Window Shopping Wednesday – Honey be Good

Holy moley my loves!  I ran across this shop the other day and OMG!!!  Talk about some cuuuuute fabrics!  Eek!  Plus, they’re good for you and the environment.  Check it out…

All of the cotton fabric in our shop is certified organic by either The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) or the Organic Exchange. Look for the ‘Growth and Production’ tab on the fabric detail page for information on the certifying entity.

We also carry hemp blends. Hemp is naturally pest-resistant, uses less water than cotton and is generally considered a sustainable crop not needing certification. Our solid color hemp fabric is a hemp/lyocel blend. The hand screen-printed textiles are on a hemp/GOTS organic cotton base cloth.

This weeks featured shop:  Honey Be Good

This Modern Home Fat Quarter Bundle … oh… what can I say about it?  Uhh, I’m in love with the llamas?  So stinking adorable.  This would make a to die for quilt.

Modern Home Fat Quarter Bundle

I {heart} these Banksia Trees!  Can’t you just imagine a pillow made with this fabric?

Banksia Bloom - Banksia Trees

This print is called Chick Chick by Nancy Mims and if you look reeeaaaal close you’ll notice that the redish color is actually hens standing on top of eggs.  Cheeky!  For some reason I’d really like to put this fabric on something in our screened patio.

Chick Chick by Nancy Mims

This print is called Harmony Art Sateen – 10 Flowers and I can totally see this in a little girls room somewhere… perhaps as a line of fabric on the bottom of a solid white quilt?  So sweet.

Harmony Art Sateen - 10 Flowers

My MIL is going through a bit of a bird phase and I’m sure she’d love this Little Blue Birds print by Havana.  This would be really cute as a seat cover on a screened in patio chair.

Havana - Little Blue Birds

When I saw this fabric I thought “how mod!” which is funny considering it’s called MicroMod – Tick Tock White.  To add a bit of glitz, I would sew clear sequins onto the small white dots in the center.

MicroMod - Tick Tock White

I think this New Leaf – Festoon fabric would make an adorable skirt for the spring, especially if topped with a cardigan set.

New Leaf - Festoon

Have a little one in your life?  This Nursery Flannel – Ele-fête! might just be the perfect thing!

Nursery Flannel - Ele-fête!

This Raaga – Roost print is just lovely.  I love the colors and you know I love me some peacocks.

Raaga - Roost

Does this make anyone else want to hoard fabric or is it just me?

Happy shopping!

Window Shopping Wednesday – Pink Chalk Fabric

One of my goals for 2013 was to spend more time crafting.  So far, that’s been a success.  I spent one weekend in January crafting and my February crafting day is coming up soon.  I haven’t actually gotten much accomplished… it’s more like sorting through all of my projects that are in some stage of started and figuring out where to go from there.  I’ve made a few things though.  I promise I’ll show you pictures and what not soon.

I have a bootie-load of fabric in my fabric stash so I’m not actually in the market for more.  I’ve succeeded in not purchasing any for several months now but that’s mostly due to avoiding places like Joann’s like the plague.  Haha.

I did run across this cute little shop called Pink Chalk Fabrics online the other day though (completely by accident, I swear) and I thought we could at least virtually shop for some fun fabric.

This weeks featured shop:  Pink Chalk Fabric

Kokka Nancy Wolff Space Explorers Purple

Space aliens.  On fabric.  I don’t really need to say more about this do I?

 

Alexander Henry Mecca For Moderns Mercer Park Grey

I {heart} this fabric.  So modern.  Lovely colors.  Come home with me!

 

Keiki Mind Your P's and Q's Forest Critters Cream

Forest Critters.  Eek!  So cute!

Cloud9 Fabrics Happy Drawing Too Dachshund

Dashshund fabric.  Come on now!  AND in sweaters.  Cuteness overload.

 

Etsuko Furuya Echino Fall Collection 2012 Acacia Natural

I’m going through a bit of an elephant phase right now.  Can you guess why I love this fabric?  😉

 

Kokka Dutch Door Press Matryoshka Dolls

I think this fabric is just precious.  I have no idea what I’d make using it but I love it.

 

Laurie Wisbrun Olive The Ostrich Olive Pink

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day – this fabric would be so cute used in your Valentine’s decoration for next year.  Perhaps made into a dish towel?

 

Patty Sloniger Les Amis Socks the Fox Aqua

Oh holy mother… I think I just cheated on my husband.  I want, I need, I ADORE this fabric.  *DROOL*

 

Patty Sloniger Les Amis Turtle Parade Teal

Speaking of my husband… ya’ll know we have a thing for turtles in our house… (see here and here)

 

Patty Young Textured Basics Hexies Multi

I love these hexies!  It’s like paper piecing without all the work!

 

Tula Pink Salt Water Sea Stripes Aqua

The movement in this is just exquisite.

 

Oh my.  Now I want to go fabric shopping.

Sigh.

Making Baby Burp Cloths

A while back I mentioned that I went to a friends baby shower.  This friend is the first friend that I’ve known that I knew before she was pregnant and has then had a baby.  When she told me she was preggo I was totally psyched for her and her hubby.  Naturally, my mind immediately started working overtime trying to figure out what I was going to make for her for her baby shower gift.  Then, as happens frequently in my life, life got completely and utterly out of hand.  In the end, I ended up taking a trip to Carter’s to buy her adorable baby boy some equally adorable clothes.  I’m thrilled with what I gave her (and I think / hope she was too) but I still wanted to go ahead and make something for her even though her baby shower had come and gone.

So – I whipped out some flannel fabric that I had purchased, made a Joann’s run to purchase some terry cloth fabric (i.e. towels) in matching colors and then sat down at my sewing machine for a few hours.

Here’s what I made:

Now – I’ll be honest… I made her 4 (or was it 6?) of these suckers and none a single one of them is the same size.  I wanted a finished product of 10” x 18” and between not being able to cut OR sew in a straight line I don’t think that any of them were on-point with my desired outcome.  Nonetheless, they turned out relatively cute and, if nothing else, functional.  And let’s face it… her kid is going to puke on these.  I sincerely doubt that he cares if my seams are straight.

Burp cloths are a great beginner sewing project.  You take your flannel and your terry cloth (note: you can buy towels at the dollar store instead of terry cloth fabric from a fabric store) and you cut out an 11” x 19” piece of both.  Pin right sides together and sew (using a ½” seam) all the way around, leaving approximately a 2” opening on one end.  Flip your burp cloth inside out, then stitch around the seams again, approximately ¼” from the edge.  Lastly – fold your burp cloth into thirds (length wise), mark the ‘fold’ with an erasable pen or, in my case, frog tape.  Then sew a straight line along your marker.  This helps to adhere to terry to the flannel as well as making it easy to fold the cloths for storage.

Have you ever made anything for a baby shower gift… Or a belated baby shower gift?

I’ve linked up to these great parties:

Bloom Designs
Chef in Training
Chic on a Shoestring
Classy Clutter
Delightful Order
DIY Show Off
Ginger Snap Crafts
Handy Man Crafty Woman
Happy Hour Projects
Home Stories A to Z
I Gotta Create
I Heart Naptime
Lil Luna
Mod Vintage Life
My Girlish Whims
One Artsy Mama
Skip to my Lou
Uncommon Designs
Under the Table and Dreaming

I dream of… better sewing skills? (part 2)

So I’m back with another idea that I saw online that I wish my brain had thought of.  How cute is this???  Doilies as pockets!  Eek!  AND it would even be easy to do for people who aren’t sewers! 

You can view the source of this genius here as well as see my other sewing skill inspiration here.

Window Shopping Wednesday – Fat Quarter Shop

Do you like to look at pretty fabrics?  I do – and I did long before I ever got a sewing machine (not that I actually have the time to sew anything now that I do own a sewing machine).  Anywho, I found this shop waaaay back at the beginning of the year and I keep going back just to look at all the nifty stuff they have.  Pretty much everything here is devoted to quilting (which I’d love to learn how to do but honestly don’t think I’ll ever be good at).  That being said, there are tons of quilters out there that are willing to use fabric that you provide so if you want one, you don’t actually have to sew the sucker yourself.  Here are a few things that caught my eye this week.

This weeks featured shop: Fat Quarter Shop

Bella Fat Quarter Bundle Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics Aren’t the colors amazing?  It’s modern and sophisticated and colorful all at the same time.  Love love love.

Animal Parade Fat Quarter Bundle Ana Davis for Blend Fabrics  So I’m not big on pink, like, at all and if I were to have a little girl I still wouldn’t be big on pink.  That being said, I’m relatively certain the rest of the world likes pink for little girls.  If it’s gotta be pink, I like this option.

Creek The Birds and the Bees Fat Quarter Bundle Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics  I really love this color selection – the blues, purples, and greens go really well together.  The trees (see the square right above where it says ‘bees’) and the lady bugs (bottom right) are definitely my favorite.

Adventure Celebrate Seuss 2 Fat Quarter Bundle Dr. Seuss Enterprises for Robert Kaufman Fabrics  So my stepbrother has a serious love for all things Dr. Seuss.  If he were ever to have a kiddo I would totally have a quilt made for the rugrat out of this fabric.  So fun.

Outback Down Under Fat Quarter Bundle Mint Blossom for Northcott Fabrics  This would be a great set of fabrics for a quilt in a modern nursery.  I see grey walls, white trim, with navy and yellow accents.  So posh.

Holiday Fat Quarter Bundle Michael Miller Fabrics  I can tell you that my husband would make me buy this fat quarter set just for the argyle print.  Personally I’m kinda lovin the reindeer.

What do you think?  Does any of this make you want to have a quilt in your home?

I dream of… better sewing skills?

Ok, so we all know my sewing skills are rudimentary at best.  Remember this

Well, waaaaay back when I mentioned to you guys that I was inspired by a friend of mine from college to start this blog because she was writing a blog  and it just so happens that a lot of what she was doing was clothing refashioning because she started working out like an insane person and lost a ton of weight and looks absolutely FABULOUS.  And, like most of us, she didn’t have the funds to buy a whole new wardrobe so she honed her mad sewing skills and worked with what she had. 

Then, there was another blog  that I had read even before my friends’ blog and this blog is completely about re-making existing pieces of clothing.

Needless to say these two ladies have mad skills and imagination that my brain just does not possess.  Which kinda makes me sad.  But that’s ok.

Anywho, today I came across another fashion remake that I think is super cute, and totally do-able even with rudimentary sewing skills.  So, I thought I’d pass it along for anyone who might be interested. 

Go here  to see the $3 makeover versus the $560 original!  Craziness!

Sewing fills my days, not to mention the living room, bedroom, and closets. ~ Author Unknown

So the other day I read this blog post from one of my favorite bloggers A Girl & A Glue Gun.  It’s about this lovely little fabric shop called Allegro Fabric & Notion.  Now, I love fabrics and have become a bit of a hoarder collector since finally figuring out how to use my sewing machine.  Granted, I haven’t actually made anything (other than this shirt and these bags) but the fact that I know how to use the sewing machine seems to justify these purchases to me.  You get my logic right?  Anyways, for whatever reason my willpower seems to be exponentially stronger when viewing adorable fabric online (whereas when I walk into Joann’s I’m totally powerless).  So, I’m able to peruse their wonderful selection without immediately digging for my debit card. 

Also, according to the afore mentioned blog post, Allegro does something super cool where you can buy their sewing kits and they’ll send you everything you need – the pattern, fabric, elastic, buttons, etc etc etc.  How cool is THAT?

I’m DYING to learn to quilt so that I have even more excuses to buy fabric can finally do something with the fabric I have. 

Want to see some of my favorite fabrics?  Sure you do…

If fabric this cute doesn’t make you want to sew there’s something seriously wrong with you.  Just sayin.

They also have some super cute patterns.  I didn’t want to learn to sew in order to sew clothes, that’s just not really my gig, but these patterns are still super cute.