Sunday, August 26, 2007

Baby Album

A friend of mine had a baby girl at the end of June. I finally finished an album to send as a gift last week. It turned out really well and I love the fabric I found for the cover. It was a remenant at Jo-Ann's. I think it is upolstery fabric. Anyhow, the blue sheen went well with some chocolate brown fabric and ribbon I already had. I also had chocolate brown paper on hand for the interior covers and for the binding. It's a smaller version of the album we made for my parents, but without the window mattes. I put a custom card in the front that states the album was created in celebration of the birth of my friend's daughter. I love giving hand-made gifts. They always feel more personal. And I love making them.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Wedding Album

Jim and I created photo albums for our parents as Thank You gift following our wedding. They turned out really well. We had the photos printed locally and then mounted them in the albums and sent them off. This is the one I created for my folks. The cool thing is that the pages are mattes around the images. We cut them and folded them in half so that it created a kind of envelope. Then we cut out the matte windows, mounted the photos and tied them into the binding. It was a process, but the final result turned out so well I definitely hope to make some more in the future.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Baby Sweater

Well, I finished the baby sweater. It looks pretty cute but I'm not entirely sure it will fit any baby. The neck isn't very big and it doesn't have too much give. The sleeves actually ended up being too long, but I cuffed them and think they would work fine this way. I asked a friend of mine with a 4 month old how big his head is and she said she wasn't sure, maybe 16" around or so. I'm not entirely sure if I'll give it to someone or not, but at least now I know I can knit a sweater.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

In the works

Well, I haven't gotten very far with my next dress, but here is a sneak peek at the fabric and style. Sorry for the crappy pic. I'm doing letter "C" in the bottom left corner with this yellow on white cotton flower patterened fabric. I'm actually really excited for the dress, but can't seem to motivate myself to finish cutting it out. That is my least favorite part of sewing—cutting everything out. It takes me so long and I just want to SEW!

In my break time from slacking on my dress I decided to give knitting a sweater a try. I've never knit a sweater before and instead of knitting an actual size from a pattern I decided to wing it and try this pattern in a baby size. Go figure :P I think I'm doing alright so far with the front and back pieces and the pattern is super simple. The sleeves are making me a little nervous, but I'm taking good notes on what I'm doing for the first one so that I can just recreate it for the second one. Wish me luck :) Hopefully it will at least be good for a stuffed animal or something . . .