Tuesday, December 9, 2008

not forgotten

Yes, here I am, back to blogging. Life has definitely been hectic in my neck of the woods - getting ready for Christmas, directing our ward choir, helping plan a wedding open house, getting acquainted with my new camera (yipee!), prepping for a trip to Philly and DC (double yipee!), not to mention a few crafting projects. Busy, busy, busy! And too much to write about all in one post. Instead of expounding on my life in it's entirety, I'll share a few of my craft projects from the past few months.

Oh, how I love flowers! Fresh ones, printed ones, and even fabric ones! I've been trying to design a little pattern for these babies, but it still needs some work. I wear the little green one in my hair (attached with a bobby pin) and the bigger one is for a bag I've started making.

One of my new favorites in gift giving - handbound journals. A great place to record random thoughts, spiritual insights, shopping lists, or the cute things your little one does that you don't want to forget. Plus, it's a good excuse to use some of the stacks and stacks of beautiful paper I collect but never seem to get around to using.

And last, but certainly not least, is this darling little elephant! I've unsuccessfully searched for a free elephant pattern on the internet for quite sometime, so I finally broke down and bought this little kit for under $14 on Amazon. I did make some alterations to the original pattern, including the little tuft on the tail in the back, and was quite pleased with the results. What do you think?

23 comments:

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness! All of these are adorable and super creative. I love the fabric flowers, I'm sitting here in awe that you actually made these! :)

AngiDe- Nana's Box said...

Man, your talented!!! Love the flowers!

Thanks for entering the giveaway!

Angie
"Nana's Box"

Wendy said...

How long have you been sowing?
I love all your creations!!!! LOVELOVELOVE!

Rachel Mary Smith said...

Such darling creations...especially that little elephant. Congrats on the new camera--I know you've been wanting one for a while. What type did you end up getting?

Amanda said...

Karla-
Why didn't you bust out all these amazing talents when we lived together so that I could have taken advantage of them! j/k Way to go-love them.

A-n-D said...

Karla you are freakin' amazing! You've got some serious talent. You've come a long way from your old sewing buttercup pants for girls camp days:) Actually, those were really awesome too, especially considering the fact that you didn't use a pattern. Sadly, my sewing skills have not progressed. My hubby is a MUCH better sewer than me. That's so cool you're the choir director, by the way. Can't imagine anyone better for the job. How's your bass section?:)

Becca said...

I think you've done incredibly well--not only on the crafting, but on the photography as well.

AaReAn said...

karla, you are so creative. I love your taste! thanks for the comment on my bloggy! :-)

Angela said...

Love, love love the elephant! I made a stuffed elephant once, and I used a pattern for a pig on marthastewart.com but altered it a little to be a elephant. Here's the link
http://www.marthastewart.com/how-to/stuffed-pig-how-to-handmade-christmas?autonomy_kw=pig%20pattern&rsc=header_3

megan... said...

Of course you would alter the pattern! I love it, and I can't wait to see and hear more of what you have been up to! I'm glad the move has been good for you!

Jen said...

WOW! SO cute!!!! These projects are beautiful and just make me happy! Also, the little tuft is adorable! What a great Karla touch.

Crystal and Kyle said...

The flowers are great! What are you going to do with the elephant? It looks professional. You should sell stuff online. :) Oh and Kyle really wants to see pictures from your Philadelphia trip!

Ben and Carrie said...

Karla-

Wow- I am truly amazed at how cute all of this stuff is. You're are so talented. I echo Amanda when I say where was all this stuff growing up? :) We could have been in style with cute stuff playing Pearl, Vinny, Janet and Sexy. Do you sell all this stuff? It's fantastic!

Carrie

Mark, Stef, and Grace said...

So glad to see you're back! And what cute stuff you made. My favorites are the flowers, so pretty!

Kacey and Drew said...

I love everything but especially the elephant! It just looks so Karlaesque - and I hope that doesn't come across the wrong way!

Kacey and Drew said...

Drew wants to know if you can make a hippo. Drew loves hippos, he is always really excited to see the hippo at the zoo. (I don't really get it.)

clay and jordan said...

There you are! I've been missing your blogging...but now you're back. I LOVE those flowers and can totally picture that cute green one in your hair. Great stuff!

Ariel said...

I'm glad you are using your mega-skillz to promote the Republican Party. I also want you to know that I met a girl in the gym today who talked like you and it made me miss you. I wish I could see you this Christmas. If you do come to SLC give us a holla.

brooke and tyler said...

I love what you've made. The flowers are beautiful! It's nice to see you haven't forgotten the blogging world.

Curtis and Shauna said...

I absolutely love the Elephant! Those are one of my most favorite animals. And I like the little touch you made with putting the tuft on the end of the tail, too cute!

Anthony, Valerie & Tate said...

Still amazing I see! I aspire to be as crafty as you. Merry Christmas.

Emma said...

Love the elephant!

Kiz Fam said...

Little figurines like this would be so cute in Beckam's room-- it's jungle themed and I've been looking for things forever. You're amazing!