Friday, September 16, 2011

Finished Order!!!

Cosby Little League Football Cheerleader bow order is finished!  And just in time for their pictures last night.   I was able to snag a couple pictures while the girls were waiting in line.

These bows were special ordered to coordinate both with the traditional uniforms and the t-shirt/short outfits that we had made this year.   Each bow is a basic pinwheel bow on a double ribbon spike foundation.  Because these are used for cheerleading, I have followed the standard competition guidelines of no metal used.   Each bow is handsewn to a no metal clasp ponytail holder.

I am very pleased with this style.  The above bows are a 5" bow but I also make these in 4" and 3" styles.

As I mentioned in my last post football season is my busy season.  I finished this order and immediately had to begin the bow making process for the games this weekend.  So excited to be busy!!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I'm still here!!!!

Life around the Rathbun household has been a little crazy in the past few months.   We learned we are expecting unexpectedly.   Our new bundle of joy should be here the first of December!
As a result things have been a little out of routine for us.

But now that we have adjusted to the idea of our newest blessing, it had become a time of preparing.
I've been busy trying to finish up some UFOs so I can get started on all those cute little baby quilts and accessories.

This one is the center of a quilt I've been working on for hubby.  Still need to finish the outer border for this quilt top.

But most of my "free" time is currently being spent on hairbows.   I make and sell throughout the year but usually football season is my highest volume.  Of course that may be because this year both of our daughters are cheerleaders for our Little League.

I have seen a lot about sharing the process on many of the crafting blogs that I read so here is my attempt to share the process.

This is what my craft table currently looks like.  Looks almost organized doesn't it?  HA!!!  Unfortunately this table is currently set up in the middle of my living room.  Every year at this time hubby and I discuss my need for a separate craft room but there just is no room.   And now with a new baby coming?   But we do have some ideas that I hope to be able to share soon.

The above picture is part of an order for my daughter's Little League community.  Bows for all three levels of cheerleaders should be finished sometime today.

Here is how my family spends out home football games.

My 8 year old cut off my head when she took the picture.

Fighting with the wind to keep the bows on the table is always a challenge.

I love creating and hairbows have given me that outlet as well as a way to help with the fundraising for our Little League.  

What about you?   How does your crafting and creating inspire you?  

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Long Promised Quilts

I have been long in posting these finished quilts, but I was waiting for a good day to take the pics.

About 3 weeks ago we went for a hike outside of Gatlinburg on what is known as the Settler's Trail.  Right before we left it came to me that somewhere in the woods might be the perfect place to take some pictures of my newly finished quilts.  And was I ever right.

This is my Going Wonky Quilt.  I made several wonky log cabin blocks and pieced them together with a few frog panels that I found at my LQS.  I then quilted it by simply stitching in the ditch.  It gives it a lovely pattern on the back.

The pictures of the quilts were taken at the Tyson McCarter barn on the trail.   Beautiful setting isn't it?

This is my version of Whoos Woods found in the October 2010 issue of this magazine.

Of course once I got the pics taken of my quilts, we rolled them up, put them in my backpack, and continued on our hike.

But then my thirteen year old managed to get hold of the camera.

But the rest of us were enjoying the beautiful spring day until someone (not me) fell in the creek as we were crossing. 

 I guess mountain springs in late February are somewhat chilly.  So our outing ended.

Friday, January 28, 2011

It looks like I've been busy!

It's been a little while since I posted on this blog.  Thanks to the pitiful service from my satellite internet provider (I live in the mountains and it's the only option) I have been very limited in my internet participation for  the past couple weeks.  But I finally had a beautiful sunny day to take some pics.   So I finally can show off some of those FOs.

Back in November I posted about my frustration at trying to finish a sweater for my son.  I did complete it, even if it was a day late.  And today he posed for me.

This pattern can be found here.

I also was busy before Christmas sewing up messenger bags and cases for the portable DVD players that the kids got.

For the DVD player cases I adapted the laptop case found at Sew Mama Sew.   This pattern was developed by Elizabeth at Oh! Fransson.

For the messenger bags I used the tutorial found here.

As you can tell I love to find the freebies and tutorials out there on the internet.   Through these I've been able to learn many sewing techniques that I would never have thought of on my own.

While I have a ton more pics taken today, most were to update my project page over on ravelry.  If you hope over check them out.  My user name there is applestitcher.

Now that my knitting is almost caught up I should have time to turn my focus back to finishing up some quilts that I have planned.

My goal is to have at least one finished quilting project to show you next time.

Happy Crafting!!!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My name is Amamamma and I'm a Craftaholic!!!!

I admit it!   I'm addicted to crafts.  I must be to have the to do list that I have.   Tonight I was reading through the blogs that I follow and I found this.

 I love this!!!! It is hosted by

And there is a Flickr group too.

I think I may need a professional intervention.

Now off to finish up the quilting from the previous post so I can start a new project or two form my to do list.

Happy Crafting!!!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow Days!!!!

Since the middle of December my children have only been to school about 5 days.  That's including only about 1 1/2 weeks of Christmas vacation.  Our school system started back from the Christmas break a day early to attempt to recoup some of the snow days, but we went to school 2 days and tomorrow will be snow day #5.   And there's more snow on the way!!!!!

This pic is on one of the days with less snow......we currently have again more than 8 inches on the ground.  Christmas time we had a foot.

But packed down snow makes a slick surface for the saucer.

Even Dad had to get in the act.

But with all those days I have been unable to get out very much.   There has been much crafting going on in this house!

Here's a peek of a soon to be completed quilting project.

So what do you do when snowed in?  Cook? Read? Sleep? Craft?

What's your pleasure?