Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I wish I didn't have to title posts

Spring is definitely here and I've felt really productive. I made a pie and brownies on Monday and yesterday I mowed the yard for the 3rd time this year. I'm still hopeful that we'll get a garden in, but that remains to be seen. We have planted a small flower garden and mulched the flower beds so things are coming along nicely. I've also been de-cluttering. It feels nice and I've also managed to make a little bit of money at a garage sale, so that is always nice. Here are a few of the things I've been up to: I made these little pin cushions for the facebook give-away I participated in. They were fast and easy. My favorite kind of project.
I finally got around to getting some new hair. I look a little surly because I honestly don't enjoy having my picture taken, but I do love the hair!
I finally cracked open my copy of "Sublime Stitching" by Jenny Hart. I've loved drooling over all the cute embroidery stuff I've seen lately and decided to recycle one of Brent's old dress shirts and embroider the girl's initials. I think I'll cut out the pieces and make them each little pillows for the birthdays this summer.
This is my garage sale project. It is a cupboard door I got that was painted plain white. I printed off the text and used tracing paper to transfer the image on to the wood then spent a good hour with a tiny brush and painted. Next I used a little sand paper and went over the letters to weather it a little; brushed on some glaze and called it done!
And this is the big project lately. I've been working on the hand quilting of this for a couple of months. It sounds tedious and laborious, but it is really enjoyable. I don't stress over having perfect stitches and find it a very relaxing evening activity.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


I am addicted to craft blogs! I have roughly 100 blogs that I view at least once a month, and some of them daily- they're just that good! I thought I'd share some of my favorite things I've seen recently- Could these turtles from Girl. Inspired. be any cuter? I seriously must make these.
This pillow from Sew4Home is sooo cheery- another one for the to-do list!

Check out these beautiful pillowcases from YouGoGirl. Perfect gifts for a graduate or bridal shower!

I LOVE this artwork from Pottery Barn. I do not love the price. Lucky for me Susie Harris has instructions for me to make my own :)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I Must Be Crazy!

I'm making this dress, Butterick 4732. Not for me, but as a favor- so it is already more fun sewing, but I'm super intimidated by this. I'm adding a gathered kind of wrap-around at the waist, pick-ups in the skirt and sewing a bolero as well, so I guess it won't exactly look like this dress when I'm done, but it's a starting point. I'm fairly new to following patterns and garment sewing. I've made a few skirts with moderate success and my mom's dress for my sister's wedding a few years ago, but those were all cotton. Mostly, I'm intimidated by the fabric- it is almost identical in color to the dress shown here, and really beautiful, so I don't want to screw it up. Oh, and did I mention I'm on a tight deadline here? I have 10 days to finish this bad boy. Wish me luck!