Swashbuckling Pirate – on Etsy

Finally, The Swashbuckling Pirate and friends are up in my Etsy shop. It took forever it seems like to get them up there. The photo shoot was horrific because a Mermaid took forever getting her hair right. And then the First Mate lost his eye patch…what a mess.

Swashbuckling Pirate

He is a swashbuckling hero! He loves to do good deeds even though he is called a pirate.

First Mate

Our Captain can’t go on his adventures alone. So comes along his one eyed First Mate.


These mermaids love our Captain desperately! They will stay and talk to him long before they get bored of him.

In the Lagoon

Our Captain decided he needed a break and wanted to talk to the Mermaids to see if they need anything


These fabulous peg people are up in the Emily Guerra Designs Etsy shop. Go check it out here  and let me know what you guys think by leaving a comment below. Also, check out my Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/emilyguerradesigns.



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Pirates and Mermaids – Peg People

I finally finished this set of pirates and mermaids – peg people. I am very happy with how they turned out. I have to say that I was a bit worried about how my pirates were going to turn out. I was told that they look very much like Errol Flynn. Which is good. I wasn’t trying to go for Pirates of the Caribbean.

Pirates and Mermaids peg people

Here are our pirates and mermaids together.

Side view of pirates peg people

Here is the side view of my pirates. They both have cutlasses. Our One eyed side kick has a patch over one eye and our Captain has a pony tail.

Our mermaids - peg people

Here is our lovely mermaids. They love the Captain from a distance in their little lagoon.

Curly haired mermaids - peg people

Our lovely mermaids love to show off their long and curly hair.

Please excuse my camera phone pictures. My real camera has been lent out.

I am going to put these up at my Etsy shop by the end of the week. There are only three sets of peg people. You will get two pirates, the swashbuckler and sidekick, and two mermaids. Each set will come with mermaids with different colored hair.

Check back to see when they have gone up into the shop! I will post on Facebook as well once everything has been put up.

I love peg people. Tell me your thoughts about peg people too!

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Crochet Sweater – The Cheat

This is totally a Cheater’s Version of a crochet sweater. Simple, no increasing or decreasing stitches, no shaping at all.

I don’t normally keep yarn around when I craft. Not like I keep all the fabric in my sewing room. But I had recently made a lot of beanies for my Etsy store. So I had yarn left over and I needed something to do with it all. It wasn’t a ton of yarn but enough that I would have bits and pieces all over the place.

I wanted to have a crochet sweater, but I have to admit I have never made a sweater or even have the time to follow a full size, adult pattern. So I went looking for a simpler way to do what I wanted.

I found a link on Pinterest and following through I found the original link here.  I guess you could call it a Shrug. Mine won’t look anything as nice as that but I am using leftover yarn after all. Here is what it looks like so far. It doesn’t look like much but I am not finished yet. And remember, I am trying to use all my yarn up.

Crochet Sweater - The Cheat

Crochet Sweater – The Cheat

I did want something that I could throw on to wear out dropping the kids off at school. It will be one of those things that I don’t care what I look like because it is to early in the morning and I am just dropping off my kids at school so who cares! Right?

Once I am done I will post pictures on how it looks. Fingers Crossed that it turns our wearable.


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Fantastic Friday – Projects to do

Our church has a meeting once a month just for the women. It is called Relief Society Enrichment. The meeting for October is our Fantastic Friday. It is where we get together and eat, gab and craft. Some of this is just to be able to be together with friends and craft without any children around and just enjoying each other’s company.

Since I am in charge, with my board members, this is what we have planned for our meeting for our Fantastic Friday.

The below is a growth chart made and painted on a  1 x 6 x 6  that I purchased from Lowe’s.  Click here for our inspiration.

growth chart

Wooden Growth Chart – Fantastic Friday

This is a sweet little wooden Nativity Ornament. Click here to see where we got our idea.

Nativity Ornament

Wooden Nativity Ornament – Fantastic Friday

We also have a few classes. The one that I am teaching is the Dishtowel Aprons. Click here to see where I got my idea. I really loved these as gifts for my mom and sisters.


Dishtowel Apron – Fantastic Friday


Dishtowel Apron – Fantastic Friday

You might have seen all over Pinterest where these awesome little ornaments have been hanging. Have I ever said how much I love Pinterest?  Click here for the information on how to make these.


Painted Glass Ornament – Fantastic Friday


Painted Glass Ornament – Fantastic Friday

This is the last picture that I have. This is a Menu display board. It turned out really nice. This one was made by my friend Karen. Click here to see where she got her inspiration.

Menu Board

Menu Display Board – Fantastic Friday


I am really looking forward to this evening since I love to craft and my husband will be home with our kids. Yay! Crafting without kids, with friends and good food. How often does that happen?

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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One of the most wonderful things that I have come across is this website. It is called Crafthope.

I found this website when I wanted to do some sort of service using my talents for others. Now I don’t have that many talents but I do craft and sew. What better way to craft and sew for others that need it.

This project is for We are Kenya. This is a charitable organization that is doing what it can for the orphans in Kenya. You can get more details on the organization and the project by going to Project 25.

They are looking for hats/scarves/ gloves and sanitary pads. Which is to be all made by those that volunteer for this. You can go to the website and add a comment at the bottom of the page letting them know that you are interested in making things that they need and there is also the mailing address of the contact person who is handling the receiving of all the items.

I am working on hats and scarves to be able to send.

It isn't much to look at now but I just started.

It isn’t much to look at now but I just started.

When I have completed my hats and scarves I will upload more photos.

Share the joy and the link to Crafthope and let us craft hope for others.

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There are some lovely new things in my shop.

Summer has ended for us here in Georgia. School starts again next week and we will be busy, busy! But before we get back into routine, I wanted to share a little bit with you.

I have posted some new things in my Etsy shop. Check it out. Click Here for my Etsy shop or click here for my Facebook page.

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I have opened my Etsy shop…again!!

I have decided that since I have some free time on my hands that I will open my Etsy shop again. I have been thinking about this for quite awhile and now I have it going.

I am working out what it is that I want to sell but have started out with some really nice, small, zippered bag and a small kiss clasp coin purse. Then I also decided to make a few skirts for my daughters, and there were some extra’s that were made to sell as well.

These are currently up at my shop. You can purchase them seperately.

These are currently up at my shop. You can purchase them seperately.

I thought that these would be fabulous for those who love their football teams.

I thought that these would be fabulous for those who love their football teams. For sale in my shop.

Roll Tide!!

Roll Tide!! For sale in my shop.

Aren't these adorable?!

Aren’t these adorable?! For sale in my shop.


Such a cute Mermaid skirt.

Such a cute Mermaid skirt. For sale in my shop.

Red and white polka dots. So cute!!

Red and white polka dots. So cute!! For sale in my shop.

I had made these for my contest. The winner loved them.

I had made these for my contest. The winner loved them.

These were made for my son. He has his but I wanted to share.

These were made for my son. He has his but I wanted to share.


I also have a facebook page which I am trying to get more followers on. Check out www.facebook.com/emilyguerradesigns and the link to my Etsy shop is www.emilyguerradesigns.etsy.com. If you see something that you like or if you have any questions please contact me and we can talk.



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So it has been awhile

I don’t know where the time went to and then Christmas came and went and so did my fabulous Memory Craft 9000. But finally I am back at it again. I have since purchased a Janome 3160. I really like it.  It isn’t a Memory Craft but it does have an automatic thread cutter which I love. It also has an extension flat table that came with it. Which I also love!

this is my new machine the Janome 3160

This is my new machine ,the Janome 3160

Joann’s had a door buster for the Christmas season that I couldn’t pass up on. It was cheap flannel. I couldn’t believe it. My and my sewing buddy, Tiffany, went and I bought a huge amount of flannel. Here are some of the final products from that flannel purchase.

These belong to the boy.

These belong to the boy.


These are L's pajama pants. She loves pink.

These are L’s pajama pants. She loves pink.


These are N's pajama bottoms. THey are wrinkly since they have been worn already.

These are N’s pajama bottoms. They are wrinkly since they have been worn already.


I do have a few more pairs to show but I will post them once I get them completed. I really screwed up on one pair because I wasn’t thinking through my steps. But I am going to make it and wear it anyways since it will be just around the house. Thank goodness for that.


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April 2013 Spring finally!

I have a friend who wanted Easter dresses for her girls. They are 10 and 12.

I had to make some adjustments. For the Pink dress I had to add a few inches to the hip area, but neglected to add the same amount to the skirt. So I had to make some adjustments to the skirt.Samantha pink dress 2013 back



Samantha pink dress 2013For the Blue dress I had to add sleeves since she didn’t want to wear a sweater over her arms. This fit pretty much out of the pattern. The pattern was sleeveless and thank goodness for my Threads magazine that had instructions for adding a kimono sleeve.

Samira Blue dress back 2013

Samira Blue dress front 2013


With the left over material I made skirts for my girls. The blue skirt is a circle skirt with a zipper on the side and a snap on the waistband to close. I really didn’t want to add a button. The pink skirt is just a A line skirt with ruffles on the bottom edge. Both the skirts ended up to big for the girls, but that does mean that they can grow into them. They should wear these for quite a few years yet.

Julian, Natalia and Lorenna 2013

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MISC Stuff

What do you think?

What do you think?


I got a new fabulous book called The Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques by Lynda Maynard. I wanted to practice some of those techniques on a wearable muslin. So this is what I made. I made a mistake on the neckline though because the gray band stands away from my neck right at my shoulder. I should have stretched it just a little  bit to make it lay flat. Now I know.

The Back

The Back


The neckline.

The neckline.

This is also the first time that I used a double needle in my machine. I have to say that I am now addicted. They are wonderful to have when you need to hem or top stitch on a knit shirt.


My next project didn’t go so well.

Eh, not good.

Eh, not good.

I had a picture in my head. I wasn’t able to make it like that because the fabric is a thin sweater knit and you can see right through it. But I am going to wear it anyways. I just need to make a few minor/major adjustments.


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