Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Rhyah, wife to Nick, mom to Nadija, 2 and Kanen born on 6/28/09 says she has a serious addiction to fabric, loves to sew and can't get enough of the handmade revolution!
I wanted to show you what this talented young mom does in all of her spare time!
She may show up and hit me.......since the youngest peanut is only a few days old......spare time?? Ha ha!
These fabric key chains hold travel size bottles of hand sanitizer. How smart is that?!
Very smart, considering all of the Swine Flu scare etc!
You can visit her Etsy shop by clicking here and her Blog.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Today the Amy Butler Softwares sewing projects on CD were delivered.
It is WAY past midnight, I'm dog tired, but simply HAD to open my copy to take a peek!
My! my! my! It's a treat and is better than I had imagined.
Amy Butler designs keep getting better & better!
Rest assured I will be blogging more on this soon.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
When I sew a purse or tote bag, I like to make something with the leftover scrap fabric.
This little wallet is very small and can make good use of the scraps. The Wonder Wallet isn't a wallet which I'd want to use every day, but it isn't necessarily meant to be used every day.
There are times when you don't wish to carry a purse, but need a drivers license, credit card and a little cash. THIS is when this tiny tike comes in handy!
Why is it named a 'wonder wallet' ?
Well.......it is designed to NOT require a zipper or extra Velcro to hold coins. Brilliant! See the compartment where the coins are sticking out in my photo?
This compartment holds coins and after you close the Velcro front flap, they won't fall out! It is wondrous. Wondrous I say!
Since these are so simple to sew, I've made them while watching re-runs on TV.
click here to buy this pattern
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Both the Mini Dress/ Tunic/ top and the Field Bag and Tote patterns look easy to sew.
I am having a hard time deciding WHICH I want to make first. I will be sewing the Mini Dress/Tunic in the Wildflowers - Turquoise fabric which is featured on the pattern cover. Amy Butler likes it and so do I!
I've never joined a swap before, but knew the minute I read Shannon's blog I would enjoy it! Shannon put together a great swap and it must have taken quite a bit of effort on her part. You can read about it here.
Karla received a gift from me which included a can of boiled peanuts from Georgia. Visit Karla's blog@ Zander and Me to see what I sent her.
Amy from WA sent me a gift box containing items from her state. When I opened it yesterday, my heart skipped a beat because I had hit the jack pot!
She selected a generous cut of fabric made in her town! Not just any fabric....but Pendleton Wool! A lovely plaid wool! A very warm, snugly wool!
Amy sent me a nice letter explaining she went to my blog, & saw I enjoy sewing. She knew exactly what I'd like and she could not have done a better job at making her Hometown Swap selection!
I'm not sure what I'll sew with this piece of plaid Pendleton Wool just yet. Those of you which sew, know something such as this must be pondered and planned!
Shall I make a skirt? A shirt? A jumper? A shaw? Hmmmm?
I've got several months before the weather turns cool in Georgia to decide.
Amy also included a jar of Marion Berry Jam which she made. It is a hybrid of blackberries and raspberries invented in Marion County OR. Yummy!
Her home is located in a small town in WA and is VERY rich in history. She included a post cards and a nice Lewis and Clark coloring book from the local museum. You see, Washougal, WA was an important camping site for Lewis and Clark during their travels across the country.
The coloring book is as much of a history book as it is a coloring book. I'm sure the grand kids will enjoy it!
I'd love to vacation in WA and hopefully someday my Husband & I will take the trip. For now, The Hometown Swap gives me a piece of that part of the country.
Thank you again Amy, for the heartfelt gift. Thanks to Shannon for putting the swap together! Be sure to stop by their blogs: The A to Z Twins and Shannon's Nut House
Forgive the poor photo, but hopefully you can see that it has been stamped with the words: Faith, Hope, Love
I could have selected any words or lettering, but these words have a place in my world.
You can see more from this designer by going to http://www.rhbdesigns.etsy.com
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
As an added bonus, this pattern INCLUDES Girls size 7 ,8, 10 & 12 as well as Adult sizes XS thru XXXL . That pretty much covers all of us!
I imagine this design could be worn over a little T Shirt to make this pattern span through ALL seasons and occasions. Happy Day!!!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Thank you Michele at By Your Side & Dawn at Two Pretty Little Skirts for sending this Lovely Blog Award my way. . Such encouragement to know you enjoy visiting my little spot in the cyberspace world.
Here are the One Lovely Blog Award rules:
1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
1. Junque Drawer Chic
2. Everyday York
3. Zander and Me
3.Thimble Arts and Crafts
4. Marilyn Butler
5. Mintage Home
6. To Aire is Divine
7. House of Krom
8. Gus n Lulu
9. Mishy's Fire
12.Handmade by Margo
14. Polkadots & Pirates
15. Amy Knits
Thursday, June 4, 2009
My darling daughter Julie, spied the unopened pattern several weeks ago and knew she would like it for several reasons.
Her biggest reason: Large exterior pockets which could hold a child's sippy cup!
(see picture below)
Julie has all but given up on me giving her this tote bag!
For a while I was getting phone calls and Facebook messages asking if I had her purse finished. I'd reply, "almost done".
Three days later I'd reply "it is ready, but I want to show it to someone" and finally " I need to carry it a few times to see if it is comfortable".
A few days ago, she phoned to ask if I'd mind sending her a PICTURE of it ......which I did.
I can't hold on to it much longer before she'll consider the belated Birthday Gift a hand-me-down! Therefore, I'll be removing my keys & wallet any day now!
My hat goes off to the Designer! It is an easy, yet interesting purse to sew. The pocket pattern piece(say that fast 3 times) goes together with the exterior & lining panels in a unique method.
It requires only basic sewing skills. If you would like to purchase the pattern click here.
If you have any questions about the pattern feel free to contact me.
Fabric used for this purse is Fortune - chocolate and Cathedral - zinnia by Anna Maria Horner
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I wanted to show pictures of this little peasant style dress and retro kerchief.
When I think of these little triangle head scarves I think of old Mustang Convertibles & Sally Field when she played Gidget. I'm telling my age again......sigh.....just keep in mind that I was NOT old enough to be driving a mustang at that time!
This sewing pattern is named The Lily Top and Kerchief and is by Pink Fig. It features shirring at the neckline, sleeves and waist.
Zoey wears a size 5 off the rack, and I sewed this dress from a size 5 on the pattern. It fits nicely, however there is not much growing room.
If your child is a perfect size 5 from the racks of major chain stores, I'd consider making the Lily Top in a size 6. Feel free to email me if you have any questions about this pattern.
Life is good when you are 5 and graduating! Zoey's graduation day began with a lunch picnic at her preschool.