Monday, December 29, 2008

Lots of Wonky-ness

Please excuse the mess while my blog is under construction. Hopefully all will be back to normal once my kids go down for their afternoon nap :)


Saturday, December 27, 2008

A Mystery No More

A few days ago I posted a 'mystery project' that involved chiffon and dye... Well, since I gave my MIL her gift Thursday I figured it was safe to go ahead and post the finished project!!! I am thrilled with the way that it turned out and despite the beading thread difficulties and all of the dropped beads, I have 3 more in the works... one of them will be a huge surprise and I cannot wait to announce it on here... so Stay Tuned!!

Without further ado, here is my first ever hand-dyed, hand beaded scarf!


Monday, December 22, 2008

Every woman needs an apron, or two....

I finally finished up these two apron gifts - They've only been in the works for a year now *hanging my head in shame* At any rate, they are still super cute... Hope the receiver adores them as much as I do.


Emmeline Apron by Sew Liberated
*This is one apron, it's completely reversible!*

Four Corners Apron by Vanilla House Designs

Another mystery project...

These are fun posts to make but to be honest, I'm only making it a mystery because at the rate I'm going, it'll be another year before these are finished! At any rate, I've been having fun (even if I did splash dye on my favorite pair of ratty jeans). I've been sewing like crazy this weekend trying to finish up last-minute Christmas gifts. I'll have to wait until after December 25th to show any pictures though - I'm not sure if the recipients read this blog!!


Started with this.....

Added a little bit of that....

What could they possibly be???

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Like Mother, like daughter?

Once upon a time my mom was very crafty. She and our neighbor Cheryl always made the cutest Christmas shirts. I can remember watching them iron them on then paint like crazy. Our kitchen was full of paint and cardboard. Of course all 3 of us had coordinating shirts and we usually had pictures made in them. I guess it's no surprise that I've been working on my own kid's Christmas shirts. It doesn't matter that they'll only get to wear them 2 or 3 times - I've still enjoyed making them. I guess I get that honestly. Only I've traded my mom's fabric paints for sewing machines! I did use just a smidge of paint to glue on buttons to Aiden's shirt and I need to put a mouth on his gingerbread man later tonight. They will wear these to have their pictures taken with Santa this week and on Christmas day!


Aiden's shirt in progress. I imagine that my mom's work space looked similiar to this... well, maybe the 1/2 eaten pan of brownies wasn't there.... haha

Aiden's shirt - minus a mouth

Madeline's outfit. She also has an adorable gingerbread bow to match. Well, she will when ever I get it finished :)

This picture is circa 1994 or so.... Yes, we are sporting some of the awesome shirt that my mom made us :)

Polish Pottery - I want it!

My friend Allison is stationed in Germany with her military hubby and in celebration of passing 50 blog followers, she is giving away this beautiful piece of polish pottery!!

I'm anxiously awaiting December 18th to see if I won!! You can read about her give away here

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Just wanted to share a small peak at Miss Madeline's Christmas outfit....


Thursday, December 4, 2008

CPSIA - this will affect YOU!

This is really important. No, this is not a hoax; I have researched the dickens out of this, and as you can read in the sources below it is true ... and frightening. New legislation is slated to take effect in February that will dangerously affect all small businesses in this country that make and/or sell handmade toys, children's clothing, blankets, cloth diapers, and more. It will even have an impact on any of you that prefer to buy handmade items and support craftspeople - simply because those items will mostly no longer be available. I heard someone from the ACLU on NPR this morning (talking about a different topic -- homeland security) and he said something like "The biggest threat to Americans is Congress" They like to do things that make it look like they are concerned for our safety, but it's all for show and has disastrous consequences. I am fairly certain that a pig flew by my window because I whole-heartedly agree with him - and there isn't much that comes from the ACLU that doesn't make me want to vomit.

As of February 10, 2009, ALL items sold in the United States that are meant for children 12 years and younger will be required to have third-party lead testing done by the manufacturer. This sounds great in theory, since we all want to protect our children. This law will only force small businesses to close (or operate illegally), when the problem lies with large companies making cheap items in foreign countries.

Then you need to e-mail or write your representatives today. If this legislation is not changed to offer some sort of clarification regarding handcrafting businesses in the US, then many if not most of the items I've discussed will no longer be available. No more wood cars crafted by a retired grandpa; no more children's handmade clothing and cloth diapers on Hyena Cart; not to mention Etsy and other sites that encourage us to buy handmade. I don't know if you feel the same way, but if I had to choose between a handmade item made by a work-at-home mom versus a "certified lead-free" item made in China and sold at Target, I'd choose the former.

If you own a small home-based business crafting these items, these requirements fall on YOU. You will be required to test each and every component of your items for sale, and label them with a batch number and date of manufacture. This includes thread, buttons, fabric, etc. If you do not comply, you will be in violation of federal law and could be subject to fines up to $100,000 PER ITEM - and even jail time. Any children's items made before this date that are not tested and certified lead-free are considered banned hazardous waste and cannot be sold after February 10, 2009. Even if you use materials such as fabric that were tested by their manufacturer not to contain lead, you must still have third-party testing done. This is obviously not an option for most artisan businesses!

Please call or write your representatives regarding the new CPSIA legislation *that has already passed* and will be put into effect in February without any thought for the 'little guys'.

We must act soon and get some changes made, or February 10 could mean the end of the "Buy Handmade" movement! Stand up for small businesses everywhere as this legislation affects each and every one of us, our businesses, our children and even our economy. Let your representatives know that as much as we value keeping our children safe by testing items for lead, this is the WRONG way to accomplish that.

I encourage you to read over the links below.

Contact your local representative via this link:

You can read more about the CPSIA legislation at: