Tuesday, December 1, 2009

What I've been doing!

I think I'm crazy, but enjoy being that way!   I've been busy trying to get stuff done - cookbooks that I've been working on for 2 years, and now decided that they will be done before Christmas to give to the girls; making a crib bumper for when Renee comes home for Christmas and sleeps in crib I have here; a special project I've started for my sisters in laws that aren't finished yet; a cloth booklet for baby with our pictures, so when she goes home, she'll have her own book of us Minnesota relatives; etc. etc. etc.   Yes, there are a couple more things in the mix too, oh ya, a table runner or two;  and more,  just can't name them all.    Oh and baking to be done too!

Here are the cook books that I've worked on the past 2 years!  Want to get them done, so the girls can use them. 

Not completely done decorating the cover. 
Want to have the girls' names on each book cover.

Opened, with the inside of the front cover showing a picture of us seven
sister in laws and Grandma.With a note from me, and then my tab picture. 
I didn't have the plastic cover slipped on yet here.  You can
see the plastic at the bottom.  The plastic will save wear and tear on
the pages.

Here you can see how we have decorated pages.  The bottom pages are what
sister in law Sue made, and the stand up pages I made.
I can't say that it wasn't fun, but scrap booking isn't my
choice for a hobby.  However, we did have fun working together on them.
The cookbooks that WILL get done are being made by us 7 sister in laws for all of the neices and nephews - 20 of them.  So we each made a couple pages with recipes on them (scrap booked) and also did a tab page with our picture on it.  We also decorated the hard cover of the cookbook.  I am waiting to get pages from 5 others to complete the three books for my girls.   I made plastic book covers for everyone = 20; and also plastic covers for the tabs for my girls books.  What a job.  Used the food sealer to make some of the book covers, but then tried sewing the plastic, and I liked that option better.  I used 8 guage plastic for the covers, and 4 guage plastic for the tabs.  A foot with rollers on it worked great.  By using the roller foot, the plastic didn't stick to the regular foot on the sewing machine. 
I also then sewed a  bottom seam to make the covers for the tab pages.  The tab sticks out, but that is ok .    Hope you can see the pictures well enough to get an idea of what they're like.

Oh, Robyn over at Daisy Quilts has a challenge for anyone to wants too, to make your own Otto the Owl, decorated as each individual wants too. So naturally, I want to do it! Think I must be crazy, but I will start tomorrow. I'm sure it won't take long. My owl will be for a tree ornament. Already have in mind what I want it to look like.

Here is a picture of one of her owls: Otto the Owl.

I'll show you mine as I get it done.


City girl turned Country Girl said...

Awesome! You've been busy!! And looks like you'll stay that way LOL!! Good luck getting everything done!

g said...

You do BEAUTIFUL work...I admire that.
Interesting projects.
Cute owl and I am sure it will be appreciated for its meaning.
Cookbooks look interesting.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Busy, busy as a bee! I have to come over and look in person! :)