I know i know...Christmas is over, but since its not the New Year quite yet, i feel i'm allowed to post this tutorial. i just found this adorable super easy to make homemade tree HERE
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Posted by Christie at 11:03 AM
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
This weekend I jumped on board with the Lily apron when my friend Kari asked me to make some as gifts for her family. Her 7 months old daughter is battling cancer, so I couldn't refuse her. Beka gave me a hand so I could make the Christmas deadline. Thanks for the pattern, Jill.
I got this fabric (inspired by Christie) from JoAnns.
And this fabric comes from Zoe's. Beka didn't want her face in the picture, but she is the mastermind behind the handiwork.
I love the way they turned out, though I think they aren't as flattering on well-endowed women. (Maybe I'm just saying that because I've had baked goodies for breakfast, lunch and dinner the last few days.)
Merry Christmas ladies...can't wait to see what the new year brings for our little club!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
My second treat was actually for Tie One On Day. Sweet, wonderful, talented, intuitive Jill made this Lilly apron for me..in fabric that included all my favorites--polka dots and lime green. I love it Jill! It's the one I wear all the time now. Thank you!!
I gave an apron to my grandma for Tie One On day. She was very shy about it though and ran off before I could get a picture. I'll have to sneak up on her someday and snap one. :)
Happy Holidays everyone! We probably won't see very much of each other in the next couple of weeks with Christmas and vacations and such. I hope you all have a very happy Christmas and that it is everything you want it to be. I know we are all probably going crazy with sewing projects...Christmas day looms closer and closer! I hope you get some time to yourselves to relax and enjoy the season. Sip some cocoa. Snuggle under a blanket. Nibble some sugary, gooey, creamy junk food. And for heaven's sake, watch White Christmas! I can't believe none of you have ever seen it. Sheesh. :)
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Okay... so like Jill I have been a busy girl, but not posting my projects. I thought I'd show just a couple.
This is the 1940's house apron. I haven't made this pattern since I started sewing over a year and a half ago (such a long time). I really like this pattern & how it turned out. This is for my son's preschool teacher Mrs. Johnson. I added a few inches to the pattern so it would fit her comfortably. I love the Mary Engelbriet print - it's fun & busy (just like preschool). I bought the fabric at Wal-Mart months ago. I found the polka dot in my stash & decided it would be fun to mix it up a little bit.
the ties match the back strap, they are a little long (it's a habit), but I think it's better to err on the long side instead of the short.
This pocket is my favorite detail. I love the red rick rack & the polka dots. It is just so adorable. I also liked that I encased the seam in bias tape, and then top stitched it down. It just gives it a cool finished (retro) look.
Here is the same basic apron, but this one I did for my daughter's 1st grade teacher. At first I really didn't care for the fabric. It was one of those moments where you buy it - get it home - and go... no, no, no it's all wrong. But since I sew at midnight, I decided to put it together either way and see what happens.
I actually really liked how it turned out. I was afraid the bias tape might make it look cheesy, but it actually adds to the retro feel of the apron.
I really love this fully lined pocket. The cuff on the pockets ties in the cute ties & strap on the back.
And lastly this is the Holiday version of the 5 ruffle anniversary apron. I probably shouldn't even post it. It's the worst thing I've made in months. I didn't do the best job on it and really didn't care for the fabric I used. Oh well, it did sale at the garage sale and even if it sold for a couple bucks - it went to a good cause (Autism). Anyway, that's it for now. I have 3 more aprons that are in various stages of being finished, but we are off to Disneyland tomorrow so I won't be able to think about sewing until the weekend. Hope your having a great week & happy sewing!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I feel like such a slacker and I haven't contributed to this blog in a long time. I promise, I have been making aprons I just have been forgetting to take pictures of them before I hand them over to their new owners. But I finished my Lilly apron last night and I just have to post it here. I swoon every time I see it!!!
And what an easy apron to make too. I am going to look into having it go all the way around and instead of ties, you make button holes and sinch (sp?) it in the back with buttons...with the right material, it could be so darling!!! But please, like anything could be cuter than argyle and polka dots!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I wanted to take a moment and spotlight Jen Young. She is not only a great designer, but a hard working mom like the rest of us. Jen hasn't yet opened an Etsy site, but is selling these wonderful stockings at Craft Fairs and in boutiques. If you are intested in buying one of these great stockings please send me an email with your contact information and I will pass it on to her.
Here is what she posted about her stockings:
I only have 12 left, If anyone is interested in buying them I will sell them for $20 a piece, they are made out of Wranglers, these are just 2. I have them in different fabric. They are 16" long and 91/2" wide across the top and from the heal to toe they are 13"
So spread the word, I would love to get rid of them before I go out town on Friday. Thanks everyone.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I am grateful for... the women in my life. A mom who gave birth on her birthday 33 years ago when she was 24 years old. A mother in law who is more like a bff every year and gets a kick out of my quirks. A sister who loves me so much she calls me her twin. Friends... women who were strangers barely a year ago finding a common spark that develops new talents and lots of good times together. And husband that still surprises me after 10 years of marriage.
Posted by Maren at 7:48 PM
Saturday, November 29, 2008
You all inspired me to participate in Tie One On day and here is my friend Craig modeling her new apron! A HUGE thanks to Beka for adding the finishing touches (the cute black fringe) while I recovered from child birth. She sent me the picture via text message so it's a little blurry, but I love it - so fitting for her personality. I even managed to get her a freshly baked loaf of bread. So...I'd love to see the aprons you whipped up for last weeks big event.
AND...Happy belated birthday, Maren! Hope it was a good one!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
There are a million and one other things that I need to be doing right now, but I've been seriously sidetracked. I just discovered one of the coolest sites that could exist for us fabric-lovers: Spoonflower. "Why is this the coolest site ever, Christie?" you ask. Well, I'll tell ya...you can create your own fabric design, send it to Spoonflower and they will print your fabric for you! That's awesome! At $18/yard it's really not as expensive as you'd think. And, they are now offering gift certificates. Right now I am composing a clever email to hubby hinting at what I'd like for Christmas. It goes something like this:
I would like a gift certificate to Spoonflower for Christmas. Please follow this link to purchase. Thank you! Love, Me
Yeah, I don't give hints anymore. They don't produce the desired results. :)
So, now I just need to figure out exactly how I would put the design in my head into digital format. Too bad there isn't a USB adapter from our brains to the computer. I'm sure that somebody somewhere has that in the works.
Posted by Christie at 11:51 AM
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I know this fabric combination may seem odd to you, but my good friend/colleague Craig is into vintage Halloween anything. Since I went to every fabric store I could think of this fall and no one had specific vintage Halloween prints, I just tried to use the color combinations she decorates her kitchen with. Yes, her kitchen decor is vintage Halloween...year round! She even had her tile replaced with black and orange tiles. I think I'd like to embellish a bit more, maybe black ric-rac on the top large ruffle. I also need to add the bottom tiny ruffle, but forgot to serge it when Beka's machine was handy. I'm saving it for Tie One On day...I hope she likes it! If you have any fun embellishment suggestions, let me know. I've got a little time to make improvements. And thank you Beka for my first serging experience. I am a believer!
I finally finished my Halloween decor...a week late. Monday I'm going to finish the back side which says "Give Thanks".
Here are some action shots that Jill took whilst we were working Thursday night.
No one was kind enough to take one of Jill (sorry!) and Maren was still MIA in Utah.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
From the Apron-icity website:
"Calling All Designers and Budding Designers…See your apron design published online and in print! Here’s your chance to have your creativity recognized. We’re looking for the best and the brightest aprons to feature on the Apron-icity™ website and in other publications for quilters and sewers."
Call me crazy, but I think one of us could do this!! What about the Anniversary 5 ruffle apron, Maren? Or Jill, the pleated apron you just designed? Check it out the rules here. Put on your designer hats. Ready, go!!
Posted by Christie at 11:24 AM
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Eck...that's quite a mouthful. For my birthday Aubrey sent me 4 yards of beeeeautiful fabric. At first I wasn't sure it would all fit together, but she assured me it would. And she was right! Since I received it I have been plotting the apron I was going to make out of it. One that could be just for me...one that I didn't have to give to somebody else. Yay! I finally found some time to make this one become reality!
Today was a wonderfully relaxing day. After cleaning up an easy crock pot dinner, I had the evening free. The kids were watching Back to the Future III (I know, I don't get it either, but they LOVE it and have to watch it everyday) and I saw my opportunity. So I got out my stuff and started cuttting away. After a few minor incidents where Cade and Myla thought it'd be fun to jump over the fabric I was cutting, except not really jumping over as much as jumping on and getting their dirty little footprints on it, I finally got into my groove. Anyway, here it is:
I saw an apron here that I really liked. But my budget on buying apron patterns is in the red :), so I tried to do it myself. And for the ruffle I decided to try out this tutorial by Giabella that she posted on her blog awhile ago. It's a pleated ruffle, and it's easier than I thought it would be. I love how the ruffle goes all the way up to the ties. Please ignore the ginormous butt...that is a work in progress. :) The pleated ruffle. Again, these were fun to do! I love my newest apron! Now I can get back to my regularly scheduled Christmas sewing regime with a better attitude. :)
Sewing Bloopers: Does anybody else have bloopers? Everytime I do something stupid, I think I should document it. They are pretty funny after the fact. Well, this time I had a doozy (is that how you spell doozy? It's not a word I spell very often). I sewed the pleats to the wrong side of the apron. So when I finished sewing the two sides together and went to pull the apron right side out, I realized that the pleated ruffle and ties were on the inside of the apron! I wanted to cry. I did not want to do all that pleating all over again! So I just cut off the entire ruffle above the stitch line and restitched it the right way. It ended up working out. The sad thing is, it's not the first time I've done that. The reversible apron gets me every time. You'd think I'd have learned by now.
When I was at Blissfest a few weeks ago, I saw the most darling fabric pumpkins with corks as the stems. I was tempted to buy just one so I could figure out how to make my own, but alas - they only accepted cash. I found this tutorial and thought I would give it a try, though it is not as cute as the ones I saw in the boutique. If you run into any other tutorials for these, please send them my way!
I also got the wood blocks and vinyl lettering for this fun sign from an old college friend. The back side says "Give Thanks" so it serves two purposes. I didn't finish mine in time for Halloween, but if I get on the ball maybe I can have it done by Turkey Day.
And lastly, my pics are on the other computer upstairs, but many, MANY thanks to you lovely ladies for your hand crafted goodies at Brooke's baby shower. Holy cow! I knew I would love anything that your talented hands created, but I felt as giddy as a school girl with my new treasures. (I mean Brooke's new treasures.) And if you missed the party, you can check my personal blog for pictures of the gifts. Literally, I've already had non apron dork friends email me about how great they were. I'm cool by association - you guys were a hit! THANK YOU!
Posted by The Blakes at 4:39 PM
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I finally finished the Santa apron that I made for a friend who does a lot of Pampered Chef shows and wanted a cute holiday apron. The red body is made out of a small corduroy and the white is faux fur with a felt belt buckle. The faux fur is kind of hard to work with. It's doable, just not my preferred fabric. I do like the look and feel of it though...much better than felt, which was something I was thinking about. It turned out cute...certainly not perfect. But it was my first Santa apron and I didn't have a pattern, so I did the best I could. Bring on the holidays!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I love Christmas time, in case anyone didn't know. I always have. When my dad took too long getting the Christmas lights up on the house (too late to me meant the day after Thanksgiving) you would find me digging them out, untangeling them and laying them out for him wanting to spur him on. I would find every single scrap of green or red paper to decorate the house in. Less was definitely NOT more in my book. Having kids has more than doubled the joy I get from Christmas. Even though they are still pretty young it's exciting to watch as the Spirit of Christmas affects them. Our home is more peaceful, happier. It truly is the most wonderful time of year.
Because I am one of "those moms," one of my favorite things is to have them all in matching Christmas Sunday outfits and then take at least a zillion pictures of them in their Christmas dress. Usually I buy them all from Children's Place because they have a nice family line where both boys and girls of all ages can match. But I am bored with Children's Place. Everything is always plaid. Since I still have Cade's plaid tie and sweater vest from last year (he doesn't grow very much, so it'll still fit) I decided to find something for Gavin and make Myla's dress. So I found a dress pattern that said "easy" on it. I figure I'll have more of a chance that way. :)
Looks cute, no? The only thing is that it has a zipper. I'll admit, zippers make me nervous. To be more honest, they terrify me! The zipper is one of the last things to sew into the dress. So what if I do okay on the rest of the dress and ruin the dang zipper?! I got some tips from a very nice woman while standing in line at Joann's to get my fabric cut. She said to go with an invisible zipper and buy the zipper foot and it will almost put in itself. So we'll see! If I never try I'll never know.
Posted by Christie at 8:19 AM
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I mentioned last week that I ordered the most adorable apron pattern from Zoe's and Beka found it online for me to drool over until it arrives!! I can't wait to sport this bad boy (or lady) around the house and maybe even to the store because it is that cute!!!
Posted by Jill Manning at 8:58 AM
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
...hello more colorful ones! I just love this mobile of fabric birds. If I was single and living in a loft style apartment in NYC I would totally do this. And hang it in front of my floor to ceiling windows. I thought I would share this all with you because it really just makes me so happy to look at.
Posted by Jill Manning at 10:14 AM
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Hi Ladies, It's that time of year again. I know everyone is busy starting to get Christmas projects underway, being pregnant, going to weddings, or just dealing with everyday life. Our good friend Abby is having their annual fund raiser garage sale to raise money to help her 4 year old son in his battle with autism. This is a good time to get involved and do something to help a wonderful little boy get the treatments he needs. My personal goal is to donate 4 aprons, one to be auctioned off on this blog. If you could just make one item (it doesn't have to be an apron, it can be anything) to sale, that would be a huge help... or if you are too busy to sew, send your junk my way & I will drop it off for you. Every bit helps & you will feel wonderful and begin the season of giving.
Posted by Maren at 9:07 AM
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Yesterday I went to Blissfest to check out the carnival with Ty. I perused the very cute, and very pricey boutique booths as well. One booth in particular carried darling aprons. My mom declared, in a way only a mother would, "yours look just as good." Careful to accept such a compliment from a woman who may be slightly biased, I looked each one over, examined the stitching, then casually looked at the price tag. Jeepers! Almost all of the aprons were being sold for the same price, $80. At least half of them were patterns our little group has used. Yes, the fabric was dreamy and the embellishments were crafty and clever, but I realized (yet again) just how talented you all are. And that some of you could make some serious dough if you opened a little business. I, for one, need to improve my stitchwork first. And I have no entrepreneurial spirit to speak of. But truly, you gals amaze me. You sew with the best of them!
Posted by The Blakes at 9:32 AM