Thursday, April 30, 2009

Meet Poppy


Have you ever seen a field of poppies? I think if Bob Ross, you know this guy:

were to paint a picture of poppy fields, he would lovingly refer to them as "Happy Poppies." I think they could rival the daisy as being a very a happy flower.
I think if Anne of Green Gables were to see a field of poppies, she would say that poppies were "such a romantic flower."
So would it not be appropriate for me to use this adorable poppy fabric and turn it into an Anne (with an "e") apron? I think it would be:

And I have to add this next picture because it makes me happy:

I hate adding this to the end of this post but I feel that I must...this sweet thing is available at our Etsy Shop.

My newest creation:






Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Does This Go?

I've always been a little envious of people who have the gift of combining totally unmatched fabrics to create something that looks really fabulous. So, I've decided to step outside my comfort zone and start combining fabrics that are not from the same fabric line and sitting right next to each other on the rack. This was my first try. I stopped by Zoe's for their sale and found this great fabric for $4/yard. I walked around the store for at least an hour trying to find something that perfectly matched the green or teal. I finally decided to just buy it and see what I had at home. Now, I realize I'm not moving any mountains by choosing the black and white polka dot to go with it, but I'm taking baby steps here. :)

I'm so tempted to keep this one. It'd match my lime green and black polka dot kitchen that I'm hoping to have someday. Maybe this one can make some other mama happy for Mother's Day. It's going on Etsy. (Just a reminder about the Secret Stitch Shop...FREE shipping until May 15th. Mother's day is less than 2 weeks away!)

Speaking of Mother's day...I'm having some major road blocks here. What do you get the mom that you've already made a couple of aprons AND bags for. I mean, not everyone wants a ton of aprons like we do. (I know, crazy but true.) I don't even have to make it...I just need ideas on what to get. Any ideas out there?!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Girls Night OUT!


This last Thursday was girls night out! I think we all needed it. I'm done with school (for now) a few of us are done with our kids (okay we at least needed a break), others are done with job stress, money stress, and health issue stress - when I sent out the email asking who was in? I felt like I got 50 instant texts saying 'YES! I have no money, but eating ramen noodle and saltines all week is worth a night out.'

We met up about 8pm at Marie Calendars for pie... so yum. I think the waitress "Betsy" (aka Shirlene) must have thought we were in a lemon/blueberry eating pie housewife cult.



She probably went back to the kitchen, duh! Don't they know we have like 50 different kinds of pie? not two.

Then we went to see "17 Again", I used to give Jill hell about loving Shia Labouf - no more. I am a converted cougar. Just get a looksie at this hottie... I really thought he was a teenie bopper/ teen idol and would not appeal to a mature lady in her thirties. I was wrong my friends... I don't know if it was the hilarious movie, trying to share one popcorn bucket with an entire row of women, or sitting next to Nikki and giggling through the entire movie that did it for me, but this is one hot little barely 2o something boy/man.


And if this was the "Edward" instead of the Harry Potter boy - I would be singing a different song and writing Stephanie Meyer an apology letter regretting I ever uttered words against Edwards creepyness or their dysfunctional stalker obsessively controlling relationship. I would have shut my mouth and just let my eyes drool the entire time.
Here's one more for the road. We have to do that again sometime. 

p.s. Game on! This Thurs sewing at my house 8pm. See ya then.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wanna Go to a Luau?

I'm a sucker for anything with a Hawaiian print. I have at least 5 lava lavas (sarongs) that I never wear because, believe me, no one wants to see my legs. I know, they are supposed to hide the legs, but they don't...mine anyway. Okay, moving on...I can't resist buying the lava lavas because of the Hawaiian prints. Imagine my delight when I found some sweet periwinkle Hawaiian fabric! I love it. I used the Lucy pattern from Brassy Apple. Can you tell it's becoming one of my favorite patterns ever?! The best part of this apron is that it's reversible, so it's like two aprons in one. I added an applique to the other side. I'm becoming rather fond of applique-ing (is that a word?).

Available at our Etsy shop.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Mother's Day Search

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and I decided to hand-craft this year's gifts. I made the red, white and blue apron for my mother-in-law (the green one was for me!).



There were so many pieces to cut out, but I love the pattern and all the gathering on it. It's so girly. Thanks Christie for letting me borrow it. Now I just need to figure out what to get for MY mom. I asked her if she would ever wear an apron, and she promptly responded, "No." So I've been doing some research online and found these tutorials. I haven't decided yet which to do; they all seem so cute. Hopefully they'll spark some ideas for you!

Fabric Napkins and Case- by Angharad Handmade
Oven Mits- by Soozs
Picnic Blanket- by Sew Mama Sew
Summer Tote- by Sew Mama Sew

Friday, April 17, 2009

Twirly Skirty girl

I've been meaning to make Myla a little skirt for awhile. Long ago I bought this cute patchwork fabric from Hobby Lobby with a skirt in mind. I found this great twirly skirt tutorial and knew it'd be quick and easy (my favorite). The other day I saw this great rosette tank tutorial from Grace Violet (my new blog crush) and thought it'd be a perfect pairing. I love the results. And best of all, it only took one sewing night to do it...maybe 2 hours at the most.

Myla pretending to be shy when we all know the truth. :)
The little rosette. I think I might add another one, just for the fun of it.
The skirt. It's a little long on her, but with the way this girl is sprouting it'll be too short next week. :) Okay, maybe next month.

Putting the twirly skirt to the test.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Rock Star

Last week someone asked me if I could make the Rock Star half apron into a full apron. I stayed awake at nights designing different aprons in my head. But nothing really satisfied me...until I saw the Lucy apron from Brassy Apple. I knew this was it! I am having a really hard time parting with this one.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

My Butter Cup Bag

Jessie inspired me to post pics of the Buttercup Bag that I made.

I found a tutorial for The Butter Cup bag over at Made By Rae and fell in love instantly. Since it only takes two fat quarters to make I knew this was something I could dive into and diving I went. I didn't get too original with the fabric because I found the exact fabric she used for her's at Joanns and I loved it so much that I just had to get it...and it was 40% off...hello!!! This bag is the perfect size and so much fun to take with me when I get to go out without Elsie and the big diaper bag. I love my diaper bag but I adore this little purse. Some people say they would make it a little bit bigger but it is the perfect size for me, it fits my wallet, cell phone, keys and ipod perfectly, there is nothing I would change about it.

There's Always Next Year


I love the idea of an heirloom Easter basket. I loved Easter growing up when I saw my good ol' trusty basket filled to the rim with goodies and fake grass. But now I am an adult and have to think about adult things like, "Where do you store an Easter basket that you only use once a year and is so awkwardly shaped?" Well, I think I have found the solution and it is too adorable!! I mean look at how darling that fabric basket is! And bonus, there is a free tutorial so that you can make one for yourself, and for the kiddos of course. For some reason, I can see me making Ty hide the Easter eggs so that I can find them with the kids too, seeking is so much more fun than hiding...maybe I'm not such the adult I thought I was. Anywho, go to the Pink Penguin to get the tutorial. What a great way to use up all those fabric scrapes. This project is totally doable. Oh, and storing these baskets will not be a problem at all.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Purses



I love free tutorials online. I'm new to sewing so I'm always searching for something quick and easy. I managed these purses and feel quite confident that anyone can do this if I did.

Jill posted earlier about the Buttercup bag found here on Made By Rae's blog. This is for both the white and yellow bags. I also used Jill's post about fabric flowers by The High Heeled Mama on the white bag. I loved this bag because it only uses two fat quarters, which I stocked up on when they were on sale.

The pink bag, modeled by my handsome husband, was found at Jcaroline Creative. It's a bit bigger, and was more difficult for me.

I found more purse tutorials online and am excited to try them as well, but I think I may tackle an apron next. Eeek.

Binger

I've decided I'm a binge sewer. Either I do a ton at one time, or I don't do any at all. I think it has to do with getting the sewing stuff out. I hate getting it out and putting it away, so if I have it out I want to do as much as I can. (I am dreaming about the day I have a sewing room!) Last night I didn't go to bed until well after 4am. I was sewing and watching rerun of That 70's Show and listening to the "ghetto bird" hunt for criminals outside. Is this healthy? Probably not. Today I am loading up on Coke. But it's the only time I can sew without Gavin at my feet pushing the foot peddle for me and eating bits of fabric, or Cade and Myla wanting to "help". So here is what I was able to accomplish in the wee hours of the night:
I think this is my favorite fabric combo ever. Well, it's in the top 5, that's for sure. It's so hard to choose just one anymore. It's reversible. I was trying to come up with some kind of scoop neck apron with thin ties to tie up around the neck.

I call this next apron Rock Star. I love this guitar fabric. I found it at Mulqueens on Val Vista and Main. They are having a great fabric sale right now, if you guys are interested. They have lots of Michael Miller stuff. You just have to look for it.
This next one actually came about because I had a bunch of weird shaped pieces of fabric left over and this was the only apron I could really cut out of it. I love this fabric. I wish I could remember the name of it because I'd probably order more. Well, it's probably good that I don't remember the name of it then.

Okay well, I'm off to wrangle the kiddos. Unfortunately, there is no mercy for the mom who chooses to go to bed way past her bedtime. :)

These are for sale at The Secret Stitch Shop.

And The Winner Is....

...Drum roll please...Jessica from Jesse Creations is the big winner of our big Etsy Shop Grand Opening Giveaway (wow, that is a mouthful).
This is what Jessica had to say in her comment:

I love the perfectly purple half apron. SO cute!

Jess

Congrats Jessica on winning and thank you for leaving a comment and taking a look at our site! I will be contacting you to get your address. We hope you enjoy the apron!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

One Great Giveaway!

Anyone who has done even a little bit of research about aprons on the Internet has heard of EllynAnne Geisel. She is the Queen Bee of all things apron and she has three books out right now:



Well, hold on to your apron strings ladies because Things We Make is hosting a giveaway where you can enter a chance to win all three; yes, I said ALL THREE, books! So, head over to Things We Make, follow the directions, leave a comment and pray to the apron gods that you are the winner. I have the small Apronism book and I love it. It is truly a darling book all about why we love aprons!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Meet Anne (That's Anne with an "e")


My good friend Beka and I have a bond that we share for all things Anne of Green Gables. When she was on bed rest while pregnant with her twin boys, I would go over to her house and we would watch all the movies together to help pass them time. Fast forward two years, and we have decided it is time to reconnect with our dear friend Anne and of course, Diana, Rachel Lynde, Marilla, Matthew and of course, Gill. Of course it is a little bit harder with little ones running around but still very enjoyable. A few weeks ago we were watching it and remember that scene in the movie where Anne is dared by Josie Pye to walk the ridgepole of Moody's barn. Well, if you recall, (which, you probably won't so go watch the movie immediately after reading this blog to refresh your memory) the apron that Anne is wearing. It is adorable. White, box pleats at the top, long ties in the back. Simply darling. Well, Beka and I both commented about how this apron is one of our favorites and started thinking about how we could make it. The inspiration never left me and I did it, I made my own Anne inspired apron and I am head over heels in love with it! What do you think?

Its the box pleats I tell you, they are just too much fun! Or I guess in the words of Anne, pleats are so "romantic."

And guess what, its is already posted in the Etsy store so you can have it if you want it.
And in memory of Anne Shirley, I leave you with one of the greatest quotes in literature, "I don't want diamond sunbursts, or marble halls. I just want you."
Thank you Christie for the wonderful photography, you are so talented!




Here's two of the nursing covers I've done! Jill, I met your friend Danelle yesterday and started to help her with hers too. I think she finished hers already! So fun. Way to go with the shop gals! I'd love to sell my stuff too.

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