Monday, April 29, 2013
I had made a couple of Granny Square bee blocks but still wanted to make a few more so I made a pillow. They are definitely fun blocks to make and i love picking out all sorts of different fabrics to use. I used this tutorial to make the blocks.
|I backed it with a Lecien Flower Sugar print envelope enclosure.|
|Then finished it with a little embroidered tag. Happy Monday!|
Friday, April 26, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
|Today I am linking up with Kristy not once but twice! First, she is hosting a Let's Get Acquainted Link Up. She is sharing two more reverse applique canvases that I love and want to make myself. I hope you will share and link up what you have been making too!|
|I finished up my April And Sew On block of the month that Kristy has been hosting. I love these blocks and they have been so much fun to make. The April block "Snip it Real Good" is available for free in her Craftsy shop until the end of April so you still have some time to download it. Once you stitch it together you can link up for a chance to win some great prizes or you can go there to check out everyone's version of the block. As you can see for January's block I did not make the correct printing settings so that block is smaller than the others. I haven't decided if I will remake it or leave it as is and log cabin it to bring it up to size. I am leaning towards the log cabin wrap.|
This week is Kid's Clothes Week at Elsie Marley which I have participated in the past couple of years but after sewing along with Project Run and Play I feel like I have some lingering projects to start and finish before I make any more kids clothes. I did order the Roller Skate dress which will arrive later this week so I may change my mind about making a dress when that comes; I think that pattern will see a lot of use! Back to this stack of fabric...it has been sitting around for far too long. My baby turns 2 in a couple of weeks and I pulled this stack to make a doll carrier. As soon as I finish the pillow this is the next project I would like to start. Hope your week is off to a great start!
Friday, April 19, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
|For the final week of Project Run and Play the theme is Spring Formal Wear, an Easter outfit, spring wedding, or a dressy tea party. We do not have any formal events coming up and I wanted to make something that could be worn so I went with a tea party outfit. I pinned a skirt awhile back that I wanted to make my version of so that was my starting point. Here is the pin.|
|I added some vintage lace across the top of the pockets.|
|For the suspenders I used Simplicity 8755. I didn't use this pattern for the rest of the skirt because it is a size too big. I thought the suspenders would be fine but they are too wide and I need to cut them down but I am out of sewing time for this week. My oldest turns 18 (yikes, how did that happen?!) and we will be hosting dinner for about 25 family members and friends Friday night so I need to get ready for that. Usually with older patterns they are already cut out but this one was still factory folded. I used Simple Simon and Co. Vintagely Modern Skirt tutorial for the skirt dimensions. You can go here to see all of the creative and beautiful clothes the sew-alongers have made this week. I love to see what all the others make and Project Run and Play is a great show and share forum. It has been a lot of fun sewing along the past 4 weeks but i think I will make a quilt or a non-clothing item next week. :) |
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
|By the end of last week it was nearly 80 degrees here. Then the weekend came and with it came some rain clouds and a freezing cold wind with temps down to the 60's. I did not have a chance to sew this weekend but i did do a little sowing.|
|I like to keep a little garden journal. This one is new for this year. I have one I have been keeping for the past 8 years but I could't find it...until I started this one.|
|We had quite a few places to go and people to see this week end so I only had time to plant the herbs and tomatoes. The veggies, poppy, and raspberry plant will have to wait until I finish sewing for this week's Project Run and Play.|
|Last year our garden did not grow very well. This year we have new topsoil (we live on a rock so nothing but weeds will grow in the dirt around our house.) and plenty of fertilizer so hopefully the plants will grow well and make lots of veggies!!|
|One last shot of the poppy because I love it; it is our state flower. Hope you are having a good week!|
Friday, April 12, 2013
|When I took the pictures of Cole this week it made me think back to a couple of years ago when I took some other pictures of her in boots.|
|Back when she was little and toothless.|
|When there were just 3 girls instead of 4.|
|Have a great weekend!!|
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I enjoy a simple style and do simple sewing but I love a special detail! I used a simple A-line shape for this blouse and a similar sleeve detail as I used on the cuff of the Good Neighbor dress.
|I added vintage lace to the bottom of the blouse and cotton eyelet to the bottom of the skirt. The skirt fabric came from the feed sack/30's reproduction section of a local quilt store. I added ties to the blouse to help define the shape.|
|Then there are pintucks and vintage buttons.|
|Next to using vintage patterns, vintage notions are my favorite and something I look for at antique and thrift stores.|
|The best part is she likes the outfit and it is one she can wear often this spring and summer.|
Yes, details are like icing on the cake!! Whether it be buttons, hand stitching, applique, ruffles, lace , or whatever is your preference.
p.s. and to make those pin tucks I refashioned a men's tuxedo shirt.When I saw it at the thrift store a couple of months back it had to come home with me :). Refashioning this shirt was fun! I had enough fabric to make the sleeve ruffles and ties but used store bought bias tape around the neckline. Once again there has been some amazing clothing sewn up this week!! Check it out here.
My son came in the door the other evening and said, Mom, you have an envelope from the Czech Republic." Right away I knew it was from Jola and thought, " how sweet, she has sent me a card!" But then my son handed me the envelope and I saw it was much more than a card. (do you see those darling stamps? )
|She made the most beautiful zip pouch; beautiful inside and out!|
|Inside the zip pouch a needle book was tucked away and a darling post card.|
|She had blogged these projects and I remember thinking at the time what a sweet friend she was to give hand made gifts and how lucky the recipient was. Never did i guess these beautiful things were coming to me!! (oh how i love that mint green zip!)|
|Jola always adds sweet details to her projects like cute buttons, darling tags, and pretty charms.|
|She is especially talented at combining prints and patterns. Not only does she share her crafty projects but she she shares beautiful photos on her blog too!|
|Thank you dear Jola for your friendship and for the sweet surprise of happy mail!! For not only did you send a present out of the blue for no reason but you sent a hand made gift which is the very best kind!!|