Friday, May 25, 2012

Frankie Furter Day!!

Hi all! It's Frankie Friday! Thanks to Frankie and his people for being great blogville friends!!!!

Look how handsome those two are!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!

I won! I won!! I'm so excited! I had a super lucky week last week and won 2 blog giveaways! So exciting!!! 

First I won this awesome fabric from Contemporary Cloth on Fresh Lemons Quilts! I won 1/2 yard of 9 different fabrics from the Flyaway and ReMix line!! Each fabric is so cute and I love polka dots! See those adorable little birds and butterflies?! I might make a little quilt or maybe a few little bags or maybe both!!  

I also won the weekly goal giveaway on Michelle patterns, formerly Keyka Lou. I love Michelle's patterns and blog! I won a $10 credit her pattern store and got myself some purse hardware as well as a couple of the semi retired patterns! 

I feel so lucky I should play the lottery! Ok, maybe I won't push my luck. Hopefully I still have some luck left because it's Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway week and I've probably entered 50 other giveaways!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!!

My family went to a nice brunch, here I am wearing my new dress with my mom!

Afterward we went to a local butcher shop and my dad bought Jacque (below) and Pippen (above) little smoked bones! They are happily chewing on them as we speak! This is the first time they've ever had bones like this before and I am watching them carefully.

Happy Mother's Day!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sewing for me

Since I've started my etsy store most of my sewing has been for items to list and I haven't gotten to sew much for myself! Well, I decided to take some time and just make a few things for me!

I love looking at pictures of other people's projects on flickr and kept seeing beautiful bags made from noodlehead's 241 tote! You can find the pattern here. I've bought so many purse patterns, I didn't know if I wanted to buy another but was convinced by so many of these pretty bags! It's also a bit bigger than most of the bags I've made in the past. I used some floral Moda and paired it with some green leaf, brown and pink polka dot and some plain brown fabric I had in my stash. Yea for stash busting projects!! Just an excuse to buy more to replace it!!

The pattern is really awesome, with plenty of pictures and well written directions on how to do each step. There are instructions for 2 different totes, one have the zipper pockets and one with the side pockets. I like having lots of pockets, so I added both! I didn't have 2 of the same zipper in my stash, so I mixed it up and used different colors!

There is also an inside slip pocket and a magnetic snap closure!

I made the strap adjustable, the pattern doesn't call for this.

The side pockets are great for cell phones and keys!

For this project I actually used the interfacing called for, Pellon SF 101. Why didn't I do this before?! It was a little more than I normally spend on interfacing, but so worth it! I might invest in a bolt with a coupon or sale at Jo-Ann!

I also finished a dress for myself to wear on Sunday out to brunch with my family! I love this gray and white polka dot, it's by Riley Blake. I used Simplicity 2209, a Lisette pattern. This is the second dress I've made from this pattern and I realize it's not really my favorite. It is a cute dress and, with some minor adjustments, fits nicely and is pretty fast and easy. 

It has some interesting dart details in the front. I have to shorten the bodice, so the detail probably gets a bit distorted.

I put in a lapped zipper because I didn't want to go to the store to get an invisible one! It is ok and was fairly simple, I used this tutorial. It could be a little tidier, but it works and you can't tell when I'm wearing it.

See the zipper in there?! I get my zippers from zipit on etsy! She has an awesome selection and is super friendly and ships so fast! Love it!

Stay tuned for a picture of me actually wearing it!

I'm excited to share more sewing projects with you!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Chevron Twill Tape

When I started this blog I did so with the idea to focus mostly on my Scotties, but also throw in some crafting here and there. I feel like I really haven't been doing much of that lately and would love to incorporate more! So I want to start by showing you the awesome order of chevron twill tape I bought from Amy at Pinked Fabrics on etsy!! She made a custom order for me and shipped it super fast! It's such wonderful quality and everything I was hoping it would be! It's so pretty, I can hardly bring myself to think to actually use it! Silly, huh?! And look at the adorable way it was packaged!!

It has a little personal note mentioning what I said I was going to make with it, along with a business card of hers and all came in a nice clear plastic bag! I love the whole thing! So, if you are in the market for some cute twill tape, ric rac, fabric or patterns I hope you will check her etsy store and her website out!!