Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Whimsical Prints I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

Um, Paris.  Enough said.

Paris In White, LAmour de la Vie Collection by Hoodie
Dots are timeless.  Timeless!

Dots in Aquared by Riley Blake Designs
I have plans for this one, friends.  Plans.

Ice Cream In Teal, Fly a Kite Collection by October Afternoon
I'm a sucker for this shade of blue.  And also for aprons.

Cake Mix In Spring in Everything Nice Collection by Pink Light Design
Then of course, there is the chevron bandwagon, which I must jump on.

Zig Zag Stripe In Bright, Remix Collection by Ann Kelle
Last but not least, you can never have enough wrens in your life.

Mama Birds in Mandarin, Wrenly Collection by Valori Wells
* The links are to an online fabric store called Hawthorne Threads.  I haven't had the chance to order from them yet, but they have an amazing selection and few other things I dig.  First, they make it very easy to navigate their website.  I especially like the fact that you can see different colorways.  Secondly, they cut yardage as small as 1/8th instead of the standard 1/2 yard minimum (UPDATE:  Never mind!  Looks like the minimum is 1/2 yard, but you can buy by 1/8th increments after that). Third, their shipping is more reasonable than I've seen elsewhere.  Can't wait to find an excuse to buy...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Pretty Scraps

I had a large selection of snaggly fabrics. You know, oddly shaped yardage from old projects.  My pile of leftovers was a veritable treasure trove of un-usable tails and hanging-by-a-thread scraps.  Some people are smart and trim up their leftover fabric before they put it away.  I'm not one of those people.

I have this problem.  There are those who see a 4x5 inch piece of fabric and think trash.  Whereas, I see a free Barbie pencil skirt.  Needless to say, I find it difficult to let go.  Anywho, here's my quickie solution for the pieces of fabric that fall somewhere between the fold-it-on-the-shelf category and the for-heaven's-sake-throw-it-away category.

Duh, duh, dut, da:

Extra large picture, just for you!  Never said it was pretty.  Did I mention it was free?  And it's got a handle, so that's something.

The only problem we have here is that it is almost full.

No matter.  We go through milk jugs like water around here.  Water jugs too, come to mention it.

p.s.  I really am sewing.  Really.  I promise.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

needle and thREAD

needle and thREAD

An evening edition of needle and thREAD, anyone?  As I mentioned the other day, I pulled out the "Sleeping Bag Doll" pattern.  This week, I finally made my blonde daughter a doll with matching "yellow" hair and I also sewed up a little dress for the doll out of the fabric left over from her skirt.  It's the first time I've made this type of doll without bangs.  I think I prefer the bangs, but she's still pretty cute.

I confess that I hesitate to sew things for my children because they don't necessarily appreciate the fruits of my labors, but I felt pretty good tonight when my daughter went to sleep with her doll tucked in beside her.  We even had to put the doll's jammies on and grab her doll pillow and doll sleeping bag before we were officially settled in.


No adult books on the docket for me this week.  I've been itching to curl up on the couch with something, but I'm feeling the constraints of budget and time. Sew now, read later seems to be my current motto.  But really, I should venture to the library, no?  An audio book might give me the best of both worlds.

Despite the absence of adult lit, I have been trying more fervently to foster a love of books in my kiddos.  Silly me, I thought children gravitate to books naturally, but not so much. I often forget to direct them to the bookshelf and that is terrible shame!!!  Time to be more intentional.  My older daughter loves harrowing tales of near death experiences which is why we read Tomie dePaola's Book of Bible Stories today at her request.  Jonah, Daniel...Jesus walking on water...the Bible is chuck full of thrilling adventures when you look through a child's eyes.

Anywho, if you have a minute, head on over to In the Heart of My Home for more needle and thREAD.  Better yet, join in ;o).  

The Postman Came

He brought my fabrics and lace. 


 These storybook prints are organic and Luxurious (with a capital "L")

Safely stored away for a big project I'm working on.

*happy sigh*

Sunday, August 5, 2012

This and That

My trusty Bernina and I have been revisiting some old favorites this week

But more about that another time :o).

I have BIG news friends.  Big news.  For the very first time, EVER, I have purchased fabric and trim online.  

I would love, love, love LOVE to support small town shops like the one I mentioned in the last post, but the sad truth is that I just can't find what I'm looking for around these here parts and with gas shooting up the way it has in the last week, I might as well pay for shipping.  Oooh,  but it is thrilling to browse around a kabillion prints at the click of a button ( and the = heaven).  I'm still skeptical regarding the success of my online shopping because fabric is a very tactile and visual thing for me.  I want to hold it and drape it and feel  it between my fingertips!  Don't get me started on trying to figure out print scale.  I feel like a kid in the grocery checkout line who can't touch the candy!!!  Too cruel.

Am I the only one who has a love/hate relationship with online fabric shopping? Do you love it?  Hate it?  Good experiences or bad?

Well, I can tell you one thing.  Success or failure, when those packages arrive, it's gonna be Christmas in my house!