They are divine.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I came up with this idea for packing up your jewelry for travel or for home.
First, you start with one piece for outer fabric and two pieces for liner and approximately 18 inches of coordinating ribbon. I like a nice quilters cotton or something with a little rayon for the outer and an acetate or something else satiny for the liner. I've found either 18 x 6 or 24 x 6 works well. It all depends on how much jewelry you want to store!
Cut the three pieces (one outer, two liner to the size you like).
One of the liner pieces will have an approximately 1- 1.5 inch hem. Iron it down and stitch.
Take the two liner pieces and put them right side to wrong side. (I like to put them the way I know I want them to lay in the end and then flip them inside out-- let's not ask how I know this is a good way to do it). Sew the two pieces together with a 1/4 seam allowance around the two short sides and one long side.
Press. Press. And, oh, press.
Next comes the pockets. This part is up to you. I like to make two 3 1/2 inch pockets on the outer sides and two smaller and then two or three tiny, shallow pockets in the center (for rings or earrings). I like to start at the outside when making the pockets and work my way in so that it all flows nicely being that I'm not one to plan too much ahead and measure it all out and all that...
Next, put right sides of liner and outer part together and sew all the way around two long sides and one short side. On the second short side, place the coordinating ribbon(folded in half) inside the two layers. Sew down the side and over the ribbon, backstitching over ribbon for a secure placement. Be sure to leave an opening about 1- 1.5 inches long to turn it right side out!
Turn the right side out and FIRMLY press the liner, stretching with your fingers to have it lay as flat as possible.
Slip stitch the opening and you are done!
Thanks so much for finding my tute! I know many are using this--woohooo!-- please leave me a comment. It'll make my day.
Here are some great pictures to share where Lil Lady and Puppy Feet are out in my garden (unstarted) digging out "woh-ms". Lil Lady hasn't mastered the 'r' sound yet and she sounds quite Long Island-ish!
And, to add another funny note, Lil Lady woke up the next day reporting that she had a dream about worms and she *was* a worm and she was the biggest worm! About two feet long! "It was fun!"
Please take note to where the Princess is situated and where her servant is....
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Everything that happens to us has a good side, no matter what. There is a blog out there that makes me laugh and she really seems to grasp that mentality and run with it. Go visit her!
Here, on this lazy Saturday, sitting at my inlaws' new home on the Cape, I'm listing what I'm thankful for:
~the cool breeze blowing in on my right arm
~the company of family, all healthy and happy
~I know where my almost 13 yr old is (--this is an important one to remember when our wee ones are driving us batty)
~knowing that I have sewing projects waiting for me at home
~the smell of a yummy dinner cooking
~the chatter of my almost 5 yr old talking to her grandmother
~the delight of my almost 9 yr old, running up the stairs
I wish you blessings. Many. Just take the time to count them.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Ok, this is kind of late notice but still.. just look at some of what I'm bringing! You'd be crazy to miss it!
Going clockwise, the cover for a weighted lap pad, a peasant blouse, a sundress, a blanket for the raffle, bibs and wipies, oodles of headsocks down at the bottom there, and lastly, a rainbow burpie, wipie and bib set at 9 oclock. Oh and ribbons in the center!
I don't remember that last time I was this nervous! I want to create for about three more weeks and THEN I'll be ready..?.. probably not..
It's mostly for me to get my name and face out there. I've been doing pretty well casually advertising myself so this should be an extra boost! And an extra dose of "Thanks, Guys!" to my friends and, especially, family for dealing with me while I take every possible moment to create!
Saturday, April 5, 2008
HOWEVER, I've been thinking more and more about this mini revolution to return to handmade. It all started when DH lost his job and replaced it with a temporary low-paying-with-smoke-screens-and-dreamy-empty-promises to go on full time/full rate. How on Earth was I going to fund Christmas?? I wasn't. BUT, I *could* make stuff!! I ended up having a really fun time with one of my best girlies and we sewed and sewed and sewed and sewed.... Everyone got new pjs, with the exception of she and I, which I know I haven't even picked up my already cut pair of bottoms and I'll bet she hasn't even cut hers. Lovely how us Moms rate ourselves.. ~sigh~ But I digress..
Then there is the BOOM of Whoremart. All the other chains close down so we're left with NO choices (Bradlee's, Caldor's, Ames, etc etc) and never mind the small shops! What small shops....? And I'll be honest. I was afraid to go in them. Handmade is EXPENSIVE. Or so I thought. Before I continue on that I wanted to post this quote taken from another blog that supports the "Handmade" cause.
"Take Wal-Mart, the most famously offensive, town-destroying, junk-purveying, labor-abusing, sweatshop-supporting, American-job-killing, soul-numbing, hope-curdling retailer in the known universe, moving upward of $300 billion in cheap mass-produced slurm every year via more than 5,000 landscape-mauling eyesore stores stretching all the way from Texas to China and Argentina and South Korea and Mexico and your backyard. "
--Mark Morford, San Francisco
This really hits the nail on the head. Think about it, people. Think about this recession we seem to be sliding into. All the jobs lost to China over the years. NOW look what's happened! All that has caught up to us and now China is shipping toys laden with lead over here. It should just be a cruel joke but it's true!
So now is the time, All. Regarding my comment before about expensive- I've been to Etsy. I'm *on* Etsy. It's *not* that expensive. Many times, it's completely reasonable! And here I am, going to advertise others' work but I'm in support of this movement and you should be too. Here's a gift that I'd scoop up for a friend in a second! How fun does this look? Or this? Wouldn't some of the other wooden puzzle brands be around this price? The love and care it took to make these items is not going to be found in Whoremart.
Just some food for thought...
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Jewelry rolls for a custom order and to fill my etsy shop:
And this little number:A little background:
I've delved into the wonderous land of Etsy. I'm learning the ropes and protocol and looking to sell.. sell.. SELL!~ It's so fun to put all this love and energy into something for a special someone who likes your item enough to trust you to provide it for them~ :) Ok ok, I'm gushing..
This capelet that I've created for Lil Lady is a prototype for an order I am filling for 4 faux fur capelets for a wedding! I wanted to get my hands wet, so to speak, and know this pattern and it's drawbacks before I cut into *the* faux fur, which has been no easy feat to find. (not that I've officially found it yet, I'm hoping to have a local store order it for me)
Aaaaaaaaaaaaanyway, I've been busy :) and excited about it. I simply love my sewing room and it's fun set up with a new coat of paint. The part where I can leave a project and not have to clean it up is probably the *best* part of all. :) So I must get good at this Etsy thing so I can feed my serious fabric addiction *and* help pay that mortgage, all in one!