Wednesday, July 29, 2009


I started cutting fabric yesterday for Bella's pink quilt that I plan on giving her for Christmas. When I finished my quilt last month, she begged me to make one for her and I can only hope she still wants one that badly 5 months from now when Christmas rolls around.

I bought this pattern from an Etsyer. It's super detailed. Like, excessively so. I was looking for something random and scrappy and even though I think the finished quilts in the listing pictures look that way, it's actually a very planned design. So, I'm just very loosely following the pattern, basically using it for measurements here and there but I was much more random with my block layout. I definitely want to try the pattern again using actual coordinating instead of scraps like I am with this one.

I'm struggling with what color fabric to use for the sashing. I was originally thinking a brown with tiny white polka dots since a lot of the fabrics have brown in them too. But I think chocolate brown might make the overall quilt look too dark.

I was going to make each of the girls a small lap quilt but decided that I might as well do twin size so they can use them on their beds if they want to. So, now I'm leaning toward just using a cream sashing so hopefully the quilts can be a little more versatile decorating wise in their bedrooms. Any ideas or feedback on sashing?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Busy Mama

Crafty Mama has been more like Busy Mama lately. A few weeks ago, we decided to list our house for sale. That means that we've been frantically spending the last two and a half weeks cleaning, purging, touching up, organizing, and rearranging. My sister is our listing agent and can you believe she had the nerve to tell me I really needed to clean up my craft room? Did I mention that you couldn't even see the carpet when I showed her the room?

Anyway, in addition to touching up paint, taking my "Crafty Mama" vinyl letters off of the wall, filing all of the paperwork strewn about, and paring down the items on my work tables, I decided to try and soften the space a bit. Since it's used strictly as the office/craft room, there wasn't bedding or anything really comfortable and colorful in the room. I bought a $3 cheap curtain rod at Walmart, a $3 flat sheet that I cut in half, self-adhesive velcro that we already had, and a set of $7 pillowcases that I sewed together and turned into a valance.

Not too shabby for $13.

Then I decided that if a prospective buyer opened the closet and was knocked over by a pile of fabric spilling out, that might work against us. So I hauled all of my fabric out to the livingroom this morning and started sorting. In addition to making a pile to give to a friend, I worked and pairing up coordinating fabrics for bags so when I'm in the mood to sew, I can just grab them and get to work. It also makes it easier to see what I need to get coordinates for. I went through my scraps and made a pile of pink and a pile of red. I'm going to use these to make scrap quilts for the girls as their Christmas gift from mama. I've also really been wanting to make a quilt with Urban Chicks Swell and Sweet fabrics and wouldn't you know, I found a whole bunch of scraps and large pieces in my stash!

All this time spent on my craft room has motivated me to sew. I've listed two bags in the last two days which is a huge feat for me these days. I really like the size and shape of both of them and might have to keep one as my own since I desperately need a new bag. I did some free motion quilting on both of them because that's my new addiction I need to maintain.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Big Sale

Big, big, big sale at Crafty Mama Creations!

Bags that have been hanging around way too long have been marked down to $15 and $20. What a steal for a one of a kind, handmade bag!
See all sale bags by going to my shop and clicking on the "sale" section link.

All jewelry is 25% off AND get free shipping when you purchase three or more listings. I've added lots of new earrings in different styles to suit any taste. Discount will be credited back to your Paypal account after payment.

Hope you and your family are having a fabulous summer! We've been enjoying (or not so much) lots of household projects, outings to the movies, and lazy afternoons in our backyard. Lots of changes are coming up soon for our little Crafty Family and that includes my big girl entering kindergarten and my baby starting preschool! They both begin a summer school program next week and I have big plans to get back into my sewing room and be creative again. Check the shop soon!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Yes, I do still make bags

It's been really hard to find time to sew this summer. We have lots of little household projects going on and the togetherness of summer is quickly wearing thin for the girls. I'm spending a good portion of my day breaking up fights and deciding who should do naughty time.

Somehow, I managed to get back into my crafty room yesterday and make not one, but TWO new bags. I'm absolutely in love with this clutch. It was inspired by the one I made for Laura in my swap last month and I really couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out.

I also made this bag using the very last bit of this Japanese fabric (REAL Japanese fabric straight from Japan, not Japanese-inspired fabric). It's a nice shape and size, perfect for an everyday purse.

I have a few new ideas in the works. I'm hoping to list some mini bags/clutches soon made with purse frames and I'm definitely planning to list more clutches like the one above. Just click on the pics to take you to the listings.