Monday, May 16, 2011

Baby or Bust

Things, once again, have gotten crazy. We are in the process of moving/packing. I'll try and keep up though...

I think I've mentioned a couple of times that I've been working on baby items. It started with a silent auction that my school held that I made 2 sets of bibs for that sold really well. One of the moms loved the bibs and told her friend about them, who commissioned me to make a set for her baby girl.

So a wonderful friend of mine had HER baby shower a weekend ago and I made her some baby things that I hope will work out for her! I made a set of bibs with matching onesies, and a blanket that I'm pretty excited about.

Pearl snap closure


my favorite

the one issue I had, which I truly wasn't thinking, was using a red sharpie to mark the pattern on the fabric. Stupid. I always use a disappearing ink marker, or pencil. Why this time i decided on a red sharpie, i don't know, but it definitely showed...

The matching onesies. I used the leftover fabric from the bibs and traced an "m" on them (for his name).


Full frontal!

Blankey will be in the next post!

Friday, May 13, 2011

So happy!

A cool stop motion with yarn + Rilo Kiley! Enjoy.

Yarn from duplo on Vimeo.


I received a message the other day telling me that I was being featured on a treasury page. I suppose that just means that someone liked the item, and thought it fit with other favorites of theirs. My item is the paper fans.

You should check it out!.

I haven't done any crafting this week, but I made mango ice cream!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Favorite Dress

I bought this dress about 4 years ago. I saw it at Fossil and I loved the color, print, and little yellow details. Problem was, it didn't really fit well. I figured soon it would. Someday has come and gone, and it never fit, and I figured, never would. The only downside to this dress is those little beautiful yellow details. They don't give at all. No stretch whatsoever.

I decided to remedy the situation. I started by splitting the dress at the seams. From under the arm to the very bottom. When I was done it was only attached at the shoulders.

Then I cut off the bottom hem and saved it. I wanted to be able to have a nice bottom, and considering I've never sewed a proper hem....
I also then cut off two inches all the way around the bottom of the dress (which was in 2 joined pieces)

My goal was to then re-attach the sides together by using the 2 inch strips that I cut. One for each side. I wish I knew how to do that pro-sewing that is done on inside seams, but my remedy for each side was a straight stitch, followed by a zig-zag.

So in order to do this, I had to break up the yellow band/empire wait definition. This was the most negative aspect, but worth it because now I can wear the dress!

How the whole sides look now.

Finally, I sewed on the bottom seam. First with just a normal seam, then through the front to make it flat.

Finally I have a dress to wear. A dress I will wear Saturday to my friend's baby shower. If its not raining. Like it is right now. After a week of hot weather. With no warning.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Unique LA and fabric

Today I convinced him to go to Unique LA, and I think he had more fun than I did!!! I could tell by the comment "I think I will go to all the craft fairs with you from now on." I didn't take any photos, but I did observe what makes a good booth, which will help me in the future when I decide to join the craft fair community.

I seems like there are so many important things. My list of good booth ideas :

1. Good prices. For instance, deals for multiple purchases and a discount bin. Both of those things drew me in today.
2. A good personality. You need to draw people in, then get them to like you. If they like you, they will buy things.
3. A colorful, attractive booth. There can't be too many items, and there can't be to little. I think that an equal amount of decorations to items seemed to work for me. And woodland themed :) Also good furniture to display on.

Another good thing about the fair today was that it was right next to Michael Levine, one of my favorite fabric stores. The prices are higher than JoAnns, but the selection far superior. I decided on picking 5 fabrics for future blankets (something I've started, which I will show after I give the one I made to the owner).

Here are the 5 I picked:
Woodland Friends 2 by Ellen Crimi-Trent

Robin Pickens for Robert Kaufman

Kaffe Fassett for Rowan - Suzani Embroidered

Eagle Peak Trail Map by Alexander Henry (his pick)

zoology by michael miller

I'm so excited to accomplish these blankets. I have materials for one other that i will post about as I finish the blanket that are also from the Kaffe Fassett line. I'm starting to feel like its one of my favorites!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Back in full force

I have had many excuses in the past for not blogging, but don't believe I haven't been hard at work. Finally, after more than a year of preparation, the wedding is over. It was beautiful and wonderful and all of our hard work paid off.

Here is our wedding featured on ruffled!!!

Click to see our wedding and all the crafting and beautiful photography that took place.

If you can believe it, my mom and I (and him too) did all of the decorations on our own. Paper flowers, napkin rings, flag banners, and all the menus, place cards, etc. The photos can only begin to show the crafting that took place.

I'm now in the process of putting all of it in my etsy store..

When you look on etsy, and on Ruffled, you can pretend I posted about all these wonderful crafts and how to make all of them :)

I secretly believed I was never stressed out, but I was, and now that I don't have a wedding deadline, I can get back to crafting. I've been busy making things for babies, for friends, and parents at my school. Now I'll have time to document that more.

I promise I'm back for good now (until we have to move, of course, but then hopefully only for a short hiatus).

can you believe its us?!?