Sunday, November 21, 2010


It looks like fall is finally upon us!  I love having the opportunity to curl up under a blanket at night and wearing a sweater.  This rainy weather also makes me a bit sleepy, and the kiddos have still not really adjusted to the time change. This leaves me with little desire to sew in the evenings.  So I have been doing a lot more embroidery and crocheting of late.  That way I can watch TV!  Sewing is a lot more active than one might think.  I am always on the floor cutting or hopping up and down between the sewing machine and the ironing board.  I would definitely call it an "active" craft...right, right?

The above girl is from the newest issue of Fat Quarterly by Cathy Gaubert.  She also designed this girl I embroidered a couple of weeks ago.  Isn't she sweet?

I also finished up this swinging girl that I have had mostly done since March!  She is from an embroidery pattern by Aneela Hoey, who has a fabulous new fabric line coming out in the spring for Moda!  I originally thought I would use these two for pillows for the girls, but since one is fall-ish and this one is summer-ish, I am thinking of making a spring one and winter one for a little series.  I am thinking of this girl for spring.  Anyone have an idea for a winter girl?

I also received my hoop from the Scrappy Hoops Swap!  Isn't it so darling?  I received this from Darci of Stitches and Scissors.  She was *my* partner for The Savvy Seasons Swap (the one I made this pillow for). Funny how things like that work out sometimes.  I do love the things she makes!

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Girl is Three!

(Making a fishy face.)

My little Felicity is three!  She was so very excited about her birthday.  She has been anticipating it ever since Juliana's birthday, and finally her turn arrived!  She requested a fishy skirt for her birthday outfit.  I made her the Insa Skirt from the book "Sewing Clothes Kids Love".  I got this book back on my birthday.  It has lots of great patterns.  I think I was put off making anything from it because you have to add seam allowances, but it really wasn't that difficult.  (So don't let that deter you!)  I have never made a gored skirt before, and I love the way it falls.  I will definitely be making more variations of this. 

This girls loves horses.  So my mom made her a little cowgirl outfit similar to Jessie's from Toy Story.  Her favorite parts were definitely the boots and hat.  She didn't even want to go outside in case the boots got dirty!

She also got this wonderful peg doll set from her godmother for her birthday.  It is our family!  She loves that it is all of us.  The details on these little dolls are really amazing.  (My husband loves his chest hair.) My dear friend has recently opened a little Etsy shop for these sweet little dolls.  Go take a look: Maids in a Row!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Scrappy Mug Rug Swap- The Christmas Edition

This is my last swap project before the holiday season begins!  This sweet little embroidery pattern comes from Fat Quarterly, which is if you haven't heard of it is a fabulous little quilting e-zine!  My partner in this round of the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap left my options pretty open, so I am hoping she likes him.  Inspired by these stars by One Flew Over I also crocheted this little hot pad to go with because made up in white it looks like a little snowflake to me.  I admit I am finding hand sewing and crocheting much more appealing of late.  So much more portable, and you can watch TV doing it!

I also received this lovely little Christmas pillow from my partner in the Savvy Seasons Swap.  Remember I sent this Christmas pillow to my partner.  I just love these little Santa birdies!  It is going to go perfectly in my family room.

Now I am on to birthday sewing for the second little miss!

Also, there are still lots of good patterns left in the shop

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Big Pattern Closeout Sale!

Fall is here, and it is time for a change!  I have been running my little etsy shop now for over two years!  I can't believe it has been that long.  While I have enjoyed my time running the pattern shop, I am ready for something a little different.  (The shop won't be closing...I just have plans for something else!)  So, hop on over and take a browse!  I carry lots of fun indie patterns!  Perfect for your holiday sewing!

Plus, if you are in the USA all patterns ship for $2 no matter how many you buy!  International customers- I will try to adjust your shipping costs if I have charged too much!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Little Girl Hoop

Here is my little girl embroidery for the Scrappy Hoops swap.  I think she turned out simple and sweet, and I hope my partner likes her too.  This girl belongs to this little trio. My partner has a very distinctive style.  I am always impressed with people who have such distinct styles.  I feel that I am attracted to such a mish mash of things.  I had something else stitched up, and I really liked it but it just felt too cutesy.  I have other plans for it though that I will be showing you soon.

Last week was busy with Halloween activities and sickness (and more sickness this week...poor kiddos,)  Juliana went as a beautiful bride.  She loves weddings ever since she was a flower girl in two weddings last summer.  She already has her whole future figured out.  She is definitely a "planner".  Felicity was Nemo, and she declared herself "adorable!".  Nemo was definitely the hit.  The fin on top of her head squeaked.  She called it her "squisky".  The baby, of course, went as our little monkey.  The little monkey wants to eat the bride's flowers, I think. ;0p
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