  That day, my cats decided they were going to knock my pin box over a good ten times.  I was beyond frusterated, to the point where I packed everthing up and quit for the day!  Of course, as I was packing up, I found that there was a hole in my pin box.  Now, that really doens't have much to do with my cats knocking my box over a million times, but it doesn't help.  It just gave me an excuse to look for another project!

I looked for pin cushions for days.  Looking for ones that I liked.  Of course there were a lot I liked that were sewing, and I'm still very sewing challenged.  So, I stuck with crocheted ones.  And I found a few, but I picked two.  An Apple and a Flower!  They're different, and they suit me.  What can I say?

This one is a yummy little Green Apple! Not only can you use it as a Pin Cushion, you could also use it as a great gift to a Favorite Teacher, Decorations or Ornaments. This is made out of 100% Acrylic yarn, and stuffed with Polyester filling. The stem is a Taupe color, the leaf is a Paddy Green and the body of the Apple is made of Honeydew. The Apple is 3.5"x3"x3.5".         

This is an adorable flower Pin Cushion that was orginally from a nice girl named Liselotte from Denmark, who allowed us to use her pattern. It is a very simple "stash buster" project that you can do within an hour, and anyway you please! Let your imagination run wild with this one girls. You're basically making two hexagons, stitching them together, and stuffing it. Then you take two strands of yarn and you wrap around and pull tight, to make the petals, then put the button in the middle. Viola! You have an adorable pin cushion!!

Happy Crafting from Homespun by Design,
Sunflower Mallory!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Patriotic Stars and Stripes Wreath

Patriotic Stars and Stripes Wreath

With Summer upon us and The 4th of July right around the corner, I've been searching for things to do that are both easy and fun to do.  I think I've hit the jackpot with this one!  The Patriotic Stars and Stripes Wreath is both easy and fun to make and it is super cute when its done!  It's also customizable.  You can use your own choice of ribbon and hanger.  If you think it needs something else, say a bow, knock yourself out!

All you have to do is have a Styrofoam Wreath, Red, White and Blue Yarn,  Ribbon, and a hot glue gun, and you can have one of these beauties in no time!  I found the directions on , so hurry on over and get crocheting so you have a Sparkling Wonder for The 4th of July!!

Happy Crafting From Homespun by Design,
Sunflower Mallory

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Go USA Crochet Stars Headband

GO USA! Crochet Stars Headband

With The 4th of July coming up a lot of people are going to be looking for some easy crafts they can do for the Weekend to calm the nerves, or pass the free time.  We've made a cute headband to rock out for the 4th!, and here's how I did it.

I took Scarlet, White and Navy Blue, and made the headband.  With a USG6/4.00mm Hook, I chained 3, turn and in the 2nd chain from the hook you single crochet, and single crochet to the end.  Turn and chain.  Single crochet to the end (2 st).  Continue this for approx. 65 rows for an Adult Headband.  You can change this to suit whoever you are making this for.  Once you get to your desired length, instead of closing the loop, I took our 3 colors and made tassles at the end.  I have Red, White and Blue strings tassles on the Right and Left.  And then repeated on the other end.  Then trim the ends of the tassles so they are even.

Tutorial to make Patriotic Stars. Make one in each color. 
Chain 2. 
Round 1:  Single Crochet 10 in 2nd chain from hook.  Join with Slip Stitch in the 1st Single Crochet.  Round 2:  Chain 1.  2 Single Crochets in each around (20 sc).  Join with Slip Stitch in 1st Single Crochet. 
For your first point, Chain 1. 
1 Single Crochet in the next 4 Single Crochet, then Turn. 
Chain 1, and Single Crochet in the next 4. 
Chain 1.  {Draw up a loop in each of the next 2 Single Crochets.  Yarn Over and pull through both loops on your hook - Sc2tog made} twice.  Turn. 
Chain 1 and Sc2tog.  Turn. 
Chain 2, Slip Stitch along the side, from Point to Base. 
Slip Stitch in last Single Crochet worked on 2nd round. 
Make 4 more points for a total of 5 points and Fasten Off.

Happy Crafting from us at Homespun By Design!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Blanket Update

So here we are up to day 20, and I have been working my backside off, trying to get this blanket going. I am now up to 4 blocks of 47 different colors!

Claret, Scarlet, and Red

Black, Heather Grey and Grey

Taupe, Cafe and Wood Brown

Carrot, Orange and Mango

Persimmon, Melon and Light Coral

Calliope, Country Twists and Baby Print

Artist Print, Plum Pudding and Greens

So now that I'm up to date on my colors (I think), I and now I'll show you my (very slow) progress on my Granny Square Blanket... my very bright, colorful blanket!

Day 8

Day 11

Day 20
9 rows by 10 rows... I've gotten so so far LOL

I hope you like it!!
Love, Missy

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Springtime Wreath 2012

This is our new Springtime Wreath! Its crocheted 6 rows of double crochet in the round, make two rings, and 2 leaves added to the bottom to anchor. 7 big Picot Flowers made in bold colors and 6 small flowers to fill in space. All have buttons in them! The wreath is padded with a cardboard ring.

#Crochet #Spring2012 #Wreath #SpringtimeWreath

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend

With Memorial Day Weekend upon us, I found myself with out a project and 2 boxes full of new yarn.  It was like Christmas here at my house!  I had bought some off of eBay; they came included in the trasaction with the Spruce I had to track down so my Mum could finish her blanket.  Only took me 3 months, but I did it.  Who's complaining?  I got yarn out of the deal!

I pretty much just tossed the contents of the boxes on the floor.  Why the heck not, my Mum was at the store, she had no clue what I was doing ;0).  One by one, I lined up colors along my couch.  I started with light Baby colors.  It is not that shocking.  I do mostly Baby items.  But then I started tossing in darker colors that complemented them.  And my line up grew.

Now everyone knows I'm a sucker for color.  This should be no surprise to anyone by now, but I'm talking I had like 25 different colors and I was considering tossing in more.  And I also have to be perfectly honest, I still had no idea what I was going to do with them at this point.  But colors speak to me.  I can't help it!

By day 2 I had picked out Light, Medium and Dark shades of 6 different colors; Green, Aqua, Yellow, Pink, Blue and Purple.  I decided I was going to make up some Granny Squares.  Yes, they have become my favorite thing to do.  They are quick, easy, and fun to do and so very versitile.  By day 3, I had 4 blocks of most of those colors, 14 to be exact, made up! 

Aqua, Green, Yellow, Pink, Blue, and Purple

That's 56 adorable little squares all lined up nice and pretty like, just waiting for me to make something with!  Of course, I have to finish the rest of my blocks first.  And of course, decide if I'm going to pick those other colors I was talking about earlier.  Yes, I know I'm a sucker.  What can I say?  I was also considering throwing in some ombre prints as well for a touch of funk!  I haven't decided that yet.  It depends on how many blocks I have made up when I'm done, and just how many I need when I am all said and done.  Right now, these are what I have!

Delft Blue, Robin Blue, and Yale Blue
Shocking Pink, Pink, and Young Pink
Medium Purple, Medium Violet, and Rose Orchid
Cornmeal, Maize, and Pale Yellow

With Monday upon us, I have counted only 56 blocks. And honestly that is not going to get me anywhere. I need to get my back side moving if I want to get this blanket make sometime this year. I have finished the Aqua and Green trio blocks at least!

Clover Green, Seafoam and Mint
Teal, Turqua and Nile Green

At this point I have pretty much dumped my yarn boxes all over the floor savaging for colors to use. I have like one color left and nothing to go with it. I'm going to have to hit the store again. In the mean time, I might as well toss in some prints to go with it. If it doesn't look right in the end, I guess I'm just going to have to take them out, right? No big deal. Worse comes to worse, I already have blocks made up for another project!

Sherbert Ombre, Violet Stripes, and Wedgewood

End of Day 4!

And this is where we come to an end of Day 4 my friends. 84 wonderful, pretty, little squares, all begging me to do something with them from their bag! And with this I bid you all a Wonderful Memorial Day! Sunflower #Crochet #GrannySquares #MemorialDay #MemorialDayWeekend #2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

New Pocketbooks

Ok, so awhile ago my Mum started messing around with the idea of making herself a new pocketbook.  Fine, dandy, suit yourself, and have fun even.  Then of course, she sucked me into her adventure.  I'm a sucker for a new project.  Especially when it comes to picking out colors.  I love it.  And seeing as though my Mum got the bags pattern from Attic24, I decided to go hog-wild with the colors!

This is an Attic24 Bag that my Mum made for herself. Its made with Periwinkle, Honeydew, Light Raspberry, Pale Yellow, Light Coral, Soft White, Orchid, and Petal Pink. There are two straps made of all of the colors and and there are four flowers made of all of the colors as well with buttons in the middle. This bag is lined with cotton fabric and has a button sewn inside to close.
  Attic24 is known for her love of color, which I think is why I am drawn to her creations.  It seems like just about everything she makes, I instantly fall in love with.  There are so many of her lovely creations that I want to make.  You should really check out her webpage if you are like me and dig lovely colors!

This is called Flower Power Beach Bag! We made it out of Pale Yellow, Honeydew, Periwinkle, Light Raspberry, & Light Coral. It has 6 Flower Blocks on each sides, and it has stiff boarders all the way around, both sides and the bottom. It is completely lined with cotton material, and has a pocket. And has a button in the middle you can button it closed if you would like.
Now this bag was supposed to be for me, but its way too big for me.  And then we tried to give it to my Grandmother, HA.  Well, my Grandmother makes fun of everything.  Needless to say, I still have the bag.  This bag was a project.  It was full of hard decisions, and tough hours of thinking and reworking things in my head.  It wasn't quite the way it should be, just the way it was written by Bernat.  Of course, Bernat intended it to be a Beach Bag, not a Pocketbook, so of course it needed some tweeting here and there.

And then there was the lining.  Oh, the dreaded lining.  If I was just going to line the bag with fabric, ok no problem, but this bag needed stability too if it was going to be used as a Pocketbook.  So I had to not only make a template for the lining but for a cardboard liner as well.  I took the cardboard and lined the two sides and the bottom of the bag. Then I sewed then each piece of cardboard separately into the bag, piece by piece; three sides of the bag lined, two to go.  Eh, the other two sides were easy.  Now, we're all complete! But, if it were up to me, they would be Sunflowers not Daisies ;0).  I'm still looking.  It will happen, I promise you.

#Crochet #Attic24Bag #FlowerPowerBeachBag #Pocketbook #Daisies

A Gift For A Friend

Baby Boy Baseball Cap 6 months made of Soft Navy and Soft White

Baby Boy 6-12 months Football Earflaps Hat made of Wood Brown and Soft White

My life these days revolves around crocheting and going to the Doctors.  So, its not a surprise to hear that most of the people I talk to are Nurses from my Doctors office right?  Maybe?  Anyways, one of the girls there was pregnant and she was told the whole entire time she was having a girl.  She was delighted!  She already had an older boy, so this Baby Girl meant the world to her.  She had everything ready for her, couldn't wait for her to come.  So, I made her a big bag full of adorable Baby Girl stuff and she was in LOVE!  Everyone in the office was fussing over it for weeks.

The other day I went in to get my levels checked and on the door I see a picture of this adorable little Baby Boy.  Kelly had a Boy!!  So much for all of that Girl stuff!!  So, what do I do?  I go home and start gathering up Baby Boy stuff to replace what I had given her the first time.  Of course, there are things like Headbands you can't replace, so I whipped these bad-boys up to replace the headbands!!  What do ya think?  Hopefully this will make up for all of the super girly frilly stuff she has to swap out.

#Crochet #BabyBoy #BabyBaseballCap #BabyFootballEarflapsHat #EarflapsHat

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Jewel Tones Ripple Blanket

This is a beautiful Jewel Tones Ripple Blanket. It is made with Acrylic yarn in shades of Country Blue, Spruce, Light Raspberry, and Lavender. It measure approx. 48" x 65".

#Crochet #Ripples #JewelTonesRippleBlanket

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Marrakesh Granny Blanket

This Granny Square Blanket is a beauty! Just look at all of those rich wonderful colors; Cornmeal, Carrot, Magenta, Cafe and Marrakesh all whipped up into a cozy bundle of warmth that anyone would love to cuddle up with at anytime of year! 

Of all of the stitches I have learned how to do, Granny Squares are my favorite! They are so easy to do and so fun to make! This blanket is made up of 35 big blocks, 7 rows by 5 rows; which makes it 64”x47” that includes the shell border.
You can buy this blanket HERE