Friday, January 2, 2009

Winter snow snow snow

We've finally thawed out and melted. Winter and holidays - they have come and gone. Just some quick peeks into winter for us.

All of our Christmas doodads are buried in the storage unit. So we created out Christmas from paper, felt and salt dough this year. The little tree will be planted at the new house, which is need of some landscaping, plantings or something!

These little felt numbers were inspired by some I spotted on Etsy by Rikrak and an online Martha Stewart pattern.

The ice skating was lovely. This is a seasonal ice rink, there just don't seem to be as many rinks in the area as when I was a child (lo, some 30 odd years ago!). So that is a photo of her first time on ice... and yes, she is twirling around! Who knew?!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Another undocumented Art Bag

The birthday party invitations are coming fast and furious these days. There was an eleventh hour request to "please make an Art Bag for J...'s birthday" How could I say no!? I try to cherish these days when my daughter is thrilled by the things I sew for her and her friends. I fear that as she advances into the teenage years the appreciation may wane. Well, the request came the day before the party and I put it off until the next morning. It turned out cute. No photos exist to prove this, you'll just have to take my word for it! By the time I finished sewing it and hoped into and out of the shower, we had fifteen minutes to wrap the present and get to the party. Not a photo opportunity!
I used a vibrant pink and green Ikea fabric. I love their fabrics! I've decided that with the heavier weight of the decorator cottons from Ikea, I don't need to line the bags as I had with the quilting cottons. Makes the whole process that much quicker. They do lose the cachet of being reversible though. I just zigzag all of the seams and it is quite sturdy.
I really do need to make my poor daughter her very own Go-Go Art Bag. Her bag is the one I will make a tutorial with - I swear! I think I'll start with the unlined version - great to whip up for a birthday party!

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A wonderful gift from WonderMommy

My number was up!
Melissa over at Adventures of WonderMommy had a giveaway and I won the fantabulous Farbenmix pattern Weeke.
This may require some serious digging into the fabric stash!
Thank you so much Melissa! Be sure and check out WonderMommy's latest Adventures! She is busy making very cute stuff!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sewing? Sewing!

Let's see, so much has happened since my last post.
Our house sold, we moved into my mother's studio - an artist loft in the Industrial zone of our fine city.
Which has the glorious indoor swing - 15ft ceilings!

We bought a house and have proceeded to rip it apart! Why oh why do people build houses without any windows on the south side?! We need daylight around here - it is gray for half the year and we need light! A little demolition will bring in some light!
Is that a chain saw next to him?!?!

But the real reason I have unearthed my blog is that I have also unearthed my sewing machine! It was actually brought out of storage to perform its annual Halloween magic (Spotted Bat - thankyouverymuch!). So I've set it up on the dining table here in our temporary home. And found this wonderfully easy and fool-proof tutorial for making a zippered bag on an Australian blog called Heart of Mary. Zippers and I have never found a way to work together. This time it worked! Here is a link to the tutorial - I heartily recommend it. I made this for a dear cousin who needs a little cheer.

The only caveat with this technique is that you have to use the same fabric for your lining as your outer fabric. I may try to figure out a work around as I love the contrast between linings and outer. It can add a bit of fun to a bag. Thank you Heart of Mary!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Goodbye Little House

We are selling our mid-century modern home and moving to the city.

Leaving carries a bit of sadness with it. This is were we got married & started our family. It has been an eventful 12 years. I get a little misty when I look around and am reminded of all the memories we have made here. But on the other hand I can't wait to get out and find a new place in which to begin the next chapter of our lives.

Whatever house it is, it will need a ton of work. The bonus of all the work is that we can design it to our tastes (and then build it to our tastes too!) My poor husband was not "handy' before we bought our house. He grew up in a house that never changed. Unlike me, who grew up in the midst of constant remodeling, deck building, jacking up the house etc. He has his handyman chops now though!

Now you must realize, the city is just about 12 blocks away. Yet, crossing the city line changes the pricing of homes tremendously and not in our favor. We will be camping out at my mother's art studio in the industrial zone until we can find a house that achieves that precarious balance between needs/wants and the budget! This is a pretty HCOl area, particularly in real estate. But I do like the city!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Bubbly fun

A dear cousin got married this summer. And they invited my bean to be the "bubble girl"! Of course, she was thrilled. It was a beautiful wedding, tuxedos with flip flops casual, out in the country.

So, in the midst of our current chaos, I decide that really, I just have to make the dress. I mean, I looked for a bubble dress, I truly did, but the only one I found that I liked was too big and needed sleeves. So it served as my inspiration piece.

Which, by the way, is listed for the amazing price of $16!!! Click on the picture to check it out.

I modified a Big 3 pattern and ended up with this - note: I forgot the big ivory sash at home! It looks so cute with it on - oh well.

Love sweet little puff sleeves!

It was one of the most beautiful and loving weddings I've attended. It was such a joy to see my cousin and his wife so happy!

Okay, I've got to get back to painting trim now!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Time flies....

I have no idea where the last month as gone. Kindergarten has ended, summer swimming has begun and our house is in chaos. We're prepping to sell in this sinking market. We had to paint over a little piece of family history. I did some photo documenting before it became just another wall cloaked in Devine Honey. This is the yummiest paint though. There are no bad colors!

All that fun combined with some strict dietary changes for various members of our family has made time race for me.

Next post will be all about the wedding bubble-girl (think flower girl, only with bubbles) bubble dress I made. I awaiting pictures from those who had cameras at the lovely wedding.