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I love this time of year!  It’s time for fun craft projects for me and my family.  This year I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but I am enjoying it!

I am currently in the middle of several projects and have plans to do a couple more if I can convince my husband to go the fabric store with me.  He’s not a fan, believe me.  Let me put it this way, when we were putting locations on our GPS he used a skull and cross bones icon to identify it on the map.  Har-dee-har.

Anyway, this winter I’ve managed to piece together a quilt for my youngest daughter’s big girl bed and I am currently painstakingly hand-stitching the quilting on it.  Tried using my machine, but there was too much fabric to maneuver under the walking foot.  may have to invest in a long arm sewing machine if I keep up making quilts!

Trying to get the layers smooth and even before pinning and basting.  Taping the edges made it a ton easier for me!

Trying to get the layers smooth and even before pinning and basting. Taping the edges made it a ton easier for me!

My hand-stitching attempt.  I like the little PVC frame I found, but hand-stitiching is tough!  I definitely need to practice to make sure my lines on both sides of the quilt come out nice and even.  Love the butterflies though.

My hand-stitching attempt. I like the little PVC frame I found, but hand-stitiching is tough! I definitely need to practice to make sure my lines on both sides of the quilt come out nice and even. Love the butterflies though.

It’s fun and I hope to make a quilt for each of my children in the next few years.  Also, I have been knitting a sweater for my blondie.  I stalled over Christmas time when my soaping kept me busy but now I need to finish it off.  I only have the collar and cuffs to do, but since I’ve been designing it on the fly, I’m a bit nervous as to how it’s going to turn out.

Also, my awesome husband got me fleece pajamas as a gift for Christmas and they are sooooo warm and cozy!  Perfect for the below zero temps up here in NY.  Anyway, my hubby would like a pair, but couldn’t find any at the store so of course I offered to make a pair for him.  Unfortunately, convincing him to go to the fabric store with me is like pulling teeth (see above paragraph).

So, what are you doing for projects this winter?  Feel free to share in the comments!  Also, I plan on offering a coupon code for Valentine’s Day at the etsy soap store.  Please visit my facebook page and “like” to get the code later this month!

Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/GrammaVedora

etsy store:

www.GrammaVedoraSoapCo.etsy.com

 

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It has been awhile since my last post and I just wanted to touch base with you all during this busy time of year!  I had planned on introducing some of my newer Christmas soaps and adding a new soap video to my youtube feed, but even with best laid plans…..

My laptop died an untimely death and thanks to my forgetting to back up my hard  drive for a couple of months, I lost important pics and video.  Bummer!  It took a few weeks to get a new computer and by the time I figured the new computer out and got back into the swing of things craft fair season and the holidays were well underway!

Hoping to retake some Christmas soap photos and some newer regular soap photos later in the month to show what will be available in the etsy store soon. (for soap store click here)

On top of making soap I have been tatting up a storm!  What is tatting you ask?  It’s not tattooing!  Tatting is  form of lace making that was pretty popular a hundred years ago or so.  It’s a neat little hobby and I love taking my tatting with me to craft fairs so I can tatt during the downtimes.  I was able to list a few tatted snowflakes on my GrammaVedora etsy store (Click here) and have sold some already.  I love how delicate they look.

Here’s a few photos of some tatting!

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lacey tatted snowflakes

lacey tatted snowflakes

I have more photos but have to admit they’re not all downloaded onto the new computer yet. Visit my etsy stores to see soap and tatting photos!

Are you making your Christmas handmade? Even only part of it? Let me know and leave a comment!

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