Thursday, November 15, 2018

WIP Thursday - Downhill Slide to Christmas

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

Fabric Preorder - Take Me Back to the 80's (MoonBeam Textiles)

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

Villains Snowdrop (Blue Calla)

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

WIP Wednesday - The Eye of the Storm

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

Modified Floral Wars Hosta Hobo (Blue Calla)

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

WIP Thursday. Or Friday, Whatever - November? Eek!

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

Helmeted Hosta Hobo - (Blue Calla)

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

WIP Thursday - What's a Little More Stress?

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

Silhouette Necessary Clutch Wallet (Emmaline)

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

WIP Wednesday - Halloween ETA 2 WEEKS!

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

Nightmare Necessary Clutch Wallet (Emmaline)

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

WIP Wednesday - Chilly Willisters!

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

Game of Thrones Bonnie Bucket Bag (Swoon) - Moon Beam Textiles

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

WIP Wednesday - October (Cue Evil Laughter)

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

GOT Clematis (Blue Calla) - Moon Beam Textiles

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

WIP Wednesday - I'd Like More September, Please.

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

Floral Trooper Annette (Swoon)

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

WIP Wednesday - The Light At the End of the Tunnel...

...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

Tiki Annette (Swoon)

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

WIP Wednesday - Swamped!

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

Wibbly Wobbly Charlotte City Tote (Swoon) - MoonBeam Textiles

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

Ravenclaw Siren Tote (XOXO by Lauren) - Kimmy Snabric Fabric

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

WIP Wednesday - Clean Up Time!

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

Factotum Sew Along - Pocket and Flap

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!

Patronus Lola (Swoon) - MoonBeam Textiles

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

WIP Wednesday - Another Month Flies By

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

Fast Projects - Zippered ID Case by Sincerly Jen

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

WIP Wednesday - Troopers, As Far As The Eye Can See...

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

Silhouette Speedwell Sling Bag (Blue Calla)

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

WIP Wednesday - Autumn is Coming!

I already found pumpkin spice cereal at Target last week, so Fall is just around the corner!
Next purse focal piece, love Tiki style Stitch!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Vintage Trek Lola (Swoon)

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

WIP Wednesday - Baby Steps

Compared to last week, this one seems to be dragging by and full of random 'issues'.
Not an issue, just pretty fabric!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Factotum Sew Along - Straps and tabs

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

As You Wish Pegasus - V2 (XOXO By Lauren)

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!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Floral Wars Necessary Clutch Wallet (Emmaline Bags)

One of the custom fabric groups I belong to (Knitorious) does this awesome fabric where they combine Star Wars and florals...mainly roses, but sometimes other flowers! 
So many storm troopers, so little time!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WIP Wednesday - And This is Where It Gets Hectic...

A robot phone call this week about school starting in a month made me realize the summer is not going to last forever, and that means fall craft season is just around the corner!
Haven't made her in a while, first towel on the new machine!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Mane Event Pick A Pocket Wallet (ChrisW Designs)

There are some custom fabrics that you really need to see in person to appreciate.  The first few times I saw the Mane Event (Backstitch fabrics), I thought it was cute, but not something I'd ever need. 
Technically the back, but the best place to showcase the fabric!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Need To Be MORE Productive!

I feel like I have a lot I'm getting done, but somehow it doesn't look like it...I'm still cutting out the pieces for the sew-along, and running the embroidery machine non-stop!
I love this fabric...I missed my chance to get more!

Factotum Sew Along Update

How is everyone doing on the sew along? We are almost caught up to the schedule, so the next video will be for the front pocket and flap (Maybe today, maybe in a week...)!  The straps video is up, if you need that! 
Still need to cut the lining and ALL the interfacing...

Monday, July 9, 2018

Friday, July 6, 2018

Siren Tote Pattern Testing (XOXO by Lauren)

I love new patterns, so even when I really don't have time to sneak in a test, I usually will volunteer!  Fortunately this one is SUPER fast!
Amazing panel from Moon Beam Textiles (sold out, but maybe we'll get a re-run!)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Factotum Sew Along - Cutting, Interfacing and Straps!

I'm not sure why I thought I'd have time to get ahead on this sew along...I'm still barely cutting my pieces!! The good news is that Amanda is already almost done cutting, so she'll be finishing that up much sooner than I will!
For cutting, I really love my giant quilting square.  I bought the 20.5"x20.5" square on amazon for my reading pillows, but it is amazing for the bigger tote bags that don't have paper pieces.  You could always tape some paper together and make a pattern piece, but I find that the ruler is much faster unless I'm planning on making a production run of something.

The straps will be a quick(ish) prep and sew, so if you are ready for that step, feel free to power on through!

Don't forget to join the sew along group (and the main group!)  And there are going to be some awesome prizes in the main group for the 10k member celebration!

WIP Thursday - Not Ready for July

This is another birthday heavy month for my family, with a minion, a sister in law, a brother, a bff, some cousins, and of course MY birthday...plus July means we are on the downhill slide to Christmas!  So not ready...
I don't have a good daylight pic of the finish, but the colors are amazing and this was just a few days ago!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Sew Along - Factotum Plan!

UPDATED!  This bag is taking us longer than we estimated!!

Here's the tentative itinerary for the sew along, and the good news is that if you can't sew along on that day, the videos will be up in the group!  Or if you want to work ahead without the videos, feel free!  We'll be doing the Factotum from ChrisW designs, an amazing pattern that will impress everyone that sees it!  It looks complex, but we'll be there to hold your hand through the Sew Along!

Marauder's Map Ellen's Esplanade (ChrisW Designs)

Sometimes when I get busy a project slips through the cracks and never gets shared!  This Marauder's Map Ellen's Esplanade is too cute to be neglected!
Fabric is from several groups, Affordable Fabrics and More for the main maps

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sew Along! - Factotum by ChrisW Designs - Prep Work

It's been a while since the last sew along!  For this one we'll be doing the Factotum by ChrisW Designs.  It was originally released last year in the Bag of the Month club, but now you can purchase it individually HERE.