Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sewing Rehab


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OK, I have fallen off the sewing wagon (duh right...pretty obvious since this is only my 2nd post for 2010!) and I just ran across this "challenge" so to speak while catching up on some of my favorite bloggers recent goings on. I think I will give it a whirl. If you care to join click the button and read all about it!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Modge Podge Anyone? (and yes I am still alive)

Well hello there! Long time no chat, but I am here:)

Finally got around to a little crafting and thought I would share. Made the mom's some flower pots for Mother's Day. I have discovered Modge Podge and I must say I am hooked. I always knew it existed of course, but I had never actually gotten around to messing with it until now. I painted some terra cotta pots (and sealed the inside with some polyeurathane) and wanted to hand paint some designs on them. I am not much of a painter outside stripes and polka dots so I thought why not Modge Podge some fabric onto them instead. I found a couple prints in my stash and cut out the flowers and stuck them on there. It was a fun little project and super easy...and I really like how they turned out! Here is a pic of one of the pots...

Front:



Back:



This is my first experience with painting pots so I don't know how well they will stand up to watering and such. I sealed the insides and outside after many (many, many)coats of the MP. Only time will tell I guess and if not I may have to tweak my methods for next time. If anyone has any pointers please let me know:)

Hope all you mom's out there had a fantastic Mother's Day:)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Hot Mama Apron Reveal

Here is the apron I sent Micki for the latest installment of the Hot Mama Apron Swap



Unfortunately, I only have a camera phone photo...not the best quality, but you get the idea.

I also receive a choco-licious apron of my very own from Cynthia...along with some dove dark chocolate goodness! I will snap some pics this weekend and post all about it:)

Tutorials, Tutorials, Tutorials

I have been trolling the Internet the past few days looking for quick-sew gift ideas (quick-sew because I have waited to the last minute...again!). Here are a few neat ones that caught my eye:

Fabric Flowers (featured on SewMamaSew too)

Flexi-coin Purse (I heart that Uhandbag!)

Baby Burp Cloths (Got a baby shower next weekend)

Cute Appliqued Coasters (I am a sucker for owls)

Patchwork Placemats (I think these would be fun for Grandma)

Hopefully I will have some actual photos to share after the Holidays...if I ever get myself back into the sewing room:)

Friday, September 18, 2009

The camera cable has been found!

Ok, so the camera cable was MIA, but as it turns out I am the only one who thought it was missing...hubby had put it away without letting me in on the "secret" hiding place. (Translation: I am always leaving stuff laying about which he finds completely annoying so it really wasn't lost...it just wasn't where I left it last since he had put it where it supposed to go when not in use...lol).

So here is what I have been up to lately...

1. The Birdie Sling:

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I made this for my friend/co-worker Dena. She picked out the AB fabrics and I lined it with some coordinating marroon quilting cotton. I deviated from the pattern a little...no so much in the pattern itself, but in the instruction. I use some pretty heavy duty sew-in interfacing on all of the pieces in order to make sure it was extra sturdy. After I was done I was kind of thinking I may have gone overboard because that puppy was stiff, but turns out that after some use it has softened up nicely and still has a good shape.

The Birdie Sling is a fun easy pattern so I would recommend it to anyone and the handbag is HUGE...much bigger than I thought it was going to be. Another plus, you get to learn how to do a curved gusset...I love it when I learn something new! And yet another plus, she loves it...and that makes me happy:)

2. The Hooty Hanging Organizer:

Another co-worker has a daughter who started college this year and she asked if I could make some sort of hanging organizer to fit under the mattress of her loft bed so she would have somewhere to keep her glasses and such. After some pondering I came up with this...

The Hooty Hanging Organizer!




I added a little shelf liner to act as a gripper to help keep it in place and some pleated pockets for a little extra room so she could put a book in there or even her slippers. It must be doing the job because now her roommate wants one:)

3. Mama Mia! Hot Mama Apron Swap:

Last but not least...Here are the photos of the apron I received from Sherry in YarniGras' latest installment of the Hot Mama Swap.







Thanks Sherry!

The End...

Friday, August 28, 2009

absintee blogger...

I know my blog has been the most boring on the planet, but I have been BUSY! I have some photos on my camera that are eagerly awaiting being downloaded...I have some completed projects to share, a swapper to thank properly, and some trip photos too. I am really hoping to get to it this weekend...we shall see if I can squeeze it in between 2 baseball games, a football game, and a purse that I really need to get sewed together;)

Have a good weekend everyone:)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mama Mia!...Here I Go Again!

The Mama Mia Apron swap comes to a close. Here is what I sent:)

My partner was Becca and she said her favorite part of the movie was the ocean and her favorite color was red. I decided to ignore the favorite color part (sorry Becca!) and focus on the ocean. After sifting thru my stash I found the perfect combo of fabrics to "make the ocean" out of. I decided on the Marie Antoinette apron out of "A is for Apron" (a great aproning resource). This is the end result...







Can you see the ocean in it? I made the ruffles out of some sparkly tulle, some aqua tulle, some sage chiffon and the main panel out of blue satin. The band and ties are fashioned from the thrifted sheet I acquired at Goodwill last summer. Then I used some funky buttons to secure the accordion pleats.



I threw in a recipe for some watermelon sangria, some blue cocktail napkins, an Amy Butler FQ, and some 3-D die cut stickers in a beach motif. Voila, swap package complete!

BTW, I got my swap package from Sherry when I arrived home yesterday (clap, clap)! I will post about it tomorrow...gotta get some pics!