Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Busy Sewing and Gardening

Busy, busy, busy! May is a busy month, isn't it? Here in Ohio, May is when we get the OK to start planting our annuals. Usually, I try to get everything done by the second week, but this year its been a little cool and rainy, so I've had to hold myself back. It has been sooo hard for me not to go running out to purchase flats and flats of annuals.

So to distract myself, I've been sewing. You can see the beginning stages of a couple of projects in the above picture. The main focus is an adorable children's print fabric from the 1940's. The selvage says, "Guaranteed to Be A Puritan Print" "Mail Time". It shows scenes of bunnies, bluebirds, pigs, and dogs delivering the mail...so cute! I have only small pieces, but they're just the right size for zippered pouches. Here's a few of the finished ones on Etsy...




I've also been working on some applique projects. I'm not sure if I've thanked Katherine lately for her tutorial. Thank You, Katherine!!!
This first one is made with a vintage Indian Head cotton fabric of tossed strawberries. I've appliqued a natural linen blossom on the front.

And this one allowed me to use those small scraps of 1930's fabrics I've been drooling over for the past year. I call it "Spring Showers and Flowers". :)I hope to get my flowers in this week and then I can take some pictures of the patio and yard. Have a great week, everyone!

21 comments:

Sugar Bear said...

The childrens fabric is so sweet! Love all of your newest creations.
Karla

sweetiepie said...

I love the childrens print. It made a beautiful bag. And the showers and flowers bag is so appropriate because, like you, I don't have my flowers planted yet. We have been having cool, wet weather. Great work! Joyce in Iowa

Sarah and Jack said...

That juvenile fabric is to die for cute!

Shabbyfufu said...

Oh my Kimberly.....I love those prints!! Will run over and take a peek at your Etsy shop right now~XO~ Janet

Pink Icing on the Cake said...

You know what, I think I forgot that you live in Ohio too. What area are you in? I am outside Toledo, in Perrysburg.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Junie Moon said...

All of the fabrics are very pretty and I love how you're using them.

Mrs.Kwitty said...

OMGosh--those are so sweet! That little pig is way past adorable. Very nice little bags, I like your use of the linen with the colorful fabrics.

Have fun planting your flowers! We are still waiting here too--it's been a really cold spring so far.

Smiles, Karen

Julie said...

Just wanted to say hi and that I enjoyed my visit here. You are very talented!

Jill -Forever and Ever House said...

I have it on my "life to do list" to learn how to applique. You are inspiring me to "get goin'"!! Lovely!

Stephanie said...

Found your blog through Freda's Hive. So glad I did.

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Oh you are one talented lady - I especially love the last 2 purses! :-)

Katherine said...

Could these bags be any cuter? I love the vintage fabrics you find, Kimberly and then they way you use them makes them even more irrestible!

You're an applique pro! Thank you for your sweet words although I don't see how I can take the credit, you're the one with the talent, girl. It's so great to see your projects - it looks like you're having a great time with this technique. Those bags are fantastic! Isn't machine applique addictive? ;o)

Rosemary said...

How cute!!
Rosemary

pinklemonadeboutique said...

Oh these are so awesome! I love the birdies!

papel1 said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love yours. I love the fabrics, pretty bag, and other vintage items.
Judy

LOUISE @ HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS said...

May is such a busy month in the garden over here in the UK too. I hope you managed to sow your flowers. Talking of sewing your latest projects are lovely and beautifully made. x

Cora from Nelia's Primitive Place said...

I just love these!!!!! YOu did such a beautiful job on them!

Loved the flower pictures, too! Spring is so wonderful when things start blooming!!!!

Come on over and sign up for my giveaway!

Cora

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

wow, such perfect work, I love it, and the fabric is fabulous too. Everything is so lovely.

joanie said...

Really beautiful stuff! You sewing looks brilliant too :)

MarleyandMom said...

I am salivating over that fabric! It's soooo cute that I can't take it! Thanks for leaving a comment on my lonely blog :) I'm new at this! I can't wait to take a peek at your Etsy shop! I will add your blog to my fave blogs because it's so beautiful esp. your flowers...I'm so envious :)

Karen said...

Love, love, LOVE that kitchen!!! The colors are beautiful. We are going to replace our counter top soon. We have white cupboards as well. Wonderful inspiration :) Thanks for sharing.

Karen at Ciderantiques