Celebrate Fall Color!

Here are my 5 November Entries for the November Celebrate Color Contest/Extravaganza! It has been so much fun designing new projects and creating with fellow crafters of various specialties this Fall and I’m sad that this is the last month. But, I am so excited that the end of Fall, means the Beginning of Winter and Christmas Holidays!

Needlepoint Entry: Happy Country Felt Garland

This is a pattern I adapted from Thimbleberries’ designer Lynette Jenson’s Book Classic Country Christmas. I love her work! Everything is so comfy and cozy and it all has her special handmade touch. Country style is nice to me because it makes you feel welcome and allowed to kick-back and relax. This Design is made with Brown and Deep Red Felt hearts stacked and Buttonhole stitched together with brown and gold thread. Each heart has a little Happy White Snowman outlined also with buttonhole stitches and detailed with French knots and outline stitching in Gold for the arms. The other Hearts have Gold Country stars buttonhole stitched in Brown thread to Brown outlining stars and fixed with contrasting Gold buttonhole stitches to the Heats. I used a spray adhesive and straight pins to hold things in place while I stitched it all together and whip-stitched the hearts to one another. Jenson designed this to be a round centerpiece base for a pot or candle, but I haven’t found anything quite large enough yet to center it around. But I hope to soon. In the meantime the design makes me Smile 🙂

Yarn Entries: 1. First Snow Crochet Ornaments

This was the first time I used a itty-bitty size 4 hook for a little project. I have honestly been scared of the little stitches 🙂 But this Pattern from BH&G for Decorative Ornament Snowflakes was just perfect and so easy!

2. Open Weave Crochet Scarf

This cutie is made with TLC variegated yarn. It’s 86″ long x 3″ wide and is has a space between every stitch. Here in Florida, it doesn’t get cold. It was 83 degrees outside today, so that makes scarves more of an accent than necessity. But we like to get in the spirit with fun fall accessories here anyways 🙂 I can wear this folded in half loosely or wrapped tight for warmth or as a fun belt. It’s super comfy and with various shades of Fuchsia, Cream, Tan, and Espresso, It goes with most anything!

Home Decor Entry: 1. Makeup Brush Roll

I am very proud of this original designed Makeup Brush Roll. I made it as a gift for my dear friend who is a Make-up Junkie and has a multitude of brushes that like to run astray. The outer layer is a Microfiber Polyester Suede with a Bright Pink Satin Lining and Brush pocket with Matching Pink Satin Ribbon Ties. I backed the thin satin with Fusible stabilizer to make it a bit sturdier. The brush space is 16″ x 18″ with 16 little brush pockets and 5 big pockets for foundation brushes or little make-up palates. I made a little flap on the side where the ribbons attach to help keep things together. I was so happy with how it turned out I even sewed on one of my satin stamp labels 🙂 (My pictures on the other hand were taken at 1:30am and I’m not so proud of). My Friend loved it and can’t wait to try it out.

2. Green and Blue Plaid Chenille Baby Blanket

This Blanket gave me a bit of a fit, but it all worked out in the end. I used Dana’s tutorial from MADE to make this soft and cuddly Chenille blanket. The outer layer is a homespun plaid, and the Chenille is made with a layer of white broadcloth cotton sandwiched between two layers of blue flannel. I made the Bias tape binding from the same homespun plaid and love how the bias angles contrast against the pattern. This is going to be a Christmas gift for my youngest son who doesn’t yet have a quilt from me 🙂 The quilt measures about 32″x 38″.

Thanks for Checking out my little projects and Thanks to all the Folks who have made the Celebrate Fall Color Event such a Success!!!


Fall Coasters

I can’t believe Fall is here already! It doesn’t quite feel Fall-ish yet to me, but I am getting in the mood with this project I made for the Celebrate Color Crochet category.

These adorable little crochet coasters were so fun to make! And my favorite projects are the short and sweet kind-this definitely qualified. I made them in Red Heart yarns worsted and sport weights (did you know it’s Red Hearts 75th Birthday this year?). I wanted a couple different colors in the worsteds, but hey, they’re coasters and use scraps of yarn by comparison to other projects so why buy more yarn. (I know, ANY excuse to buy yarn is a good one, but you haven’t seen my collection…)

I sketched out the designs by looking at pics on google of the items I was making: an Acorn, an Apple, a Pumpkin, and a Leaf. I tried to keep the shapes about coaster size and measured them against our cups to make sure they fit.Then I perused my stash of yarn and grabbed a selection. I crocheted them by chaining my base chains the with of the bottom of the pattern and single crocheted up adding or decreasing at the ends of the rows as needed to match the pattern size. Or in the pumpkin’s case, I made a loop of 3 chains and worked rows out until it was about the size of the pattern. I made most of the stems and leafs separately and stitched them on with a yarn needle. The most important part was outlining the finished pieces in chain stitches to smooth the edges and complete the look.

For the Leaf (it’s a light golden color, but looks tan in the pics), I chain stitched the grey/tan stem with 3 rows of chains on top of each other. I left a long tail and stitched it to the Leaf then sewed the vein pattern by catching little bits of the gold yarn so that it would stay in place, but not be overly obvious.

The Acorn is probably my favorite. I really like how the shape turned out. This stem and nut part are made in the sport weights and the cap is made in worsted. Didn’t make much difference honestly.

Redding was a good help by keeping my company while he worked on his “drawing.” Stickers, colored pencils, and glue. What more could a 2yr old ask for?

Wyatt’s Fall Outfit

Wyatt’s Fall Outfit -ignore the drool spots 🙂

I was so excited to learn about the Celebrate Color Blog Contest and couldn’t wait to get started. I decided to make Wyatt a Fall outfit to enter in the Fabric Wearables category. In Florida, Fall is still really just summer with a few new colors. The temperature is still in the 90’s every day right up until November. We wear t-shirts and shorts in light cotton fabrics and venture to the pool after playing at the neighborhood playground most days. Florida’s fall colors are hues of Green and Brown from the many oak trees and St. Augustine grass with Gold Sunflowers and Maple trees that show off an occasional Red leaf. Keeping this palate in mind, I grabbed a homespun remnant fabric I’ve bought for the plaid and awesome colors and one of my husband’s old Banana Republic t-shirts that is super comfy and soft.

I used one of Wyatt’s outfits (previously owned by Redding) to draw up the pattern for a pair of shorts and shirt. I went with a little larger size than he wears so that he can get a good bit of use out of it. I also designed a monogrammed “W” for the front of Wyatt’s shirt in the leftover fabric from the shorts. I deconstructed Alan’s old t-shirt and used the existing collar and hems to make it look less “homemade” 🙂 I satin stitched the “W” to the front of the shirt and pieced it all together.

On the butt of the shorts I added pockets. To add a bit of detail so the pockets didn’t get lost, I cut on the bias of the fabric and zig-zagged stitched them on for fun.

Wyatt seems to think he’s pretty cool and likes his comfy clothes 🙂