Thursday, March 26, 2009


a Piano - Really! I saw this post at Portabello Pixie and I am breathless. Anyone have a piano they want to give me? lol - a girl can dream!


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Charming Handbags

Charming Handbags, originally uploaded by joeysews.

I love this book. It is due back at the library today - ugh! I used the "charming handbag" pattern for these three bags. They will be donated to a Young Life banquet/Auction for this saturday.

So, as many of you know, I didn't follow the rules. I wanted to add the embroidery and had this idea with the circle that I had to try. The first one was my trial and by the third I think I perfected my idea. You would not believe how simple it was to get those circles like that.

The embroidery was not done on my embroidery machine but on my regular sewing machine that has monogramming letters to choose from. I like the way the words look - Hope, Faith, Love.

Check out my flickr for other pictures of the bags/embroidery.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Thrifty find

I really needed a candy dish. I found this at the ARC for $1.99. I had put some candy in it but that only lasted a day. I like it although, I doubt it has any real value - I don't think it's expensive or old but I like it anyways.
I got a few others things that evening: 1) children's cd - actually, I had never browsed the cds before because it is a little hard to browse through all of those titles. 2) owl necklace (will definately need to post a picture - although, it is kinda big and therefore I hung it in my sewing room 3) target bag - daughter picked it up at the last minute 99 cents!
The staff was picking through all of the stuff to pull the items with "blue" tags. I was disappointed because I would have liked to have gotten in on some of the 1/2 off blue tags that they were throwing in baskets. And then where do they go? I passed on buying any sheets because I figure I need to work on the stack of 3 or 4 that I have already purchased. I mainly make lounge pants out of them but am going to start on a couple different quilts with all the scraps. Yea!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Pleated Beauty

I am so sorry sister! I had all intentions of sending you this bag

but I have fallen in love with it. You will get one . . . but later! It is a pleated beauty bag by Amy Karol from her book Bend-The-Rules Sewing. Oh, my goodness, I just saw that she has a new book coming out August 2009! I already love THIS book. She is so talented and creative. Oh, she's from Oregon. So many talented people there, like my niece Avery. She will be taking sewing lessons from my mom and I am so jealous that I am not the one to be giving her lessons. ugh! But how special for her and grandma!

I went to my sister-in-laws baby shower this weekend and I made her a quilt and bibs and burp clothes - but no, nope, no pictures. Hmmmm. Will have to see if I can get a picture to post. You're all waiting aren't you?

And plans for Spring Break? Haven't even paid attention to what the weather may be like because I will be in my sewing room making a tshirt quilt that should have been done months ago. MONTHS!!! I think I'm aproaching the year marker! People, you have to give me deadlines - I am horrible at "oh, whenever!" That turns into months, ahem, a year!!! (that's bad, really bad!) Ok, but I will have it done next week. Think positive!!!


Friday, March 6, 2009

St Patricks Day Apron Swap Sent

This is the apron that I sent to my partner for the St patricks Apron Swap. I made the top panel from a vintage sheet. There are pin tucks at the top,Tiny white binding around the pockets and giant rickrack at the bottom hem. I didn't want the apron to be all "shamrockie" but I am afraid the only things st patricky about it is that it is green. I hope my partner can at least get more wear out of the apron, but should've signed up for a "spring" apron swap for this one. :(


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts tickets $180, dinner $50, parking $15, tshirt $30, 20 Year Anniversary with Lewis : Priceless