Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Textile Tuesday -- Upholstery Fabrics...


I'm taking a different bent on the fabrics I'm presenting on Textile Tuesday today. The other day I found a fabulous resource for home decor fabrics, namely, Lacefield Designs. Unfortunately, they don't have a store in Colorado (store locator), but it really doesn't matter because you can order their luscious fabrics online. Here's an example of some of their beautiful fabrics.


I love every one of those fabrics. L.O.V.E. I've been wandering through my house trying to figure out what I can disassemble, so I can recover it with one of those beauties! Then I'd love to add a couple of throw pillows out of two more of the fabrics!

Click here to check out all their upholstery fabrics. 

Monday, February 08, 2016

Baby Girl Bib...


Sometimes my calendar is crammed with events, and sometimes, like the last few weeks, I have more leisure time. I'm grateful. I love being able to catch up on a few projects I've been looking forward to completing. I don't know about you, but I am an avid Pinterest participant, but it seems like I rarely get around to making any of the projects I pin! Well, the other day I decided to do something about that. I'd pinned a darling baby bib, and I wanted to try out the pattern...


{There's nothing like using freshly fallen snow as a backdrop for your photos!}

The pattern and tutorial for this cute bib is found on the blog, Nana Company. It's a ruffley bib -- much like one I designed and made before, but this bib is smaller in dimensions, so I think it would be perfect for a baby 0 - 4 months.


It's sweet, isn't it? I love the pretty ruffles,


...and the cute little patch.


I think I'll have to make a few more this week!



Friday, February 05, 2016

Friday's Fabulous Finds...


I spy with my Etsy eye some...
flowers.
{ I know it's the middle of winter, but I'm already looking forward to spring! }


Clockwise, starting top left:

Wishing you a fun-filled weekend. 


Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Textile Tuesday...


This last week we got the happy news that our son and his wife are expecting a daughter the end of June. We are, of course, over the moon with excitement and joy. While talking to the little mother this week, she mentioned that she was going to be making a quilt for the nursery. I asked what colors she's chosen and she said, "shades of peach and salmon, gray, gold, and, perhaps, a hint of mint." Yummy -- love those luscious colors. Yesterday I came upon a blog post announcing Sew Caroline's newest collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, called Chalk & Paint, due to be released in stores this month!

Today I'll feature a few of these beautiful fabrics on Textile Tuesday. I may have to snatch up a few of these gorgeous prints to make a little something for our baby granddaughter...


Wishing you a cheerful Tuesday!

Monday, February 01, 2016

Snappy Bags for Valentine's Day...


I love the combination of a cold, snowy day and a stash of fabric. My poor little bunny is feeling the effects...


Last week I was in California, so the snow is a bit of a jolt to my system as well, but that makes it a good day to hunker down and get a little sewing done. Two weeks ago I spent some time making some Snappy Bags for the grands for Valentine's Day. {If you'd like the tutorial, go here.} These little snappy bags are perfect for hiding Valentine chocolates, a gift card, or a dollar or two. Here are a few I've created already...



 

I can't wait to fill them with goodies and send them off. 
Back to my sewing machine...!


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Textile Tuesday...


I thought of my husband when I put together this collage today. He's a private pilot, and I'm sure at this moment {like every moment} he wishes he was flying...


Clockwise, starting top left:


Happy flying!


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Valentines... Snappy Bags!


Happy January! Oy vey. This year has come in like a roaring lion for my extended family -- with several scary emergencies, unexpected travel for several of us, and a continuous dialog with my Heavenly Father {sometimes referred to as "prayer."} I used to think when unexpected situations arose that they were the exception in my life. Not so much anymore. They are becoming the norm. I have to wrap my head around that better, so as not to be floored every time something unforeseen happens. In any event {raise your cups for the toast}, here's to an uneventful and boring February. 

It's been a few years since I wrote my Snappy Bag Tutorial, and it's been that long since I made a few of these delightful little pouches.


I'm in the process of making a bundle of these in the next few weeks. A while ago I purchased some cute fabrics from Hobby Lobby, and I'll use these and other fabrics in my stash for some of the bags...



These little bags are a perfect Valentine for a loved one. They are big enough to fit a gift card, lipstick, nail polish, or some chocolate pieces! I also have a tutorial for the Snap Trap, which is a perfect snappy wallet for little ones. I'll post again when I have some finished. I hope to get some done before I head to California next week!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Textile Tuesday...


Today I'm yearning for a warm summer night, lightening bugs, and sweet dreams...


Clockwise, starting top left:

{Michael Miller Wee Wander Collection}

Wanting a trip to the southern hemisphere...

Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday Finds...


I spy with my Etsy eye some... 
pale pink.


Clockwise, starting top left:

Pink Clay Soap
Wedding Bouquets
Floral Notes 
Vintage Tea Towel 
Terrarium Necklace

Happy weekend.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Textile Tuesday...


Here are some adorable little girl fabrics in peach, pink, and gray...


Clockwise, starting top left:


Happy Sewing!

Friday, January 08, 2016

Friday's Fabulous Finds...


I spent the last hour shoveling snow. The white, powdery, fluffy stuff that makes Colorado famous. I was all alone in the neighborhood shoveling and watching the still falling flakes lightly cover up the places I'd already been. The only sound was the echo of my shovel scraping the concrete. It was a lovely way to spend an hour. So, as an ode to Colorado snow this morning...

I spy with my Etsy eye a...
flurry.


Clockwise, starting top left:

Polar Pouch

Wishing you a peace-filled weekend.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Friday's Fabulous Finds...


I spy with my Pinterest eye some...
warm Winter grey...


Clockwise, starting top left:


Monday, December 21, 2015

More Christmas Stockings...


Last week I mentioned that I would take photos of the Christmas stockings that my daughter-in-law Meghann made during our sew fest on Saturday. You may remember that I made a muslin stocking to test the pattern that I had altered from the pattern I had used on my husbands and my stockings I'd made earlier in the week.


Meghann wanted their stockings to be a longer, thinner, version with a long cuff. We both agreed the dimensions of the new "test" stocking was ok -- except for the bottom of the stocking. The boot part needed to be larger, so we easily changed that on the pattern by adding 1/4" all around the boot.

I absolutely died when she showed me the fabric she chose. Sooo dang cute! Here are the almost finished stockings...


It's difficult to see the texture on these beautifully luxurious fabrics, but here's a close-up of both...



All three fabrics were found in the home decorating fabrics at Hobby Lobby. So pretty. Meghann plans to finish them off with a few buttons on each stocking -- placed here...


As I said the I love the fabric choices she made.


Before I sign off I need to show you two more adorable stockings. These were made by another daughter-in-law, Stephanie. This goes without saying, but I have very talented DILs! Once again I love the fabric choice.  I love red stripes at Christmastime!



Friday, December 18, 2015

Tips for Creating or Altering Patterns...


For me creating patterns from scratch is deceptively challenging. Even with a simple idea -- like a Christmas stocking -- you can be surprised at the outcome. Often when I make up a pattern or take an existing pattern and alter it, I first make a "test" product with inexpensive muslin before I create the real deal with more expensive fabric. That's what I did when I created the Christmas stockings for the hubs and I a few days ago...


I began by printing out the stocking pattern from Fabric Worm, then I altered it by making the heel a little more pronounced and a few other small changes. I also used a smaller seam allowance to make it a little more stout. Finally, I made a stocking out of muslin to see if I liked the end result before I went ahead and used that pretty fur and wool.

One of my daughters-in-law, Meghann, is coming over tomorrow morning for a sew-fest. We're going to be making some Christmas stockings for her and my son. She decorates in whites, creams, and silver/grays at Christmastime, so she showed me these stockings as an example of what she likes...


She wants their stockings to be longer, a little thinner, with a long cuff. The swoop on the cuff on the stockings below also appealed to her...


Yesterday I whipped up a new pattern with these styles in mind. We may still make a few nips and tucks here and there, but it's a place to start. I began by using the pattern from Fabric Worm. The pattern was made longer, and I used a wider seam allowance {from 3/8" to 5/8"} to make the boot part a little smaller and the length a little thinner. It's amazing how much 1/4" on all sides changes the shape something. I also made a swoop on the cuff and finished it off with bias tape. Here's the muslin version of the new pattern next to the stocking I made earlier...


As I said when Meghann comes tomorrow, she may decide she wants it a little smaller here or larger there, but this muslin version will give us a reference point. For example, I think the toe end of the boot needs to be a little longer. That part of the pattern can be easily altered tomorrow morning. The muslin test stocking cost less than $2 to make, which is pennies on the dollar and well worth the effort. I'll try to take a few photos of the finished stockings. Meghann is such a talented girl when it comes to creating and decorating, so I'm excited to see her fabric choices!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Reindeer Noses Treat Bags...


My mother lives in an apartment in a dependent/independent living center for seniors. It's a wonderful place in many ways, but a transition from living on your own to senior living can be challenging. As I was thinking about my mother a few months ago, I realized that one thing that is presently lacking in her life is the spirit of giving. Throughout my mother's life she has been an example of thoughtful, kind, and helpful acts of service. I thought if she could perform a small act of service for those around her it would help lift her spirits. I was determined to figure out a project(s) that would be simple enough for a 92 year old woman to put together and distribute to friends...

In the month of October, I gathered the "ingredients" for some little gift sacks, and, while I was visiting my mother, we put them together. I was there when she marched into the dining room and passed out the treats to her new friends and care givers. I knew this act of service would help my mother, but I didn't realize how much it would be appreciated by her friends! They were thrilled to get a little treat similar to this...


Since then, she handed out Thanksgiving treats, and this month she assembled these treats with my sister...


I featured this treat bag on my blog several years ago. At that time I gave them to children in my Sunday school class, but they are a perfect treat for seniors as well. I bought the 4"x6" self sealing bags at Hobby Lobby, printed off the tags (courtesy of Katie Hadfield Designs) onto cardstock, and bought the goodies. You can find "Nice! Cherry Sours" {Rudolph's nose} and Whoppers {Comet, Cupid, Donner, etc.} at Walgreens. All those elements were packed in a box and shipped off to my mother, and once again she delighted in handing out these cute Christmas treats to her friends! I plan on helping to keep the spirit of giving in my mother's life with these small gift bags throughout the year {Valentine's Day, Easter, 4th of July, etc.}.



Sometimes it's difficult to think of something to give the seniors in our lives, but this seems to help with two challenges elderly parents and their children face. First, it's nice to spend time with your elderly parent that isn't associated with paying bills, helping run errands, or other sundry tasks. Sitting and putting together these little bags gave us something to do while we chatted and laughed! Second, for parents who've worked, loved, and cared for others all their lives, it gives them a lift as they express kindness through a cute and thoughtful treat.


Go here for the PDF of the bag topper!