Sunday, February 15, 2009

New Additions!

As promised my new kits are now listed in my store. I have 3 different Abbey Bag kits and I also cut a kit for the Four Corners Apron that everyone loved so much.
My new store is nearly complete and I am hoping to go live by the end of the week. We will be keeping the store on eBay for a while but I am hoping to be a thriving independent eCommerce site by the end of the year! I am really excited about this step for my little business! Big things are coming for us! I can feel it! I will also be working on my original patterns this summer after the shows are over and am hoping to self publish those and offer them in the store. I am also working on our virtual Birdie Sling class so that will be posted soon! I will give you plenty of time to prepare, no worries! Tomorrow is a holiday, hopefully most of you have an extra day to spend with your family. Mine will be spent sewing! I am working on the Pink Fig Lydia Dress for a friends little girl. I'll post pictures when I am finished. Have a great long weekend!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

My Laptop Burrito

Here's my latest project! This was actually a quick one. About half a day. It's so funny, the patterns you look at and read through that seem to be really detailed, involved and kind of scare you, are the ones that are a snap to complete! Weird!

This is an Amy Butler pattern, Laptop Cover & MP3 Case. I haven't started the MP3 case yet but the laptop cover was fun! The fabric I used are my two favorites out of her new Midwest Modern 2 line. This is truly just a cover. That's why I call it a burrito! Or you could call it your laptop diaper....okay, I like burrito better.

It's an easy way to personalize your workspace. This cover uses canvas duck cloth , lots of it, as an interfacing and also two layers of Peltex and one layer of fleece (I used Thermolam Plus) on the bottom to protect your computer. The next one I make will have some small pockets on the inside of the liner. That way, when I'm working on my laptop on a flight or in a coffee shop somewhere, I'll have some pockets to keep my essentials close at hand.

The flaps can fold in or under if you are cramped for space. This was a fun way to showcase my favorite fabric! The pattern was super easy to customize to my laptop size. It is written for an average size laptop but my laptop is a tad bigger.
As always, Amy delivers in this pattern with clear and concise instructions.
Watch out with the bulk on your machine. Do not be afraid to trim back some of the interfacing in your seams. Your machine will appreciate it!

I'm telling you, if you have this pattern and you're afraid to start...JUST DO IT!! I know I'm starting to sound like Nike but I am always hearing from people how they've had these patterns for so long but have been afraid to try them. You are missing out on some major fun!

Also, I am in the planning stages for our online class. We'll be doing the Birdie Sling and I am hoping to start in about 4 weeks. That gives you all plenty of time to get your patterns and fabric. I'll post an entry about a week before we start giving you all of your prep directions. When I contacted Amy's studio about the class, they were so excited! She even sent me some free patterns to do a giveaway during the class. I'll give you more details on how we will do the giveaway later. It'll be fun for sure! Have a great day and go sew something!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Happy Baby!!

Over the past few years, I've been seeing a trend among my friends having babies. They seem to be returning to the traditional, handmade toy. No lights, buzzing, whistles or electronic voices. Simple toys that stimulate a child's mind into activity. There is a great pattern out there that I happened upon while stalking Heather Bailey's blog and website. If you don't know who Heather Bailey is, (where have you been?) you need to. She is a smart, creative and yes, I'm going to say it, ADORABLE genius of an artist! I met Heather in Houston at Market although, I've been obsessed with her stuff long before that. (I am hoping to carry all of Heather's fabrics soon!) Since I haven't been given the okay from the big boss to invest in another designer yet, I decided to carry Heather's patterns since that's the next best thing I suppose.
(BLOG TANTRUM: "I will have her fabric, I will, I will!!", she cried while stomping her feet.)

This is the Happy Stacker. Now, while this was a fun pattern to put together, I would not suggest making this for just anyone. Make sure the person you make this for really appreciates the handmade aspects of this. A lot of this project is sewn by hand. I didn't mind that at all. I love sewing by hand. There is something calming and therapeutic about it (for me anyway). I have friends who actually hire me to hand bind their quilts for them because they hate it so much. I, on the other hand, love hand work!

Heather is a genius in the way she has written this pattern. I still don't get how it all worked out but if you follow the directions well, you will amaze yourself! Right up to the end, I was certain there was a mistake in the pattern. I was saying over and over, "How in the world is this going to turn out? This is impossible!" (Have I mentioned I am lacking in the patience department?) Well, it turned out and I was so proud of myself for sticking in there and finishing it. The directions are perfect! She speaks my language using words like "munched up rainbow" to describe what I should be seeing. She even gives a few words of encouragement at just the right time!

The best part was embellishing with the ribbon. I have a thing for ribbon. (Can't explain it and it is really quite disturbing while walking past a ribbon booth at shows. I lose all control. Yet another issue I probably need meds for.)

If you have a special baby in the family or one on the way, I highly recommend this pattern! It took approximately 3 days to complete and that was with grocery shopping, chores and even a horseback riding lesson thrown in there.
If you have any questions at all about this pattern, let me know! If you haven't tried it because you think it's too complicated, TRY IT! You will amaze yourself at your skills! The instructions are clear and as long as you don't mind sewing by hand, you will be blown away with your creation!
A HUGE thank you to Heather for an awesome pattern! (I can't wait to try the Fresh Picked Pincushions next!)