Thursday, October 29, 2009
This banner is made using burlap, felt, tulle, ribbons, and a thick "rustic" twine.
The leaves were cut using a pattern from my sweet friends at Wee Folk Art, then monogrammed with family names. I used a thin wire threaded through the back to help "shape" the leaves, and to make them stiff.
The banner is approximately 78" long...that's over 6 ft of burlap goodness!! The individual pennants are about 8" x 10", the 8" of course, being at the top of the pennant. The ends have been serged to keep the weave of the burlap from coming undone!
Here is the Giveaway info:
The Giveaway will start NOW and go until sometime Monday, November 2nd. I will be out of town this weekend and possibly away from my computer so if I don't get a chance to thank each of you for visiting.....THANK YOU FOR VISITING!! :)
All you have to do is leave a comment...interesting ones are the BEST...tell me what your plans are for Thanksgiving....tell me what you did for Halloween...and for all of my "out of the States" visitors, tell me what SEASON it is!! :) (YES! I am shipping internationally!!)
Make sure you leave an email, blog link, or some other way for me to get in touch with you if you are the winner!!
The winner will receive a Burlap Banner. If you like the FAMILY one...great, but I would be willing to do FALL or AUTUMN. If you prefer all one color on the letters...I can do that too! Tulle and ribbon colors can be your choice also. I'm always open for suggestions, so tell me what you like!
Well, I guess that is it for now! I will be back Monday to announce the WINNER!! Thanks again for visiting and Good LUCK!! Until later...
Sunday, October 25, 2009
This is what Ms. Priss picked to be her costume this year. I said, "Sure! I can make that!"
So what do you think? No pattern, just a picture to look at! Not bad, eh? The flowers were made courtesy of the MANY blogs I read, and would never have thought of doing had it not been for the inspiration I receive from them! Thank you!
Here is the back, with a beautiful action shot!
For the flower in her hair, I threaded some embroidery floss and added some seed beads in the middle of the petals. Then ran the floss through the flower a couple of times, and tied it around a rubber band. She loves it!
The Middle Child chose to be a witch, so of course I thought....TuTu!!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Ta-Da!! Burlap banners!! I have been having fun working with burlap. I read about it all of the time on Maya Made, but never really thought of incorporating it into any of my sewing projects until my sweet Bloggy friend, Chelle introduced me to The Polka Dot Pig!! Have you been to this blog? AMAZING!! She is so full of GOOD STUFF!! Ok, I have now used that on two posts...Martha has Good Things...I get STUFF!! :) Anyway...back to The Polka Dot Pig! She was having a giveaway for one of her Spooky banners, and sadly I did not win. So I thought about it....and wouldn't you know that JoAnn's was having a sale on burlap that week...AND felt. So the next thing you know, I'm there buying stuff!! I quickly made a couple of stencils and set out to make myself a banner!
And one for my Momma:
And a couple for my SIL's sister, whose baby Boy is turning 1 on November 2nd, so she is having a Halloween-inspired party the weekend before.
As you can see, the more I make, the more "creative" I get!! I can't wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas....maybe I'll do some for those Holidays as well!
But why wait??!! The fabulous aforementioned Katie is WAY ahead of me, she has already begun! She also makes awesome name photo albums and other Scrapbooky type things, AND she designs blog pages, so many things to choose from. She is truly inspirational. Thanks Katie!!My banners are made with burlap and felt. For the first one I did, which is the purple SPOOKY one, I used a sticky-backed craft felt. I thought it would be easier to hold the letters while I sewed them on. It worked out ok, but I wanted to use different colors for the lettering, so I switched to just regular felt and pinned it on. Also on the first one, I noticed that the edges of the burlap unraveled a little, so on the next ones I decided to serge the pennants. I really liked the clean finish it gave. And because I use my serger ALOT...I have tons of scraps. So when I saw that Sew Mama Sew! was having a Scrapbuster's Month, I started thinking of something I could use my serger scraps for. That is how the idea of a little spider and ghost came about!! Don't you just love how creativity works??!! It is never ending!
Well, I am almost finished with the kids' Halloween costumes. I'll be back to show them off once I am done!! And don't forget to keep checking back for my 100th post giveaway...you are going to LOVE it!! Until later...
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
If not....then I guess I just keep showing my TRUE clutterbug self!! :)
So I am kinda bummed! I thought I would have this AWESOME idea and submit it to Sew Mama Sew! for the Scrapbuster Month Contest....little did I realize that the contest is for a TUTORIAL!!! UGH! I have none, sadly! :( I think I am the LAST sewing blog to NOT have a tutorial! I've got to get it together! So anyway.... I decided to at least SHOW you my idea!
So there you go....Serger Scrap Stuffies...softies...stuffed thingies....whatever you call them! Now, obviously these are NOT to be used in toys for children. I am making these into HALLOWEEN decorations! YAY!
I will be back later in the week to show you the rest of the decoration!!
But here is one...and it comes with an AWESOME pattern and TUTORIAL...just not from me!!
Isn't this the cutest little kitty?? This is from the most generous and talented mother/ daughter team on the WWW! Wee Folk Art! If you haven't been to check them out yet...WHY NOT??? Their blog is FULL of such good stuff!! And Kimara has even ventured into POWER TOOLS!! You've gotta go see....I'll wait!
Alright, now that you are back.... check out what's inside...
yep, more Serger scraps!! The Middle Child enjoyed diving into that big ole box and throwing scraps around! She even managed to get some in the kitty! This kitty, by the way, is actually a door stop! Pretty neat, huh? Well, I don't have any doors that need stopping, so it just sits on a shelf in my living room looking Halloweeny!! :) I did all of the stitching during the ride to Texas.
I didn't attach the tip of the tail so it would have a little "flared" effect!! Love it! Thanks ladies...I've got so much MORE to do from your blog...so keep the good stuff coming!! :)
Now, just for a little bit of inside information....I know of this one blog that is about to reach her 100th post, and she is thinking about having a FABULOUS giveaway to celebrate!!! Here's the link:
Monday, October 19, 2009
They have a new home in San Antonio, where they will begin their lives as husband and wife. So I made them a couple of things that I hope they will like.
The place mats are a khaki twill with a brown corduroy backing. I love how they turned out! I am not sure if you can see in the picture, but the monogram is a gold border with hands folded in Prayer.
I used some of the left over fabric scraps to dress up a couple of kitchen towels.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Here is the before shot:
Monday, October 12, 2009
This is what I chose to send her for a PIF:
She has a beautiful 2 year old daughter, who just celebrated her birthday!
And another beautiful daughter who is well on her way to the 3 month marker!!
Speaking of things I will be doing....my list is getting a little smaller!! I finished the Mardi Gras costumes this weekend, and will post before and after pictures. These pictures are just so you can see what has been taking up my time and NOT an invitation for others to request Mardi Gras Costuming now or in the future!!!! WOW! The time and patience that goes into embellishing these things!!! From now on, I will just enjoy the costumes from afar...on the parade route....while being pelted with beads!! :D
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I used a pattern to cut the pieces, but after that I just started sewing. I used my serger, which made it super fast, then reinforced the seams with my sewing machine. I used elastic thread on the sleeves and shorts for The Middle Child's jammies. Then added a ruffle on the pajama top with my serger. I got both of the fabrics in the clearance section of JoAnn's a couple of years ago. It is a really soft knit. The Middle Child has worn hers almost everyday since I made them, so they've been washed several times already. It seems to be holding up pretty good!! There was a color run along the bottom of the shirt, so I added the ribbon to "hide" it. It also helps her know which is the front! :)
Ms. Priss couldn't decide on shorts or pants, so I decided for her! I need to tighten the elastic around the waist and had to shorten the length. Maybe she will have a growth spurt!
Do you see the SASS I live with!! Notice the red hair? It must be where all that attitude comes from! :)
I used 1/4" elastic in a casing around the neck of both pajama tops, this is the first time I've used this technique. It was not as hard as I thought it would be! And I really like NOT having to use bias, or buttons, or anything along those lines!! I also added one line of elastic stitching on the front of Ms. Priss's shirt. It "gathered" it a little for a nicer fit. All in all, I am happy, because they are happy! Now all I have to do is make The Boy's.
I have been busy embellishing some costumes for Mardi Gras, yes I know that is not until next year, but these children are in a crew and they have pictures in a couple of weeks. It has definitely been an experience in trims and especially SEQUINS!! I've never worked so in depth with these little boogers and they are slippery!! I'll post before and after pics when I am done!
I also have some Fall and Halloween items I want to "feature" this month, and want to participate in Sew Mama Sew's Scrapbuster contest!! I have to get cracking on that....don't want to let the whole month go by!! :)
And lastly....I AM SO EXCITED!! Petalplum is doing a PIF and picked little ole ME as one of her "givetos"....yeah, I just totally made that word up!! But anyway, if you haven't checked her blog out yet...you really should! She is so talented and screen prints her own fabric. They are so pretty. I love her color combinations and simplicity of her prints. GORGEOUS!! She is always doing a Market, and just recently started a new business venture called Selvedge House , so if you live anywhere near Brisbane, Australia..... aren't you LUCKY!! :) Thank you Ellie!!
I will be back before the end of the week to talk about my friend Chelle, her beautiful girls, and the PIF I sent her! Until later....
Friday, October 2, 2009
Here is an up close look at the crown front:
And the back of the crown.
Another reason I was kinda upset that the ladies never said anything about the dresses not fitting sooner, is that through them, I've gotten many orders! They are so sweet, and really "spread" the word of my creations. I made a quilt for a baby boy a while back that they gave as a shower gift. The grandmother of said baby loved it so much, that she promptly put in an order for her other grandson. Here is his quilt:
Because of all of the wonderfully talented quilters I follow, Amy, Marguerite and Allie to name a few, I have been trying to make more of an effort to actually LINE up my squares!! I think I am getting a tiny bit better at it!! I did the middle applique a little different this time, going down instead of across.
Here is a picture of the back, as you can see, I don't actually "quilt" my quilts. I know it is hard to see in my pictures. I will try to work on getting better photos. It is pretty sad since I have a really good camera and use Photoshop! My friend Melanie gives a good explanation on how to get "good" pictures. And she makes AWESOME Polymer Clay creations. I am going to be getting something that my Momma is going to FLIP over this Christmas....ssshhhh Daddy, it is a surprise!! Anyway, I like a more "comforter" type quilt, so that is how I started making my quilts. Maybe one day I will venture into the actual free motion aspect of quilting.
Well, I'm back to sewing....until my LIST is cleared, I will be a busy girl!! I did, however, finish my girls' jammies for Sew Mama Sew's September sew-along, and check out WHO they featured.....some of my Sweeties!! Way to go, girls!! I am just waiting for Ms. Priss to get home from school to try hers on! I'll post soon!! Until later.....