Friday, August 27, 2010

New Fabric/New Find Friday #32

Last weekend I went to a local fabric store to try to find some fabric for a project I am working on. I spent way too much time at the store, thinking I would just go in and get what I needed and then two hours later I leave with more stuff than I really went in for. Typical. I was proud of myself this trip because not only did I find what I was looking for but found these beautiful fabrics for another project I have been wanting to tackle and everything was on sale!! Perfect.
I can not tell you yet what I am going to use them yet, but I think some of you will be as excited as I am when you see the finished product in a few weeks.

I hope everyone has a great weekend, only one more work week until Labor Day (aka craft day).

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Part III- Soft Taggies

The third and final item that was delivered last week was this gender neutral taggie blanket. I love this rubber ducky flannel and thought the pop of white on the back was fun instead of the typical yellow. The ribbons that I added have blues, yellows, white and reds. I like the way they bring out all of the colors of the print. I know some little one will just love playing with this blanket.
Here is a close up shot of my new personalized tag. This is the first item that I have used it on and I love how it looks and how easy it is to attach. Cute and professional.
While on a blanket kick I put together this mini blanket with a pink and white dot flannel I had and a remnant of the white backing material. It screams girly girl with out being over the top and I love it.
I hope to have this in my "shop" as soon as I make more back stock items and get the shop figured out. Be on the look-out, or email me to buy it.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Part II...Boppy Cover

Here is the second item that I made for my friend's mom. She watches her cute grandson (my friend's son) and wanted a cover for the boppy that they have at their house. I found this cute turtle flannel and she liked it. I think the turtles are so cute how they are grouped together like a little family or a line of them walking.
This is the second boppy cover I have made, last time I used Velcro to make the cover accessible for the pillow and did not like how it turned out. This time I decided to try using a zipper and it was much easier than I thought and I love the way it looks!
I made these last two with flannel because that just happened to be the fabric of choice for the buyers but this next time I want to try just a standard cotton. I think it will look a bit more crisp and not as soft, a totally different look. I hope to make some more of these soon, anyone need one?!

Friday, August 20, 2010

New Fabric/New Find Friday #31

I am so excited to show you a few new things that I am working on.

1. My new sewing machine. Ok reasons why this sewing machine rocks is that it is a Baby Lock which is my dream. It can sew and embroider anything! It has two sizes of hoops where as other ones only have one. This will be so great for the little ones that totally need personalized onesies, bibs, burp cloths, etc.

2. Our new family printer, scanner, copier. I know this sounds lame but I am so excited to scan some hand drawings to use for my Yudu machine. Also I can scan pictures and save them on my computer...very helpful. It will also be good for my hubby who needs it to copy work things.

I will not be able to use these until we get our basement totally finished, only a bit more to go. I don't want to open another item to get dust all over it. Can you tell we are getting ready to be broke and happy with our baby!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Flowered Sachet

A friend's mom came to one of my showcase events and ordered a few items from me. It was so nice of her to come and then to buy a few things, was REALLY nice. It has taken me a while to make them because I have just started to feel 100% better in the past few weeks that have the energy to work on "non-rush" items.
I went to deliver them to her today and she seemed happy with all of them, I will be posting about the other items in the following days. She asked me to surprise her with the fabric on this sachet so I choose a fabric that I thought was feminine and pretty and very classy. She said she loved the ribbon that I attached for the "handle".
We were talking about what she was going to do with it and I told her my sister-in-law put the one that she has that I made in her car. She was thinking that might be a good idea, she was going to put it in her office. I think that is a great idea as well, a nice fresh scent at work sounds appealing to me.

I finished some projects last night and can not wait to work on more tonight! It is a good day.

Friday, August 13, 2010

New Fabric/New Find Friday #30

This week I have a fun new find that also has to do with fabric but isn't. I just got an itouch and am excited about finding some great apps. I am more interested in the free apps at the moment but I found a few that you have to pay for that are really interesting. This might not be new to all of you but humor me because it is all new to me. ;)

First, of all there is the Fabric Stash, this allows you to catalogue all of your fabrics on your iphone that you own so that when you are out looking for fabric you can see what you already have in stock. If you are trying to buy more you can see how much you already have and be sure that what you found is the same fabric that you already have. You can also make a wish list of fabrics that you would like to have....this is the part I would enjoy the most. ;) I am always loving fabric that I can not have. The only problem that I have is that my itouch has no camera but I am sure there is a way to download the pics to my itouch to put in the program.

Second- Pattern Pal this one allows you to catalogue which patterns you have at home so when you are out you can pick up all of the notions that you might need for that pattern. A combination of Pattern Pal and Fabric Stash is the more expensive Sewing Kit which stores your fabric, patterns, notions, and measurements of people.

Third- Yardage Calc helps people like me that are not so hot at math figure out how much you need of a fabric when the width is different than the pattern is calling for. You found a 44" instead of a 45" this app will help. Similarly Fabric Calc helps figure out the same types of things but also helps you figure out which is a better priced item.

Fourth- Craft Video:Sewing has about 20 video tutorials on how to sew different clothing items. Great for a beginner sewer.

Fifth- Etsy Shop Tools, this one helps you keep track of your Etsy shop from your iphone. One day when I finally get an etsy shop set up this might be worth looking into. That way I can still do work while the hubby is using the main computer. Similar to this is Etsy Addict that you can view esty pretty easily and see your stats if you sell on etsy but it is more of an app to view what is for sale on etsy.

I found a few others that are more for knitters and quilters that I might not use but someone out there might. Easy Stitch teaches you how to embroidery, crochet or knit. Easy Quilt teaches you how to quilt, it has patterns and a lot of info like videos. Ewe Stash helps you keep track of all of the knitting yarn you have and knitting yardage calculator yelps you figure out how much yarn you need to buy for a project.

What apps do you like??

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Baby Hockey Player

A small apology for not having a post on Friday or Monday. This weekend was very busy visiting with friends and family and a family crisis. I am finally settling down after the weekend with a small post for you. I have some much delayed projects I am finally working on this week plus some new orders. I hope I have something to show you soon.

While I was making some items a few weeks ago I decided that I needed to make something for our little one on the way. My husband plays hockey and I made this little onesie for our baby to wear while going to daddy's hockey games.
He/She will look so cute cheering on Dad and his team while wearing this. Not sure if anyone will see it because it is so cold in the rink but at least I will know they have it on.
Dad approved which is fun because usually he cares very little about the projects that I am working on. I like when he gets interested and of course it takes something a little personal to get him excited.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Great Geometric Set

A friend found this cute fabric and wanted me to make a set for her sister who is having a baby boy. This is such a great pattern for a boy, masculine colors but cute for mom to wear when she is feeding.
I put an edging on the burp cloth because I did not have enough fabric to do a burp cloth like I usually do, with a panel down the middle of the burp cloth. I was working with a smaller scrap and I like how it looks in the picture below but in real life I need to work on this a bit to be sure that it is even all the way around with the sewing.
She also wanted me to make a little onesie with his initial on it, this is the first time I have used a geometric pattern for the letter and I like the way the symmetry of it works out.
I hope this mama likes her new items. They were fun to make. I have a ton of projects I need to get working on and I hope August holds lots of posts for you to read.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Gender Neutral Cover

Here is a fun gender neutral fabric with lots of movement that was chosen for this baby set. I made this set for a friend to give to her sister this weekend. She is doing these colors in the baby's room and they are not finding out the gender of the baby so this will be perfect for the new mama.
Hopefully my friend has safe travels and that her sister loves her new set for her and baby.



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