Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A small Christmas finish :)

I got a Christmas gift finished this month - I know the recipient doesn't read my blog so it's safe to post it, even with the initial on the bag :D  The apron is the largest size of this pattern, the tiara is from here, the drawstring bag (in the middle) has been appliqued with the recipient's initial, and the superhero cape (in ladybug fabric!) was made with a Georgia Leigh Designs pattern from her Etsy store.  There's also a penguin zipper bag for the package, but I forgot to include it in the picture - I blogged about it here :) 

I'm posting this set to the April Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew linky party, here :)

Catching up on photos ... and a shark fail :)

For your viewing entertainment ...a shark fail :D  I was trying to make a shark hooded towel.  Apparently, my hand towel wasn't the same size/proportion as the one in the tutorial, as this is what I ended up with - quite unusable!  I asked DS1 to model it for me, and he was upset that I wouldn't let him take it home with him, lol.  I need to keep it until I get the sizing right, so I'll have an example of what size NOT to use - he can have it when I get it figured out :D  He may look grumpy in these pictures but he wasn't - he thought my end result was ridiculously amusing :)

Monster drawstring bags - 10" x 17" :) 

Christmas drawstring gift bags :) 9.5x18, 14.5x20, 9.5x18.  HAHA oh no - I just noticed the "type your text here" watermark - I have no idea how I got that there, LOL!

Drawstring gift bag 9x17, made from a Joanns FQ :)

My version of a project I pinned - I like theirs better, LOL.  My scale isn't as nice as theirs!  Denim is from a pair of DS2's worn out work jeans :D

Drawstring gift bags made from Amy Morinaka's Zakka Handmades book :) - I upsized the pattern by about - IIRC - 50% - mine measure 7.5"w x 9"t :)

Use-up-the-last-bits-of-fabrics pillowcases :)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Michigan - a very lovely state!

Hubby and I just got back from a long weekend trip to the lovely state of Michigan - we went to visit my friend Allie (and her mom - hi Pat!), and to do some shopping.  Joann Fabrics was having their annual Daffodil Dash, so I decided this was a perfect time for a road trip ;) 

It was fantastic meeting up with Allie and her mom again - I think it was 2 or 3 years ago that we saw them last?  We had a great time going from store to store, we had a lovely lunch at a Red Olive (great restaurant - I wish we had them here in Canada!) and our late evening ice-cream run to Cold Stone Creamery (requested by Pat, who was having a dessert craving, LOL) was a blast :)  I think that the annual Daffodil Dash should now become the annual Allie and Pat and Dennis and Sandra Do Novi trip :) 

I unloaded my new goodies onto my kitchen table this morning, and got a few pics to share (pix edited with Fotor) - I think there are a few items missing, but this is most of what I bought ;)

The large photo is pretty much most of my crafty/fabricy purchases.   Clockwise, from bottom right:  fabrics I bought just because I liked 'em, notions, my favourite fabrics to have on hand (including my favourite tone on tones), fabrics I bought with specific projects in mind, and the two new patterns I bought :)  
I think I may just have enough fabric for now ... but ... I'm not betting the farm on it ;)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

I hope this makes you smile - it sure worked on me! :)

I love this guy - I'd give him a big hug too!!  (If the link embed doesn't work, here's a clickable link to try)

Notice how most of the men actually pick him up? LOL!  Adorable!  BOSTONSTRONG!  :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April sewing - several finishes :)

Drawstring gift bag - 10" x 17" - birdy applique from Shiny Happy World :D  The pink gingham seersucker was from remnants given to me from someone's auntie's sewing room clean-out :D  I have enough to make another 4 or 6 bags :)

Co-ordinating aprons for 2 x 3 year old BFFs - these are the largest size from this tutorial, and are part of a Christmas gift set.

Ladybug superhero capes (the gingham print is the lining).  These are size 4 in the pattern from this Etsy store - both are gifts :)

Christmas gift tiaras from this tutorial - note the Santa jingle bell embellishment, along with the "jewel" bling :)

Tall pouch made with floral fabric from the auntie's fabric clean-out :D 11"w x 9.5"t x 3.5"d

A rocket zippy!  A ROCKET! LOL!  My first attempt at this new-to-me pattern - it didn't work out completely perfectly (I cut the vinyl window too small and then I accidentally melted the seam allowance with my iron, oops) - my next ones will be better :)  Fun pattern!  Including fins, it measures 9"w x 6.5"t :)

Handled boxy bag (10"l x 4"w x 3"t) made with sushi fabric :D  I took a closeup picture of the zipper pull - it's an owl jingle bell so it doesn't match the sushi theme, but it was the right colour for the bag, so I added it for fun - I don't think anyone will complain :)
ETA:  Rocket zipper bag uploaded to the "New to Me in 2014" linky party @ Celtic Stitches - here :)


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