Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pretty Dog Bowl Mat

I made Hunny a new mat for her food and water bowls. I used the Amy Butler Laminated fabric, a different print for each side.
I found the fabric very easy to work with. Although you can't press directly on the laminated side, I was able to iron the seams somewhat flat using a pressing cloth. I laid the two pieces right sides together, sewed, then turned right side out and topstitched. After topsitching, I applied seam sealant to the stitch holes, because I read that water could get in through the holes.

Hunny likes her new mat, but wishes there was food in that bowl. LOL

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

...Especially when they are active puppies. ;-)

Hunny plays hard and can fall asleep pretty much anywhere. Such a sweetie!

I also just made her a new dog bowl mat out of Amy Butler laminate fabric. I'll get some pictures taken and show you that in the next post.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Vintage Locks, Magazines, and Matchbooks

This is another "Treasures From Grandma's Attic" post, as well as part of the Vintage Alphabet collections link party. This months letters are L and M, so I'll be showing vintage Locks, Magazines, and Matchbooks all found in my Grandmother's attic.

Let's start with the locks... First we have two old Eagle spring locks.

And here is a box of cute mini locks in different colors. Most are still wrapped in paper with their keys.

Now on to the "M"s...Matchbooks.

This pretty one is dated 1955.

And last but certainly not least, the vintage Magazines. A stack of LIFE Magazines mostly from the late 40's to the 60's.

I may need to do a whole post on this Fall Fashions issue from 1946. :-)

And there's a fun group of Saturday Evening POST , also from the 1940-1960's.

Be sure to stop by the Etsy Cottage Style Blog to see what other fun L and M collections are being shown.

Friday, July 16, 2010

The PlayHouse is Done! Finally. :-)

You may remember that a couple of months ago, I casually mentioned how I was making my little niece a playhouse. We had been using a sheet over a card table, as that was pretty much what
I did as a kid. Although, I do also remember having a Beatles Yellow Submarine card table cover, which was pretty cool. Anyway, since Aunt Kim doesn't have a lot of toys here to play with, I set out to make something a little more interactive.
The front has a cottage door, carriage light, removeable/changeable sign, mailbox, and doggy bowl. Lady and the Tramp is her favorite movie.
Another side has an apple tree (with pick-able apples) and a birdbath for the gold finch and bluebird to splash around in. :-)

I used a painter's canvas drop cloth for the base and started adding things little by little. Once I Googled "playhouse" for ideas, I found the most creative felt houses! This one by Homemade by Jill even provided a few templates. There is also an etsy seller ,Missprettypretty making these in different themes. Too cute! And let me tell you...they are worth every penny! This one took me hours and hours to make.
On this side we have a window with gingham curtains and a pot of flowers.
And my favorite is the vegetable garden. The carrots fit into little pockets and the cabbage leaves and pea pods have velcro so they are removeable, too. My niece loves to gather the fruits and vegetables in her little basket. :-)

It was a major pain trying to move that big thing around in the sewing machine, so if you ever make one of these, make it in sections and sew the sections together at the very end.

I'm just going to make her a few little food items next, so she can use them when we play restaurant. :-)

Friday, July 9, 2010

A New Addition to the Family

I'd like you all to meet our new little puppy, Honey. She's an 8 week old yellow lab with a very sweet disposition. We drove down to a farm in Kentucky to see her and her mom and dad yesterday after work and brought her home that evening.

I wanted to name her Daisy, but hubby seemed to settle on Honey and was going to be calling her that no matter what I named her, so I finally gave in. I think I may have to insist on spelling it with a "U" and double "N", though. Hunny just looks cuter. :-)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

More Vintage Fabrics From Indiana

I've had lots of fun finding fabrics lately! A "girl's" trip with Mom to Central Indiana
as well as another weekend at the Lawrenceburg flea market turned up many cute prints.
Here's a few from the Brown County Bloomington area...

Love this cool Midcentury barkcloth!

And here are the fabrics I found at the Flea market. Boy, was it HOT this weekend!
These first two (the red print and cherries), are my favorites.

Most of these are on the website, or will be soon. :-)
Have a great week everyone! And stay cool.