Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Play Time

Sometimes you spend so much time working
that you just need to step away and play :)
I decided to play hookie from "work" yesterday
and spent the afternoon making this fun little play mat 
for my sweet little Daisy May. 
The fabric is "Surrounded by Love" by Deb Strain.
I used a charm pack and a pattern called "Roundabout" 
from the book - Another Bite of Schnibbles".
I changed the outer edge a bit to use up my remaining scraps.
I used nice thick batting to change it from a table top quilt
to a thick and squishy baby play mat.

I also wanted to share with you the super cute
Chicken Matryoshkas that my son and daughter-in-law
brought me from Sequoia.
I was babysitting their 4 Minions for a few days
while they spent some much needed time away.
How cute are these? 
Apparently there is a Nesting doll shop that was just across 
the street from where they were staying.
Lucky me :) 
I guess I'd better get back to sewing.....

Monday, July 7, 2014

Some Kitty Cuteness

My adorable Evie just turned 3 on July 1st.
She asked me so sweetly if I was going to make her 
something for her birthday.....
How could I say no?
Since she love kitties,
I chose Michael Miller "Happy Hills Calico Cat" fabric
and paired it with some coordinating fabrics from my stash
as well as some pink gingham and bright polka dots.
I used "The Cupcake Dress" pattern by Pink Fig.
I love that the pattern comes with all the sizes
from 12m - 10 yrs! 
The pattern was FTS (fun to sew)
The back of the bodice requires smocking 
with elastic thread.
If you've never tried it,
don't be afraid to give it a go.
You'll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is.

I just had to share a picture of the darling little dress shoes
that we bought for Evie as well.
They have tiny little 1/2" heals and beaded bows.
I love how tanned her legs are 
and of course, the band-aid :) 
Well the dress turned out to be a big hit.
She has worn it everyday for 4 days,
even sleeping in it and wearing those shoes to bed.
Makes my heart happy :)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Treaures :) hubby is pretty awesome!
He is a treasure for sure :)
(He's going to kill me for posting this photo)
He had a few days off last week 
so we went to a few of our favorite antique malls.
I forced asked him to wear these fun glasses for a photo.
I had no idea at the time
that our son would use it
for his caller ID on his iPhone :)
Now every time his dad calls him
this is the photo that comes up.
I love my son :)

I wanted to share a few of the other treasures 
that made their way home with me.
As I mentioned before,
I've started collecting vintage needle books
for my future sewing studio.
Well I was SUPER excited to find 
this Western Auto needle book.
I worked at Western Auto from my first year
of high school through
getting married and both of my pregnancies.
So many fun memories and I learned so much
during my 8 years. 
How cool is that?
You just never know what you'll find! 

How cute is this Needlecraft Magazine from May 1928?
I love the graphics and the colors!
I also love love love that orange kitty
sitting next to her.
I had to say goodbye to my orange kitty, Arthur
 on May 5th of this year.
He was 14 years old and I miss him every day. 
This magazine is a large size
and measures 14" by 11"
and I plan to frame it for my future sewing room as well :)

I love the charts and old advertisements inside.
So cool! 
I think it was $6.00 well spent :)
I also have a weakness for hand stitched handkerchiefs.
It blows my mind that these beauties are all done 
by hand with super tiny stitches
and you can find them for just a few dollars.
What am I going to do with them?
I have no idea.
But I love them
and my collection just keeps getting bigger.....

And it's not just old things that make their way into my home.
How fun are these 3 patterns?
$2.00 each.....yes please!

The hubs and I fell in love with vintage match box holders recently
and started bringing them home as well.
They are made out of metal
and some have decals on the front
and some are just plain.
We found the 2 on the right 
to add to our little collection. 
And my love of vintage handkerchiefs continues.
These will be given as gifts,
tucked into a greeting card for friends
or in my purse for 
when I am overwhelmed 
by a beautiful worship song on Sunday mornings :) 

I also wanted to share pics of these adorable toy sewing machines
that we saw.
No, I didn't buy them :)

OK...I just had to share this creepy little kitty.
Who's idea was it to 
make a slot for scissors
And a pincushion on the top of her head????
Seriously people!
Is it just me?
Not cool.....

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Big Girls are here :)

I've been sewin' up a storm these days.
The project bags are keeping me busy, 
to say the least.
One of my wonderful customers
contacted me a while back 
about making a bag with a larger bottom 
so that the Heaven and Earth design chart
she was working on could fit inside.
Those charts can have 90+ different colors of floss
so it made sense to have a "Big Bottom Bag".
I'm so glad that she was persistent and patient
and I finally got around to designing a new bag.
I love the way it came out
and more importantly
so did she :)
These bags are 11 1/2" tall and 13 1/2" wide
 with a 5" pleated bottom. 
They are perfect for bigger projects :)
I'll be adding new fabrics as time permits. 
Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Oh JOY!!!

Sometimes you come across a super talented person
and you just want NEED
 to have a piece of their amazing artwork :)
Well a blogger friend of mine, 
is amazingly talented herself, 
but her 2 daughters are pretty ah-mazing as well!
Emily, makes these fabulous
 hand stitched canvas wall art pieces
and Julianna makes the cutest sock animals!
I contacted Kimberly and asked her if Emily would consider
making a custom piece for my sewing room.
I'm SUPER excited with what she made for me!

The colors and fabric choices are perfection!
Just looking at it makes me happy.

I know I'll be pestering her for more canvases in the future!

Monday, June 9, 2014

I'm not getting older....I'm becoming Vintage :)

I wonder why it is that when we find Vintage items
our hearts skip a beat and we like to imagine
what life was like years ago
and who owned these items.
(or maybe it's just me)
I think people should be admired
 and cherished as we age as well :)
Varicose veins are like a road map
to all the places we've been in our life.
And the wrinkles are evidence of
laughter and tears that brought us to this place in time.

Ok....enough deep thoughts for the day.
I wanted to share a few "new" Vintage items I've acquired. 

These GORGEOUS sterling silver embroidery scissors
were given to me by my awesome hubby for 
Mother's Day.
They are from Germany and very fragile.
I will just keep them safe and admire them,
but not use them.

I found this little box of threads at the Peddlers' Market
back in February.
Not sure how old it is 
and the red thread is definitely not from the original set,
 but it's red.....enough said. 

A few weeks ago the hubby and I discovered a "new to us"
Antique Mall close to our new church.
We stopped in last Sunday
and I found this darling Vintage needle book.
I love the bright colors and the graphics.
It's old and brittle so I handle it carefully :)

And yesterday we went to one of our favorite shops
and I saw these beautiful scissors in a case.
They were gray and dingy  but they had 
and warm glow like sterling silver does 
when it's tarnished.
I bought them for $18.00.
They are marked Grasoli Germany on the backside.
They have a wonderful grape vine pattern.
I brought them home and polished them
with my silver cloth and Viola!
They are sterling silver plated :)
They are sturdy and super sharp
so these will get used for sure!
From what I could find on Google
they are from the early 1900's.

God willing, one day I will have a sewing studio
with a place to display my Vintage finds :)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

I just had to share :)

I just had to share this totally fun apron
that I finished for a customer today.
She mailed me the fabric
and I matched it with red and white polka dots.
 (what else, right?)
The fabric is called Fruit Ladies
by Elizabeth's Studios.
Just too cute :)
I laughed out loud when I noticed
the tattoo on the back of the Pear Bottom Gal.

Hope she likes it.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!!!