Wednesday, November 26, 2008
So this is the before mentioned Christmas present. Obviously she got it a bit early. Because of the nature of handmade items I needed to see how it fit and worked if I was going to give one to my nephew as a gift. The fitting proceeded and the cape never came off. Olivia has now proclaimed herself as a Wonder Pet, if you notice she even "saved the baby dinosaur" (if you have kids that are fans of the Wonder Pets this will make sense to you). As you can tell she loves her cape. We'll be sure to bring it to Indy with us so that the wonder cousins can have adventures together. The fabric was a bit tricky to work with. I definitely wouldn't use this project to showcase my sewing skills, but it works just fine for what it is. You can't see very well but my husband and I designed little super hero logos, an "O" for Olivia and a "B" for Brennan, to personalize their capes. I still need to finish up Brennan's cape and will post a pic when its complete.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I've decided to make all (at least most) of my Christmas gifts this year, I'm hoping that I can finish them all in time! I can't show everything I've made so far because they have to stay a surprise :). But here's a few things with more to come in the next couple of weeks. As you can see I've already made use of my Wee Wonderfuls Space Boy pattern. This Space Boy is for my little boy. He was so fun to make, I love his removable goggles. His arms ended up a little low but he's still cute. The pincushion is for my Grandmother, who is a wonderful seamstress and I'm sure has a pincushion or two already but none as stylish as this I am certain. Besides one can never have too many pincushions, or pins for that matter. This was fun to make as well I used this tutorial that I found online. The fabric beach ball, used from the same pattern as Jackson's, is for my niece Eden. Well actually she's my cousin's little girl, but I consider her my niece :). I'm currently working on super hero capes for my daughter and my nephew Brennan, yes he is actually my nephew and son of my wonderful sister-in-law. We'll be spending Christmas with them in Indiana this year so Olivia and Brennan will be able to fly around the house together on Christmas morning. I'm hoping to finish the capes today, I'll have pics to post soon.
Ok, so I have A LOT of catching up to do. My family, including myself, have been sick for about two weeks and with two small children that feels more like two months. I'm happy to say that the kids and my husband are now better and I'm getting there. It feels so good to be on the other end of that. Hopefully we've reached our sick quota for the season. So back to catching up, I'll start with my new favorite store. I finally had a chance to check out Fancy Tiger. It's a fabric shop Denver (I've been wanting to go ever since I discovered their website). It is amazing! I walked in and was overwhelmed by its awesomeness, literally. I could not make a decision for the life of me, I just couldn't take it all in. The store is small but everything in it is wonderful! And after having to shop only at JoAnn's it was a bit of a shock to the system. It was very exciting and I'm thrilled with my purchases! I got some Japanese Imported fabric that is gorgeous, a couple of fat quarter packs sporting some Amy Butler cuts, and a pattern by the talented Hilary Lang of Wee Wonderfuls...so fun, and about 9 squares of wool felt. I am now in love with felt, but that could be a whole other post on its own. After leaving I wanted to open a fabric boutique in Northern Colorado (Loveland or Fort Collins). Why is it that we have NOTHING like that anywhere near by? I definitely think there's a market for it. Ah well, I'll just keep dreaming. That would be SO fun. Plus I'd have the best marketing plan and branding design imaginable with the help of my brilliant husband and his friends at the Tenfold Collective. Again, I'll keep on dreaming, its fun to dream. I don't have any specific plans for my fabric yet, but I'm sure the perfect project(s) will come up :).