Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I got all dressed up today.

Hi there! I’m thinking I look kind of cute today so I am going to be silly and post a picture of myself and in my new outfit! I wanted to wear my fancy new headband today but couldn’t decide what top to wear. I had seen this tutorial for a tank top tunic over at Prudent Baby and thought it was cute and I had all the stuff to make it so I whipped up this little number this morning! It seriously took me like 20 minutes! It’s one of my OLD gray ribbed tank tops from Walmart and a fat quarter that I’ve been hoarding for over a year.  Cute right? I plan on wearing my little gray cardy over the tank but I can’t find it at the moment. And of course it goes so well with the Anthropologie headband! I curled my hair and everything! Now back to bleaching the bathrooms…fun times. At least I’ll look cute while scrubbing those toilets!



Monday, June 28, 2010

Anthropologie Inspired Headbands…

I have said it before and I will say it again…I LOVE Anthropologie.  I do not however, love their ridiculously high prices on things I can make myself. So now I am on a quest to make some pretty things that I otherwise could not afford! I love their “Three Little Roses Headband”. So pretty and simple and would go with everything I own, but there is NO WAY I would fork over $32 for it. Yes that’s right this Anthro headband costs $32!!! Craziness.

3 rosette headband

Below are the 2 I made using Goody headbands and some fabric scraps. One is a brown headband with unbleached muslin rosettes and the other is a black headband with gray rosettes. I heart them and because I think you will too, I will be listing them in the shop soon! What colors would you like to see? Do you like the muted solid fabrics or would you like to see a print on those little rosettes? Comment below and let me know! I promise I won’t be charging $32 for them…maybe more like $10!


Aprons…3 of a kind!


I completed an order this weekend for our former next door neighbor. She' is in college now and moving into an apartment with a few girls she dormed with last year. She wanted for aprons their new kitchen! I used 3 coordinating Michael Miller pink and white prints lined with some more of the florally Robert Kaufman London Calling. I added a shabby little frayed ruffle to the pocket too. Love these aprons!


Friday, June 25, 2010

A bouquet of Shabby Blossoms.

I am proud to announce that the Shabby Blossom Headbands have finally hit the shop! I currently have 6 different colors/prints available. These headbands are a great accessory to snaz up that summer hairdo! They are great for little girls and women alike.  Here they are!

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Let’s hear it for the BOYS!!!

New baby boy gift sets have just been listed at Sew Chatty! Just like the girl sets, they each include a burp cloth, bib, and an appliquéd onesie. The perfect gift for Mommy and her new baby boy! I used a Hawthorne Threads fat quarter bundle (2D Zoo in Pool). I love how these turned out. Stylish and functional. What else could you ask for?!?! These will likely go fast so if you have a baby gift to by head to the shop today! Thanks for supporting handmade!


Thanks to the gals over at Hodgepodge Life, and The Girl Creative for letting me link up!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Baby Girl Gift Sets!

Do you have a baby gift to buy??? My new intern and I have hard at work whipping up some new things for the shop! I listed 3 new baby gift sets today at Sew Chatty. They each include a burp cloth, bib, and an appliquéd onesie. The perfect gift for Mommy and her new baby girl! I used Riley Blake’s new “Rainy Days and Mondays” line and these prints could not be sweeter!  110_3110 110_3114 110_3106

Thanks so much to the gals over at Somewhat Simple, Fingerprints on the Fridge, and House of Hepworths for letting me link up!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ruffled Embellished Bag.

Today is my good friend Megan’s birthday (lot’s of June birthdays around here!) so I made her this bag. Well, I didn’t MAKE the bag. I got the bag at Target, but I made it cute! I added a strip of Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley Wall Flower in New Day and a muslin ruffle. I love it. I hope Meegs will too! 


Thanks to the gals over at Night Owl Crafting for letting me link up!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A little weekend sewing.

We had a pretty slow weekend so I was able to get caught up on some custom orders and make Father’s Day gifts too! First up, I made some capes for my friends grandchildren. I love how they came out!!!! So stinkin’ cute. I hope she sends me pics of the kids wearing them!


For Father’s Day gifts, I made reusable coffee sleeves for my husband and father-in-law. I have to say, it’s really hard to find man-friendly fabric. For one I used scrap material left over from a bow-tie I made for one of the boys in our college group and for the other I cut up one of my husband’s old Quicksilver shirts that had gotten stained.  I think they look manly enough. Notice I said “reusable coffee sleeve” rather than “coffee cozy”…I think that man’s them up a bit too. Happy Father’s Day!


Thanks so mush to the gals over at Today's Creative Blog, The Creative Itch, and These Creative Juices for letting me link up!

Friday, June 18, 2010

The little man.

Carter graduated form preschool this week and we couldn’t be more proud! He has been at this school for 3 years. He has grown up so much since he started there! They had a little ceremony for all the graduates. So sweet.  Here are some pics from the big day.

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The graduation present…a special cape for our Superhero!


Off to save the world…in his Mickey Ears!


For the Birthday Girl!

Today is my friend Stacy’s birthday and even though we can’t make it to her party, I wanted to make her something pretty! She goes to lots of concerts so I made this little pleated pouch into a wristlet for her. Perfect size for all the little essentials you need on a date night! Enjoy friend! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Custom Order: Cloth Napkins.

I just finished another order for cloth napkins. The same customer that ordered these napkins loved them so much that she contacted me again and asked if I could duplicate her order!  She wants to go green and stop using paper napkins at home. The colors are bright and cheery to match her Fiestaware. What a fun (and simple!) project!


…please excuse the horrific lighting. I’m burning the midnight oil here…ok fine it’s 8:30pm but the natural light in my office is done for the day!

Good night moon.

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Menu Plan and a GIVEAWAY!

We have a busy week ahead with the start of swimming lessons, Carter’s  graduation from preschool and, Father’s Day so taking the time to plan our meals in advance is an absolute necessity! I also thought I would do a GIVEAWAY for all my wonderful readers! Something fun to kick off the summer! Here’s the menu for the week followed by the giveaway details! Be sure to check out I'm an Organizing Junkie for more great menu planning ideas!

Monday-Subway…we’re going to Disneyland in an attempt to see the new World of Color show before we are blocked out for the summer…whish us luck!

Tuesday- Roasted Pork Tenderloin with broccoli and brown rice

Wednesday-Crock-pot meatloaf with green beans and mashed potatoes.

Thursday-Chili Beef Tacos with green salad and Spanish rice

Friday-Church meeting…catered :)

Saturday-Homemade pizza night!

Sunday-Crock-pot roast with veggies Happy Father’s Day!

…and now for the GIVEAWAY! Here is a “Shabby Blossom” to get you in the mood for summer!


It’s made with fabric from Robert Kaufman’s “London Calling” line…very Liberty of London inspired! I added a lime green button for even more summery goodness. This little flower does double duty too! There is an alligator clip AND a pin back so it can be worn in your hair or spice up your favorite tshirt or cardigan! To enter, just leave me a comment telling me what you would do with your “Shabby Blossom” and what you are most excited about for this summer. Winner will be chosen at random this Friday. Thanks for entering and GOOD LUCK!

Friday, June 11, 2010

A sneak peek at what’s coming to the shop!

I’ve been hard at work coming up with new ideas for the shop! Fabulous new items for home, for baby, and lot’s of things “for fun!”. Here is a sneak peek at some of the things I have been working on for the “for fun!” section…


As you can see, my “Shabby Blossom” is showing up a lot! Here is a closer look at each item.


The “Shabby Blossom” will feature a fabric covered button and attached to the back is an alligator clip as well as a pin back so it can be worn in your hair or on your favorite shirt, sweater, bag, etc…


The pleated zipper pouch to hold all those essentials that get lost in the bottom of your bag! How cute are those owls?!?!

Here is a pleated pouch with a shabby blossom that I made for a friend who is graduating from college.


And last but not least, here are a few bags I embellished with raw edge appliqué , ruffles, and more Shabby Blossoms!




Thanks to the girls at Saving Money and Living Life, Tea Rose Home, Tatertots and Jello, Sugar & Spice, Blue Cricket Design, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Sew Much Ado, and Fingerprints on the fridge for letting me link up!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A yoga mat tote. How Zen!


I finished another custom order yesterday. A yoga mat tote for my uncle’s sister. I could not be more pleased with how it turned out! I finally got to use some Amy Butler fabric. I chose Paradise Garden in wine from her Love collection. I lined the bag with a natural unbleached muslin and I used coordinating natural cotton webbing for the handles. I think my favorite part has to be the exterior pocket. I used a piece of the fabric scraps to do a raw edge appliqué. It gave the bag a soft worn in feel Anthropology feel! 110_3001

The bag is long enough to hold her yoga mat and deep enough to hold all of her other essentials like sandals, water, and a towel. Enjoy Amy! I loved making this for you!


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Simple. Casual. Imperfect.

After trying out several fabric flowers, I have officially decided that this one fits me best and will be showing up on lots of my work in the near future (not necessarily in these colors!).


It’s a simple ruffle that’s molded into a flower. The frayed edges are my favorite part. They make it very casual and imperfect…just like me! I  mostly followed this tutorial for a frayed fabric flower, but I did mine on the machine because I am way too lazy to do it by hand! Super cute right? I hope you like it as much as I do!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Out with the OLD…in with the NEW!!!


I am having a sale this week over at Sew Chatty to make room for all the new summer inventory I’m working on! In the shop right now are coffee cozies, beach totes, burp cloths, and some super cute patchwork dishtowels…FREE SHIPPING THIS WEEK ONLY!!! Check out my shop and help support handmade before you hit the mall to buy a gift this week! Happy Shopping!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A princess cape for Ava.

What little girl doesn’t love to dress up like a princess! I made this cape for my friends little girl. Hot pink with a light pink princess themed lining, topped off with her very own jeweled crown.Ava is a princess through and through. I hope she loves it!


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Let the summer fun begin!


We had a blast this weekend visiting my stepsis and her little fam up in Pismo Beach. So nice to get out of town for a few days to relax and regroup a little. The cousins made lots of cute memories! Included in the festivities were bike riding, bowling, slip and sliding, 10K-ing, strawberry eating, and wave jumping…Here are some pics. Enjoy!

A Finished Quilt.


Ta Da!!! I finished my scrappy log cabin quilt while we were away this weekend. I so love how it turned out. I especially love that it is a traditional quilt pattern with bright funky fabrics and a modern backing, but I think my favorite is the scrappy binding. I quilted it with straight lines on the diagonal with a double line every other…make sense? Now, I just need to label it. I can’t believe I am capable of making something so nice :P


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