Thursday, May 27, 2010

a skirt and a headband

As part of the "sewing for myself" theme, I finally drafted and made a skirt from Cal Patch's book. I'm glad to finally have tried one of the projects in the book, it's been on my to-do list for months (along with so so many other things). I have to confess that while I love the idea of drafting my own clothing patterns, and it really appeals to the goth teenager in me, I have such limited free-time to sew that I usually use store-bought or online patterns. I hope when my toddler is a bit older I can draft more clothing patterns. I haven't even used my dress form yet.

This is the new headband I made for myself. I love the retro vibe. I would like tons more of these! I have one similar in my shop and I was tempted to shoplift it from myself so I knew I needed to get busy making one.

That's it for today. It's been a busy week trying to keep the house in order. I hope everyone has a nice long weekend!! We are chick-sitting for one of Maura's friends who are going away. The kids are looking forward to having chicks again!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

more selfish sewing!

I really love messenger bags. This project has been on my to-do list for a long, long time. I decided in honor of Mother's Day I'd finally finish this one for myself. This is loosely based on the messenger bag from SEW WHAT Bags which I love, I really like all the sew what books.

And to replace my old falling-apart wristlet, so I don't lose my keys in that giant bag...
these are made with one of my favorite fabrics, August Fields by Amy Butler. I don't remember where I got it, It's been in my stash for over a year. I love this color combo!
Is it brown or plum, I still don't know! Inside I made a huge velcro pocket on one side to house all the diapering supplies and keep them out of my stuff, I'm pretty excited about Travis and I being able to share a bag peacefully.

Monday, May 10, 2010

A happy Mother's Day

I hope all the moms out there had a great day! I know I did.

We went to the Bedford Village Inn (my favorite restaurant!) for brunch, which included some of the best food I've ever had. We got to enjoy it with both our moms. I wasn't expecting a gift from Jim since he already gave me a beautiful diamond necklace for an early Mother's Day gift and we just picked up my new car on Friday night. So I was shocked when he and the kids gave me a gift bag containing a new lense for my (new) slr camera. Whoa, I'm so spoiled.

I came home and took a few pictures in the yard.

This is Sauron. The chickens were all escaped from their area and in my garden when we got home. Their area is plenty big enough for their enjoyment (and then some), but for some reason they keep digging under the fence and winding up here. Who knew chickens were so hard to corral. So I used them as a subject for my photography!

My mom loved her market tote and wallet made from her 70's floral wedding dress. Now I wish I took a picture, duh. No sewing today, but I have a few on-going projects to finish.