Sunday, September 21, 2008

Surprise wake-up and weekend craftiness

Yesterday morning, I was woken up in the most unusual way.

I awoke to the sound of this over my house.



We live in a suburb north of Dallas. While we are in a neighborhood, if you go down the road a block, you hit farm land and fields. It's not unusual for hot air balloons to take off and land in those areas. We see it quite often on weekends during the spring and fall months. It's a common site. I love it. It sure did freak the dogs out, Cissy in particular. She went bazooka nuts and barked her pretty little rat terrorist head off.

It's been quite a while since there was one here. A neighboring suburb is having it's annual hot air balloon festival this weekend. I suppose these people were a part of it.









Hubs was out of town for gigs, so I took the opportunity to get a little crafty.

First, I took some random fall picks I had and just stuck them into a grapevine wreath. I didn't even glue anything in. How unprofessional-crafter-like am I?!



I decided to hang it up on my kitchen pantry door since my front door has a prettier, professional-crafter-made wreath.



I hope the dogs don't see this and think it's real. The little beasts have a love-hate relationship with birds.



Then, last night, I made some baby booties for my new nephew. Several months ago, I made a prototype pair.



Kind of funky, right? That's why I always do a prototype first.

Here's the pair I made last night.





I used nubby fabric for the bottoms.



They aren't perfect, but they are much better than my prototype. They held their shape better. It really is challenging sewing something so teeny tiny. It was difficult getting the fabric under the presserfoot at times.

But I did it, and off in the mail they go!

If you want to make some, you can find the tutorial here.

17 comments:

blueeyeddog said...

Beautiful wreath! I can't wait to start decorating for fall!

Gwen said...

Oh, I love that little birdie in the wreath!

I also love the moon in the pics with the balloon!

Congrats on the new nephew. I didn't know!

Heidi said...

I think your wreath looks great! Very pretty. :)

Insight, Insanity, Imagination said...

That wreath looks professional! I would hang it outside my house with pride.

and I love the little booties - so cute!

Sandy Toes said...

Very cute shoes...you did a great job on the wreath! It's perfect for Fall! My parents have a lot of hot air balloons where they live...how fun!
-Sandy Toes

Shannon said...

Wow! Way to go on the sewing machine! I love those cute little shoes!

Love the wreath too! I would love to wake up to a hot air balloon. :)

Oops is a store we have here in NW Arkansas. I meant to link it to a previous post I did all about Oops. Oops! :)

Beth Pierce said...

The wreath looks great!! Now you have me wanting to make one!!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

You are too much with those little shoes! I would be afraid that they would fall apart as soon as they hit the floor if I made them. I am so impressed! :)
Carrie

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh my goodness...those booties are to DIE for. Great job! And your wreath is so pretty too.
M.L.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, thank you for stopping by & leaving me a note. Very nice to meet you. So you don't cook much, huh? Well, that can always change!

And I see you are a thrifter too..hope you'll come back to see me again.

AJ said...

I'm impressed! I can barely sew a button let alone a cute little pair of shoes! BTW, what kind of chai do you like? I like Trader Joes or Tastefully simple for hot and Tazo organic chai from Target for cold:)

Jen r. said...

love those booties! Super cute!

Natalie Jane said...

I went on a Hot Air Ballon ride once. Don't believe it. It is NOT romantic :)

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Cute booties...and wonderful wreath..you go girl. cherry

Sweet Simplicity said...

I love the wreath! You did a great job! The booties remind me of Toms. (shoes)

Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

I can;t believe that you made those shoes!!! How on earth did you do that? So cute. What fun pictures!

Kathy Eller said...

i JUST FOUND YOUR BLOG--hI, nice to meet you...

IK am so so so impressed with the baby shoes. Do your ealize how much $$$$ you could rake in at craft fairs????

lucky nephew :P)