Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Ballsy

Still working on stuff for the baby shower which is coming up this weekend. These balls are going to be the centerpiece for table number 2. The balls were made from this pattern. Here's Mikey holding one of my practice balls. I had to make quite a few practice ones--do you have any idea how hard it is to get all those little points to match up on the ends? If you've made these and didn't have any trouble, don't tell me because I don't want to know about it.
I've been loving the fabric boxes seen here at All Buttoned Up. They are super cute. But Timtex (or should I say fake-Timtex) and I don't get along, so I knew if I attempted that pattern I'd end up with another disaster.

I found these boxes (2 for 6 bucks) at my local Fred Meyer. They had little handles attached to the front, which I removed. Those patches look like pockets, but they're really just patches that I just fabric-glued to the front.

These little boxes are the perfect size for storing fabric folded using the Happy Zombie magical method of folding found here.

And by the way, the ruler fabric? I still love it and still have quite a bit of it, but am getting a little tired of seeing it all over my blog. So that is the last you'll see of it here.

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! I'm trying to respond to everyone, but for some reason ever since I switched to the new blogger things aren't showing up right for me. I'll click on the name of a commenter and then it will say that the profile isn't enabled. Grrrr. Here's another thing--ever since the switch, bloglines says I only have one subscriber. I'm assuming that's me. How sad. Oh well, best not to care about such things anyway. It's not a popularity contest, right?

OK--I'm heading over to YOUR blog right now... :)

32 comments:

Erin said...

The Balls look great. I can only imagine how hard it was to line up the corners. I have a hard enough time lining up the liner of my bags with the outside!

Your fabric looks so pretty in those little boxes. I love the patches you glued on - very cute fabric!

kirsten said...

of course you love the rulers! what fun fabric!

(my bloglines says you have 94 - just so you know! :)

ruth said...

The balls look great (and difficult) and I love your boxes with the ruler fabric on them.

beki said...

Love the balls! And I'm not tired of seeing that ruler fabric, nope, not at all.

As fr as bloglines, mine says 94 as well.

lindiepindie said...

Me and faux timetex don't get along either, especially if edges have to match up.

I'll let you know when your bloglines reaches 100. :o)

capello said...

what's fred meyer?

love the balls. and boxes. and neat fabric. mine's a mess. i don't even bother folding. grrr...

(and 94 on my bloglines as well. you way out beat me!)

shizzknits said...

Oh, the lining up the corners thing would have def. kept me from making more than one of those cute little balls.

I have some of those boxes too, and use them for scraps. Amazingly, I also tore off the handles and put fabric on the front! Tho mine don't look at nice as yours. :) I'll have to post a pic sometime

And BTW I have the same damn problem with replying to comments. Very annoying. I don't know why Blogger doesn't just require a email addy every time. They already have your addy in your account, so why not just clip it to the comment notification email? It's one of my pet peeves with Blogger.

And my bloglines says you have 94 subscribers, too.

Chara Michele said...

I subscribe to your blog, but not through bloglines (through Google Reader instead), so the number may be higher than 94 if bloglines is just counting blogline subscribers only.

Those balls are so cute, I might have to make some as cat toys:)

Lindsey said...

Oh my gosh I love those balls! I've always wanted to make some but I just don't have anywhere to keep them...and Cosmo doesn't need anymore toys! But you used some of my absolute favorite fabrics for them! And that was a great idea with those boxes. Nice and simple I'm sure, but so cute!
You know, I have that ruler print, and I love it too, but I haven't even touched it! Shame on me.

Ali said...

Hey, I was wondering why you hadn't posted in so long, came over here manually and found you had, only ****** bloglines hadn't told me.

So a very belated happy birthday and I'm off to read all you posts I missed... Oh, and to re-subscribe.

Mama said...

It's like you wrote this post for me. You did, didn't you?! I've had the most difficult time getting the balls right over here (I posted a pic of my version a day or two ago) but I'm excited to try your pattern. I'm trying to fake Timtex right now and my machine is ANGRY about it... I love the rulers and could see them over and over (and over). I'm seriously thinking of a switcharoo away from my good friend Blogger just for this same reason. It drives me nuts that I can't respond to questions, etc., and I've loved Blogger for over a year but we're really having relationship trouble over this (me + Blogger).

Anyhow, nice work!

Carol said...

wow, those fabric balls are AWESOME! and all your fabrics look so yummy in their boxes...

Megan said...

They don't show people subscribed before you shifted over. But, yep, 94 on this side!!!

Great idea about the boxes. My own fabric pile is in serious need of some help like that.

lera said...

oh, i made some of those balls last summer. i can't remember if i had those same problems. however, i do remember how crappy they looked when i hand-stitched them closed. (and they are a little lopsided now. hmmm.) after i made them, i thought i should have added a jingle bell to the center. i need to try it that way. i'm sure my baby would love it.

(and i have the same blogger problem with commenters.)

lera said...

oh, i made some of those balls last summer. i can't remember if i had those same problems. however, i do remember how crappy they looked when i hand-stitched them closed. (and they are a little lopsided now. hmmm.) after i made them, i thought i should have added a jingle bell to the center. i need to try it that way. i'm sure my baby would love it.

(and i have the same blogger problem with commenters.)

Cathy said...

Nice balls! Haha. I can't get points to work either.

Stephanie said...

I need to try that fabric folding method you discovered-genius. I love it when everything looks nice and neat and organized.

Great job on the fabric balls. All those points must have been a headache, but you pulled it off beautifully.

Roxanne said...

Love the fabric balls! Thanks for the link, I think I will try that pattern out. Your fabric looks great all organized in the boxes. I'm with you...the homemade ones are great, but store-bought seems even better. (Just this one time! :)

Katie Jean said...

I'm not even sure how I found your blog, but Im soo happy I did because I needed an idea for fabric storage. and voila, you have it! I'm going over to happy zombie now to check out that folding. oh, and I love the balls!

weirdbunny said...

In Britian we don't do baby or wedding showers. Such a shame as they seem so much fun.

keri said...

Thanks for the link, those balls are really cute!

Bloglines- I'm seconding what everyone else has said, you definitely don't have 1 subscriber! =) There's also all the other aggregators out there (like the google reader) to add in as well.

Re: comments, that's one of the major reasons I switched over to typepad. When I was still on blogger I switched to haloscan comments, for a small "donation" they'll email them to you so you can respond via email. It worked about half the time and got VERY annoying.

I *heart* typepad.

Krista said...

OH Oh OH! Take heart and don't listen to stupid bloglines -- mine says at least 95 people are addicted to you!

And thanks for the beautiful comment on my news on my last post... ya'll are the best cheerleading squad a girl could have and you made me cry. Again :) Thanks SO much!

xxx

Oh yeah - those balls are super sweet, a great project and wonderful fabrics. Same goes for the boxes.

Dacia said...

i know you have more than one subscriber. it's hard not to feel like blogland isn't a a popularity contest sometimes. i think you're great though! the baby balls are fantastic. thanks for sharing the source!

Natasha said...

the boxes are great for fabric!! and they look so pretty. The balls are great too, thanks for the link!!

taimarie said...

Just wanted to de-lurk to say how much I enjoy your blog (I check the old fashioned way and so don't show in your bloglines...) Good luck with the balls, they look great!

AmberCake said...

I had a fabric ball that I loved as a kid and it had CIRCLES STITCHED OVER THE POINTS. Very cute, and now that I am old enough to sew... woo-hoo, whoever made that was a smart lady. If you're not picturing me, think of a beach ball - usually, you don't get all the points together at the top, there's that red circle. There's probably no way to get all of those points to come together in plastic and hold air.
Blanket-stitching or blind-stitching the circles might not be a picnic, either, but might be better than the points?

Glad to find your blog today (via Pink Chalk Studio), will be back again.

Mirre said...

I've been wanting to make fabric balls for ages...yours look gorgeous!

June said...

Everything looks great! I'd like to try making some of the balls and thank you for the link to the instructions.

Mama said...

Hey!-- It's Beth from over at WriteMamaWrite... I wanted to check with you about posting a link to your site with a picture for a separate website, but I can't find your email address to mail you with the details. Would you mind emailing me?

kitchentablecreative[at]hotmail[dot]com

Oh, my grandma was super-excited about your boxes (she saw them via my site and went on and on about them and about how organized you are). You made quite the impression, though she would never comment to tell you so!

Dale Anne said...

The ruler fabric is GREAT!
FABULOUS little balls you've made!!!

kimberly said...

I made a ball like that a while ago and I know exactly what you mean about being hard to line up!! Yours are great though.
You have such cute ideas.

Rachael said...

The balls are great - I had the same problem with lining up the points, I just stitched little felt circles over the points. I think it's a nice look, even if it gives away the fact that I can't line up the damn points!! I'm such an amateur!