Monthly Archives: September 2010

T-Shirts = Wedding Gifts

To begin, I must make a post-congratulatory statement to Katie and Jason on their nuptials. Congrats kids! Welcome to The Marriage Club! 

First project: The Wedding Shower Gift.

Every invitation included a letter. My letter was L. Lamp? No. Laughter? A little too “Uppercase Living” for me. Leftovers? Yes. Legos. YES. Legos won. So I ordered these little guys on e-bay, got them just in time to make their present… WTF am I going to do with a Lego bride and groom?!?! 

Make a Christmas ornament.

Unfortunately I couldn't custom order a Lego Cop and Bride. Had to settle for Bride and Groom.

 

The bride and groom are glued to the paper mache box. I had some other pretties to glue on, but they just didn’t look right. Something about Legos and rhinestones don’t mix. And yes, Katie and Jason looked just as smashing as their plastic counterparts.

Next Up: The Wedding Gift

So Katie, if you’re reading this, feel free to stop by anytime and pick up your gifts 🙂 

Katie willingly provided shirts from her and Jason’s closets. I had to pry some of them out of my husband’s hands because they were awesome shirts. The newlyweds are getting a slew of projects Generation T Beyond Fashion

Project 1: A Time and Place Mat (Project 31)

The book rates each of these a Level 3, of 5. That’s totally correct. These were harder than they looked. The idea of “quilting” on knits is tough because the fabric stretches.

I changed up the pattern a little – instead of layers of t-shirt/knit in the middle I used leftover flannel.

Project 2: Coast to Coasters (Project 33)

These were fun too! These were actually easier than the place mats. It wasn’t until after all four place mats, and all eight coasters that I decided to Google and find out why my thread kept breaking. I thought it was the crap thread, but the good stuff was doing it too. Turns out you need a big needle for knits. Well. Now I know!

Project 3: Running with Scissors (Project 36)

 I LOVE THIS!!! This is a table runner. To be put on a table… or end table… or anywhere you see fit. 
I tried to switch up the directions – but also had to make sure I wasn’t covering anything important (such as the “Cops Love Me” graphic).

And last, Project 4: Stocked Up


Wine bottle holder . Awesome and fun. Go team! These are great, I want to make a bunch just to have on hand in case we need a gift.

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Google Fashions

Hello crafters and non-crafters. I am back, altho, I never really left. 

August was full of crafting, Kenneth, running, Kenneth, Iowa State Fair, and the Ray Family Summer Extravaganza 2010. Some highlights included:

  • Kenny finally getting to meet Uncle Andrew and Aunt Leah
  • Kenny seeing his first butter cow
  • Kenny’s baptism
  • Daniel Ray (my dad!) became a two-time BLUE RIBBON WINNER at the Iowa State Fair (some people don’t even get one blue ribbon in their life – and in a food category? That’s even tougher!) [click on the link for the press release]
  • Garage sale t-shirts
  • Not sure this is a highlight, but I am back at work full-time, and Kenny started daycare (and loves every minute of it)

So to start we’re gonna back up. Here’s a couple of projects I made in early August.

The Google Dress

 

This is a super cute pattern from Generation-T, project 22 in Generation-T Beyond Fashion. It’s a cute babydoll dress. I made a few changes to the pattern. First off, the pattern calls for you to use a fitted shirt for the top part, and a baggy shirt for the bottom. I really wanted to use the Google shirt, so I used a pattern (I used this same bust-top pattern for my maternity dresses) for the top. And I added the pockets myself, because pockets are awesome. 

Perfect to pair with leggings or jeans for the weekend. 

One of the best parts about the Google t-shirt is that my super awesome husband got it at a garage sale for a quarter. A QUARTER. I love garage sales.

Stretch & Sew 1308

 

This is a shirt I’ve made before. Classic Stretch & Sew pattern. I wanted to make another one of this shirt because I LOVE LOVE LOVE my leopard print one. But I wanted it longer. So I added three inches. Issue: I love the leopard one because it’s not form fitting while I’m losing the baby weight. Three inches added just enough to make it clingy. Plus the fabrics are different. Here’s the back:

The Back.

 

And of course, your Ken update:

Ken Bear, at the Iowa State Fair