Friday, August 28, 2009

Totally thrifty finds!

Stopped by the thrift store this week and found some goodies!


Pretty vintage fabric that makes me smile


Cute little birdies that are just for fun


Cool vintage glitter bottles



And some new ribbon!

Lots to do this week! Madison and I are headed to California to visit family in about two weeks, and I have lots to sew. Crib bedding to finish, Christmas gifts to make and then packing!


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

As promised...

My newly re-organized craft space!

I love to organize almost as much as I love sewing and crafting. It is so calming to me when everything is in its place. I had a blast working on this...even though there were a few mini meltdowns when things didn't work. But I pushed through and got to a point where I was satisfied.

I printed these super cute embroidery thread cards from Craft Chi and taped them to pieces of Manila folder. I thought it was a great idea, especially for my small amount of floss.

I used my Great-grandmother's sewing box to store my small collection of embroidery floss.

These wooden thread bobbins belonged to my Great-Grandmother. I inherited her collection of sewing supplies and fabrics. I love the mixture of colors in this!

I needed a spot to keep my ribbons, so I made this! I have seen many tutorials on ribbon storage so I modified this Ribbon box. I used a box that had Christmas cards in it and was very sturdy.

I decoupaged the top only because the bottom was a cool blue. I used knitting needle to hold the ribbon for lack of a better solution. I am going to get a wooden dowel eventually...but I kinda like the effect of the needle.

My sewing cabinet that I found on craigslist! I love it because it folds up, allowing me to sill move around the room.

I love the pegboard storage inside the cabinet because its perfect for my scissors and rulers.

I put and old CD tower in the cabinet and I am going to sew fabric boxes for each cubby

The ceiling was so bare! So I hung up some fabric that inspires me. The good thing about doing this...I can change the fabric whenever I feel like it!

There is still a lot I want to do to this area. I love my solid wooden chest of drawers, but I need more jars for the top of it. I also want to decoupage the mail holder and maybe paint the chest of drawers? What do you think?

My fabric stash in a semi-organized state. Eventually I would like to have it in bins or Fabric Organizers

And them some simple decorations. I haven't knit in ages, but I love my needle collection!

Embroidery hoop art

I saw this embroidery hoop display tutorial over at So Lovely Creations, and I just had to give it a try. I love it and now I want more!

So that's my work in progress. All in all I only spent about $10 doing this! I bought a couple shelves and embroidery hoops. There is so much more I would like to do!


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Enter this giveaway for a blog design!

Hey guys, just wanted to write a quick blog telling you about a giveaway that I am entering. It is to win an amazingly cute blog design by The Design Girl ! I have, as you know, been trying to work on my blog. I would love to win such a cute layout!

Go here and enter the giveaway!

Etsy It Up

Also, I will be posting new pics of projects soon. I am in the process of re-organizing my craft/sewing area and I will share when I am done.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Learnin' some new skills

Well, its been a busy week around here. I have been sewing as much as possible, but that is proving more and more difficult with Madison getting more active. He likes to move, sing and watch his Your baby can read videos. I do get lucky sometimes and he will take a nice long nap and then its sewing time!

I have been working on the blog and teaching myself how to edit and customize it. So you should be seeing more changes as I learn more html editing skills. There is so much information available on the subject, and trying to sort through it all makes my head spin.

This week in my sewing, I concentrated on diaper clutches and learning to applique better. The clutches came out good after some tweaking of the pattern. The appliques were fun to experiment with and I am working on sketching out some more this week. I need to work on sketching patterns and ideas, as well as, planning my theme/direction. The only problem is that I have very rudimentary skills in drawing. Just one more thing to work on and teach myself to get better at!

Here are a few of the things I have been working on. Apart from learning new sewing and computer skills, I am also determined to learn how to photgraph my creations. With a little help and advice from my sister over at Robin's Eye Photography, I have been honing my skills.

Here are some of the things I made this week: