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Bean Bags – Craft Hope

Bean Bag Beginnings
Bean Bag Beginnings

I found this blog a few weeks ago http://crafthope.com ,Craft Hope is a faith-based, love inspired project designed to share handmade crafts with those less fortunate. They have just begun a new project for bean bags and I have signed on to make a set of numbers 0-9, a set of shapes and a set of colors.I will probably make a few of extra sets for Christmas gifts and the Headstart Marc and Mary attended. This is going to give me a chance to use up the jean pieces I have left from mary’s party as well as some of the small scraps of fabric I have wish me luck? If you are interested in joining the fun let me know or go to the link above.

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A New Bag for Mom

Mom's new Purse
Mom’s new Purse

I have completed a new bag for Mom Karen told me Mom had pretty much grown out of te bag she has been carrying so I volunteered to make one while I was visiting at Christmas. I got Mom to tell me how many pockets and what kind of extras she wanted. I have put off making this because I knew there was no hurry but now that I will be visiting next week. I knew I had to get the bag done or Mom may not let me in. The bag is approx. 9″ x 9″ with a 3″bottom. It has a 6″ square pocket on the front and two pockets on the back. Inside there are 4 additional pockets to help keep everything organized. To complete the bag I attached a hook for her keys and adorable pictures of my kids.

I hope mom is able to use this bag. See you all soon.

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Quite Book – Busy Book

First two Pages

First two Pages

I have just started on Edward’s birthday present, I hope no one tells him. I am making him a Quite Book also called a Busy Book. I have read several blogs about these books and seen some great ideas, I think I will put several of these ideas together and add a couple of pages of my own.  I am using the principle I saw on one blog that each page should teach something. I have just completed my first two pages. The first page has a street light and the color velcro on teaching color matching and the meaning of the street light colors. The second page is a pot of flowers, the felt flowers button on to coordinating color buttons teaching both color matching and buttoning.  I am hoping that if I start now I will have it completed in time. If anyone has any suggestions for pages to add to this book I would love to hear them.

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Edward’s Toybox

I have decided to keep a running post of the new toys I make for Edward here are my newest additions (per request from Nikki) Hand Puppets Mortimer the Mouse and Mickey Monkey. I hope to have several more before my trip to Arizona in April. This two are being sent in the mail today that will arrive next week enjoy your playtime.                                                                    
Mortimer the Mouse and Mickey Monkey

Mortimer the Mouse and Mickey Monkey

 

 
E is for Edward – Ribbon Blanket

Edwards Ribbon Blanket
Edwards Ribbon Blanket

I made this ribbon blanket for Edward, they are made commercially by “Taggies” and are designed to keep a child’s interest by the different textures of the ribbons. If this is the hot infant toy and it is super easy to make you can bet I will have one for Edward. 

One side of this blanket has bright stripes and the other has adorable elephants. I personalized the blanket just for our little guy. I actually made two because the “Taggie” website recommends having a spare because children become so attached that losing one at bedtime might be a challenge, not a bad company recommendation when the 12″ blanket sells for around $20. 

It is sure fun having a new baby in the family and parents who welcome my little crafts. I hope Edward will enjoy his new blankie. 

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And the race is on!

I am thankful that I have a boy and girl along with many nieces and nephews, this allows me the opportunity to create adorable crafts for any gender. I saw something similar to this on another blog this week and expanded the idea to include an oval track for racing on and handles. The completed car caddy hold 5 matchbox type cars and folds down to about 4″ square for easy carrying. This would be great for the boy on the go. It can be used at restaurants or while waiting for an appointment.

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Another Crafty Woman

Baby Gown

Baby Gown

 

Not only do I come from a long line of crafty women but I have been blessed by my brothers bringing equally amazing women into our family. Two of them are crafters and live close enough that we can share some of our fun. Here are samples of my sister Karen’s work. She is celebrating the pending birth of her first granddaughter.  

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Western Baby Duds

Western Bibs

Denim, flannel and bandana bibs

 

I have just finished making a bunch of baby items for a little girl and now I am focused and things for a baby boy. All of this is western using several different fun prints. As a short cut I have been using my serger with complementing thread, this saves me the time of turning under and ironing the edges before sewing them. Just today I was able to complete 2 blankets, 2 bibs, 2 burp cloths and a changing pad. All of this plus the normal things like dinner and homework help. 

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One Amazing Crafter

As I stated in my legacy blog, I come from a long line of crafty women with both of my grandmothers being very handy. Here is one of the crafters I admire most, my mother. I began sewing and cooking with my mom when I was still in elementary school and although she had to give up sewing several years ago due to the loss of her eyesight she has continued to knit.  Here she is knitting a baby blanket for what will be her newest great-granddaughter. 

My mother is totally blind and knits using braille and recorded patterns.  I have yet to learn to knit or crochet so this is an art form I am in awe of and I  am truly amazed by the way she is able to count her stitches and can even recognize when she has dropped stitch.

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Ariel Bag

    

I just completed this awesome new bag   

Ariel Bag

Ariel Bag, notice the two clips

 

 it has lots of pockets and two clips on the front to attach a cellphone, keys or maybe even a bag of pacifiers.,I am not sure what to do with it this bag. It is a little large for a purse. It might work well for a beach bag for one. I am open to suggestion from anyone.

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Blankets for a cause

Blankets for the Binky Patrol

 

I have completed 8 blankets for the Upland Binky Patrol, this is an organization that provides blankets to Homeless, Foster children, and patients in need of comfort. This organization provided a blanket to my Mother-in-Law when she was under going chemo. The family selected this as our Disney give a day get a day project. 

Before this I had not attempted the fleece blankets preferring to sew, I found the fleece blankets very easy although somewhat monotonous with all the cutting and tying. I have made 6 fleece blankets and sewn two baby quilt which will more than meet our obligation, however I am getting into this so I will probably make a few more blankets it is for a good cause and I have more fabric then I need. I have decided that she who dies with the most fabric does not win, the winner is she who does the most good with her fabric so I am seeking our ways to help others with the resources and skills I have. 

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