Sunday, October 28, 2012

Frankinstorm and My Craft Addiction

For those of you who live under a rock (or in the Midwest, outside of the US, or the south)  Hurricane Sandy and her little friends who she is converging with are are going to hammer the daylights out of the Mid Atlantic. It's already raining here with some blowing breezes so I am safe and sound and warm in the house, looking at fabrics and anticipating the arrival of the sewing machine I am getting for my birthday.  In the meantime, I am fantasizing about all the amazing thins I am going to make with this sewing machine.

Like maybe THIS cell phone/computer travel carrying Case.  

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I would probably choose a laminated cotton like THIS Amy Butler pattern.  So cute, no?

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While I'm at it, how about a matching purse like THIS one.  Ignore the horrible fabric in the picture.  I my Amy Butler fabric.  I can just picture it with pink piping.  

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My Ultimate Project, however, is that I eventually want to make myself a new rennaisance faire dress.  A truly fantastic one.  Complete with resplendent fabrics and a steel boned bodice. 

In the mean time, before I start buying up all those patterns and fabrics, I have two quilting projects.  One is an actual quilt and one of them is a set of Christmas placemats and a table runner that will be up on Sugar Bee Crafts as part of the guest posting extravaganza.  My date is December 7th.  I have a pretty pile of fabrics that I just spent far too much money on.  Coming up:  a tutorial on making decorative snowballs.  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ana White, You are my hero

In case you were wondering, I am one of twenty somethings who flew the nest and then immediately moved home post-college. There were a number of reasons for this, the biggest one being that my mother is ill.

That and the free rent.

There are certain other advantages to living at home, however. One of them is that in my Dad has a workshop in the garage and a large quantity of tools that I can borrow. So in preparation for soon moving out, I want to build stuff. So several weeks ago I stumbled across And have since been in love. So let me share a few plans I am lusting over.

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It looks pretty straight forward and will help contain the huge piles of laundry that I produce. No seriously. I hate folding laundry so I just won't do it.

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I love this. I think it looks so cool, though what I would really love to do is use the idea to make a head/foot board...

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I am envisioning two of them flanking a nice bench on a patio.

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I am envisioning these in white with a nice teal seat cushion. So cute!

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Lord only knows where I would wind up putting this but I can just picture it with an antiqued white finish.

So hopefully I will actually build some of this stuff. Ana White has so many awesome plans. You should totally check out her blog.

P.S. I'm not being paid to say any of this. If someone were, the money would immediately go into purchasing lumber...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Under Construction?

Honing my mad graphics skills to work on a new blog design for my revamped blog.  This started out as a travel adventure blog when I went to England and now...  well, we'll see.  :)  Crafts, sewing, cooking, decor, and my crazy life.  Maybe some photoshop for babies tutorials?  

So an introduction for anyone who actually decides to read this:  

I am Caitlin, a not quite 23 year old substitute teacher with a degree in music, a crazy life, a degree in music, and a love for Jesus.  I'm not your typical mommy-type craft blogger, but don't be too scared.  I am pretty tame, unless the fact that I spend my weekends watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch, occasionally visiting the hunky-hunky boyfriend at college, and trying to convince myself that no, I don't need to go to Hobby Lobby AGAIN.  

Welcome to this little corner of my life.  :)