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>> Sunday, December 12, 2010

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Recylcing for a New Bag

>> Saturday, October 30, 2010

Reading one of my old friend's blog the other day, BUP, I was inspired by the post about CourtneyCourtney, a local Philly children's clothing designer who recycles clothing into new modern day super cute outfits of kids. Her outfits and post inspired me to upcycle a few of the items in my to be repaired stash into a new bag for myself. It's a little kitchey and little retro and probably a little to young looking for this 30 year old but I was pretty proud of my make shift bag. The items used were 1-old wool scarf and 2- old plaid shirts. The pattern was self made design it as you go pattern. So no really pattern at all. Here's a photo of the end result. And BTW my friend Bernadette is an excellent photographer if you're near the Philly area definitely give her call.


Lone Star Quilt Finished.

>> Sunday, October 17, 2010

Another accomplishment this weekend... This one motivated by my church's, Messiah Lutheran, upcoming fund raiser for Lunches for Learning. Each year our church holds an annual Handmade Market where crafts made by members of the church and community are donated for sale. The proceeds from the Handmade Market will be used to support Lunches for Learning which provides daily lunches for elementary school children in the rural areas of Honduras.

For the fundraiser I am donating not only the wooden pendants I made this weekend but my Lone Star Quilt I finished today. I hope it brings forth a good donation for the cause.


Elfin Magic 2010

>> Saturday, October 16, 2010

It's that time of year where we start planning our crafts for Elfin Magic. This year we plan on make Christmas bauble candle holders, stamped coasters, decorative jar ornaments and  a version of scrabble tile pendants inspired by Becky Ann Designs. So to get in the mood I test drove one of the crafts today. Using blank wood squares, scrapbook paper and plenty of mod podge I manged to create the following...... For a full tutorial on how to make your own visit Make & Takes. Only wish I could have found some diamond glaze to give it that glass top look.


Lone Star Quilt

>> Saturday, September 18, 2010

I finally found a little time and little motivation to work on my first Lone Star quilt. I started this quilt weeks ago and it has just kinda sat around as most of my projects go. This was made using the diamond die from my Accuquilt and three sets of fat quarters. No Y seams each diamond was pieced individually. I've really enjoyed putting this one together so now I am looking for the perfect fabric set to do a bright and modern version. The hunt is on....


Out of the Craft Room

>> Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Okay don't keep holding your breath...my day job has reclaimed my life.


Hope to be back in time for Christmas.


Back to School

>> Sunday, July 18, 2010

It's that time of year again....No not Halloween and not Christmas though the catalogs and stores would make one think so. Back to school time. And for some odd reason this year my sons' school isn't allowing backpacks. So it's up to mommy to create some tote bags for the boys so they won't be forced to use our target or publix grocery totes. I worked on Bayard's today.  He insisted on fire trucks but not having any fire truck fabric and not wanting to spend an money I convinced him to accept fire truck dogs as the main fabric.

My husband says it turned out way too girlie. And well maybe it did but Bayard loved it. It was also a good way to pratice my free motion quilting. Now on make Holden's his will be the states.


Sailing away with me.

>> Sunday, July 11, 2010

I finally found a little time to finish the gift for niece's birthday. This cute little sailor girl's outfit. McCall's Pattern MP220. Simple vibrant top with little jean shorts. She will be absolutely adorable in it.


Quilting Class Week 2

>> Saturday, July 10, 2010

Finished up my squares. I am abandoning sashing after trying numerous fabrics and just not being satisfied with the results. So now  I am off to do the boarders.


Quilt Class Week 1

>> Tuesday, June 29, 2010

So in order not spend the summer watching TV aimlessly at night and to get a jump start on my Christmas projects I've signed myself up for several sewing class. Although all are classes geared towards the beginner I figured I could still learn a trick or two. Plus it is just a good excuse to sew without little interruptions. This week was the beginning of my quilting class. We are making Color Blox Stars quilt from Blank Quilting. I've chosen a somewhat softer color palette for my quilt but after seeing a few of the girl's brightly colored versions in class I have to admit I was envious. Anyway, here is a glimpse at first two blocks we made tonight.

I'll try a post what we do each week until the class is finished but with work and everything going on this month you'll have to forgive me if I miss a week or two of class.
Key Refreshers / Practicers for me tonight:
1. Half Square Triangles
2. Nesting Seams


Weekend Sewing

>> Sunday, June 27, 2010

In preparation for my up coming quilting class I felt the need to do a looking weekend sewing.  I made two peasant style dresses. The first dress is my version of Oliver & S's Ice Cream Dress.
The 2nd dress using the same fabrics is from Leila & Ben.

Fabrics for both were from Sew It Up.


Patchy T-REX

>> Sunday, June 20, 2010

Worked on this cute little dino buddy today for an upcoming birthday. Made it using and old quilt we had and some left over felt. A good use of scraps and totally free.


Test Drive

>> Thursday, June 10, 2010

Just test driving a rough idea to spice up a pillow.


Couches and Chairs Quilt

>> Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Quilt Back

>> Monday, May 31, 2010

A little snap shot at the quilt backing. I know what you might be thinking it is a large contrast from the front and does but doesn't go with the front. But since she's going for a black and white theme in her dorm room. I felt the need to accommodate. So the quilt will be reversible for those days she's needs to  coordinate and those days where she needs a little color in her life. I felt I've unified it by keeping with a modern theme in the fabrics. I must say though the back is my favorite. I had bought the backing fabric for curtains in my sewing room and after two years of hanging onto it I let it go. My heart is broken but I know it is going to good home and just maybe she'll love the fabric as much as I do. And yes, I am crying....


Ready Set Assemble

>> Friday, May 28, 2010

Here's a snap of what is to come.

Time to assemble and quilt .....pending a few changes.


Quilt Pattern

>> Monday, May 24, 2010

Okay here's a drawing of the quilt pattern I am using for my graduate quilt. You'll have to ignore the color schemes and just use a little imagination. Excel only has so many colors and I just don't have the time to pull in new colors. Yeah, I don't own any fancy quilt making software here. Excel works just fine for me for now. Also allows me to do the occasional quilt mapping on my lunch break.

What is needed if 5 coordinating fat quarter sets with four prints in each set. You cut them up into 5" x 5" squares, 5" x 10" and 5" x 15" rectangles. Use a 1/4" seams and I've drawn out the final dimensions in the photo. You'll use the left over fabric on the back side.


Inspiration Strikes. Thanks to a Graduate.

>> Sunday, May 23, 2010

Inspiration has finally struck at 1:30 am in the morning.  I am excited. I had these fabrics for over year and a half and have been waiting for the perfect moment and idea for using them. A new quit is on the way and just in time for my cousin's graduation. Hopefully, she'll find it a nice fresh modern quilt for her dorm. Details to come. I have a two week deadline so off I go.
 Here's preview of one of fabrics in the collections I am using. Check  all of Laurie Wisburn's  collection  out at Scarlet Fig.


The Wedding Came...

>> Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I had a fabulous time at my sister and Mike's wedding. Love my new family-in-laws. And I couldn't wait to share photos of the event and my flower girl dress actually being worn. Maybe now I can get back to some more serious crafting.

And at the end of the night we all took a dive. Had blast April & Mike and thanks Alyssa for such great photos.


Wedding Can Go On.

>> Sunday, April 18, 2010

Finally sucess. After weeks of back on forth with mother of the flower girl we finally settled on design of sorts and I started to work. For those of you new to my random crafts I have been the responsible party for sewing to the flower girl dress for my sister's wedding, To make it all just a wee bit more challenging for this average sewer I had to take one anthropologie dress (bridesmaid dress) and make it into one fabulously perfect and sweet little flower girl dress all for the love my sister.:). BTW, I was supposed to make the ring barrier pillows as well but thanks to Etsy I foudn a much better crafter to do it for me.

Well I finally stoped procrastinating, only at the point when I realized the store was no longer carrying this dress and decided it was now or never. I must chop and sew. I am pretty pleased with the end result and I am hoping it just looks adorable on the little girl and her mother is pleased.. So below you will see the dress I started with, and two flower girl photos one with the sash and one without. We are all wearing sashes but I thought I might make something I little more funky to dress up the flower girl dress instead of the sash but those juices are still a brewing. I'll post photos of the big day once it has come and gone in three weeks.

Oh yes and ring barrier pillows I had made by Two Yellow Shoes.


Finally A New Project: Pennant Banners

>> Saturday, April 10, 2010

Once again I've let my day job get the best of my time. But I finally got a chance to work on a new project and try out my newest gadget. The "Big Shot". I bought this little thing at the Sewing Expo in Feb and yes I just now pulled it out of the box.I love it. Perfect for quick and easy sewing and scrap booking projects. So check out my latest one. It may be awhile but I post again. I plan on whipping up a few Happy Birthday banners to sell at craft show. I'll display them when I am done.

BTW: For those of you that don't sew this can be a completely no sew project. I just chose to add a few stitches.


In the Hoop Projects

>> Sunday, February 28, 2010

My friend Renee asked me to make up a little baby gift set for her to give. Below is the result: two ruffled burp clothes, two stippled bibs and one binky bib (sorry no binkies in our house to use for the demo). The bibs were made in the hoop using a DigiStitches pattern.


Feb Savings- The Result

Okay so as you could probably tell by the shopping habits and the fact that I did not post last week I went over my 300 dollar challenge for the month. And yes, I did. I became a victim of my coupons and well over bought just for the sake of the deal but I did get a some awesome deals and learned a lot in the process. So here is last weeks total. I got 365.98 dollars worth of groceries and beauty products for 198.41. The best day in that adventure was getting 134 dollars worth of groceries for only 50 dollars. I did also take advantage of CVS Olay ECB promotion and stocked up on those because combining that with the buy product and get body wash free coupons in the paper made and the 15 dollar rebate from Olay it worth it. I now have about 30 dollars in ECB for March. and 15 dollar check on the way. All of which I did not count in the savings.

This brings my Feb spending total to 464.20. The breakdown for the month looks like the following:
I spent 464.20 dollars in groceries and beauty products
I got a total of 835.11 dollars worth of groceries and beauty products
For total monthly savings of 44%.

The goal for March don't give into my coupons just for the sake of the deal, and continue to work to reduce my bill down to 300 a month. I am already on a good start. I've even been to the grocery store once this week.

Oh and must share this steal of purchase: I got 7 yards of 100% raw silk in a print that matches my living room for only 4 dollars a yard. The silk was originally 30 dollars a yard. A great deal and lucky find. New curtains are the works.


Strip Skirt

>> Sunday, February 21, 2010

I love making these easy and fun skirts for little girls. Here's another similar to the one I made last April.


Just Like Me Part 2

I finished my niece's matching outfit this weekend.

I plan on making one more outfit matching set  to send as part of the gift. Probably a strip skirt and little top.


Feb Savings Part 3

>> Wednesday, February 10, 2010

So my total this week: brought 202 dollars worth of groceries and only paid 119.30 this week. Brings my monthly total to : 265.69. We had few non-coupon purchases this week in preparation for valentines and vistors. Looks like I probably won't make my 300 dollar goal but I am defintely going to try.


Just Like Me Part 1

>> Sunday, February 7, 2010

I love the new ModKid patterns for doll clothes and then the matching little girl outfits. I got this doll and made this doll outfit as part of niece's birthday gift. Now to make her, her own matching outfit to wear. So her little doll can be "just like me".


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