Wednesday, November 30, 2011

custom order

This note tote may very well be my favourite one yet.
The colours, the feel of the suede exterior....
pretty sweet.
What do YOU think?

This one is also different from the others, as it holds a 4 x 6 pad of paper.
I had to do a little math, and a few corrections as I went along sewing it...
Apparently I wouldn't get As on a math test anymore.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

run, run as fast as you can...

This guy cracks me up.
When I found him on, I knew I had to make him mine.
I used the tutorial found here, with a few substitutions...
I had no ric rac, so I cut up some felt.
 I had no red buttons, so I used felt circles.
I also found a darker felt, that is the exact same colour as gingerbread!

He has three friends, too -- I wonder where they will find a new home?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas crafts!

This is the first post in a Christmas extravaganza!
I am hoping to do a bunch of sewing/crafting this year for Christmas -- for myself, for friends, for gifts, and for my terribly neglected pay-it-forward list.
This hanging mistletoe was inspired by a tutorial I stumbled upon at
Matsutake. Find her tutorial here, and then go check out the rest of her tutorials... good stuff!
I used felt instead of fleece, and the one on Matsutake looks wayyyy nicer than mine, but I love it anyways.
And so does Darryl.

Come here and give me a kiss!

Friday, November 18, 2011

in business!

The friend who requested the custom order of note totes for Christmas also wanted some sort of signature/business card to include with the gifts.
I had until today to make up some business cards, and because I sometimes procrastinate work best under pressure, I left it until late last night.
I knew the totes were going to be picked up early this morning, but I figured since I had a run booked at 5:30 that I would have plenty of time to finish them.
Last night at ten while I was getting ready for bed I was jotting down some potential names, but eventually gave up and went to sleep on it.  lol
As I was getting ready for my run this morning a name popped into my head and I quickly jotted it down before heading out in the cold, cold cold.
I hopped in the shower shortly after 7, then settled down at the computer to work on the business cards.
Okay, I have a name. No website, fine. No catchy email address, so I quickly made up an alias on my account with the business name. And a link to this blog.
These totes are hanging around my friend's house until Christmas, so I have a bit of time to come up with a website if wanted, or some fun stuff on my blog.

I printed up the cards on the computer with cardstock, added a little stamp love, and cut them out with my papercutter.
Just in time, because three minutes later there was a knock on my door!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I'm here!

I have been on a bit of a sewing hiatus since the beginning of school, but am hoping I am now getting back into the swing of things!
This is a custom order I made for a friend -- a pile of note totes!

 These little guys hold 3 x 5 pads of paper...

Just the right size for notes or shopping lists, with spots to hold coupons!!!

And yesterday I finally got started on more pants for Aiden!
No more flood pants for him...
This material I picked up at Fabricland, in the remnant bin when they had a half off sale.
I think I paid $2.25 for a yard of this super soft (almost like a flannel) super adorable camo print!
 I used a pants pattern from the new Sewing for Boys book, which I absolutely love!
So easy!!!
 Since they were camo pants, I had to add a couple cargo pockets for lots of little boy storage...
and a little taggie because I love tags  :o)
 Cuffed bottoms for growth spurts... simply undo the stitches and voila! Added length!
 Another tag added to show which side of the pants is the back... I didn't feel like adding a faux zipper fly.
 Double stitched all the seam allowances down for added durability and softness inside.
 Aiden, you like your new pants?
 Love them Mom!!!
Now can I have a mento for each of my pockets???

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Not my handiwork....

I love our street.
I get to marvel in God's awesome handiwork every season, but especially fall on our road.
These photos do not give it any justice, but you get a little glimpse...