Monday, February 18, 2008

Study Schumdy :(

College registration was today. :(

I do love going to college and learning more about God and the Bible every day. Really, it's a privilege to do this full time. But sometimes I just don't want to go.

I still have so many projects that I meant to do over the Summer break that I just never got around to doing. And I've also received a number of new books that are just begging to have things made out of them!

I got Teach Yourself Visually: Knitting as a prize from the Holiday KAL/CAL, Last Minute Knitted Gifts from some Christmas book vouchers, and One Skein as a Christmas present from Nathan. NB: It was supposed to be here by Christmas but again, thanks to Angus and Robertson's sucky service it got here last week.

I also picked up some awesome vintage craft books from a local church bazaar. They are part of a series called Golden Hands: The complete knitting, dressmaking, and needlecraft guide. I got 3 books at 50c each - this person is selling all 18 of them for a Buy It Now price of $100!

I made some globes from Heather Bailey's tutorial but am yet to put them up someone in our house. They were a Valentine's Day project that Nathan helped out with. He's a lovely man. I'd like to hang them above our bed but if they hang next to the wall they sort of lean and jut out a bit. I think I need to hang them from the ceiling.

I've been scrapbooking up a storm - both digitally and with real paper. Nathan bought himself a new computer and gave me his old hard drives to use. I bought a case for one of the hard drives and turned into an external hard drive and put all our photos and all my digital files onto it. It's nearly half full and it's an 80GB hard drive! So the story is that now since I have much easier access to both sets of files (rather than using DVDs) I'm much more motivated to do digital scrapbooking. My paper layouts are part of a baby album I'm doing for a friend. Here's some digital layouts.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

*Pop* goes my heart!

I watched Music and Lyrics yesterday (as well as both Charlie's Angels and half of Supersize Me). I tend to watch movies on my laptop as I work away on some type of craft. But now I have 'Pop! Goes my heart' stuck in my head along with 'A Way Back into Love'. I also have an aversion to eating McDonalds for a least 3 months.

So, as you can tell by the number of movies yesterday was a *good* day. I finished off TWO projects from Bend the Rules Sewing.

(Have you noticed that I keep linking to either Amy Karol's site or Fishpond when I mention this book? That's because Angus and Robertson (the only other Australian retailer that I know of that has this book) suck bigtime. They suck so much I won't even link them. We've *attempted* to buy a few books from them over the last few years due to all the book vouchers we get at Christmas but their customer service is one of the worst I've ever experienced. A book I was supposed to get for Christmas still hasn't arrived and all we've got is a $10 gift voucher to say 'sorry'. Grrrrr.)

So I finished off the 'Pleated Beauty Bag'. I guess the name is a take off of 'Black Beauty'? That's what it reminds me of anyways.

I changed it a bit. After I had nearly finished the bag I realized that 1" straps were going to cut into my shoulders and hurt a lot so I made them double the width. Also, after I completely finished the bag I realized that the pocket top wasn't finished properly. I mean that I had only turned the top hem over once which would mean it would fray very easily. This is what the instructions say to do though. So I ripped out the lining seam to get inside the bag then folded the top of the pocket over again to sew it back down.

I love this bag so much that I wear it around the house and demand that Nathan look at it and compliment me on it. I do this at least three times a day. :)

My other achievement was making the No Cash Wallet. I lost my wallet the other day at college and am slowly getting back all my cards from the various credit card companies etc. I don't carry cash except for a few coins so the No Cash Wallet seemed perfect. I made it up but like a few other people have said over on the Flickr group, the pockets are a bit too snug. At the moment I've got three cards to put in there and I don't think I could fit more than 4. I'll see how I go and if it bugs me I'll just make up a new one that is a bit wider.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Baby drool

I've found through babysitting, that babies make a lot of drool. They also are capable of distributing said drool quite freely and indiscriminately. Thus the baby bib.

I made these from the Bend the Rules Sewing book by Amy Karol that Nathan got me for Christmas. They are a bit smaller than they are supposed to be because I didn't read the instructions properly and didn't realize the pattern didn't have a 1/4" seam allowance. Ah well. I tested them on a MooreWest baby and they fit fine.

I sent them up to good friends up in Toowoomba with a drooly (but ever so cute) baby boy.