I’ve been busy, oh so busy. We’re having a beautiful summer here in Ontario and I’m loving the gardening, auctions, and the awesome yard sales. I’m on the hunt for wonderful things to decorate our family cottage and of course fabrics of all kinds. It’s amazing when you can buy great quality cottons in funky patterns for a few dollars. Sheeting is the way to go!
I picked up a Star Wars sheet and made two of these robes from making children’s clothes by Emma Hardy. I made them for a lovely lady who has given them to her grandsons. Her son used to have these sheets and his kids are big Star Wars fans. Perfect! I’ve lined them in an oh-so-soft yellow gingham sheet.
I also made this cute little guy from One Yard Wonders. So simple and such a cute giftl
I’m left with a few scraps which I’ll hold on to until some great idea comes my way.
Finally things are starting to look a little more seasonal around here. The local supermarket called for their first hanging basket order of the year. Our plants have been looking ready to go for a couple of weeks now. Sounds good, but it’s not really. The plants get too big and they are crammed together and mold starts to grow where there is no air circulation. We have been cutting the plants back since before Easter and they just keep filling in. We have had a bit of a battle against black winged gnats as well. But, now with warmer weather ahead of us and plants starting to move, things will be getting easier. There are 30 fewer baskets to water. That’s a plus anyways.
I’ve noticed the regular wild flowers blooming. This one is colts foot I believe.
Went for a walk the other day with a girl on a horse.
Tags: everyday shopper, one yard wonders, peg bear, style stitches
I have finished the Everyday Shopper for February and it was a much easier go than the Cosmo. The directions still baffled me a little and I ended up putting a pocket on either side of the exterior pieces when I should have one on the inside. I guess I would have if the pocket pieces were both contrasting. Turns out only the outside one contrasts. The inside one should though if it is truly reversible.
Anyways. .. It’s done and I’ve even started working on March’s bags. There are 6 in the set and I’ve completed one. The second has been held up due to a lack of zippers. I hate that I have to make a 45 minute journey to town to get zippers. I’ll wait until someone else is going for other supplies and tag along.
Follow the challenge here.
In the meantime I made these little guys from One Yard Wonders.
I especially like the Zzz fabric. It is actually called Goodnight Monday by Erin Michael for moda fabrics. I embroidered the eyes and nose so they would be baby safe. I love how kooky they look.
Tags: cosmo bag, style stitches
Just what I need at this sleepy, frigid, dark and depressing time of the year. So here it is,
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I was cruising Flickr for inspiration on the new Cosmo Bag from Amy Butler’s Style Stitches when one link led me to another yada yada and I found this challenge. I had already decided that this was my next project and what better way to stay inspired then to make it with a bunch of other like minded sewers? It really helps when people post their problems and ideas on the discussion pages of the Flickr group.
I’m not expecting that I will make all 17 bags. If I get five or six completed I’ll be delighted and I won’t need to feel guilty about the book purchase.
Here is the fabric. I confiscated the chenille from my dh workroom. It was in with his parents belongings and he thought since it was damaged I wouldn’t want it. DOES HE KNOW ME AT ALL!!!
The bag wasn’t too difficult, but the “easy” rating in the book is a little off. I had trouble with some of the instructions but somehow muddled through and figured it out.
It’s a big bag and pretty WOW. I’ll have to see if I actually have the chutzpa to carry this thing.
I didn’t make the side pockets quite as deep as the instructions would have you. Before I sewed the side panels on I stitched two lines about 7 1/2 inches down from the top of the pocket. I looked around on flickr and found some great ideas for smaller interior pockets as well. There are some good questions and answers in the discussion section of the bag challenge. I would recommend doing some research before you start this project.
Here is the interior.
I added the little pocket for keys or a cell phone. I think smaller things will just get lost in the giant pockets.
Next month is the Reversible Everyday Shopper. I’m thinking denim and maybe just a little orange this time…umm
I’m really trying to follow my weight watchers program. Getting out and being active is definitely something I’m trying to do more of. My dogs are 11yo and 5yo and have really been enjoying these walks around the field as much as me. I took the camera last time and here is my adventure.
This is my Winnie. She’s the 11 yo. For a large breed dog this is considered a long life. Each day is a gift and I appreciate her every day. She started out on the walk just fine.
Here she is following her fool brother, Bingo. That’s not what we call him. I can read the looks on her face. She really does think he is a fool. I’ve tried talking to her about this but…
We passed the barnyard and said hello to mama cow.
and abbey the goat.
Now I’ve lost one dog (Winnie) and the other has taken off on me.
I’m not letting it bother me. I’m stopping to enjoy the beautiful winter colours.
Someone just noticed we’ve become a walk for two.
I love how these bird houses we put up years ago have survived and aged. What a lovely summer home.
He is sure he hears something under the snow. Probably a mole or mouse?
I can’t seem to get enough of this and take some 30 pictures.
Okay, this is the last one. I’m sure pleased he’s getting a bit of a bath this way.
I love this close up of a cedar rail fence.
An enchanted forest.
The ultimate in a climbing tree.
A perfect maple which makes a home and lunch bar for…
someone has decided it’s time to go home. Thanks! Yes, the speck in the distance is the dog I’ve taken for a walk.
I love this elm. Not many healthy ones left around here. Elm trees remind me of the party tree in Go Dog Go.
Looks like a long walk home. ugh. Who’s idea was this?
I suspect I must walk like a duck to make tracks like this. ??
“hey mom, what’s taken you so long?”
These aprons are reversible. I made them using the emmeline apron pattern from Sew Liberated. I added pockets to the second one.
I made the one on the left by copying a bag my DD already owns and the messenger bag from directions from Sew What! Bags.
I’ve been very busy sewing lately. I just love it when my daughter is on her summer break and life seems to slow just a little. Enough to sleep a little later and not fret about getting to bed in time for an early morning to get her off to school. I’m most productive with my sewing late at night, provided I’m not exhausted anyways. During the day there are so many more distractions. Phone calls, questions, pick this up, take this here, we need more of this, DD needs a ride here….
This is our second summer with air-conditioning. LOVE IT! I’m still very appreciative of it and don’t take it for granted. Having the geothermal installed has been our best reno so far. I try not to blast it though. It is summer after-all and I kind of don’t mind being a little on the warm side.
Tags: farmer's market
I’m so glad I did it and I’m so glad it’s behind me. Much like child-birth I guess. My house looked great for a few days and now things are getting back to their normal state of messiness. I am keeping up on dishes and trying to make the bed but, how long will that last really?
The weather wasn’t great as it has been in previous years, but the rain held out and a few people walked around the gardens and to the gazebo. I wasn’t at the house during the tour though. I was manning our (my daughter and mine) booth at the local farmer’s market. Considering it was the first day of the market ever and the weather, all went really well. My daughter’s jewellery outsold my few sewn goods and she was very pleased.
The crowds through the house loved my store-bought Costco cake. (shh our secret) I never actually said I made it but I did take the compliments. I knew when I spotted it across the baking department that it would look good in my kitchen. Tasted nice too.
Yes, a new counter top is in the planning stage.