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Carolyn McKeating
Pittsburgh, PA
Healing loss by making things.
Interests: I love family life and all things yarn and fabric related.
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Above is a picture of what I have been up to so far this year ... felting wool sweaters and suiting found in thrift shops! It is so much fun to go to Goodwill and hunt for 100% wool sweaters in pretty colors; it feels like a scavenger hunt! I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at "Making It" Better
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We were in need of some winter blankets at our house, so I came up with this simple idea. Two pieces of fabric; polar fleece for the back and a cotton flannel for the front. I used two and a half yards of each. I squared up the fabrics and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2011 at "Making It" Better
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Did it again! Made another one of these linen pillows; only this one is for my daughter living in Florida. The top looks much harder than it is to make and it sews up quickly. I love the crisp white and yellow combination; a reminder of spring as we head... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2011 at "Making It" Better
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I have found a new passion; Crocheted edge pillowcases! I have been buying vintage pillowcases for years and love the crisp cotton feel, as well as the beautiful border designs. Now I know how to make my own after finding this great tutorial. Crocheting is easy to do once you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2011 at "Making It" Better
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This DIY project was inspired by our daughter who sent me a link to a grouping of framed bird illustrations on the Garnet Hill website, as an idea for the blank wall space we had in our living room. I loved the idea and might have considered purchasing a grouping... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2011 at "Making It" Better
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I think it is probably apparent after reading my blog for a while, that I like seeing colors arrayed in rainbow fashion. This post, this post, and this quilt for example, highlight my attachment. I think it is the way the colors flow from one to the next; the way... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2011 at "Making It" Better
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I wanted to share with you this picture of my two nieces loving the dolls which I made for them. I hear from their moms that they bring them with them everywhere. In fact, my niece on the left in the photo was visiting Pittsburgh from out west, and her... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at "Making It" Better
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There is potential for change in everything and everyone, but it is often easier to see how others should change than to recognize the changes we need to make ourselves. Hopefully we have people in our lives who will tell us honestly, and reflectively, in what areas we need to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2011 at "Making It" Better
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"Five years have past; five summers, with the length Of five long winters!" William Wordsworth, "Tintern Abbey" It is hard to believe it has now been five years since Dan passed on. This anniversary felt different for me than previous years; easier in some ways and poignantly painful in others.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2011 at "Making It" Better
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Our granddaughter was baptized last weekend when I was visiting. What a joyous occasion! I wanted to make something special for her to commemorate the special occasion and I came up with the idea of a baptismal handkerchief. I'm familiar with the tradition of giving a baby girl a white... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2011 at "Making It" Better
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The anticipation of a new baby always gets my creative juices flowing! Last month, I finished this felt baby book for our newest granddaughter. I loved making it as it allows for a lot of creativity. You can give it a retro look by using vintage fabrics or choose newer... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2011 at "Making It" Better
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Our new baby has arrived! Little Lucy came into the world this week and I am having the joy of visiting with our daughter and son-in-law after the birth of their first child. My primary job is to hold the baby; sweet life! Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2011 at "Making It" Better
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I love 1930's reproduction fabrics! Many of them are reproductions of designs found on flour sacks from the early 1900's. Others are modern designs which use similar colors and small repetitive designs, often floral, which were common at that time. What I love about them, is the cheerful feeling and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2011 at "Making It" Better
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Hi there! Have you wondered what I've been up to? Well, I have been making a lot of things, especially little girl things; anxiously awaiting the arrival of our newest granddaughter! The dress above was made from a vintage Simplicity pattern which I purchased at Joann's. I made some small... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2011 at "Making It" Better
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Happy belated New Year! Hope you had a happy New Year's celebration and have given some thought to your hopes and dreams for the coming year. Our family is happily expecting the birth of our newest granddaughter this spring, and as you can see I'm preparing! This little bootie was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2011 at "Making It" Better
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Merry Christmas to each of you and your families! Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2010 at "Making It" Better
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O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum, wie treu sind deine Blätter! We're getting ready around here and I am sure that you are too. With the shortening of days I hope you are feeling the coziness that this time of year offers. Curling up with a book or favorite knitting project, watching... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2010 at "Making It" Better
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Hi there! Sorry it has been so long since I've posted. I'm not sure why that is, except that I guess I haven't felt like I had anything to say. For all of you who are missing someone very dear to you during this holiday season, I hope you know... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at "Making It" Better
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We have a new grandchild on the way in our family and this news is causing great excitement! Sometime in December my daughter and son-in-law will be finding out if it is a boy or girl, and of course, that was too long of a time for me to wait... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2010 at "Making It" Better
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I just finished several doll quilts and posted one for sale on my Etsy shop. These were fun to make using vintage inspired fabrics, including images from the Dick and Jane readers. What memories I have of those pictures! I gave one to my nieces on Thanksgiving and one to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2010 at "Making It" Better
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I am finally getting around to posting photos of the completed Gala Quilt and am happy to report that it raised $950 for my children's school! That exceeded my expectations and I'm grateful for the generosity of the school's benefactors. If all goes well, I plan to enlist the same... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2010 at "Making It" Better
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I finished the little red coat ornament and I love it! It is so cute because of all the detail. I'm planning on making another one out of robin's egg blue felt. I'm a believer in making seconds, they go much faster than the first try and lend themselves to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2010 at "Making It" Better
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My red coat came in the mail over the weekend; not to fight, but to keep me warm ... if only in my heart! This little felt ornament is the creation of Alicia Paulson. Please do yourself a favor; sit down with a cup of hot something and read her... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at "Making It" Better
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Hi everyone, I'm still here! Does anyone else feel like this has been an incredibly busy fall so far? I have been working on two twin size quilts recently, both of which have taken longer than I expected. One is for our daughter who just turned sixteen. I've posted photos... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2010 at "Making It" Better