W.I.P. Wednesday : Randoms

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Happy Wednesday, kids! I want to sincerely thank all of you for your comments on my article over at The Daring Kitchen. You’re all too cool for school, and that’s the truth. So there. Now, onto W.I.P. Wednesdayness!

I was able to get a little work done on this month’s Stitch-Along. I think these are the perfect size for my 6 month-old niece’s hands to hold, so I’ll be sending them off to her for Easter (meaning, I’d better get rocking on them if they are going to be finished and sent in time).

bunnyIn-progress Bunny. Note the terribly sloppy outline. I did get a “D” in neatness in the First Grade. Scarred for life, I tell ya.

little-bearFinished little Bear

If all goes well, I’m going to put some tinkley-bells in one, and hopefully some crinkly-sounding plastic in the other for some added fun. I’ll keep you posted.

I’m also trying to finish up some cupcakes for more notebooks like these. I’ve still got a few notebooks left, but I’ve got the materials together to make my own and I’m really excited about it! I’ll have camera in hand to get you a proper tute when the moment arrives. For now, here’s the in-progress cuppers :

embroidered-cupcakes

Did you notice those gorgeous French knots/sprinkles? I’m going French Knot crazy, and not just because I’m a Francophile. Honestly, I couldn’t figure them out until very recently (ie: bane of my embroidery existence). I started to think it was a seriously lost cause, but then I checked out Jenny Hart’s tutorial and it changed my life. Well, it changed my embroidery. Thing is, I’m not sure if I like the French Knot sprinkles, or the longer seed stitch ones I did before. Thoughts?

Before the holidays I promised a tutorial to show you how to make a pair of child’s pants sans pattern. Ture to my word, I had the opportunity to take some photos while making these :

snazzy-pants-for-guppy

Sorry for the wonky color-scheme here – these are orange and white striped pants for Guppy, who seemingly overnight grew 3 centimeters (yet to be confirmed with our highly-scientific measuring in-the-doorway method later today) and is in major need of longer pants (or higher socks). I’d started working on her dress, but have put that aside for the more serious and practical business of pants. Please forgive my slapdash sticking pants on wall with a piece of painter’s tape mise en scène here (would have been more professional to actually get the legs and stripes to line up before I snapped the shot, hey?).

This is the most lovely fabric, which is a sailcloth-ish cotton twill (I’m not fluent in fabric yet, sorry) that I bought nearly a year ago at Ikea never dreaming I’d have the skillz to make pants! Had I known I would have bought more because I would love to have a pair of loungy pants like these – they look like acrobat pants and orange popcicles all at once. To me, anyway. I ended up having to slim the legs a little bit on these because Guppy wasn’t into the baggy look, but that wasn’t too difficult to pull off. If I can get over this sludge which had me bed-ridden all weekend (and up until today) and get all productive-organized-crawl out from under my pile of backlogged behindness, I’ll get the tutorial for next Wednesday. Maybe. I hope.

Have a crafty week, and don’t forget to see what the other Wipsters are up to, and to check out our W.I.P. Wednesday Flickr Pool, too.

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20 thoughts on “W.I.P. Wednesday : Randoms

  1. the dolls are coming along so well! i love the idea of putting crinkly plastic and tinkley bells in them. perfect for a tiny one. as for your sprinkle dilemna, i think i like both equally. perhaps you could do both on one cupper to see how that looks? because both sprinkles are downright awesome looking. cute pants as well! when you make pants/dresses for guppy, do you put extra length and then hem them up to the right length for her at the time? you know, so you can just let them out as she grows? just curious, because that idea just occurred to me and it seems like it would save a lot of work when you have a growing kiddo on your hands :)

  2. Yes indeed, you are eloquent. I read your crepe-y (get it? crepey, crappy?! kidding of course) article and now I want crepes. And please Shel, sew me up some stripey pants too. I am super short, and I love elastic waistbands.

  3. i love the idea of tinkley bells & crinkly plastic for extra fun & awesomeness! brilliant, Shelly! looks like your stitch-along project is coming along swimmingly! w00t!

    i love the sweet fabric for Guppy’s pants! i wish i had a pair! and the cuppers = the best! good enough to eat! mmmmmm! now i want cuppers! ahhahaahaha!

    sorry your not feeling well & were stuck in bed all weekend. sadface. i hope you feel better soon & i’m sending lots of superhappyfaced thoughts your way, my friend!

  4. i love the idea of tinkley bells & crinkly plastic for extra fun & awesomeness! brilliant, Shelly! looks like your stitch-along project is coming along swimmingly! w00t!

    i love the sweet fabric for Guppy’s pants! i wish i had a pair! and the cuppers = the best! good enough to eat! mmmmmm! now i want cuppers! ahhahaahaha!

    sorry your not feeling well & were stuck in bed all weekend. sadface. i hope you feel better soon & i’m sending lots of superhappyfaced thoughts your way, my friend!

  5. Shellyfish!! Crinkle paper! That’s such a great idea!! I was going to work on the stitchalong to actually make dog/cat toys and was hunting around for squeakers and bells but my doggies at least love that crinkly sound almost just as much! Also… not to burst your french knot bubble but i love your long sprinkles… I could almost eat them right off the cloth so cute.. but i’m sure you’ll find lots of uses for your new found knot skills!! Isn’t that the best when an idea finally pops and you get it?!

    Keep doin’ lady… keep doin’

  6. Your embroidery for the stitch-a-long is looking fabulous! Thank you for stopping by yesterday to give me some embroidery tips :) I knew you and Tacha would know what to do! lol Looking forward to the pants tutorial – Grace is growing like crazy right now and I can hardly keep up.

  7. I love the French knots on cupcakes. They are so cute. The pants for Guppy are great. I need to make some pants for the boys. Happy W.I.P. Wednesday.

  8. No embroidery here, I’m afraid. Too shocked by my uneven whip stitches! But, lots of felting going on. Besides what I’ve already done, I’m hoping to make Earth Eggs (felted rocks) for Ostara this afternoon. Your projects – as always – look AWESOME! I tried to French Knot my peep eyes, but didn’t have any luck. Maybe I’ll try Jenny Hart’s method next time.

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