|Rugrats and a pop of purple!|
Monday, December 31, 2018
Sometimes I get requests that surprise me. I was never into the Rugrats cartoon, so I didn't get excited when they released fabric for it recently. I've even seen some custom groups running prints now, which just goes to show that there's fabric for everyone!
Thursday, December 27, 2018
This year definitely flew by! I'd love to do a picture collage of everything I've sewn this year, but there were just too many! Thanks to everyone that has supported me, and I hope you all are enjoying your purses, blankets, keychains, wallets, bears, llamas, lanterns, and everything else!
|My favorite movie|
Thursday, December 20, 2018
I keep coming up with more fun ideas I want to make...but I think it's time to cut the list off and give myself permission to NOT do more!
|My letter finally showed up! Design from Off With Their Threads|
Monday, December 17, 2018
Lately my purses have been using the custom fabrics, so it was nice to go back to some using non-custom and add in a fun touch like embroidery! The India by Swoon is a quick sew up, but still with tons of style!
|Isn't he adorable?|
Friday, December 14, 2018
Definitely can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it's NOT attached to a train for once! I still have a few more orders to get in the mail, but it's a manageable amount!
|Sneak peak of the final Christmas order! Love Stitch!|
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
I love the fun panels that I can get from the custom fabric groups, but finding a way to use them for anything besides clothing can be a challenge! The Siren Tote from XOXO by Lauren is PERFECT for the adult and big kid panels and is a fast sew (bonus!)
|Such a fun quote!|
Thursday, December 6, 2018
I'm not done yet, but the craft show season has ended for me! Now it's time to finish up all the orders, list up the extras from the shows, clean my house, decorate, organize my craft studio, make the stuff for my kids, work on the Factotum from the sew along, ....
|My 3rd slouchy beanie with floofy pom pom. I need to make more!|
|Crayon rolls! Looking for a good home!|
Monday, December 3, 2018
Guess what time it is? New fabric time!! The newest round at Moon Beam Textiles is totally awesome dragons!
|I can't wait for the movie and to find out more about the white dragon! I'm probably more obsessed than my kids!|
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
It's the final countdown to the craft show! I have tonight, tomorrow night, and Friday during the day to get a million things finished for the show! Plenty of time!
|Panel I got in my mystery pack, about how I feel now...|
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
I'm busy getting everything ready for tomorrow -- at least I no longer have to stash everything out of the way since it's all contained to my sewing/craft studio. Except for the tubs and bags in our family room waiting for the next craft show. (I'm not about to risk them in the basement where there is construction going on, besides all those stairs...)
|Next order, only a minor panic attack as I was cutting since I only have one of the top panels!|
Monday, November 19, 2018
This purse has been on my list for a LONG time, due to waiting for the fabric. I preordered it, then had some issues getting it and finally found some on a buy/sell/trade group! Fortunately the customer was super patient and REALLY wanted this exact fabric, so I hope she loves it!
|Who wouldn't love this adorable dragon??|
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Today marks the halfway point of November, then the next thing I know it will be Christmas Eve! I'm on track to have my orders all finished this month and mailed out, and I'm even fitting in craft show prep when I need a break from the purses!
|Mountain of embroidered hoods for towels, they will get finished soon!|
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Just a quick shout out for some amazing fabric available for preorder now! Moon Beam is doing a totally rad round of 80's stuff, so if you need to make your day more tubular, I'd love you to use my affiliated link and stock up on the great fabrics!
|One of the best songs ever...|
Monday, November 12, 2018
There are some fabrics I see in my groups that I think 'ooh, that looks pretty cool, but I'm not sure it will be popular,' and then I either don't order, or only get a small amount. When it comes, I'm usually blown away and instantly regret not getting more! These villains are some of that fabric. It looked vibrant on my computer, but almost too vibrant to be real...but it's even MORE amazing in person!
|Villains are more interesting!|
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
I survived last week, where I was trying to get orders out on a deadline, prep for the craft show, do Halloween stuff and anything else people tossed at me. I feel like I needed a bit of a breather, so I've been slowly working on the next 4 orders this week...although I really want to get them out!
|Ready to be features on a hobo style bag!|
Monday, November 5, 2018
I prefer to follow patterns because the good ones have figured out all the problem areas, have been thoroughly tested and there are usually several versions that others have made and I can use for inspiration. I love the Hosta Hobo pattern from Blue Calla, her patterns are detailed enough to be eye catching and well written!
|Pretty front, the green glitter vinyl perfectly matches Yoda!|
Friday, November 2, 2018
I survived October, barely. Now it's the real crunch time, finishing up all the orders, preparing for the holidays, getting craft show stock, and maybe even decorating my house this year! I did promise a child that we'd sew stuff for her in December, and the other kids have some requests that I've carried over from previous years...I'd better get started, one is leaving for college next year!
|Llama looks about how I feel|
Monday, October 29, 2018
I always forget how big the Hosta Hobo is until I start making one. Someday I might try the 'small' one, but so far everyone that wants it for a camera bag wants BIG!
|So much pretty PURPLE!!|
Thursday, October 25, 2018
I ended up not getting into one of the craft shows I've done for the last few years, so I started scrambling to find something else to fill that time. I found an event a week earlier that had openings, but now I'm trying to cram my 3 week plan of making into 2 weeks!! I guess I'll sleep in January.
|Time for more towels!|
Monday, October 22, 2018
The Necessary Clutch Wallet is starting to pick up a following in my shop, I went without making one for at least a year, and now I've gotten orders for 3 recently!
|Mouse lock just makes it more fun!|
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
GAH! Once again Halloween snuck up on me! I do have the fabric and a general idea for the smallest minion's costume, she wants to be a fox with wings. It should just involve a hoodie with ears, maybe a detachable tail, and possibly pants. Hopefully. Of course she wants me to sew the hoodie, so time to find a pattern, print it out, and get to work!
|Fabric for my test apron, 2 of my favorites!|
Monday, October 15, 2018
I love the style and many pockets of the Necessary Clutch Wallet, and after making a bunch of them, it's almost becoming easy! I still manage to mess up the pocket folding half the time...but other than that, they come together quickly.
|Jack is guarding your cash!|
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Ok, not technically a saying, but I tell my kids that it's "Chilly Willisters" out when it gets cold. Today there was even snow falling! :O
|The most plush blanket...both sides are soft so it just needs satin binding on the edge! or I'll use it like this!|
Monday, October 8, 2018
After doing the 2 quick Clematis zipper pouches, I needed to come up with a project that used both the Moon Beam Textiles strike off fabrics. Bonnie Bucket Bag by Swoon is perfect for showcasing multiple fabrics and a fast sew!
|The 'Jon Snow' side of the bag|
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Mwahahahaha! Although for me, the evil laughter has a slight tinge of panic in it. My youngest is the only one that still gets/wants to wear a costume to school, and she hasn't decided what she wants to be yet...granted my usual costume plan involves them picking a costume in September, changing their mind 7 times, then settling on an obscure one in early October so that I can order supplies and procrastinate until the weekend before Halloween and then forgo sleep in an attempt to finish it.
|Large Hosta Hobo in progress|
Monday, October 1, 2018
Somehow Game of Thrones is one fandom I haven't gotten totally sucked into, but I'm sure if I ever have a chance to sit down and watch the show, that will change! The few parts of episodes that I've seen were gorgeous and very interesting, but it's not really a show I could watch with kids running around or only half pay attention to while crocheting...someday I'll have time!
|The bottom piece is holographic scale vinyl, it looks black until the light hits and then RAINBOW!|
|The bottom vinyl is called 'fluidity' and has an awesome texture look!|
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Did you know that there is less than 3 months until Christmas? And barely more than a month until Halloween? Once October starts, it's all downhill and will really pick up speed!
|Hey look, a new project! Just what I needed!|
Monday, September 24, 2018
Making two Annettes (aff link) in one month meant that I was still pretty familiar with the pattern and didn't have to study the directions as much...in theory. In reality, I refer to the pattern pretty often to make sure I'm not skipping steps. ;)
|Such a pretty trooper...|
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
...Is probably attached to a train. I'm plowing through my list, but somehow it doesn't seem to get any smaller....
|Necessary Clutch Wallet in progress|
Monday, September 17, 2018
It's been a while since I made my Annette, but I still get compliments (The Target cashiers identify me by it LOL!) and couldn't wait to make another one!
|Fire dancing stitch is my favorite!|
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Time to take a break from accepting orders -- I need to catch up! I'm so thrilled that I'm starting to get busy again and have lots of interest in my purses, but I need to either speed up my process, sleep less, or extend my turn around time because there's no way I can keep up if I don't!
|This Annette is going to be so pretty!|
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
The second fabric I receive from Moon Beam Textiles for the Reboot round is this gorgeous Wibbly Wobbly fabric. The colors are dark, but still vibrant!
|I love trying different handle options for this purse!|
Monday, September 10, 2018
I have many groups I buy custom fabric from, so whenever they do an open call to play with their newest stuff, I throw my hat in the ring, cross my fingers, and hope I'll be chosen! I got really lucky with this one, my own house and it's super amazing!
|Bigger than the huge illustrated version of the book!|
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
I finally had some motivation during the holiday weekend and spent a few hours finding my cutting table again. Good news, I found it! Bad news, there were no magical gnomes or fairies hidden in there waiting to help me catch up on sewing.
|The end of the table I haven't seen in a long time...|
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
I apologize for the stretching out of this sew along! The good news is that Amanda finally finished hers and has all the videos now available in the group!
|My factotum front piece, ready to go!|
I can't even express how excited I was to see this Moon Beam Textile fabric in person! It's amazing and I think I need to hoard it ALL! I don't usually make clothes, but I really want a hoodie in this fabric, maybe even a skirt, and I don't wear skirts!
|Not exactly perfect wand carrying size, but close!|
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Didn't August just start? Actually, I'm pretty sure it was June last week...
|Patronus fabric and Doctor Who?? So pretty and I'm going to be ordering MORE because this needs to be in my stash!|
Monday, August 27, 2018
I usually steer away from 'simple' patterns because they either look too boring or I just don't have time to fit them in. These pouches are cute and fast, so I need to get out of that mindset and make a million more with my scraps!
|All 7 I made, time to make more now!|
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Lately I feel like I'm spending more time auditioning fabrics, vinyl and linings than actually sewing! I love setting up custom orders, but digging through my stash takes some time...
|I already have one purse ordered in this, with enough for more!|
Monday, August 20, 2018
I've seen several of these amazing bags popping up lately in various custom fabric groups, and while I did buy the Speedwell Sling pattern when it released, I just didn't have time to play around with it.
|This Rapunzel and Pascal panel is a perfect fit|
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Monday, August 13, 2018
There are some patterns for purses that I see and they just don't really draw me in. Lola from Swoon (aff link) was one that I saw and thought, "eh, it's nice but not that great." I have been proven WRONG! This is now my new favorite purse, and I was eyeballing my fabric stash to figure out what the next one is going to be!
|The pattern is subtle enough to pass as 'normal' but other Trekkers/Trekkies will get it instantly|
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
When you need a fast pattern, but want something more complicated than a simple tote bag, the Magnolia Mini Messenger is a great bag!
|The embroidery is a nice touch and fits perfectly!|
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
So I'm still behind...by a lot...but if you are trying to do a million things at the same time like I always am, it's no surprise!
|I had to take a break and clean off my ironing board just so I could get to this stage!|
Monday, July 30, 2018
Sometimes I get requests to duplicate purses, but usually with some minor changes (or, exactly the same...which I can do, usually).
|I even remembered to get the Tiger on before I took pics!|