Monday, January 31, 2011

Love Week -- Adorable Valentine Skirt!


Welcome to Day One of a week's worth of Valentine projects -- a collaboration with yours truly and Jess of Craftiness is not Optional!


The first project is this adorable skirt made by Jess.

Get the details HERE!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Swap Your Creations!

My cousin Mckay and her husband have come up with a BRILLIANT idea:
A website where you can swap your creations -- with no currency involved!
It's a brand new site, and a solid concept. Here she is to tell you about it!

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Hello, Obsessive Stitchers! I am so excited that Care is letting me visit you all today and tell you about a new website that my husband and I have created.

Our vision was to create a community where artisans (that's you!) could share their talents, creativities and creations with others not through money, but through swapping. We wanted a place where people could list their handiwork (photography, paper crafts, jewelry, art, sewn items, basically anything that they have handmade) and then swap them for others' handmade items- completely eliminating the need for money.



It was this idea that sparked the life of whoopdwhoop.com. Whoopdwhoop is a unique, currency-free marketplace where individuals can both list their creative endeavors and 'shop' for others' creative endeavors -- all without the use of money. Points (whoops) are earned by both listing and swapping your handiwork. You can then take the whoops that you have earned and 'shop' within the whoopdwhoop community. It's the perfect way to partake in some retail therapy and not feel guilty! It's free, it's easy, and it's fun.

Because whoopdwhoop is a brand new community, we are still working hard to add creations to the site; So today (January 28th!) we are offering Obsessive Stitchers an extra .1 whoop for every item listed (so instead of earning .1 whoop per item you list, you will earn .2 whoops per item listed). I hope that you will head on over and give it a try. Our hope is that in this economy where things can be tough, whoopdwhoop will allow people to share their talents, creativities, and creations with others -- all by simply swapping.

Thanks for having me, I hope to see you whoopin' it up over at whoopdwhoop.

Mckay Harris.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Week O' Valentine Projects!

I'm so excited about this!!

Jess of Craftiness is not Optional
(LOVE her blog, her projects, and her skillz!)
is joining with me in a little week's worth of Valentine's projects! I can hardly wait to show off what we've come up with -- so stay tuned! All the lovey-dovey-cutesy-heartsy goodness starts on Monday January 31st and runds through Friday February 4th!**

Jess was even kind enough to put together this fantastic button -- and if you'd like, you can grab a button for yourself:

Obsessively Stitching




**hint: There may or may not be giveaways involved!!**

Monday, January 24, 2011

I-Spy Six -- Fabrics Received!!

First up: Swap A!

from Katie -- I LOVE the spiders and the hot air balloons!


from Jess -- Lemonade! And crabs, and vintage dresses!


from Megan -- I adore those hiking boots and green bats.


from Alisha -- the snowmen and bowling are fantastic!


from ME -- I really, really love those turkeys, and I was excited that my sister found BILLIARDS fabric for me!


Now for Swap B:

from Amanda -- Love the flip-flops and gears


from Aubrey -- Bingo!! :oD And I love both the tool fabrics!


from Marti -- Loving the Halloween candy and pirates!


from Wendy -- I love the umbrellas and the trees!

HOORAY! Keep them coming, ladies!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

New Blythe Dresses

More lace.....


A new favorite -- doll and dress, both!

(But who am I kidding -- they're all my favorites!)




This one suits this girl FAR better than the last one. Also a favorite!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Sweet, Non-Sweet Valentine Treat

Today I'm over at Dollar Store Crafts sharing these cute little "goodies" to pass around to classmates with Valentine cards. Come check it out!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

More Tiny Valentine Dresses

I know, I know! I doubt very many people care to see my dollies -- so this post is all for MEEE!

I love my tiny Blythes, and have been obsessing over making a tiny Valentine dress for each one. I have to start out with my favorite:
Somehow her dress just feels so "I Love Lucy" to me! And they said redheads should never wear pink.... Shows how much they know! :o)



And what is that little thing on her desk?

A teeny-tiny Valentine!
It measures 1/4" x 3/8".



I adore it! (Big surprise! What, ME? Love TINY things??)


Here are some of the other dresses I've made so far:
That last one is my least favorite. It definitely doesn't suit that particular girl. But I have a red and black lace number I'm working on for her -- and I think it will be perfect!

Each dress uses only the ittiest bittiest little scrap of fabric.
See?? I'm actually USING those tiny little scraps I haven't been able to part with!


Here's my other favorite dress. Pink lace with cowboy boots!
Hmmm.... Is someone jealous about that Valentine?

:oD Now I probably sound nuts! :oD
I can't even describe how much I adore these little dolls! They are just TOO much fun!
Thanks for being a good sport and letting me share!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

I-Spy Swap SIX

update: We're all full! Thanks, ladies! :o)

Here we go again!!

Time for another I-Spy swap! I want to try and fit in as many swappers as possible, so let's shoot for another double swap!*


THE BASICS:

Mail 200 I-Spy squares to me by February 2nd.

Get 200 I-Spy squares back, all different, by February 16th.
I know this is a tight schedule, but recent experience has shown that swaps with tighter schedules are more successful... so this one will have a fairly tight schedule too.
PLEASE be sure you can meet the deadlines BEFORE you sign up!

THE DETAILS:

1. The first 36 people to comment are in. [If you live outside the U.S., no problem -- but please mail your fabrics a little earlier so there's plenty of time to meet the deadline!]

2. Cut 20 4" squares out of each of 10 different novelty print fabrics. A 1/4-yard cut or fat quarter will get you 20 4" squares, so you will be purchasing a total of about 2 1/2 yards of fabric. This is NOTHING when you think about all the different squares you will be getting back!

3. In order to avoid duplicates, everyone will need to search out unusual or obscure prints. Look for things that aren't available at chain stores. But, please, pick FUN ones! If you love it, the other swappers will love it too!

4. Remember that we are looking for fabric with objects on it, not printy-prints. (A fabric with FLOWERS on it is very different from a FLORAL PRINT.)

5. No "licensed" prints: No Disney, Dora, L.A. Lakers, etc.

6. Remember seam allowances! Be sure you can tell what you are looking at within a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square. Nobody wants only half of an object in their square -- cut them well! (Depending on your fabric choice, you may need to buy more than 1/4 yard in order to get an object into each cut square.)
If you want to join me in this obsession, leave a comment here that
includes your email address
!!


Remember: The FIRST 36 who comment are IN!
*IF by chance we don't make it to the full double swap,
we'll do a single swap with the first 18 and save the rest
of the swappers for the next swap.

SERIOUS SWAPPERS ONLY...
Please read the guidelines before signing up!

Monday, January 10, 2011

tiny obsession + blythe obsession + valentine obsession = ?

Hee hee!! LOVING it!!

Working in such a teeny-tiny scale for clothing is definitely not an easy task, but I love it!

My favorite is the lace trim at the bottom! :o)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Valentine Quilt

I know, I know... It's early to be thinking about Valentine's Day...
But I am anyway!
I am so ready. Bring on the PINK! :o)

I threw together this quilt over the weekend, and then kept forgetting to take pictures in the daylight hours. But here it is!

I started by purchasing that super soft fuzzy backing (Ultra Cuddle from JoAnn's). Then I went home and started yanking pink fabrics out of my fabric closet! I tossed candidates on the floor and then arranged and chose which ones would work. I cut a zillion tumblers and arranged again.


(Sideways view, plus my toes!)

I came up with an arrangement I liked, sewed them together, pinned it, and quilted it. I attached the binding on Sunday night, but didn't hand finish it until Wednesday, with Susan's help, because I got distracted by other pink projects -- which I will show you soon!

I love how it turned out! It is so super comfy cozy squidgy soft -- and is definitely that bright, happy pop of color I was looking for. And all STASH fabrics with the exception of the backing! YAY for stashbusting!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Do me a favor?

A friend's sweet, miraculous little boy is celebrating his 6th birthday this week. While his mama explains best what his wish is for his birthday, let me quickly sum up before you head over: He wants "winks" from around the world -- in the form of comments! I know I have both U.S. and international readers -- please, check it out! ;o)

Click here to read!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Cupcake Pin Cushions!

Today I'm over at Dollar Store Crafts sharing how to make these cute cupcake pin cushions. Once you get the basics on the larger size, come back and get details on how to make the tiny one...


...you can even turn it into a pin cushion ring, for when you need to keep some pins "close at hand!"


Recognize my "cupcake paper"? It's the lid from a Cherry Coke!
To make the ring, I cut a red hair tie and threaded the ends through the two holes I drilled, leaving enough room at the bottom for my finger to fit through.


Then I simply tied a square knot and clipped the ends.


The rest of the pin cushion is constructed the same way as the larger one. I used a 2 1/4" diameter circle for the cupcake top. You can use the same holes you used for the elastic to tie down the top -- just use a little caution not to snag the elastic. For the cherry I used a 1 1/8" diameter circle.
I used 6 strands of thread to create those little sprinkles -- each sprinkle is just a simple stitch.


Done! This one is my favorite!
I'm going to use this one for my hand sewing needles. Seems like they are always getting lost in the "guts" of my larger pin cushions... but there's no way to lose them in this tiny little guy!