Monday, February 28, 2011

A Treasury Thank you - The Vintage Look

Have you ever felt like you're in a funk?
I'm so there right now.

Is it the gloomy, cold weather?
Absence of inspiration?
Whithering motivation?
All of the above?

Sigh.

However, amid winter's lingering chill (come on groundhog, you said spring was coming!), there's nothing like someone thinking of you, to warm you up and bring in some sunshine.

Thank you to The Lacey Placey for taking the time to feature my shabby ruffled pillow in your beautiful collection, The Vintage Look.



Thanks for a little sunshine.





Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sugar and spice

I made a little sugar and spice fancy bib for my friend's adorable little bundle, using this fabulous bib template from Homemade by Jill. I love her pattern. It's the pattern I use to make gifts for family and friends.


I had to add a bow. I just couldn't help myself.

My sister's baby will be greeting us in a few months...I've got a few things planned for her as well. And I'm sure at least one of them will have a bow. Or a ruffle. Or both.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Twin Needles: double the fun

I have a sewing machine with lots of stitch designs to choose from, but 99% of the time I end up just using a plain old straight stitch._ _ _ _

I bought a twin needle a while back, well, just because, but hadn't ever tried it. So in a moment of madness, I pulled it out and gave it a whirl.


I was pretty careful putting that twin needle in. My machine directions say, "turn your machine off and unplug it before adding your twin needle". Wow. I guess somebody's machine worked when it was turned off and stabbed them with those two razor sharp points. Sounds like I've watched one too many Lifetime Movies to me.

Anyway, they scared me into being careful. But I'm a rebel and didn't go so far as to unplug my machine.
And yes, my fingers are still all in tact.

Ah, so that's what that extra post is for! If you have two spools of thread the same color, add it to your extra post. If not, you can use a bobbin with the same thread.



It was a little strange threading from two spools down the sewing machine obstacle course...I kept feeling like they were going to start tangling any moment. But they didn't. Both threads stayed where they were supposed to. Just thread each through their own eye.

The twin needle is just what it says it is.
Very parallel.

Perfect finish for a t-shirt or other decorative stitch.
Just watch for corners. No pivot privileges. It's a lift and re-start.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

An Etsy Treasury thank you

It makes me feel so good to know that the special things I'm making are being enjoyed by other people.

A special thanks to Mummynuggle for handpicking my Shabby Ruffled Pillow for her lovely treasury entitled, Ruffles Galore!

Please visit her shop to see what she's making and sharing with the world!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fairface Washcloths for ultra sensitive skin

Since I started making these washcloths, they are the only ones I use.

I have very, very sensitive skin and even regular washcloths irritate my face.

The combination of soft cotton flannel and absorbent terrycloth have such a softer feel than regular washcloths.

I love to use the cotton flannel side, with a gentle cleanser, on my face because it feels so soft and smooth and doesn't irritate or redden my sensitive skin.

I've seen others make similar washcloths for babies. But people, all things gentle, soft and soothing don't just have to be for babies!

So I cut them larger (between 9x9 - 9.5x9.5) so they're the perfect size for adults and teens but can always be used for children and babies too.

It's one of those things that I couldn't keep to myself, so I'm happy to offer them through my etsy shop in convenient packages of 2.

I hope you love them as much as I do!


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Monday, February 14, 2011

More half-moon placemats

Another round of half-moon placemats. The other set worked out so well for our table, that I had to have another one. You never can have too many placemats, can you?

I saw this brown and white damask calico fabric and knew I had to have something in my house with it.


I really love the pattern. For some reason I think of Hawaii - is there a tiki or pineapple in there somewhere?


And I decided that since placemats are meant to spilled on, what better backing than coordinating terrycloth?

The idea of using terrycloth really came from growing up with six siblings, and many spilled glasses of milk.

I remember it like it was yesterday, the tip, the audible group gasp, and the chaotic napkin swoop as my mother ran to the sink for a towel in hopes of keeping it off the floor. Inevitably, it was the very day she had spend hours mopping that blue and white linoleum. It was clean while it lasted.

And, I have to say, the terry cloth does work to soak up those spills. As luck would have it, on their very first use, my husband bumped his water glass. Napkin swoop diverted.


And I decided, that since they're so pretty, they can even stay out all day.



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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Pink ruffled pillow featured on Etsy!

I feel so lucky!
My Pink ruffled pillow was featured on Etsy tonight, in a lovely Treasury, Shabby Chic and Oh So Sweet, by LoreleiRose

(pink ruffled pillow: top row, 3rd item in)
The other items in the treasury are beautiful. Click here to view the entire collection. I especially love the ruffled French Quarter Boho Jute Market Messenger Bag. Gorgeous.

Thank you Lorelei!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sweet dreams Pink ruffled pillow

I LOVE pale pink.
And ruffles.
And bows.
So I combined all three to make a dreamy new pink ruffled pillow.

I love its delicate pink charm with a touch of sophistication.




I tried to decide between a pink ribbon accent or black...and found that the pink just didn't give it quite enough.

I'm happy with how it turned out. It's a lovely addition to my world of ruffly things. My husband is pretty much surrounded by ruffles, but thankfully is sweet enough to let me indulge.

And since I didn't want to keep all the loveliness to myself, I decided to make more for my etsy shop.

Hope your week is going well! It's Wednesday, that means we're half-way through!

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