Thursday, June 5, 2014

Flea Market Fabrics!


The exclamation mark in the title is to convey my excitement.  :)
It seems like F O R E V E R since I've been to the Lawrenceburg (antique and vintage only) flea market.  Many of the scheduled weekends last year were rained out or conflicted with family events and I was sick for the first one of this year.  But Mom and I finally made it there this past Sunday.
It was a beautiful day and I was able to find several pretty fabrics.
Let's start with the one that did not make the group picture above.


It's a mid century modern rayon dress fabric with orange poppies...and there is over 7 yards! Love it!


I also found a couple of cute border print fabrics in pink.

And what I really like about these is that the pretty floral border is mirrored along the other selvage, too.

A couple of aqua quilt fabrics also came home with me.

And last but not least, a few rolls of pastel blanket binding...just because they were so pretty.  :)

So , although it wasn't the largest haul of fabrics, it was a nice start to flea market season for me.  What about you? Any good flea market finds lately?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Spring Gardening


After the horrendous winter we endured, I couldn't wait to get out into the yard and start gardening.
I wanted to focus attention on the hosta area in the back yard first.  Lily of the Valley were taking over and water coming off the hill during hard rains had washed away a lot of the top soil and leaf mulch.

I dug out for the dry river bed in hopes that it would direct runoff water around the plants instead of burying them in debris. We've had several days of rain since, and so far so good. :)
I also added a thick layer of leaf mulch to keep weeds at bay.

Now if I can just get Hubby to remove that giant log...
Next, I moved on to the side yard, a small strip along the retaining wall.

 Mainly weeding, a clean edge, and some moving of plants was all that was needed for now.  It also got a layer of compost until we can get mulch down.  The only thing blooming over here this early is the Forget me nots.  The ferns  are a pretty bright green, though. And the orange poppies will be opening soon.
On the other side of the gate is a very shaded walkway.  One side is filled with a variety of ferns and hostas, and along the house I have bleeding heart and yellow celandine poppies which are in bloom now and will bloom on and off through the summer.


There's still lots more to do, and I'll be starting in the front yard this weekend as well as picking up a few annuals for the containers.
How about you? Have you been playing in the garden, too?  Happy planting, everyone!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Baby Gift Items in Flannel

 

I had fun sewing baby items for a friends shower last week. I used super soft flannel fabrics for bibs and burp cloths.  Joanns had their Snuggle flannels on sale so, I pick up a few.

I also had a couple of solids in my stash and a pretty vintage pink rose flannel that I found at an estate sale last summer.

For the shower gift I used the mint green cherry blossom paired with a pink minky dot for one set...

And the vintage pink rose and solid pink for the other set.

I used the same pattern for the bib as the last one I made. Its from Heather Bailey's blog.
For the pink rose burp cloth I just free-handed a pattern.
Then, along with several items from her registry, I packed them all into a handmade fabric bin.

I constructed this one slightly different than the others I've made here and here.
It is a bit smaller and the handles are attached to the sides rather than the top edge.


I think bins are always useful...for toys, diapers, blankets, dvds, books, etc.  So, hopefully she can find a place for it.  :)
Babies are so fun to sew for! And I'm always looking for new ideas.  What type of projects do you like to make for baby?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Little Break From the Cold


Hubby and I headed south to visit family in Florida.  Sunny and temps in the 80's was a welcome change from the snow, cold, and ice we were experiencing here in Ohio.


Most of our time was spent inland working on my In-law's house, but we did squeeze in one day at the beach.  We stayed in Casey Key which is about an hour north of Ft.Myers.
These colorful bungalows looked as though they had just been built or remodeled and we were able to stay in one of the beachfront rooms on the back side that faced the ocean.

It was awesome to wake up to a view of the beach!


Back to reality...although thankfully this week Ohio is seeing a few days of 50 degree weather.  :)
I also got to sew some fun items for another baby shower, and will share them in a few days.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Cold Weather and Warm-Hearted Friends


Like much of the country, we have had our share of snow and cold weather this winter.  And earlier this week, found ourselves in the deep freeze of the polar vortex.  brrrrrr  
But a sweet package arrived to brighten my week.  A lovely pair of handmade kitchen goodies from the talented quilter, blogger, and pattern designer, Stephanie of Loft Creations! (Who, by the way, now has her very own book!)
I just had to share a picture of them in front of the vintage bread sign hanging in my kitchen.  Look how awesome they go together.  And the little pear applique on the hot pad is all vintage fabrics...too perfect.  :)
 
And in an effort to make peace with all the snow, I've put together a few vintage fabrics that remind me of snowflakes.

These are all from the 1950's.  The design is sort of a Penn-Dutch, geo-floral that was quite popular at the time.  I've always liked them as they were reminiscent of the Spirograph designs of my childhood. And although similar, they were each unique, like snowflakes.  :)





Stay warm, everyone!  Only 10 more weeks until spring! (ugh, can that be right?)lol

Monday, December 16, 2013

EpiPen Case


This was a little project for a friend of mine. Her daughter has peanut allergies and she wanted a pretty case for her Epipen.

I made two different styles (actually 3, but didn't get a picture of one of them).  I also made a small label to identify the contents.

I used a computer printer fabric sheet for the label, backed it with interfacing and satin stitched around the edge.  Then just trimmed any excess fabric close to the stitching.  Because the ink isn't washable, I just basted it on to the case with large stitches.  That way she can remove it if she ever does need to clean it. (Update: I just found out that they do make one that's washable.)

Have you ever used the printer fabric?  I'm wondering how I could use the other 3+ sheets in the pack.  :)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Cotton Laminate Bible/Book Cover


I recently got a new bible and it's light gray leather. It an effort to keep it from getting pen marks or scuffs, I wanted to make a cover for it.
I also wanted more page markers than the 2 it came with.  So this is what I came up with...

I used a cotton laminate by Amy Butler.  The cover is a very simple design, unlined.  I just measured from the edge of the front cover around the spine to the edge of the back, then added 7 inches (this left me 3.5 inches for each side to hem and fold to the inside). I also added 1" to the book's height for seam allowance.   I sewed the pockets right sides together and then turned them out.  Then stitched down the section between the pockets at the top and bottom.
 



I also cut 2 long thin strips of laminate to use as extra page markers.  I glued them in between a folded piece of card stock 1" wide, and slipped it down behind the leather at the spine.  I could have attached them directly to the laminate cover, too. But I'm not sure how they will hold up and if they get too frayed looking, I'd like to be able to remove and replace them.



I like it!  Now I'm looking around to see what other books might need a pretty cover.  :)