Monday, July 28, 2008

Matchy Matchy 1 hour skirt

I finished up the One Hour Skirt test pattern and finally got around to having Mike take pictures of Miss Maddie and I together! Our first Mother/Daughter outfit!!


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Llama Song

This has to be one of the most obnoxious videos on the internet, but desperate times call for desperate measures! I needed to sew (well, more like wanted, but oh well) and Aiden didn't want a nap, didn't want to watch Veggie Tales or Hermie - I needed him to do *something* So I pulled up the Llama song on You Tube and he watched it for an hour while I finished my project! I feel slightly suicidal now, but I got to SEW in peace!


I don't want the Llama to get all of Aiden's attention - these are equally obnoxious videos he'll watch while I'm surfing the net or sewing...

The ONE HOUR Skirt

I received another pattern to test this past week and I'm just finishing it up. It's the "One Hour Skirt" - a super cute A-line skirt with elastic waist and several darts. It's available in EVERY SIZE IMAGINABLE!! I drug my projcet out to 1.5 hours and made two skirts - one for myself and one for Madeline! I made her a pink top as well. I bought a shirt for me tonight from from Old Navy. I have to submit photographs as part of my review, so hopefully Mike can get those for me tomorrow. Until then, here's a quick snap of Miss Maddie!


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Old Red Barn Co quilt giveaway

ORBC is giving away the most AMAZING quilt I've ever seen! To enter I had to leave a comment then link back to my blog. To earn extra entries, I've added a graphic to the sidebar. Too bad I don't have time to do a video cause that'd get me an extra 50 entries! Oh well.... I never win but maybe this time luck will be on my side!!


ps - feel free to enter then pass the quilt along to me if you win!!!!

Old Red Barn Company Quilt Giveaway

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Pinata Pinafore GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!

Pinata Pinafore GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!

Is this not the cutest?(click the link above to see what's cute) I think Maddie would look adorable wearing it and but me actually making it is another story!! Instead I'm Hoping to win it by linking to her give away! Wish me Luck!


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

From her head to her toes

I made another outfit for Miss Madeline today. This one will match some gaucho pants I'm making for myself. I think the fabric is cute - but Michael wasn't impressed! I was so excited to finally figure out how to shirr her top that I shirred her pant legs as well!! I even learned how to make a korker bow to match! See her booties even match! She'll be the cutest dressed babe on the airplane!!


Close up of booties - see the pretty bow detail!

Madeline's 1st Hairbow!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

PTSD - Post Traumatic Shirring Disorder

Ok, I'm typing this one handed as I nurse Maddie, so please ignore all typos!!

Shirrin... ohhh shirring... that word might as well be 4 letters as it has caused me to say a few tonight!! I recently purchased a book called "Shirring Made Easy" yah right!! If you have patience like Job! I turns out that all I needed was my manual... then I would have known that my tension ran 9 to 0 and not the other way around. Putting it a 2 was NOT the answer!! If you're reading this and have ever attempted shirring, then you'll understand why I was only a few stitches shy of going to a looney farm!! Even though I finally figured things out (& had fun) I still may need therapy for my PTSD -

Here's a sneak peek at what I'm up to!!


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Cute as a Bug!

While nursing Maddie late one night I found the cutest pair of shoes online - but I was not about to drop $40.00 on them!! I talked my friend Jenn into going supply shopping with me and we made our own! I made a pair for Madeline to wear next summer and she made some for her daughters too! We had a blast being crafty yesterday and I'm pretty proud of the way they turned out!!! Having a little girl is TOO MUCH FUN!!


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Fabric of My Life

I was clearing out files on our computer and came across some pictures I'd saved from the internet of a camera bag I liked. It was super cute, but for the life of me, I couldn't remember *where* I'd seen it! Well, I went to google images, typed in the picture file name and viola, there it is! The bag was by Donna Downey! I spent some time looking around her website and was fascinated with all her stuff!! I found yet *another* project to add to my to-do list. Her Fabric of my Life book! is too cool!! It looks like something I can handle w/ out purchasing the ebook (may just have to do some research on how to bind it all together) Anyways, just wanted to share the latest project I've added to my endless to-do list!!


Friday, July 11, 2008

I think I can! I think I can! I think I can!

Worked for Thomas the Engine, right? I'm ready to attempt my first adult article of clothing. I figured that If I could do a pretty complicated diaper bag sans pattern then I could make a matching outfit for Miss Maddie and I!! I found the cutest Alexander Henry fabric today at JoAnns. It's super tall black/white Giraffes! I'm going to use the Its So Easy # 4234 for my pants and I'm winging it for Miss Maddie - though if you look closely at the picture you'll see elastic thread... Yup, that's right, I'm going to shirr for 1st time!! We're having dinner with some friends tonight and I can't wait to get home and get started! I think I can! I think I can! I think I can!!


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Another baby gift on it's way.....

This one was super fun to make. It's going to an old friend of mine who has no idea that she'll be getting anything in the mail. In fact, the last thing I made for her was a pan of brownies when we were in junior high! She was in a 4-wheeling accident and I took them over to help her get well (still not sure if they had any egg shells... it was my 1st time making brownies!!) Anyways, she'll be getting hooter hider, 2 burp rags, a diapee/wipee and a super cute outfit from babies r' us that isn't pictured. I hope she likes it! I know she plans on nursing since she's a NICU RN so hopefully the hooter hider will be very useful for her!!


close up of applique on hooter hider

If there were 36 hours in a day....

Would I get more done? Or would I still feel like there's is simply not. enough. time? I feel that the latter would be true. Lets face it... I'm horrible with time management. Take for instance the fact that I'm typing out this blog while Maddie is sleeping instead of actually trying to finish one of these projects :) Anyways, look at all these wonderful fabrics!!! They are each slotted for certain projects (most being hooter hiders) and I really really need to get them started! Ahh, oh well.... Someday It'll all get done. I'm participating in a sewing swap on a forum I frequent and some of these fabrics are for that lovely mama. That project must come first. I've already finished about 1/4 of my ideas... so off I go to start on the rest!!


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Maybe someday

I wish there was some way to win the lottery without actually having to play... My "want" list for photography is already a mile long and now my "really really want list" for sewing is growing. It's not so long, just more expensive. I began sewing again to be able to duplicate some of the cute burp rags Aiden received as baby gifts and it's really taken off. I don't remember ever loving to sew when I first learned and now I'd almost rather break out my machine instead of my camera and I NEVER thought that'd happen! If I had access to unlimited funds (and really, unlimited space) I'd be all over the new Janome 350e embroidery machine! Especially with having a girl now... my head is always full of cute ideas and that machine would help them all come true... Mike is always saying that I should sell what I make... not a bad idea... Think I could sell enough for that hoss???

oh well, someday... someday...


Monday, July 7, 2008

Cozy Boppy Cover

I love minky fabrics - so soft and cushy so I thought it'd be perfect for a boppy cover! I made a mad dash to JoAnns and picked up some super cute fabric from Alexander Henry (I love the Kleo collection!!) and some watermelon pink minky (it originally had dots but I ironed them out) I used my current boppy cover to create a template and used 2 strips of velcro to close the back! It's really cozy fun to nurse with! Maddie loves to snuggle down into it and when I'm nursing and night and get cold, I use the minky side down against my legs!!


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Neapolitan Overload

I love the color combination of chocolate, pink & cream together (though neapolitan ice cream isn't a favorite of mine!) A few years ago I fell in love with the Lotus ring sling from Sakura Bloom and while they are truly stunning slings, I'm afraid I just can't shell out $340.00 for one!! Well, lucky for me they stopped making their Lotus sling so I was forced to make my own. I love it! It's beautiful and feminine and so far, Miss Maddie loves to be snuggled up in it. I don't wear it as my everyday carrier but I love it for church! I was feeling extra ambitious when I made it, so I created a matching hooter hider. Actually, those are my new favorite thing to sew and I've made about 10 so far. Hopefully I'll get a picture of them soon and get it posted. In the meantime, here is my new sling....


My matching "hooter hider" See her hand and foot poking out?

First Dress for Madeline

I finished sewing my 1st dress ever for Madeline. I know it'll be the first of hundreds more. I used the left over fabric from my hospital gown and just winged the pattern. It turned out pretty cute I think. I was so proud when I put it on her yesterday and I imagine my own grandmother felt the same way the first time I wore something she had sewn. Just wanted to show off my pretty girl in her pretty new dress!!