Thursday, June 23, 2011

Another Change!

Sorry folks!  I have been playing around with blogger and gmail and have changed to another blog address again - last time, I promise! 

Please come follow me here!!!!  There are going to be lots of fun posts and cute sewn items coming up :):)

Thanks for reading!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

PR - Simplicity 2606

Pattern Review - Simplicity 2606

Pattern Description: A Simple Solutions pattern - Misses pull-on pleated skirts and tie belt

Pattern Sizing: 6-14, I made my usual 14 and it fits fine.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were super easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that it had pleats, in addition to the elastic waistline. It made the skirt just a bit fuller and is a great little detail. I also love the pockets!

Fabric Used: A border print cotton in navy/pink/green/white that I purchased at Joann's. It was 50% off, so for 2 yards it was only $10!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would definitely sew it again and I would recommend it to others for sure.

Conclusion: Easy to sew with great results! I plan on wearing this with a white t-shirt and some sandals for summer :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Also a Change of Name...

Just a quick note to let you all know - I had changed the web address of the blog, but didn't realize that it wouldn't automatically point you to it.  I hope that if you are following now, you will follow along at the new address too!  It should be up at some point tonight.  :)

Thank you!

Change of Plans

Hello there!  Hope you all had a great weekend :)  Mine was busy, even with having Friday off.  But, it was fun/busy.  I spent a lot of time with family this weekend, which was really nice.  I got a lot of sewing in as well, which brings me to the title of this post....

Last week or so, I posted about how I planned on sewing some clothes (and I did make the skirt - I'll post about that next) but I have decided to start change directions and really focusing on making and selling some items.  Because of budget cuts, I'm moving into a different position at work, which includes a bit of a paycut --  which meant no more online fabric shopping or dropping into Joann's during the sale :(  I can't give that stuff up!  So, I thought that I would start sewing some more things to put into my friend's store (I think I've mentioned before that I have sold some things at my friend's mother's hair salon?) and work towards opening up an Etsy shop as well (in the future).  I just hope to make a little bit of money to be able to buy some fabric and patterns. 

Right now I'm using items that I have on hand in order to get some things made up quickly and start making some money (I hope!!).  Then I can buy more.  I'm just hoping to make enough to support my sewing addiction! 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Living the Dream - Keykalou

Where I work, we have an expression - that we are all "living the dream."  Well, there are a few lucky women out there who are really living the dream - making a living out of creating, designing and sewing.  It's not as easy as some might think and it takes a lot of work and dedication.  But, I love to follow along with these women through their blogs or their shops and dream about selling my own items, at least to subsidize my income a bit.  Anyway, in order to spotlight some of those women, I'm going to start a Living the Dream series.  If you know of someone I should check out, please comment or send me an email!

Today I'll talk about Keykalou Patterns.  Michelle creates sewing patterns for adorable purses and pouches - I've sewn several of her patterns and I love them all!  I actually made the Basic Wallet and the Pleated Pouches this weekend (I'll have to take pictures and show it here later) and I literally stalked her website until the Strap Clutch was available.  Michelle also writes a blog where she shows sneak peeks of upcoming patterns, as well as tutorials and fabric features.  Her sewing patterns come via PDF files, so it's like immediate gratification.  You can also sell items made from Keykalou Patterns, giving credit back to the designer.  Please check her out!  These are my most recent pattern purchases, from Keykalou...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

PR - Pink Chalk's Mail Sack

Pattern Description: Modern, hands-free styling defines the Mail Sack, a roomy cross-body bag ready for adventure. Two interior pockets keep essentials like cell phone, sunglasses and keys within easy reach.

Pattern Sizing: Large (the large is HUGE - this is the one I made) and Mini

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very clear and easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love this pattern! Everything was explained in a clear manner and all the pieces fit together just right. No dislikes.

Fabric Used: Cotton quilting fabric from Amy Butler's Love fabric line. I bought it with this pattern in mind and I'm so happy with the outcome.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I skipped the zipper pocket and just made the divided patch pockets. I also made a little pocket for a pen.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I probably won't sew this again, as there are so many other patterns I want to try - but I definitely recommend this pattern!

Conclusion: An excellent bag pattern - perfect for hands-free shopping!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Summer Sewing -- Planning

I have a baby shower, a christening and a wedding coming up this summer, so I thought now would be the perfect time to pull out some patterns and get to planning.

Here is my first project - I'm going to cut this tonight.  It's a cute border print fabric that I got from Joann's and I'm going to make it up in this Simplicity Simple Solutions patterns.  I plan on making view B, with the fuller skirt.  This will be for the baby shower - I'll probably pair it with a plain white T or tank top.

For the christening, I'm going to make up this Lisette dress.  I'm not sure what kind of fabric I will use just yet.  I might buy some of the blue print that is used on the cover of the pattern, although the yellow is cute too. 

I think I'm going to use this pattern for the wedding.  It's not until Labor Day weekend, so I'm sure I'll change my mind before then - but for now, this is it.  I want to find some really special fabric to use and I'm going to make view C.  It's an outdoor wedding and I think with the right fabric and accessories, this will be the perfect choice. 

I've also been wanting to make this Cynthia Rowley pattern up for a while.  I have a bright turquoise Interlock from Joann's that I bought with this pattern in mind.  This will make a great summer dress for cookouts or even just running errands.

I also want to make some other tops and maybe some shorts....and these patterns are all subject to change.  But, I can't wait to get started!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

This Week

I have been hooked on cross stitch!  I have been working on the Itchin' to be Stitchin' pattern from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and I can't wait to order a few more patterns!  Greta has been fascinated with what I'm doing, here she is trying to get involved in the project :)

I finally found something that has long been on my thrifting wishlist - an afghan in those beautiful 70's colors of brown, orange and gold.  My boyfriend and I were driving up to New Hampshire and we saw a sign for a giant yard sale.  Found this beauty for $3!

I made this little Keychain Clutch - super-cute and super-quick!  I ordered a bunch of patterns from Keykalou Patterns and I can't wait to make a few more!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

PR: Simplicity 2614

Remember when I said I was going to share more pattern reviews?   Well, here is the first one! 

Pattern Description:  Misses Pull Over Tops with Separate Patterns for A,B,C,D Cup Sizes and Bias Skirt: Threads Collection

Pattern Sizing: 6-14, I cut a 14 and it fits perfect.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very easy - I followed them exactly

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the style of this top - it reminds me of a vintage style from the 40's.

Fabric Used:  I used a Swiss Dotted cotton from Joann's

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did not make any alterations. The only thing I did differently was when hemming - I pinked the very edge of the fabric and then turned it once and stitched. I found it to be too narrow if I tried folding it over twice. If I had a narrow hem foot, I would have done it that way, but this worked for me.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would definitely sew it again and I recommend this to others for sure!

Conclusion:  I love how this pattern came out! I made it once before in a solid and I hated it, so I think it needs a print. This is a nice simple top to whip up for work.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I'm Back!

I took an unplanned blog break for the entire month of May.  I don't know why, but I sort of lost my inspiration to blog, which is strange because I really love sharing my projects here and I love reading blogs and planning on ways to make mine better.  But, June is here, it's a new month and time to start fresh!

I've been sewing (as you can see from the sneak peek pic above) and thrifting, so I have lots to share :)  And, I have lots of projects planned.  I finally bought the sheets I need to begin working on my Dream On quilt and I have a great border print for a skirt that I'm going to cut this weekend - so look for some progress posts as well as some catch up posts! 

Sunday, May 1, 2011


Hello there!  Hope you are all enjoying your Sunday :)  I know I am!  I went for a run this morning with my cousins.  It was at a place nearby called Breakheart Reservation.  There is a paved trail that makes a 3 mile loop though the woods - it was really beautiful!

I got sucked into watching the Glee episodes I had taped, but then I got motivated to start to work on my Mail Sack - just a few more steps and this will be done!  I'm hoping to work on it during the week so I can wrap it up quickly :)

I had to order this cute little cross stitch pattern.  I went through my basket where I keep my embroidery supplies and found this vintage cross stitch fabric, I'm going to make it up using this!  I'm going to have to make a stop at the craft store to get my thread and then I'm getting right to this :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


I did a swap recently with Kelly from CrescentRoad on flickr. I sent her a Catherine Holm pan and she sent me this fabulous Golden Tulip bowl :) My collection of gold leaf Pyrex is growing, I just love them!

I also bought these adorable magnets from erinink on etsy. Along with the magnets, I got a set of notecards and they are all so cute! I'm going to end up buying every magnet she comes out with.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Going Green

Over the weekend I had a sudden burst of inspiration to make a grocery bag.  I used this tutorial here, but I obviously modified it to only use one piece of fabric for the exterior.  I highly recommend this tutorial and I will definitely use it again.  The fabric is a piece of canvas that I have had for years - now I want to find more and make a whole set!  It's by Jessica Jones of How About Orange, from her very first line.  I lined it with 2 plain white cotton dishtowels I had bought at Target on clearance.  I also put a pocket on the inside, for coupons, keys, etc.  I used my bag this week and I'm happy to report it fit a bunch of groceries with no trouble!  I'm planning on whipping up a mini version for small purchases and if I can find more of this fabric, I will definitely buy it and make more larger versions as well :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Free Time

I found myself with a little free time this week, so I spent it doing my favorite things :)  First up, I stopped off at Saver's on a day that I was able to go into work late.  I found my first piece of Catherine Holm bakeware!  I love the avocado color :)

Then yesterday I took the day off and sewed up this little set as a gift for a good friend :)  The wallet pattern is from keykalou and I used this tutorial for the wrist strap on the wristlet.  I highly recommend following this method - it came out so nice and neat!  I can't wait to give it to her!

I also got myself a little present this week - these cute little earrings from Pink Lemonade - they were on at 50% off with free shipping - how could I resist?? 

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Last week I made a great score!  I have been wanting this Butterfly Gold loaf pan for ages - I already have the Spring Blossom one.  So, on a quick trip to Savers, I spotted it.  I ran over and grabbed it!  It's in perfect condition - can't wait to use it!

Sew Serendipity Tunic

Finally finished!  This top was a bit frustrating for me, but I think it's because it had so many steps
 - I'm pretty happy with the finished product.  All of the edges are serged and it fits very well.  I put in the invisible zipper, but it did not come out that great so I ended up removing it.  If I'm careful, this goes right on over my head :)
The fabric is great - it's a voile from the Innocent Crush collection by Anna Maria Horner.  I would definitely recommend this fabric!  The pattern is from the book Sew Serendipity.  This project was supposed to be my entry for the Craft Book Challenge in March but I just couldn't get it done!  So, I'll do a second project for April.  Something simple!  :)

Saturday, April 9, 2011


The winner of the giveaway is....................Julie from Sew Wilde!  Julie wrote that she will be working on some baby blankets along with a summer dress and top for herself :)  Can't wait to see what you make, Julie!  Thank you everyone who commented!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Last Day for the Giveaway!!

Today is the last day to enter my little giveaway!  I'll post the winner's name tomorrow :)  Happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Check out this amazing giveaway on the Vintage Wanna Bee blog - she has reached 1000 followers (I can just imagine!!) and is having a giveaway to celebrate!!  Keeping my fingers crossed that I win!

Hey!  Don't forget to enter my giveaway too!  Leave a comment right here to enter!

Sunday, April 3, 2011


Good morning and Happy Sunday! This here is my 200th post! I know I was pretty absent in March - not much sewing got done so I always end up slacking on the blogging then too - but April is going to be different! I'm working on my March Craft Book Challenge top and I have some fun projects planned for the rest of the month as well. I've got to make up for lost time!

Anyway, I want to do something special for my 200th post, so I'm going to have a little giveaway! One person will win the items in the picture below...a vintage fat quarter, an owl pincushion (made by me :) and a Lisette pattern! The pattern is for sizes 14-22, so keep that in mind when you enter!

There are 3 ways to enter this giveaway - make sure to leave a separate comment on this post for each:

1. Comment on this post and tell me what you are going to be working on in the month of April;

2. Become a follower of my blog - make sure you leave a comment telling me you follow; or

3. Post about this giveaway on your blog and come back here, leave a comment with a link to your blog.

I'm excited to host my first giveaway! I will pick a winner on Friday, April 8. Thank you all for reading!!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Bad Blogger

Wow, production really dropped off this month!  I did cut out my Sew Serendipity top but have barely made a dent in the sewing.  And I even forgot to post my Flickr Favorites this past Friday!  Not much new will happen this week either as I didn't have any time to sew this weekend and I'll be away next weekend.  However, I am planning a trip to the Joann's Superstore this week, for when I go visit my parents in sunny Florida.  My mother and I usually go and I have a shopping list for fabric!  So, at least I'll have something to show off :)  And hopefully I will pick it up again in April!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Mug Rug Madness

Have you ever made a mug rug?  I love checking these out all over flickr and through different blogs and now Erin of the blog twomoreseconds is hosting a Mug Rug Madness week with tutorials and giveaways!  Maybe I will finally get one made!

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Got some pretty, purple flowers today :)  I think I'm going to replant them in some Pyrex!

This is my plan for the Craft Book Challenge - March.  The book is Sew Serendipity and the fabric is Innocent Crush Voile by Anna Maria Horner.  This is my first piece of voile and I just love it!  Hoping I can get started on this soon!