Thursday, February 28, 2013

Seuss week preview...

Sneak preview of baby relish's birthday quilt. I am hoping to have it completed next week for Dr. Seuss' birthday. I will also try to post my first full quilt pattern tutorial. So check back next week (hopefully)!!


ps - had my first serious cutting accident with my rotary cutter. I say serious because this isn't my first but far worst. :( The good news is no blood got on the fabric!! Bottom picture shows how it happened. What was I thinking?!? I did get out of dishes last night...hehe!

Monday, February 25, 2013

fabric flowers and an impromptu tutorial

Soooooo....I have two projects that I somewhat finished months (ok, almost a year) ago but never got around to embellishing them with flowers. Well, now they are officially finished!

I found this ugly tray for a couple dollars at a thrift store two years ago and finally got around to painting it. I used Rustolem spray paint in matte black and then used chalkboard paint to paint the center part (I did about three coats and waited many many hours between coats. Ok, more like 2 or 3 but it felt FOR-EV-ER (make sure you read 'FOREVER' like the kid on the Sandlot does to get my gist)).

Here, I found a vintage window pane at a local antique store for $30 and then added hooks at the top to add the twine to hang it and then the four drawer pulls to the bottom (Hobby Lobby for those, of course) to hang maybe picture frames or anything else my little heart desires. -- Note: I had to use power tools for this project (and Mr. Relish). Make sure you tape the glass up so IF it does break you don't have tiny pieces everywhere, just taped up shards everywhere. Luckily, we were able to not harm the window...whew!--

I used my Silhouette to make the vinyl and love that when I get tired of this saying I can just pull it off and put something new. I finally added the little fabric and burlap flowers today. No idea why I waited over 10 months to do it... It was one of those things on my list of to do's but not super important. Since I was in the middle of sewing projects, I decided this would be a great way to waste spend baby relish's morning nap.

You can find tons of online tuts for making these flowers, but I couldn't find a good one for making the yo-yo flower so I decided to give you a quick mini tut below...

How to make the faux yo-yo flower:

You need a strip of fabric as thick and wide as you like. Fold in half longwise wrong sides together. Sew the short ends together. Then hand sew around the raw edge. Then pull tight to make the center come together nice and tight. Sew a few knots then VIOLA! You have a flower. Now you can hand sew or glue an embellishment in the middle.

Thanks for stopping by!

...and since I had my camera out when baby relish woke from nap, I had to get a quick snapshot of her pretty little face!

The Shabby Nest
Manic Mother

Saturday, February 23, 2013

baby shadow box

Hey there! Blogging from my phone today. I'm sitting in Relish #1's room waiting for her to fall asleep for nap then Mr. Relish and I are off for an overnight...whoohoooo! It's his birthday today and he loves going to the casino. Since we are in Texas we have to head up north to Oklahoma.

I finally finished making the girls their baby shadow boxes. The hardest part was finding all the things to go in them. I put them all away for safe-keeping, but they were all in different "safe" locations that I couldn't for the life of me remember. Any-who, I snapped a few pics from my phone and here ya go. I put the onesie they each wore home, their hospital band, my favorite sono pic and their birth announcement. I got the showdown box frames at Hobby Lobby for 1/2 I think they were $15 each...maybe $18. Cant remember exactly, but we'll tell Mr. Relish $15. Haha! These are so fun to make. Might need to make a wedding one!!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

simply color messenger...

...and here is the messenger bag using Simply Color by V and Co. for Moda.

...and here is baby relish making sure she gets in the picture, too!

I just took these pics with my phone since I already had a post about these bags with pretty pictures :) If you want to read more about it...go HERE. :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

quilted messenger bag

Vera Bradley - Eat your heart out! Haha...just kidding. I love the look and style of VB bags, but whenever I walk into a store, there is never a print that speaks to my fabric soul. You know what I mean? Like how when you see one piece of fabric and you can't leave the store until you bought at least 2 yards just in case inspiration hits you later. And I want more than just one or two prints. Well, since I know how to quilt (check) and I know how to follow a pattern (check) and I have an abundant supply of fabrics (check), I decided to make my own VB style bag. I got my hands on Moda's new Spring House collection by Stephanie Ryan and decided it would be perfect for a cute spring bag. I plan on giving this one to my mom and make another for me to have for our upcoming cruise in April (Mom - I know you will read this but pretend it's still a surprise when you get it). I'm thinking the Simply Color by V for Moda for my bag. Im such a sucker for purple and the purple in that collection is GEORGIOUS!

Fabric - Spring House by Stephanie Ryan for Moda - 1 Charm Pack plus additional pieces for linings. I just used fabrics leftover from the Apron Knot Dresses since they were along the same color schemes. So total cost for fabric was really only $10 for the charm pack (depending on where you buy it). I also just used scrap batting that I already had. This is a bargain of a bag if you ask me (and Mr. Relish)!

Pattern - Dog Under my Desk - Two Zip Hipster - This pattern is awesome and she does an fabulous job giving all the steps and even a fabric cutting chart.

Hardware and Zippers - Here is where I bought my hardware and zippers.

Where the pattern calls for interfacing, I used cotton batting (Warm and Natural) instead. It made it a tad bit tricky to topstitch the top of the bag at the end because of the thickness but I muscled through. For the strap, the pattern calls for 6 inch thickness, but I wanted to use my charm pack leftovers, so mine was 5 inches thick and I just very carefully ironed it to make it 1 1/2 inch thick. It helped by cutting the batting exactly 1 1/2 inches to iron around. Hope that all makes sense! I used the same quilting method I mentioned in my previous blog post, quilted e-book cover. Here is the original source...Oh, Fransson!

Hope you enjoyed my post and please leave a comment if you like!


update - Here is the same bag using Simply Color by V and Co. for Moda --> simply color messenger

I Heart Nap Time

Sunday, February 17, 2013

apron knot party dress

I spotted this adorable fabric, Children at Play by Michael Miller, while searching for pdf patterns on Etsy and couldn't resist. I wanted to make something for both the girls but didn't want to buy two whole why "knot" an apron knot dress! Now I have two dresses and still another fat 1/2 yard to make something else....hmmmmm.

I used this pattern, The Ava Knot Dress, from Etsy from Pink Poodle Bows. This pattern was super easy to follow and it took me longer to decide on fabrics and placement than to actually make the two dresses! I did the bottom trim differently than what the pattern suggests. Instead, I took my pieces and folded in half wrong sides together, pressed, then attached it to bottom of skirt matching raw edges, right sides together. I like that finished look better and let's admit it, it's easier. :)

These dresses will make adorable bluebonnet pictures OR Easter dresses! Cant wait till MARCH! I have seen lots of similar dresses on Etsy if you would rather buy one. This Michael Miller fabric is everywhere and ILOVEIT! I talked about all the other fabrics I used earlier here and oh yeah, there's some Amy Butler mixed in there. Enjoy!

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Friday, February 15, 2013

must read for any mama

I am currently reading this book and recommend it to all of my mama friends or soon to be mamas! I even bought an extra paper copy (I read on my Kindle)to give to my good friend, Kat, who is also an awesome mama.

As soon as I read The Pioneer Women's blog post about the book, I bought it within 2 minutes (thanks to my handy-dandy Amazon app and my prime membership). I am about 75% through and enjoying every bit of it.

Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle, author of Big Mama Blog.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

happy valentine's day

Just wanted to share what the girls are wearing for Valentine's Day this year! I wish I could get them to sit still together for more than three seconds! But hey, I did get the dresses in the same picture...SCORE! hehe

I made little relish #1's dress by using one of her dresses to make a bodice pattern. The top is made from jersey knit that I purchased at Hobby Lobby and the bottom fabrics are by Amy Butler from her Love collection (thought it was fitting :). I used by handy dandy embroidery machine to make little heart appliques and then hand sewed them to the dress. For baby relish's dress, I used my go-to peasant dress pattern that I talked about here. I did add light interfacing to the sleeves to make sure they didn't stretch too much.



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

sneak peek pin cushion

So my awesome, wonderful and very understanding husband got me a brand spanking new serger for Christmas this past year and then helped me set up my new sewing space to accommodate my brand spanking new serger...he's awesome, right? --I was taught to always lead with a compliment (hehe)...continue reading....

--This is my work space. Note the very decorated college diploma...just the way it should be...all my badges! The rest of the room has a couch, tv and more toys than a child should ever need or have....rotten! The armoire houses my Silhouette and printer on the top and tons of scrapbook paper on the bottom. All my fabrics are stored in the closet to the left. I will not share that picture, even though I did take one, because the awful mess....for shame! --

Anyway, I've been chugging away at my serger since the day I set it up but finally made it it's very own pin cushion. It's now officially apart of the family. HAHA!

I made the pin cushion from some scraps of fabric that I used to make the girls some cute spring apron knot dresses (which I will share with y'all later hence the name of the title sneak peek)and did a scrappy piecing that I saw from my favorite Saturday morning show on PBS, It's Sew Easy. I think it's episode 403.

Which reminds me...a few weeks ago right before bed, Mr. Relish presented me with his sweatpants and informed me that there was a hole in the pocket and wanted to know if I could repair it with my serger. I told him sure but not until tomorrow. I don't remember what happened or what was said next but next thing I knew, Mr. Relish was heading up the stairs to do it himself. I really didn't think he would try, but all of a sudden I hear the serger chopping away and thought, OH SHIT! I then waited a few seconds thinking he was just testing me, but then I heard the serger going again. I quickly hopped out of bed and ran up the stairs and found my husband sitting at the serger with a perplexed look on his face. My first response was WTF, then said a few other choice words (yes, I am a potty mouth but will spare you the extent of it here)and told him to get up! He didn't even know there was a cutter on the serger and by the time I got to it, it was completely unthreaded....WHICH IS WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS if you have ever threaded a serger! I looked at his sliced up pockets and then walked to my sewing machine and fixed his hot mess. After the whole debacle, I told him to NEVER EVER TOUCH MY MACHINES, EVER! He then asked, "are you going to blog about this?" My response, "Naw." -- Now the jokes on him! (LOVE YOU, MR. RELISH)

Thanks for reading including you, my wonderful husband!


Monday, February 11, 2013

little girls, little girls

I love making dresses for my girls! Since baby relish is growing so fast, I really don't make as many for her as I do her big sister. Little Relish #1 is only 2 1/2 but she wears size 4T! She's definitely as wide as a 4 year old but not quite as tall. She has been in size 3-5T clothes since last summer and only growing taller. So when I make her clothes, I know she will be wearing them for awhile. That's not the same case with baby relish. While she is only 8 months, she wears size 18 months and still growing like a weed! So I don't want to put too much time in making her custom clothes unless they will be worn for longer than 3 months.

I love buying my clothes patterns off Etsy! I think you get a lot of bang-for-your-buck because they are pdf and can be printed over and over again. They come with step-by-step instructions and pictures and you can generally contact the creator if you are stuck anywhere.

These dresses I made one size 3T for baby relish (but much shorter that what the pattern suggest) and then 5T for little relish. It's a bit chilly here in Texas so I didn't get the girls in them to take pictures...not that they would cooperate anyway...haha!

I used the Squared Neck Jumper pattern from TieDyeDiva here on Etsy. You can also follow her on Facebook here.

Scared of buttons? Start here! This is how I overcame my fear and now I think buttons and button holes are FUN!


Baby relish is 9 months!

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