August 29, 2008
August 22, 2008
August 20, 2008
The Fall swap was a little different: we received info about our partner such as favorite color, color dislikes, and whether they would like it holiday themed. Usually we just have their blog address and lurk around their blog for a while, hoping for hints as to what they might like.
This swap was to also include a homemade fall-themed hotpad or potholder and my favorite pie recipe.
My partner loves the color orange and her favorite holiday is Halloween. I hope she really meant that because I made her this reversible apron.......
I really like these two fabrics and am very pleased with the way it turned out. I even shaped the hem to echo the shape of the bats wings.
I embellished a purchased potholder with pie appliques and finally used one of the embroidery stitches on my sewing machine.
The recipes are an Avocado Pie (of course!) and my favorite fall dessert, Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes.
These goodies will be on their way to Illinois tomorrow.......
I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT MIGHT BE ARRIVING IN MY MAILBOX VERY SOON!
August 19, 2008
August 17, 2008
Several friends that are also repeat customers have mentioned that I really need to have labels on all my handmade items, so this weekend I did a little research:
I noticed that a lot of the ladies over at the Apronista website have labels on their aprons. A lot of items on ETSY also have labels. OK! I guess I need some labels for the items I have now become obsessed with making!! If I'm going to have an obsession, I suppose I really should do it right......
I googled and spent quit a while looking at different possibilities and bottom line:
I'd need to spend approximately $35.00 (plus S & H) PLUS a one time set-up charge of $50.00 for only 50 LABELS!! Holy Cow! There go all the profits! AND it would take 4-6 weeks to get them!
I decided to sleep on it.
In the morning I went back to googling, this time for homemade labels. I found several tutorials using different techniques. Using ideas from 3 different sites, I came up with my own version:
Using "Print Shop" I designed a page of tiny labels meant for tab inserts on file folders.
I then printed the page on a printable fabric sheet, the kind that I've been using for my photo aprons.
They match my business cards that I also made with "Print Shop".
I just cut them apart with scissors and sew one onto the end of an apron tie with a zig-zag stitch.
VOILA! Custom labels for my aprons!! I feel so professional now! AND, 60 labels cost me around $2.00! That's practically free compared to what I almost spent.....
Don't you just love a bargain!
August 13, 2008
It certainly wasn't hard to guess that my movie is "You've Got Mail", and for once I made an apron just for ME! The fabric is covered with pretty mail and envelopes of all sorts and I made a pocket that looks like a letter.
I love this movie because I want to live the life of Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan's character), living on the Upper West Side in her cute lttle brownstone apartment and owning a children's bookstore.....I won't be living the life but can I certainly wear the apron that reminds me of it!!
This movie is one of many that I own and have watched so many times I know all the dialogue. I have a whole list of movies like this, mostly romantic comedies, that I put on as background noise when I am sewing. These are all movies that I know so well that I don't need to give them my full attention and can sew away all day without being distracted by what's on the screen....
Here is a list of others I watch like this over and over:
When Harry Met Sally
Sweet Home Alabama
Bend It Like Beckham
Something's Gotta Give
Bridget Jones's Diary
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Life As A House
I think I'll go pick out a DVD or two to "listen" to and get busy sewing....
August 10, 2008
As we all stood there "admiring" Grace the Pig laying next to a big mound of dirt, Grace the granddaughter exclaimed " Oh look! That pig made a SANDCASTLE!".
HA! HA! That girl just cracks me up!!! I'm writing that one down in the family story book for sure!
August 8, 2008
August 6, 2008
August 4, 2008
3 Debbie Mumm fabrics (reversible)
Flirty Cherriesand the custom order: Flirty Leopard w/ Red accents
and last, but not least, 3 tote bag/purses made with some fun fabrics