His arms look really weird at the moment, but the elbow pads will help when I assemble him.
I’ve not blogged for a couple of weeks, due to a combination of begin busy and working on non-photogenic projects. Please accept this photo of Lily “assisting” me with cutting out a pair of pajama pants as an apology:
This year has gone very fast for me, and now that it’s December, I’m realizing I really need to focus on my christmas projects… I have five things I’d like to get done before christmas:
2) A knight on horseback hand puppet from an ancient kit I’ve got. So far I’ve finished the horse and just need to make the knight.
Look at that cute (or maybe slightly disturbing…) face! This one needs to be done by Dec 15 if it’s going to get done, as I don’t want to try to finish it at my parents’ house. It’s not critical that it get done, either.
3) A dragon hand puppet from a similar kit. This is the one I was working on earlier, but it got put on hold for a bit due to misplacing some of the pieces. I’ve got them, so I just need to finish it.
4) Chocolate truffles. I made truffles from How to Cook That‘s chocolate truffle recipes last year, and they were amazing, so I’m going to make them again (I’m planning on making orange, raspberry, caramel, and hazelnut praline). I can’t start them until I get to my parents’ house, but I do need to write out the ingredient lists in advance so we can get everything we need.
5) Christmas crackers. I always make homemade crackers to pull. Like the truffles, this will be done at my parents’ house sometime between the 15th and the 25th. I need to make some extra crackers this year, so I’ll try to get photographs of the whole process and put up a tutorial on this blog. While I don’t need to start the crackers themselves yet, I do need to make some extra prizes at some point, which I can do now.
My projects for this year’s holidays work out pretty well, as I have some to do in the next two weeks, and some to do the two weeks after that. I think I can get them all done, and as long as the gloves, truffles, and crackers get done, I’ll be okay.
What (if any) holiday crafting are you doing? Or are you more organized than I am and are already done?
The past month has been craaazy for me, and I haven’t really been crafting much. However, I did manage to finish up all the bags I wanted to make for my hanging project storage system. Before it looked like this. Now it looks like this:
I liked all three patterns a lot, but I discovered that if you’re going to be hanging your bag, drawstrings are not a good idea as the bag hangs too low. I also wanted larger bags for larger projects, so I came up with my own design based on scaled-up versions of my favorite features of the aforementioned patterns (both outer bags — the left one has interfacing while the right one does not, which is why they look a bit different).
As for what I have in the bags, from left to right:
A dragon puppet from a kit I’ve been working on for ages. I’d like to have it and it’s matching knight puppet done by Christmas, but I rarely think to work on it, so I’m hoping that having it on the wall will help.
A knitted lace headband that just needs a few finishing touches (namely connecting it into a circle) before being photographed and listed in my Etsy shop. My camera was not cooperating today, so it doesn’t really show, but the yarn is sparkly gold.
About a fifth of a cotton dishcloth with a dragon pattern. I have quite a bit of cotton yarn that I’ve been wondering how to use, and a lot of people seem to use it for dishcloths. I’ve never used it for that before, so I’m testing it out (with my white since I’d like to know how much it stains as well as how good it is at cleaning).
The last bag has a couple of greeting cards that need a few finishing touches before being listed in my Etsy shop. No photo at the moment, but I’m sure I’ll have one later.
So far this method of storage has worked really well for me — I actually finished all my mending that I’d been putting off for ages yesterday so I had room for another project!
1. It’s a good idea to make sure the pieces of fabric are facing the correct direction BEFORE you sew them together and add two rows of decorative top stitching.
2. That sewing back and forth thing you do at the beginning and end of machine-sewn seams? It does a good job of holding things together.
3. Seam rippers are awesome.