Sunday, February 21, 2010

Fabric Baby Shower and Birthday Banner

A friend of mine requested a banner for a baby shower she's hosting.  I love that my friends are so into handmade things and are always bringing me new projects and challenges. It's awesome and keeps things fresh for me when I get into a project rut.

I looked at lots of these on-line but ended up going with the scallop one I found at Vanilla Joy.  I just think the curves are so sweet and feminine.
I thought it was a shame to make such a pretty banner that could only be used once so I decided to make it double sided, with "Happy Birthday" on the other side.    I thought I was being quite clever until I happened along See Mommy Sew who made her banner reversible for boys on one side and girls on the other. Ah well. There are truly no new ideas are there? It was so helpful though because she pointed out that when sewing the flags together one side needs to be in reverse, otherwise when turned the message will read backwards.  I never would have thought of that and totally would have ended up with "yadhtrib yppah".

I probably would have cried.
I used every last pink print in my stash for this and it was so fun.  The Bug definitely needs one for her birthday.

Some things that came in super handy?

The library where I work has a die cut machine that teachers often use to cut letters and shapes for bulletin boards. But I realized a while ago that it was perfect for cutting felt too. In less than fifteen minutes I had all the letters I needed. I would not have had the patience to cut them by hand.

And my handy dandy mini-iron.  I got it a few years ago for Christmas and honestly haven't found it as useful as I thought I would. Until now.  It was absolutely perfect for pressing these seams open before I turned the scallops.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Recipe Card Holder (Special Order)

Made for a co-worker who saw the Christmas recipe card holders that I made and told me she needed something just like that!
I adapted the design a bit because I didn't like the way the tie closures laid on the ones I made for Christmas.  I really like the look of the button tab and it lays much flatter which is what I was going for.  Added bonus, it gave me some much needed practice making button holes on my new-ish machine. It's not like it's a difficult process I'm just a slow learner who is easily intimidated I guess.

I am loving the look of  linen paired with vintage looking prints and embroidery lately.  The simplicity of it just speaks to me.
And here's the interior. The floral print is one I picked up when this same co-worker was downsizing her fabric stash.  I hope she doesn't mind getting a little of it back but I thought it worked really well for this!
And the toile I picked because of this lovely little pastoral scene right here. It's tough to make out but the lady seated there on the left is reading a book to a bunch of wild and crazy kids.  Very appropriate since the recipient is a worker in the Children's department of the library and is quite familiar with trying to read to active little people!


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I give up! Or maybe not. . .

Sunday I presented the Bug with a perfectly cute little knit dress that I picked up on sale a while back at Old Navy.  She looked at it, ohh-ed and ahh-ed over it and then asked "You make it Momma?"  When I said no, Momma bought this for you she proceeded to throw it on the floor and told me in no uncertain terms that she would wear pants to church.

I cannot win with this child. She acts like she hates everything I make for her at first, but the dresses I've made are among the most frequent she requests to wear.

I had to chuckle when I read this post over at Indietutes. It's so nice to know my Bug isn't alone in her persnickity ways and that I'm not the only sewing Mommy out there whose work gets rejected.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Blue Bird Quilt in Pictures

There were moments that I never thought I'd see the day.
The Blue Bird quilt is finished!
I love the way the fabric shrunk up in the wash and made it look all crinkly, comfy and old.
I couldn't be more pleased with my decision to hand quilt this--even though it delayed the completion of the project two months. I love the juxtaposition of the spirals against the lines of all the squares and rows. I just don't think I could have done that on my machine.
I had some extra squares left so I used them to sew a casing for a hanging rod on the back.
Can I tell you how nervous it makes me to know that this is going to be hanging on the wall like a piece of art? Yikes!  Don't look too close guys!
I think I like the back almost as much as I like the front. This print is my favorite in the whole line. I wish I could have bought a bolt.

I can't wait for baby Blue Bird to cuddle up with her new quilt just in time for her baptism next weekend.  God Bless you sweet girl. Much love from "Auntie" Lindsay!

Quilt Update

The quilt is done and currently spinning in the dryer! Photos to come.  I cannot wait to get it in the mail and get started on the next one!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Valentine's Day Cookies!

I have never been a big fan of the Hallmark holiday that occurs every February.

But somehow, having a little one changes things. All of a sudden I'm seeing all of these great V-day related crafts floating around the www and I'm wanting to do them all!! And then reality sets in and I realize I don't have the time, energy or resources to do everything. So I pick ONE thing.

(yes I realize cookies have nothing to do with sewing, but they are creative are they not? And I don't have any completed sewing projects to report right now so cut a girl some slack.)

Recipie, via Martha, is idiot proof. And yes, I am the idiot with the proof.

FYI, if you add to much milk and your dough is too sticky, a little extra flour will rectify the problem without adverse effects on the final product. Just in case you were wondering.
I got these cookie cutters for Christmas and I LOVE them. On next year's wish list? A piping bag. See my fancy plastic storage bag with the corner nipped off? Yeah, just barely worked.
This was my first time making and using royal icing to "flood" the cookies. Used Martha's recipe here too. The marbled designs were inspired by some Christmas cookies I saw on a blog months ago and didn't have time to try then. The heart design in particular is my favorite on these cookies, though I didn't get a picture.

The initial cookies are for the kids in the Bug's day care class. I am going to feel like a very amazing super mom putting those in the kids cubbies tomorrow morning.

Go Super Mom!
And here is my "helper".

Reminds me of that song my mom used to sing (mostly to Michelle, of course), "and some kind of help is the kind of help, we all could do without". . .
But what's a little extra mess when you've got that face, right?

Don't tell her, but she could have covered the whole darn kitchen in flour and I would have forgiven her.

Silly Bug.


P.S. Have we mentioned that Michelle is a tax accountant and therefore working absolutely insane hours right now? Just in case anyone was worried that she was trapped in the rubble of this morning's Chicago earthquake or floating with the fishies in Lake Michigan. She is alive and well, just busy number crunching until Tax Day!

Monday, February 1, 2010

A Weekend Sans Toddler!

The Bug spent the weekend with Grandpa and Grandma and what did I do with my time?

Did I use it wisely by organizing my seriously out of control post-Christmas sewing room?

It may look like a disaster area, and it is, but I know where every single thing I need is. And I can still see the floor, so it's not that bad, right?

I actually took the opportunity to catch up on those projects that tend to pile up.

I finally finished the hand quilting on the bluebird quilt! Yeah, baby girl is two months old tomorrow and my goal was to have it done before she arrived.  Ahem. . .
The revised goal is to have it completed and in the mail before her baptism. That gives me approximately two weeks to bind it. I can totally do that. Right?

And then I made a planner cover for a friend who saw the one I made for my co-worker and realized her own day planner needed gussied up!
She loves green.  When she said that, I knew this combo was perfect for her!
Shhhh. . . these used to be my living room drapes! But then we moved and didn't need them any more so I decided to repurpose the fabric because I still LOVE it!

And of course, since I couldn't decide which fabric should take center stage, I made it reversible so that she has to make that decision!  Jessica, I hope you love it!

It's amazing how productive I can be with more than a half hour here and there to work with!