August 11, 2012

A Different Type of Crafting

Don't worry! I'm still around and have been super busy crafting... a different type of crafting... I'm making a person! We're expecting the newest addition to our family in December. :-)

The first trimester was a bit rough, but I'm finally getting my energy back and putting it towards some great new projects for the baby.

Ok, so this first one isn't REALLY for the baby, but it will be in the hospital with us so it kind of counts right?  I'm attempting to tackle the Amy Butler Weekender Bag for my hospital bag. If you've ever googled this bag, then you know there are lots of blog entries with tips on how to get through it. I've heard it's tough, but it just looks too cute to pass up!

I'll be making a few modifications to the pattern - as if trying to make the bag in the first place wasn't enough of a challenge :-p

  • Interior pockets - there are none in the pattern, which is pretty surprising. At the very least I'll be adding a big elastic pocket, divided into sections along one side of the bag.
  • Longer handles - I'm extending the handles a bit so the bad can be put over my shoulder.
  • Outside zipper pocket - this may make more sense once I get to it and have pictures, but I'm planning to add a zipper to the top of one of the outside slip pockets and turn one pocket into 2! I love to have zipper pockets on the outside of bags to store things securely and in easy reach - like boarding passes!

So far I've only gotten to cutting out the fabric - which is no small task. I divided this up into 2 sessions as leaning over my growing bump is becoming a bit difficult. I love the turquoise and grey combination!

Please excuse the wrinkledness...

Penelope also had a long day of fabric cutting.

April 22, 2012

Mustache Fun!

I love the Envelope Clutch pattern from Noodlehead and have been looking for the perfect fabric to sew one up. When I came across the mustache fabric I knew it was meant to be!

This fabric makes me think of my baby sister (who is not so "baby" anymore!). So I whipped one up for her :-)

I love the bright fuchsia interior. Linings is one of my favorite part of the bags. I really try to choose fun fabrics to make the bags just a bit different :-)

This was my very first zipper pocket! I was a bit nervous, but the instructions from Anna were so clear it was super easy. I can't believe I've been avoiding them this whole time!

After I was done, I like it so much I made another for my shop, here.  Now just to make one for me :-)

Now I need to get back on a baby quilt for my friend. Baby shower is in 2 weeks!  

April 01, 2012


It's not an April Fools joke... my Etsy shop is open!  You can access my shop here:

Calico Kiwi

I'll be adding new items as I finish them, and love to do custom orders too! So if you'd like anything custom, just send me a message and I'll set up a listing.

Here is a sneak peak at what's up in the shop.

I'm so excited to be open, and can't wait to add more fun items :-)

March 11, 2012

New Closet

Every woman's dream... a large, beautiful, organized closet. We have a pretty big master closet, but by no means was it organized, which by default means it was not beautiful either, haha.  With the projects in the kitchen done (more on that on another post) we moved onto the closet last weekend.

First, our before picture. It is not this bad on a normal day - we had company coming over so I just shoved everything in the closet.  However, the overall set up was not great in general. There was one shelf that went around the whole closet, leaving a good bit of wasted space on top and bottom. Our old house in Louisiana had 2 shelves around the whole closet for some double decker organization action, so we figured we'd try that approach again.

We moved this shelf down to waist level and added another row across the top.  The cats had fun playing on the shelves.

I also got some cute boxes from Lowe's and Target to help organize the things I wanted to keep on the shelves.  I'm so happy with the end result! It's so much more organized and so much more space!!

My clothes are on top and Mr. Kiwi's are on the bottom. He's a tad more... particular... about the way his clothes are organized :-)

Left out the bottom shelf here to allow room for my dresses, and our dirty laundry bins.

Saving the best for last... you see that on the left? That is my wall of purses!!!  :-)

It was actually the hub's idea. I have hooks to hang up the bags I use the most and then a basket on the shelf to hold the rest (yes, I have a ton of bags...)

Now, I think we're finally done with projects for a while. Could use a bit of relaxation time, until the hubby gets bored again, hehe.

February 29, 2012

Where in the world?

I love maps... I am obsessed with maps... I have a college degree in geography. I found this bag on Pinterest a few weeks ago and splurged a bit and ordered it - I did check with the seller that it will be right side up :-)

From renklitasarimlar on Etsy

However, I can't stop there. I see this fabric all over Etsy.

From Sky Turtle on Etsy

From chezlele on Etsy

...but I cannot find it anywhere! :-(

I've probably spent hours searching the internet for this fabric and have not been able to find it. Somehow it just doesn't feel quite right to convo one of these lovely shops and ask where they bought it, so I will continue to search. One day this fabric will be mine...

February 28, 2012


Thought I would share my picture from today - I think I'll try to share one a week.

Today we have Dance Central 2 - or as I like to call it "this is working out right?"

With each routine you have a "freestyle" section where you just do what you want, then it plays it back to you in super speed.  I do not recommend doing dance central in a baggy T-shirt and sweat pants, or else you look like you have no shape at all. I swear my torso is not just a big box...

As far as crafting goes, I'm working on a quilt for one of my close friends that is having her first baby. She's due in June and the baby shower is not till May, but I'm avoiding finishing my queen size quilt because it scares me a little and wanted to switch to something smaller. Plus the fabric is so cute! I'll post pics once she has it :-)

February 13, 2012

365 Photos

I'm getting a bit of a late start, but I decided to do the 365 photo project. I'm taking a photo a day, every day, for the rest of the year. Of course this is a leap year, so it's really 366... but I'm late so it's really 326, if we want to be technical about it.

Anyway... thought I would share the pic from today.

We ordered our annual King Cakes to take into work, they just haven't made it there yet.  I think the kitties will be a little upset when they are gone.

February 12, 2012

New Laptop Accessories

I splurged a bit a few weeks ago... I got a MacBook Air.  BIG SPURLGE... but I love it!

I wanted to make a case for it to keep it protected, plus an excuse to make something else :-)

I thought the Amy Butler fabric would make a great laptop sleeve.  And yes, that is a huge bag of batting for a laptop sleeve, but I have a few other projects in the works that wil chop away at that.  

I found a great tutorial on Prudent Baby, for a "manly laptop sleeve", though mine is not so "manly", haha.

This was my first project using velcro. I'd say it went pretty well. Sewing it onto the body was a bit awkward, but really didn't want to risk putting it on before and then having it be in the wrong place.

However, the binding worried me... I don't live too close to a Joann's so I often start projects and just hope I have what I need to finish them - usually my downfall is thread. As I saw sewing the binding on, I just kept peering over at the thread and getting more and more nervous. It worked out ok, but just barely!

It holds my new laptop perfectly and I love it.

I also wanted to make a little bag to hold the cords and such.  I thought about making it to match, but when I found this tutorial, I couldn't help but make a little patchworky bag. 

I went through all my scraps and started cutting. I cheated a bit and used a few twice. 

I love seeing all my fun fabrics together in one item, and it reminds me of all the things I made with the fabrics before.

Holds all my chargers perfectly!

Great pair (even if they don't really match) and all travel ready with my new laptop.

January 29, 2012

Blogathon to Craftathon

Every year during the 24 Hours of Daytona race, Mr. Kiwi and some of his other sports bloggers/friends do a Blogathon with 24 straight hours of blogging - including coverage of the race and any other sporting event that happens to be on during it.  This leaves me with a good bit of time on my hands for the weekend. So I had my own mini Craftathon.

So far it's been a pretty productive weekend. I've gotten one Convertible Clutch (by LBG Studio) made.  It's the first time I've made this pattern and I LOVE it. The bag is such a great size (I feel like a lot of clutches - or at least a lot I have seen - are too small to hold everything I need for an evening) and I love the versatility. I'll be using this one at my cousin's wedding next month in Florida.

I also made a few Kindle Fire sleeves that will be up in my shop soon. I got a Kindle Fire in December and immediately made a simple little sleeve for it. It's slightly padded for a little extra protection, and fits the Kindle nice a snug. No need for a flap or button.

This is the first one I made. I love the London Tube fabric. I'm hoarding more of it :-)

And apparently I have a thing for yellow linings, hehe.

Not part of my Craftathon is weekend, but I made up another 241 Tote from Noodlehead.  I really love this pattern. I made 2 for my sister and sister-in-law this past Christmas (of course, I neglected to take pics, but my SIL was sweet enough to send me a few), and this one is going up in my shop.

Christmas present for my SIL

There has also been a lot of this going on this weekend :-)

Hope you had a Craft-tacular weekend!

January 22, 2012

Great minds...

They say great minds think alike, which must be true - as my sister and I each got each other very similar presents for Christmas... bag making books! :-)

I got her The Bag Making Bible, and she got me Sew Serendipity Bags. I LOVE pattern books. I could spend all day cuddled up with my stash of bag and quilting books, drooling over the projects. So after a few days of drooling, I decided to make the Tulip Tote first. 

So this is the output of my New Years Eve - exciting, huh?

I did kind of cheat on the main fabric used. It's the same design as the one in the book, just a different color. I just loved they way it looked in the book, and I had the perfect amount of fabric sitting around from a bundle I had ordered. I just had to find some grommets. 

Putting in the grommets was somewhat nerve wrecking. I just spent all this time making this bag and now I have to cute huge holes in it!?!? On top of that, the reviews for the grommets I got were not very good. People said they constantly popped open or they couldn't even get them to close :-/

Thankfully, I had no issues at all. They snapped shut perfectly and I've been using this bag for the last several weeks with no issue at all.

So happy with the result. Lately I've been working on a few bags for my shop that will be opening soon! So stay tuned! :-)

January 13, 2012

Mr. Kiwi Crafts

I've been blessed with a husband that not only knows how to do all of that fixer upper stuff, but also enjoys doing it!  Our last house was an older home built in the 70s that had a lot of projects to be done, which kept Mr. Kiwi very busy.  Well, our new home is only about 10 years old so there's not much updating to do or many things to fix. Not to say we can't upgrade a few things :-)

Since we moved into our house I've been wanting to install and glass tile backsplash behind the stove. This is the best before picture I could find, and it's really of the orchid, but you can see the kitchen in the back ground.

Well, Mr. Kiwi got a bit bored earlier this week and 2 nights later...

Ta Daa!!!

I wish I would have taken some in progress pictures. The first night he mixed the cement and placed the tiles, then the second night he did the grout.

Oh yeah, and you gotta love Goofy! :-)

I also love the way out oil and vinegar bottles look against the new tile.