Feeling Pinspired!

This was originally posted on my personal blog earlier this year; I’ve added a few notes about some of these projects as I’ve moved the post over.  And I’m not at the job that held me hostage anymore – which is good – but that means less of an excuse to stay home and get some things done around the house.  My craft room has slipped back into another unfortunate state of mess… 

I feel like my crafting goes in drips and drabs – some weeks I’m sewing and creating every night, and other weeks I’m passed out on the sofa early every night. The past few days fall more into the former category rather than the latter. I’m in a crafting group on Facebook and we’ve decided to do monthly challenges. The first challenge was to create something from a pin you’ve had on Pinterest. We had a few weeks to do this – but of course I didn’t start to do anything for the challenge until Saturday night!

I was kind of held hostage by my job this weekend – the details are boring so I won’t go into them, but I was on call for work and had to be available all weekend for a big project go live that kept getting pushed back. Anyway, I only mention that because it forced me to not be out and about, so I was able to focus and get to work cleaning up my craft room. I’m still far from done organizing in here, but it’s a start and I now have some clutter free spaces where I can get busy crafting!

I bought some Michael Miller Super Hero flannel fabric and coordinating orange minky dot fabric about a year ago. I’ve been intending on making a blanket for Max, like the one in this Prudent Baby tutorial I’d found a couple years ago. I’ve made a few of these blankets before as gifts, but never made one that would stay here! This is pretty typical for all of my sewing projects, actually… So I was pretty excited to finally getting around to sewing a Super Hero blanket for Max!

This is such a cozy blanket with flannel, minky dot, and satin blanket binding!

This is such a cozy blanket with flannel, minky dot, and satin blanket binding!

The minky dot is super soft and the weight of the flannel makes it incredibly cozy.  I may need to make one in adult size for me!

The minky dot is super soft and the weight of the flannel makes it incredibly cozy. I may need to make one in adult size for me!

I really love this fun Super Hero print!  Max seems to like his blanket already too!

I really love this fun Super Hero print! Max seems to like his blanket already too!

I’m kind of obsessed with how cute and cozy this blanket is. I want to make at least two more for Max in other fun flannel prints and colors – one to keep in each of our cars!

NOTE: I have a super adorable Sesame Street flannel/minky blanket 3/4 of the way finished that’s been sitting in my craft room waiting since this past Spring to be completed. Now that the cozy weather is thankfully back upon us, I will get that finished for Max soon! Oh, and I totally bought enough minky dot and flannel to make an adult sized cozy blanket that I can. not. wait. to make for myself!

I took a day off from crafting on Sunday, but I doubled up my efforts tonight! Not that I really have some sort of goal of a project a night, but just go with me here… Anyway, so tonight I was staring at a bunch of socks that I picked up at Target for Max without noticing that they didn’t have skid-free grippers on the bottom of them. Since we have hardwood floors throughout our home, Max is like Bambi on ice without gripper socks. So, feeling inspired by I Am Momma Hear Me Roar, I decided to fix the socks with some puffy paint grippers on the bottom!

Here are Max's DIY Gripper Socks. I tried to stick with simple patterns, since the tutorial I found advised that larger designs tend to crack after a while.

Here are Max’s DIY Gripper Socks. I tried to stick with simple patterns, since the tutorial I found advised that larger designs tend to crack after a while.

NOTE: If I were to do this again, I’d make sure that my designs were… blobbier? Not sure how else to say that. The designs that I did were great in that they weren’t big colored in designs that would crack over time, but there wasn’t enough puffy paint on the bottom of the socks to really afford a grip. So I’d revise my designs to make sure they were more effective as grippers. Oh, and if you’re the type of person who needs to have socks match, you might want to go with all one type of design… Fortunately, I don’t care if Max has one polka-dot bottom sock paired with one zig-zag bottomed one!

So now Max had a new carseat/daycare nap blanky, and some new gripper socks. The kid was making out pretty well thanks to Pinterest! But I’d finished up with the socks so early – way too early to go to bed. So I figured that since I still had a lot of time to craft tonight, I’d knock out another project that’s been on my to do list for a while.

Now that Maxwell isn’t a tiny baby anymore, he’s kind of outgrown most of his towels. He had a couple of larger towels – given to him when he was born and at his first birthday – but for the most part his towels were getting pretty skimpy on the little man. A few weeks back, I figured I’d do something about that. Since I’m too cheap to buy him some big kid hooded towels from the store, I decided to DIY one for him like in this Prudent Baby tutorial. (Can you tell that PB is one of my favorite crafting blogs?) I bought the towels that I’d need a few weeks back and they’ve been sitting in my craft room since I brought them home and washed them. The tutorial was super easy and super quick, and about a half hour after starting Max was the proud owner of a pretty amazingly cute bright orange big kid size hooded towel!

A DIY'd big kid hooded towel!

A DIY’d big kid hooded towel!

The hood is trimmed in a fun "fast cars" and transportation themed flannel.

The hood is trimmed in a fun “fast cars” and transportation themed flannel.

I can’t wait for after Max’s next tubby when I can wrap him up in this oversized-kid-size cozy hooded towel!

NOTE: I freaking love this towel for Max!  BUT… When I make the next one, I’ll see what I can do to modify the hood a bit to make it bigger. The towel is big and fluffy and cuddly and so cozy to wrap him in after a tubby, but the hood is pretty small on his big melon. I’ve had a blue towel and hand towel sitting in the craft room since I finished this towel waiting for me to sew another one for the boy, but then it was summer and then it was way too hot to be in the un-aircondintioned craft room!  Yay for Fall!

Maxwell made out thanks to mommy’s Pinspired crafting. I’m not sure what the next month’s challenge is, but I hope that I can work some projects in that I’ll get to keep for myself! I really would like to make myself a new bag, so hopefully I can try and work that into whatever the next crafting theme is!

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