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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Moving Soon

Hi all!!!  I swear I am crafting . . . crafting up a better blog that is! 

Oh, and of course getting ready for the Public Market (woohoo!) and making more baby things for people, and thinking of holiday gifts, and preparing my lists for turkey-day ingredients I need. 

So, as I work towards the new place at I would LOVE you all to help me improve it.  Right now it is getting there, but it still has a way to go.  Let me know if you like/dislike/couldn't care less and if things aren't properly loading or any of that jazz. 
THANK YOU SO MUCH, in advance.

Love and crafts!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Baby Shower Pennant Tutorial

not only have i just been crowned a new Auntie (see last post- whale pattern tutorial), but i have tons of friends who are currently preggers right now- what fun!!!!

one lovely lady was celebrated over the weekend with a fabulous baby shower.  i got down to crafty business in the decor department.  the colors for the bash were zesty orange and lime so not only did we decorate with fruit (you use what you can up here in Alaska!) but i whipped together a cute pennant that works both as decor at the party, and gift to decorate the baby's new room.  and just for you i've whipped up a tutorial to go along!

Funsy Pennant Tutorial

Materials Needed:
- various scraps of fabric
- scissors
- bias tape
- sewing machine
- cardboard (to make pattern)

mark out and cut a triangle on your cardboard (I like to save and use the inserts in fat quarters)

fold your fabric with wrong sides together and cut triangles along fold (so the pennant will be double sided)

make a whole bunch of yummy triangles in within your color scheme range - don't ask why i happened to have tons of orange and green fabric . . .

grab some matching bias tape - this tape i purchased at the thrift store.  it is soooo old, I love it!!!  It actually had the original price, 15 cents, stamped on the back.  I only bought it for 25 cents!  What a steal!

Wrap bias tape around folded top of triangles and sew in place- feed and attach next triangle after first.  Continue in this way to finish entire string.

now hang it up and see how fantastically fun it is!!  look, you can even use this to decorate your craft room!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Whale for Baby Pattern

I wrote this week's article on crafting for baby's because my lovely sis just had her first.  We were there when the tyke was just 3 days old and got to love his tiny self!!

And then, of course, we inserted him into our carved pumpkin because even at five days old the boy is CRAFTY!

I brought the new nephew a little gift of a stuffed whale, which was just right for his little hands.  It was great fun coming up with this pattern, because of course Cap'n wanted a whale too!  So here it is (it's also in the article if you want to check it out there). Please give me feedback on the pattern for improvement!!

A Whale for Baby Pattern

Supplies: Blue top fabric, fun belly fabric, matching thread, scissors, baby-safe stuffing, needle, whale pattern (print out image above- scale to size you like!)

1. Cut your contrasting whale fabrics - Two top pieces of blue and one belly piece of a fun fabric.
2. Pin the belly pieces to the body, right sides together starting at the tail and heading toward the nose.
3. Using a ¼" seam allowance, sew the 2 body pieces to the belly using a straight stitch from dot to dot (nose to tail).
4. Sew the two body pieces up the back with a straight stitch, leaving open the space for turning the whale.
5. Turn whale right side out and stuff.
6. Sew whale closed with a slip stitch. (Optional) Pull thread through whale and knot tight to create a "blowhole" indent.

You may repost, remake and redistribute as long as you link back, give cred, and not sell!!  Thanks so much!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Vacation Part 1: Michigan

we've finally returned!  and now I can share our adventures with you!  what fun!!

the first leg of our trip was in Michigan where we saw a few leaves change, went to a football game, and most importantly coveted some fresh apple cider straight from the mill. MMMMMMMM!

outside the mill they have delicious treats to take home.  we bought some cherry butter- sooo good!

the mill is entirely powered by a creek that runs a turbine that cranks a lot of gears and wheels that eventually squashes hundreds of apples and spills out delicious cider- so clever!
 once the cider gets pressed it flows into a spigot that flows into a vessel that then flows into my cup.  Yum Yum!

Coming up next- vacation leg 2: gettin' crafty in Mexico!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Heavenly headbands in Seatac

>> Our first stopover was Seatac airport where the crafties were out
>> in full force. Besides meeting a lovely craft addict on the plane
>> we saw lots of local crafted goodies in the fun crafty stores -
>> mire craft updates to come on the road.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Mmmmmmm dogs

While visiting some fantastic friends in Seattle a few weeks ago we
went to a nice little beach and made these- yes, bacon-wrapped hot
dogs. So amazingly delish.

Getting Ready for Vacay

okay, in three days the Cap'n and I will be off travelling to many exciting places - Michigan, Mexico and Colorado!  And we get to meet my new nephew/niece (we don't know yet which!).  I am sooooo excited!!!!!

so, here is a parting pic of the new craft room which will be lonely for a few weeks- sorry dear craft room!  but know that upon my return the craftin is back.  in fact, stay tuned because i am about to bring Craftrama back with a vengeance because we have some great ideas, and great crafters ready and willing.  Yippee!

i may even be posting on my travels if i can get my phone to rock it- so stay tuned!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Mushroom Shelfs

Check out this project- perfect for SE AK!

100% thanks to Paul at Findermaker! Totally brilliant and he even has a tutorial for you!  I want to see these oot and aboot next time I'm over to your place!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Drink Beer- Organize socks- Tute

so, in the early morning when i stumble from bed, to shower, to underwear drawer i always seem to run into the same problem - mismatched socks!  i know you're surprised.  but tanna, you say, you're so alert and perky in the morning, how can this be possible!  hah!

let's just say socks are picked before coffee is consumed- ACK!

so, i have devised a solution to the miserable state of my sock drawer, and luckily for the cap'n it involves drinking lots of beer!

Here is the before

You need a couple of these- any flavor will do - even non-alcoholic!
Now don't drink all the beverages right before you do this.

Remove socks - insert six packs and mark the packs at the top of the drawer sides.

Cut the 6 packs on your marked lines.

refill your drawer like a really organized person would who wears equally matched socks every morning.  ahhhhhhh.