Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Hunk Pillow Cases

SEW much going on since Thanksgiving weekend. We had a great time with family over the holiday and then the following week was the mad rush to get ready for the Christmas Stroll that the Graham family participated in. Being my 1st event and being involved on this level there was excitement and anxiety out the wazooooooo! Working the booth was the most fun, meeting people and hearing their comments about the goods made by our family members. The big items that sold at this show where Hunk Holder's (pot holders of shirtless men - see Holly's blog for photo on my friend & family list), Hunk Pillow Cases pic attached and little girl hair bows! What a combination right! Needless to say we sold of out of Hunk Holder's & Pillow cases and even took some special orders for more. There where so many other handmade items that where awesome so we are creatively looking for ways to market them as they will be hits when we figure out this key.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Blud Plaid - Handcrafts Unlimited Shop

While working the craft show we had the opportunity to stroll thru downtown Georgetown square, who knew all the finds between shops and food!! SEW my new favorite store is Handcrafts Unlimited on 8th. It's a store where all items are made by artists 50 years of age or older and they receive 80% of the profits! I have found some great deals there like Santan's new winter blue plaid jacket. Once Christmas is over I can't wait to attempt to make more of these, and some for the big kids too!! My cuz Holly sent me a free pattern she found online that looks very similar to this. Will post when I get around to it.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sew I actually have a gift ready far before the deadline, a first for me.! I think I'm more excited about being ahead of the game than the purse. I'm always rushing to get gifts made at the last minute. (The receiver never looks at this blog, so it's safe to post) This bag is made with the Moda Mary Englebright Christmas fabric. I used a purse pattern I picked up from Craft-O-Roma but altered it a bit. This purse is bigger than the dimensions recommended and the embelleshmints with yarn are not included in the pattern as well as the interior pocket I added. How can you have a purse with out an interior pocket?? The pattern was quite easy to follow and I would recommend it for anyone looking to make and finish a project in one day/afternoon. Just remember to add the pocket!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sew I have been itching to try my hand at upcycling. Cousin's Holly & Alisha talk about it often and then I went to the Maker Fair in Austin recently and it was all the rave. Go Green! Sew my WSM (wicked stepmother) recently gave me some boxes to go thru for potential upcycles. This was one of her sweaters. When I saw the sweater a little girls dress immediately came to mind. I didn't want to work on any of the projects I had today so I thought well lets see what we can do with that sweater. I appliqued the flowers on the knit top, which was tricky for me. I had practiced with my Mom a couple of weekends ago when I was in Dallas and found it very frustrating, this time I used a fusible web to help hold it in place which helped a lot but I'm still not completely satisified with the finished look. Practice makes perfect sew I shall try some applique's in the future. This project took me less than 2 hours. Yeah for upcycling! Starting with prefinished garments takes less time and is less expensive. I'm pleased with the outcome for the small investment of time.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween! Two things to share, one is we got Boo'd. What a neat idea, we received a note and box full of sweets, we have no idea who left it and the note says don't try and find out. So we don't know if it's Boppi's school friends, or neighbors, Angie or one of my crafting buddies we only know a few people in Austin. The note also says we have to boo 2 other people so I shall TRY scatter that together today.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 is the project that took way to loooooooooong. I cut the UT fabric wrong on 2 of 3 pieces, which I didn't catch until after. I pretty much have seam ripped every piece on this shirt and some more than once. UGH! I ended up leaving one of the strips on the front running the wrong direction as it was because I would have to undo everything and start from the beginning and I was at the end. Needless to say I'm happy to have it completed. I still think it's cute but it isn't my best sewing quality because I just wanted it finished so I could move on to another project.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Here is the blanket I finished today for Hillary's baby girl Tatum that is due at the end of this month. It was a kit I found on sale at JoAnn's. The back is flannel with carrot's on it, I love that fabric for some reason.
This is the size 2 smock that I made today. You can't see the purple fabric well but it has little owl's on it, they are so cute. We tried this smock on our neighbor who wears 24 months from the store and it was too LARGE so below is the size 1 I made yesterday and it fits much better.

This is similar to the 1st smock I made, but added the cup cake material in the middle panel. Up close the cup cakes are too cute. (this is the size 1 on a 2 year old)

This is a gift set I made for a friend at work that just had a boy. These are also sets I plan to sell at the craft fair. I have cut out about 2 dozen so I can sew them up quickly in one setting.

Wrap Skirt Party

So back in August we had a wrap skirt party at my Mom's house. Holly, Alisha, Kaylee and Jennie where over and we all made a skirt. This was a class I had taken at Craft-o-Roma. The skirt is made of one cut piece and bias tape, can it get any easier??? For my sister's b-day she wanted one, the original fabric I choose ended up being a bit thin and see through and wearing a slip didn't seem reasonable so I attempted doing a reversible one, it turned out great!! Sister loved it, but we forgot to grab a pic while she was here :-( The pic is of the one I made a Craft-o-Roma, I love this fabric!!!
This is what I call the "Jen" purse because Jen Reagan Smith taught me how to make it. This is one you can complete in 2 hours or less so its a favorite. It's just the right size for nights out on the town or if your a compact purse Carrier. It will easily hold glasses, small wallet, tissue, phone and lipstick.
So I'm back tracking for journal purposes. These are the purses I have made in August & September testing out patterns and function. This is the ying/yang pattern, the function of this is the best of the 3 so far. I made this one for fun and find myself using it most weekends. I'm get quite a few comments on it, which surprised me because I wouldn't consider it trendy.

The Red, Black & Yellow flower fabric is the Amy Butler Birdie Sling pattern. I love the look of the purse but the functionality is not for me because the it is HUGE. This is also a class I took at Craft-o-Roma.

So first and foremost a BIG thank you to my cool cuz Holly Dolly (pic left) who made my blog page for me! I would have never gotten around to figuring out how to put this together even though all of you say its eeeeaaasy. She sent me great detailed instrutions so I'm very excited to play show'n tell as well as having a journal to look back on.