Hi, I guess I'll start with the details. My name is Karen and I am a born again Christian who loves the Lord Jesus with all my heart. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for over 34 years. He is my best friend and partner in crime :) We have 2 children and 6 grandchildren. Our wonderful son has been married for over 13 years now to our fabulous daughter-in-law and they have 3 adorable sons as well as our first little grand-daughter. Our gorgeous daughter has been married to her wonderful hubby for more than 7 years and they have an amazing little boy, a sassy little girl and a new baby on the way! I have always loved sewing and crafting. My dream is to one day live in a 100 year old farmhouse with my hot hubby and a few chickens and craft until the cows come home :)
Now that Christmas is behind us I can show some of the other gifts that I made for my family. These fun pot holders were for my daughter and I used the same free download pattern that I mentioned last week. If the fabric looks familiar it's the same vintage fabric that I found at the thrift store during the summer that I used to re-cover my own potholders. I also made her a folding sewing kit like the one I made for my first give-away! The fabric that I used for her is from the Cosmo Cricket "Tailor Made" collection that I bought on etsy. I'm a big fan of Cosmo Cricket scrapbook paper and now they offer some of the same designs in fabric too! Color me a happy girl!!! I love that the fabric has flowers and little spools of thread and scissors too. Perfect for a sewing kit!
I also made her a reversable apron from the wonderful "retro" free pattern I found on Sew4Home.com. I used this really fun Michael Miller fabric that is out of print that I found on ebay. It's blue checkers with adorable aprons all over it. I backed it in yellow polka dots and edged it in red bias. She saw the pattern earlier when I made one for my apron swap partner in the fall and she fell in love with the apron.
I had enough of the Ready Set Robot fabric left over to make a little shirt for Gabriel (my youngest grandson) to match his 2 older brothers. I can't wait to get a picture of the 3 of them wearing their shirts :)
t-shirt that is sold, a different t-shirt will be given to someone in need. Since Charlie wanted an apron, I couldn't resist using the "ask me about" graphics and adding a fun twist to it. My son Brandon, helped me find the perfect word and the "Ask Me About Cheeses" apron was born! It was a big hit as you can see. That's Brandon in the background cracking up :)
My mom had said that she would really like to have red jewelry so I made her this sterling silver and red howlite necklace and bracelet. As soon as I saw the stones, I knew she would love them (and she did :) I also gave her the last and the largest of the 3 cross stitched russian dolls that I made from the vintage cross stitch pattern that I found at a thrift store earlier this year.
For my son Brandon, I used the same vintage pattern that I found and used for the boys' shirts to make this retro 50's bowling shirt for him. He is a fan of the 50's and I knew he'd really like it. The fabric is also from the 50's which was an amazing find. My mom had the fabric and she was going to give it away. She got it from a neighbor who got it from her mom. When I saw it I knew I had to have it for Brandon! I think it came out pretty good :)
I also made this little girl's apron for my best friends' grand-daughter Kyleah. It matches the one I that I made for Marcia for her birthday earlier this month. I love that Kyleah calls me "Nana" too :) I'm hoping to get a picture of the 2 of them wearing the aprons.
Now that all my projects are done (for the moment anyway) I am focusing on re-organizing my craft room. I'll post more about that tomorrow!