Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Butterfly to bat

As I was cleaning the other day I found the perfect fabric for butterfly wings.   One was black.  Bummer.  I put it in the thrift pile.
Today I was out wasting time at a Halloween Store while I had to wait for the van to get fixed next door and a lady asks the store worker if they have any bat wings.
{Light bulb} Why hadn't I thought about that!  That black fabric would be perfect.  After discovering they didn't have what she wanted I approached her and told her to check out my website and if she liked the butterfly wings I would make them black.  

I think they turned out marvelous! 

 Lucky for my reluctant model the wind was blowing and I didn't make her run around the back yard like a crazed bat :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Packing Tape

Can someone be excited about packing tape?  Well I am just giddy with excitement.  I was wandering through Michael's and they had this tape on the 70% off sale this weekend.  
Why is this so fun?  
Well you see, we are moving.  Now each girl has their own packing tape to tape up their boxes.  How fun!  They don't even have to write on their boxes.  They will know in a glance which box is theirs.  Does anyone else find this to be a great find?  And at .30 a roll! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

All Dressed up

I have a few costumes ready and up for sale on my etsy sight.  Here is a look at the photo shoot.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Seeing Blue?

Yes blue has came out of my sewing room.  Some friends had a baby boy.  I am embarressed to say he is 5 months old already and I am finally getting this over to them.  I purchased the fabric right after she had him.  Sewed some of it together on a sewing night with my friend.  With in the next week I finished the quilt and it still has been sitting in my sewing room for a month!  Eeekkk.  I am terrible!
I cut out three different sized circles.  Found most those blues in my scrap stash.  Didn't do to bad finding non girly ones.  I did purchase the blue plaid, the backing fabric and the binding fabric.
I sewed each circle on one at a time on to a white square layering them up.  Then I pieced the squares together.

I chose a thin batting as I thought this was going to be a summer blanket.  But because I am a procrastinator it is going to have to work for fall.
I decided to stitch just outside of my seams.  I really like the look it gave it. And it is an easy effect to do with the walking foot.
I wish I had made my middle circle slightly bigger.  I was using what I could find that was round.  The ratio isn't right but in the end they looked fine.
Then I washed the blanket to get a ragged effect.
It is really quite soft and comfy.  I hope their little guy likes it too.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Day of Crafting

I have come on a girls get away with my Mother-in-law and Sister-in-laws.  Yesterday we spent the day crafting.  Everyone brought a project to share.  Take a glimpse at what we have been doing.

We are having a blast.  I will tell more about the projects later.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

SummerTime Rag

This one of the funnest summer prints!  It is SummerTime By Barabra Jones for Henry Glass

It has the cutest little baskets and flowers.
The quilt shop had it in a quilt pack.  I didn't like the quilt pattern they had picked so I decided that it would be a perfect picnic blanket.  I used the rag quilt method using old levis for the back..Oh I forgot to take a picture of the back.:(

The blanket consist of 9" blocks in three variations.  Then I ran out of the strip and had to move some colors around.  I think it turned out cute dispite the unexpected changes.

We took it to the church to be put in an auction.  The girls are headed to summer camp and need funds so tonight we had spaghetti dinner for $15/family and bid on cakes for dessert.  I came home with two plates full of cupcakes.  The blanket went to a new home for the price of $150 Yeah!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pixie Girl

This is the Pixie Girl by Ellie Inspired 

I just love how it turned out.  I had this fabric from last summer.  It is so light weight I just knew when I saw this pattern that this was the perfect fabric to use from my stash. It was a generous 60" wide so plenty of room to cut all those flounces.

I am just loving the gathered little bodice. I only wish that the binding along the top was not on the bias. I want those dots to go straight. That is just the weird side of me I guess.

The pattern is made to be worn alone. But, you know us we have to be modest. I prefer to settle that now rather than fight a change when they get older.

Cute twirl factor!
Check it out it is a pretty quick sew!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Strawberry Days Carnival

We can't go to the carnival without something strawberry can we?  I have wanted to since we moved here three years ago.  Finally I did it!  I wasn't able to get any fabulous Photos.  Little Libby just doesn't want to pose for me.  CeCe tried on V's since she was out of town.

I went with a Lil Blue Boo inspiration to make dresses out of knit with the seams exposed.  I used Simplicity 3899 because it had raglan type sleeves.  It worked great but then came the problem: what to do with the neckline.  I opted to roll hem it and then add shirring.  I think they turned out pretty darn cute!

Did I mention we needed hair bows too?  The strawberry is a free design from Mystic Threads.
These were so simple and fast I really have no excuse for the pounds of knit sitting around here.  Not to mention that I found a super fun t-shirt at the thrift store for a $1 and another for $2...just wait until you see it.
And as per Nichole's suggestion I found the cutest knit sheet at the thrift store too!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Buried in Ruffles

Lately I have been consumed with polka dots and ruffles.
Minnie Mouse style aprons to be exact.

 I had the fortune of being asked to make aprons for a convention.  Did I know what I said yes to?  I did a test one to see what my time would be like to make one.  I don't think it calculated to the same as when I did them assembly style.  Which I thought would be faster!  It probably still was it just seemed to take foooorrrreeevvverrrrr!

I really wanted to gather these ruffles right on to the aprons but I just couldn't get it to gather as tight as I needed it to.  That was a real bummer to have to add the extra step in there.
It started with hemmed 3" strips. Thank heavens for the rolled hem foot!
Then ruffle that stuff up.  120" per apron.
That is 126 yards of ruffled goodness people!
(picture only shows about half of them)
It seemed to go on and on from there...pockets, ties, top band.  I had planned to put on my label on with the waist band, well that was totally over looked as I got to the last step.  Must have been tired of thinking by then.  Bummer!

note to self: anything times 40 will take forever!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Valentine blocks

Well I realized as I posted the birthday boards that I never showed you my Valentine ones.  May have been slightly distracted in February.  I would love a redo if the month could come out different!  (saying that just makes my vision blurry with tears wanting to flow over...not today, please)

On with the blocks.  Here is what I made.  I had a couple friends come over and make some blocks too.
Here are mine...sorry about the glare.

Here are a couple of theirs.

And because we can't leave well enough alone. Here I turned mine over and made spring blocks
And my friend turned over her Love blocks and made Fall
Aren't we genuineness?  hehehe

Blocks turned around

Nothing like getting the most out of what you have...I've flipped a couple of the blocks from the birthday boards and now we can use it for all sorts of things.
 By they way you can buy the kits from me for $6 plus shipping.

Friday, May 20, 2011

"Flat" Headbands

These were so fun and so versatile.  The more colorful the more it could match anything.
We took a couple minutes to dig through the scraps. 
Tie style headbands.
 My daughter really want a vintage look. So I tried one with some lace and a ribbon rose.

The roses were made using the tutorial from here
I used my rolled hem foot to hem the edges.  If you don't have one of these puppies it may be something you want to go try out at your local dealer.