Thursday, February 19, 2009
Another project from Lotta's book Simple Sewing (I am thoroughly enjoying my Christmas present. Once again, thank you Jenny!), this time for my kids' room. In the Summer time I open their window and my bedroom window to get the air flowing upstairs. Their door, sometimes very loudly and unexpectedly, slams shut every time a gust of wind moves through...In Colorado gusts of wind are not hard to find. In the past I've been propping their door with a basket full of their toys or clothes that are waiting to be put away. Neither good choices when toddlers are involved. This year this stylish and mess free door stop will do all the propping for me.
I have really been enjoying this project book. As the title states it really is "simple sewing". The projects are simple and down to earth. I love that you're directed to fill the door stop with a five pound bag of beans. The only other sewing project books I've used are Amy Butler books. Though beautiful her projects are not what I would consider simple. Even the "simple" ones are pretty involved, though I haven't tried them all. Just in case anyone's curious that's my opinion on the matter :).
I made this apron for my cousin/best friend for her birthday (if you happen to read this, here's a sneak peek). She enjoys cooking, baking bread...she makes an awesome sourdough...and making cakes. I'm sure this apron will receive a lot of wonderful wear and love. I used the Reversible Apron pattern out the Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing project book. The fabric is a Robert Kaufman print from Fancy Tiger. I love how it turned out! The pear applique/embroidery embellishment was really fun to do. I have a coordinating pear print to make an apron of my own. I'm planning on using a pattern out of my new apron book that I ordered. I've found that aprons are really fun and satisfying to make. This one will be on it's way to sunny Florida tomorrow. I hope she loves it!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Have I ever mentioned that I love my husband? Well I do, immensely...and not just because he got me a fabulous Valentine's Day gift, though I must say he's quite a great gift giver. Being the wonderful man that he is he bought me these beautiful storage bins from the Orla Keily line currently at Target, which I've been more than a little excited about. They look beautiful and are doing a great job holding all of my fabric! I'm loving how they brighten up my shelves. Yay for being spoiled!...every now and then, too much of course would just leave me rotten :).
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Anyone out there ever have their child fall asleep with their treasured Silly Putty and successfully get it out of their pajamas? I have a feeling that is pj top is doomed for the trash, which is quite unfortunate. This was one of her favorites, she cried when she saw that it was all messy :(. I've already tried scraping it off with a butter knife after leaving it in the freezer for a while. RIP: Cute and cuddly Carter's pajama top, death by Silly Putty.
Here's some other things on my craft plate, though the list could probably go on for days of things that I have lined up or want to do. First, I'm working on my first quilt! Its a little doll quilt. I'm using a tutorial from a Sew Mama Sew blog sew-a-long. I'm a bit behind but its been fun. For future quilting projects I definitely would like to invest in a rotary cutter. That would make things a lot easier and more precise. I'm also working on an apron for my cousin's birthday. I'm a bit behind on this project too, her birthday was Monday. I love the pear fabric (which I got at Fancy tiger!) and have some pears for an apron for myself as well! Last to share is my spiffed up ironing board! I recovered it this morning in the same print as my sewing machine's new cover. I added more batting, the previous cushion on this was terribly thin, and then stapled on the fabric. I chose the staple gun over the sewing machine mostly because I was too lazy to sew a casing and deal with elastic. I don't see myself needing to wash it anyway, though I probably just jinxed myself. I love how it turned out! Ironing will be much more fun with this as a backdrop.
Well here it is. I finally finished my first handmade garment for myself! I sewed the snaps in yesterday. The good news is that it fits! and fits well actually, I'm quite excited. If I were to make another one I'd probably shift the waistline down some to give a bit more definition to my waist or cinch in the back gathers some more some how. The sweatshirt fleece is really comfortable and warm. I found it for under $5 a yard on Fabric.com! I'm looking forward to wearing it out for the first time, maybe then I can post some pics of it actually on :).
Oh and I used McCall's pattern M5714, just in case anyone is curious.
Monday, February 2, 2009
I think I might just have to have a Target shopping spree squeezed into our budget for this month, isn't this stuff gorgeous? The graphic designer in me is gushing inside. Her collection was supposed to hit stores the first week of Feb, which is now! Check out her beautifully designed site, that I have yet to explore but most definitely will.