Thursday, June 21, 2012

New Work - Mountain of the Dragon

I've got so much to tell you about I don't even know where to start! It's been a busy, busy month with lots of fun things going on. Today I wanted to share another custom project I just finished up.









This is for the very sweet Monica who owns Mountain of the Dragon Fabric Boutique, an adorable Etsy fabric shop. She's got the best taste in fabric and her shop is just gorgeous.  That little dragon was so much fun to work on and I love that he's the logo she went with. I was able to do the logo, Etsy banner, business cards and some labels for her packaging. Such a fun project! I realize that lately this little blog has become a portfolio of sorts but I like that it reflects what's going on in my life at the moment. Right now I'm doing a lot of custom work which I love, love, love! Don't worry though, I haven't given up on sewing or knitting. I actually have a bunch of projects I want to share soon. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far!

In the meantime here's a teeny sneak peek at a super special project I've been involved in and will be able to totally reveal soon!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A New Look for The Craft Junky

This was such a fun custom project to work on, I mean, who doesn't want to draw cute little narwhals!? Amanda over at The Craft Junky is one seriously crafty mama who makes the cutest geek inspired goodies. She even sells some of her goodies in her Etsy shop here.  I'm LOVING doing these banners so shoot me an email if you're interested in a quote!

Friday, April 27, 2012

30 Before Thirty Update



Since the past 8 months have literally flown out the door since I first posted this list I only have about 30 more days of my twenties left! ACK! I really don't know if I'm going to celebrate or mourn, I still haven't decided how I feel about being 30. Since I only have about 30 days left I really need to bust a move and thought I'd do a little update and see how I'm doing...

1. Get more tattoos
2. Grow my hair  TOTALLY NOT HAPPENING, CHOPPED IT!
3. Learn to spin yarn
4. Overcome my fear of flying (I'm TERRIFIED of flying) 
5. Print the millions of photos on the computer and make my kids photo books - THEY'RE ORGANIZED, 
JUST NEED TO START DESIGNING PHOTO BOOKS AND PRINTING THEM! 
6. Design a line of fabric
7. Finish sewing something for ME!  I MADE MYSELF A TOVA! 
8. Eat better (Less Processed) I'M EATING 95% VEGGIE AND I LOVE IT! 
9. Talk a walk at least twice a week I'M WORKING OUT AT LEAST 4 TIMES A WEEK, I HATE IT 
BUT IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD LATER.
10. Design a sewing pattern DOES AN EMBROIDERY PATTERN COUNT? 
11. Refurbish the bathroom
12. Knit a sweater for myself
13. Pay off our two credits cards - ONE DOWN! ONE TO GO! 
14. Bake a pie from entirely from scratch
15. Have a date night with my husband (more than once would be great)
16. Have a family portrait taken
17. Finish decorating the master bedroom
18. Finish reading the Harry Potter series ( I have this thing about not wanting things to end...)
19. Watch Man Men (people keep telling me I'll love it)
20. Take better care of my skin (actually buy some good products)
21. Redesign blog
22. Knit one pair of socks each month for the next year - SINCE I HAVEN'T BEEN BLOGGING THEM YOU'LL JUST HAVE TO TAKE MY WORD, I'VE MADE TONS OF SOCKS!
23. Print and frame my wedding pictures (I got married 9 years ago, seriously, it's about time)
24. Pay my library fines and use the library. YOU GUYS. THE LIBRARY IS AWESOME. I GO EVERY WEEK. THIS HAS REALLY HELP ON #30. I'VE BEEN READING MORE THAN A BOOK A MONTH AND I'VE HAD ZERO LATE FEES. GO ME!
25. Write more thank you notes
26. Ride a roller coaster (I'm TERRIFIED of roller coasters) - THIS WILL BE HAPPENING IN JUST A FEW WEEKS. WE'RE GOING ON A ROAD TRIP TO DOLLYWOOD!
27. Go on a vacation
28. Learn to make a martini
29. Make pasta from scratch
30. Read at least one book a month - SEE #24, I'M ALMOST THERE! 

Kids Clothes Week Days 3 and 4



So not much happened on Day 3. My full-time job has been ridiculously busy this week and I've been working a ton of overtime. I did manage to eek this shirt out last night. I needed a sewing break away from the computer! This is another Ayashe top from Figgy's for the oldest girl in a size 8. I love how "boho" this one looks compared to the retro cuteness of my other one. Again, I'm loving how versatile this pattern is! I just used bias for the neck strings and for the bottom and it made such a huge difference.

 It's really funny to me how my children both have their own "colors" that really define them. Mabel (my wee redhead) is all browns, oranges, yellows and greens and Brodi who has very dark hair is my sunshine girl with bright pinks and purples and blues. I'm not a huge fan of pink but I love this madras plaid that I bought at Joann last year. So much I wish I had more to make a top for myself!

And the girl LOVES her new top, so much so she changed her clothes so she could wear it to school. You'll have to take my word for it since it was too dark in the house to get her picture but she looked adorable it it. It's just a nice forgiving fit, comfy with lots of ease for playing. And she loved the way she could tighten the bottom because she hates "poofy" shirts that fly up when hanging upside down on the monkey bars.

(P.S. Sorry for the not so stellar pics. I REALLY need to save up to get a nicer new camera, urgh! I'm taking recommendations for good ones that aren't ridiculously expensive!)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Kid's Clothes Week - Day 2








It's no secret that in the past knits and I didn't quite jive. There have been a whole lot of sewing disasters revolving around that tricky fabric but when I saw Rae's new retro t-shirt pattern I knew I had to try again.   There are a TON of people making this pattern this week and there's a really good reason why. It's just about as close to instant gratification as you can get! I made these two shirts in under an hour and I'm addicted. I can't wait to make more. I figured out how to use the stretch stitch on my machine and that combined with using a ballpoint needle my past frustrations were just that, a thing of the past. There is still a little wavyness especially on the brown shirt but I was able to press most of it out. The fit is perfect and there are tons of ways you could customize these. I did short sleeve versions on both of mine. The brown one I used contrasting avacado colored fabric from an old t-shirt and I love that look. I also top-stitched in a contrast thread. Miss Mabel actually squealed when she saw that one and went on to say how "boot-tiful" the "polky dots" were. It was awesome.

The polka dots and the orange and gray stripe I purchased from this Etsy shop. The striped fabric is super "slinky" and I was a little terrified to sew with it but it was actually really easy and it's SO soft. I'm sure it's got way more synthetic content than I'd normally be into but it's ok. Because these require so little fabric they'd be a perfect way to repurpose old adult t-shirts. I'm definitely going to be doing more of that! In fact, I predict you'll see more of these this week yet!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Kid's Clothes Week - Day 1





My goal this week is to complete one piece of clothing per day. It's a little ambitious but I haven't picked out any patterns that are super complex. I also spend last week cutting things out so this week I could just sew. Here's what I made last night. It's the Ayashe blouse pattern from Figgy's.  The top would have come together in about an hour except I kept making really silly mistakes so it took me twice that. The instructions are very concise and without previous experience sewing something like this I think it would be very difficult. There were several parts I had to keep re-reading just to make sure I understood how to assemble a section. Don't let that scare you though, it really is an easy pattern I just wouldn't recommend it for total beginners because it doesn't "teach" like an Oliver + S pattern would. Also, the double gauze, while absolutely gorgeous is a bit difficult to sew because of it's tendency to fray so badly.

I've been saving this half yard of Far Far Away II for ages and I thought this would be the perfect way to use it. I used a contrasting yellow stripe for the shoulder panels and I absolutely love how retro that made it look! One thing I absolutely love about this pattern is the endless ways you could customize it. I have another one cut from a madras plaid for the bigger girl that I think will look totally different. This is a size 3 and is a bit big which is great, it'll get a lot of wear. This is definitely a pattern that will get a ton of use making it a really great value. And have you seen Figgy's new patterns available for presale!? Oh. My. Goodness. I'll be adding those to my pattern library for sure. What I love even more is that I only have to buy one pattern for both girls. They're such different sizes a lot of other patterns I have to buy two just to get the right sizes which can get expensive.

This weeks sewing got off to a bit of a slow start for me but I'm excited to sew tonight and hopefully it'll go a bit smoother!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Summer Sampler Quilt







I finally finished the sampler quilt I started way back in December. I had majorly stalled on the quilting because it was taking forever but I finally pulled it back out the other night and just busted through it. I'm so glad to have it done and really wish I had a big wall to display it on, it's so pretty! I seriously can't get enough of those colors. I used three different colors of bias to bind it and I love the way it turned out, it's just a wee bit quirky.

I had a mini-meltdown when I washed and dried it though, some of the seams (on one block in particular) popped in the dryer! I was able to fix them by hand and it doesn't look too noticeable but it made me super wary of drying it again in the dryer and the overall sturdiness of it. I look at it as a lesson learned though and I'm still super thrilled how it came out, I just might be a bit more protective of it, haha! It feels so great to have long-term project wrapped up. Now I'm planning on having some fun with Kid's Clothes Week!