This is a better picture of the placement of my vintage “ladies in frame” I posted about earlier this week.
This is ANOTHER beautiful day on my vacation and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sitting outside sipping my morning coffee. I absolutely LOVE my morning coffee…MORNING coffee then after that I’m set for the next 24 hours. Sometimes, I go to bed just thinking of how I’ll love waking up in the morning anticipating that yummy coffee. Crazy…or do you feel the same? But just the morning one. I like to have a cup of tea in the afternoon but neither coffee or tea past 7:00 p.m. because then I know that even counting sheep won’t put me to sleep.
I made the vintage pillowcase dress for Madeline last night from this week Tuesday’s thrifting finds. I posted a tutorial a few days if you are interested on how simple it is to make.
Doesn’t the hemlook look cute at the pillowcase edge What a fun day I had yesterday I was able to work on different projects and do my own thing.
My eldest son, his wife and Madeline are coming over tonight for dinner. So I’ll have Madeline try it on. I have enough material from the top of the pillowcase to make a similar dress for a doll I’ve made some time ago. She needs a dress and then she can go home with Madeline. We’re having fajitas so I’ve been doing up the peppers, onions, chicken, mushroom ahead of time. It’ll be a short visit because she has soccer tonight so I’m going to be prepared so we can visit a while. (If you check the post after this you’ll see Madeline modelling the vintage pillowcase dress-now I want to make more!)
On that note I had better get on with my preparations. Have a lovely afternoon and delcious dinner too.
Have I told you I love bunnies? Someone refers to me as his bunny :o) … and I collect bunnies. I also really love Fitz and Floyd pieces and salt and pepper shakers , so therefore I have a small collection (so far) of Fitz and Floyd bunny salt and pepper shakers! whew! I’ll share them with you soon…
That leads me to this post because I sewed a bag with my favourite bunny. I drew the bunny on a pretty brick pink and white check print, sewed him on canvas did a little hand embroidery, attached my favourite colour, a bricky red synthetic suede to the trim, green lining and voila…a new bag.
My Noah’s Arc Baby Quilt/Blanket which is a custom order is finished. The size is 32″x37.5 of cute faces and bright colours and sure to be entertaining for the new little baby boy, for who this is made, as he gets older. In the meantime he’ll be snuggly in it. I’ll post the pictures into my pinkdaisies etsy shop and take a custom order for another one much like this one.
I made some jewellery using beautiful Swarovski crystals that will go into the shop also. Topaz coloured Swarovski crystals sparkle in this bracelet and earrings complemented by topaz czech crystals.
This is a pink and deep purple Swarovski crystal necklace and earrings. I’m sure it will dress up a wedding occasion, a special outfit or a simple day. It is so feminine and sparkly. I think that those sparkly crystals are so versatile for special occasion and any day.
I love the look of these tear-drop glass beads because they look frosted and I’ve coordinated 3 colours for a bracelet and earrings that I think would be fun to wear. Check them out at pinkdisies. and tell me what you think.
I used 2 lovely, co-ordinating, paisley Amy Butler fabrics and combined that with canvas for a new bag. It has a pocket running along the front and back and pinned down with a covered button. Although the canvas holds its shape nicely I did use some heavier fleece interfacing as well. I’m pleased with the look. It may find its way to my shop.
I try to watch my fats and eat healthy. It had been years since I’ve been to McDonald’s because I don’t eat their fries or their hamburgers or their pies any longer. Boring? No I don’t eat boring. Anyway, I recently realized they have delicious sandwiches and salads since I’d been there last. I’d been galavanting during my lunch and decided to treat myself to a turkey sandwich and a few fries. I placed my order at the drive thru and on paying was told they were out of turkey and would I substitite with chicken. That was fine with me. They asked me to park at the side and they would bring me my lunch when it was ready.
So I waited and waited and waited and started running out of lunch time when suddenly an guy comes running out towards me my lunch in hand. He apologized profusely for the long wait and told me that he had added an apple pie to the order AND that the person filling my order had given me EXTRA LARGE fries. I chucked to myself as I thanked him and graciously took my lunch. I couldn’t win for trying. The sandwich was very yummy and so were the few fries I did eat. The rest? I had a hunger colleague at work who eagerly finished the fries and apple pie.
Saturday I helped Son #2 (the one who moved back from British Columbia last fall) move again. They found a really nice place about 5 miles from me. We had a very productive day and and I sure was feeling sore and stiff but its a good feeling. On Sunday I worked 3 hours fixing up the kitchen. I like that part. It always feels that once the kitchen is nice and functioning things are looking good. Anyway on the drive to his place on Saturday I stopped at Fabricland because they were having a members 50% off sale. I had my eye on a great, red, tote bag for my sewing machine that cost $50.00 so that brought it down to $25.00 and because I had accumulated quite a few stamps on my membership card for previous purchases I was able to take another $20.00 off. That bag cost me only $5.00! I was sooo pleased.
I purchases some wonderful pink fabrics for a baby’s quilt, floral material to complete the dress I didn’t make for the cruise and cute material for shorts and top for Madeline. I will be putting the pics back up tonight. Madeline’s pattern is McCall M5306 and I have a choice of making either capri pants or shorts, 2 versions of the top and a cute little hat. I think the sewing bug has hit me again! Fun and a great shopping day.
I have had sewing projects ready to go both in my mind and sewing area. Its a snowy day out there and perfect for a sewing day so I will share a couple of ideas. I plan to make another chenille type baby quilt. The front panel looks like this
and like this and the back will be the yellow fabric with the coordinating little specs of colour to coordinate. The fabric is a soft cotton.
Also because we are going on a cruise!…in early March,and I’ll write more on that later, I found a McCall’s pattern #8108 that would make a nice little dress to take along. It is one of those 1 Hour Dress patterns. I have been waiting for the spring/summer fabrics so I might make a deek down the road to Fabricland to check on that.
When I made the animal baby blanket in January I wanted to post how I made the edging and corners on the main side. I used to have some trouble making the corners square but after playing around with it this is how I do it. Many of my quilts and blankets use a contrasting material on the back that becomes the edge binding on the right side. This is easy, tidy and is a nice contrast for the front. It works for me.
Looking at the front of my completed blanket I measure the panel/material that runs around the completed blanket/quilt which is the right side of the back piece of my blanket/quilt. I want to leave double the width I want the edge/trim to be and cut it to that size.
Along the long side I fold the fabric in half and then half again on to the blanket and pin at that spot.
Beginning at the left side of the short end I place a sharp fold, temporarily pinning that point and fold the bottom up to the bottom edge of the blanket/quilt and then fold up one more time. You might have to adjust the fold until it meets at a perfect and neat angle with the edge of the left-side longer edge. I fold up the rest of that edge pinning along the way to the end.
Turn your blanket/quilt so that you once again begin at the left side with the sharp fold repeating until all four corners are pinned evenly. I then sew along the folded edge of the trim/edge all the way around. I might use a fancy machine stitch, or small zigzag to close up the fold on the corners, or place delicate hand stitches and sometimes the fabric looks good without doing anything more. The trim is actually the same width all the way around the blanket although the picture didn’t capture this.
Were you able to understand my tutorial?
Let me know how it works for you….I’d love to hear your comments on what you are making.
I used different lovely Amy Butler fabrics for the exterior of the purse and a coordinating yellow/white pattern cotton for the lining. It keeps its form nicely because the interfacing is a medium weight fleece. A handmade felt flower pin sits pretty on the purse or it can be removed and worn to bring together the look. It is another purse I designed and sewed. Spring IS coming and what a great way to feel feminine. This pretty piece is available in my shop.