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Hudson’s Bay Baby Blanket Advice

Posted in crafty by Allie on March 12, 2012


Alright folks, I’m working on my Hudson’s Bay Inspired Baby Blanket, and I’ve hit a bit of a snag. I love the Philosopher’s Wool that I’m using, but the green is not quite right, and a little too close to the blue. I’ve bought some yarns that are better in terms of colour, but then they’re lacking in that woolly texture that I like in the rest of the blanket. What do you think? Do I favour colour or texture? Which colour do you like best?

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From bottom to top: Philosopher’s Wool in Alberta Green, Cascade 220 #2409, Galway #17

Keeping Mum

Posted in crafty by Allie on January 28, 2012

Yes, I have been quiet, but I’ve been active here at home. Some organizing, some sewing, some knitting, some picture taking, and of course lots and lots of trains, trains, trains. Samson and I have also been heavy into play-doh and painting, so I had to make something to protect our white coffee table–a really simple oilcloth tablecloth that took all of about 10 minutes to bind around the edge (which is unnecessary because oilcloth doesn’t fray, but makes it pretty).





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Crafty: Ikea Koja Tent Door

Posted in crafty, kids by Allie on March 25, 2011

I’m generally not an Ikea Hacker, but the Koja tent Buddy-O got for Christmas just begs to be embellished. We’ve already added some soft padding, a homemade quilt, and even some hanging stars (that were promptly ripped down). And now–the tent has a door!


Please overlook the wonky placement. Though the door itself was very easy to make, the attachment to the tent was harder than I expected. I basted, I sewed, I ripped, I sewed again, but still the door is pulling to the left. I suspect it has something to do with how the fabric is stretched once the tent is up. Now that I have a walking foot for my machine, I may take it down and reattach, but really I think I can live with it.

The door is just a rectangle of fabric finished with some double-fold bias tape. I hand-stitched it on because that was the look I was going for, but you could easily bind it by machine and save yourself some time. The ties are extra pieces of bias tape. Remember when attaching the door to put one side of the tie on the outside of the fabric and one on the inside or you won’t be able to tie the fabric up once its rolled. (You should have a tent, tie, door/fabric, tie sandwich before attaching.)

C’est fini!





Crafty Project: Framed

Posted in crafty, house by Allie on February 13, 2011



Oh my god guys! I am so excited about this new project of mine that I just had to share it with you before it went up on the wall. I’ve pretty much been planning the layout since I took this picture in October of 2009 (!), but it took me a while to find an affordable way to do it. Now everything is framed and ready to go. My heart was all aflutter as it started taking shape on the floor.

Next week we hang, which may prove to be tricky. Hopefully Hubby and I will still be married. Stay tuned.


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Noro Kureyon Toddler Mittens

Posted in crafty by Allie on January 21, 2011
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Before upcycling was cool

Posted in crafty, Nostalgia by Allie on April 13, 2010

Before upcycling was cool my mom made this toy box for me. She covered a cylindrical box in shelf liner—can you guess what she repurposed to make it?



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Ringley Revamp

Posted in crafty by Allie on March 21, 2010



When I bought this Ringley for Peanut I knew it was hand wash only, but I didn’t think it would be much of an issue. The lady at Baby on the Hip seemed surprised that I even had reservations about it not being machine washable. Ringley has machine washable options, but they were quite a bit larger, which wasn’t what I wanted. In any case, because it’s such a popular item, I reasoned the hand wash thing wouldn’t be a problem.


Goodness!–this thing gets dirty. And fast. Capital DUR, capital TEE. I hand washed it once, but I didn’t really feel like I was getting into all the nooks and crannies of the terrycloth, and then it took forever to dry. Something had to be done.

This isn’t a great before picture, but there’s a seam right here…


…which prevents you from sticking the whole thing in the wash. I undid the seam and set to work refashioning it, and figured in the worst case, I would just sew it back up.

After taking a multitude of before shots as I was untying it so I was sure I could retie it after the wash, I sewed in a piece of velcro, and voila!




Peanut hasn’t noticed a difference, and I get to wash it more frequently. Success!

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Posted in crafty, Photos by Allie on March 1, 2010

Well, it’s March. Craft Month has come to a close. I won’t be dissecting how well it went–that’s boring. Crafting will remain a regular feature here, not to worry. I have a whole ToDo List dedicated to it. In the meantime, I’m glad I’ll be able to post some content not having to do with crafts (guilt free!).

Here are some Polaroids from Saturday’s walk to Cherry Beach.

I really hope the rumours about the Polaroid factory becoming operational are true. I’m getting pretty good at these.

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bobbin + bobbin case

Posted in crafty, sewing by Allie on February 28, 2010

I forgot to post this as part of my Jersey Girl post, so here it is.

The most useful thing I learned in my industrial sewing course is how to properly deal with the bobbin and bobbin case. Actually, my teacher used to refer to the two together as if they were one word. Bobbinbobbincase.  Tutorials online always show you how to put bobbin in the case, slide the thread out the side, and bring it up to the top of the machine, so I’m sure you all know how to do that. But does the bobbin have to go clockwise? counter-clockwise? does it matter? It does. Has your tension ever been off for no particular reason? It’s probably because you have your bobbin in upside-down.

So here’s how to do it.

Put your bobbin into the bobbin case, and pull the thread around and through the little slot so it’s locked into place. First off, you should be able to suspend your bobbinbobbincase by that thread without it spinning out of control. If it is spinning out of control, you can tighten the screw on the side of the case. Now, with the window part of your bobbin facing up, pull the thread (that you’ve properly hooked through the slot) upwards. Your bobbin should be spinning counter-clockwise, or to the left. If it isn’t, flip that bad boy upside down and try again!

You’re done.

Poochie Ate

Posted in crafty, home life, on hounds by Allie on February 28, 2010

Once, Addie had dinner twice. I fed her before I left for work; Hubby fed her when he got home from work. Then, for a while, a message from the future came in the form of a sticky note on top of the food bin: poo-chee-ah-tay. But you had to remember to stick the sticky and you had to make it look freshly stuck so the other person would notice it. I dated it once; Hubby didn’t notice. Addie may have had two dinners on that day too. Then, one day I quickly made this. Super easy. A piece of cardstock, some paper, a piece of yarn, and a pushpin. We’ve even moved with it.

It has served us well.

For obvious reasons, Addie’s not a fan.

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