Saturday, December 26, 2009

Quiet Book

I made this quiet book for Maddie for Christmas. I know she'll love it once she's sitting on a church pew, quietly thumbing through the pages. Here are a couple of sites with page ideas and patterns.

This is a pretty easy project, just VERY TIME CONSUMING. I have been making it slowly over the past few months.

Page 1: I drew animals with fabric markers. The flaps are felt and sewn on. I would recommend non-felt for the flaps because the fabric markers don't write well on them. I embroidered the lettering.

Page 2-3: The two figures are felt and hand sewn on. I cut out clothing pieces from felt.

Page 4: Felt football hand sewn on. Shoe lace woven in. Felt goal post hand sewn on.

Page 5: Felt stop light with colored stitching to coordinate with the matching felt colored circles. The signs are drawn with fabric marker, and velcro tabs to attach the matching felt signs.

Page 6: Fabric marker to draw the map and a toy car to navigate through.

Page 7: Felt dog hand sewn on. Pipe cleaner leash with a buckle bought at Joann's.

Page 8: Felt flowers with a slit in the middle. Stems and leaves are green embroidery. Buttons sewn on to attach flowers. Fabric vase fabric glued on.

Page 9: Embroidered snowflakes. Felt mitten hand-sewn on. Soft fleece on the inside of mitten.

Page 10: Felt robot hand stitched on. Buttons attaching legs and arms so they move and come off. Fabric marker to draw his buttons. Embroidered lettering.

Page 11: Embroidered ants. Felt blanket and table settings. Basket fabric glued on.

Page 12: Felt elephant hand sewn on. Embroidered balloon strings and balloon outlines color coordinated with felt circles. Felt circles attached with velcro.

Page 13: Pipe cleaners with large beads strung and I hand sewed the felt on each side to hide the ugly ends of the pipe cleaners. The basket on the bottom holds felt numbers. This is my least favorite page and was almost left out.

Page 14: Felt troll (Dora) fabric glued on. The hair is embroidery floss. Embroidered lettering.

Monday, December 21, 2009

... the stockings were hung by the chimney with care

So, this looks like it might become a yearly tradition. Featuring some great stocking designer... last year it was my sister-in-law, this year it is my baby sister Megan. She's 24, so technically she's not a baby except she will always be "our baby" and she never ceases to amaze me with her talents. SO every year we draw names and she drew my brother & his 2 girls (ages 7 & 9) - this is what she came up with.

This is the front side, but wait I wanted a purple sock? ... No problem!

Just flip it over. This is the reverse. How cute is that?

I asked her where she got her template and she said she just free handed it, and used that pattern to make the other ones with. I love it. I will definitely be tracing this pattern.

Here's the reverse side with the second stocking. I love her colors and she said she just used scraps.

It's deceptively creative. I thought there is no way I would ever "quilt" tiny pieces together to make a stocking, but these are strips weaved over and under that she sewed on and left the edges raw.

And the reverse to the green stocking.

I love the detail.

And even the inside fabric is adorable. We have outgrown our stockings and need new ones for next year. Here I have a pretty cool project to follow, maybe if I start now I can finish all 6 by next Christmas... I love it. Thanks Megs for sharing your creative fun ideas.

Christmas Panic + Sewing frenzy = Super cute

I started this project feeling despare and panic, and ended up being somewhat pleased. Now, I will remake this fabric combination a million times. I love it, what do you think? His and hers aprons! I think I will have to find some time to do the same for my spouse and I. :)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Casey's Christmas Present!

I'm finally finished! After many long hours I completed my first quilt. It's definitely no sight for a perfectionist. I used this site for my reference, but ended up winging a lot of because I was too lazy to figure out the correct way to do things. But I'm so excited to give it to my husband; I know he'll love and appreciate the hard work.

I cut up about 20 or so t-shirts and cut strips from three "coordinating" fabrics to make 17" squares. I used a light-weight interfacing on the t-shirt material to make sewing easier. I used a thinner batting and I bought a flat sheet for the back side, and used a double fold quilt binding around the edges. I didn't tie the quilt; just machine sewed through most of the quilt to keep in place. I would definitely invest or borrow a rotary cutter if I attempt a quilt again.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Bunko Love!

Okay - so this has NOTHING to do with sewing, but it is about having fun and we have a lot of ladies that read this blog and might have fun starting their own BUNKO group. I have made countless worksheets over the years that I've played and want a place to share them with other ladies who want to start their own group. I saved these as jpeg so you can hopefully print them up and use them to start your own group, (if you have troubles I can email them to you in pdf or excel)

Every Bunko group is unique and has it's own set of rules or guidelines - here is the basic outline of our group. Feel free to change it to fit your needs.

1. There are 12 players
2. We meet the 2nd Friday of the month at a different house each time.
3. Each member signs up to host 1 month during the year
4. Each player pays $10, the host buys gifts with the $120 for the Bunko winner prizes (everyone goes home with something)
5. Everyone brings something to eat
6. The host will send out an invatation or evite to all the members giving them the time and place (generally we play from 7-9pm)

How To Play:

1. Each table has 3 dice, and 4 players.
2. There are 3 tables, the "head or main" table also has a bell or buzzer.
3. The bell signals the beginning of the round. When the head table reaches 21 points, the bell rings and signals the end of the round.
4. After each round, players switch partners.
5. Every second game the players rotate tables, (winners walk, losers on the second game stay)

How to Score:

1. Begin by rolling all 3 dice for (1)'s, keep going until you don't roll any more and your turn is over. Pass the dice. Keep going until you hear the bell and the round ends. Next roll for (2)'s, then (3)'s etc.
2. The person sitting directly across from you is your partner, your scores are added together.
3. If you roll 3 of a kind any time during the game it counts as an extra 5 pts.
4. If you roll 3 "2"'s at any time during the game you temporarily hold the "travel" (it can be a stuffed animal, tiara, boa, etc.) - the last person with the travel gets 2nd choice at prizes.
5. If you roll 3 of the number you are on at anytime during that specific game, it's a Bunko and gets you an extra 21 pts. example: If you are rolling 4's and my partner rolls all 4's - she gets a bunko & we can add 21 pts. to our score. You keep a running tally of all Bunko's you personally roll. The one with the most bunko's at the end wins first choice of prizes.

That's it! Please feel free to comment and make clarifications ... here are the worksheets I've made to keep you organized in a folder

This is a basic guide list to help new members understand how Bunko works...

Here is a score sheet. We've never played more then 3 rounds, but it gives you the option for more games.

This is a guide to help you when you shop for prizes or knowing what order to let the players choose the prizes.

Sign up sheet so you know who is hosting and when.

Food assignment sheet should be laminated or kept in a plastic page holder so you can write in the names of who is bringing what each time. You want write the members of your group on the right side in permanent ink and then depending on who is hosting on the left and write in the next person with a dry erase marker. (Exp. Mary, Jane, Anne, Kate, Charlotte, etc. - say Jane is hosting she would write in her name next to hostess and then write in Anne, Kate, Charlotte etc... down the list)

This is to keep track of everyone's monthly dues. Have the members place their money in the folder and check off their name for that month.

Make up a Members list for each member of the group so all numbers and contact is available in case someone can't make it and needs to get a sub.

Keep a list for people who want to join or just sub for future reference. We prioritize in the order they are written down.

I hope this HELPS and you create the BEST Bunko group ever!!

p.s. Here is a youtube video on "Bunco Basics" and "moving from tables" - might be helpful to have a visual

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Check out what one of my friends is making for her 2 little girls for Christmas:

see more pics & instructions here:

i dont know if i would ever be ambitious enough to attempt this, but it looks amazing & i bet her girls will love it!

Monday, December 7, 2009

A thousand words

I got the final pictures from our super fab photo shoot tonight and could not wait to get to the computer to see them! I love them all. Jenna is amazing and is such a talented photographer. She really listened to what we wanted. I love that she captured our personalities and the fun and friendly nature of our little group. Feast your eyes:

See Nikki, third from the left? That girl is 7 months pregnant! She's getting some serious air.
Just a little morbid fun at Mimi's expense.

PS We so missed all who weren't able to be there!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Baby Dress

This dress is made out of a baby onesie.
I attached pink linen and white linen to it.
I found the pattern here

Instead of making the flower for the top of the dress
I attached it to the dress. It still needs a
button attached to the middle of the flower
to finish it off.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Giveaway winner!

The winner of the Santa's Sweetheart apron is:

#14 j&jwebbfamily said:
Our favorite holiday tradition is we have a secret elf that comes to our house to spy on the kids. Everyday the elf is hiding in a different spot and the kids have to find him but not touch him. They can't wait to see if Max the elf comes back this year. :)


And a big thank you to all of you who entered. We hope your holiday season is merry and bright!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Got the Black Friday Blues?

I See Paris full apron by Jill
This darling full apron is just perfect for the sassy baker, cook, home maker or anyone who would love to done an apron. Made from Michael Miller Eiffel Tower fabric and accented with zebra print and polka dots, anyone could find the motivation to complete any mundane chore that needed to be down around the house. Get more info here. $27

ABC Wall Hanging by Jessie
This sweet multi-color alphabet wall hanging would be perfect for your little one's room. This includes frame. The actual art is 8x10. Get more info here. $20

Cookie Monster Bath Apron
by Maren
So you just got done feeding your little monster, what next? Oh yeah. Let's bath this critter and see if the baby is under all this gunk? Thank heavens you bought this bath towel. It will not only wrap up your little one, but save you from having to change your clothes yet again today. Go here for more details. $26

Rock Star Half Apron by Christie

Feel like a rock star in this funky half apron. Take on Guitar Hero (or the dishes) with style! This lined apron has a perfectly sized pocket for your cell phone, keys, ipod, or whatever you might pick up along the way. With extra long ties, you can choose to tie in the back or the front. Get more details here! $19

Don't forget that US residents get FREE SHIPPING on their orders with discounted shipping for international customers.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Santa's Sweetheart Apron Giveaway!

We are excited to announce our newest apron giveaway...just in time for the holidays! Celebrate the magic of the season by wearing this Santa's Sweetheart apron - perfect for baking cookies, decorating the tree, and hosting parties! So, how do you win? You have three chances to enter. Please leave a separate comment for each entry.
1. Leave a comment telling us your favorite holiday tradition.
2. Post about our giveaway on your blog and then come back and leave a comment telling us.
3. Check out our the Secret Stitch Shop and tell us what you like.

This giveaway will end Wednesday, December 2nd at 11:59pm. Have a very happy Thanksgiving and good luck!

One of a Kind

Today I'd like to introduce you to some pretty fun and unique gift opportunities...just in case you were looking.

You just pull your clean baby from the tub and reach for a towel, but wait... you are already wearing one... ingenious. Check out this lemony-fresh bath apron here. It's a steal at $26 and FREE SHIPPING! (Avaiable on other colors.)

Are the mundane household chores getting you down? Get an immediate boost in energy (and self-confidence) when you put on this sassy little number. Flirty, flattering, and fabulous, this lined apron is made from the Kitschy Corset apron pattern by Brassy Apple with Sandi Henderson fabric. $25 and FREE SHIPPING will put this baby right on your doorstep. Check out this Wild Thing in Turquoise apron here. (Also available in green.)

This white onesie is extra special with a handmade, stitched multi-color robot applique. It is size 0-3 months. For $9.50 and FREE SHIPPING, this would be the perfect gift for the new little one in your life. Go here for more info.

This sweet little sundress inspired apron is full of sass with large, multi-colored polka dots and hot pink pleated trim. This apron is so fun to wear around to help motivate you to do the dishes, cook, bake or just to feel pretty. For $23 and FREE SHIPPING, this sweet thing could be yours or make a great gift for that special woman in your life. Check it out here.

For these items and lots more, see the Secret Stitch Shop!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Secret Stitch Online Holiday Boutique!

Don't stand in those long lines, shivering in the dark cold on Black Friday. Shop for one of a kind items at home, in your warm PJ's, sipping hot cocoa. Our online holiday boutique is now open. I know, your dreams have now come true. :) We have so many new items added, you won't know where to start. Jessie has added some beautiful baby booties and appliqued onesies that you definitely will want to add to your list. Jill and Christie have some great holiday, hostess, everyday, and child aprons. And definitely check out the great bath aprons that Maren has listed. Here is a peek:

Great prices! Free shipping! Perfect for Christmas shopping.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Secret Stitch Club photo op

(l to r: Beka, Christie, Abbey, Jessie, Maren, Jill and Nikki)

We recently had an opportunity to have our picture taken by our good friend Jenna of Jameson Photography. She did a wonderful job and managed to take a relatively flattering picture of us (even though I begged her to airbrush 30lbs. off me or cut and paste my head on Abbey's body) - it's not too bad, the down side was we didn't have Rachel (she had to take her son to the dr.'s) and a few other ladies had prior commitments. Next time we'll get us all - the up side was we had a great time laughing at ourselves and making each other laugh. I love these ladies.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

National Tie One On Day

It's that time of year again! National Tie One One Day is coming up on November 25th. Last year I was the blessed recipient of an apron on Tie One On Day and I was very touched...and surprised! I'm excited to participate this year. Here is a little blurb from straight from EllynAnne, the apronista of all apronistas:

National Tie One On Day™ is an annual opportunity for those of us with extra to share our good fortune with someone in need of a kind gesture. I am writing to ask for your help in spreading the word on National Tie One On Day™ through your social media networks, website and regular ol' chit chat.

Participation in NTOOD is very simple: Wrap a loaf of bread or other bake offering in an apron, tuck a note of encouragement in the pocket; then "tie one on" (an apron, of course!) and deliver the bundle to someone in need of encouragement, spiritual or physical sustenance or just a bit of recognition.

National Tie One On Day is such a win-win, for participants and receivers. On my website (Tie One On Day) is an abundance of further information, including press releases, the sponsors' profiles, photography of Wrap. Write. Deliver, personal commentary, and comments by those already engaged by National Tie One On Day.

A giveaway of six over-flowing goodie bags takes place November 25th. Entry is easy – on the homepage of my site.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

finally has a home

I bought this fabric over a year ago. I didn't even know what I was going to make but I loved it so much I got it. Ironically, you can still find it at Joanns today. Instead of going back and buying more, I decided to make something with how much I got. The border is courtesy of one of you ssc girls from that basket of fabrics! The pattern is the Easy Retro Apron. But, I did the whole thing and hated the huge ruffle at the bottom, so I cut it off and made a short one, which i LOVE. This apron just makes me happy!! Suprisingly, I've never gathered before, so I learned how to do that but besides that the apron was cake!

Monday, November 9, 2009


This coming Saturday, November 14th we will have a booth at the Zootique at the Phoenix Zoo! The hours are 9am-3pm. We will be selling aprons of all kinds (holiday, hostess, bath and everyday), baby booties and blankets, hair bows, and more. Come get some early Christmas shopping done buying unique, handmade gifts and have a great time with your family as well! I just saw the vendor list and there will be a lot of awesome vendors there. Be sure to stop by The Secret Stitch booth and say hi.

From the Phoenix Zoo website:

Join us for the ultimate arts and crafts fair, raffle and silent auction, just in time for all your holiday needs!

The Phoenix Zoo's annual Volunteers' Holiday Zootique fundraiser features unique holiday gifts from pottery, jewelry, dolls, home decor, photpgraphy, wall art, Christmas cards, and much more!

Also, meet local artisans purchase raffle tickets, find a good used, book, or even bid at our auction.

Join the fun and support the Phoenix Zoo volunteers.

FREE with Zoo admission.

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