Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Restyle me!

Well, Christmas is over.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday.  Ours was magical... spent with family, and friends and was full of wonderful memories.  The gifts are all opened, my lists are all crossed off, so this is my relaxing nesting week and then school begins next Wednesday!  Unfortunately that means this space will quiet down once more as I am taking 15 credits next quarter and there is a baby girl on the way in a few weeks!  Yikes, what have I gotten myself into?

Even though I won't have too much time for crafting/sewing and the like in the next 13 weeks I wanted to be a part of this.  Project Restyle lasts for an entire year, so I figured I should have a chance to finish a couple little projects here and there.

I guess this would also fit nicely into my New Year's resolution of trying to use what craft and sewing supplies I already have on hand and completing projects without purchasing new items.  I think that's a good resolution, don't you?  Definitely will clear up some of my "creative clutter."
What are your New Year's resolutions for 2011?


Wednesday, December 22, 2010


I made these for a friend last year.  One for mommy-to-be and one for daddy-to-be.  Well, this year baby joined the group and she needed a stocking.  I couldn't find the font I used for the names, so I tried to copy it as best I could.  It came out a little wonky, I think.  Or maybe I was just rushed because I finished this right in the middle of finals (yikes!). 

I think the colors were so cute and I bought a little more of the fabric so I could make one for my baby girl.  Not the unborn one, but the one who just turned two.  I am working on that this week, they will be done my Christmas, I just keep telling myself that, you have to think positive you know.  :o)  

What last minute projects are you working on this week?


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A countdown to Christmas...

And it only took my a year to complete!  No really, I started working on an advent calendar last year, in November of 2009.  After rummaging through some craft supplies, while setting up my craft/sewing room in late October, guess what I found?  An unfinished advent calendar!  So I set to work, 30 minutes here, 20 minutes there.  It was slow moving as children and school was my main priority.  But by staying up late a few nights before December 1st I was able to finish it!

I was inspired by this and another advent that I found last year.  But I can't find a link to the other one, I'm sorry!  I want to give credit where credit is due, so just know it wasn't totally my idea.  :o)

Each felt pocket is hand stitched and closed with a vintage button.  Each pocket contains a candy cane, a verse, and a fun activity to do for the day.
The tree is made of granny squares with white trim and the bows are leftover felt from the pockets.  Looks almost Dr. Suess-ish to me.

I am so relieved that this is finally finished.  Good grief!

Monday, December 20, 2010


Wow, I was going to post this on Saturday morning but sheesh, its been a rough couple days.  Friday night we had a big windstorm and were without power for nearly 12 hours!  This morning I woke up to a toilet that was acting really weird and then the bath tub started filling with murky water (gross!) and it ended up our septic system that was backing up.  Yuck.  Thank goodness nothing overflowed into the house, oh that would have been terrible.  Anywho, now that its quiet, clean, and I have electricity I would like to post the winners of my SMS yarn giveaway.  

Winner #1
Stacy said...
What a great collection of yarn!
Winner #2
Lee said...
What a lovely giveaway! thank you - I am a blog reader, right now anyway! have a wonderful holiday.
Winner #3
Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...
Wow, love all the vintage yarn!! Thank you for the generous giveaway!!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I'm following you now too :)Carrie 
Congrats to all three of you.  I've contacted everyone by email and will be shipping out the yarn tomorrow.
As always the giveaway was so much fun and I have found plenty of new blogs, which means new inspiration.  For those of you that participated, I hope you enjoyed yourselves as well.
Stay tuned this next week as I'll be sharing some cute projects that I've completed just in time for the holidays.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Giveaway Day!

**A BIG FAT !!THANK YOU! to all 141 of you who entered my giveaway, comments are now closed and I will be picking three winners randomly and contacting you via email, to all those who didn't win, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and comment on my blog!!**

Hi!  Welcome to by name is Crissy and I love to create things.  It has been rather quiet here the past few months, however, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to have a giveaway.  Sew, Mama, Sew! is hosting the fabulous giveaway day that we all know and love so very much.  I can't wait to head over to the lists and enter into as many giveaways as I can.  With all the chances there are, you are almost guaranteed to win something!

Now that you are here, I am sure you'd love to know what you can win...right?  Well, I am offering THREE prizes, that's right...THREE.  All 3 winners will be chosen randomly and the first will be able to pick out their two color preferences, the second will be able to choose their two preferences, and the third winner will get whatever is left over (don't worry, it is still a great prize, no matter what!)

So without further ado here are my goodies.  If you are a knitter, crocheter, or just like yarn, I hope you think these bundles of joy are pretty cool...I know I do. I recently came across a HUGE collection of vintage yarn.  All in great condition, most worsted weight, acrylic and most seems to be from the 80's.  I am guessing the age based on the prices left on some of the packaging and the fact that I recognize a few of the skeins from my grandmas yarn basket when I was young!  There was so much yarn that I couldn't possibly keep it all, so I am sharing it with you... 

Here is the "red and orange batch"

and the "greens and a few blue"

don't forget about the "pinks"

and of course, the "whites, yellows and creams"

here's the "Christmas bonus" batch!

All you have to do is comment on this post with a link to your blog/shop, if you have one...I am in need of some fresh inspiration and would love to see what you are all up to!  Don't worry if you don't have a blog/shop you can still be entered to win, just leave me a happy comment!

I will ship to the United States and Canada, only.  The giveaway will close on December 17th at 5pm PST, the winners will be chosen randomly after the giveaway closes and I will ship prizes out on Monday, December 20th.

Any questions, please email me at crissybell17(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

so bad!

I've been terrible with sorry.  But school is over for the quarter, and I have about four weeks off!  Yay!  Today is my first official day to be "crafty" and it is being spent editing photos, which is so long over due it is not even funny.  Once that is complete, I can post a few little peaks at the things I've been making for the holiday season.  It's not much, but is better than nothing.  Oh and don't forget to check back here on December 13th...I am participating in the Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day!  Exciting!!  I love these giveaways and I have quite a bit to offer this time around, should be fun!