Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Variations On A Pillow

I posted several weeks ago about how I had been making something that is kind of a cross between a stuffed animal and a pillow:

At first it was just an experiment, something new to try. But then I took them to a little store called the Corner Shoppe, where various vendors sell their creations, and just like that my animals were available to the general public - or at least to as much of the general public that enters that little shop! This was an exciting step for me. It also meant that I needed to buckle down and make more animals. And come up with an official name. A little bit of brain work and designing later, I came up with this:

Ever since then, I have been enjoying creating different animals in large and small sizes.




And squirrels:

Next up: bears! And then who knows? Maybe I should make some elephants. Comment if you have any ideas for me! I would love to know your thoughts!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Place With Space

Last week, I was able to move my little sewing station, which until now had been squeezed between the dining area and living room, into a whole room of its own. Yes, I now have a sewing room!! It is so fun to have so much space! I was also able to position my sewing desk right in front of the window, so no more staring at a blank wall while I sew!

The moving process spanned a few days and created quite a mess! It gets worse before it gets better, right? Well, it certainly did get worse! Here is an 'in process' picture:

I found out I had a lot more fabric than I realized! I still don't know where it all was before. I managed to fill two dressers, a small nightstand, and the shelves in my desk. That's a lot of fabric! Yeah, I really should restrain myself from any more fabric shopping for a while...

Anyway, here is a sort of panoramic 'after' picture:

I now have a clothing rack for projects I am working on, an ironing board always set up and ready (no more wrestling it in and out of the laundry closet), and a large mirror! Hooray!! (Thanks to my mom and sister for lending me the furniture!)

I decided to decorate in blue and green, mainly because I had a quilted pillow sham in those colors that I wanted to cover a bulletin board with.

I don't know what I will pin on it, but it's a pretty nice decoration whether I use it or not!

I found some coordinating fabrics and covered circles of foam board in them to make this wall display:

The mirror has a foam board frame wrapped in strips of fabric. I just love this look!

I also decorated a little jar with some of the coordinating fabric and added pearls and a twine flower for some character.

To complete the room, I knew I needed some kind of valance or curtains. I saw some cute scalloped valences in a quick search on Pinterest. A king-sized pillow case (another thrift store find) provided the material. I love how it turned out!

That really was going to be the extent of my decorating, but I had enough green and blue fabric left over to make a pillow for my chair. So I did.

Now my room is finished, and I have decided that my next big project is figuring out how to use all of the fabric I have collected over the past several years. If you need something made, just let me know! Chances are I have the right material for you!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Excuses and Excitement

I have a very good excuse for not posting lately! Weddings. That is a pretty good excuse for just about anything. First, I was finishing up six bridesmaids dresses, some of which couldn't be fitted and finished until a few days before the wedding because the girls lived out of town. That was a little stressful, but it all worked out. Hopefully I will have some pics of those to show you in the near future. After that wedding was over, I was able to focus on my own bridesmaids dress for my best friend's wedding. The bridesmaids were each given fabric and general guidelines/pattern options. Before my dress was even half finished, I determined that I hate patterns, but after lots of taking in and letting out and about a million fittings, I got it right.

Everybody loves weddings, right? So you won't mind if I tell you a little about it, will you? Good! The weather couldn't have been more perfect. With the threat of rain and high heat and humidity, we were a little apprehensive about the outdoor photo session and outdoor reception after the ceremony, but judging by the weather, it could have been the middle of October! And everything was so green from all the rain we've had (the predicted summer drought apparently avoided us as well), so the pictures turned out beautifully!! I know that's what you really want to see in this post, so here you go:

I just can't get over how gorgeous everything looked together! This picture really doesn't do it justice! Sorry I don't have a lot more pictures. I had to steal the few on this blog post from friends because, being in the wedding, I didn't have time to take any myself.

It was one exciting day, from the photos in the morning to the toasts at the end of the evening. (I may be weird, but I was extremely excited to get to give a toast!) They even had lanterns to send off like in "Tangled"!! I'm surprised my face didn't hurt that night from all the smiling! I couldn't be happier for my best friend!

As this is a sewing blog, here is a close-up of one of the dresses so you can see it in a little more detail. This is the sister of the groom, doing a very good job of looking lovely and concealing her bounce-off-the-walls excitement. I did a good job of that most of the time.

Isn't that just the most incredible fabric?? I've never seen anything like it before! It's cotton, the perfect material to keep cool in on a hot day, and it was really soft, too. The bride had to have orders called in to several different stores in order to get enough for all the bridesmaids.

Post wedding, life kind of feels empty. I mean, I had been looking forward to that day for several months, and now it's over! So I've been waiting for more pictures to be posted on facebook and waiting for the bride and groom to get back from their honeymoon and moving/rearranging my sewing station. The last item in that list is the most fulfilling, because I am actually doing something. Right now things are a big mess (it gets worse before it gets better), but I can't wait to show you when I get everything finished! Stay tuned!