30 June 2010

Scrappy Loopy Flower

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I just finished a new tutorial for my Scrappy Loopy Flower. I have been making these for some time and have used them instead of traditional bows on packages. It really gives a nice personal touch to special gifts. 
The sky is the limit when it comes to the different combinations of fabrics you can use to make these. And you can make them any size and even use different widths of fabric. 
Visit my Etsy shop for these flowers and much more.

21 June 2010

In Full Bloom

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I am so thrilled to discover that my Spring Day Bag and Brooch have been chosen as 1 of 15 wonderful projects made by very talented and creative people in the Martha Stewart website community to win the Best Sewing Projects 2010.

I am in disbelief, really. There were so many projects entered. Here is a link to see the winners: http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/your-best-sewing-projects-2010 and here is a link to see all the beautiful entries: http://www.marthastewart.com/gallery?galleryId=sewing_projects

I actually entered several items that I have made recently. My Spring Day Bag is one that I designed a few weeks ago and have listed for sale in my Etsy shop, you can buy it here.

20 June 2010

Moda Candy Bars

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These wonderful "candy bars" are new from Moda and so fun! There are 2 different boxes, a "Dark Chocolate" and a "Milk Chocolate". 
Each box comes with 4 different "candy bars". Each one contains 40 fabric rectangles which measure 2.5"x5". 

The Milk Chocolate Box contains the following collections:
Bliss by Bonnie & Camille 
City Weekend by Oliver + S
Fandango by Kate Spain
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Joanna Figueroa
The Dark Chocolate box contains the following collections: 

Luna Notte by 3 Sisters 
Collections for a Cause - Hope by Howard Marcus
Clermont Farms by Minick & Simpson
Remembrance by Brannock & Patek

Also included in each box is a project book with 6 different projects included. Please note some projects require more than 1 "candy bar" and some may require binding and backing fabric.

You can find these yummy candy bars at http://www.etsy.com/shop/aSundayGirl?section_id=6071717

Want some mini charm packs too? I have some of those, check them out here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/35218903/moda-bake-shop-sampler-box

06 June 2010

Got T-Shirts? Make Some Flowers

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I just had to make something with all these t-shirts that were on their way out. I created t-shirt roses and t-shirt chrysanthemums or dahlias. See my tutorial here in my Etsy shop.


03 June 2010

Miss Patience

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Two of my grandchildren, Patience and Edward, are staying a couple weeks with me right now. They are 9 and 11 years old, respectively. I am thrilled they are here, I don't get to see them nearly as often as I'd like to.

Ed keeps busy doing lots of stuff, playing with my dog, Chloe, or helping with the yard work or playing video games, etc. But Miss Patience is easily bored and keeping her entertained is quite a chore.

So, one day when I was working in my studio I brought Patience with me. Well she just loves crafts. She loves to create things, she is quite a little artist actually. So she started drawing a handbag and showed it to me and asked me to make it.

I told her to write down what size she wants it. I told her to describe the strap. I asked her to pick out the fabric and the lining. She told me she wanted the magnet snap. And she told me she wanted a flower on it. So we got out my box of handmade fabric flowers and she picked one out. I asked if she wanted an inside pocket, maybe one with a zipper. She said no.

So I thought that this would be fairly easy to put together and we set out to do that. And about 2 hours later I had finished her bag. I think it is the perfect little bag for an evening out. It's adorable.

Then came the task of naming the bag and that took about 2 seconds. Of course I call it The Miss Patience Bag. I finished the tutorial the next day and listed it in my Etsy shop. You can see it here.

Patience and I got the thrill of our lives this morning when I checked my Etsy shop and discovered that someone had purchased the tutorial!! (Thank you Jean!) I screamed for Patience to come and look. She was totally ecstatic! And I would've given up anything to see the look on her face and to have that special memory with my beautiful Patience.

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