Monday, August 31, 2009

Another Etsy Monday

This "Etsy Monday" is a tribute to survivors of the CPSIA*. I made the decision to give up my tiny children's clothing business and have an admiration for those who have weathered the storm.
Two for today...more to come next week!

I love the appliques on this set!

"Set includes comfy wide legs boutique style full size pants with huge paw appliqué - pants have comfy elastic waist - long sleeves appliquéd tee and fur hooded vest. Vest has matching appliqués also and lil bear ears on hood. Appliques are sewn and soft and made of felt. All my ideas and design. Set is OOAK, Size 3T."

Great colors and check out the detail on the sash!

"Your little pumpkin will be ready for anything from tea time to play time. Richly saturated fabric in warm tones, accented ruffle hemline, and embellished sash make this one unforgettable fall dress. Pair this lovely dress will Grace and London Leggings or Belle Pants (sold separately).

Our Julia Dress is 3/4 sleeve, shirred neckline and bodice line allow for a comfy grow with me fit!

Available in sizes 12-18 months to 7 years."

*The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

Friday, August 28, 2009

Very cool giveaway!

We all love to win stuff don't we? Twiddletails is giving away a very cute organizer so hop on over there and enter!

The inside's even better but you have to go there to see it:)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

It's time to quilt!

I would put my sewing skills in the intermediate category. I learned to sew from my mom who made lots of my clothes and in turn I sewed for my girls. I spent some time making "Boutique" clothing for kids but that ended with the CPSIA. Quilting has always interested me and I've spent quite a lot of time recently drooling over quilting blogs and patterns. My new machine has a quilting foot and a 1/4 inch guide foot so there's no excuses now. I'm ready to tackle some real quilting.
Although I'm fairly confident about piecing, I admit to having a tiny fear of the quilting process. I'm going to start small and work my way up. My daughter's good friend is going to have a little girl in November so my goal is to have adequate skills by then to make a baby quilt.
If anyone has any tips for a beginner I'd be glad to hear them!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A little bit of sewing...and a lot of plaster.

This was one of those projects that laid there on the sewing table and taunted me. The pieces were ready to be sewn together. The lining was chosen.

Then I was distracted by the "Blue Bedroom". I really could kick myself for not taking "before" pictures of this room, but I will describe it as best I can. (Just to be clear, I inherited this room from the previous owner.)

Picture the walls divided in half horizontally by a chair rail height wallpaper border. "Not so bad." you say. But wait! Imagine the bottom half being a glorious cobalt blue: And the top a lighter shade of blue:

Now picture all of it with a poorly applied sand texture (but much gloppier than this photo):
We're not finished. Stamped onto the light blue, sandy, gloppy paint were red and blue stars. Thousands of them! Well, maybe dozens but it seemed like thousands. They were about 3 inches in diameter and added an unworldly dimension to the room. By "dimension" I mean they protruded from the wall and had to be removed with a razor scraper.

Now remember that wallpaper border? I honestly don't recall exactly what is was.

I think I blocked the memory.

But it was probably planets or something extraterrestrial.

Anyway, there was no texture under the border so I tried to fill in the unsandy stripe by matching it. After all, I could live with the sand texture if I had to. That was fail #1.
Then came the sanding and scraping in an attempt to remove all of the texture. Fail #2.

After a couple more fails, I came very close to knocking out the walls and starting over.

But being the determined girl that I am, I perservered and now the room has a brand new finish and I have a new skill.

Joint compound and a joint knife are my friends. I completely replastered, textured and painted the room and it only took about 3 weeks to finish this 2 day job. Oh, did I mention the country blue trim?
We'll save that one for another day.

I could finally get back to the tote.

It's finally finished and listed in my Etsy shop with a free glasses case.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Etsy Monday

1. (noun) crochet, crocheting
needlework done by interlocking looped stitches with a hooked needle.
2. (noun) crocheting
creating a garment of needlework

I've always loved crochet although I've never been very good at it. These artists, however, have it figured out! If you have a minute, grab a cup of something and have a look .

Pssssst! Christmas will be here before you know it. (Wink, wink!)

"Echinacea Garden" Crocheted Scarf


Tropical Sunrise Java Jacket


Baby girl crochet hat


Hand Crocheted Flowers--Scrapbooking Applique Set


Blue and Green Puff Stitch Crochet Tote Bag


Here's a little crochet humor for you.

Now I'm off to find that tote full of yarn and those bazillion hooks buried somewhere.

Happy hooking!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Iraqi Bundles of Love

I first read about this wonderful sharing opportunity at Tallgrass Prairie Studio who found it at Kristin's blog. Kristin's hubby is serving in Iraq and has launched this project to send fabric and sewing supplies to the area where he's located. You can get all the details at IBOL which is Kristin's hubby's site. But it's a lot more fun to take the long path through the sewing blogs to get the skinny. :)

I'll be packing my box this weekend.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mondays are Etsy Days

I'm constantly amazed at all the talented artists on Etsy and plan to choose a few each week for a feature. Today is "Blue Monday" because blue is my favorite color! If you have a few minutes, click through to see their shops. Pretty cool stuff!

Blue Bird Pincushion
littlebirddesigns The Paisley Affair earrings

Screen printed fabric
melbombaBlue and white plaid button earrings

Coastal Lighthouse Fabric Post Card Art Quilt
Cornflower Blue Basket - Fabric Coiled

Kanzashi Flower Barrette hair clip - Sapphire Stars

What will the theme be next week? That's a very good question and I should have an answer in about 7 days.

A visit to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center

We trekked to Huntsville, AL this past week for a couple of reasons. First, Dude works there. Okay, so we live in Tennessee and it's a 2 hour drive (one way) which he makes three days a week but that's a long, uninteresting story so I'll skip it.
More importantly, the space museum is there.

Even if you're not a fan of spacey things, this place is amazing.

Dude walking under an engine nozzle.

One of my favorite movies.

There are days I could use this.

Dude really likes science stuff. He probably should have been a rocket scientist instead of a software engineer. Really, he's a brainiac. Opposites do attract.

Project Runway episode possibilities?

Saturn V launch vehicle. Awesome!

This 75 ton space shuttle mockup was used to practice moving and handling the real deals.

Through the window.

Sisterly love.

Shoes were traded due to aching feet. :)

Sneaky Peek

Here's a quick look at one of my projects-in-progress.

That's Michael Miller's Avocaco Dumb Dot.

It's my first attempt at some free motion work and I think it's going to be great fun.

Maybe I'll even get it listed in my Etsy shop this week.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

My girl is here!

Ashley (daughter #2) is visiting from Virginia for the week. It's such a treat to have both my crazy, smart, beautiful, funny girls around.

Since my photography skills need some improving, I swiped a couple of shots from Amber (daughter #1). She does a great job of capturing the calm sophistication of their personalities.

C. (Ashley's hubby) has been put on notice that there might be a ransom to get her back.

I heart my girls!

Welcome to my brand new blog!

My intention is for this to be a personal blog with an emphasis on sewing so I'll kick it off by showing you my new baby.

This is the Brother Innovis 1200. After 3 months I haven't begun to scratch the surface of all the built-in designs and stitches. But when I've exhausted them all, I can buy software to get more or make my own!

Seriously, what will they think of next?

Did I mention my last new machine was purchased sometime in the 70's? I figured it was time for an upgrade.

My dependable old Kenmore doesn't have this:

Or this:

Heck, I couldn't even drop the feed dogs let alone do free motion work!

But this was really the selling point:

I'm pretty easy to please.