Saturday, September 27, 2014

Gingermelon Angel Ornament

 This project was part Etsy research, part sewing one of those projects I've wanted to do forever. I spotted this pattern from a shop called Gingermelon last year and loved it! I collected angel ornaments as a kid so I have a soft spot for them. I made one up to see how it worked out, and possibly put them in the shop. This one gave me an idea of what tweaks I want to make before they are 'shop worthy'. In the meantime, I haven't decided whether I will keep this one or give it to my daughter. Or make a bunch more so we can all have one! :)
Did you spot the rick rack yet? Oh, yeah. I haven't used it in a while and it was about time! I also added a little holly leaf to the song book just for fun!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fork and Spoon Earrings

Last year, I made myself a pair of Fork and Spoon earrings. I love them! They are fun and kind of hilarious and unexpected. People always comment on them. Today, the little boy I babysit said 'Why you have a spoon on your head? And a fork on your head?' :) I have sold a few pairs in the shop, and just added some silver ones too! In a moment of inspiration I made fried egg display cards for them because...just because!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Trash To Treasure Wreath

 My mom has a special gift: she can sniff out good trash a mile away. One of her recent finds was a whole mess of high quality floral stems, still new and in boxes.She did what any self-respecting trash picker would do, and brought it all home. I 'rescued' some things from the stash, including a few bundles of wisteria stems.
I have always wanted to plant wisteria somewhere, but until that happens, I have this wreath! It is very simply made. The stems came with ivy and wire tendrils, which made it easy to braid it all together into a wreath. I love how easy it is to change the look of a front door by switching out a wreath!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Latest Sewing Ventures

 Things have been quite busy around here and I haven't had nearly enough time to sew! Technically, I have been sewing but it is boring stuff like armrest covers for my neighbor's antique car, and alterations to a friend's bridesmaid dress.
 In the meantime, I have had a stack of buntings sitting around waiting to be photographed. I haven't yet come up with a great way to photograph them, but sometimes getting started is the hardest part.
 My favorite part of making these is picking out the fabrics! I spend too much time agonizing over the prints and placement, but it a fun kind of agonizing. :)
Like putting pickles and polka dots together, with a little bacon thrown in! 

Today a friend came over and together we reorganized my art room and made it more efficient! This involved going through each piece of my fabric stash. Now? I have more ideas than I have time to make which is the story of my life!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Vintage Sheet to Adorable Dress

 Last month I found a lovely vintage sheet and knew I had to make something out of it. This one was in fabulous condition and I imagine it to have lived on some adorable old lady's guest bed. The colors are fun and cheery: pink and orange, tempered with white flowers and green leaves. It was such soft fabric with a fluid drape, and I knew it would make a great circle skirt.
 I lined it with some coral pink/red fabric I got at the same sale. It came to me as the most horribly sewn curtains I have ever seen. Seriously. I couldn't even figure out what they were trying to accomplish, but the fabric was in great shape.
 Instead of a fabric flower, I switched this one up a little and added a bow. I am so happy with how it turned out! I kind of wish I had made it in my size. Think there's enough fabric left? ;)
Of course, I added the heart cut-out in the back and finished it off with a vintage pink button. Hopefully this dress will find its way to a little girl who likes to twirl!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Lastest Projects: Buntings, Buntings and More Buntings!

Phew! We have really been lax about posting this summer, but I am happy to say I have been able to squeeze in some sewing time. Also, all three of my kids are in school this year (yikes!) which means I will be able to have more time to devote to sewing and adding things to the shop. I have been working on a stack of buntings which have been so much fun! I love coming up with fun and funky color combinations and seeing them all come together.

So far I have over a dozen finished and waiting to be photographed. They range from shabby chic prints to polka dots and pickles! 

This one is the first one up in the shop. I think it would be a great addition to a playroom or a kids' bedroom. Six or seven years ago, I made a bunting for our family. I have used it at every birthday and party and it is such a fun tradition!