Archive for January 12, 2010

My Crafting Legacy

I have crafting in my blood, my earliest memories are of things made for me by my grandmothers and my mother. My Grammie (Mom’s mother) sewed, painted and decorated cakes. I remember my mother telling me of a birthday party where she turned the  backyard into a carnival complete with tickets for the games and a ticket booth to enter the party. She also hosted a Halloween with peeled grapes as eyes and cold spaghetti for veins. These stories along with the many dresses Grammie made for me and the pictures of the wedding cake she decorated for my mother helped to encourage me to create with my hands.

My father’s mother, Grandma, was equally gifted she made dressed for me including my Jr. High graduation dress and when the florist would not make my corsage from daisies my Grandma made it. Grandma was also an avid knitter making many afghan for the family. The most memorable item I remember my Grandma knitting was a frog family that we would hang from the curtains, the Momma frog was about 14 inches long and I think the small frogs were finger puppets. These frogs brought smiles to us for a very long time.

Going back even further I have a quilt made by my mothers grandmother, the design is little bonnet girls.

My mother sewed and knitted for me and my siblings and even though she has lost her vision she continues to knit most recently from patterns written in braille. These women inspire my to create things for my family and friends that are personal and creative. 

It is my hope that I can pass this love of crafting on to my two children. I keep craft supplies at our house and often bring out beads and foam for them to work with when they have friends over. I take them to Lakeshore, Home Depot and Lowes all of which offer free craft projects for children, the future will show what impact this has on them, but for now we are just having fun.

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Manly Diaper Bag

I made this bag for my brother Kasey when he found out his family was expecting a new addition. Kasey is a stay at home father and I felt he would enjoy a bag made for him and not the standard girly or babyish diaper bag. I got one of his favorite t-shirts with a wolf design (the shirt had a hole that made it unwearable) I repurposed the shirt using heavyweight interfacing for stiffness. The I fashioned the bag to resemble a messenger bag adding lots of pockets inside to accomodate all the necessary baby items. Outside I added a water bottle sleeve and a zippered pocket for his wallet or cell phone. I think it turned our very well and I get credit for recycling.

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Burp Rag and Bassinet Sheet

I made these adorable burp rags and bassinet sheets for my newest nephew Edward, they were hand delivered last week while I was in Phoenix. I love having a new baby in the family and I very much appreciate that his parents are open to the hand crafted items I make.

It is wonderful to come from a family of crafters you never know what cute project will turn up next. Most of my projects involve sewing, papercrafting or cooking however my mother knits and I have sisters who crochet(something I would love to learn) so together we are able to tackle just about anything out there.

The burp rag  is contoured to fit easily over the shoulder and the ends were cut to add a frayed look, which gets better with each washing. I used cotton sheeting or flannel on top and bottom then lined the burp rag with warm and natural batting making it washable and absorbent.

The sheets are made like a pillow case with velcro closure to kep them closed. I find this design stays in place  better than a standard sheet because the mattresses are so thin. My mother recommended this design to me years ago when my girlfriend Sheila became a mom.


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