Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Featuring all handmade, high-quality children's items! And not just clothes...there are party ideas, costume ideas, crafts, tutorials, and even recipes. Check it out!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Race cars, bicycles, horses, flowers, and this really cute Japanese print. Along with some wool felt, ribbons, bias tape, thread, embroidery thread, and lots of buttons. All kinds of goodies!
Unlike many, I didn't request any one thing. Because honestly, I couldn't decide at the time. But now I really wish I had requested some Goldfish I Have Loved (in the bags). Anyone out there have any? Anyone interested in a bit of a swap? I'm excited to see what others have gotten!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Well....it happened for me! I received a convo and figured it was the usual "quesion before a purchase" that I sometimes get, and was surprised (and thrilled) to find out it was a convo of the curator who included my item in her treasury! I was so stoked!
Check it out!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Now....where is my Heather Ross stuff? Hmmmm....
Sunday, September 20, 2009
First up...I volunteered to make one of Amanda Jean's blocks for the quilt she's doing for Quilts of Valor. She wanted them by the end of the month, but I didn't want to wait that long, since with the shop, I never know how busy I'm going to be. I put it together yesterday and I'm sending it off tomorrow!
Next up is my Arcadia quilt. I saw this style (and tutorial) over at Carly of Quiltville's blog (and she had one for sale in her shop at one point) and fell in love with it. I LOVE the Acadia fabrics and just HAD to make this quilt when I saw it. This one is a gift as a very special "thank-you".
Friday, September 18, 2009
Here he is....had to get some chicken and potatoes dinner in first!
And here is the winner! #10 - Ashley! Congrats Ashley! Email is forthcoming!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I ultimately decided to make this dress:
Isn't she cute?
The pattern is the Kyla pattern from Froglegs and Ponytails and is available in her shop here. I already use her Caroline pattern as my pillowcase dress (and yes, she allows her pattern to be used to make items for sale! Gotta respect copyright!) and I LOVE both of them. Her patterns are nicely laid out, easy to follow, easy to cut, and are finished beautifully! And being a pdf, they can be printed anytime you need a new size to cut, which I then save in my templates drawer in my organizer. Very nice!
So guess what...GIVEAWAY!!!!!!! Yep! I'm keeping this one for my little girl, but my giveaway will feature this dress, just as I have made it here, in the fabrics shown below! I'll make this dress in a size 12-24 mo, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 - using one of the Far Far Away fabrics shown with white cotton muslin for the lining and a white cotton bias tape at the bottom.
Shown above are unicorn in orange & blush, and princess in blush, pink and blue/orange. Please leave a comment in this post to enter and comments will close on Friday September 18th at 7PM. Good luck!
COMMENTS CLOSED - WILL ANNOUNCE WINNER SHORTLY!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
But it was time to finish the hat - and I finally did! On our drive home from my in-laws this past weekend, I put the finishing touches on the hat - I really only had the crown to finish at that point.
For both hats I used this ribbed beanie pattern from Wooly Wormhead (I had originally found it on ravelry), and made a few adjustments. I wanted to knit on circular needles, so I did - and only switched to DPN's at the crown. For Noah's had I also made it a bit smaller than the pattern indicated - making the appropriate reduction in multiples of 8. The yarn I used was Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes in Midnight Blue and Nectarine. They really were the closest "Illinois" colors my yarn shop had.
Friday, September 11, 2009
So, I thought I'd post about the mini-hexes I worked on over the weekend!
They're coming along nicely! I really do love working on them. I have a few things that are really calming for me. Knitting is one. Yoga too. Mowing the lawn is another (and one I'm not proud to admit. Horrible for the environment...really unnecessary...an exercise in vanity really, but I love seeing overgrown lawn get cut down row by row in such an orderly fashion. Anyone guess my birth sign? ;-) ) Vacuuming also - though can vary with children underfoot.
It truly is calming. Aneela's original post on this said "I have discovered the tranquility that is......... handstitching paper pieced hexy's!". I totally agree - and get it! Even the cutting for these wasn't bad! (and I despise cutting...)
And now paper piecing hexes as well!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
After ripping apart my first attempt at a quilt, I wanted to start with something smaller - thus a baby quilt for Lilah. The idea came from Ashley at Film in the Fridge - she's done 3 of these so far. The prints are adorable (Wonderland by Momo), and I was actually just one square shy of having enough, so one pretty square of Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks in the middle.
I also did the same quilting as Ashley - lines 1/4" to either side of the seams. I really want to learn free motion quilting, but figure these nice straight lines are a good starting point for me!
The back is a cream colored cotton from Joann's. I wish now I had splurged for one of the other prints, but was wanting to see how this one turned out first!
The binding is also the green polka dot from that line. I used AmandaJean's tutorial on binding. It went fine -but my stitches are by no means hidden and seriously need some work (and took forever...seriously - does it always take that long?). But I don't care.....I still love it!!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Seriously….how many degrees of awesomeness is this? Little mini-hexes and with Heather Ross no less!
I purchased this lovely little bag from Aneela. I absolutely love it! Great little snippets of fabric, very well put together, and made to hold tiny treasures! How I came to find this little shop from across the pond is a bit of a story.
So, what is my bag for? English paper piecing of course! Look what I’ve been up to!!!
If anyone is at all interested in the mini-hexes…I found this great little tool that allows you to create them (based on the size you want). Very handy!
Now if you’ll excuse me…..I’m off to add Dresden petal paper piecing to my “wish list” and decide which of Aneela’s bags will hold those little treasures! ;-)
Have a great weekend everyone!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Not so this year. Our grass right now (which we rely solely on mother nature for whatever water it gets) is lush and green. The lows the last two nights have gotten down to 45 degrees. 45!!! It's only September 1st and it feels more like October 1st. (Luckily, the next week or so is shaping up nicely for late summer/labor day weather!)
The cold weather sure does make me think about autumn though. In a way, I find it depressing. Not because I don't like autumn. I do. Love it actually! The sweater weather. Changing colors (something you don't get in the desert of Arizona where we spent 6.5 of our last 8 years). But it reminds me winter is coming. I love winter...right up until Christmas time. And then I'm so.over.it.
Anyway, all these reminders of autumn have me sewing lots for autumn. So take a look at some of the items I've been creating, mostly for the shop. And hard to believe, but I have holiday prints washed and ready to be sewn this week!
And seeing all of these prints together makes me really want to invest in some great solids. I have so many prints but not enough solids. I want to start mixing it up a bit!