Quarantine

I haven’t posted anything in quite a while, but now that I am officially in week 5 of quarantine– I have time. At the start of this I had been keeping myself busy with mostly with working at home.

My workspace

Starting next week I will be on furlough. Last weekend I spent some time making masks. Completely surprised myself by having elastic on hand. I have never used elastic for anything ever. Do I just like to plan ahead? It is a good thing because you can’t get it anywhere now.

sewing supplies

My scrap bin has a lot of bits and pieces from previous projects. I planned to make zippered pouches with them. Who would’ve guessed it would be necessary to turn them into masks?

Mask

I followed a YouTube tutorial and all but 2 out of the 9 I made were too small for me. I guess I have a big head! They were mailed to my mother.

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Spongebob Squarepants Embroidery

I recently purchased a Cricut Bright Pad and it really gave me the bug to do an embroidery project. The toughest thing about this was deciding what to do, never mind the fact that I have never really done a project from scratch.  No directions, no colors, no guidance! I decided on Spongebob (I’ll admit, I watch a lot of cartoons).  Yaya was so helpful right from the start 😐

I stood in the craft store for 30-45 minutes deciding on the right shade of yellow… and the right shade of blue for his eyes.

It took about a week of working on it in free moment I had. I’m happy with the way it turned out. Yellow things are my favorite. 

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Bee Yourself

I really enjoy looking at the embroidery work of fellow creatives online and felt inspired to give stitching up some lettering. I found this kit on clearance for $5 and thought it would look great with a little modification… that means buttons will be involved!

I knew I was going to use completely different colors, and i knew some of my own die cut felt flowers would look great in place of the provided pieces in the kit.

It took me a long time to finish this. I primarily worked on it during my lunch break so it only got 10-15 minutes of my time per day, visit Sports and Gambling.

I turned out just as well as I had hoped. The yellow frame was a perfect touch 🙂

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The Kitchen Curtains

We haven’t had kitchen curtains for at least 3 years. It was really hard to find something to go with the retro vibes of the room. After repainting the kitchen, green curtains would no longer do.  I tried several times to find something perfect, but eventually gave up and decided I would make my own.

I found this Coca-Cola fabric on clearance with the maids and felt inspired (I am easily inspired by good prices). Check for more hints.

coke fabric

The fabric was a bit overwhelming to sew even in this lightweight fabric. It’s good practice in stitching straight. I won’t reveal how well I managed to get them all to turn out the exactly the same (because I didn’t)!

Instead, I 

They turned out just fine and fit suit the room better than anything I was ever able to find in a store or online.

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Latest Obsession: Embroidery

I want really really badly to be awesome at handsewing… embroidery really. I use pinterest a lot for inspiration, but I finally picked up this book, Modern Folk Embroidery about a week ago.

I was browsing in JoAnns one night and realized they now take coupons on books so I got it for 50% off! If you check out the preview on Amazon you can see most of the cool little projects. It has lots of pictures and fun design ideas. I’ve already tried a few stitches. This is the first thing I made with a newly learned stitch. I like it! What do you think? 🙂

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