Friday, December 25, 2009

Friday Fessions & Merry Christmas!

In honor of this fun holiday, today's "fessions" will be Christmas related!

- I still believe in Santa...or the at least try to keep alive the magical feeling that believing in him always brought. I wait until the middle of the night to put out the presents and stuff the stockings. On Christmas eve, I still ask my sister (we are both grown-up, married, live in different parts of the country), if she is excited for Santa coming!

- I love, love, love giving presents as much, if not more than getting them! The last 3 years I have totally surprised my husband with gifts he was not expecting. I was thrilled beyond belief when I found this years present and soooo giddy for 3 weeks before Christmas while it was wrapped and hidden in my sewing room:
- I am physically incapable of tearing wrapping paper. It hurts me. Yes. I am serious. It drives EVERYONE I know crazy! I will spend 5 minutes unwrapping a gift, being extra careful not to rip or tear the paper. What really gets people, is that after I have the wrapping paper off of the gift, I crumple it all up into a ball and throw it away. It leaves many a person in complete shock.

- Finally, opening my stocking is one of the single most exciting parts of Christmas morning. To me, it's like the dessert that comes to your table, even though you did not order any. Y ou finish opening up all the presents under the tree and while you're happy about what you got, you feel a little sad that all the excitement and anticipation is done for another year. And then you remember...there is still the stocking to open!!! My mom has always been an EXCELLENT stocking stuffer. Our stockings had just as many wonderful presents as the gifts under the tree. I still enjoy opening stocking presents and I still forget every year that there are the stocking presents, which keeps the excitement of the stocking alive!

Do you have any Christmas fessions?

P.S. I got more argyle socks for Christmas!Above: Christmas aftermath picture, minus a few gifts that are now strewn about the house.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Safety Pin Fingers

Oh yeah, this was the result of the finished blanket. Safety pin fingers! ahh!

Not as "cool" as guitar calices...but still like a badge of honor, right? ;)

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Blanket.

1st things 1st! Forgive the night time pictures, they are what they are.

I complained about this blanket on Twitter just about everyday that I worked on it. Honest. But, it's done now and I'm actually quite pleased with how it turned out. However, tomorrow is judgement day. Tomorrow I will be taking it to the decorator. AHHH!

Ok, I was given a partially pieced top. The beige and everything inside of the beige was already done. I had to add the dark purple and the backing. The wrinkles in the suede would not come out... that will have to be dry cleaned or come out in time. I used my super steam iron and steamed it for a LONG time and they still wouldn't come out.

Here is the binding I did:

This is the center bit up close:
I chose this thread to pull in those center colors then did this ornamental flatlock stitch with my new serger to connect the dark purple pieces to the rest of the blanket. What do you think? Look good? Should I be nervous?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday (con)Fessions

So, I think I am going to start a new weekly post on my blog called Friday Fessions. Where I fess up some of my deepest, darkest, quirkiest secrets. You know, random thoughts that I think to share but never feel like a whole blog post is worth it.

Today's fessions are all fashion:

- I have to tell you, I'm a pajama girl. I Love fabric, I see & sell all kinds of beautiful amazing fabric. I can make beautiful dresses, gowns, shirts, skirts, etc. But my most favorite thing in the world is a waffle knit top with fuzzy pants. Ask anyone who shops with me, I always go to the "frump", PJ section of Victoria's Secret. If you showed me the most luxurious satin and the softest fleece and told me I had to choose one, I would always pick the fleece. I don't know if this is a flaw or a comfort thing, but honest to goodness, I just love soft, fuzzy, cuddly clothes. (This makes my mom sad.)

- I also have a sickness for argyle. Yep. I have argyle sweaters (I live in FL). I have argyle socks (I live in FL). I buy things I don't even want because they have argyle print on them. Lucky for me, just as I had to throw out a beloved (worn through) pair of argyle socks, they were 3 years old, my friend Robyn remembered that I said I loved argyle and got me a pair for Christmas! I LOVE them! Thanks Robyn!

- Finally, I love old worn in clothes. I steal my husbands shirts before he throws them out and wear them as PJ's. They are so soft. I've been asked by both my husband, and my mother, to, and I quote, "please throw out those ratty pants. please toss that stained shirt that you bum around the house in." I'm much better than I was three years ago. Really. I've improved. I now throw out anything with holes (or upcycle it). I also upcycle or toss out stained clothes. I replace my "going out" clothes every 6 months or so and then replace my "bumming in the house" clothes with the previous "going out" clothes. Don't get me wrong I like to look and feel like a princess as much as the next girl, but you'd probably find a great pair of fuzzy pants under my dress.

Anyone else have some fashion fessions? If you want to share your Friday Fessions, leave a comment with the link to your blog! I'd love to read them!

P.S. Please don't judge me. ;)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"All You Need Is....

...or L'amour, the new fabric line by Sandy Gervais for Moda. I just love her stuff! Check out her blog here. The personality of Sandy on her blog reminds me of my mom's friends. I love to spend time with all of them, I used go to craft shows and fabric shopping with them all the time before I moved. Whenever I read Sandy's updates, it makes me want to get all the gals together and bring her right along. ;)

These "valentine" prints are spectacular. I say valentine in quotes because these prints can be used for so many other things. I'm definitely envisioning some cancer shawls, coasters, table runners, little girl skirts/jumpers, and heart quilts.

Will have these for sale in the Etsy shop shortly.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Fabric Updates

You may have seen in my shop what fabrics I have had coming in but just in case you haven't here's the scoop.

Sometime a little over a month ago I got in, "Civil War Homefront" by Barbara Brackman for Moda fabrics. I ordered honey buns and jelly rolls and my they are delicious! Yes, I am still talking about fabric despite the food references.

Shortly after that I got in PUL. Polyurethane laminate from Fabrite. Right now I am only carrying the Optical White, but I hope to add a few more colors. This fabric is used for Cloth diaper covers, re-usable sandwich bags, wet bags, etc. It can be washed and dried hundreds of times without any damage. One side is a tight knit and the other side is a shiny laminated side that wipes clean or washes in the washer. I love this stuff for all sorts of uses. It is a waterproof barrier so you can pretty much use it for just about any waterproofing project you want to sew. Plus, it is CPSIA certified, so it doesn't leak lead or cancer causing agents! yay!

After that I got in some of "The Caroler" charm backs by Mary Englebright for Moda fabrics. These are on sale since it's the holidays and the print is discontinued.

And even most recently was this beautiful flannel print by Holly Tailor for Moda, "Creekside Trail Flannels". These are so lovely and the charm packs are great! I can't wait to make a few wonderfully soft winter pieces with these charm packs. Sometimes, it's hard to just sell fabric when I want to make stuff with it. ;)

I also added some interfacing and muslin to my shop. Those everday needs that you can grab up with fabric orders. (If your like me and you hate having to run to a shop when you are already shopping online!)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Long Overdue Updates!

I kept putting off updating because I've been on the verge of new news that I might be able to share at some point just about everyday. So, the idea of blogging about a secret every other day seemed so unappealing that I avoided it. Then I realized it's been over 2 months since I updated!

That is just sad.

Now the question is, what can I share today?

1) Well, I've been swamped with alterations, custom designs (home decor and clothing), and to add to all of that, Christmas presents. I asked my family if they would be upset if I sent their presents next month. ha! Yes, I really did. I'm hoping to have it all done this week and sent away for them to open on Christmas morning but, who knows.

2) I did however finish my sister's Christmas stocking, which was a special request. Last year I made her husband one out of flannels(they were newly weds then), mostly because I thought he would like it a lot, and also because the 'sister' in me wanted to see how my sister would react. (*back story* See, I came up with the idea when he wanted to wear a flannel shirt for the their wedding rehearsal dinner last year. However, my sister had everyone dress up for the dinner, so he was not allowed to wear that shirt.) The funniest thing of all though, was that my sister ended up really liking it and was disappointed that she did not get a matching one as well. Here is her matching one. The photos don't show how cute they really are in person. If I had time I would've put some up for sale in the Etsy shop, maybe next year. ;)
3) I have 3 patterns completely finished and just trying to make the final decisions on the covers. They will be available soon (I hope) in both e-pattern and paper pattern form.

4) I am in the process of designing and writing up 4 more patterns including a mini-book with multiple patterns.

5) I keep getting in more fabric! I'll post about that next.

6) Last thought: The Christmas tree is up, the Holiday Cards are ordered, oh, and chestnuts bought in Florida are really awful. Especially compared to the fresh ones we used to pick up from under the trees at my great grandpa's house growing up in Pennsylvania.

P.S. Husband makes fun of my completely coordinated tree, wrapping paper included. Says he is going to buy wrapping paper that will overwhelmingly clash with my Christmas decor, just to harass me. I guess I may be slightly too obsessed with it? Nah.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Simple Abundance is HERE!

A box from Moda arrived on Thursday.

Everyone here was super excited!

Thursday morning I put my back out and spent the day resting because well, I had no other choice... I couldn't really walk. When UPS delivered the box in the afternoon I couldn't even bring the box inside! I had to get help.

But this morning, I was feeling better and I gently (ripped) opened that box of fabric and pulled everything out!
I've been waiting for this to be here for, well, FOREVER....

Words cannot describe and pictures cannot show how beautiful this fabric is, it definitely made the wait worth it.

It's got charm, sweetness and a happy glow all through it.

The colors are wonderful and the prints are just unbelievably breathtaking.

I may have gone slightly overboard with the pictures but I needed you to feel like you were there with me, looking at every print on those 5" squares of cotton.

Seeing the sizes and variety of the flowers on the yardage.

It was just, just so....

I really considered (and pictured in my head) what bathing in yards of fabric would be like and while probably not sanitary, I do think it would be quite satisfying, especially if it was in Simple Abundance.

So enjoy the rest of the pictures! And come get some of your own...



I will also have a pattern (or two) featuring this amazing line very soon!

P.S. To keep an eye out for what these ladies are up to check out Camille's Blog and Bonnie's Blog!
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