Friday, February 27, 2015

February Pinterest Project - A Little Sewing

I'm doing pretty well sticking to my Pinterest-project-a-month resolution.  But then it's only the second month of the year.  That's what you're thinking, right?  This month I chose a little sewing project, the Simple Sewing Companion from the Popular Patchwork page.  I like stuff like this because they're relatively easy to make, quick to complete and I can use up small pieces of fabric.  And I end up with something cute and useful.
What do you think?  The project only used two small pieces of fabric, some fusible interfacing, a button, some thread and a tassel.  Get ready to be impressed.  Ready?  I made the tassel myself.  A while back I purchased some not-so-great silk floss from Ebay and figured that even if I don't stitch with it, I'd use it for something.  And here it is!  Note how perfectly it goes with the fabric.
That weird vertical line on the front piece is due to my not pressing out a crease in the fabric before I fused the interfacing.  Sigh.  I learned my lesson, but should have known better. 

The verdict:  I would definitely make more of these.  All of us stitchers need something to keep our scissors in, and it also has little pockets for needles and other small things.  I emphasize the word small because you can only put very small things in this.  For me, though, scissors are the important thing.  No one wants them rattling around by themselves in our stitching bags. 

So there you have it.  My Pinterest-inspired project for the month.  Let's see if I can keep this up!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Valentine Project Revealed

I recently took part in a Valentine's exchange where the rules were that, well, there were no rules.  Just stitch something, and if we wanted to turn it into something, we could.  I took this as a challenge.  I knew that I wanted to stitch something Valentine-inspired, and found a cute heart freebie online.  Then an idea popped into my head.  I could stitch a few hearts and incorporate this into one of my little fabric project bags. 
The stitching was done with DMC 115 - variegated red - on a slightly off white evenweave.  On a visit to my local Joann's I found an amazingly perfect fabric to use for the outside of the bag and also a cute contrasting fabric for the lining.
A peek at the lining fabric during construction.
Insetting the stitched piece into the bag was a little bit of a challenge because I had to be sure to get everything even and straight.  But I think this is very good for a first try.  I would definitely make another one of these.  And FYI, I used Luann Kessi's quilted bag tutorial which can be found here.  I just used her general instructions for this type of bag, not the quilting part.

Now it's time for "Other People's Creations", simply because I'm not the only awesome crafter in the world.  My sister, Sheila, just finished some lovely beaded lanyards for her girls' teachers.
Just look at these.  Aren't they beautiful?  No boring lanyards for these teachers!  And each one features a swivel clasp where they can add their school IDs.  What a nice thing to do for teachers who do so much for kids.  I'm sure they'll appreciate these!

If you're a new follower, welcome!  If you've been following for a while, thank you!  I appreciate all of my followers and love hearing from you in the way of comments.  I had so much fun at the Grow Your Blog party and with my giveaway.  So much so that I'm going to be having another giveaway very soon.  So please come back and visit!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Grow Your Blog Giveaway Winner!

I'm happy to announce the winner of my Grow Your Blog giveaway!  I used a random number generator to determine the lucky winner --

Carrie (Crafting Paws Blog)

Carrie, I have sent you a message through your website.  I couldn't find an e-mail address for you.  Congratulations!  I'll get your prize in the mail as soon as I have your mailing address.

Thank you, everyone, for entering my giveaway!  I'll be having another cool giveaway very soon, so  be sure to come back and visit often. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Sticking To The Crafty Plan

Am I the only one who is having fun sticking to resolutions?  Probably not, but I have pretty much amazed myself by diving right in and getting stuff done!  For example, last weekend I barricaded myself in the craft room and put a major dent in the organization project.  The first thing I did was to take everything out of the closet.  Everything.  And yes, it was an awful mess.
Right in the midst of the havoc you can see the label maker.  See it?  It's on the table between the stacks of junk.  That thing got a workout.  Now each container is organized and labeled.  Astonishing.  I can actually tell what's in the boxes.  And there were several instances of "Hey look.  I didn't remember I had that".  On Sunday I did the same thing with the craft cabinet.  I figure I'm about 75% done.  The result: unbelievable accomplishment.  I'll post a picture of the awesome organization in an upcoming post.

Now onto the WIPs.  I am happy to report a finish!  All of the stitching has been completed on Just Nan's "Jasmine Mix".
This little project used about a million different floss colors.  OK, maybe like 15.  So many color changes in such a little design was a challenge for me, but the finished product is so pretty.  I'm thinking that a simple square frame will be perfect for this.

Next I pulled out a WIP that puts me in a springtime frame of mind.  I started "Tulip's Praise" by Gracewood Stitches last summer, but had put it away to get some seasonal stitching done. 
I've made some progress on this one during the past week.  I just love the colors in this. 

One more thing I want to do is choose a Christmas ornament to stitch.  I'm looking forward to that.  At least I'll be able to find everything I need for it in the craft room!

I want to welcome my new followers!  I hope that you'll find this a fun place to visit.  Also, there's still time to enter your name into my Grow Your Blog giveaway!  All you have to do is make a comment on the Grow Your Blog post and you're instantly entered.  I'll be drawing a name on February 14th and announcing the winner on the 15th.

Friday, January 30, 2015

My January Pinterest Project

A couple of posts ago, I made some crafting resolutions.  One of them was to actually make something I've seen on Pinterest.  I have a whole board called "Crafty Stuff" and it's full of cute ideas, photos and tutorials.  Collecting these ideas is fun, but come on!  They're there for a reason!

As part of the Grow Your Blog party, I am having a giveaway.  More about how you can sign up later.  My prize is one of my fabric mini project bags and a beaded bracelet.  And I need a pat on the back because the bracelet is an idea I got off of Pinterest.  Yay! 
The pattern is called "Linda's Tweaked Stacker" and it's from Around the Beading Table.  I love this website -- so many cool beading patterns.  You can find the pattern and tutorial here.  This bracelet was easy to make and required a total of three different kinds of beads. 

So for a chance to win this giveaway, just go to my Grow Your Blog post and leave a comment.  That's all you have to do.  The comment has to be made on that post, and be sure that there is a way I can get in touch with you.  Leave your comment by 9:00 p.m. EST on February 14th, and I'll draw a name on the 15th and announce the winner in a post right here on my blog.

I've also made a lot of progress on Just Nan's "Jasmine Mix".  More resolution progress!  This has been in the WIP stack for a while.
Not too much more to go on this one, mostly a few specialty stitches and some beads. 

The Grow Your Blog Party was a lot of fun.  I visited so many new blogs and really enjoyed seeing the kinds of things that people make.  I also added more followers and received some kind comments!  And I'm still going through the blogs.  I think there were about 400 signed up.  You can visit the party too - just click on the Grow Your Blog sign on the right sidebar of this blog.  There are some great blogs out there, plus many of them are also having giveaways.  So go on and check it out.  You don't have to be a blogger to follow blogs, leave comments or enter in many of these giveaways.

I'd like to welcome all of my new followers and thank everyone for their comments!  Please come back and visit my blog.  You never know what I'll feature, and you never know when there will be giveaways!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog

Welcome to the CraftyCat blog!  My name is Cathy and I am once again taking part in the Grow Your Blog party sponsored by Vicki at 2 Bags Full.  I had an amazing time participating in this event the last 2 years, so I'm thrilled to be a part of it again.

As you can tell by the name, CraftyCat is a blog about all kinds of crafts.  One day you might see photos of my latest cross stitch project, and another you'll hear about the beading project I just took on.  Other things I love to do are sewing, crocheting, and general crafting.  I'm constantly on the lookout for new things to make.

Tiny beaded snowflakes
As you visit, you'll see that I don't take myself too seriously.  I make mistakes and I admit when I make them.  And I post pictures of them!  Little failures and mistakes are all part of the process.  But I do always set out to make something beautiful.
Just one of my current cross stitch projects.
Learning new things in the craft world is part of the fun of creating.  I'll occasionally post a tutorial for my readers to learn how to make something I've created.  I also post links when I use someone else's tutorial.  It's my goal to make the CraftyCat blog a place where I can share useful information.  I've even done product reviews!
The room where the craftiness happens.  Well, some of it.

One of my frequent features is "Other People's Creations", where I'll post pictures of the craftiness of non-blogging friends of mine.  I'm constantly amazed at the artistic endeavors of other people, and so I am happy to give them a little blog time.

I've decided to have a giveaway as part of the Grow Your Blog event!  The winner will receive a mini project bag in a graphic black and white pattern with a pink lining.  Also included is a handmade beaded bracelet which is in a red and gold color scheme with a magnetic clasp.  Both items are made by me!  The mini project bag can be used for carrying your small crafting items.  Or use it for a purse organizer, as a cosmetic bag, or for coupons.  You can even use it for a small project!
I will have a drawing on February 15th and will announce the winner here on that same day.  All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment on this post by 9:00 p.m. EST on February 14th.  Please also make sure that there is a way I can get in touch with you.

During last year's Grow Your Blog party, I found so many new and interesting blogs!  I'm constantly adding to my blog list, and this event is a wonderful way to find new blogs.  And for me that means new friends and new ideas and inspiration.  Like all bloggers, I like to know that people are reading - and enjoying - my posts.  So please consider becoming a follower of CraftyCat, and leave a comment for me once in a while to let me know how I'm doing blog-wise.

Thank you for visiting today!  I hope to see you in blogger-land!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Ready For "Grow Your Blog"

The Grow Your Blog party for 2015 is coming up next Sunday, January 25th.  If you like blogs about everything in the creative world, then you'll almost certainly enjoy this!  The event is sponsored by Vicki at the blog, 2 Bags Full.  Here's what you do:
-On Sunday, January 25th, go to Vicki's blog.  Just click on this link.
-You'll find the list of participating bloggers sorted by how many followers they have.
-Begin visiting blogs!  You will definitely find blogs that interest you in the group of 400 participants.  Plus, a good number of bloggers offer giveaways in honor of the event.  I've been lucky enough to win a couple of beautiful handcrafted items created by bloggers during the Grow Your Blog party.  I also have begun following many blogs which I visit often!
-Maybe become a follower of some blogs.  Remember -- bloggers love followers!
-And just know that you don't have to visit all of the blogs on the 25th.  Vicki keeps the list up on her post so that you can visit at your leisure.  Have fun!

I will be participating in the Grow Your Blog party, so please pay a visit to the CraftyCat blog!  I've been busy during the past couple of days getting my giveaway prize ready for the event.  I'll post a photo the day of the party so it will be a surprise. 

Aside from that, I haven't worked toward any of my 2015 crafting goals.  At all.  I'm participating in a Valentine's Day exchange and have been working on that.  I'm not sure if the recipient of my exchange gift reads my blog, so I'll just show you a little bit of my progress.
There.  Just a little hint of what I'm doing.  And it doesn't give the finished project away.  What will it be?  You and my exchange recipient will just have to wait a little longer. 

So get ready for the Grow Your Blog party!  Have some fun visiting creative blogs from around the world.  I hope to see you there!