2010 was a good year


Gosh, I'm getting a little misty-eyed looking back on 2010.  Here's a little look back from my perspective on everything Noodlehead.
  • Got to participate in Celebrate the Boy 2010 (and looking forward to Celebrate the Boy 2011)
  • Rolled over 1,000 followers, I was beaming, still am...here's my little secret, I told myself I could quit blogging after I reached 1,000, guess that didn't hold true, and am glad for that.
  • Spice up your Kitchen week was a blast, even though I had cold feet about it.

  • Made a lot of cool friends, just check out my 'be inspired' list in the right hand column!
  • Created and started selling my first pattern and also my second pattern, crazy.

  • Can look back on some crazy kid moments as they are documented better here than most anywhere else.
  • Escaped mental breakdown.

Here's to a fun filled 2011, let's live it up!

a few last minute gifts...


I did decide they had to be made.  I was thinking I would just say, done, no more present making.  But then I changed my mind, of course, I had to. 

 Just a couple zippy wallets for some great teachers. 

I always try and make useful things as gifts, and I'm sure these will get used, and perhaps be pretty and bring a little smile to some one's face.

I forgot to thank all of you who stopped and left such nice comments on my deep thoughts post before Christmas.  I was glad to put it out there, just want everyone to know that sometimes things seem perfect, but they're mostly just carefully edited for maximum enjoyment. ♥

market bag for mom


I love this pattern.  Really, I think this one is so fun and versatile.  Remember I did a scaled down version for Halloween?  Well, I did get around to making one market bag for my mom for Christmas.  I thought it was only fitting because she runs our local farmers market every summer and I know she'll put it to use.

I did add a bit of medium weight interfacing to the lining so it's a little more sturdy for carrying all sorts of fun goodies. 

I think these colors are great and the Katie Jump Rope yellow dot print is really cool.  This project is (like the pattern says) a really great stash buster.  So if you're looking at your fabric stash and wondering how to move out the old and bring in the new, whip up a bunch for your friends and family and you'll be all set for that next buy!

I'm trying to use up some of my older fabric for 2 reasons:
  1. Because I'm not really a collector, and mostly things just start to bother me if they sit around for any length of time.
  2. I'm ready to bring in the new! 
How about you? Are you itching to buy some new fabric?

christmas and real life


Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas.  I hope you enjoy it happily and safely with your friends and families.

Please know that everyone who reads this blog is greatly appreciated.  Thanks for stopping by, leaving comments, and just hanging out. 

I also want to say that for anyone out there who's struggling in their life, may you be blessed with friendship and love and know that you are not alone. 

I know it's hard to understand in blog land, everything always seems so perfect, even if people try not to be perceived in such a way.  I for one know that my blog is filled with things I love.  My favorite pictures, my favorite projects, and on and on, but in real life we do have real struggles.  A real house with really big messes.  Real children who test and demand.  A real husband who is in need of a real wife. 

But I love it, I love it all, without any of it, I would feel incomplete.  So this is my happy place where everything is neat and orderly and beautiful because we all know that real life really sometimes isn't.

the best presents...


...don't have to come perfectly packaged.

{my husband wrapped my present in white paper and the girls painted all over it, how sweet}

my figure 8 scarf


As an early birthday present to myself, I decided to order up a kit from Anna Maria Horner's shop: the figure 8 scarf.  It was worth it to me to just buy the kit.  So I sat down this weekend and sewed it up! 

It's a really quick project (even though I did screw up in a couple spots and had to rip some seams because I wasn't paying attention) and now I have a cute new scarf to wear with my new coat, which was an early present from my mom. 

The voile and velveteen are so soft and the colors are just too pretty to resist.  I think I'll have to order some more innocent crush. 

And as for my Christmas present sewing, I guess I'd better bust a move and start doing some sewing!

mug rug winner


Thanks so much to everyone who entered my giveaway, it was so much fun reading your comments and trying to visit everyone else's giveaways, too!

And the winner is....Fab who said:

"This super cute, I will love to win. thank you"

I just sent you an email Fab, and thanks everyone for playing along.  :)

quilted nesting blocks


Love these quilted nesting blocks that Oh, Fransson! had a tutorial for on Sew, Mama, Sew! last year.  I always wanted to try them.

I'm not going to say it was a quick project at all.  These three little buggers took over four hours to make, plus hand stitching the tops closed.  For me, that's a pretty long project.  But these are worth it. 

A little present for my new nephew for Christmas. 

At first I thought it wouldn't really be that fun of a present for him, but after I sat there sewing and interfacing for so long, I think they'll be fun for him.  I know how kids love stacking and filling boxes, hey, this could be hours of fun for him when he's ready.  Of course for now they'll be perfect for storing odds and ends.  Nice!

If you missed out seeing the crib set, quilt, and car pillow I made for him, check them out, I'm still finding projects to make using the scraps.  I think some pants are in order.  :)  And maybe someday I'll get around to making a shirt!

christmas star table runner


{Be sure to enter my giveaway, too}

Glad I was able to get this little project out of my head, maybe now I can move on to making some Christmas presents!  Do you ever get like that?  One track mind - must get this project done type of thing?  Okay, maybe it's just me, but sometimes I just get fixated on a certain project on my to-do list and everything else gets put aside.

So I actually had almost an entire day to myself this weekend, all by myself in my own house.  YES!!!! That never happens - ever. I'm usually lucky for an hour or so here and there.  Each year my husband's family gets together to do a cookie bake and decorating sessions with all the cousins, so I shipped them off for the day.  It was really nice. Got to wrap presents, clear out about 6 bags full of goodies for goodwill, and even decided to do a little sewing.

I'm still using up my fabric from my other Christmas projects from this year and last.  So far I've made a tree skirt, 4 stockings, one advent calendar, and now this table runner.  Not too shabby, plus there's a bit leftover that I might force myself into making into a pillow (okay, I probably won't have to force myself into making a pillow, hahaha).

I had to throw in some hand quilting in there, not really because I planned it, but because once I had the top all sewn up it looked like it need some extra contrast to make the stars really punch.  And finished it off with some shot cotton for the binding. 

All in all I'm happy with the way it turned out, I even machine stitched on the binding again, extra speedy!

sew mama sew giveaway day! {CLOSED}


{Sorry, this giveaway is now closed, thanks to everyone who entered!}

It's here!  Sew Mama Sew always puts on the best giveaway days in crafty blogland.  I already had something in mind when they first posted about it on their blog.

So today, I'm giving away my little hot chocolate mug rug/mini wall hanging to one lucky winner.

Come on! Join the fun! Let's keep it simple:

To enter:
  • One comment per person.
  • Be sure to leave your email address in the comment, or if you know for sure you have it listed in your blogger profile, then that'll work.
  • Open to international entries.
  • Winner will be chosen at random on December 17, 2010.
Have a really great and safe Christmas!  Thanks for stopping by, be sure to check out my patterns and free tutorials (over there on the right sidebar), I think these all make great presents (of course I could be biased)!

first snow of the season


Yay! I'm excited that we had our first snow of the year last weekend.  And it was the nice kind of snow.  Light and fluffy, easy to shovel.  It snowed overnight and then was done by morning and was sunny.  Can't get much better than that. 

We played and made snow angels.

Even my husband and our beagle got in on the action!

Have a great Friday everyone.  I really appreciate all your kind and supportive comments, more than you know.

hot chocolate anyone?


We love hot chocolate around here.  Especially with marshmallows. 

I had sketched out this silly little drawing the other day and intended to hand embroider it.  However, no where around here carries an iron on transfer pen or pencil. 

So I decided to try some free motion embroidery.  You've probably seen it floating around here and there in blogland.  Of course Aneela's girl on a swing is so super cute and she gives a tutorial on how she made hers, so definitely go check it out.  And here's a flickr pool that's dedicated to this creative combination. 

Of course my first instinct would be to try and turn it into a pillow, but I resisted (barely) and decided it could be a mini wall hanging or mug rug. 

I included little twill tape loops on the back for hanging, but who knows where it'll end up - maybe a giveaway is in order?

half eaten ornaments


Here's our half eaten gingerbread men!  I love projects that have a bit of humor in them.  Sometimes you just need a good laugh.  And the girls love these. 

I made a couple extra to attach to some Christmas presents.  They were so fun, I even officially learned how to tie a french knot. 

I used my Grandma's baby ric rac and some vintage red buttons I had scored at an estate sale last year. I also used the ric rac as the hanger, just sewed it in when I was stitching the gingerbread man's head together.  This was a super cheap project, I only had to buy the felt which I think was about $1.  Niiiice.

I think that'll be all my handmade ornaments this year.  There are so many cute tutorials and patterns and kits out there it's hard to choose.

snowflakes (and a mini-tutorial)


What's more Christmasy than snowflakes?  I was strolling through target the other day and saw some cute snowflake pillows - simple and modern looking.  So I was all excited to write up a little tutorial for this quick project, and then I saw Amy's post the other day with her snowflake pillow tutorial from last year.   Darn, she beat me to it.  Anyway, it's about the same concept as the pillow I was going to make.  I'll just give you a rundown of what I did and give you a snowflake template for you to make your own!

{makes two 18" pillow covers}

3/4 yard red felt
2 sheets cream or off-white felt, or 1/2 yard (you'll have a lot leftover if you buy yardage)
snowflake template

Cut your snowflake using the template:
I printed the snow flake on my printer, then laid the paper on top of my felt.  Using and exacto knife I cut on top of the lines of the snowflake.  Lift the paper off the felt and re-cut any lines as necessary if you missed any spots.  I used my 28mm rotary cutter and it worked well to trim off the excess. 

Cut your pillow cover pieces:
Cut two pillow top pieces 18" by 18", cut 4 backing pieces (for an envelope style closure) 12" by 18".

Sew the snowflake onto the pillow top, it'll stick nicely since it's felt on felt. Yes, it's a lot of small stitches and turning, but it really isn't too bad. Just take your time and stitch about 1/8" away from all raw edges.

You wouldn't have to finish the edges of the felt if you didn't want to since felt doesn't fray, but for the envelope back pieces I just turned mine over by 1/2"  on one of the long edges and sewed it down, do this for each of the four backing pieces.

Sew pillow together.  Place pillow top piece RIGHT side up on your work surface.  Place both backing pieces RIGHT side down on top of the pillow top piece.  Pin and sew along entire perimeter using a 3/8" seam allowance. Clip corners.  Turn right side out, stuff in your pillow form and go find a spot to cozy in with it at your couch.

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