Friday, June 26, 2009

Just A Few Updates...

My personal summer sewing is on definite hold! Thank God, I live in Florida and will probably be able to still wear after 'summer' is officially over! And, by then will be the start of gift sewing and crafting! Whewwww!

I have been working on custom orders for aprons and scrubs for customers. I purchased "A Is For Apron" by Nathalie Mornu for inspiration! So many different ideas for aprons of all kinds, including smocks! So cute!

A couple of days ago, I received two packages in the mail. I love getting things in the mail...even, if I know what is coming, and especially if I know! It's birthday!

One package had this cute vintage apron pattern I purchased...

and, the other packaged contained these fabrics (below) from Sew It Up! The website features pre-designed kits, patterns, fabrics, books, trims and buttons.

I ordered fabrics and one of my choices did not have the yardage I requested. They contacted me and I chose to take whatever yardage they had left...they included a 'bonus' fabric! What a wonderful surprise! Wonderful customer service!

Of course, the white/black fabric with whimsical scissors print will be a smock for me! I haven't decided if I will use the other two fabrics for school outfits for my youngest daughter, or for MORE aprons. We'll see!

I've also been shopping for fabrics and other treasures for my Etsy and ArtFire shops. And, to take a creative break away from aprons; and to start progress on items for the shops, I've been working on pincushions. Currently, the cupcake pincushions (pattern by Sandi Henderson of Portabellopixie). These haven't been stuffed, yet.

And, in between all of this....I'm still knitting washcloths. Check out this yarn I purchased!


Thursday, June 18, 2009

T-Shirt Refashion

Hi All!

Just a quick update. My Etsy Shop will re-open in August/September 2009. I have been really busy working on custom orders. And, shopping around for new fabrics and items for new creations for my shops!

So, for a break and to feed my creativity with other ideas other than what I'm working on at the moment; here's a tee refashion. I see these cute ruffle tops in stores and decided to make various versions for myself and friends. The pic does not do justice, sorry. It's made for a much more shapely dress form, which was being used by another project.

All you need are two tees. Make sure your base tee is a size larger than what you normally wear. If you would like the tutorial, click on the title of this blog. So, what do you think?


Monday, June 8, 2009

An Eventful Weekend!

Hello all!

I had a terrific weekend! How about you? It was eventful and relaxing (those two adjectives in a sentence, together?)!

I needed a much deserved break from sewing, but my creative side will not let me be idle. So, I knitted washcloths for my family. 100% cotton fiber. So soft and they suds-up really well!

My daughter was invited to a birthday bash and a sleepover with her friend Molly. Upon Alexis' return on Sunday morn, she presented a pretty little bottle of raw honey from Molly's aunt. Mmmmm....good! Ruby's Amber Honey. She's a beekeeper. I'm intrigued! And, would love to spend a day with her, while she does, what she does.

Last, but not the least, my husband has been raving about a shop/boutique that he's driven by. "This shop is so YOU, and I KNOW you will love it", he says. So on his day off, while we were driving about, he surprised me and drove me to this lovely shop, Orlando Vintage in Winter Park, Florida. Vintage fashions, shoes, swimsuits, luggage, costumes, jewelry, and more! From 1890's to 1980's. He was right, I LOVED it!

I normally carry my camera with me, 'just in case'. I was in such awe of this shop and 'absorbing' it all, I did not take a single photo. If you live near or visiting the Orlando area, you have to stop by! However, I managed to gather my wits and had to have a hatbox from a company in Chicago (my hometown). I was familiar with the name on the box because of childhood memories of either grandparents or, someone in the family having a similar box. So, my wonderful husband purchased the hat box!

This weekend was a treat and very eventful!

Can't wait to see what adventures are in store for this week!

Have a Fabulous Week!