Ok Amy, the math is simple. Hand sewing = pricked fingers = not so happy hands. What is it with you and hand sewing? We thought you got it loud and clear when Finny explained her complete and utter distaste in hand sewing. And if that wasn’t enough, it was plastered all over “The Club” that we did, indeed, agree with poor Finny about the whole hand sewing thing. See, for about the past 200 or so years, we’ve had this cool contraption called a sewing machine. I’m not sure exactly how it works but it smooshes (technical term of course) layers of fabric together and they stay stuck. It’s really quite awesome and so many people are using them nowadays. This month’s project, the cool little potholders required a beeezillion pins and therefore, should not have required ANY hand sewing as there were already enough pricking possibilities with trying to stab
bendy straight pins through 18 layers of batting.
So since I was not a happy camper after having completed these, I present to you one very happy hubby! Since I don’t let him in or anywhere near the kitchen, he thinks these beauts are just perfect as puppets for the girls.
Now let’s get to the technical part – I don’t do assymetrical! Just don’t do it, not with certain things anyway! I tweaked the front sqaures to have 9 blocks and reduced the size to an 8″ pot holder. I’m not ashamed of my midget-sized hands and I’m usually swimming in standard oven mitts. I also did absolutely NO hand stitching whatsoever. Call me a rebel or a bad ass but I machine stitched the entire binding on and it felt SOO good! Take that you beautiful and oh-so talented Amy Butler! Kelli and Finny bring on September, I’m all fired up!
If you haven’t seen them already (you’re probably living under a rock) but head over and check out these fabulously cute stamps!
I made 10 of these for the gazillion pregnant women I know right now – Babies are in the air it seems! Not for me just yet, I’m holding out for a year of sangria sipping in Spain first.
I’ve had some cute Vera Bradley and Denyse Schmidt fabric I’ve wanted to use together and didn’t have enough for a skirt or tank so I’m making little wristlets for a Bazaar I’m doing in November, whaddaya think?
That reminds me – if you’re willing to share what you charge for wristlets at art fairs and shows and such I would love to know, I am horrible at pricing things. I end up giving things away practically and come home losing money from such an event, not good if you’re trying to keep yourself in supplies!
Little biz card holders made out of Amy Butler and Vera Bradley fabric – these are too cute and too easy.
Trying to get My Favorite Things off the ground. I’m up and running and gaining momentum. Here are some of my latest creations:
Custom Made Tea Party Set
Custom Baby Announcements
Mini Notecard Boxes
Birthday Card Packs
Fabric Covered Buttons
Ribbon Flower Brooches
Custom First Birthday Invitations and Favor Bags
Did I mention that I have about 20 pieces of fun fabric for sale. Doing a little studio Clearance and trying to make room for some new fabric – check it out.
Oh and I think I’m going to do a bazaar in November. I’ve never done a Bazaar so if anyone has any great tidbits of wisdom I would greatly appreciate it. Hints, what-not-to-dos, etc. – send them my way!
I just posted some gorgeous photos from the Seoul Flower Market here. Check it out!
I also wanted to share the beautiful bag I made thanks to Melly & Me.
I did a swap with Melly a while back and her gift to me was the Black Forest bag pattern with hand-picked fabrics. She read my mind when it came to fabric choice and I haven’t had a chance to make the bag until the other day. I love it! She and her sister, Rosalie have some fab patterns. Run, don’t walk over to their site and get one!
Also, I am updating the shop with a few fun things – some fabric covered buttons, a cute little toddler dress made from a vintage pillowcase and some fabric, check there later today.