I've been working on lots of projects lately - many of them Christmas gifts that I've been excited to post about but wanted to wait until I actually gave them away so it could still be a surprise for the recipients. :)
Anyway, the gifts have been distributed and now I want to show you some of the cool stuff I've been working on. (This will have to be a two-part post since I am still yet to photograph some of the gifts. I need to go to my sister's house and photograph the things we made for their family sometime this week.)
So, without further ado - here are a few of the projects that have been keeping me busy:
:: A pincushion for my mother-in-law! I used Heather Bailey's free online tutorial and scraps from Hazel's quilt which is all from Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks line. This was waaay harder than I expected - especially threading the ribbon through the middle to tuft it. Whew!
But isn't it lovely? If only I had it in me to make one for myself too!
:: Softie Dolls for some little girls I adore. This project was a lot of fun - but also pretty tough. I have to say though that there are few things more satisfying than successfully machine stitching all those pretty hairlines! And picking pretty fabric combinations for each girl was really fun too!
I used this tutorial created by Nicole Owens at 60 Piggies. She is so creative and I loved getting to give her design a whirl. I definitely plan to make a special doll for our girl before she's born.
Oh, and I ordered the wool for these dolls at Lit'l Brown Bird's shop on Etsy. It came all the way from Singapore, but the colors and quality of the felt was worth the wait. I wanted it to be soft and cuddly since I was using it for dolls and it is definitely that.
:: Ryan made coasters for my sister's family out of a tree limb from our backyard. He soaked the wood in bleach to take out the yellow color and tied it with a pretty ribbon to make it lovely.
These may be one of my favorites - perhaps because all I had to do was wrap them.
And that brings me to...
:: Wrapping it all up using one of Ryan's Christmas gifts from last year. Remember the Stendig wall calendar my Mom bought him? Here is a photo of it in our office:
Well, we saved all the months and got to use all those big sheets of paper to wrap up our Christmas gifts this year. So pretty!
Apart from making gifts and wrapping them up, we have also been busy with two other very important things:
:: Taking care of this busy three-year-old (who is currently on the sofa with his Daddy enjoying reading The Cat in the Hat with his new Tag Reader).
:: And growing this baby girl! I'm 29 weeks now, with 77 days to go (but who's counting?). I have to say about being pregnant in the winter that my belly sure does get chilly sticking out there so far with very few things big enough to cover it!
Hazel measured just right at my midwife appointment this morning, by the way. This girl is right on track to be a healthy, very active part of the Myers family! Praise God!
Like I said, I have a few other projects that I'm really proud to have completed these past few weeks, but I need to photograph them in order to share them. I will work on that!
Until then, I have to say that I'm having a fantastic time planning a boy/girl nursery for our kids. It's a really fun design challenge to make something lovely, feminine and masculine all at once without going the primary color route. I love a good design challenge!