Decided I Needed an Apron

I bought this really cute kitty fabric sometime last year to make a yarn purse/carrier/thingy. Then I decided that I didn't really want one, so instead I held onto it for something else. After looking through my patterns, I settled on three different ones - a purse, a lunchbox or an apron. There wasn't enough fabric for the purse, so I had to put that one aside. I had enough for the lunchbox, but I wasn't sure if kitty fabric was quite what I wanted. So, I settled on the apron. The fabric is a really nice cotton quilt material. The waistband and second scalloped edged layer are multicolored paw prints on white. The first and last scalloped edged layer are multi sized dots, some with paw prints in them and then the main scalloped layer is flowered kitties all over it. The buttons are flowers of two different sizes and five colors - lime, orange, hot pink, red, and lavender. The ties (not pictured) are made out of the same paw print fabric as the waistband.

It was fun to make. I'd like to make some more for a craft fair, but maybe a different style. We'll see what happens.

My next project is a cupcake hat made of fleece for Lily's teacher.

My daugher is obsessed with Monster High!

She absolutely loves EVERYTHING Monster High.  She has a bunch of the dolls and the rag dolls.  And even some furniture for her dolls.  It's gotten to the point where I am thinking of Monster High things to make for her.  I wanted to make some clothes for the dolls.  Unfortunately, even though they are 12" tall, they aren't shaped the same as Barbies, so the patterns for clothes that I have won't work.  About all I can make would be skirts.  After a while that gets rather boring. 

Even though, I can't really make anything for her dolls, I did finish her nightie the other night.  It's made from black and purple zebra print flannel, which is the pattern and colors associated with Clawdeen Wolfe.   The nightie is made from a Simplicity pattern though she opted to leave the buttons off of the front ruffle area.   I still have slippers and a sleep mask to make for her, but I have to get out the batting from its hiding place. 

I also made her Halloween costume this past year, like I do pretty much every year.  She wanted to be Draculara, so we found this really nice fabric that was black and had sparkly silver skulls and crossbones all over it.  Our original idea was for a long, sheath dress, since that would be the easiest to make.  It really didn't look too much like Draculara once we got done with it, but she was still happy.  Its really hard to see the skulls and crossbones in the picture, but they are the little blurs.  Since it was cool, she wanted something to wear, so we made a cape out of hot pink crushed panne velvet.  The dress looked a little plain by itself, so I made a belt out of hot pink felt and trimmed it with silver ribbon.   After all was said and done, she ended up being our own made up Monster High girl named Petra Cemetaria, the daughter of the Grave Digger.  I have some of the fabric left over, so I am planning to make her a rag doll based off of her character. 

While in the car the other day, we made up another Monster High girl by the name of Skeletina Bones, daughter of the School Skeleton.  I have no idea where that is going.

It's a New Year...

...I hope that this time around I can keep up with stuff. 

I have all of these wonderful plans to keep up with my blog and then I sit down and watch reruns of "American Pickers" for four hours.  I really need to stop doing that.  But it's just so - engaging.  Don't ask why, I don't know.

But, I really am going to try this year.  I really am.  So for starters, I am redoing the look of my blog and changing the name - again.  I decided that I really didn't like A Dragonfly in Amber.  Since I want it to be something that I can attach to my craft projects that I make to sell, I want something that will look good on a tag.  I have decided on "Amber By Design".  Sound good?  I think so.  So therefore, I am going to change the name and I have found a couple of nifty templates that I want to work with.  Hopefully, within the next few days that transformation will be complete.  That is, of course, if History Channel doesn't show anymore reruns of "American Pickers".


Signing off for now.  Laundry and Lily's Clawdeen Wolfe nightie are calling.  Must get to work.

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