Thursday, September 24, 2009

My First Coat

For some reason I thought it would be fun to make my little one a coat. I had the pattern left over and unused from my oldest, so I took the plunge last night. I had to make huge seams and adjust the collar because of it, but I think it's going to work.

I still have all the finishing work, top stitching and hand stitching to do, but I'm so close!

Did I mention it's reversible?!

I love how the fabrics contrast. The lady who sold them to me wasn't convinced, but it turned out just like I planned. She was so sweet - "You do know that at some point both of the fabrics will show at the same time?" I told her I was going for vintage funky!

Just in case you're interested, the pattern was from 1998, it is Butterick 5714. I made the collars and pockets contrasting, whereas the pattern has them the same.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Hmm - Any Opinions?

So ... I found this wall hanging today. Brass, floral, deeply embossed, well-loved. Now, I have to tell you that I planned to cut it up like my ceiling tin (and I still might!), but I wanted to see some other opinions. By searching online, it appears that yes, this is definitely vintage, maybe as early as the 1950s based on some other items. None of the other ones are floral, though. But they still seem to be a tough sell on ebay. (Only found 2 on etsy).

It has some condition issues, there are areas of black, peely (paint?), and and two worn spots with a green color showing through (like copper does). Can that be fixed? It doesn't seem like it would be wanted in this condition.

So, I could (1) attempt to sell as is (2) paint it and "cottage" it up a bit (3) cut it up and make a heart garland as originally planned (4) keep it a mystery and not tell anyone!

I would love to hear your opinion/advice!

Friday, September 18, 2009

A Rustic Pumpkin Patch

I am almost finished with a whole batch of pumpkins!

Each one is about 6" tall. I'm going to add hooks to the backs so they can be hung separately or strung all together like a garland.

Available in my shop on Saturday, Sept 19!

Monday, September 14, 2009


Lucy hasn't arrived yet, but her sweet mommy has already requested some special letters just for her. I was so excited that I had such a "girly" designed tin to use as the material.

And since I love pink, I was doubly excited that this was the requested color!

I love the swirls and curves!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I Wonder Who She Is Talking To?

So, I downloaded my photos today and guess what I found?

This is what happens when I leave the camera out!

I wonder how she got her cat to do that!

Monday, September 7, 2009

A TShirt and a Dress!

My little one needed a coordinating outfit, but the smallest tee was just too big. So, I took a deep breath, said to myself - it's only $10, and got out the scissors!

I laid the shirt flat, cut off each sleeve about 1 and 1/2" inside each seam and sewed a straight seam up each side also about 1 and 1/2", so a total of 3" off of each side. I also sewed higher so that the arm hole was smaller. Each of the sleeve ruffles is a long, shallow curve (approx 1/3 of the long side of an oval) that is gathered and sewn to the top half of the arm opening.

I made belt loops and added a belt to give it a bit of shape and added 3 ruffles to the bottom. The turquoise fabric is a handkerchief print to go along with the "giddy up" theme. The bottom ruffle is attached to the very bottom of the tshirt (it was long!) The other two ruffles are just sewn on top of the shirt. The top edges are finished.

Problem solved! And everyone's happy!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New For Fall

I am slowly introducing new designs in my shop for fall - here are a few that are in stock or on their way!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Sister's Creativity

Just had to share the cute tees my oldest made for herself and for my youngest! She is so proud to be able to say - My sister made it for me!