Monday, September 29, 2008

FA


I'm addicted and I need help. Is there a local chapter of Fabricholics Anonymous you know of?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I Finally Found It!

In the spirit of Rachel's last post on Christmas projects, I finally found the perfect bags to make for my Christmas projects. I have spent HOURS searching for the perfect bag/purse to make. I've downloaded dozens of tutorials, not entirely happy with them. This morning I checked out my favorite fabric designer's blog, Sandi Henderson (aka Portobellopixie) and found that she launched her site - Sandi Henderson Design. It is a lovely site. As I was browsing through the patterns she has for sale I found THE perfect bags to make! They are exactly what I was looking for, but just didn't know it. I ordered the pattern right away. I can't wait to get it! Now I need to browse (again) through her lovely fabric and determine what to buy. It's all so yummy it's just so hard to choose!


I am curious though...what are your Christmas projects?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Christmas Projects...Part 1

I hope my family doesn't check this website, or they'll spoil their own Christmas this year. I finished two aprons this week. I made a goal to make each woman in my family an apron using a different pattern, so I guess this will be the last Emmaline I make for a while. Oh how I love the Emmaline...I've made four now!

I know the fabric looks familiar...Abbey used it for her nursing cover!

My sister asked me to make aprons for her girls to wear at breakfast to cover their clothes and on Sunday's to cover their dresses while eating. Here is the first. I need to embellish it, and perhaps have Paige model it for me instead of my vacuum cleaner. It is rather cute in person.

Two of the aprons I'm gifting have already been posted. Four down, four to go... Eight weeks to accomplish everything. Once baby comes there are just no guarantees!

Monday, September 22, 2008

No you didn't!!!!

Today I was warned of a package destined to my home via the Secret Stitch. I was also warned of my sudden need to burst out into song, or tap dance once opening it. So, I galloped to my mail box, and what was there? The package, the happy inspiring gift that had a hefty expectation along with it




Here is what really happened. A sudden feeling of warmth and appreciation. A feeling so deeply routed to gratitude.

Aren't I cute? I mean with my freshly grown tomatoes from my garden and my child on the counter!!!!!! Yes, I am a model parent. Oh! and no makeup and gym hair. Awesome. This is how unconditionally loved I feel ladies.

Seriously, I am getting the Karaoke machine out, I am singing at the top of my lungs, and more importantly, I am feeling loved, and have a great apron to wear.

I cannot thank you all enough, thank you for making my year! MOOOAH!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

last pre-baby projects (I hope)

So I spent the last week painting the trim in my hallway. Doing laundry, dishes, mopping the floor - every time hoping it was my last... to no avail. So I've spent this week sewing. Hopefully these are my last aprons PB (pre-baby). Anyway, here they are for what it's worth.


This is a bridal shower gift for my baby sister (5 ruffle anniversary apron). For some reason I can give lingerie to sister-in-laws, friends, strangers - but my little baby sis? She still seems just 16 to me. So I made her an apron for her kitchen shower. I will let her friends get her skanky stuff. Notice the first bottom ruffle is lower on the left side? I decided it's not a flaw but a stylistic choice (and after unpicking it twice - I'd had my fill)...


side one: checks & polka dots


side two: cherries & polka dots. This apron is my ideal apron with the coveted cherry fabric. I made this Emmeline apron for my twin sister, Kelly. She is always doing so much for me & family in general - she threw me a wonderful shower in Utah, despite the fact she had 3 other major events that same weekend, she is the best and very deserving of my favorite apron style & fabric.


Lastly I finally hung this metal home decor pic I got from Hobby Lobby. I love the red ribbon, & it just goes in my sanctuary room. Hopefully the next you hear from me will be a hallelujah ode finally celebrating the birth of this LONG overly awaited baby.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

a little bit of all of us

When we began this sewing group over a year ago, meeting at my house one Tuesday night... who knew then what we would eventually grow into. I've met some of the best friends of my life and learned to love and appreciate this wonderful group of women. We all vary in our sewing skills (most of us being self-taught) but that's not what holds us together - it's the friendships we have made and the sisterhood we've created.



Near the beginning I had in my mind to create something with pieces from all of us. I collected scraps from many of our earliest aprons and held onto them knowing eventually I'd get around to sewing something. Well, the above pictured 6 ruffle anniversary apron seemed like the perfect representation of our group. Here's to my girls and the fun we've had over the past year!

The Pattern:

The original pattern I credit to Chelsea. She showed up in the fall of last year with a darling apron that we all ooohed and aaaahed over. Then a week later she shows up with the pattern - that she & her mom came up with. No one asked for it, but Chelsea is just like that... always giving and doing for others before the desire escapes your lips. I love this about Chelsea. Not only that - but every party or event with Chelsea is always fun. She just adds so much laughter & pizazz to any event. You know your in to laugh your arse off when Chelsea starts in on a story. She is a hilarious girl that is always a pleasure to be around. (Plus she is responsible for most of the SSC great coifs).
The Neckties & Waist ties:

Where to start with Abbey?... I think just about everyone in the group thought Abbey didn't like them before they got to really know her. But in reality - she didn't care one way or the other. Her personality is closed in and you only really know her when you are lucky enough to spend time with her. You begin to realize she is a girl who speaks her mind and says things like they are. Often times making you bust out laughing at her frankness. Abbey is a go-getter. She finishes projects while the rest of us are still in the hypothetical phase. She branches out and I think has really been an integral part of this group making all kinds of things (not just aprons).

The pieces of Abbey came from her 1st Emmeline apron.

The First Top Ruffle:

Is it kind of symbolic that Christie is our first ruffle? hmmm... I think so. There wouldn't be a SSC without Christie. She has breathed life into this group time and again. At first I was mistaken by Christie's grounded nature and quiet "you-can-do-it" ways. Only spending late nights sewing revealed the true sassss this girl possesses. Christie is the heart and soul of this group. She is encouraging, generous, and kindly. She will support whatever projects you might come up with and cheer you right to the finish line.

The piece of Christie came from a dress/outfit Christie made for her daughter.

The Second Top Ruffle:

When I think of Jen, I think of sincerity and someone who would bend over backwards for you anytime and any place. She is sweet and means what she says. Jen is a trouper and will show up in a moments notice if you tell her it's apron night (and she's forgotten) or ask her for help with anything at all. Jen likes everyone and tries to make everyone comfortable around her. Jen is kind, thoughtful, and best of all she usually shows up with something delicious to munch on.

This piece of Jen came from her 1st apron.


The Third Top Ruffle:

Beka is our late bloomer. She used to show up just for the social atmosphere. She wasn't interested in sewing as much as just hanging out & having a break from her adorable twin boys. What we didn't know was that lurking underneath the surface was a sewing diva just waiting to leap out. Beka is quiet and I spent many a times wondering, "Is she laughing at me or with me?" and just recently I can tell we laugh more often together on most things (although I wouldn't be surprised if she still laughs at me - I like being a dork and most find it funny). Beka adds so much fun and camaraderie to any gathering.... And best of all she's just about ready for the biggest leap of in sewing - buying her own machine. You've come along way baby!

This piece of Beka comes from the anniversary apron swap.

The Body:

I don't think it's symbolic that Rachel is the body. Rachel has used this basic body pattern countless times to make numerous aprons for others. Rachel is always doing things for other, but unlike most - it's unexpected and always a welcome surprise. Rachel loves gatherings and is a social diva. She is a fantastic hostess and someone I try to take cues from.


This piece of Rachel comes from our first fabric swap - from our first night out together.

The Bottom First Ruffle:
Maren, Maren, Maren... what more is there to say. Without you - we'd be homeless. (Seriously you do not expect, nor want me to go on and on about myself).

This piece of Maren comes from a bargain bin buy at Zoe's.

The Second Bottom Ruffle:
Stacey, is our wild card. We thought we had Stacey figured out. She was predictable. She came to hang out & chat. She even bought fabric to "participate" in our sewing endeavors. We thought she was in it for the social hour. We were so wrong. A fire was lit and Stacey took us by storm. She started making all kinds of things right and left and before we knew what hit us, she was ready to begin her own chapter in Colorado. Way to go Stacey! Her kind of fire & enthusiasm makes me proud to call myself an SSC lady.

This piece of Stacey comes from her 1st apron that I'm not sure if she technically ever finished.

The Third Bottom Ruffle:
Jill, sweet Jill. Just like Christie - Jill is the cornerstone to our little sewing group. Jill truly is the unofficial cheer squad of the SSC. She is excited and happy to see other people succeed. She doesn't go off about her own abilities or projects, but they never cease to amaze us. Jill has an eye for fabric and picks the best combinations I've ever seen. We lost Jill for a year to an illness called Yuma, but she has made a quick recovery & jumped in head first with her enthusiasm & gumption, ready to host a good sewing night at the drop of a hat, as only she can.

This piece of Jill came from one of her first aprons - the 1940's house apron. I still love this fabric!

The Bow:

The icing on the cake goes to Aubrey. She is one person I wanted to be bff's with before I even met her. She is a maverick and stands above the crowd. Aubrey had the foresight to see beyond our little cluster of females and pioneer ahead to create a satellite chapter of our group. I love Aubrey's warmth and generosity. I no sooner mentioned some fabric was adorable then she was sending it to me in the mail. Our Utah chapter wouldn't have a prayer without our fearless Aubrey, who continues to shake things up in the vanilla state.


This piece of Aubrey is the aforementioned cute fabric that Aubrey generously sent to me!
Viva Sewing Night!

Well, There you have it! These are the sewing ladies of the SSC - can't you see why I love them! They are individually so great and together make a force to be reckoned with.

Burp Cloths

Here's some burp cloths I just did. I'll do a picture of all 12 of them when I'm done. I'm planning on giving some away for baby gifts. They were so easy too. Thanks "sew mama sew" for the tutorial. I still have yet to take a picture of my hooter hider because I gave it away, but I'm still planning on doing that. I actually am going to our ward's first Project Night tonight~all the women bring whatever they're working on to the church once a week. It should be fun! I'm showing a couple ladies there how to do the nursing covers. I'll obviously direct them to Maren's great tutorial as well :) I'm also cutting the pattern out for the birdie sling bag and working on that for the next couple weeks I'm sure. I have to get it done b4 the baby comes or it'll never happen. Hope you have fun at Jill's this Thursday!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

a taste of the season

It's my favorite time of year - not just because it cools down here in Arizona, but I love leaves changing, the spices in the air, Disneyland, sweaters, warm blankets, and snuggling in with a good book or movie (also Nov 26th marks my birthday) - anyway for those of you fellow lovers of fall, I thought I'd share my favorite seasonal recipe.
Pumpkin Pancakes
1 cup flour
1 Tbs. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 eggs, separated
1 cup milk
1/2 cup solid pack pumpkin
2 Tbs. oil

Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl, set aside. Whisk egg yolks, milk, pumpkin, and oil in a separate bowl. Stir wet mixture into dry ingredients until moistened. In a mixing bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into batter. Pour onto hot grease griddle & enjoy! yield: 8 - 12 pancakes. Serve with Apple Cider Syrup

Apple Cider Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup apple juice or cider
1 Tb. lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tb. corn starch
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. salt

Combine dry ingredients and mix well. In a sauce pan heat water, apple juice or cider, and lemon juice. Slowly add dry ingredients, stirring as you add. Bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Lower heat & simmer until desired thickness. Serve immediately. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge & reheated in the microwave. Enjoy!!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

National Sewing Month

It's National Sewing Month! I didn't even know they had a month devoted to the art of sewing.
Here are some ways, suggested by the nationalsewingmonth.org website, to get more involved:

* Teach a family member or friend to sew.
* Volunteer your time and teach sewing to a local youth organization like Girl Scouts and 4-H Clubs.
* Make it possible for someone to learn how to sew. Give employees time off work so they can volunteer their time; or donate fabrics, equipment, and sewing supplies.
* Sew more often. If you haven't been sewing lately, find out what's new in the sewing world at a local fabric or sewing machine store.
* Join your local chapter of the American Sewing Guild at http://www.asg.org/ and participate in its activities.
* Register for a class at a local fabric store or sewing machine dealership and take a friend.
* Contact your local public television station and make a contribution that supports sewing programs.
* Create your own sewing circle of friends; it’s fun to sew with others!

In honor of National Sewing Month (and the Stonehill fabric line, which is pretty cute), Joanns has posted this apron tutorial. Click here for the pdf instructions.

Monday, September 8, 2008

clever little crafty crafters

So Saturday Jen threw me a wonderful shower with all my awesome apron dorks there to support, give love, eat yummy food, and of course share their amazing talents. I couldn't do a post without showing off their handy work.

This bag wasn't made by one of our Secret Stitchers, but we can all appreciate great talent when we see it. Especially if we feel it is out of our league. This is a diaper messenger bag made by Pongobaby.com. You can see more of her products here. My good friend Jodi gave it to me, and her friend makes them - so I feel like I have a connection to this talented diva.
This is the interior of the bag. Made from canvas 100% washer friendly. You spill a bottle, baby soap leaks out, your kid pukes all over your bag... no problem just toss into the wash. It's durable and trendy. Look at me try to fit in with all the little hot mama's.

This is just a really cool extra. A little pouch that you can Velcro to the strap with a place for cell phone, credit/debit card, or cash. Your not having to lug 2 bags around. And face it, would I really want a Desitin lid to come off inside my purse? yuk. no thanks! I'll just have to be cute & trendy for once in my life.

Here is me wearing the bag, so you can see the size of it. It's huge! You can fit tons in there. What a smart crafter. My hat is off to you - Pongobaby.com lady. I hope you made a fortune with these little goodies.

Next up... Wendy made this cute blue horsey blanket. She thought I was having a boy (which could be true) but said I could trade it for a pink one if It comes out with no obvious boy parts. But I think I just might keep blue. Paige loved blue & if baby #3 is as cool as her sister - it will like it too. Thanks Wendy! (p.s. Wendy hasn't officially joined the SSC, but we know she will turn diehard very soon)

This was by far the most shocking gift I got. Christie, our beloved Pres., made this baby collection. Usually I think meself kinda clever, and people don't always keep the best of secrets. All Christie said was, "Promise me you won't buy fabric any time soon" and left it at that. I thought nothing of it since my cupboard is overflowing with various fabric that needs to be used first. But I know Christie & her 3 kids leave her very time to herself - let alone time to sew. I'm just amazed that she not only found the time, but made such cool & useful things! Way to go bff!

This last item was made by... okay so it was a gift to myself, made by me, and to be used for my convenience. It is the 3rd nursing cover (aka hooter hider or knocker blocker) I've made & my favorite (probably because it is toile, and we all know my obsession). But I wanted one for when I'm in the hospital & people ( aka nurses, interns, food ladies, etc) just pop in and out of your room to check this or probe you with that. I wanted just a shred of modesty while I try my luck with breastfeeding baby #3. So, that's it. I really applaud Christie, Wendy, Pongobaby.com Lady, & Abbey (featured in an earlier post) - for their creativity and amazing talents. You girls Rock!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

any lactating moms out there?

I just made this nursing cover for Abbey. She chose the material from Hobby Lobby, and at first I had my doubts - but it turned out so cute. It just might be my most favorite one yet.



Detail of the bottom edge.

I followed the great advice posted to our site under the comments & changed the tutorial to include the advice. I sewed the neck band directly to the boning & it did improve the overall shape. Check out the cute embellishments. Good choice Abbey & good luck with your future lactation endeavors.

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