Nautical Napkins

I was walking through my local stitch shop drooling over the beautiful fabric they have scattered throughout the store.

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See that little stack with the red & blue lobsters? It called to me. I picked up the sweet little stack and drooled over the variations! The light blue whales in the top left corner was not part of the original group, but since the bride had a whale theme I felt the need to include them.

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I then tried to figure out what size to make the napkins since they were pre-cut fat quarters.

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Do I go for the large size? Medium? Small?

I finally decided on the small size, each quarter becoming 4 small napkins.

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Having a cutting board, ruler and rotary cutter has been amazing. It makes a huge difference in terms of cutting a bunch at time.

I followed these steps to make mitered corners. It became easier and easier to make each one. The burnt fingers was not fun, but using an iron made a HUGE difference.

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In the end the napkins worked out perfectly and were so much fun to do. I can’t wait to make more!

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xoxo Hannah

Nautical Love

This has been a long time coming. Our dear Fifi was married this past June. Their wedding was to take place in a scenic, beautiful, tiny town by the sea. The bride & groom rented a few houses right on the water, providing many beautiful pictures for the fun leading up to the wedding.

I knew from the moment they were engaged I wanted to create something they could love for the rest of their lives that would subtly remind them of their wedding day. Due to the nautical aspect of their wedding, whale themed, I wanted to stick with that theme.

I began playing with the idea of signal flags, traditionally used for communication between boats, and now is more decorative. Once I discovered the date & location of the wedding I began playing around with the flags. With grid paper and colored pencils I started playing around. I knew I was going to include the following words & numbers

  • FIONA (5)
  • ALEX (4)
  • 06 13 (4)
  • LITTLE (6)
  • COMPTON (7)

The difficulty began for me when some of the words were an even number of letters, and the others odd. This meant I would need to have an offset grid. After many starts and stops I came up with this idea.

My original plan was to knit each flag in super chunky yarn, then sew them together, and back it. I made 5 flags before I realized it wasn’t going to work.

So back to the drawing table I went. Although I had never sewn something more intense then the napkins I made for Fiona’s shower, I decided to make a quilt. With zero quilt making experience.

I took a mug rug class at my local stitch shop. It was lovely for several reasons, one of them being that it let me learn the basics of everything quickly.

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I then did some *gasp* math to figure out how much fabric to buy. Easy since I decided for each flag to be a perfect square, just a lot of LxW/2 etc. I then was able to figure out how much fabric in each color to buy. (I still overbought out of paranoia). Originally I thought to have the flags touch, but it wasn’t visually clear. So I put strips in between each.

Then I put the flags together in strips, line by line. Then I attached the lines together, trimmed the outside. Then I stitched in the ditch to attach the back to the front. The original plan was for this to be a twin sized blanket. It’s a queen now.

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I can’t wait to make my next quilt!

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XOXO Hannah

Home is Where the… T-Shirt is?

I had a lovely time making my Harry Potter workout tee I just knew I had to make another one. This time I made one that shows some love for my hometown. Again the hardest part was picking an image. After searching for an outline of my city (and realizing there was none) I found a map of the city and messily playing around with paint was able to kind of make it happen. This is something I would never print and hang on my wall, but it works enough for my purposes.

Same creation as the Harry Potter Tee, and voila, a very fun, hometown pride shirt.

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DIY Harry Potter Workout Tank

I’m sure you’ve realized at this point that I like Harry Potter. Like a lot. (I’m a Hufflepuff if you’re curious)

So when I saw a way to make DIY t-shirt using only 5 items. I was in. And already knew my theme.

  • t-shirt
  • fabric paint
  • exacto knife
  • freezer paper
  • your design
  • iron

The hardest part was deciding on what I wanted to do as a design! I will warn you, the more tiny detailed, thin lines there are, the harder it is.

Easy, one solid piece

Easy, one solid piece

Medium, has inside pieces.

Medium, has inside pieces.

Not easy. Lots of tiny inside pieces.

Not easy. Lots of tiny inside pieces.



I ended up going with this beautiful stag / deathly hallows combo I found this tattoo design online and I loved it! (I’m not selling these, but be careful of copyright/ stealing people’s things)

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I decided to not include the stag lines into the hallows symbol, but otherwise it was the same.

Steps were simple:

Print out design (or freehand it if that is your thing!)

Tape freezer paper (shiny side down) on top of your design.

Start cutting along the lines. REMEMBER you want to KEEP the white / inside pieces! the BLACK lines will be discarded.

Let the paint sit as long as it tells you too, then do the ever satisfying peeling off of the freezer paper.

Then rock your shirt with pride! I plan on making a bunch more of these. Get ready world!

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Off to the gym I go…

XOXO HANNAH

Littlest Camel Jumper

We have some lovely friends who recently welcomed a baby boy into their lives. He is just precious. Back when she was pregnant and I didn’t know if it was a boy or a girl I decided to make them a little grey jumper. They also have a ceramic camel that they have had for a while, that was even present at their wedding. It seems like it makes sense to make them a little camel themed jumper.

I went with the Magic Troll Vest, which I have made in the past. Very clear instructions, and it knits up so quickly, perfect for a forgotten baby shower.

I used Swans Island Organic Washable DK, in two different grays, graphite and pewter, with size 5, 16-inch circulars.

I augmented the pattern a bit to fit my needs. I used this website to create the stitch pattern, and then knit the vest separately. First I knit the front panel, then the back panel, then ribbed and knit the shoulder straps, then ribbed the bottom together, then sewed up the sides.

I also made two detachable straps instead of a decorative one. I did this because through experience with babies, having multiple ways to put outfits on is the best.

XOXO Hannah

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Work Life Balance or Sometimes… Imbalance

Need to go to the gym… need to get work done… Which to do?

Warning… this post is not going to be very exciting, I just kind of wanted to talk about the balance I’m trying to accomplish.

So recently, and by recently, I mean last week, I joined a gym. I’m also in the middle of student teaching, so I’m all over the place and very busy. I’m still a student, and a teacher, and trying to get in shape (Fiona’s wedding is coming up!).

So today if you had seen me at the gym, you would have seen me biking away (not on one of those cycling bikes, the regular kind) with my iPad. I spent the whole hour typing up a really detailed lesson plan. Only putting down the iPad when I was climbing a hill.

My parting advice is sometimes you have to prioritize, but sometimes prioritizing does not mean picking one. Sometimes it means picking them both and getting it done.

XOXO Hannah

A Very Harry Potter Halloween

I love Harry Potter. I really do. I’ve been reading it since I was a kid, I have countless copies, in electronic, paperback, hardcover, and several copies of each book.

Thankfully I’m not the only one who feels this way and we were able to pull off an amazing party.

We went at it with my 4 favorite categories:

Hover over the picture to learn how to do it yourself!

Food: So by food… I really mean candy… It is Halloween after all…

Drinks: We didn’t make these up, we found them online, but Brett was able to whip them up for us. They were such a big hit and super easy to make.

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Decor: This is when we really kicked it into high gear.

Dress Code: Well this one isn’t hard! It was a Harry Potter Halloween so the hosts made sure to wear Harry Potter themed things!

xoxo Hannah