Mar 6

Let the birthdays begin!

Posted by Nanc

Nearly half of my knit grrls celebrate their birthdays this month; four of the nine of us. Doesn’t that seem a little much? Especially when I happen to be making gifts this year and I’ve procrastinated for so long.

The first birthday on the calendar is Chris’. Wanna see what I made for her?

Since I painted, organized, and cleaned up my craft/guest bedroom, I’ve had the desire to get back to sewing. Don’t freak out — I’m still a hardcore knitter, but I was a sewer before I made my first knit.

Not wanting to dive head first into a complex project, I found an object that seemed simple enough and would be fun to wet my sewing whistle. It’s the crafty bucket by Caro.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Caro a couple of times. She’s pretty darn crafty (in the good way, not the cunning or evil way — at least from what I know). And I caught her episode on Uncommon Threads for the crafty bucket. So together with the show and the instructions, I was ready to go.

The instructions are easy to follow, but I enjoyed the extra visual help of having the TV episode recorded. (Thanks, STiVo!) Especially when Caro does some clever tricks and fancy math. (I am more familiar with pie than pi.)

The crafty bucket didn’t take a too long to make and I very much enjoy the finished object. But I wasn’t done yet.

Since this was going to be a birthday gift, I wanted to jazz it up more. So I went back to Caro for inspiration again and made a matching wallet. (She calls it a coin purse, but I use mine as a blog card holder.)

And I didn’t stop there! I also made a cute -imho- covered tape measure and attached a yarn cutter by ribbon. Isn’t it all so grand?!

Well, I had better shake the lead out because I have a few more of these to make. Pronto!

10 Responses to “Let the birthdays begin!”

  1. P-la Says:

    Girl, you go with your crafty self!! It was a great gift (even more beautiful and crafty in person)! Way to go for whipping out your sewing skillz!

  2. Kathy Says:

    Wow – that’s terrific! I can’t sew at all, so I’m really impressed. 🙂

  3. Jen da Purse Ho Says:

    i’m soo jealous of your sewing skillz. i totally dig the bag. it’s sooo cooool. 🙂 you are a good friend. and’s strange that half the knit grrls are march babies. 🙂

  4. aubyn Says:

    in person that bag is greatness. you are the best.

  5. Petra Says:

    WOW! I am impressed. That is SO cool! I can’t wait to see it in person!

  6. chris Says:

    Mmmmm, crafty buckettttttt . . . . y’all, this thing is even awesomer in person than it is in pictures (some of you know that firsthand)! And I’m just so verklempft that NanC made it for meeee! 🙂

  7. Rachel Says:

    That bucket is so awesome. I think you need an etsy shop. I’ll be your first customer.

  8. Mr. Splityarn Says:

    “not the cunning or evil way…”

    Oh no, there’s plenty of good cunning and evil in there. That’s why I married her!

  9. Tammy Says:

    Nancy, I think the bucket is so cool as are all the accessories too! Sewing is something I so love, just wish I had the time to do more of it.
    Andrew and I both are March babies too, it is THE BEST month of the year to be born in, in my humble opinion! Of course, when you turn 40 as I just did, I am not sure if you can still be called a baby, can you?!?!

  10. Lauren Says:

    Excellent gifts!