Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I just completed this custom request. I showed you some fabric pictures last week. This cute animal/bug fabric was just the perfect fit. Julia picked the super soft flannel and the yellow minky was an even softer complement to it.
I think what really sold her on this fabric was the cute chipmunk! It was irresistible.
Friday, January 28, 2011
This is my thrifted collection of baby ceremic planters. I don't know much about them, but I expect that they once came from the florist full of flowers to welcome home a new baby. I do know they were so easy for me to fall in love with. So adorable.
I keep them in my house on this little shelf in my kitchen. I think they would look so cute with succulents in them set out for a baby shower or first birthday party. My kids are all past that age, but I do love the idea.
Now it's your turn! What did you find this week that you couldn't live without? Just add a picture of it here to join the fun! And visit Stacey at Pill's Place to see her fun giveaway.
Monday, January 24, 2011
The Sewing School class #3 was held Saturday at my home. Where we made the "Soo Soft Pillow". A first for the girls to use fabric, not just sewing with felt. They were so good and dedicated to making their pillow look very nice, making sure their cutting was precise. They were so cute!
And here is some fun news to share with you! The girls who wrote the book Sewing School, wrote about our little class over on their blog. So be sure to take a look and see what nice things they had to say.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
My sewing goal for 2011 is getting into my sewing book library and actually doing some of the projects. This is the first book I picked. Seams To Me by Anna Maria Horner.
And this is what I wanted to sew, a simple fabric covered cushion. Not for my dog, but for my girl. The directions called for an inner cover and an outer removable cover. So it could be taken off and washed. I just wanted one cover, so it should be simple, right?
And I also wanted to follow the directions exactly. I usually sew something the way I want to sew and don't use a pattern. It's a habit that I learned from my mom who is a master sewer. This time I was a good girl and not a pattern rebel.
Well this did not go very well. I measured my cushion, cut my fabric, and sewed it up. It was just too big. The problem came with the directions asking me to add 2" to my cushion measurements, and use a 1/2" seam allowance. This did not equate to making a nice fitting cushion cover like the directions said it would be.
So I ended up sewing in another 1/2" on my side seams. And taking up the bottom seam when I was stitching the opening closed. A little to adjust too. So it came out alright in the end, but thankfully I knew how to fix it and not get frustrated.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
As soon as I finished sewing up that cushion, we hopped in the car. With a special hope that our thrift was still open. We had spotted this book on a previous trip. But I am truly not a big Wizard of Oz fan. But getting this big book for $1.50 was just the perfect thing to go with that little cushion!
And we have been reading it every night since. Right now we are on chapter 16. And it is so much better than the movie! Most importantly, my girl is loving it too :)
Now, it's your turn! Show me your thifty bounty! And be sure to visit Pills' Place to see what she has there.
When you've done that borrow one of my buttons to add to your post or sidebar. Have fun!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Our second lesson for Sewing School began with a big stash of felt. Perfect for first time sewers. Each girl also got a pair of scissors for her sewing box. They were then told to never use her scissors on anything but fabric. Do you think they will remember that rule?
For this class we had two projects. The first was a needle case. We just sewed together 3 squares of felt and then the girls then sewed on buttons for a little decoration. This took some time. Then we quickly did a pincushion. They made apples, and blueberries with little colorful leaves. They each got a sewing needle and a few straight pins to add to their sewing supplies.
Learning how to tie a knot proved to be the most difficult thing to learn this week. But they are still having such fun making it themselves! One girl said to me "This is the most fun ever!" I don't know who is having more fun at these classes? Me or this wonderful group of 6 year old girls!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Since I do have so many of these books. I hardly ever get to sit down and use any of them. I just want to pick out a fun project and make something new.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
The first day of Sewing School began with no sewing (though we did practice threading a needle at the very last few minutes). First each girl got to dig in to stacks of papers, stickers and modge podge.
They loved it! The stickers were such a huge hit. And I loved seeing how each girl went about making her sewing box all her own.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
And here is what I found underneath it all. A vinyl cushion! My girl still likes it. So I wiped it down and bought some white duct tape and sealed it up nice and tight.
Then just look at the adorable fabric that she picked out! I have had this 1 yard bit of Japanese Wizard of Oz fabric for over two years. My hub got it for me as a birthday present. Thankfully I have finally found the perfect project for this adorable heavyweight fabric!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Hosting a link party has been on my "to do" list for a few months. Now it's a new year and time to jump into something new! Together with my friend Stacey Ball from Pill's Place fame that's the plan.
- Every Thursday we will both be posting on our blogs our thifty find of the week. Sometimes we might even be upgrading our finds into something new.
- You are invited to join us and link back here with a picture of your treasure and a link back to your blog sharing what you love about it.
- We will be sharing some of our favorites each week. So check back to see if we are talking about you! Then you can use the "featured" photo how ever you like.
Please share the fun of this link party with others. Use our pictures here on your blog sidebar, and tell your friends! It's wouldn't be a party without you. Our Adventures begin tomorrow.