Learning a New Skill

I finally learned how to use my Silhouette Cameo 2. It was purchased about 3 years ago and sat unused on a shelf until about 6 months ago. I tried making one project and it was a disaster; so I shelved it, thinking I would eventually find someone who could give me lessons.

Enter Melody Thorton of South Wake Vinyl in NC. I met her at the beginning of this year and scheduled a beginner’s lesson with her. In under two hours she taught me the basics and I’ve been on a roll ever since.

The first project was these tumblers – one for me and one for my husband. My husband and I started an escape room business in January 2019 because it was the perfect way for us to showcase our strengths and work together.  He is a highly creative game designer and idea person (right brain), and I am a very strong planner and executor (left brain). We often joke that between the two of us we make a whole brain, thus the name Whole Brain Escape was born.

These are a lot of fun and get a good laugh from people when they see them.

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Portable Shopping Tote

Hello again!  Life has been busy the past couple of months and I haven’t had a chance to post for awhile.  Rest assured, I’ve been finishing lots of projects.  One thing I made were some portable shopping totes for my son’s teachers (as an end of the year gift).  The pattern is from a book called “Purses Bags & Totes” by Moya’s Workshop.

Shopping Tote - Folded
Shopping Tote – Folded

I really liked the pattern since it is a bit fancier than a tote with straight sides and a square pocket.  This one has some nice stylistic elements that make it more attractive.

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I used the same fabrics for each one, but just alternated the placement.  I think I will make more of these.  They didn’t take too long to make.  The most time consuming part was pinning the pleats in the body and sides beacuse you had to do a few measurements to make sure the pleat placement was correct.

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Rabbit Pincushion

Rabbit Pincushion - Front
Rabbit Pincushion – Front

It finally feels like Spring is here!  Here’s a rabbit pincushion I made to celebrate.  I saw these rabbits on the Raspberry Rabbits blog and couldn’t resist making one for myself.  The original design is by Donna of Brynwood Needleworks.  I created my own pattern and am pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Rabbit Pincushion - Side
Rabbit Pincushion – Side

For the tail, I cut a strip of Minkee fabric, ruffled it, and then wrapped it around into a circle.  I think it looks very cute!  You can tuck a pair of scissors into the pocket on the back.

Rabbit Pincushion - Back
Rabbit Pincushion – Back

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New Addition to the Family!

Jangis Con sitting.
Jangis Con sitting.

February has been busy with real work, so I didn’t fulfill my goal of quilting for 20 minutes a day.  I had such good intentions, but the combination of going out of town, working on some extra projects, and getting a new dog all trumped sewing!   I will be posting about my trip in another post, but I will tell you I went to the northern most point of the United States where it was 20 below.

Jangis Con standing.
Jangis Con standing.

The big news is that we have a new member of the family.  His name is Jangis Con – a variant on Ghengis Kahn.  My son doesn’t know who Ghengis Kahn is, but really liked the name.  However, he choose to spell the name differently so he and the dog would have the same initials.  Go figure!

Jangis Con sleeping
Jangis Con sleeping

Jangis is a very cute and jolly dog that brings us a lot of laughs.  Look for more pictures of him in the future!

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Chilly the Snowman

Remember the snowman makedo’s I posted about?  Well, here is a full snowman!  I had all the stuffed white balls sitting on my craft table and my son took three of them, stacked them on top of each other, and said he would like me to make him a snowman.  Why didn’t I think of that?

Chilly the Snowman
Chilly the Snowman

Chilly the Snowman lives in warm weather, and the only thing cold about him is his name.  He wears the scarf to make a fashion statement.

To turn this into a full snowman, I hot glued the head and body segments together.  I hot glued the buttons (really to save time since it dries to so fast), used a strip of flannel for the scarf, and got two twigs from the yard for the arms.  He has some balancing issues, but I found a small wooden ring to use as a stand and now he won’t tip over.

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Still Here!

Just a quick post today.  It’s been a buy few weeks and I’ve gotten behind on my posts.  However, I do have a few fun projects I’m working on and will be able to post them later this month. There will also be a new tutorial – think Christmas – and some fun activities planned for my Blogiversary (3 years on July 23rd).  Check back soon!

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Hand Embroidered Robot Matryoshka Doll

My son loves looking through all my craft books when he is hanging out in my sewing room.  There is a small section on crochet, especially how to crochet amigurumi and other fun little toys.    A few days ago, he saw a picture of a crocheted robot matryoshka doll in a book called “Crobots” and fell in love with it.

Hand-stitched Robot Matryoshka Doll

I don’t know how to crochet – although I plan to learn one day, but agreed to make a “softie” version out of some red scrap fabric.  He wanted his doll to be at least a foot high, which is much larger than the one in the book.  We drew up a pattern for the body and face, and I got to work on stitching it all together.  It turned out pretty close to what was in the book – even down to the special robot antenna on top of her head.

Making this took about 2 hours,  since there is so much hand embroidery on the face and body.  I hope he doesn’t want me to create a full set of stacking dolls for him in the other sizes.

Keep it Thimble!