Sunday, March 4, 2018
I made these three Dresden plates before we moved last year, so I was motivated to make this quilt my first project of the year. I only had enough scraps for three Dresden plates, so my first task was figuring out what to do to fill in the rest of the quilt top. Though the design is simple, it still took a bit of calculating to figure out appropriately scaled dimensions for everything, but it came together quickly after that. I have never appliqued a quilt top, so I got some Heat'n'Bond to adhere the Dresden plates to the quilt top before sewing them down. I was very glad I did this before quilting.
Saturday, February 3, 2018
My sister told me that Claire has been sending Barbie on vacation to Disney World, so she needed a suitcase. I told her I could totally make one, as I have experience making tiny suitcases. I just needed some Altoids tins and duct tape sheets. As it turned out, duct tape sheets were on clearance for $0.25 so I stocked up because that is quite a deal and a sign that I soon won't be able to find them. I got pink and rainbow. I couldn't decide on the size so I made two. The big tin is 3.75 x 2.5 x 0.75 inches and the small tin is 2.5 x 1.5 x 0.5 inches. The small tin is more Barbie sized, but the larger tin can actually hold Barbie clothes more easily. I got a 3 pack of the small tins in case multiple Barbies need suitcases; and it turns out she does, because Barbie has 3 sisters, so they are getting rainbow suitcases.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
This was another non-ornament present Amanda sent me for Christmas. She really thought ahead on this one! Each page includes a snippet of the image from every card or letter I sent her this year, along with the stamp. Fortunately I sent her a lot of postcards when we went on vacation or otherwise it might have been a little thin as there was a long drought of letters for a few months after we moved!
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Because I made so many macarons last year, Amanda decided to make me a macaron ornament. It is adorable! The "feet" of the macaron are made out of a sponge; the shell and filling are clay. Originally they tried to seal a real macaron, but the cream center didn't seal and then the shell broke. It's probably better for longevity not to have a real macaron on the tree!