Saturday, November 5, 2011


I'm fairly crafty.  I made my daughter's awesome Halloween costume.

A lot of people told me how cute he looked.  I decided that it wasn't the right time to lecture about gender stereotypes.  Also, she did look adorable.

I've made numerous taggie toys, home decorations, and I rock at cross-stitching.  But for every project I complete, there is at least three that I get very excited about, buy the materials, then don't finish.

I thought this blog entry would serve as a combination of confession/reminder/guilting myself into completing these.  Here are my list of the crafts waiting for me to get off my butt and make.

1)  Fishing set. 

my materials

I got the idea from this blog, found on Pinterest.  (Can we pause for a moment and talk about how awesome Pinterest is?  Yes, it is amazing.  I'm in love.)
Time I have been meaning to make this:  about a week.

2) Apron from a scarf.

Pretty scarf, no?  I found it at the thrift store.  I've been wanting to make an apron (I make a huge mess when when I bake) and I thought it would be fun to use it for that.
Time I have been meaning to make this:  about three months

3) Felt Food.

As you can see, I made one little piece of felt food.  It turned out adorable--but I'm very slow at hand sewing.  I bought enough felt to make at least 15 more pieces of food for Mo-mo's play kitchen.
Time I have been meaning to make this:  about four months

4) A baby quilt.

This is one of those crafts that I started with the best of intentions.  My aunt makes beautiful quilts and often donates them to the hospital for babies in the ICU.  I thought it would be a wonderful project...and I only did about 1/2 of it.  Again, the hand sewing thing slowed me down.
Time I have been meaning to make this:  about a year

5) The Lorax Toybox.

It needs hinges.  And paint.  And more paint.  And even more paint.  I started this without realizing that I would have to prime it, paint the background several times, paint the trim several times (it's going to be bright purple), paint the scenes, paint the black lines in the little scenes, then polyurethane it.  I got about halfway done with painting it outside before it started raining, and I just never returned to it. I am embarrassed to admit that I use it to keep unfinished craft projects in. 
Time I have been meaning to make this:  about a year and a half

6) A knitted...something.

This is a....scarf, potholder, square.  Take your pick.  I learned how to knit then never actually made anything.  I'm kind of scared to finish it because I don't know how to cast off.  Or on again, if I want to make something else.
Time I have been meaning to make this:  about a year and a half

7) Purse made from a book.

Inspiration from this blog

 my materials

I have the materials.  I even gutted out a poor book specifically bought for that purpose (The Last Days of Pompeii).  (oh, and I saved the pages--I figure there has to be something I can do with them.  I have major guilt about ripping up a book.)  I just haven't made the darn thing yet. 
Time I have been meaning to make this:  about two years

8) Hair ribbons for Mo-mo.

When Mo-mo was about six months old, I bought some adorable ribbon with the intention of making cutesy bows for her.  I quickly realized that she would only keep barrettes in her hair for about 30 seconds. 
Time I have been meaning to make this:  over two years
8) The perfect Easter basket.

Apparently, finding an Easter basket for Mo-mo that I like (for a reasonable price) was too difficult.  So I bought one that I kind of like and was going to paint it and re-line it with new fabric.
Time I have been meaning to make this:  over two years 

9) Portraits of my animals.


I made the one of Odin and it hangs in our kitchen.  Still need to paint Athena and Fat Mar-mar.
Time I have been meaning to make this:  over two years

10) A corset.  Crap, this is embarassing.

 Pleather?  What was I thinking?

I cannot tell you for the life of me why I wanted to sew a corset.  I know it was for a costume of some kind--pirate wench, maybe?.  I've never sewn anything from a pattern before--and a corset with eyelets and boning and everything is tricky.  Plus I bought a ton of ridiculous faux leather and brocade, neither of which are particularly easy to work with.  I'm going to chalk this one up to being young and dumb and find something else to do with the material.
Time I have been meaning to make this:  over four years.  Well, I probably actually wanted to make it for a week.  Then I realized how difficult it was.


  1. Pinterest is absolutely awesome and totally addictive! I so understand having a pile of craft projects building up! I'm the same way! One of the hardest things about moving was knowing they were going to be left behind and on permanent stasis for three years!

    And, hey, I can't judge about the corset. I have made one and worn it at my wedding! They are totally fun (even if very time consuming to construct!), and I can't wait to make a Victorian one eventually for a Steampunk costume! :-) Word of warning though, that type of brocade won't work for that pattern of corset, unless you interline it with another sturdier fabric that can sustain the pull of the stays.

  2. This is so awesome! Coming clean and admitting you have a problem is the first step! haha.
    You see, this is why I don't even bother crafting. Of course, I get the itch... but I KNOW my limitations... I SUCK at crafting. But you're actually good at it... you just have a time management problem.
    But look, the train worked out great for you because... wait for it... I should have been a psychologist... you had a DEADLINE! You had to finish that train before halloween... and you did and it was stinkin' awesome... and how proud of it were you!? So proud! So, set deadlines for yourself. Maybe that'll help?

  3. Katie, corsets are fun but I think I need to be honest with my level of sewing skills--you are such a pro! Nicole, you're totally right about deadlines...the stuff for Ellie I'm going to try and get done for Christmas!

  4. My most recent project was a bookpage wreath, a la Pintrest! You could use your gutted book, and there are many incarnations.

  5. Good idea--there are also some really pretty paper flowers that I wouldn't mind making.