Thursday, July 30, 2009

Photo Shoot with Mary

Remember this cutie patootie dress?

Well, the new owner of this dress came to visit me last week, and we did a little photo shoot ...

Isn't she just adorable with her clasped hands?
The dress is a little big on her now,
but that just means she'll be able to wear it for a long time!

Here she is with her mom, Shannon ... one of my best friends from college.
Shannon & I became fast friends while we were on foreign study in Paris.
I know ... rough life, right?

Doesn't Shannon have a beautiful family??

Thanks for visiting!
I so much enjoyed spending the day with you all and catching up!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Note to Self ...

This is what happens when you leave your groceries in the car
in the summer heat
while you run "just one more errand."

Seriously hysterical.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ornaments, Schmornaments

For those of you who don't know me personally ...
I make a Christmas ornament every year for friends and family.

This year will be the 11th year that I've been doing this ...
and my list has gotten out of control - this year, I'm up to 100 people!!!

Needless to say, I have to start making these ornaments very early in the year in order for them to be finished in time for Christmas!

SO ... this week, I started the 2009 edition.
Last year started a series of nativity ornaments.
This year's ornament is Joseph, the father of Jesus.

Anyway ... here's a preview of my progress on the Josephs.

Wow ... that's a lot of bald, faceless heads on clothespin bodies.

I'm a little tired of painting with flesh color.
Next week, I'm planning to paint his hair / beard and face.

And just for kicks ... here is how his wife turned out last year.

I seriously can't wait for next year ... my dad has already agreed to help me with the little mangers for the baby Jesus.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Pretty in Pink

I can't stop making these shoes.

After making a pair for Sarah's baby boy,
I decided that I needed a trial-run on a girly pair.

I think the pink & green combo is so sweet and feminine.
And, of course, I had to include a little flower on each toe.

I'm considering purchasing a license to sell these in my shop.
What do you think?
Should I go for it?

I also went to the store today and purchased multiple different colors of yarn, because I can't stop thinking of fun color combinations to try out.

I might be out of control.

(Christina, I planning on sending these to you for your little girl once she is born.)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Email Updates

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Yarn Buttons

Have you ever heard of buttons made out of yarn?
Really, you haven't??

Yeah, I hadn't either ...

... but I figured I'd give them a try anyway.

Remember these fun shoes I made for my friend Sarah's soon-to-be-born son?

Well ... I decided they needed a little extra something to make them especially cute.

Yarn buttons.

I mean ... how can you get any cuter??!!??
I heart this pattern.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Baby Blanket for Alex

My friend Carmen recently had her first baby ... a son.
I'm so so happy for her and her husband Frank!

This is the same friend that I made this baby bumper for ...
it seems like forever ago that I was helping her with her nursery!

To welcome Alex into the world, I made him a blanket.

It's made from two layers of light-weight flannel
with a crochet border around the edges.

The front has a nursery rhyme toile pattern,
and the back has fun blue and white stripes.

I made a similar one in pink for another friend of mine last year ... do you remember it?

Friday, July 10, 2009

Goody Two Shoes

I have a fun friend who shares my first and middle names.
We're both short.
We're both brunettes.
And, we can both appreciate a cute pair of shoes.

So, when I found out she was having a baby, I couldn't imagine making her anything other than a cutie pair of shoes for the new addition to her family.

Here they are!

Are these not the cutest little shoes you've ever seen???

I bought the pattern from ... so adorable.

I'm thinking of maybe adding a little crocheted "button" on the side.
What do you think?

Can't you see these in pink ...
or red ...
or brown & pink combined?
Oh, the possibilities!

Quick ... someone tell me you're having a baby girl so that I can try out some girl colors!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Patchy Patchwork

Here's a preview of the
patchwork coffee cozies

that will be making their appearance in my shop over the next few days.

What do you think?

Speaking of my shop ...
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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I'm Published!

Ok ... maybe "published" is an exaggeration ... but I definitely authored a book recently.

For Father's Day, I made my dad a book of photos from our recent trip to Ireland.
My brother and I recently gave it to him, and it was a big hit!

(Sorry for the reflection from the window)

I would encourage you all to check out ... it's so very easy to make a book through this website, and the quality is great ... it's really very professional!

This is one of my favorite pictures of the three of us.
Do you see that bruise on my thumb (you know, the one holding the page down?)
Yeah ... that's where I put my seam ripper right THROUGH my thumb nail while attempting to finish the button holes on that cute pink dress I posted about recently. Not so fun.

I can think of SO MANY occasions to give the gift of a custom-made book.
Can't you?

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Cutest. Dress. Ever.

Remember when I told you about this dress that I had started making for my friend Shannon? Well, I've been hard at work recently, and here are some pictures of how it turned out :

Isn't it adorable?
Shannon did such a great job of picking out the pattern!

Here's a close-up of the collar in the front.
I picked out some buttons from my mom's stash ... not sure if they are vintage or not, but they are really cute little pink flowers.

Here's a view of the back ... the pinafore buttons in the back with two buttons which match the pink dress underneath.


There's also a pair of pantaloons out of the brown fabric, but I didn't get a picture of them ...

Saturday, July 4, 2009

My sister made me do it ...

Every Tuesday, my sister-in-law and her mom, and sometimes my dad's wife, come over and sew at my house. It's a lot of fun, and a good way to consistently work on all our sewing projects each week.

Well, this past Tuesday, there was no sewing going on at my house. Why, you ask? Because we spent the ENTIRE evening (and, the entire next morning, for me!) sorting through our coupons! Seriously. Suzanne and I are well known for chasing down good deals on all sorts of stuff, although she is MUCH better at it than I am. Suzanne brought her brand-new organized binder with her, and I was drooling with envy. So, we made a quick trip to Walmart to buy supplies, and we sat down to re-organize my stuff.

Here's what I now have :

This is a big 2" binder, with a zipper all the way around.
I am - of course - not a big fan of the pink, but don't worry ... I'm currently thinking of a plan that would take care of that ... more later, if it's successful.

Inside, there are multiple plastic baseball card holder sheets, filled with coupons.
Also, there are LOTS of tabs, to divide the coupons into categories.
(The hardest part for me is figuring out which category is the best to put each coupon in)

Now, I can SEE all my coupons, and easily find them!
It's going to be so much easier to save money now. yahoo!
I love being organized.

PS - I might feel just a *little* bit like a dork right now.

Friday, July 3, 2009

OK ... you win.

My selvedge coffee cozy
is now in my shop.

I hope some nice customer loves it as much as I do.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Experimenting with Cozies

So ... after I made my dream cozy, I decided to experiment a little bit and come up with some fun new designs for the shop.

Here's what I came up with ...

I continued the "striped" look from my selvedge cozy and made a striped cozy out of three of my blue Amy Butler fabrics. These are always really popular among my customers.

If you can't decide between my other blue cozies, why not have a little of each, right?

What do you think about this one?
I think I might need to tweak the stripe pattern a little, but I think it's close.
I can see doing this in different colorways.

I also tried a "patchwork" style cozy with my pink & green fabrics.

I'm not sure I'm completely happy with this one, but I think it has potential. I need to go back to the drawing board on how to lay out the patchwork.

I do like the variety of different fabrics on the outside of a cozy ... it's fun and creative!

What do you think?
Which do you prefer ... stripes or patchwork?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I heart sewing.

What would you do if you had a pile of scrap fabric as pretty as this?

I love looking at all the colors in this pile of scraps ...
But, this week, I saw past all the colors, and instead,
looked at my scraps from a different point of view.

And, when I was done, I had created my DREAM coffee cozy ....

I made it out of the selvedges!

Ever since I saw this dress over at Ric-Rac, I knew it was just a matter of time ...

The dots make me happy.
And, I love the cleanness of the white background, too ... very fresh and simple.
This cozy is lined with off-white linen.
So cool for the summer.

And, of course, my cozies wouldn't be my cozies without the little red owl!

This one will be taking up residence in my purse for my summer frappucino trips.

What do you think ...
should I put some of these in my shop?

Am I the only person who thinks this is fun,
or do you think others would love to have one?
I mean, will people like this, even if they don't sew?

I would love your thoughts!