Sunday, February 6, 2011

Too Long...

It's been way too long since I posted. Sorry. I have been experimenting with making winter hats. My inspiration was my 13 year old, who purchased a hat at Hot Topic. I thought, "I can make those". So after a few tries, with pattern adjustments, I did it!

I made a wolf hat for DD's friend, and a couple of bunny hats. I recycled sweaters into hats with matching fingerless gloves.

I am so pleased with the results! I have sold a few via my Etsy shop, and you can find more here: Melody's Unchained. I have also added some interesting vintage items I found at an estate sale this past summer. My shop is an eclectic collection of handmade and vintage.

I have also been playing with making rag rugs out of unwanted t-shirts. Photos to come soon!

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Spirited Autumn Event!

It's time for The Spirited Autumn Event!
From Monday, September 22nd (the Fall Equinox) until Monday, October 6, Members of Etsy's Earthpath Artisans Street Team are offering special promotions on selected items in their shops. The event focuses on Fall Themed and Magical items, just in time for Halloween!
Search Etsy using the TSAE tag to find participating items.

Be sure to stop by Etsy to check out all the wonderful handcrafted fall merchandise!

My Few Minutes of Fame

What a lucky day! My Dragonfly Quilt (the one I created earlier here as a tutorial) was featured on Etsy's front page today! It was highlighted in a fabulous treasury, created by JenSport, who is one of my teammates on Quiltsy Team. Be sure to check out her shop for some great bibs, bags and quilts! Here is a screenshot of the front page (mine is the one on the upper right):

The dragonfly quilt received 8 new hearts today, and so far has 885 views. I am doing the happy dance!

Oh, and be sure to check out other great quilters on Etsy, by searching "Quiltsy Team".

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Dragonfly Applique Quilt is Finished!

I finally finished the quilt I blogged about on June 25. I have to admit, I had a lot of fun making this one. Bright and cheerful, in every color of the rainbow!

No two dragonflies, nor the frames around them are alike. Each one was appliqued using coordinating color thread using a zigzag stitch. The backing of the quilt is a soft, yellow cotton, and the binding is hand-stiched on, in a black with mini white dots, to coordinate with the dragonflies' bodies. All color and black fabrics are prints, and the background and sashing are white solid.
I hand-quilted with cotton quilter's thread around each dragonfly, inside and outside of each "frame", and along the border. I also washed and dried the quilt to test washability, and it's OK!

This truly one-of-a-kind quilt measures approx. 49" wide and 54" tall. It will be a great large sized throw to snuggle under in the winter - or when someone blasts the A/C. It would also make a super duper large baby/toddler quilt. If you are interested, it is currently for sale in my Etsy shop at MelodysUnchained!
I also make custom quilts, so if you know of anyone who is wanting one, let me know!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Halloween? Already?

I was thinking last night, that it might be too late to think about creations for summer customers. Summer is well under way and people are enjoying their vacations, lazy days in the sun (or under their favorite tree). Back to school time is near, and you know what that means!

Apples for the teacher. Fall crafts. Halloween. Then not too long after, turkeys, cornucopias, pilgrims, and yuletime preparations! Eeek. What are we gonna be for Halloween? Better start on Samhain projects, because I am the worlds best (worst?) procrastinator and have a zillion UFO's (unfinished objects) in my sewing stash. I also have a lot of ideas, but then I ponder them for a long time before I actually cut and sew.

This year, I vow to be better. I am going to start a Halloween project today. After I do the dishes, vacuum, and surf the net. OK, maybe tomorrow!

Meanwhile, I am posting a Halloween poll for your enjoyment!
<-------------- See it to the left. Please take a second or two and take my little survey! And come back often to see the results!