7 years of renting has apparently been stifling my creativity! Almost immediately upon moving in to the new house, I started making a list in my head of painting, building, and landscaping projects. The list is still SUPER LONG, but I wanted to put up pics of a few things that I have accomplished.
My new bedroom is WAY, WAY smaller than my old bedroom, so the only piece of existing bedroom furniture that fit is my bed. :( Consequently, I had to find something to put my clothes in and my alarm clock on. Luckily, there is the most adorable "shabby chic" antique shop about 30 miles away, and I found a few items that would work perfectly in my space. Of course, they were all painted.....about 400 times.
After the furniture stripping trauma, I changed gears and yanked a gross full length mirror off the back of the bathroom door. Hottie Handyman made a frame to fit, and I scoured local thrift shops for old sheet music to decoupage on to the wood. Now, this beauty hangs in the entryway area and I couldn't be happier.
I have quite a few more projects to complete, and my sewing room is still getting organized, but I definitely feel like I'm making progress! This will return to being a sewing blog again, I swear.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014
I haven't updated the blog lately because we are getting ready to move.
For the last time (hopefully).
My family and I will be tethering ourselves to property ownership in appx. 3 weeks. Do you know what that means?? It means that this is my sewing area right now:
Very sad, no?
But, my NEW sewing area will be awesome. Especially now that I have added Maureen to the cache of sewing notions:
Isn't she beautiful? I rescued her from an estate auction for $35. She is in great shape, and I am DESPERATE to start draping fabric on her. 3 weeks is SO LONG!!
In the meantime, I have been working on some shrink plastic jewelry in order to keep my creativity flowing.
Anyhow, this blog will be pretty quiet until later in the summer. I have to wait 800 YEARS until we close on the house, and then I have to get things set up, and then I have to pick a new project to sew. Bear with me, though. Maureen and I will be churning stuff out as soon as we can.
See you in my new sewing space!
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
|I think that a laundering before the photo would have improved the drape of the shorts. Whoops.|
|These had just come out of the wash which is why there was no "before" picture.|
|You can see that the layers hang better once the shorts have been washed.|
Friday, May 30, 2014
As I was sorting through my patterns to find something that would work for this month's stash-busting theme -knits- I came across a design that I made years ago, but didn't love. It is not meant for knits, but I saw the possibility and decided that it would be a simple hack to make this pattern suit my needs.
And now this picture because....that face. Is that how I look when I squint? Geez.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
My brother sent me a text last week asking if I could whip up a dress for my niece. She was asked to be a flower girl in his friend's wedding, and he thought that I might create something unique for her. This posed a bit of a challenge since:
A. My niece is in IL, and I am in WY
B. I had to rely on my brother to provide accurate measurements
C. The wedding is on June 6th.
D. I don't have a big fabric store nearby.
Undaunted, I rummaged through my fabric stash to see what I had. I don't keep satin or crepe around (I have no girls of my own), so I knew I would have to settle for an Easter-style dress made from cotton. I was fortunate to find just over a yard of lavender-ish fabric (that was the color that I was instructed to use), but I only had less than half a yard of my preferred contrast material. That sucked a little bit since I wanted to make a little short-sleeved coat to go with this sundress.
Clover Hana-Ami Flower Loom), and there are no raw edges on the seams.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
SHRINK PLASTIC BOOKMARKS!!
I thought it would be great to represent a slew of classic(ish) children's books on durable, hard plastic bookmarks. I decided to make about 20 of these, and present them in a mason jar for the teacher to keep on her desk. Then, I thought that other people may like this idea, so I made a tutorial.
And, away we go..
Also needed are - Fine point permanent markers, scissors, small binder clips, a hole punch, and parchment paper.
Instructions (Click on the images to view them larger):
Lay out a piece of paper that is the same size as your plastic sheet, and measure the halfway mark.
The finished product comes out about 1/2 the size of the original, but size will vary for each bookmark.
Don't forget to put them in a decorated container before you give them to the teacher.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Have you ever had one of those projects that started with a great idea, but that you just couldn't get to work right? A garment that you construct, then take apart, then reconstruct, only to take apart again? This is one of those projects for me. I had no pattern to guide me on measurements here. All I had was an idea and some fabric. This is why I don't draft my own patterns, people.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
I would like to start this post with a "shout out" to the disgruntled Hobby Lobby employee that cut this fabric like TOTAL CRAP. Thank you, lady, for screwing up my measurements.
Okay. Rant over.
Several weeks ago, my son asked me for a Dr. Doom hooded cloak. I am always amused and delighted by his requests. In addition to the piles of everyday clothing that I have made him over the past 11 years, I have also constructed a lightsaber sheath, a "Hellbat" costume, a Mad Hatter's hat, and a Dr. Who costume, among other things. I love that he has such an amazing imagination.
So, I was on the hunt for a hooded cloak tutorial, and I found several that involved printing PDF patterns. Um...pass. I'm not wasting 20 pages of paper and ink, plus hours of piecing and taping, on a "pretend play" garment. Eventually, I found a very simple and straightforward YouTube video - HERE. And, WOW, so easy! I changed the measurements to fit a child, and I rounded the hood to make it more Dr. Doom-y. It's still big on him, but that is because the boy grows another inch every time I look away and I want this to last a little while.
I know that it's not much, but this was a satisfying project for me. My kid is THRILLED, and I am feeling like Super Mom today. :) It just doesn't get better than this.