Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

I was nominated by CeLynn of CeLynns Sunflower Patch to participate this time around. CeLynn mad been playing along with my Big City Bags Sew Along and makes wonderful, wonderful things so be sure and check out her blog if you haven't already.

I'm not going to lie...I completely forgot about this until today. That means this post is being done from my phone and that it was very hastily put together. 

Q.  What am I working on? 

A:  A vast variety of things!!!  I spend most of today cutting projects and doing prep work for upcoming craft shows but I did manage to finish up this mini earlier this afternoon (good thing to or I would have nothing to show you!). 

I offered to test out a pattern for a quilt block I saw on Instagram. The pattern is by @annsphotos. I'm sure she has a blog but I don't know what it is :(. 

I decided that for this test block I wanted to break out my hoarded Nordika fabrics and make four blocks to put together a mini for my office at work. 

I had to alter the pattern a tiny bit to get them all to fit together properly but it was worth the effort. The quilting did give me some trouble (had to be picked out twice!) but I'm happy with the end result!! 



Q: How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

A:  I'm definitely not doing anything original or extremely creative but I do everything FAST. I couldn't say if it's because I'm trying to get it done before the kids interrupt me or if I'm just anxious to get started on the next project :). 

Q:  Why do I write/create what I do? 

A:  I've always had trouble sitting still. I always have to be doing SOMETHING. Even if I'm watching tv I need to be cross stitching or doing sudoku or cleaning (yes, even cleaning is better than nothing). And of course because I love it. Even when I hate the process I still love creating. 

Q.  How does my writing/creating process work?

A:  I wish I knew...then maybe I could put it to better use ;). As I said above I'm not overly creative but I can usually look at something and figure out how it's done/replicate it without too much difficulty. 

I suppose you've heard enough about me for now. I hope that if your a new reader you'll stay and take a look at some old posts. I'm on a clothing kick lately but I'll eventually get back to quilting :). 

And since I forgot about this blog hop entirely I did not get around to asking my three other ladies to participate after me. CeLynn--I'm sure your used to my flakiness by now and hope you'll forgive me!!  Thank you so much for asking me to play along!

P.S.  I will edit this in the morningfrom a  computer to provide links where necessary so check back then if you'd like. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Another Art Caddy

This one for a little girl having her third birthday party.

She is a huge fan of Doc McStuffins so I ordered some themed fabric online and paired it with some prints I picked up at JoAnn's.


One thing I did differently this time around was to add a lining to all of the pockets to make them a little more durable.


She was too busy opening all of her presents to pay much attention to it at the actual party but hopefully in the future she'll put it all to use :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wild Flower Top

This is my first make from the Just Add Jeans Bundle I purchased awhile back.

It is the Wild Flower Top by Blank Slate Patterns.  The fabric is from a binge purchase that I made from GirlCharlee.com this spring.

In all honesty, this top was the one in the bundle that I was least excited about.  So why I chose to make it first, I have no idea...but I'm glad I did.  I love the way it fits!!

I chose to do the short sleeves which I think makes all the difference.


The gathering at the bust is actually very flattering but does require that a shirt be worn under it to prevent an indecent amount of exposure. 

I can definitely see myself making more of these!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Let's Link Up

It's that time of the month again ladies!  Don't forget that this month you can link up both the Lucky Mint Denver Bag AND the Chandelier Swing Bag...




(Photos used with permission of Martingale Publishing.  Photograph by Brent Kane.)

Once again, we had a crazy month around our house and I wasn't able to get any bags made myself :( so I will be living vicariously through your makes.  Link up below to show me what you've been working on.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Shopping in Style

I recently had an old schoolmate ask me for a shopping cart cover for her adorable new little boy.

She picked out the supplies, dropped them off with me, and this is what I came up with.


I added a pacifier leash because we all know how easily they fall onto the dirty floors.


 I added some little ribbon "taggies" to help amuse him.


 A pocket for his sippy cup/bottle.


And slits for the belt to keep him properly secured in the cart.

Hopefully it will keep him happy and cozy during many shopping trips to come :)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Puppy Love!

My poor puppies haven't been getting nearly as much attention since the kiddos came into the picture (don't worry they are still well cared for and loved).  They have handled it pretty well though :)

I picked up this charm pack quite a while back.  I'm thinking that maybe I even won it from Quilt Taffy...?  It's the Max & Whiskers line from Basic Grey.  And it is absolutely adorable.  As soon as I got it I knew I wanted to make something for my pups but it got put aside in the chaos and was forgotten. 


I came across it again when sorting fabrics for a destash and decided it was time to put it to use.  I simply sewed the charms together to make a top and used some fleece from JoAnn's for the side panels and bottom.  It is stuffed with the huge pile of leftover batting scraps that were taking over my sewing space and is super comfy (or so Squeak tells me).  I couldn't get them to sit on it long enough to get a good photo (my dogs are SUPER energetic!) so this one will have to work.


I'll leave you with this collage of cuteness :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Amy Butler Anna Tunic

My clothing kick continues today with the Amy Butler Anna Tunic.  When I first started sewing I was in awe of Amy Butler, her fabrics, and her patterns.  I scooped up everything I came across.

I have now broadened my horizens a bit but when doing some housekeeping in my sewing studio (sounds fancy, huh!?) the other day I came across this long forgotten pattern.  I also had a good chunk of yardage of one print from Pat Bravo's Carnaby line.  

Side Note:  Pat Bravo is to me as Tula Pink is to lots of others.  In other words, I love every fabric line she puts out even if they aren't in a color palette I normally go for.

Anyway, back to the Anna Tunic...


The fit is just okay and may need to be adjusted.  

I'm not crazy about the way I styled it but that can be fixed :).  I'm thinking with a pair of navy leggings and a cardigan of some sort it could be pretty cute.  (Cardigans are so wonderful when it comes to covering up slight flaws with the fit!) 



I managed to put the top together fairly easily.  There was a bit of time spent with the seam ripper when it came to putting on the yoke but nothing too bad :).  Overall a fun pattern and a bit more advanced than the usual patterns I've tried.  I wouldn't rule out the possibility of another version of this in a voile sometime in the near future...