Friday, September 7, 2012


As my friends' families have multiplied many times over the past year I've found a few hours here and there for gift making! And my new favorite baby gift is the Bubble! My good friend D over at T.Rex Handmade put her munchkin in bubbles as a baby and it really caught my eye. So I picked up a great pattern from Children's Corner and got to work this year making three Bubbles this summer. I have a few more on the horizon before the current baby boom wraps up but I think they'll have to wait until my planets realign later this fall.

I can't wait for the babies to grow enough to fit in to these little treasures!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Two Bunnies and A Robot

Two of my best girlfriends have babies with birthdays this month and we had a big Halloween/ Birthday Bash to celebrate! Gifts were not required but I'm never one to go to a birthday party empty handed or to waste an excuse to make something cute for babies :) There were two precious little girls turning 1 who I made matching bunnies for and a rough and tumble little gentleman who had just turned 3 who I made the robot for at right. I hear the red bunny has already become a nap time buddy :) Thanks to Revoluzzza for her RevoluzZzionary Easter Bunny pattern!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Alabama Coastal Foundation

I'm happy to say that I was recently asked to help support the Alabama Coastal Foundation by donating an earring and necklace set for a raffle at their Cocktails for the Coast Fundraiser last week. I made a set from two types of freshwater pearls since I thought pearls would be fitting for a coastal cause. The set also has labradorite stones in it as well.

Glad I remembered to take some pics of it on display!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sewing with Lauren!

This summer I was honored with a visit from several of the ladies in my family all the way from Maine and Pennsylvania, including my cousin Lauren, who is 13. Here we are with the largest Live Oak in Mobile!

Lauren has always shown an aptitude for art and crafting, following in my footsteps making jewelry and in her own media of fimo sculpting, which she is very good at by the way! So I thought she might like to learn a little about sewing and figured the simple Elastic-Waist Flirt Skirt that I'd been making over and over again all summer from Growing Home (of which I now have 5) would be a great learning project since it is all straight stitching and you end up with something totally wearable!

Here it is! She wore it the very next day to the beach and Lulu's, where the picture was taken. I'm so proud of her little skirt and I hear she still wears it, even though it is quickly becoming fall up there in the northern states!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Summer Sewing!

Well, it's been a busy spring semester with very little time for sewing, but I'm making up for it now! This past week I spent a lot of time in front of my Singer and it feels great to have 2 garments that I will really wear at the end of it all!

My first project was to create a dress that I've had bookmarked for almost a year! It took me a long time to realize that the fabric I bought last year was perfect for this project! This is my version of Prudent Baby's Most Flattering Shirt Dress. It was super easy to follow the tutorial and I love the way she used bias tape! The dress is wearable and cute and I haven't even done the smocking yet! I'm not sure I will since I'm loving it with the belt!

The same night I finished the dress I started whipping up a skirt. I just saw this Elastic-Waist Flirt Skirt (inspired by J.Crew) by Growing Home in May and have been looking for the right fabric ever since. Apparently I'm obsessed with batik and batik like prints right now.... The skirt fabric is actually a dyed fabric (not printed) as it doesn't have a perfect repeat, which makes it all the more interesting! I've already worn the skirt a couple of times and am planning to make another one (it only took about 2 hours to make!) but I think I'll make the next one a little smaller so it doesn't have as much volume. And yes, it even has pockets!!!!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

100th Blog Post!

Wow! I can't believe I have written 100 blog posts on here! Looking back at my old posts I realize now that this blog has been a mish-mosh of odds and ends. It's a mix of updates from my Etsy Jewelry and personal life posts. Part of me would like the blog to take on more of a consistency, with more frequent posts (at least once a month!) and just focusing on my craft life, but then, this blog is a reflection of my life, which isn't always organized or consistent!

So, here's my first finished craft project for the new year! I've been preparing to make this adorable messenger bag for weeks. It was another one of those gifts that was meant to be finished before I came to Maine but never happened and luckily it wasn't a Christmas gift but a January birthday gift, so I had a little extra time.

I saw the pattern featured on one of my favorite sewing blogs Sew Mama Sew. It's the Basic Messenger Bag Tutorial by mmmcrafts. Instead of the cute (and time consuming) applique that she did on the front of her bags, I simplified and used a natural burlap type fabric as the background of the bag and then used the lining fabric as both the strap and covering part of the bag flap. I love how it came out!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Crazy Mainers in the Mountains

Today was another day for Dad and I to tramp through the snow on hiking trails! There is snow, sure, but not enough for snowshoes, so I've been a bit disappointed. Snow hiking is good exercise and the scenery is the same but I had my heart set on snowshoeing while I was in Maine. Today Dad and I hiked in to Hudson Falls just outside of Bingham, Maine and then did a longer one hour hike into Moxie Falls. It was a bit icy but beautiful!