Thursday, November 11, 2010
I used 3 old t-shirts of mine - they were super thin knit and if I hadn't been in such a rush, I would have run out and gotten a ball-point needle. I honestly have no idea what needle I used, but it worked fine. All and all I would consider this to be a successful project and I will certainly make more. The only downer was that my little one doesn't like it (which I had a feeling going into it because of the colors). When I showed it to her, her reply was a simple "Nah". Oh well. She wasn't being too cooperative for her photo shoot - so this was the best I could do.
If you have a little girl and haven't tried this pattern, definitely give it a go!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
On another clothing note, I have been so intrigued by the recycled t-shirt dresses. I did try one of those the other day without a pattern and let me just say that there are patterns for a reason. The dress was a little too snug in the bum, but I'm thinking that this is something I can accomplish. K has all these t-shirts that she doesn't like to wear because she prefers dresses - so I'm hoping I can convert some of these to add to her wardrobe (which is scarce I tell you, and will get even more scarce as I make yet another return to Target today).
Hope you all are having a great week. What are you working on?
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
What about you? Do you use a specific brand of needle that you swear by? Do you have any needle tips you want to share? While I will more than likely still use any old univeral needles for regular stitching, I have definitely found my new top-stitch needle.
Hope you are all having a great week! It's a nice rainy productive day here!
Monday, October 18, 2010
It's only mid-October but I am soon going to have to start putting new inventory in the shop. Which brings me to a question for my readers...do you prefer looking at a shop that has some cohesion in the products via fabrics and colors or does it matter to you? Having a design background, I always lean towards the cohesion - so if you look at my store now, you'll see it full of gorgeous fall colors. It just didn't feel right to me to throw in pinks or teal or neon (just kidding) in that mix. That said, am I turning away buyers? What if they don't like those colors?
In the next couple of weeks I'll be phasing out the fall line and bringing in more colors for winter. I have some ideas for what I want to do, but would love some feedback. Do you shop for the specific season? What colors do you associate with winter? Or if you see a wallet in your favorite color (say pink) would it matter to you that it was November? I really would love your feedback, so don't be shy!
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Happy Monday!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Giving credit where credit is due - this recipe is from Paula Dean (as is the photo since mine are certainly not that pretty). I'm sure you can make a lower calorie version, but promise me you'll at least try the real deal first. I made a batch of these on Saturday and once they were cooled, I immediately divvied them up for neighbors because they are not safe with me. I did of course keep a few which were devoured quickly. Something in my warped brain thinks that the quicker I eat them, the better. Maybe my thinking is that I'm going to eat them anyway, so I might as well get it over with! There are different versions of the butter cakes including the plain ole butter cakes which are delicious too!
- 1 (18 1/4-ounce) package yellow cake mix
- 1 egg
- 8 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 8 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
To make the filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter, and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix well.
Spread pumpkin mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to overbake as the center should be a little gooey. Serve with fresh whipped cream (optional of course!)
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Yes - indeed it is. I do love it when my birthday falls on a weekend, don't you? Lunch with my girlfriends on Friday got the weekend off to a great start! Saturday brought absolutely gorgeous weather, college football, friends, beer, chili and my very favorite pumpkin gooey butter cakes (I'll post recipe later). I wish I could say my birthday morning was great, but honestly, it started with me cleaning the kitchen from last night's college football gathering, doing a load of laundry and making breakfast for my kiddos (while hubby was still snoring). Then little K got so upset because she was trying to wrap something for me and couldn't get it taped up right and cried and cried (and cried and cried...) and E tried to help but K didn't want HER help. Chaos I tell you. The dust settled after I made K laugh by doing the chubby wubby face and coaxed the girls into a brisk morning walk with Zoey.
My mom is on a girls' beach weekend and they called me this morning and sang me "happy birthday". These ladies are the moms of my childhood and are all remarkable women, so I have to say that was fun to hear. My girls were busy with their markers and crayons today too and surprised me with goodies like these. Gotta love E for reminding me over and over again about how old I am!
Happy Birthday to me!
Hope ya'll had a great weekend too!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
"Mom, can we go to Petsmart to just look at the dogs"
"Sure, because I'm soooooooooo NOT ready to get another dog. We are just looking so I don't want any tears!"
"I know, I know. Just looking"
And I was serious. Totally serious. We had to find another home for our almost 2 year old dog in May and as a first-time dog owner, it was terrible experience. So, I was definitely not ready to take on the challenge again.
Then while looking at these yippy dogs in the kennel that were up for adoption, I went to pet one and Zoey decided she was going to roll over on her back and look up at me with those sweet eyes. The girls saw my sliver of interest and pounced. And then dad was cornered ("you said when mom was ready we could get a dog"). And so after a couple of hours of no's and tears, and maybe's and are you sure's, Zoey came home with us.
And she is so so sweet. How anyone could have dropped her off at a kill shelter I'll never know. Welcome to the family sweet girl!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Today is the first day of fall - even though it doesn't feel like it. I keep willing it to get here by wearing jeans every now and then, until they start sticking to the backs of my legs - then I decide I'd rather be comfortable in 90 degree heat, so I change back into shorts. Please get here soon. I want to feel that burst of crisp fall air when I open the door in the morning. I want to be able to sit outside in the afternoons watching the kids play without having a heat stroke. That's not too much to ask from mother nature is it?
Sometime in the next couple of weeks I will be relaunching my Etsy shop and hopefully it will be filled with fall goodies like the key fobs above. I haven't been quite as productive the past few weeks as I had planned and I am hoping that that little pressure called "time" will motivate me this week. Keep checking back because I will be hosting a giveaway to celebrate my store relaunch. And be sure to check the previous post for a chance to win one of the key fobs above.
Hope your first day of fall is fabulous (and cooler than here)!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Just for checking in and leaving a comment, one of you will receive one of my fall key fobs before they even hit my store. Just be sure I have a way to contact you! (winner will be selected randomly on Sept. 25th)). Have a fabulous weekend!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
There are quite a few tutorials out there for these cute little party banners - so this is definitely not something new. But, I thought I would at least share with you how easy and fun this project is! I've had some kid-friendly fat quarters in my stash for quite awhile. So long in fact that I can't remember why I originally purchased them. In any case, they made this project super duper easy! The finished banner has 12 double-sided triangles and I used 2 packages of bias tape.
To start, fold each fat quarter in half with right sides together (I folded it at the short ends). Trace a triangle (whatever size you want...mine is about 12" ) onto freezer paper. This is my favorite way to use patterns because, well, I'm quite lazy and this is so much quicker than pinning! Iron the triangle pattern onto fabric and cut. This will give you 2 triangles - but don't separate them - they are ready for sewing. Iron the freezer paper triangle onto the FQ again and cut another set. I could get two cuts from one FQ - not the best use of material but I'm no good at math and didn't want to figure out what size triangle would yield 3 cuts.
Once you have cut all of your triangles, you are ready to sew. Leave the top end open for turning. (If you cut on the triangles on the fold, just cut along the fold before you sew to create the opening for turning). This unfinished top end will be hidden in the bias tape. Once sewn (I used a 1/4" seam) turn the triangles and use a chopstick or something like that to poke out the point. I had a couple of helpers to help me turn and poke and I had the iron and starch going. A nice little assembly line if you ask me. Top stitch each triangle after pressing.
Join the two pieces of bias tape together ( you'll have a long 6 yard piece). Starting in the middle, pin the triangles inside the fold of the tape with the top corners touching each other. Pin so that you can easily remove the pins as you sew. Starting at one end of the bias tape, sew all the way to the other end catching the triangles in the fold as you go. Voila! So easy! What a cute party banner and it's reusable too!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
My oldest d. has been looking for some cute pj bottoms for awhile and we just haven't found anything she likes. So, I downloaded the Easy Fit Pants pattern by the Scientific Seamstress on You can Make This.com - it's fantastic! If I can do this, anyone can. Carla details out everything you need to know and has some great tips along the way. Once I cut the pattern out, they took maybe an hour to make. Probably less but I had some little giggling interuptions along the way. I actually used a pair of my daughters pj bottoms to measure the length instead of using the size chart in the pattern. I'm now looking for an adult version of this pattern - I've already purchased some fabric to make myself a pair.
I also whipped up a pair of pj shorts from the same pattern. I think they are adorable, but dear d. says the fabric really isn't her. I reminded her they are to sleep in and she said that she would wear them to bed but not for a sleepover. Girls are funny aren't they? I really encourage you to try this pattern if you are new to sewing or if you haven't made pants before. Just make sure you have prewashed fabric ready to go since this is a downloadable pattern. If you're anything like me, you'll want to get started right away!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Sarah’s hosting a fabulous Giveaway over at Dolls And Daydreams for her Eco Friendly Doll House PDF pattern!
Let your children’s imaginations grow whilst learning about recycling at the same time!
I’ve entered, how about you? Fingers crossed!! Good luck everyone!!
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I finished this quilt top yesterday (with fabric from my "old" stash). Thank you Nanci for suggesting a couple strippy quilts to get my creative juices going again. It will measure about 42" x 54 when complete. Feels so good to be creating again.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
I was at unnamed large-chain fabric store this morning to get some interfacing cut. The store was empty as was the fabric cutting desk. The woman behind the desk was busily working on something while acting like she didn't see me. And the conversation then went like this...
Me (politely, I swear) - "Can I have some fabric cut please?"
Woman: "Did you take a number?"
Me (while looking around at the empty store): "um...no"
Woman: "You need to take a number"
Me: "okay" (and proceeded to pull a number from one of those number dispensers you see at the deli)
The woman looks up at the big red computer display that shows the numbers (it's showing number 97...guessing that was her last customer...at 9 pm last night!). She then walks over to the phone and announces to the entire store "NUMBER 98...NUMBER 98"
REALLY??! I (again, very politely while looking around for the Candid Camera hidden camera) held up my little number showing that yes, indeed, I am customer 98.
This is why I do most of my shopping online.
Hope you are all having a fabulous Friday!
Friday, March 5, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I decided to use this one to test some interfacings that I haven't tried before. My bags in the past haven't been as sturdy as I would like them to be, but I really don't like the fusible interfacings. The only fusible I've had good luck with is the thermal fleece - which gives a great quilty feeling to the bag and doesn't alter the feel of the fabric (nor does it leave any lumps). I have not had good luck with the regular fusible fleece - the problem is, with bags, you have to press the bag so much in different stages and you just can't keep pressing the fusible fleece or it will leave awful looking lumps and creases in the fabric and they don't come out.
I had never used sew-in interfacing before - so I decided to give it a whirl. I used pellon heavy duty sew-in interfacing and learned a bit along the way.
- Baste or pin the interfacing to the fabric before the pattern is cut out. It would have saved me oodles of time and my interfacing would have matched up perfectly to the fabric. I know this seems like a very common sense thing to do - obviously I didn't realize this at the time.
- I really wished I had added a layer of canvas or a light layer of fleece before I added the heavy duty stuff. While it is nice and sturdy (I've never had a bag stand up so well on its own!) - it is a little too stiff.
- I seriously broke out a sweat trying to turn the damn thing. And when I finally got it turned, some of the fabric didn't catch in the seam (near the strap) - so I had to repeat the process. I'm not kidding - I had to turn the heat down! I guess I should make the hole a little larger - but honestly, it wasn't too small. Just 2 layers of the stiff stuff made it tough to turn. nuff said.
- Seams...the nice thing about fusible is that you can cut it so it doesn't end up in the seams. Not so with the sew in. I'm not thrilled with the bulkiness of the seams - but you can't tell by looking at the tote.
I'm not quite done w/ the tote - I need to sew on the button. All in all, I love the pattern and the size of the bag. Top-stitching was a $*#&%*#! This was more due to the trying to manipulate the curves and stitch through the layers (and the fact the bag would "pop up" every time I'd push it down to sew) than anything else. Well, that and I probably should have switched out my needle. Lessons learned every day!
Have a great weekend!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
My motivation for coming back is that little button on the right. Craft Hope for Haiti. I love Craft Hope - they have headed up some truly inspirational projects in the past and present. Their latest project is their Craft Hope for Haiti etsy shop. Crafters from all over the world donate their products and 100% of the proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. What an awesome and amazing opportunity to use our talents for this charity. Disasters like the earthquake in Haiti call all of us to help and if you are anything like me, I feel completely overwhelmed with the choices of organizations to donate to. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to donate through Craft Hope even though I'm just one among millions who will be donating time, money, supplies or services for the people of Haiti. Hearts for Haiti is another Etsy shop that includes handmade goods from etsy sellers; 100% of the proceeds from this shop go to Doctors Without Borders too.