Thursday, November 10, 2011

Countdown Blocks


You guys...I made something! If anybody is still here....well, it's autumn. And that means it is time to craft again. This was from a kit that I ordered through our congregation's annual crafty night. All things considered, it is not a bad price - $13 for the wood, the vinyl and all of the paper, pre-cut. I picked out my own paint, used my own ModPodge, and some shellac I had in the garage.

So. Anybody still out there? What are you working on for Christmas??
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Friday, June 24, 2011

A very twirly birthday!

Today is my niece's birthday so, of course, I am spending my day making the birthday present my daughter asked me to make MONTHS ago. I am nothing if not punctual! *sigh*


Still, I think she will love it. Just, please, don't anyone tell her that one should not START a homemade gift ON the recipients birthday. Thanks.

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~Aunt LoLo

Friday, June 3, 2011

My Memories scrapbooking software Winner! (And a discount!!)


Today I will announce the winner of the giveaway, but FIRST, I wanted to give you ALL a treat. My Memories has provided me with a limited-time discount code for $10 off of their My Memories Suite, v2 (usually $39.97). That means you can get the software set for only $29.97! (See how good I am with math?) If you would like to take advantage of this limited time offer, go to www.MyMemories.com, add My Memories Suite v2 to your cart, and use this promo code when you check out:
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I suggest you copy and paste it, to make sure it all gets in there correctly. Now, on to the giveaway winner!
Thank you to all (9) of you who entered this giveaway! After entering the few of you into www.Random.org, I came up with 3, which brings us to…..Julie!
 
 
 
 
Blogger Julie said...
I'm also a scrapbooking novice. I like the Lined Journal Cards by Sahlin Studil. For me, it's the stories that go along with the photos that mean the most.
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Julie, congratulations. Look for an e-mail from me with the details.

PS – Tonggu Momma? Happy birthday!!
PPS – A big thank you to My Memories for sponsoring this giveaway!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Memories scrapbooking software (Review and Giveaway!)

In the past few weeks, a few people have asked me what kinds of crafts I like. And it’s easy to answer – anything that isn’t knitting, crocheting or scrapbooking. Those are fine crafts, just not ones that I’ve picked up yet.

 

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See that? There might just be scrapbooking in my future after all…

 

Recently, I was contacted and asked if I would like to review (and give away!) the My Memories Suite software. It is digital scrapbooking software, and is billed as “easy to use!”. Fortunately for them, they were right.

 

I went to the website, added the software to my virtual cart, gave them my promotional code, and “bought” it (for the low, low price of FREE.) From there, I went to the My Downloads page and found the software in my queue. I downloaded the software to my computer, and I was good to go! There are a few pre-decorated albums already loaded into the software, which is perfect for a complete NOOB (that’s pronounced Newbie) like me. The page above took me all of three minutes to put together. (I spent the next 10 minutes trying to figure out how to share the image with all of YOU. Heh. Some blogger I am, right??!)

 

Oh, and the process to make the album? Super simple: open a new project. Choose a template. Click on the camera icon on the right to add new pictures. Drag those pictures over the blank “holes” and wait for them to light up blue. Let go, and use the icons to edit the picture as necessary (crop, rotate, etc.) That’s it! Save your project, and you’re done for the day. Later, you can print them out, or share them…and if I figure out how to do that, I’ll let you know. *grin* (Oh, and also? Don’t think this is just for scrapbooking…when you view your album, you have the option to make it into a calendar or a card, too! And wouldn’t the grandparents just love that for the holidays…)

 

So – the verdict? I like it. LIKE it, like it. As in, I might start scrapbooking. (Please don’t hold me to that…)

 

(I’ve also learned that iPhone pictures, while quick and convenient, always pale in comparison with shots taken with a real camera. Hence the pixel-y images that you would see on my “page” up there…if you could actually see all the details. Heh.)

 

Now, who would like to try out this software…for FREE??! You would? Listen up:

 

1) Go to www.MyMemories.com and have a look around. Poke around their papers section, and tell me which set you love most. Or check out their embellishments! Or free downloads! Just come on back here and leave a comment to let me know what you loved.

That’s it! We’ve all had a nice relaxing, LONG weekend, and I want to keep this short and sweet.

If you love My Memories, and would like to keep up to date on their shenanigans, you can also find them here:

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Good luck! The winner will be announced on Friday, June 3.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Some chores

Wow! A month has gone by since I've been in my craft room. I stole a few minutes today to catch up. A certain little princess needs her favorite skirt patched, and a skirt to go with her swim suit. (Rather than try to sew it on her suit, like the favorite suit from last year, I will just make a skirt Witt an elastic waist. Any advice would be appreciated!)

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~Aunt LoLo

Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Frock for the New Girl

A new girl just moved into our congregation a few weeks ago. She is a sweetheart, and (bonus!) speaks the same Chinese my family does. That made her an instant bestie. Just to make sure her move was as non-eventful as possible, she happened to time it within weeks of her due date. As in…she is expecting her sixth! child! any! day!

 

Never a group to miss a party, a few ladies sprang into action and put together a baby shower. (Even though this is her sixth child, it is a girl….and her last girl was born 9 years, and three boys, ago. She gave up hope somewhere along the way, along with all of her daughter’s baby clothes.)  Friends in her previous congregation had already gathered stuff for her, and given her lots of hand-me-down baby clothes, so she requested that if we were inclined to bring gifts…..could they please be things for a slightly older girl?

 

Originally, I intended to make one of Made by Rae’s Itty Bitty dresses, but I couldn’t find my pattern. (The pattern, by the way, is a free download on Rae’s blog, and is SUPER adorable. It is a dress that will fit right at birth, hence the itty bitty part. A few readers enlarged the pattern and sent it back to her, so now it goes all the way up to 3T, I believe. Anyhow, it’s an adorable, and simple dress!)

 

My train of thought went something like this. I’ll make Rae’s itty bitty dress! Oh, I can’t find the pattern. I could probably make another pattern from memory…I can find a small t-shirt and make the pattern from that. Hrm…making patterns. That reminds me…I DID make a dress pattern a few years ago!

 

And thus, I made one of my Pretty Frocks for the new wee one.

 

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This was made from one of my husband’s cast-off dress shirts. I experimented this time, trying to keep the shoulders a little wider. In past versions, after making a rolled hem on both the neck and the arm hole, the resulting shoulder bit was only about an inch and a half wide. This time, I used some binding that I had leftover from a small quilt to bind off the neck. The arms were still a rolled hem.

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You can see here, on the back of the dress, the original button placket from the shirt.

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I lined some of the more ticklish seams with binding.

 

The dress, honestly, came out quite a bit BIGGER than what I imagined it would. The pattern was drawn up to be 2T, but…it still managed to button around my 4 year old. Oh well – the new little one can wear it for YEARS. Heh. (Kim, if you are reading this, bring the dress to me when your daughter wants to start wearing it, and I’ll hem it to the right length!)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Meet: The Three Month Aprons

I’ve been going on and on and on about these aprons…and wouldn’t you like to see the finished product?

 

Of course you would.

 

Ages ago (back when the year was new), one of my husband’s friends contacted me. She wanted to work together to come up with some aprons for her son and his best friends. The aprons, she was sure, would be a hit with the kids. The matching hats, she was sure, would be a hit with their mothers for as long as the kidlets would keep them on. Heh.

 

I don’t remember what exactly took so long, but picking out fabrics was definitely a big part of it. There was the shopping around, waiting for things to be back in stock, finding another seller for a print that was not negotiable and then the process of picking out coordinating fabrics for the details. (Each apron is double sided, with the backside matching the pocket from the front side and the band on the hat.) The actual production of the aprons was pretty quick, and took about two weeks (including cutting, pressing, aprons and hats). There was one tense moment when I realized that I had cut a directional print…the wrong way. Do you think a little girl would notice if all of her Winnie the Pooh’s were laying on their sides? Yes? Luckily, there was a remnant of the fabric left that was just big enough to cut another apron front, the right way.

 

Unfortunately, that remnant was a mis-laid hat piece. Which meant I had to cut another hat piece out of the REAL remnant piece that I had already put away on my shelf. Whoops. 

 

Ready to meet the babies?

 

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Fabric purchased here and here. Both shops were a delight, and I will be going back! 

PS – If you are interested in getting a set, I will work with you to pick out fabrics. The sets are $30 each, plus shipping.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ready to mail!

The apron sets are ready to go out!! I think it took three months to get to this point....but I guess that comes with the territory if being a mommy crafter. You tackle projects 10 minutes at a time!!
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Ps- if anyone else is interested in purchasing an apron and chef hat set, they are $30 and I will work with you to pick out fabric ( which is included in the price). ~Aunt LoLo

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Some bad news.....and some goods

First, the bad news. I have apparently lost my cake mojo. This is the second weekend in a row that I have made a tasty, and very ugly cake. (Last weekend it was a set of carrot cake cupcakes that drew giggles from every single adult who ate them. All 8 of us. They were that ugly. They puffed way up in the oven, and then just sort if deflated and overflowed and blew up. ) I have no idea what is going on, but that particularly mangled cake back there baked for an extra 15 minutes and is still just barely on the correct side of done. Tastes awesome, though. And now the good news.....I think I need to keep making cakes -lots and often - until I get my mojo back. Heh

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~Aunt LoLo

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hats, etc.

I finally was able to get out to the fabric store and pick up the interfacing I needed to finish my hats. But they WILL be done soon. One is finished, and the other three just need their poufs and Velcro. Can I get a whoohoo??! Everything is coming together SO cute.

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~Aunt LoLo

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Turning straps

So, after (literally) years of making aprons and wasting hours turning straps....,I've found a way to do it that DOESN't make me want to tear my hair out and strangle someone with it. Yes, I have wasted THAT much of my time turning straps. I'll be back later to tell you my new secret. Before I do that, please tell me...do you have a favorite way to turn straps??

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~Aunt LoLo

Monday, March 21, 2011

Every little step

When I have a big project, every little step feels like a victory. (This, I think, is because all projects around here must be accomplished by dozens of little steps!) Anyhow, today I got four apron/hat sets cut out. And even fixed a few small emergencies. (thank goodness for extra fabric!!)

Directional print, you mocked me once. Never do it again!! (name that butchered movie...)

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~Aunt LoLo

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mom and Me Yoga-band skirts

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This was the result of one nap time, and three un-needed t-shirts. My skirt is an XL men's Hanes shirt (I bought it months ago because it was cheap, high quality jersey) and my band is the bottom 8" of a jersey shirt that was quite tight on me, and just too short. 

Ming Wai's skirt is a size small men's t-shirt - one of Dad's cast-off's. (It has a mysterious schmear of gum or putty on the front that we couldn't wash out.) 

I have to admit, mine was a little frustrating to make...and reminded me why I so RARELY sew clothes for myself. See, four year old girls don't have any CURVES. It's quite easy to make skirts and dresses for a cereal-box shaped mannequin...it's quite another thing to try and find flattering seams for all a mama's curvy bits. Oh well - if nothing else, I think I just made myself a marvelously comfortable, and spring-y maternity skirt. Which would be great, if I were pregnant. Which I'm not. 

Pregnant, I mean. I'm not pregnant. (Do you hear me, Mom?)

~Aunt LoLo

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Trial run of a hat!

A friend has ordered four apron and hat sets for four adorable littles. The only hitch is that...I've never made a hat. Until now!

I'll call this a success.

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The fabric she chose is on it's way from etsy and fabric.com. I forgot to order Velcro or interfacing, so I'll need to head off to the store for those things. Can't wait to get started!

~Aunt LoLo

Saturday, February 26, 2011

TAD 24- carrot cake!

Today we are headed to a tea party. Just a handful 20-somethings, plus our little girls, because we were feeling generous! I am in charge of dessert...and nothing screams TEA PARTY! like piles of carrots and cream cheese, right?!

~Aunt LoLo

Thursday, February 24, 2011

TAD 24- caramel corn!

We are snowed in, and caramel corn felt like the perfect way to celebrate. This was my first time making it...and it won't be my last. Yum!

~Aunt LoLo

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

TAD 23- runner, quilted

I got the runner quilted, and am super close to finishing the binding. I love how it's coming together. The tiny lime green binding makes me so happy!

~Aunt LoLo

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

TAD 19- bread

Real creative, right?? Saturdays don't usually leave a lot of free time for crafting...but baking bread can't wait. Mmm.

~Aunt LoLo

Friday, February 18, 2011

TAD 18- quilt blocks

Got started today on the blocks for a table runner. A mix of thrifted linens and leftover calico from another project.

~Aunt LoLo

TAD 17- tong yuen!

To celebrate the last day of Chinese New Year, and today's full moon, I made some tong yuen (little balls of glutinous rice flour and water). I served them with peach syrup. They were tasty, but came out quite a bit tougher than the ones my MIL made when she taught me. Oh well- I guess that means I just need to try again. Yum!

~Aunt LoLo

TAD 16- a teeny blanket

This was meant to be a church-themed White Elephant gift. Get it? It's the Comforter.....

Heh. Yeah.

~Aunt LoLo

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

TAD 15- chili

Today, I made a huge batch of chili. Half was for us, and half went to an ill friend for dinner. And since chili isn't that photogenic....you'll just have to take my word for it. Heh. Cheers!

~Aunt LoLo

Monday, February 14, 2011

TAD 14- a hem!

Yes, it took about 5 minutes....but it was totally worth it! My new favorite lounge pants just got a 4" chop, and now I can wear them out without stepping on them. Woohoo!

~Aunt LoLo

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

TAD 12- sugar cookies

Today, my favorite sous chef and I are making sugar cookies for a party on Monday.

~Aunt LoLo

Friday, February 11, 2011

TAD 11- a card

Can't elaborate much...never know who might be reading! Mums the word....

~Aunt LoLo

Thursday, February 10, 2011

TAD 10- knit washcloth

I must be the worlds slowest knitter! I started this months ago, and just pulled it out again. I ran out of yarn, so I knotted on another color and kept going. It will be a kitchen dishcloth for my sister when it's done.

~Aunt LoLo

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

TAD 9- Fixing a pillow

My industrious toddler has de-buttoned two of my four sofa pillows over the last year. Each time, it's a hunt to find the missing buttons. I finally had to admit defeat, though, and replace one of the buttons with a fabric button gifted by another blogger. It has a tiny rabbit on it, which I thought was appropriate, given that this is the year of the Rabbit. (by the way, today is the seventh day if the Chinese new year...which makes it EVERYONES birthday. So, you know....happy birthday, y'all. Happy year of the rabbit!!)

~Aunt LoLo

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

TAD 8- wheat bread

I really hoped THIS would be the February that got me into the craft room!! Oh well....creating in the kitchen is tastier! This is an experiment...my favorite bread recipe, using half whole wheat (ground by my awesome sister.)

~Aunt LoLo

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hello? Is this thing on?

I'm trying to figure out the best way to set up my Posterous feeds this year...here goes nothing! 

Thing a Day is back!

I'm still working on my interpersonal issues between me and Posterous...but at the very least, Posterous put up my first post yesterday. Woot!

Go here to see what I made on the first day of February. My hope is that I get all my ducks in a row, and can document my journey here as well, through the wonders of AutoPost. We'll see.

Happy Chinese New Year, everyone!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Quilt, Gifted

My Mother in Law, MaMa, is here, and we’ve been having loads of fun.  She’s an excellent cook, so we’ve been spending all of our spare time in the kitchen. Of course, that leaves no time for my craft room…but it’s a small price to pay for all of the delicious food she’s teaching me to make! (At this point, she’s over her shyness, and doesn’t even bat an eye when I pull out the camera every time she pulls out pots and pans. Heh.)

 

Her first night here, we all exchanged Christmas gifts. I wanted her to use her gift from me right away…and was really excited to see what she would think of it.

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She liked it. *grin*

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

That Quilt I Mentioned Once or Twice

Yes, I’m dragging this out. It’s what I do! Here’s the quilt, all quilted, and waiting for my fabulous peeps to come over and help me sew the binding on. (Seriously, quilting bees are just one of the coolest things I can think of right now. I machine sewed the front of the binding on, and then a friend, a sister, and my mom helped me hand sew the back of the binding. Amazing.)

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Come and Be My Friend?

Please know I am not trying to drum up followers or anything insidious like that. What I AM trying to drum up is interactions, and a bevy of "friends" to Chat Craft with during the day. Are you on Facebook? Come and find me! Just "like" my page, and then we can chat it up, LoLo Style.

I love to post about what I'm up to during the day, in the craft room, and get feedback. So, if this blog is a place to discuss and show you the (long!) process things take to get into my shop...then facebook is the place to discuss the process things take to get to my blog! Heh. Something that like.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Bookcase Bench, Revealed!

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This is a blog for my crafts, right? So…essentially, a space for me to brag on the stuff that I make?

 

Alright. Good. Just checking.

 

I made a bookcase. Yes, yes. I know. Please, hold your applause until after the show!

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Our home is still very “new” to us…and we are still figuring out how to live and work in this space. One thing that I knew we needed was a bookshelf for Ming Wai’s room. Her old room had a wall of built-ins, and they were full of books, knick knacks, treasures, toys and stuffed animals. Her new room boasts a dresser, which she’s never had before…but no place for her books. Keeping her squirrelly brother in mind, I needed a bookcase that was squat, un-tippable, and preferably could be stood upon. (Because if something is squat and sturdy, a small boy will find a way to stand on it. And possibly jump off.) I decided that what I needed was a bench, with storage underneath.

 

Enter Ana-White.com. Basically, she’s a housewife in Middle of Nowhere, Alaska, with really great taste in furniture…and absolutely no way to get to a store and buy it. So…she makes it. This particular bench is a dead ringer for this one, from Land of Nod.

 

(I added 12” to it and really did intend to make a cushion…but Ming Wai’s stuffed animals don’t seem to mind sitting on the hard wood!)

You can get the plans here.

Oh, and did I mention that making furniture yourself gets you out for a fraction of the cost? Yeah, baby! Less than $50 for all the materials. The only thing I needed was…someone who know how to build furniture, because I don’t even own a saw. Luckily, I have a new friend (Hi, Tasha!) who just happens to be awfully handy with tools, and is slowly filling her home with handmade furniture. Yes!!

 

I dropped the kids off at my sister’s place, showed up at Tasha’s, and we went to work! It took us just one morning to make the bench. She did the cutting, I put things together (with a lot of direction from her!) and it came together pretty easily! Of course, it took me several months to get it sanded, primed, painted and sealed…but, who’s counting, right? The important thing is that now? Ming Wai has a place for her collection of books (with room to spare! *phew*) and a place to sit while staring out the window, dreaming her dreams.

 

And that just makes me happy.

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(Yes, those are Christmas lights around her window. Her Daddy does it every year, just for her, because it makes her happy. Amen.)

 

Love,

Aunt LoLo, Builder Extraordinaire

 

PS – Here’s my next project. Wish me luck!

Hyde Coffee Table