Archive for October, 2007

Gearing up for the Holidays.

Pic 323I know it’s only Halloween today, but my mind has been in Holiday mode for the last week or so.  When you sew, you need to plan well ahead in purchasing fabrics, designing patterns and allowing plenty of time to create.  Therefore, I have a pile of freshly prewashed Christmas knits on the couch which will become some fabulous holiday casualwear, and a lovely princess style Christmas dress hanging in my sewing room.

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If you’re going to be wearing and/or giving homemade gifts this year, I’m sure you’re gearing up for the Holidays as well.  If so, you may be interested to check out Sew, Mama, Sew this November.  Beth and Kristin will be featuring over 100 great sewing tutorials that will give you inspiration and ideas for Holiday gifts.  They have been so kind as to include my little wallet tutorial in the list.

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How to put your kids on your Halloween Pumpkins.

If you have not yet carved your pumpkin, and are looking for inspiration, here are my pumpkins from last year.  I carved a pumpkin for each of my kids with their face on it. And it really wasn’t as hard as it looks.

For each of the kids, I took a picture of them, then fiddled with it in a photo editing program on the computer until it was a black and white image (I think the effect I used was called “stamp”.  Then, I printed out the picture in an appropriate size, and carved it just like you would a template from a book or online, by marking the outlines through the paper, then carving out the features.

Here’s what the process looked like:
  

A bit of advice.

When you’re a sewing mama of a curoius toddler, keep your pins up high.  High enough to be out of his reach last month may not be high enough this month.

Toddlers get into the darndest things while you’re enjoying morning coffee and fresh-baked pumpkin bread.

Here is the adorable culprit:
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And the new home for the pincushion, about six feet up atop my tower:
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Mmmm….

Fresh baked pumpkin bread is yummy with my coffee in the morning.  And it made my whole house smell good!

Can it be called “fresh baked” if it was made out of a mix…?  I did bake it…?

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Hedgehogs, Dots and Gingham, Oh My!

I finally got the courage to cut into some of my imported japanese fabrics, and the first victim project was the pink hedgehogs, which I turned into this purse and wallet set. 

 Japanese Hedgehog Purse and Wallet

I love the combination with red dots and brown gingham to set off the whimsical print.  And for once, I finished the project, and promptly photographed and listed it in my Etsy shop.  I think I was afraid I’d keep it if I put off selling it.  But, there is some more fabric, so I may make another one, or more likely, something different but equally adorable.

Take a look at the listing in my Etsy, and you’ll also find that I’ve listed the Moda Blossom Tote shown in a previous entry as well.

Long-Awaited Pictures.

No, I still haven’t made an appointment to have family pictures done.  Yes, the last time I had family pictures done was….well, do wedding pictures count?  I did have pictures taken of my girls when they were about 2 and 4…they’re 5 and 7 now.  And they have a little brother who has never seen the inside of a real photo studio in his entire 20 months.  Enough of my maternal shortcomings, I’ll make an appointment next week.  And, I’m really more of a snapshot kind of gal.

What I was talking about, is pictures of the latest product of my craftiness.  And here it is, my newest bag.

Moda Blossom Charm Tote

I made this bag out of a Charm Pack of Moda’s Blossom fabrics.  I think the colors are lovely for this time of year.  The lining is brown like the straps, which are attached using d-rings.  This is a simple square bag, the size was determined by the number of fabrics in the pack (two were left and used on the small interior pocket).  I added a little snap to each of the outside edges to help give the bag a little shape.  You can see what I’m talking about in these pictures:

 

Long Time, No Post.

Yes, I know, I have been neglecting my blog.  Somehow, the days have come and gone, one after the other, until it’s been a long time between posts.  Mostly, I’ve been busy with kids, school and soccer (the end of the season next week will be joyfully celebrated by this soccer mom).  I have completed some sewing projects (a new bag with Moda’s Blossom fabrics from a charm pack, a new outfit for A, and some customs for eBay) but haven’t taken pictures.  Hopefully tonight, I’ll take some pics, and download them along with all the other pictures that are held hostage in my camera at the moment, and inspiration will strike for some more entertaining (possibly inspirational) posts.  Until then, know I’m still here, trying not to burn dinner in my mostly-clean kitchen.