September 30, 2013

A little more sewing

There have been some fun baby shower gifts to make recently, as well as a few gifts to give for some friend's birthdays. So, over the past month, some new treasures were made:

 a set of bibs for Baby Liam:
(bib pattern by Lotta Jansdotter, out of her book, Simple Sewing for Baby)

A Dusty the Airplane Backpack for 3 year old Micah:
(Rae's Toddler Backpack Pattern with Dusty Cotton fabric from Hobby Lobby)

Wall art for baby Malcolm:
(copied idea off a Pinterest board HERE)

And after being inspired by the Captain America sign Val requested, I made and stenciled a few burp cloths and a bib as well. Can you really have too much superhero themed stuff anyways? Love how they came out! Jean material for front, Ikea red bath towel for backing, and Pebeo fabric paint for stenciling. 

And because sewing (and packing) is not the only thing being done/made around here:

Foccacia Bread made by Steven:

Eggs Benedict made by Steven:

                                                                  Donuts made by Joy:

I have enjoyed doing these sewing projects lately, alongside packing up my house to move, and playing with my son. You could call it my daily therapy (along with my Bible reading). I am actually pretty sure my sewing machine will be the last thing that gets packed at this point, as I am currently finishing up a few Christmas gifts and finishing the draft of my new Princess Anna costume. I am so excited how that is coming together!!! Can't wait to share some of it soon with you!

Have a great week! 

September 23, 2013

More Sofia's Are Here!

I cannot even express adequately how excited I have been to see so many Princess Sofia dresses coming up all around me from some VERY talented seamstresses (AKA...awesome grandmothers and mothers!!!). They have taken my Sofia patterns, made them their own, and have put such incredible and beautiful touches on their creations! I am sooo very impressed! I wanted to showcase just a few of the incredible dresses that some of these women have sent to me recently of their work. 
Introducing Janes's Princess Sofia for Marissa. What a beautiful job that Jane did for her granddaughter! She used a light lavender satin to match the Sofia shoes she found at the Disney store. She delicately hand sewed the pearl trim on the entire dress with such perfection, made a lovely felt stencil on the skirt, and added a zipper to the back closure (in lieu of the stretch back). This dress looks just like the one on the Sofia the First TV Show! Marissa is so blessed to have such a talented Grandmother! 

Introducing Ann's Princess Sofia for Lily. This now 3 year old is absolutely adorable and overjoyed to be curtsying in her new Sofia gown! Ann did such a wonderful job of creating this special birthday gift for her little princess in just a short amount of time. I love how she made the skirt so full, and gave it a fantastic and classic Sofia look, even without all the trims and whistles. It's just beautiful and well-made. I think I'm most impressed that Ann took my original pattern for a size 4/5 and was able to scale it down so easily and well to fit her little princess, even before my 2/3T sized pattern became available! Such an amazing and talented woman! 
Introducing Jill's Princess Sofia! Look at this incredible debutant version, complete with 6 petaled skirt panels! Jill created this special look for her granddaughter to wear to Disney Junior Live earlier this month. The under tulle was omitted and a hoop skirt instead gave the perfect impact of a full and fun-loving twirl skirt. I love how Jill said hand-stitching the pearl trim on and appliquéing the felt skirt stencil on was "relaxing"! You are an awesome Grandmother! She definitely created the perfect show-stopping Disney show dress! Just remarkable work! 

I received these lovely pictures from Rebecca back in August, and I was so pleased to see this gorgeous gown that she made for her 3 year old! She used a beautiful blue satin, since her local stores did not have a good supply of purples shades. I think this color looks very pretty, and is a fabulous alternative to the purple! Rebecca also hand sewed on the pearl trimmings, and opted to not do the stencil motif on the skirt panels. She also made a glittered bezel accent at the neckline, and did a superb job on the bodice with that glittered sheer! I am highly impressed with her work, and know she made her little girl have a very special birthday! 

Jennifer just completed her daughter's dress, and so fast too! One day she was emailing me about starting, and the next thing I know she was finished! Her adorable daughter is only 18 months, and so she sized down my 2/3T pattern to fit her little girl! And...she did a stunning job!!! I love the satin she used, the trimmings, and her use of the sheer layers on the skirt and the bodice! Such a talented seamstress and such a blessing to work with! 

AND....definitely head over to SewLoveLe and check out the amazing Sofia dress that Anh-Chi just made for a friend's little girl, Sophia! It's a show stopper, I'm telling you! I love how she added long sleeves, a tie back, buttoned back bodice, and that gorgeous sequined purple overtop the pink satin! You must check it out!!!! 
And the first Sofia Show Off's featured...Lori's and Mandy's daughters. See the full post HERE!

I'm so very impressed by all that you wonderful ladies have done with my pattern! Seeing your designs, stylings, and gorgeous dress creations brings me such great joy!!!! It was fun making the pattern and sharing it with you all, but seeing all of your amazing dresses has been an even greater delight! The biggest joy for me is in knowing that you are using the pattern and making a dress out of your heart of love to give to another. And that is just remarkable and something I love being a part of!

You have all been so wonderful to work with! Keep sending those pictures! You make my day! And I'm always here if you still need when you want to make a dozen more! : )

Ready to get your Princess Sofia Pattern yet? 

Now available in sizes 2/3 and 4/5 and 6/7!

September 15, 2013

A Whale of A....Blanket?!

 Apparently I am loving making toddler quilts this summer. This will be my third one. (See #1 HERE, and #2 HERE.) Well, fourth one, actually, if you count the one for our bed.
I guess I'm falling in love with them because they are quick sews, easily and quickly customizable, and do not take that much fabric to make. I am calling this my Whale Of A Time Quilt
Th idea started with my beloved friend, Gina, having her second baby just a few weeks ago. I scoured her Pinterest board for ideas of what to make her precious, new little man. She had a few whale ideas pinned, and that fueled my inspiration. 

Her baby's room is decorated in shades of blue, khaki and brown, so as I pulled the idea for this quilt together, I tried to stick close to her color scheme. 

I began by sketching out some whale designs on freezer paper. The monkey was a consideration in lieu of whales, but in the end, the whales won out for this project. 

Then I narrowed down which whale shape to use:

Then traced him onto my stencil film and cut him out. 
**If doing one single design, freezer paper is the way to stencil.
If doing multiple copies of the same design, stencil film is the way to go....
well, or screen printing, but that's really invasive (and a technique I sure am hoping to try someday).

Steven helped me come up with a design concept for the bubbles, and I then cut those out of the stencil film as well:

I chose my colors from my stash of favorite and reliable fabric paints:
(Thank you, Mom & Dad, for getting me more colors for my birthday this year!!!)

And then onto some linen fabric (previously a linen curtain panel) the whales went:

And this is how it looked like once stenciled, backed, and binded at the edges:

Here was my inspiration picture from Pinterest:
Love this fabric. Maybe I can get some someday...or keep making my own : )! I just adore it on the grey background!
Welcome to the world, little man! Love you, Gina & Brian! 

September 10, 2013

On The Table

Most posts like this would most likely start out with what "food" is on the table. But, honestly, while I'm a decent cook and we Hoovers like to make exciting and different dishes, this post is what my table looks like today. Well, okay...most days. We have one table in the kitchen that we eat at, and the dining room table that has capabilities to look like THIS, usually just gets toppled with a range of in-progress crafts to finish, Steven's homework for school, and papers that need filed. Oh, how exciting, I know. No doubt. 

But, I thought I'd give you a glimpse into my world a little further see what is all going on...

On the Table #1:
above and below: this is my idea of what a boy's dollhouse would look like...intended for Nathan and James. It will be a mushroom house, with tiny mushrooms to carry around, felt trees to adorn, wooden mushroom farmers, and of course a wheelbarrow. Hoping I can get to the assembly process soon...cause I think my kid will just love it!!!

On the Table #2:
A pile of cut fabric pieces ready and waiting to be stenciled and sewed for the next baby shower later this month that I get to attend. Yes, I will have to get to this one soon! 

On the Table #3:
My Haines repair manual for my Chrysler Sebring...opened to the page about completing your own oil change. Steven makes it sound r-e-a-l easy, so I've been wanting to try it out on my own. Maybe soon.

On the Table #4:
A reliable and awesome pattern purchased. Pattern pieces cut out. Will make an excellent gift for a wonderful soon to be 3 year old late this September. Love that I found this "Airplane" themed fabric last week at Hobby Lobby! He will just love it! ooh...yes, yes!

On the Table #5:
A stack of wall decorations from our bedroom/N's room, waiting to be packed. I think I'm waiting for some boxes to arrive to commence packing (psst...if you have any boxes, send them my way..please!!!) If you didn't catch my last post, we are moving in November, so lots to do. Joint Compound has already taken a prominent place in my kitchen, waiting around to fill some more nail holes. 

On the Table #6:
Ahh, yes, the stack of papers to be filed/sorted. Why does this type of pile always grow and never recede? If it disappears or is non-existent in your house, how do you make it go away? 

The creative are generally not that "tidy" anyways, so I often give myself, and Steven, much grace. 
How could we give up that creative flow and resisting stacking our dining room table like this after all? 

Have a hopefully less project-filled day than me! 
Thanks for reading wonderful friends!

September 5, 2013

A Little To Share

8 months now. Feeling more ready-to-go with this new little one...But, still have 7 weeks still to go. Unless God decides differently, James' birthday will be October 29th!

Feeling like I didn't save enough of Nathan's baby clothes... I copied the onesie outfit I had on the left, made a pattern from it, lengthened it, and made the outfit on the right (**with matching hat). Whether the hat will fit at the same time as the outfit is still debatable. : )

 And then I made another. I used a thrifted grey t-shirt for this one, and some leftover turquoise rib knit I had from another project. I stitched it along the bottom gather with turquoise thread and I like how it came out. I loved these little outfits best when N was little, as they made diaper changes a whole lot easier. Hope baby J likes them too. This one needs a star stencil still, don't you think????

This is the new Disney coming out this November: FROZEN. Princess Anna (girl on the right) will be the main character, I am told. That means to all little girls that she will be the next princess superstar that all moms and grandmas will be looking for a costume for. The question is: Can I really pull off designing and marketing a new pattern in under 7 weeks? Hmm....I'm really wondering that myself too. But, I will remain optimistic and definitely give it my best go and design work. 
Introducing: Princess Anna
.....and her peasant gown. I have designed it already in my art journal, but unsure if I can make it a one-piece costume, instead of 4 separate pieces (there's a burgundy cape too). Sometimes I struggle with making things simple : ). Ha ha.. Well, that can be a problem, right??? Anyways, lots on the drawing board, and a house to clean, and oh, yeah....some packing to do, cause we're also moving homes this fall. My life is n-e-v-e-r boring at least!  :)