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Expectation vs. Reality

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2012 is coming to a close, and I feel like I have done a less-than-acceptable job in keeping up with the blog this year.  Do you ever set a goal you know is too hard to keep, but you tell yourself “this WILL be the time I prove everyone else (and myself) wrong!”? I’m afraid I must admit defeat.  Time got the best of me.

I’ll give you a little insight to my life:  When I feel overwhelmed, I tend to shut down.  I already feel like I have failed, and so I just decide not to try again.  Well, I am not going to let that happen this time.  I am going to try this whole bloggin’ thing again!  You can expect more blogging in 2013! (and if I fall off the wagon, just remind me to hop back in).

I am happy to report that even though I have not been consistent with posting blogs recently, I have been staying busy!  I have been doing a lot this year!  I thought a perfect way to present this post would be to re-cap my year in pictures.

This time last year, my life was a breeze.  I discovered Pinterest, was not drowning in school-work, and had lots of free time.  What happened?  The clock struck 12, and we rung in the new year.  Yay, 2012.  I had no idea what was coming.

January 2012

I attended Passion2012 with two lovely ladies.  Something I was able to cross off my bucket list!

I attended Passion2012 with two lovely ladies. Something I was able to cross off my bucket list!

I turned 20 this year.

I turned 20 this year.

February 2012

This is Sean.  He's the best boyfriend in the world, and our first date was on Valentine's Day of this year.  Since then, we haven't missed a monthly date on the 14th of every month.

This is Sean. He’s the best boyfriend in the world, and our first date was on Valentine’s Day of this year. Since then, we haven’t missed a monthly date on the 14th of every month.

Kelli and Sean Holding Hands

He makes my heart skip a beat.
You can find his blog here.

March 2012

This year was a big deal for me quilting wise, because I actually finished my first quilt! I began this quilt two years ago, and kept getting stuck at new parts.  It took lots of questions, google searches, frustrations, and kind people to help me along the way, but it's my favorite quilt by far. In fact, I am wrapped up in it right now as I write this.

This year was a big deal for me quilting wise, because I actually finished my first quilt! I began this quilt two years ago, and kept getting stuck at new parts. It took lots of questions, google searches, frustrations, and kind people to help me along the way, but it’s my favorite quilt by far. In fact, I am wrapped up in it right now as I write this.

April 2012

Granny Dicey Quilt

I was so thrilled that I actually knew how to start and finish a quilt (even though it took me two years), I quickly began working on a quilt using fabric from my great-grandmother who has passed away. I had no idea what I was going to do with the fabric, so I just started cutting, and had just enough to make a picnic-sized quilt. I know you won’t believe me when I say this, but after taking almost two years to finish the first quilt, this one only took… 2 WEEKS! I gave this quilt to my mother since it was made from her grandmother’s fabric, and she says it makes her feel like a little girl whenever she uses it. The quilt is done, I promise… I just don’t have a photo.

May 2012

I did a lot of laundry this year...

I did a lot of laundry this year…

June 2012

I also made a big mess that I plan on organizing this week...

I also made a big mess that I plan on organizing this week…

July 2012

I made a cute little lunchbox to go with me to school this fall.  I found out how to actually utilize my sewing machine's fancy stitches, hence the scalloped edges on the brown.  Yes, it's a fully insulated lunchbox.

I made a cute little lunchbox to go with me to school this fall. I found out how to actually utilize my sewing machine’s fancy stitches, hence the scalloped edges on the brown. Yes, it’s a fully insulated lunchbox.

August 2012

In August, I began my 2nd internship in an elementary classroom.  There's three total internships, so I still have one more to go!I was with sweet first graders this time.

In August, I began my 2nd internship in an elementary classroom. There’s three total internships, so I still have one more to go!
I was with sweet first graders this time.

September 2012

Grrrrr... I really became busy in September.  School was in full swing and I was in over my head.  There weren't many crafts being made this month.

Grrrrr… I really became busy in September. School was in full swing and I was in over my head. There weren’t many crafts being made this month.

October 2012

Still busy! My schedule never seemed to clear up.  As soon as I finished something, I had to move on to something else.  I'm pretty sure there were lots of tears of frustration this month.

Still busy! My schedule never seemed to clear up. As soon as I finished something, I had to move on to something else. I’m pretty sure there were lots of tears of frustration this month.

November 2012

Here's the sketch design and fabric for the soon-to-be Zelda quilt for Sean.

Here’s the sketch design and fabric for the soon-to-be Zelda quilt for Sean. I had no idea it would turn out to be so big.

This is what Sean wanted for his birthday.  I am to;d this type of quilt is a big deal for video gamers, though I know very little about that world.  Regardless, it's the fourth, and most recent, quilt I have made.  It's also the largest because it fits on his queen sized bed.

This is what Sean wanted for his birthday. I am told this type of quilt is a big deal for video gamers, though I know very little about that world. Regardless, it’s the fourth, and most recent, quilt I have made. It’s also the largest because it fits on his queen sized bed.

December 2012

This December, I decided to host a table at our church's elegant Christmas event.  This entailed providing deserts, dishes, and fancy decor for 8 beautiful ladies.  This cake was a last minute idea that turned into something gorgeous.

This December, I decided to host a table at our church’s elegant Christmas event. This entailed providing deserts, dishes, and fancy decor for 8 beautiful ladies. This cake was a last minute idea that turned into something gorgeous.

This is the centerpiece and some of the deserts I made for the event.  The apple and pineapple structure was a pinterest discovery, and the form that holds it all together was quite a contraption I had to convince daddy to create! I was so happy with the result.

This is the centerpiece and some of the deserts I made for the event. The apple and pineapple structure was a pinterest discovery, and the form that holds it all together was quite a contraption I had to convince daddy to create! I was so happy with the result.

Sean and I were invited to an Ugly Sweater Christmas party.  (P.S. I made his sweater)

Sean and I were invited to an Ugly Sweater Christmas party. (P.S. I made his sweater)

He's a good boy.  And by the look on his face, I think he knows it ;)

He’s a good boy. And by the look on his face, I think he knows it.

And that’s my year.  As you can see, lots of unexpected business occurred this year, and adding a boyfriend in the mix certainly was a huge blessing, and also gave me an opportunity to learn how to manage my time.  There were some major learning opportunities this year, and I can’t say I have mastered anything yet.  I can say that the things that kept me sane were staying close to the side of God, and asking for lots of prayer from everyone I knew.  After I learned that, things began to settle down.  I am so thankful for the prayers of my family, Sean, my good friends Emily and Jessica, my life group, and all others.

Like I promised: stay tuned! 2013 is sure to be a bumpy ride here on Kelli’s Kache.

Happy New Year

To Keep or KNOT to Keep

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To Keep or KNOT to Keep

I’m really excited about this bag.  I wish the fabric was brighter and more vivid, but this bag came with a requirement… It had to be green.  I was making it for a friend’s gift bag.  The reason I am so excited about it is because it totally came to me out of nowhere.  It was fun, quick, simple, and rewarding.  I apologize in advance for not having pictures for the way to tie the knot.  I didn’t think I was going to put this bag on the blog until I realized it was going to be pretty cute!  You can use this as a gift bag, or a little book tote! (Hence the title, “To Keep or KNOT to Keep.”)

Here we go!

You’ll Need:

  • 2 pieces of fabric for outside 12″ x 11″
  • 2 pieces of fabric for inside 12″ x 11″
  • 2 strips of fabric for straps 14″ x4″
  • 1 strip of fabric for knot design about 7″ x ?” (I didn’t measure this part, but you could be safe with 20″ and then cut off extra)

First thing I did was the knot.

I’m going to tell you to make the straps first.

      

This is the same concept we have done with pretty much every strap or string we have made so far.  Fold in half long ways first, and iron flat.  Then open it up, and fold the edges in to meet in the center.  Fold a final time down that center again.  You can stitch the open edge with a straight stitch to finish it! (do this with both straps, then set aside)

Now, we will make the knot.  You are going to fold your fabric exactly the same way you folded it for the straps above.  Remember this strip is just wider… That’s all.  I did not sew a straight stitch on this one, mainly because I was worried I wouldn’t have enough thread to last me through the end of the project.  You can sew it up if you like, but it stayed pretty good without being sewn.

Once it’s folded like the strap, you can tie a knot.  You may need to keep untying and retying.  I certainly did.

I then took my front fabric piece and pinned the knotty piece to it. The picture shows you… Then I cut off the extra wings that the knotty strip had. 😉

      

Now that you front looks like this, you can lay the back piece on top so that the right sides are facing each other.  Pin ot along the sides and bottom edges, and sew!

For some reason, I didn’t take pictures of this part either, but it’s simple.  Just do the same thing as you did above, but with the lining.  Sew the right sides together, bottom and side edges, leaving the top open, of course.

      

Fold down the tops of both the front and lining so you have a nice edge, and slip that lining into the bag.  You can begin to pin these pieces together at the top edge.  I find it easier to pin all around and then add my straps, so everything stays in one spot.

I measured about an inch and a half from the side seam and then inserted each side of the strap.  After you have the straps pinned down nicely and tucked in, you can sew your final stitches around the top to close it up!  THEN… you have a bag… to keep or KNOT to keep… that is the question!

Last Sunday of the Month: “Simpleness is Bliss” Giveaway

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Last Sunday of the Month: “Simpleness is Bliss” Giveaway

It’s HERE! The last Sunday of the month.  If you don’t know what that means, you will get to know it pretty quickly.  The last Sunday of each month, I will post the top-visited item, and give it away!

This month’s giveaway is this sleep mask.  The one pictured is the exact one that will be given away.  Yes, that’s right… AWAY… for FREE.  So, how do you enter?

Here’s HOW TO ENTER:

  • Share this post on Facebook using the below “share button”
  • Leave a comment at the bottom of this post letting me know you’ve shared it!

That’s all!  You have until February 1st to enter.  At 12:00 a.m. on February 1, 2012, the names will be entered, and randomly chosen.  The one winner will be announced on this blog, and will be sent a message through Facebook.  At that time, I will receive the address, and within a week, the item will be sent in the mail.

Any Questions?  Let me know!  Happy Entering!


					

The “Put a Chain Around my Neck, And Lead Me Anywhere” Lanyard

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The “Put a Chain Around my Neck, And Lead Me Anywhere” Lanyard

“Oh let me be… Your teddy bear.”   “la-la-la”

Now that you have Elvis stuck in your head, you can successfully complete your craft! Though the picture here lacks in color and pizzazz, the lanyard is pretty nice, and multiple colors would probably have been more pleasing to the eye.  Regardless, I think you will find this little beauty to be a quick easy project that you can show off to all you work with!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a strip of fabric that is 38″ long and 2 1/2″ wide
  • a ribbed ribbon that is 38″ long and 1 1/2″ wide– you will NOT see this ribbon, so color doesn’t matter a bit. (or interfacing that measures the same)
  • an average looking lanyard that you don’t mind tossing… (or just the metal piece if you have that too)

Here we go!

   

I used a ribbon to add sturdiness to the lanyard because, well, I tried making it with only the fabric, and it was not good.  If your crafting stash looks like mine, you NEVER have interfacing on hand when you need it.  So, the ribbon was ushered in, and thus we have… ribbon interfacing! (yay).  So anyway, now that I have said my piece, you can create yours.  Run the ribbon down the middle back of your fabric like so, and pin.

      

Now you will take your iron and press the open fabric sides over the ribbon on both sides like this!

      

Now you will take your pins out from the center and rotate them 90 degrees, after folding over the fabric in the center for the final time.  Follow the above pictures for clarity.

Then, sew at the edge of the fold all the way down the strip, and the down the other side.  Now, you should have a funtional “strap” (?)

      

Take your ugly lanyard that we need for the metal piece.  Ccut off the ribbon part, and throw it away!

(p.s. I know they give lanyards away for free on campus, so I’m sure they aren’t hard to come by if you aren’t like me and my family, who have about 20 stashed up in our junk drawer)

      

The best way I can describe to lay the lanyard-to-be is in the form of a cancer symbol (picture 1).  Slip on your matal piece that will hold your tag.  Then, tuck under the raw edges and sew them inside out, so that after it’s sewn, the raw edges are caught in the underside of the lanyard.

   

Lastly, I did a few stitched back and forth to keep the piece in place.  I did one above the seam first, then I tamed down the bump by sewing it closly to the metal.  You now have a cute and functional lanyard to impress all your freinds and co-workers with! (p.s. the last picture had the remaining lanyard tucked behind the maniquine.  (It’s not this short).  In fact, I will show you how long it really is…)

Maybe now your job will be more fun because you can glance down and see your craftiness every now and again! That always makes me happy!

Send in your pics when you make yours, so we can all get our creative juices flowing!

The “Writer’s Craft” Pencil Bag

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The “Writer’s Craft” Pencil Bag

Another quick project… Easy and so useful!  I imagine these being used to store little trinkets of all kinds… pens and pencils, jewelry, little keepsakes, ANYTHING!

Here’s what you’ll need to make these:

  • (2) 9″x9″ fabric pieces.  (They don’t have to be the same… One will be your inside, and one will be your outside.
  • Ribbon that’s about 30″ long

      

To start, you will put your fabrics together with right sides touching.  Then, sew a straight seam around three of the four sides, and leave open the fourth side.  If you are using directional fabric, the open part should be the side of your fabric direction (as opposed to the top or bottom).  Use the open side and turn the pieces right-side-out.

      

Now that you have it turned right-side-out, you will line up the raw edges that are not sew, and sew them.  I used an overcast stitch so that the frays don’t get out of control.

         

Next you will fold over the top to create a hem.  This determines the inside and outside.  It’s up to you how you want it to look!  (The pouch in the middle of my top picture was done so that the fold was visible.)  Anyway, After you fold the hem in, you will sew it down.  Then, create your pouch by folding your piece in half (shown in third picture above).  Pin.  Sew (leaving top open)!

      

To insert the ribbon drawstring, I simply cut a tiny slit in the side of the hem at top.  I only cut the first layer of fabric (there are 4 total).  I inserted the ribbon using a safety pin, and fed it through the top.  Once the ribbon was in and out, I cut the ribbon on a slant at both ends and used a lighter to burn them slightly so that they wouldn’t fray.

      

Now, all you have to do is tie a bow to cinch up your new little treasure!  These make great gifts, too!

I would love to see your variations, so start sewing!

The “Simpleness is Bliss” Sleep-Mask

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The “Simpleness is Bliss” Sleep-Mask

These little beauties are so simple, it’s ridiculous.  I have again set the steps out so that you, too, can make these adorable sleeping trinkets! To begin, you’ll need:

That’s it! Now let’s begin:

 

            

Take both of your strips for the ties, and iron them in this way.  fold them in half long ways and press.  Then fold both edges in to meet in the middle.  Fold over a final time in the center fold you created first.  The pictures above demonstrate these steps.

 

      

After you have these folded, you will want to run a stitch up the open side of the fold.  Next, as shown in the second pic, you should do a zig-zag or a surge stitch along the short open edge.  This will seal it off.  You only need to do this on one end of each of the strips.  Now you can set these aside momentarily.

 

   

The polka-dot piece shown here with the batting was used as my back side (or the side your eyes touch).  Stack the batting under the back piece, with the pattern of the fabric facing you!

 

   

Pin on the ties like so, using the mark I indicated on the pattern piece.

 

         

Now, you will lay the front piece of fabric on top of these, guiding the ties to come out at the top of the mask.  The right sides of fabric should be facing each other, as seen in picture 1.  Picture 3 shows the pins to mark where I will NOT sew.  In between these two pins, I will not sew, because I will need to turn the mask right side out after I’m done.  This is also where the ties come out of, so they don’t get stuck in a place you don’t want them.  After you have this all figured out, you can continue to pin all the way around the mask.

 

   

I sewed a 3/8″ seam allowance around, except for the little hole we will use to turn this right-side out.  I provided a view from both sides here, just in case you were concerned about the batting being exposed.  It’s ok!  We are about to fix that!  So… take your pins out!

 

         

Use your ties to finagle the mask right-side out.  Then, once you have it looking smooth, iron it down so that your hole seams are tucked under.

 

 

   

Sew a scant seam around the edge of the mask to close in the hole and give it a more finished look.  Once you have done this, you are done, and can sleep beautifully! There are, as you may have noticed, some alternative ways to fasten this to your face, such as elastic and ribbon ties.  Although the home-made fabric ties are my favorite, I will include the variations here, in case you have short-order family members like I do, who ask for these things… ELASTIC:Instead of the two strips 2″x21″, you will need:

  • 3/8″ wide elastic 14 1/2″ long
  • a strip of fabric 29 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

 

      

Sew the strip of fabric inside out, and then poke a stick though it to turn it right-side-out.

 

      

Pin one side of the elastic so that it’s easier to fish it through the strip of fabric.  Run it through the tube.

 

      

Now pin the other side to the fabric to it doesn’t slide through.  Once the elastic is all the way through the fabric tube, you can pin both sides, so you have a tube gathered with elastic.  Pin both edges so it won’t slide through.

 

   

Now, pin it in the same place as the marking on the pattern, leaving any extra slack to come through the turn-around hole.  Follow above instructions from here. RIBBON TIES:Instead of the two strips 2″x21″, you will need:

  • 2 ribbon strips, 21″ long

Assemble the eye mask as set in instructions above.

Please leave your comments below!  I would love to see variations of this simple project!  Maybe adding lace or silk!  Keep me posted!

The “You’d Never Know” Backpack

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The “You’d Never Know” Backpack

I am titling this the “You’d Never Know” Backpack because there were so many mountains to climb just to see this bag in all it’s glory.  I made many mistakes ehhem… learning curves while creating this, I just hope and pray that SOMEONE finds this tutorial useful for something!

Here’s what I used:

Main Fabric-

  • (2)  17″x18″                 main pieces
  • (1)  9″x10″                    flap closure
  • (2)  6 1/2″x21″           strap pieces (looking back, I wish I would have made these longer)
  • (1)  6 1/2″x13″            handle piece

Contrast Fabric-

  • (2)  17″x18″                 main pieces
  • (1)  9″x10″                    flap closure
  • (2)  5″x21″                   strap pieces (looking back, I wish I would have made these longer)
  • (1)  5″x13″                    handle piece
  • about 10 feet of 3″ wide homemade bias binding 

Other Materials-

  • I used fusible batting in between the main section of the backpack and the flap
  • (8) 3/8″ grommets   for the drawstring to loop through (you will need a special tool to fasten these to the bag)
  • 4 foot long drawstring
  • (1) drawstring cinch
  • (1) magnetic snap fastener
  • I also had to add the little flower on to cover up the mistake of adding the magnetic snap on too late!
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