Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bloggers Carnival *Autumn*

By: Charlotte L. Riser

When the trees their summer splendor
Change to raiment red and gold,
When the summer moon turns mellow,
And the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide their acorns,
And the woodchucks disappear;
Then we know that it is autumn,
Loveliest season of the year.

Memories of Autumn

Autumn is such a wonderful time of the year! Just look at all the beautiful colors God has created for us to see and enjoy. There are so many memories that I have of the fall time. I remember playing in the leaves behind our house and my brothers playing tricks on me like always. I remember my mom decorating the house. She loves to decorate for any season and any reason. I remember starting a new school year with new clothes, new shoes, and new school supplies. Now that I’m all grown up with a family of my own I hope to create new memories with them. I love to play in the crisp leaves with my son, smell the cooling of the earth, take walks in the crisp fall air, and decorate my own little home. This fall I plan to make as many pumpkin pies as I can, read a good book, sew some aprons, and enjoy my life!

Etsy in Autumn

It’s that time of year to find old projects and create new ones with all those lovely autumn fabrics! Here are the beautiful items I currently have listed in my store…

(Each photo is clickable and will take you straight to the store listing)

Daniel 2:20a-22

Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His.
And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.
He reveals deep and secret things;
He knows what is in the darkness,
And light dwells with Him.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Today's Accomplishments 9/16/08 and Applique Tutorial

Here are the scrap balls I've been working on displayed as decorations...
(Above is my collection of antique found bottles, & a cigar box that belonged to my grandfather. The scrap balls are in the background.)
(Above the scap balls are being used as book ends/holders & you can see the scrap cat I made which was designed after a toy my grandmother made a long time ago.)
(Above you can see where I have all my yarn and thread stored. Nothing fancy here! but they are pretty baskets)

Awhile ago my husband asked me to make some deployment flags to sell on Etsy. I made one for him and he really likes it. Technically, it's not to specs but is more stylized. When my husband isn't deployed I have a place in my home where it has a permament place, as it reminds us of the sacrifice he makes every day. I began working on the stars for 5 flags today and I wrote a sort of tutorial for an easy applique method.

Rating: Beginner Tutorial

Begin with the exact pattern you'll want and interfacing. Trace the pattern on to the interfacing.
Cut out the interfacing leaving at least a 1/4 inch from the traced line.

Now here is the trick! Cut a hole inside the traced lines. Don't worry... you'll never see this in the finished product.

Pin the traced interfacing to your chosen fabric.

Sew all the way around on the traced line.

Trim to 1/4 inch from the sewn line, clip the points and clip the inside corners up to the sewn line.

Now turn it right side out through that hole you previously made.

Poke out the points. I use a fancy mechanical pencil with no lead showing, you can use whatever you have on hand.

Lastly, iron your item flat & Viola! Now you can either hand or machine applique it on to you project!

After I completed the stars for the deployment flags I don't know what I did, I mean, I did something totally unrelated to sewing & can't remember what it was so it must not have been important. lol

After that I finished several crochet items I've been working on. All I did was hide the ends & cut them off. There is nothing too important about them. I made several dishcloths which helped me practice all the different stitches. I also made a 3-d flower... it's so pretty... but I have no idea what to do with it now. :)
I also finally finished a skirt for myself today! Yay!!! I've been putting off finishing this skirt because other things have been more important. Anyways, here it is!

What did you accomplish today?

Friday, September 5, 2008

My Favorite Color: Blue (Blog Carnival- EtsyBloggers)

I am part of the EtsyBloggers Team on Etsy and every now and then I will be posting topics for them as part of their Blog Carnival.

This week the topic is “My Favorite Color” and I’ve chosen BLUE! My fabric stash reflects that this truly is my favorite color. I would say that I have twice as much blue fabric as I do any other color. When I go shopping for fabric I’m always drawn to the blues and somehow I always take a yard or so home (even when I shouldn't be buying any fabric!). I really need to use them up and share them around instead of hoarding them like I do. LOL

I have a few items in my store that have blue in them. Right now I have many more orange items because of fall and Halloween but then again I love all colors and have a wide variety of colors and items to choose from! Each photo is clickable & will take you straight to my store listing with more photos or you can click here to view my whole store. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! :)

Baby / Toddler Bibs

Crochet Hook Roll

Adult Apron

Child Aprons

Sweet Treats Halloween Candy Bag

Baby Quilt with Matching Bibs

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Touchtape and PUL

This is just some information on some products I use in my cloth diaper making.

Touchtape is a strong & durable hook and loop sew on tape. It features a tight grip and comes in a variety of terrific colors.

Waterproof "PUL" (Polyurethane Laminate) is a soft, polyester knit fabric laminated with 1 or 2 mil polyurethane on the back. It is popular and effective for cloth diapers, washable menstrual pads, nursing pads, bed wetting pads and pants, training pants, mattress covers, and more.

I got this information from www.verybaby.com which is also where I buy them. :)

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