Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Still Making All The Things!

The craft show last weekend was a success, now onto the next one!  The only downside to selling is that now I need to restock!  This week has been a never ending embroidery marathon so far...but next week should be much calmer!  Except for all the orders that are piling up while I focus on the craft show stuff....Maybe the week after next week will be calmer!
Rainbow Owls for an order! So fun!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Sponsor Giveaways and Discounts for ChrisW Global Blog Tour!

No matter how hard I try, it just won't attach this to the original post, so be sure to stop by all these  great sponsors and take advantage of the discounts! And then enter the giveaway for the amazing prizes!

Tour Discounts

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Funny Faces Brandt's Boulevard Wallet - ChrisW World Tour

Welcome to your next stop on the ChrisW World Blog tour!  For my contribution, I picked the Brandt's Boulevard, which is one of my favorite wallets to make and also one of my most requested!  This is the first time I've ever tried it with custom knit fabric, but I think it turned out great!
This wallet is sure to bring a smile to your face!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Make ALL The Things!!

It's getting down to the wire for finishing stuff for the craft shows...and even though I felt like I was super productive last weekend, it probably wasn't enough.  I have a million more things I want to finish (Not starting anything new at this point...unless it's something really quick and adorable...NO, don't give in to temptation!) and probably not enough time to do even half of them if I did give up sleep...
One of the cute things I will be soon sewing up for an order, I wish I had more of these!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Bubbly Clematis

I am having so much fun with the Clematis swaps...It's a great excuse to take a break from orders and prep work to make a gift AND get one in return!  There's another one going on for Christmas, but this is my busiest time of the year so I should probably pass...but they are such a fast pattern! (Clematis from Blue Calla)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

WIP Wednesday - November Already??

I have 10 days until the first craft show...plenty of time to come up with a million more projects! 
Splatoon character
Alolan Marowak.  Don't ask me, I just googled it and did it from the picture...

Monday, October 30, 2017

Marauder's Map Necessary Clutch Wallet

When I was introduced to the amazing world of custom fabric, this Marauder's Map fabric was one of my first 'big' buys.  The cost is higher than what you would spend at Joann's or Hobby Lobby (or even a local quilt shop) but it is so amazing that it was totally worth it!  I think I'm down to less than 4 yards (ONLY!) but that's plenty for a lot more projects!
Custom fabric on top of another custom fabric? It's the only way I'll ever be able to use it all up!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Less Than a Week to Halloween!

and I'm not really any closer to being ready...Eeek!!!  I have the fabric for one Halloween costume ready to be cut out and sewn...but that's as far as I've gotten.
Splat fabric!

Costumes, Masks, Wings and Other Fun Things!

I love all the fun things you can do with the embroidery machine, and I'm sure I've shared a lot of these before, but I thought it would be a good time to try to gather up the pictures in one spot...
I have several patterns just waiting to be stitched out, with no excuse to make them since we don't do many craft shows before Halloween.  Of course any of these would be super fun for dress up as well!
Flying Puppy Wings and goggles!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Jack Wisteria Wallet

I finally had a reason to revisit the Wisteria Wallet by Blue Calla and this time went MUCH smoother!  I made sure to label my pieces and check my measurements, and surprise, it worked!  So weird how focusing on only one project at a time lets you stay on track and not mix up tiny pieces...
Jack and Zero fit perfect on the side panels!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Time To Get Spooky?

Yesterday someone on the radio pointed out that it was 2 weeks exactly until Halloween, which led to panic as I realized I needed to get the costumes started...and then more panic when last night my son gave me a paper for a spook house he's doing on THURSDAY of this week...I try to volunteer at it every year when my kids do it, so I have to try to throw together a 'spooky' outfit tonight since I wasted last night somehow... I'm guessing that I'll be wearing one of my regular shirts unless I can get a pattern taped together, cut out, and sewn in under 2 hours...I do have a lot of fabrics that could work for a 'spooky' shirt...
What is more Halloween than a vampire slayer??
How about a pirate?

Monday, October 16, 2017

All The Sparkles - Hosta Hobo

When I asked this teacher what her favorite colors are, I got "hot pink and black.  And white.  And sparkles."  so I went with it!  My son helped pick out the style of purse and approved the fabrics, so all I needed was some spare time.  Unfortunately I was in the middle of a move and backed up on orders at the end of the school year, and the summer flew by, so she just barely got it this month. I think that still counts since it's technically the same year...just not school year...  :D
My new favorite photo shoot location, a ledge in my house.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Wait, I Might Have a Snappy Title...Nope.

I finally succumbed to the cold making the rounds at home and work.  As a result, all I've done for the past 2 days is stare longingly at my fabric.  I don't trust myself to cut anything when I'm sick, especially not something that I only have a limited supply for, like my Marauder's Map fabric!
Now up on Etsy, also have a giant cheer sized version

Monday, October 9, 2017

Owl The Love - Fiona's Freeway

I finally finished the Fiona's Freeway from ChrisW Designs - only about 3 months after I planned, and a month (or 2) after the sew wasn't a hard project but my time is in high demand!  (Totally not due to procrastination...probably)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Time to get Spooky!

Soooooo... it's October in case you didn't notice.  Which means crunch time for Halloween costumes.  Guess I should get on that...soon.  To set the mood, here's a peek at the latest wallet under my needle, a Nightmare Before Christmas Wisteria Wallet.
Someday I'll be perfect at fussy cutting to show everything...someday!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Zelda Style - Brownie Wallet from XOXO By Lauren

If you are looking for a SUPER fast wallet pattern and have some fold over elastic (commonly called FOE by the crazy sewing types), vinyl, cork, or leather, and a scrap of fun fabric, this is the perfect pattern!  The Brownie Wallet from XOXO by Lauren is great for last minute gifts. 
I've been hoarding this cool Zelda/Link print...and this barely used any!
More of the fun fabric inside

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

WIP Wednesday - What Does the Pineapple Mean???

I was at Joann's last night for some legit crafting supplies (stuff I ACTUALLY need to finish a project) and ran across a pineapple emoji button on clearance.  I get the faces, but does the fruit have a hidden meaning? Do I really want to know?  I'm going to assume it's just a cute pineapple and leave it at that...
Clearance buttons are my catnip.
When you find adorable fabric on sale to match clearance buttons, you can't pass it up!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Disney Style Ellen's Esplanade

I love making custom purses, but when a customer sends me their 'special' fabrics, I only have a small panic attack that I'm going to irreparably screw it up...and that doesn't go away until the last stitch is sewn!  Due to a slight miscommunication, I ended only getting a small piece of the interior fabric, but fortunately the custom printed cotton lycra fabrics are usually wider than normal quilting fabrics and I had enough to make it work!

Parks from Hapa Fabric

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

WIP Wednesday - 10 Days of September Left!

Hey, September is almost over...which means October is right around the corner and that means Halloween costumes, craft fairs and Christmas presents....crap.  Is anyone actually ready for all that? If so, can I borrow your free time?  :D
I think I need to add a border on the edges, but other than that and maybe a flower at the neckline, done!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Time for More Zippered Pouches!

Sometimes I get a request for a 'simple zip pouch' that will showcase a fabric, and when that happens I refer back to my own quick tutorial.  I really need to update it with more pictures, but it is a pretty fast sew!
Two nearly identical pouches

Friday, September 15, 2017

Giveaway! Starlet Bold and Bright Captivating Clutch

Would you like to be the proud owner of the Bold and Bright clutch?  Enter in the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!  No purchase necessary to win, but any likes and shares are appreciated!  Giveaway is open to everyone, but if you are outside the US, you will need to pay shipping and any customs fees.  Giveaway will be open from September 15 through September 22, so come back to get your daily entry!

As a bonus, I'll throw in the leftover fabric...use it to make yourself a fun accessory to go with the clutch, a cute dog bandanna, or add it to your own scrap bag!

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Turns Out that Sleep Is AMAZING!

My embroidered peeker challenge is coming along, I'm already 6 towels in, so I might actually get caught up this weekend!  They are going pretty smooth and I'm using up my stash!  Of course that means I can add new things to it right? Like this adorable Stitch fabric?  I think I need a hoodie for me, and maybe a cool purse since I've been using my SuperWhoLock one for almost a year now!  Time for a change!
I have this in giant adult sized and kid sized...perfect for both clothes and purses!
I don't think I got enough of this fabric, it's too awesome!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Starlet Captivating Clutch - Bright and Bold Style!

The second fabric set I received for the Ambassador projects was from the Baxter Mill Archives.  This one was printed onto a polyester base, so it was a little more slippery to work with.  I was a little concerned since the colors were so bright and vibrant and decided to pre-wash, but there was NO bleeding or fading, even after drying on high (didn't realize at first that it was polyester!  Oops!)
Orange and hot pink - Very dashing!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WIP Wednesday - No Time For Procrastination!

There may be no time for it, but I still manage to do it!  Last night's procrastination was actually cleaning and organizing, so I can finally see the top of my cutting table again!  In the process of cleaning I also ran across several more half finished now I have a Next In Line (NIL) pile...
Probably the last time I'll see the top of my table until mid February...

Monday, September 4, 2017

Southwest Clematis - Swap Time!

I love joining sewing swaps, it gives me a deadline I have to rush to meet (I'm a slight procrastinator, in case you hadn't noticed), panic over picking the 'right' fabric, relief when I send it off, and then joy when I get my gift!  Being a glutton for punishment, I always seem to pick the swap going on right when I'm neck deep in orders...but that just adds to the excitement!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fast and Easy - Brownie Wallet from XOXO by Lauren

One of the new designers that I'm following is XOXO by Lauren.  The first pattern I did of hers was the Boon Wallet, and when she asked for testers for another quick pattern, I jumped at the chance!  This wallet took about 1 episode of Super Girl (would have been less, but I hadn't seen the episode yet and kept getting distracted).  I made mine with some wine colored cork and it probably took me longer to pick my materials than to actually make it!
Effervescent fabric gives a fun accent

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Farewell August, I Barely Knew You!

August FLEW by, and with one day left, I'm ready to buckle down and get tons of stuff done next month!  Almost time for craft shows and Halloween costumes so no time to slack off!
New 'reading' art, maybe a fun lap quilt?

Monday, August 28, 2017

Starlet Captivating Clutch - Bandanna Style!

I got the go-ahead to do my own pictures, so the up side is that there is no more waiting..the down side is you get my pictures and not gorgeous professional ones... ;)

For the final Springs Ambassador projects, they sent me the Have-a-Hank bandanna fabric, and some printed Baxter Mills Archive fabrics.  First up is the Bandanna one!  The bandanas themselves are large sized for bandannas, but not 'fabric' big so I had to plan out my cuts.  I thought it would be fun to try out the Bag of the Month pattern - Captivating Clutch by Mrs. H.  Since I did the smaller clutch size I was able to fit every piece on a single bandanna, and sometimes several on the same one.  I pre-washed the bandannas and also interfaced every piece since it is a lighter weight fabric.
The color of the inside is more of a teal than a blue, but my camera didn't like it

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fiona's Freeway - Stage 3

Hopefully you are on track and ready to go for the rest of the Fiona's Freeway!  Tonight Amanda will be doing the final video for the sew along, so be sure to tune in! If you can't watch live, they are available in the main group to watch at any time!  We're trying to figure out how to get them on YouTube or something like that, but are a bit video challenged...
Amanda's in-progress Fiona!  Can't wait to see it all together!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

WIP Wednesday - More Sewing Along!

The Fiona's Freeway Sew Along is over halfway done, so I hope everyone has at least started!  I am almost caught up on everything that HAD to go out this week (almost being the key word...) so I'm planning to get mine busted out on Friday in between all the other million things I have planned for my day off.  Anyone have some spare time I can buy?  If you are on track, it's time to start the lining!  This weekend will be time to finish it all up, so be sure to watch for the videos in the ChrisW Designs FaceBook group!
Cat rattle from the new pattern by One and Two Company, I skipped the eye patch to go faster...

Monday, August 21, 2017

Fiona's Freeway Sew Along - Stage 2

Hopefully by now you have your pieces cut out and are ready to jump in!  If not, what are you waiting for?  You can work at your own pace, but if you finish by the end of the sew along, you can enter to win a free pattern!  Every finished Fiona is an entry!
If you use directional fabric, make sure it's going the 'right' direction!  Owls will be the inside

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Pattern Testing - Bodacious Bowler by ChrisW Designs - Doctor Who Sunflowers

The newest pattern from ChrisW Designs is the Bodacious Bowler and it IS totally bodacious!! The classic shape is perfect for showing off fun fabrics, and as a bonus, there is also an embroidery pattern available to fit on the smaller sizes!
Van Gogh inspired sunflowers and a Tardis make for awesome fabric!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Fiona's Freeway Sew Along and More!

I'm trying to get everything caught up so I can focus on the sew along, but so far that means a lot of mostly finished projects are now everywhere in my craft studio...I just need a few more hours of time to dedicate to finishing everything!  (or days.  Or weeks....)  I can't wait to cross them all off next week!  Something about crossing stuff off my list fills me with joy.  So much joy.
Test purse - I am totally in love with this one, but I don't NEED another purse....

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sew Along Time! - Fiona's Freeway by ChrisW Designs

It's time once again for a fun sew along!  This is going to be a fast one, only 2 weeks, but we are doing one of the Easy Street patterns, so it shouldn't take you too long (famous last words...) and we are here to guide you along!  As a bonus, there will also be a video guide done by Amanda to help you get through any tricky spots!
I decided to try printing the pattern in booklet form, as long as you have good eyesight, it's perfect!  Just print the pattern pieces in FULL size!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

WIP/UFO Wednesday - Kick It Into Overdrive!

I was feeling like I had room to breathe again, so obviously that's a sign I need to take on a million more projects! Someday I'll finish building the shelves for my sewing room and get it totally set up, but for now I'd rather navigate the obstacle course and sew instead!
Fun fabric for the Ellen's Esplanade lining - opening a purse to this would make me happy!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Next Sew Along!! Fiona's Freeway by ChrisW Designs

It's time for another sew along, this time we'll be doing the Fiona's Freeway by ChrisW designs.  This is the latest in her Easy Street Sew and Sell line, so it should be a relatively quick and stylish sew!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

WIP Wednesday - August!!??!!!

Seriously, where is the summer going? I swear it was just the start of June yesterday!  I'm not ready for the summer to end, but I am looking forward to nice cool temperatures and excuses to crochet hats...or maybe sew them!
Hats all cut and ready to go!
I have a large stash of this fabric, need to make more things with it!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Another Sneak Peek - Starlet Captivating Clutch

I finally finished another project (I kept getting distracted...) but this one needs to go off for the 'good' pictures, so just a quick sneak peek while we wait!
I'm pretty sure the flap is just wavy in the picture, not that I went wavy on the topstitching I was sewing at midnight...

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!