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Round 2

January 22nd

I like making things for the second time much more than the first. And the third more than the second. There is such a learning curve with most creative projects.

Also, I get a little obsessed. Once I want to do scrappy quilting, or bake the world’s best gingersnaps, that’s pretty much all I want to do.

Round 2:

Round Two

I’ve eaten so many of these, I very well may have pre-diabetes this week. But hey! The sugar highs fueled another table runner. Similar fabric choices:

Round Two

Round Two

Loving the new quilting foot I received for my machine. It makes such a difference with the consistency of stitches and flattening all the layers during quilting. Of course, now I have three quilting books on my desk and I’m eyeing table runners that might as well involve climbing Everest. A logical leap in skill and ability, there, Donley.

Next up: two beard hats. I’m starting over because the original pattern I used created hats and beards for a man the size of Paul Bunyan. And the men I’m knitting these babies for? Well, I wouldn’t call them delicate, but I’m pretty sure I could piggy back them up a mountain. Like, say, Everest.

Carry on!

-K

 

 

 

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handmade, Happy Hippie, Heirloom Homestead
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Hostess Gift

November 16th

Hostess gift: embellished cloth napkins

News flash: I over-think. When I found out I’d be spending the Thanksgiving holiday in family’s home I hadn’t yet met, I got a little sweaty.

What do I wear? 

What do I bring? 

What do I do?

Wearing: jeans, boots, chunky turquoise jewelry, jackets and loud scarves. And a genuine smile.

Bringing: a hostess basket including embellished napkins.

Doing: Nothing. Knitting. Taking photos. Sleeping in. What am I thankful for this year? That I’m not responsible for anything. Not the driving. Not the planning. Not even making reservations. It is going to be a much needed break.

Back to those napkins. Being budget conscious, I wanted to make the hosts something without going too far down Regretsy Lane. As such, I bought a package of cloth napkins from my favorite French boutique, some fabric paint for a stamp, and some pretty poppy ribbon. A few hours later — voila:

Hostess gift: embellished cloth napkins

Hostess gift: embellished cloth napkins

Hostess gift: embellished cloth napkins

Monogrammed cloth napkins ready for a big meal. I think this Christmas’ theme may be “the monogram.”  Fully aware I might be a little crazy, but at least I translate that mania into thoughtful, if not always well-crafted, gifts.

-K

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For Banda

September 29th

My friends Bill and Amanda will be married later this year. I adore this couple. Bill is by far the smartest person I’ve ever met; our group has a running joke about the ONE TIME someone was able to show him his encyclopedic memory was wrong. And Amanda has as sweet, gentle kindness that almost seems fake. She’s that nice.

Banda!

We were recently out for breakfast. The waitress brought Amanda’s quesadilla and she looked at us like a kid at Christmas.

“Guys! How awesome is this?” Smiling ear to ear, we all looked at her tortilla and eggs, wondering if she saw a magical unicorn trotting by we were missing. “It looks so good!”

It was, simply, the best breakfast she’d ever had. She’s that excited about life. Her world view is rather refreshing.

So, when Bill and Amanda got engaged, I threw myself in the middle of their plans saying I’d make the chuppah. Of course I’d make the chuppah. I’ve made so many others before (zero) and totally know what is involved (not at all.) Fast forward six months and my mother’s visit to Denver, when my chuppah inspiration and pile of fabrics magically transformed (my mother travels via Unicorn. And damn, can that horse quilt.)

Bill + Amanda's Chuppah

Bill + Amanda's Chuppah

Bill + Amanda's Chuppah

The entire photo set can be seen here. This baby was created over 3 weeks, with 32 leaves (the bride’s lucky number), and handful of tiny silk and pearl flowers, some embroidery thread, and two pieces of fabric the bride’s mother sent me to incorporate in the project. A chuppah represents the home the couple will build together; my mother had the artistic sense to arrange these two pieces of fabric on the back to represent a home.

Bill + Amanda's Chuppah

See that amazing quilting? The leaves? All my mama.

Bill + Amanda's Chuppah

Bill + Amanda's Chuppah

I’m thrilled to hand it off to Banda (yeah, they created their own contraction) and to attend their lovely ceremony next month.

Also? Thanks Mom!

-kelli

 

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Envelope Clutch #3

July 10th

My first try at piping.*

Envelope Clutch #3

I bought the exterior fabric at my local thrift store. The 3 yard piece cost $.75. Sometimes, life just seems too lucky.

Envelope Clutch #3

Envelope Clutch #3

Envelope Clutch #3

The interior reminds me of my first car — the Hornet. I bought this fat quarter for something like $13 at Fancy Tiger. It’s Japanese and was an impulse purchase. The bamboo handle and zipper I had on hand. My summer tote — a fair reflection of my quirks. Thrifty, impulse, vintage and off to the rodeo. And yet — still a touch of Betty Draper.

No?

~K

No, that isn’t a reference to 50 Shades of Bondage. The fact some 20% of all books purchased in the US right now are tied to that series makes me wonder if I will ever make my mark as a writer (of characters who don’t own handcuffs.)

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Envelope II

July 9th

{Second time trying this pattern. First one can be seen here.}

Envelope clutch #2

Envelope clutch #2

Envelope clutch #2

Envelope clutch #2

~K

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Envelope Clutch

July 5th

When I saw this tutorial on Noodlehead’s site, I knew I had to make an envelope clutch. Or 12. It is so similar in design to one of my most favorite handbags — and I have plans to change this pattern after I’ve mastered it to include a bamboo handle, which I love.

Envelope Clutch

Also — Noodlehead, aka: Anna? So kind. Truly a great pattern maker, and willing to answer questions when things go awry. I don’t buy many patterns online thanks to those shelves teeming with craft books, but I can’t recommend her site highly enough. Creative, smart, fun and she taught me a handful of new sewing skills.

Envelope Clutch

And really, that’s what made me so happy about this tutorial. I regret not taking home ec classes once upon a time. I’ve learned most of my sewing skills through trial and error. And error. And error. And oh, I need another seam ripper because this one is now dull.

Envelope Clutch

A great sewing tutorial makes me cheery. New skills! Such as: inserting a magnetic clasp and  inserting an internal zippered pocket.

Envelope Clutch

If only life situations came with tutorials! I am in what my mother would call “a growth phase,” during which I literally keep banging my head against walls.

Newsflash: change is hard.

Envelope Clutch

These fabric choices make me think of Miami and a picnic. Bright, cheery and a celebration of summer, I’m throwing myself at a creative project to think things through.

Sending this clutch as a CAOK to a colleague in Arkansas. More to come…

~K

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Sweet Love

June 30th

Off to a mountain wedding this afternoon as a guest. My unconventional addition to the gift table:

Sweet love

Sweet love

Honey from my friend Jan’s hive, label, cute jar from Finny, and a honey comb drizzler. 

Just wait till I become the weirdo bringing eggs to every event.

~K

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Colorado, handmade, Happy Hippie
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Treats

June 27th

Nelson had a few friends over Saturday to celebrate his birthday. Of course he humped everything in sight, including poor sweet little Jemima Jones — who made it very clear SHE DOES NOT WANT A BOYFRIEND, THANKYOUVERYMUCH. NOWGETOFFMENELSON.

The guests did, however, like the treat bags:

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But it’s my birthday. Nobody puts Nelson in the corner…

 ~K

 

 

 

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Transform, II

April 10th

Another of those patchwork zakka bags I love sewing so much:

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This one is being sent off today as a belated birthday gift. And so, without wanting to ruin the surprise for the recipient, I’ll just say I am so very lucky to have her in my life.

{Also, I think I’ll be adding this book to my craft library today. Ack! So many cute ideas!}

~K

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Patchwork

April 9th

A set of patchwork placemats, with cloth napkins and coasters for the Easter basket of a certain someone who loves all things orange:

Transforming

Patchwork

Table is set

stacked

~K

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