Dad’s Birthday Present

The Reveal!

If you read the Grace Notes from last Thursday, you may have seen this picture as a little teaser:

20130122_173526So, would you like to know what I made?  I made a stole for my Dad’s birthday.  Since I have crafted in adulthood, I haven’t been able to make anything for my Dad; so I was super excited when I came up with this idea.  First, I had to pick a crochet pattern I liked.

Then, it took me an atrociously long time to find a fabric I liked to go wit the Puritan Square (I didn’t want to use the standard brocade, because I thought it would over power the doily).  I finally settled on a white, simply textured satin for the body of the stole and a matching champagne to back the doilies (plus fringe and stiff batting).

I didn’t use a pattern, but I did use a borrowed stole to help me get the correct dimensions (when finished, it measured about 91 inches, including the tassel).  I hand pieced the blocks of satin and doilies.

20130123_110039I ironed the seams flat, cut out the backing and the batting, pinned it all together, and wa-la!


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Most stoles have a cross at the neck, so I {shakily} added a Jerusalem cross, and I added a little message to the back of the stole.


I have have a few ideas on how to improve this if I were to do it again (and I would love to, by the way!), namely, working on my stitching.  I was so excited to give this to my Dad today.

Happy Birthday, Dad!  I loved the time we spent together today!






Yarn for Christmas


It is Tuesday, and that means it is time for something Pinterest worthy!  By now, you may have noticed that my craft of choice is crochet and my medium is yarn (or thread).  This summer I found a scarf pattern that screamed my sister’s name.  Here is my version of It’s a Hoot! Owl Scarf. (Pattern courtesy of Carlinda Lewis)

hootIt was really hard to get a good picture of this scarf.  I used Lion Brand, Hometown USA, (color) Anchorage Ice.  To top off the gift, I made a red slouchy hat (by request).  I had Rasberry Beret by Prince stuck in my head while I crocheted.  (Pattern courtesy of Julie King)

pineconeShe is so cute.  🙂

What do you think?  Did you craft for Christmas?  I’d love to hear about it, or, even better, see it!  Check back on Pinterest Tuesdays for the rest of my crafted presents (and a craft my sister gave to me!).

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Mikah had a little lamb!

Pinterest Tuesdays is way late because I spent all day on this:


El is supposed to be a lamb for the Christmas pageant, and I just had to go all out!  I think I did pretty well for my first garment-sewing project (I have otherwise only made curtains and shams.).  I didn’t use a pattern; I just used a set of her 12-month footie pajamas and a hoodie as templates and went from there!  The only thing I wish I had done differently was to buy some different fabric to line the hoodie.  And then the ears…I messed around with them a few times but this was the closest I got.  There is a fine line between bunny ears and lamb ears.  🙂

Ready? Set…

Christmas Craft!

Crafts featured over the next few weeks will probably be Christmas gifts (ones that people already know that they are getting because they had to be a part of the decision making).  There are two people, my Dad and my husband, who don’t know what they are getting and I am the most excited about those, but you will have to wait until after Christmas to see those!

Other than a massive blanket that made a very late Christmas present last year and a few baby blankets, I’ve been spending a lot of time experimenting with crochet thread.  I’ve always thought that antique doilies and shawls are so pretty, and so I ventured into the hand-cramping, tiny needlework of thread crochet.  Check out the second picture to see how small my hook is. Continue reading

New Phone, New Craft!

This was the best picture I could get of my phone, so please excuse the backwardness of it.  <—Thank you WP for allowing me to flip the picture!

I really did not want a new phone, but my last one was on the fritz!  I couldn’t hang up which caused me to leave really long voice mails, and it would randomly send text messages to people with random letters.

So, new phone, new case, etc.  I try to make it a goal to go as cheap as possible with accessories, but I was a little envious of the cute monogrammed Otterbox covers.  BUT a pencil, permanent marker, and Word fonts can magically transform the cheap case – yay!

I was going to post on the Bobs my sister painted for me, but my camera died – look for that post soon!  If you haven’t already seen my sister’s handiwork, go check out a sample here.

Also coming soon are: Grandpa’s shelf, mosaic table, Christmas gift crafts, Spiders and Cobwebs blanket, El’s 1-year book