Monday, February 1, 2016

A little shop update...

I let my etsy shop slide to the side after Christmas. I had grand plans to sew up tons on pretty things but I needed some time to decompress after an absolutely insane holiday season, I'm you can all relate! Well, I'm back and have stocked the shop with more infinity scarves and a few blanket scarves. I am very excited about the blanket scarves as they are made from Robert Kauffman flannel which means they are deliciously soft and so warm.

It's not quite as big as a full blanket scarf, but can still be worn so many different ways. The dimensions are 70" x 20".

The colors are gorgeous. I am a complete sucker for anything teal or turquoise. I left the edges raw and hand frayed them. I did a stay stitch along the edges so the flannel wouldn't fray too much.

I have a few more colors to add later this week. I am also offering 10% off through the month of February with the code THANKYOU10. You can find my shop here. Happy February!


Thursday, January 28, 2016

It's a Waffle T!

Here is another pattern for this dreary month of January from the Sew What Club...the Waffle T by Jessica The Sewing Rabbit. I am just going to put it out there that I love this tee pattern. It is so cute! Lately, Miss L isn't into dresses as she is always doing one form of gymnastics or ballet throughout our house, so she prefers pants and t-shirts. This pattern fits her preferences perfectly!

All fabric is from Girl Charlee. The stripes are a medium weight cotton spandex, very soft and not too stretchy.

The sleeves are lighter weight cotton spandex, also not too stretchy, but this pattern has plenty of ease so the fit is great.

This pattern would be perfect for some french terry, which is my new obsession lately.

Always cartwheels, always. :)


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Year, New Patterns

Here is the first design for January for the Sew What Club. This is the Mont Blanc Jumper which my oldest didn't really care for, until her sister saw it and went crazy over it. Now she wants one, typical sisters. :)

The Mont Blanc is a simple little jumper that you can make with or without a bib. It looks adorable over a sweater, cowl neck or with a long sleeve tee underneath. Pair it with tights and boots and it is simply adorable

 I love the criss-cross in the back. So cute. 

The fabric was a from Girl Charlee, it's a lightweight jersey knit and perfect for this pattern.

I hope you're staying warm, it's cold out there!


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful, wonderful holiday season. It went by way too fast for me. Once Halloween was over, I put up the decor and went into full on Christmas mode around here. I don't really decorate for Thanksgiving, besides our table, because fall decor just isn't my thing. Spray painted, gold pine cones is as "fall" as I am going to get. 

This year we made our annual trip up to Kinsey Family Farms the weekend before Thanksgiving and picked out a beautiful tree. Christmas trees in the south are a little different than what I grew up with in Washington, forget the Grand Fir (my favorite!), Nobles Firs, Douglas Firs, Blue Spruce (I could go on and on). Down south are some "lovely" Cypress varieties that you can cut, but if you want the traditional look of a fir tree, you can't cut those here. Fortunately the farm we go to ships Fraser Firs from the NC mountains. 

So, we took the tractor ride around, like we were going to cut a Cypress but instead we took some pictures and then picked out a Fraser Fir from the pre-cut lot on the farm. I wish I had taken more pictures, but it was just too cold! I think it was a high of 40 that day and yes, I'm a big baby when it comes to being cold, so I wanted to jump back into the car as soon as we could.

Hot chocolate was a must that day.

We tried to take a family photo while we were there for our Christmas card. However, no one wanted to cooperate so I ended up using one from a beach trip this summer, even though the girls were making weird faces in it. I think Miss B and Miss L finally understand that when you make a weird face in our family pictures, that picture will be sent to 100+ relatives and friends as a Christmas card. :) I'm hoping that everyone cooperates this year.

I did manage to get a cute on of the four littles. They were bribed with hot chocolate, of course.

I hope your new year is off to a wonderful start!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Bonne Nuit!

December's pattern from the Sew What Club released on the 1st and I forgot to share my pictures.

The pattern includes a winter version of the PJs and a summer version! Miss L loves her new "jammies" as they are so fondly called in our home.

(See that pretty blanket? That's something I made and never blogged about, surprise, surprise!)

The fit is great, I made a size 6 and they fit her perfectly. I used a brushed cotton spandex that is very soft and has a nice stretch, It's from Girl Charlee Knit Fix a few months ago.

She has worn them daily for weeks, (except when they disappear in the laundry) "they are the best jammies ever!" and that makes me smile. :)


Sunday, December 13, 2015

My Etsy Shop!

I've been meaning to do this for about 6 years now...but school, 2 kids and moving to another state got in the way...

I FINALLY opened up an etsy shop! I know, I know, the timing is terrible, right before Christmas and all. I would have had this open at the beginning of November but man, life with four kids is crazy and at the end of the day I'm exhausted. Never the less, I am proud to finally have a little shop of my own. Right now, it's full of adult size infinity scarves, both sewn and those that I crochet. It's full of pretty things that I made, y'all! That's exciting! 

It could be a giant flop, or it could be something where I can actually feel like I contribute a wee bit to our income. We shall see, but, no matter what it is, it will be fun. I love creating things and I love photography, so taking pretty pictures of things that I make and selling them just makes sense right now.

So, if, perhaps, you need a last minute gift or a new scarf for yourself...I can guarantee delivery by Christmas if you order by 12/16!

The shop name is Crissybell's Creations (so creative, I know...) and here is a little peak of what you'll see when you stop in for a visit...


Saturday, November 14, 2015


Here is the second November pattern for the Sew What Club, The Madeline Dress. Miss B was feeling left out so I let her have this dress. I test a size 6 for the Sew What Club so this is a little big on her but... we'll pretend that's ok and she can wear this dress for Thanksgiving and be matchy matchy with Miss L wearing this dress.

This pose, HA!

I used the same fine whale corduroy and quilting cotton as The Montpellier. I like to make two of the same dresses that coordinate or different dresses with matching fabric for my girls. I'm weird. :)

In other news Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away (WHAT?) and I can't believe that. I may be looking forward to Thanksgiving break more than the kids because I get to sleep in and don't have to drive to a million activities. AND I get to cook yummy food. Thanksgiving dinner is the best, definitely something to be thankful for.

Have a great week!