Tuesday, March 30, 2010

in need of some inspiration

While working on a big sewing project (involving mostly hand sewing) I am starting to feel overwhelmed and on the verge of getting very frustrated.  But I HAVE to finish it.  No matter how bad my fingers hurt, or how many times I've stabbed my thumb with that needle, this has to be finished.  

Etsy breaks alway help me though.  So I am taking a little break and admiring some pretty plushies.  Enjoy! 

what a cute little foxy!

stella and stewart - adorable!

oh my, be still my heart

this tiger deserves a "holy cute!"

and I must make one of these little dragons

alright - I feel better now and will go back to making my fingers bleed sewing.  I need a thimble.  Hopefully I will finish tomorrow so I can share my hard work with you!


Monday, March 29, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

a quick DIY

I needed a gift for my sister and wanted to frame some pictures I had taken but I couldn't find a frame that would fit three 4x6 and not cost a fortune.  Frames can be so expensive! 

Instead I bought three separate wooden frames, twine, upholstery tacks and a little hot glue to make a hanging frame display.

After cutting the twine to the length I wanted, I secured each frame together using a tack and a dab of hot glue, like this:

Once each frame is secured I created a piece of twine to hang it from...

This is a maybe 10 minute project, actually...more like 7!

Happy Friday!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

thrifting therapy 2.0

I felt pretty good after all your nice comments (thank you!) about my thrift store finds so I ventured out again yesterday morning.  Unfortunately, I only made one stop, Leilani feel asleep on the way and it is really annoying to drag a sleeping/crabby toddler around.  But one stop is better than no stops.  I found a few pyrex dishes but they were pretty "eh" ...no lids, or lids that were cracked and/or the actual dish itself was cracked.  Oh well.  Maybe next time. 

I did, however, find another owl for my collection.  He was crammed in a dirty, bottom shelf and was covered in dust, poor guy looked like he had been sitting there for a very long time - how lonely. 
He was just begging for a new home. 

And I found three more pretty pillow cases.

The blue print is my favorite. 

I saw the most beautiful set of vintage sheets in a bright orange, brown and yellow but they were nearly $8, I know that's not expensive, but every other set was closer to $2.  This store is having a 40% off sale on saturday morning so if they are still there, I will pick them up. 

I wish I had taken a picture of them though, imagine this print...

...but in all bright yellow, orange and a bit of light brown.  Beautiful!

I hope you are all having a wonderful week!
Can you believe it's Friday tomorrow?


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

thrifting therapy

I hate to admit this... but I am not a huge fan of thrift stores (aka vintage shopping).  This is due to a few bad experiences that scared me.  But I think I am finally getting over my fear.  Today I discovered the cleanest thrift store I have ever been in.  Not only was it clean, but everyone was friendly and it was well stocked with treasures.  I purchased some of these treasures and am very pleased with my thrifting adventures.  Would you like to take a peek?

1/2 yd lavender flannel for .99 cents, two vintage king size pillow cases (over a yard of material) for .99 cents each, 2+ yds of yellow polka dot for only $1.99 = SCORE! 

two cute pyrex dishes, .99 cents for the pair...they are a little dingy in this picture, I took it before they were washed up.

aren't these little guys adorable?  the ones on the left are "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" they need a fresh coat of paint and they'll be perfect... the round fellow on the right has a few little white marks, but I think I am going repaint him in brighter colors.

A very successul thifting adventure if you ask me.  :o)

happy mail came today too - and it made me smile.
thank you Stephanie!

What made you smile today?


Monday, March 22, 2010

monday monday

Hello readers!  I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  Our weekend was full of baby showers, birthday parties and three days in a row where Leilani didn't get her nap (not fun).  Needless to say, today has been a day for recovery - I needed it!  I did miss my blog, but just couldn't find time to sit down at the computer. 

Here was part of my gift for the baby shower I attended...it is another empire waist dress from Amy Butler's Little Stitches book.  I used the same fabric as version 1.0, except I used the creamy print as the main color, and I left off the little bow.
I can't wait to see pictures of these new little girls in their dresses.

Oh yes, spring has sprung around here.

Spring makes me giddy.  How about you?


Saturday, March 20, 2010

circa 1985

These adorable oshkosh overalls belonged to my little sister, she wore them in 1985 and outgrew them in 1986.  Then my other little sister wore them in 1990 and they were put in storage in 1991.  Well, my mom just pulled them out of storage for Little Big to wear.

These overalls were just a few of the goodies she gave to me.  So yes, there's more cute vintage baby to come!

Have a wonderful weekend, mine is jam packed with busy-ness so it will be a little quiet here.

What are your plans for the weekend?


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

green is a pretty color

I love any excuse to wear green, eat corned beef, drink guinness and pretend to dance an irish jig.  What a fun holiday!

This year I gave up meat for lent so no corned beef for me...so sad.  I guess I'll just stick to the potatoes, carrots and cabbage.  Still tasty though.

Please enjoy some pretties...all green of course!

all images found at weheartit under "green" 

Happy St. Patty's Day!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

pretty things

I finally found some time to browse through Target and see what all this fuss is about.  You know, this stuff, Liberty of London for Target.  There's been quite the buzz around blogville and now I know why.

I'll take one of everything please.

just kidding - but I do really want this
I adore blues greens.  A D O R E.  I looked for this set today and there was no bedding to be found.  Nothing.  They were completely sold out!  Wow.

I guess if I couldn't get the paisley, then I could settle with this...

And of course, Leilani needs the following outfits, stat.

Cuteness.  with a capital "C"


busy busy

I have so many projects to finish this week and the rest of this month!  Two birthdays, a baby shower this weekend, then Easter coming up...  All of this and in the meantime I am working on a BIG sewing project which I will share when its done but until then its a secret!  :o)

What I can share, are these
I used this pattern - found at Sew, Mama, Sew!  Of course, I changed them just a bit, I can never follow a pattern without changing something...

A set of 8 makes a very nice gift, plus they are easy to whip up and something you can finish during naptime - that's my kind of project.  I got a little lazy and made three of them plain, but I added some pretty quilting.

St. Patty's day coming up...exciting!


Sunday, March 14, 2010

cute things

first off, head over to my sidebar and grab a button!  its cute!

second cute thing:

green nails for St. Patty's day.  I'm lotsa Irish and I love this holiday.

third cute thing:

happy mail that arrived yesterday. how cute is that? thank you so much stephanie!

happy happy sunday to you all!

Friday, March 12, 2010

ruffles and lace

One more refashion for the week!  Still not sure how I feel about the results...hmmm.

I started with a onesie that was too small, a remnant of colorful polka dots, a vintage peachy/coral scrap and some pretty vintage lace (not pictured).  I ended up with this...

A pretty dress with lots of pretty ruffles!

my trick to a nice full skirt is a simple formula, measure around the waist - or in my case, the bottom of the onesie, mutiply this by 2 and that's the length of the next tier.  Each tier is twice the length of the tier above it.  Easy as pie. 

I am tempted to cut the onesie part off leaving a few inches for a waistband, add some elastic for an adorable little skirt.  Maybe when she officially grows out of the onesie this will become a skirt.  We shall see.

Regardless, its cute and another fun way to make something old, new.

happy weekend!!


Thursday, March 11, 2010

2 more for my mini me

As promised, two more refashions for the little ladies...

I started with a t-shirt ($2 at WM!) and a small scrap left over from a fat quarter

and ended up with this:
I attached a strip to the front and back of the bottom hem of the shirt

and created a big ruffle down the middle
(notice the anklet, she puts it on in the morning and refuses to take it off until bedtime, eccentric? yes)

I had a little fabric left over so I made her a hair clipy.  This isn't the first time she's been dresses in animal prints.  I hope one day she can find it in her heart to forgive me.

Now, on to the next one...
Another $2 score from WM and an old, long sleeve tee of mine that shrunk so much it soffocates me if I try to wear it.

I cut the sleeves off, and attached them to the sleeves of the t-shirt.  They were so small already I didn't even have to make them smaller!

Then I used the upper part of one sleeve as the reverse applique for the hearts.  Having never done this technique before, I think they turned out ok.  A little crooked, but still cute.  I trimmed them with some matching green fabric paint.

its getting late, I am sleepy.
so glad its Friday tomorrow!