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Tablecloth Play Dresses

I've always wanted to make dress up clothes for my daughters. I made an Elsa princess dress a few years ago that I enjoyed creating, but not much else since then. A few weeks ago around my youngest daughter's birthday, a lightbulb went off. 
You might remember from my last post that I created birthday table displays using inexpensive party decorations, including plastic tablecloths that cost about $1. As I was picking up the latest display, I got the idea to recycle the tablecloth into a play dress! The first one I made was from the pink tablecloth in the display shown above.

I felt I had to create at least one more so they wouldn't fight over one dress, but it soon escalated to a total of four dresses that I made over the following weeks. I bought more tablecloths, solely for the purpose of making dresses this time. It was fun stocking up on different colors, hehe. I drafted my own patterns to my girls' measurements, and I had fun getting creative with different colo…

Learning to Crochet

If you read my last post, you know that one of my goals this year was to learn to crochet. Well, I finally sat down with some yarn, hooks, and my iPad and looked up some web tutorials and simple patterns to play around with. I gotta say, I love it! It is addicting. I've learned the basic stitches so far—single, half, double, and triple crochet—and have managed to create a small granny square and a simple doily. I even made some little flowers, which I adore. They are simple, quick, and a great way to use up some leftover yarn. I'm going to have to find a project where I can incorporate a bunch of little flowers made with some of the little scraps I have hanging around. Ooh, the possibilities.







Another Year

So last year around this time, I wrote a blog post listing some of my crafty resolutions for 2013. My overall goal was just to MAKE STUFF, which I did. I made a lot of stuff. :) But I also had some specific things that I wanted to accomplish:

-Blog!
-Make a quilt
-Learn to crochet
-Get my scrapbook up to date
-Reopen and maintain my Etsy shop
-Build a portfolio for pattern design and licensing illustration
So how'd I do? Well, I did better with some than others.
BLOG Well, as you can see from the grand total of five posts from last year, I did not do so great keeping up with the blog. I will do better. Hopefully.
MAKE A QUILT Yes, I DID make a quilt. And it was an awesome geeky quilt, too. Although I was happy with the results, I think I learned from that experience that quilting is not really my favorite craft. I really admire people who can do it, because it takes so much patience, precision, and organization. Maybe I'll try another in the future. We'll see.
LEARN TO CROCHET …