Thursday, July 27, 2017

WIP Wednesday (or Thursday) - Organize Everything!

Now that I finally finished the Beast bag, it's time to move on to the next thing on the list...or take a break and try to set up the rest of my craft studio!  After a 5 hour Ikea trip, I have a table top for my cutting station, a stool to use at it (or my kids will now have a place to sit as they hover and watch me sew), dividers for my vinyl shelves, and some more boxes for random organizing!  Now it just all needs put together....but I started at least!
Not a good shot, but the grey is a divider that hooks onto the middle of the shelf, so now the bottom vinyls might get less squished...maybe
Look at all that space for cutting...or activities!
Eventually the table top will be secured to the shelves -- hopefully pretty soon since I seem to stumble around and bounce off stuff when I'm doing late night sewing. There were so many other ideas of fun organizing I saw at Ikea, but with limited wall space (shelves for fabric!), I had to resist the urge to buy all the things.  Thursday is my birthday, so I'm taking a vacation day to do either everything I want, or nothing at all.  I haven't decided yet, but either way it will be awesome!

Current Projects:

  • Teacher purses (school's out, but they are willing to wait - fabrics all picked out, pattern printed and half cut out, goal is to finish before the end of July - in 5 days....)
  • Springs Creative projects (2) (One left, interfacing all prepped, need to cut the fabric!)
  • Swoon Sydney messenger bags for birthday presents (from April and May...)
  • Beast Bonnie Bucket Bag - Done!  Soon will be on the way to his new home

Current Crochet Projects:

  • WeeBee baby doll  -  Tail/bikini left.Just needs some face details, and maybe a swimsuit to wear when she's not in her tail...bikini sort of works...made up my own pattern and it's interesting...
  • Chunky Unicorn Blanket - almost finished up to the hood, then just ears, horn, and fringe!
  • Figuring out C2C (corner to corner) crochet with some random scarfie yarn...ran out of yarn before I finished!  Now to decide if I frog back with yarn that hates being undone, or buy another skein if I can find it...
  • Started the Mermaid tail towel, hopefully will come together fast since it using a giant hook and thick yarn.
  • Started working on cowls for the fall because they are mindless and fast...but I really should totally finish them, not leave them with tails and button-less...

Next Projects: (orders and using up fabric)

  • Handkerchief Purse
  • Bag of the Month - Done 2 so far, the Minifacto and the Starlet Clutch, I think I need to do at least 2 more before the end of the year
  • custom knit leggings - Harry Potter marauder's map (?)
  • Tote bags using my coffee panels - India Swoon Pattern?
  • Baby quilt - Jungle Path pattern
  • Ruched Shirt
  • 2 more Sydney purses
  • Baby mermaid gown - Need to find the's in a packed box...still haven't found it...

UFO list:  

Fast finishes (hopefully)

  1. Crayon Rolls - precut and ready to be sewn
  2. Buttons on cowls
  3. Several random crochet hats that need ends woven in/buttons attached
  4. Replace stripped screws on Alice in Wonderland Daryl's Drive fixed one, need to get more screws because they are disappearing...
  5. Embroidered Fox pillow cover - just needs the back cut and sewn!

 Ready to go, but will take a bit more effort projects:

  1. Doctor Who Pick a Pocket - all the pieces are cut, just needs finished!
  2. Goldfish Lovey - fish is made, bowl is mostly made, needs put together
  3. Dragon Lovey - pieces and the blanket done
  4. Wisteria Wallets - 2 cut and ready to be assembled 
  5. Bella II in Tula Pink Foxfield - outside is done, inside is cut and waiting for me to finish
  6. Sea turtle crochet lovey
  7. Crochet Worgen 
  8. Alice in Wonderland Bonnie 
  9. Tulip pouches - have some cut out (pattern)
  10. Crochet Giraffe photographer  

Want to make - list:

  1. Legendary Quilt pattern pillow
  2. Pokemon quilts with custom fabric
  3. Cork purse (I have a stash I'm afraid to cut, but it's so pretty!)
  4. Shirts for myself using the custom knit (Harry Potter Ugly sweater fabric)
  5. Shirts/pants/leggings for my kids with the custom knits
  6. Purses with the custom knits (need to research the best way to stabilize) 
  7. Embroidered kitchen towels
  8. Peeker hooded towels  
  9. Giant vintage star quilts - Star Wars and Princesses
  10. zip around crayon rolls

Monday, July 24, 2017

Beast Bonnie Bucket Bag

When I had a request for 'a purse with the Beast' from Beauty and the Beast, my mind went a mile a minute thinking of various fabric options.  Unfortunately there are no fabrics in my stash with ONLY the beast, or even with him as a focus, so I went for the next option - embroidery!  There are some amazing designs out there, some are just sketches, appliques, or even elaborate scenes.  Finally I ran across this awesome design from French Frills Embroidery and decided to go with it!
Bonnie Bucket bag by Swoon

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WIP/UFO Wednesday - The Best Laid Plans of Mice...

I had so many great plans to finish up things, get more things started, move the thing and the other thing...and it didn't happen.  I'm not sure where the time went, other than a weekend spent on a birthday party and hanging out, cleaning and unpacking, and occasionally sleeping.  Sleep is somewhat overrated.  Would you pass the coffee please?
More please. 
I did something this week!  It's not finished....but it's something!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Challenge - UFO Stash Busting

Anyone interested in joining me for a UFO stash busting challenge?  I recently ran across my box of projects that were either cut and set aside, planned (including fabric and patterns printed) but never made it past that stage, or started and put in time out.  The box was pretty packed...

I see a Wisteria Wallet in there...
I know I have several of my projects listed in my Wednesday posts, but honestly, I run across so many new things that distract me from going back that without a challenge I doubt they will ever get finished... 

Maybe I'll turn it into a competition....where the winners get MORE supplies or patterns...that seems like a good plan.  Or maybe some fabric from my extensive stash...I know the hubby would appreciate fabric leaving the house instead of just arriving to be added to my stash...

Comment and let me know if you would be interested in joining! What would motivate you to finish your UFO stash?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

WIP/UFO Wednesday - Resisting the Urge to Go Overboard

It's almost time for another birthday party around here, which usually means last minute party favor crafting.  Somehow, I've managed to resist the urge - probably due to the fact that I'm surrounded by packed up boxes and piles of stuff that we need to decide where it will live... I feel like I'm neglecting this child, but we are going to be doing fun crafts at the party (rock painting and foam sticker things) so it won't be a totally craft-less party!
Soon I'll move on to another project...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

WIP/UFO Wednesday - Distractions Galore!

Right now I'm in a crafting mood (I usually am...rarely in a cleaning mood though, how strange...) but I can't seem to focus on just one project.  Instead, I'm jumping from one thing to another and as soon as I hit a snag or find something shiny to distract me, I realize I've started yet another project!  This week I decided I wanted to make the Bonnie with the Beast from Beauty and the Beast, but when I decided my original glitter vinyl bottom didn't really go, I had to stop and find a new vinyl, and then find a new fabric to go with the already cut out vinyl.  It makes sense in my head. ;)
Cotton Lycra panel in kid sized...will be perfect for a purse!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Sneak Peek - Captivator Clutch in Starlett Size

It's time for me to work on another project for the Springs Ambassador program, so I can't share it all until I get the official pics back, but this time is definitely outside my usual zone - bandannas and bright orange and hot pink fabrics!  Here's a sneak peek of the first one, it's the Captivator clutch from the recently finished Bag of the Month Club!

Black and white pics are 'artsy' right?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Delayed For Construction

This week is a bit out of wack, due to surgery on my sinuses.  I'm a firm believer in the 'don't work under the influence of strong drugs because you'll regret it later' instead of sewing, I'm rinsing out my sinuses several times a day, and living on the couch.  ;)  I'd rather be sewing, but leaning forward is somewhat painful at the moment and I keep dozing off randomly.  Before the surgery tho, I did get started on a new project and it's calling my name!  Mainly because I want to get to the next projects behind it, including a fun Beast peeker bag and the latest Swoon pattern release - The Expedition Tote! (affiliated link)
In progress BOMC clutch!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Breaking in the Crafting Space

After the headbands, I wanted to do more sewing!!  I found a new way to use up my flannel, baby burp cloths!  These are faster than the Flannel Eater blankets, but use less of my stash.  There are a ton of tutorials online for the patterns but I found measurements from this Simply Designing pattern and then modified it a little.  As long as my serging doesn't go crooked, they go super fast and only one tail to finish...otherwise they get a little special...
The silver stars are glittery, but they should soften up more with each wash

Monday, June 19, 2017

Baby Knit Headbands

I finally had a chance to plug in the serger and try out my new sewing studio!  It's not even halfway set up, but I am running out of time to get stuff made for my new niece (due any day now!) and I was itching to try out the new set up!
Hopefully they fit and stay on!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Sewing Soon!

At least I hope to be sewing again very soon...  The craft studio is starting to come together, if you ignore the giant piles of boxes in the center of the room...I've already rearranged it 2x and I think this is probably still not the final set up. I'm forcing myself to use the entire room, not just along the edges with one thing in the center. 
The important things...Amazon music and tula pink fabric

Monday, June 12, 2017

Things are Coming Together...Slowly

I was going through sewing withdrawal, but I was able to get a quick fix this weekend by doing a small convention at the local library.  I had great plans to get a ton of stuff prepared, but apparently moving takes a lot of effort and I only got a few things cut out and then couldn't find the tool to put snaps on more keychains and bracelets...
bows, bookmarks, finger puppets, snap tabs, masks and crowns!

Monday, June 5, 2017

More Yarn Pooling Fun!

~~Sometimes, you forget what you're doing and then months later you run across a blog post you wrote up and never hit publish you finally get to see the rest of my attempts at color pooling! And, unfortunately, they haven't really progressed in the mean time, so nothing new to add..~~

After I finished my first pooling project, I couldn't wait to start another one!  This time I did the 'chain through all the colors, then moss stitch through the colors again and take some out' method, which I finally got to work, but it took a lot of frogging and retrying...

The yarn is Red Heart With Love in Delightful

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Bag of the Month Club - June's Minifacto by ChrisW Designs

I was super lucky and got a chance to test the final bag for this run of the BOMC, ChrisW's Minifacto!  There are actually 2 different bags included, the Factotum and the Minifacto.  I really wanted to do the Factotum, but being limited on time meant I needed to go for the faster one.  I definitely will be making myself a big one since I need a new laptop bag!  The Minifacto is adorable, and actually a really good size, just slightly smaller than what I'm using now.
I don't know if I can let this one go...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

WIP Wednesday - I Don't Have a Problem...

I'm just prepared for any fabric and craft shortages!  My WIP this week (and probably the next few weeks) is my new sewing studio!  I'm planning on making it awesome, but for now I will settle for just having a table so I don't have to embroider on the floor (it works - but it's hard to trim the threads!)

That's almost all my craft stuff...but not my scrapbook supplies...I'm going to need a bigger, room....or a really good organizational method.  Ikea trip! 

(Psst, Check out the new Bag of the Month Club pattern tomorrow, it's AWESOME!!)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Intermission - Pretty Fabric

All that's happening now is packing and more packing.  To keep the blog active, here's some pretty fabric to look at.
 (Imagine some upbeat elevator music playing while you enjoy pictures of fabric...)
Magical Floral Fabric.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Pick A Pocket Wallet - Shih Tzu Style

Somehow I missed sharing the final pics of this adorable wallet!!  This is the Pick a Pocket from ChrisW, still one of my most requested patterns!  I think I need to make another one with the extra Shih Tzu fabric, it is just too cute!!
Cute puppies!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

W(not)IP - Sewing Withdrawal!

I took my embroidery machine in last week, and even unplugged my sewing machine!  I feel like I need a sewing fix!!  Maybe I'll sneak in a quick zippered pouch or 5 from the free Pixie pattern from XOXO by Lauren...
Sweet roll yarn from Joann's, used part of it for a cowl already...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Magical Coffee - Ellen's' Esplanade Sew Along

The Ellen's Esplanade Sew along is finished, and so is my purse!  I hope everyone had fun sewing along, (or living vicariously through my sewing journey) and I have seen quite a few amazing purses in the group!  Thanks to everyone that joined in, and keep posting your finished pictures on instagram and in the FaceBook group!
I totally love this fabric!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Break Time!

I've got everything finished up that I needed to before the move, so now it's time to pack like a maniac!  And I'm sure once we get moved in I'll go through my stash again and see what I can thin out!
Alison Glass and Fairy Frost fabrics

Monday, May 8, 2017

Nightmare Messenger Bag - (Sydney by Swoon)

The final Swoon Sydney (affiliated pattern link) in my mass production madness was a Nightmare Before Christmas one.  The request for this purse was only for 2 of my fabrics -- so much less chaotic than the super fandom Sydney!  Although that seemed a little boring after playing with all the other fabrics on the last one, so I snuck in a third fabric to give the pockets a pop of color!
So many awesome pockets on the outside!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

WIP Thursday - May the 4th Be With You!

Once again it's time to celebrate my nerdiness...With Star Wars day!  And what better way than with new fabrics!  I didn't have time to turn these into anything amazing (yet), but I have plans.  BIG plans.
Awesome shirt panel from Backstitch fabrics

Monday, May 1, 2017

Business Time - Magnolia Mini Messenger

It's a good thing I practiced on all those other Magnolia's, (here: 1, 2, 3, 4)now I can almost make them in my sleep!  This was one of my fastest finishes ever, but it was also the plainest purse I've ever made!
The camera picked up on extra lint, I'm going to pretend it's not there.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ellen's Esplanade Sew Along - Week 3 (and 4 If You Need It!)

It's zipper time!  For this week, we are going to get all the zipper things sewn and then put the entire bag together!  If you need to stretch this out over 2 weeks, you have time, but I bet you can bust it out!  If you start getting overwhelmed, just do it one step at a time and get up and take breaks.  This seems like a lot, but it's (hopefully) going to come together easier than you expect!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Time To Wrap Everything Up!

It's almost time to pack up my sewing area for a move to a sewing STUDIO!  (or at least that's what I'm going to call it, which sounds fancier than a sewing room.)  I need to get at least some of my WIPs and UFOs cleared out so I don't lose the pieces in the move, or forget what I was doing...
My sewing machine likes to wear purse hats.  Says it makes him feel fancy.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Ellen's Esplanade Sew Along - Week 2

Now that you have your pieces cut out, time to get sewing!!  (I apologize in advance for the quality of pictures, my sewing hasn't been taking place until after dark on most nights and I don't want to stop to drag out the light box for every step!)

One quick announcement, if you post your finished Ellen's Esplanade on Instagram and use the #sewalongcwd you will have a chance to win a free pattern!!  If you aren't on instagram, go ahead and post it on the event or in the main FaceBook group and Christine will be able to post it for you!

Back to the sew along...
First, get the strap out of the way.  This is an easy step that is fast and nice to have done.

Swivel clips from Emmaline Bags - pretty and solid!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WIP Wednesday - April is Rushing By!

I'm still looking for that magical pause button for life, but so far no luck... It's almost time to pack up my sewing sprawl for a move to a new sewing room...which means that I won't be able to sew for WEEKS!!  I might go crazy!  Or, it will inspire me to clean and unpack faster so I can get back to sewing.  ;)  Before I go through sewing withdraw, I'm trying to get everything done, like the Ellen's Esplanade Sew along!
Magnolia Mini Messenger by Blue Calla

Monday, April 17, 2017

Dachshund Boon Wallet

I'm definitely going to use every scrap of this fabric!  This time the wallet is a Boon from XOXO by Lauren.  This wallet is still a good size and lots of pockets, but a little faster and less detailed than some of the other ones!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Ellen's Esplanade Sew Along - Week 1

This is one of the Easy Street Patterns from ChrisW, so feel free to move on ahead if you are on a roll and don't want to stop!

To start out, you need to have the Ellen's Esplanade pattern purchased and printed, pick out your fabric, and gather your supplies.
Judith made this awesome Ellen's Esplanade, looks like leather!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

You're Welcome - India Hobo Bag

Not only did I have the opportunity to sew up the fun Neon Character fabric, I also got to play with some pre-order strike offs.  This one is full of Little Maui, and totally cute! You can still preorder it for a few more days at the Little Hatcher, otherwise you'll have to wait for retail!  For another super fast project, I chose the India Hobo by Swoon (affiliated link), a VERY fast project!  I had to do the small one since I only had a fat half of fabric to work with.  I was able to cut ALL the outside main pieces from it and one side of the inner slip pocket.
These fabric look like they were made for each other!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Getting Caught Up...Again...Almost

It's time to start organizing and rearranging my sewing area, which will be a BIG task, so I'm trying to get all the orders out the door and get ahead of everything else I might need for the next month or 2...which means I should probably stitch out more Mulan combs, just in case!
Tab for the Pick a Pocket wallet, Too cute!!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Neon Characters Sandra Saddlebag

Now that I've conquered my fears of sewing with knit fabric, I decided to go for broke and combine it with glitter vinyl!  The Disney inspired fabric is a custom knit from The Little Hatcher and I was fortunate enough to be picked to play with it to help her show it off!  She needed a quick turn around since the fabric is already available for retail, so that meant picking a super fast pattern.  I chose the Sandra Saddlebag by Swoon, one I used before on my mermaid purse, and I exactly followed the pattern this time, no changes to the snaps or pockets!  It feels very pocket-lite to me, but the inside not having any pockets means that whatever you stick in there will just glide in.
All the great characters, no princesses but just about everyone else!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Ellen's Esplanade Sew Along - It's coming !!

I hope you were a part of the shindig in the ChrisW Designs FaceBook group and took advantage of the discount code to pick up your own copy of the Ellen's Esplanade because we are going to be sewing up that pattern in the next sew along!  (Thanks to Ellen and Judith for letting me borrow their finished pictures!)  We will be starting on the 14th, so pick up your pattern now if you haven't already!
Ellen's Ellen's Esplanade.  (confusing?)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Another New Month!

I would really appreciate it if time would stop zipping by.  I bet I could get a petition going to slow down time, every mother would sign it so their children would never grow up.  Or maybe not, there are some days when you can't wait for them to move out of the house and only come back to visit...I'm sure that's not just me...
Disney neon characters!  trying to find the perfect vinyl color...

Monday, April 3, 2017

Super Fandom Sydney by Swoon

Did you ever get a request that makes you sit back and question your own sanity for agreeing to it?  This purse had the potential to be either amazing or seizure inducing...good thing it turned out awesome!  This is for my friend that loves so many different sci-fi worlds that she couldn't pick just one for her own purse.  I did limit her to only 10 fabrics, and fortunately for me, they even kind of went together with similar color schemes!
It's not TOO crazy looking...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WIP Wednesday - End Of March

I knew last week was too good to be true, almost completely caught up on everything??  Instead of getting my list finished, I ended up getting a cold that sucked all my motivation.  I had to get a birthday towel done for the weekend, but I didn't even have energy to personalize it, and it was one of my easiest patterns!
My last green towel set, time to stock up on more!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Mario Marigold Messenger Bag - By Blue Calla

Continuing the tradition of waiting until last minute to start gifts, I recently decided that making a messenger bag for a cousin in a week (or less) was a GREAT idea!  He was turning 7, so it needed to be one that wasn't too huge, or too small, and had some fun features.  When he was younger I made him a tiny messenger style bag, so he was ready for something larger.  Messenger bags are generally gender neutral, but somehow most of the patterns I owned seemed to be more 'girly' so I went on the hunt for a fast and more 'manly' style.  There are tons of free patterns out there, plus even more guides on making your own, but I really wanted something I could throw together without worrying about anything going wrong or the measurements being slightly off.

Metal ring is a bit too big, but it keeps the flap down for sure!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Moving Right Along in March

The kids are off for spring break this week, so I decided to take some time off and just relax with them.  Which meant that I got to do some sewing.  ;)  I'm actually getting close to having my entire list for the month marked off!  Of course if I'd stop adding more to it, I'd finish it for sure!

Still have a little more of this fabric, maybe enough for another wallet or 2!
The second Dachshund wallet came together MUCH faster...and now I have an order for a Shih Tzu wallet...maybe I should get into dog lover's wallets? 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Magnolia Mini Messenger Madness - #4 Tula Pink Tree of Life

Here's the final Magnolia from my assembly line madness!  This fabric is one of my all time favorites!  I love the blues and greens, so relaxing, but so many fun details too!
This purse is three trees wide...very roomy

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pick a Pocket Wallet - Dachshund Style

This fabric is not one I'd usually pick out, but I kind of fell in love with these dogs!  Especially the one just lounging with the 'how you doin'?' look on his face...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Halfway Through March

Beware the Ides of March!  Especially if your name is Caesar....

If only he'd had a cute dog to warn him...
In other news, Things Are Getting Done. (yes, needs the caps)  I FINALLY finished up the Dachshund Pick a Pocket wallet!  Now I'm only 3 (purse) orders behind, and if you take into account that I have the interfacing cut for the second one already, I'm really even closer to caught up!  Of course I have several "When you have time we should get together and discuss my purse" orders, but they aren't definite yet so I'm not counting them!
A quick pencil topper request, all from Miss Meggie Designs

Monday, March 13, 2017

Magnolia Mini Messenger Madness - #3 Tula Pink Turtles

The entire reason I started on my Magnolia Messenger mission was for the swap, so I guess it's time to share the real one I sent out!  My swap partner indicated that she loved all things Tula, plus purple and pink, so this fabric won out for the actual swap purse!  It is definitely bright and bold, and the colors are very vivid!  The turtle on the flap is not totally obvious at first glance (at least to me anyway!), but the colors and design are very pretty.
Tula Pink Slow and Steady

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WIP Wednesday - A Whole Bag of NOPE

Did you ever have one of those crafting days when everything you touch is cursed?  That was me last night.  I was trying to do some pencil toppers on the embroidery machine and it decided that I needed to stay RIGHT beside it while it worked...the thread was shredding and getting caught, needles were breaking, and I'm pretty sure it was laughing at me.  Then when I finally got that done and went back to the wallet I was working on, I tried to speed through it and messed that up too!
He doesn't have cataracts, that's glue.  And it's not coming off.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Magnolia Mini Messenger Madness - #2 Ariel Love

The second Magnolia is done in all fabric, and I only had a limited amount of the tonal gradient one.  I love the colors, and they perfectly match the Ariel fabric!  I think it came from a Gelato Ombre half yard pack I found on Mass Drop.  I need to stockpile these, they are so gorgeous in person!
I love all the colors on this.  A LOT.
The ombre fabric is so gorgeous in person.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

WIP Wednesday - New Month, Slightly New List

I wonder what it feels like to be totally caught up?  I'll never know since I keep adding on new projects! I did manage to finish one project in the wee hours of last night...the twin SuperWhoLock is finally done!  Yay!  Coming up on the list are 2 more Sydney purses...but I did cut out most of the interfacing for them at least!
Aww, twinsies!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Penny Inn Sew Along - Week 4 - Home stretch!

If you've made it this far, give yourself a pat on the back!  Now it's time to make the magic happen and put it all together. (Sorry, no pics since I'm trying to get this up and I'm still swamped trying to catch up on my orders!)

Hey look, a new pic...of the same wallet.  :p