Thursday, September 29, 2011

Family Rooms

My backyard patio is one of my most favorite "family rooms" to hang out in. I love being surrounded by nature, even if it's in a small space such as this one.

When we first moved into our house 20 years ago, the yard was nothing but dirt. My husband, Brad planted every plant that you see. He is a master in the yard!

We never thought we'd be able to fit a pool in our small yard! It measures 14' x 34' at it's widest points and is a perfect size for us. Brad carved and painted most of the surrounding rocks himself.

I love to sit here in the mornings with my coffee and the paper. What's your favorite family room?

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Blog Sugar 2011

What can I say about Blog Sugar? It was inspirational, educational, mind-blowing, super fun ~ the list goes on and on…

I was so nervous to attend by myself. Would it be clicky? Would I fit in? Is my outfit cute enough? My experience started in line when I met my new BFF's Heather from Mosaic Momma and Lori from Snap Candy Photography. (Do yourself a favor and check out Heather's post about her experience at Blog Sugar – she is a talented and prolific writer). They graciously allowed me to bond/hang-out/stalk with them all day! We even took pics together!

We're no dummies, we sat right in front of the dessert tables… cupcakes & truffles & donuts, oh my!

I got to meet Maggie Whitley from Gussy Sews!! She is so genuine and oh so knowledgeable about all things blogging & running a craft based business. Oh, and she knows a lot about terrariums.

Disclaimer: I don't know what in the heck is going on with my hair! It looks like I ran through the sprinklers. Ugh. I'm never wearing that blouse again.

Sunday, September 25, 2011


I love,love,loved Blog Sugar 2011! I can't wait to tell you all about it...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Inspiring Books!

It's Thursday, so that means it's time to link up with Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop. Her topic this week is books that inspire you. I am an avid reader and definitely got my love of books from my parents. My mom saved a lot of my books from when I was a kid, so I was lucky enough to share them with my children, and now with you!
What was your favorite book when you were a kid? I'd love to hear from you!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Get Your "Green" On!

I am a sucker for a quirky print on fabric, so on a recent trip to Ikea, I found this super cute vegetable print fabric and I had to have it!

I love the cute celery sweating in the sun and the potato with a shovel. I had no idea what I was going to make with it. It came on a three yard mini bolt, so I had some options. I try to be eco-friendly whenever I can, and really didn't like the fact that I had to use plastic bags to get fruit and veggies at the store, so I decided to whip up some produce bags.

I cut the fabric to 14" x 17" and then started making my drawstring bag. I used a french seam for these. I don't always use a french seam but wanted to make sure there wouldn't be any stray fabric threads inside the bag. If you had a serger, that could probably work instead. If you are unfamiliar with a french seam, you take your two fabric pieces with the wrong sides together and sew your side/bottoms seams. My seam allowance for the first seam was about 1/4".

Clip your corners and turn the bag inside out. It helps to iron your seam to the side before turning inside out. Iron the bag with your seams at the very edge.

Your fabric print should now be on the inside of the bag. Sew around the side and bottom seams once more using a 1/4" or 1/2" seam allowance. Make sure to include the seam edgings you just created in step 1. This is the french seam on the inside of the bag! No stray threads and a nice finished seam!

Now for the top casing; I folded over the top edge about 1/2" and ironed all the way around.

Then I folded that over another 1".

This size would depend on the width of the drawstring you were using. I bought a bulk lot of ric- rac and seam binding on Ebay years ago, and although I have gone through a lot of it, I still had quite a few things I just didn't think I would use. I had some seam binding tape and thought it would be perfect. It is very lightweight, and I thought it would hold up just fine. I also used some single fold bias tape ( I normally use double fold for my projects), that I just sewed a zig zag stitch down the center of to keep the seams together.

I wanted to make a buttonhole for my drawstring to go through, so I folded up the casing I just ironed a bit and marked where I would need the buttonhole to start, and sewed it up. Remember to only sew through one layer of fabric, do not sew through the casing you just folded down. Then I cut the buttonhole open and re-ironed my casing down.

Once the buttonhole is done and your casing is ironed down, sew along the very bottom edge of the casing to close it up.

Then feed the drawstring through, tie a knot in the end and you are done!

While the bags may add a minimal amount of weight to produce at a store that sells by weight, these are actually really light. I used them at Trader Joe's, which sells by piece and the farmers market and got rave reviews! People really loved the idea. I use reusable grocery bags, why not reusable produce bags too?! :)

This was my very first tutorial, so please let me know if you see this and have any questions!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

My Favorite Bag!

This is the only bag you'll need this summer! The generous size is perfect to use as a purse, but large enough to throw your towel and a book in and head to the beach.

The pattern is My Favorite Bag by Kati Cupcake. I used fabric from Amy Hamberlin from her Marabella line. The fabric colors are positively scrumptious.

This tote bag has 6 pockets on the outside and six on the inside. The inside lining is the same as the outside fabric. The bag closes with a convenient magnetic snap. Don't you just love the sash?! Stop by and visit our Etsy shop - we have lots more where this came from!

Friday, September 2, 2011

A New Favorite!

I told you I would make something super cute and fun with that fabric I found at The Cotton Shop!

I have to admit- I love this purse more than any other purse I've ever made! I want to keep it for myself, but then that sort of defeats the purpose of having an Etsy shop. Just so you know, it was very hard for me to part with this fabric.

The pattern is Down Town from Kati Cupcake (Love her!). The fabric is by Sanae for Moda in their Oh MY! collection and is absolutely TO.DIE.FOR. The colors are chocolate brown, burnt orange, hot pink, cherry red, olive green, golden yellow, & a hint of white in the outline. The bag is fully lined with a large and small pocket in the interior and a magnetic closure. The handles are dark brown rattan and complement the fabric perfectly. The outside pocket is a generous size as well. The decorative buttons on the pocket give it the ultimate finishing touch! This is the perfect bag for all seasons!

Here's a view of the back of the purse. I want you to be able to admire all of it's loveliness.

I think these rattan handles are the perfect accent for this purse. They go well with the tropical theme of the fabric, don't you agree?

I know, I love the buttons too... probably even more than you do.

The interior is super fun,not to mention functional. Check out the pocket and magnetic closure.

Please feel free to visit our Etsy shop for lots more loveliness!

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Quilt shop 'til you drop!

I love fabric. I have stacks and stacks of fabric in my sewing room. Someday soon, I'll show them to you {smile}!

If I’m in a new city, the first thing I do is map the nearest quilt shops – much to my husband’s dismay. I think quilt shops are the best place to buy unique, high quality fabrics. My new favorite shop is in Morro Bay, CA. Good thing it’s about 6 hours from my house, or I would be in serious trouble!

On a recent trip to Spokane, WA, I discovered a great new shop called SewEZ Too. There I found beautiful new fabrics by Moda from their “Oh My!” by Sanae line.

Look for a fancy purse made from these gorgeous fabrics on our Etsy site soon.
I guess I'd better get sewing!

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