November 2010


This weekend has been really busy. I have made chocolate/white chocolate coated pretzels, coconut bon bons, and peppermint bark.  I got a chocolate melter at JoAnn’s on Black Friday. It was the best $15 I have spent in a long time!  It made it so easy to make all my Christmas candy.  It cleans up so easy too!

Besides that, I finished the superhero capes.  Four capes, instead of the three I planned.  Fortunately, flannel was $1.27 a yard at JoAnn’s on Friday.  I got some pink and a pink/brown floral for my niece’s cape (special request from her mom when she found out I had done them for the boys).  They came out really cute.

When I first read that it would take about 2 hours to make a cape, I didn’t think that was accurate.  It was.  The pink cape took me an hour and a half this evening. The other capes I made together. They took me a total of 6 hours to complete (which is 2 hours per cape).  They are not difficult. The hardest thing was the applique.  I had never done it before, but it wasn’t too bad. The flames on Logan’s cape were the most difficult.

Besides cute superhero capes, I also made a notebook cover for Logan’s teacher and a coupon holder for my mother-in-law. For the notebook cover, I used this tutorial, but I used a large composition book. I had some cute vintage fabric.  For MIL’s coupon holder, I used this tutorial.  Next time, I will add some interfacing to give it a little structure, and I will print the labels on ribbon and sew them on.  Sewing vinyl is a real pain!  I will post pictures later.  I also have been knitting on a baby hat for a friend.

I feel like I got a lot done. I still went shopping, ate too much, spent time with family, went to the city tree lighting, and went to church. I didn’t just craft all weekend.  It has left me feeling very accomplished!

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Here is a sneak peek at some Christmas presents.  These are going to be super hero capes. I used this tutorial.  The outside of each is red flannel.  The lining fabric (also flannel) is next to the logo (felt).  The first is for my nephew.  This is the first time that I have ever appliquéd.

Next up is Wyatt’s.  His letter was the easiest.  All kids should have initials with nothing but straight lines!

Last, but not least is Logan’s.  DH  designed these logos.  He insisted on flames for Logan. They were a real pain, but came out pretty cool.  It would have been a bit easier if my fusible web had worked. It didn’t like the felt and flannel.

Logan’s letter looks shiny in the photo. It is just felt.  I am not sure why it is shiny.

Now DH wants a cape. I told him that I am not making an adult cape for him!

I stopped blogging a little over a year ago.  Last year, Wyatt broke his leg. Things kind of fell apart for a while. I spent all my free time caring for him. Then there were neurology appointments, physical therapy, and doctor’s appointments.  After all that, the thought of “catching up” on the blog was daunting.

I have been composing blog posts in my head for over a year.  I just haven’t been posting. I finally decided that I just couldn’t catch up. I just have to start over.

So that is what I am doing. Starting over.  Right now, I am in the crazy period where I find all kinds of homemade things I want to make with no realistic idea of whether or not I can finish them before Christmas. I like to think of it as optimism. I always think I can get way more done than I can.  I am starting to do it again. I feel it.  I just can’t stop. I will post more about what I am doing, but it is mostly sewing.

I actually worked all year to get my Christmas knitting done (this year it was crochet, not knitting…I still call it Christmas knitting).  I did dishcloths and sponges throughout the year. I have enough for gifts.  Next weekend, I am going to make edible goodies to go with them.  I will post pictures later.

This is sort of a quick drive by post. I am just so glad to be back!