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Sewfest 2015

Alright I needed to name what I’ve been doing, which is sewing a whole lot…and not exactly producing a lot to show for it…but still sewing!

I mentioned in my last post that I’m participating in a local craft fair in July, so I’ve been trying to make as much as I can to be prepared.  I also wanted to make some stuffed animals, named Al’s pals, (yep it gets cuter the more you say it!) And have those ready for the craft fair, too.  I’ve ordered some stickers, because who doesn’t want a sticker with Al on it?  I’ve also come up with a pattern, because here’s what my attempts at using a pattern I found have turned into.


We found out too soon this pattern didn't include a seam allowance.


Added a seam allowance, and this face I tried in vain to embroider on looks....a little racist let's be honest.


So now those are the newest additions to the "I made this but" stuffed animals collection, also little Mike from monsters inc.

So I have drawn out my own stuffed animal pattern, and it’ll be great.

For now, I’m going to get back to sewfest 2015 because I haven’t a moment to waste!


Looking so busy!


And this is all I have to show for it.

Until next time!  Happy sewing!!  Sewfest 2015!!!  (Treading water fest is more like it!)

Craft Fair

Hi! 😀

So I’ve decided to sign up for a craft fair in July that is a bit smaller than the Tomato Arts Festival, just to kind of test the waters.  This group does a show every month, so I’m going to check out the one next month so I can make sure I have a good idea of what I’m getting into.  I drew up a little list of what all I’m going to be making to feel like I have enough stock:

  • Headbands – 40 total, 10 of 4 different colors
  • Al’s Pals – 20 total, 10 bunnies and 10 puppies
  • Wallets – 20 total, current stock, (7) plus 6 each red Miss Kate, 6 blue Miss Kate, and maybe one other one
  • Bags (current stock, 2 not reserved) maybe 2 more small bags?
  • Scarves (current stock 8, 2 of 4 styles)
  • Diaper straps (current stock, 14)
  • Baby quilt (depends on if finished)
  • ?????

What else should I add?  Do I have too much variety?  Do I have enough stuff?  I don’t think you can have too much stuff…who knows.  That’s what I intend on finding out! 😀  I’ll have a 6 ft table area to work with, so I’m going to need to come up with some decorating ideas as well (hello devil) and I’ve already created a board.

Incase you’re looking at this list and…Al’s Pals caught your eye…GOOD.

Al, as you already know, obviously, is such a huge part of my life.  He is a special little guy, and I obviously want to share him with the world.  So I decided that I wanted to make some little stuffed animals, (which, I have STILL not ever blogged about!) since Al loves stuffed animals (that’s why he destroys them) and make a little story to go with them about sharing or something for little kids and call them Al’s Pals.  Ole Al, teaching the kids to share. 🙂

So, get ready, the next few posts are probably going to be updates on the craft fair, as well as my Riley Blake Fabric Challenge entry…which…is coming along. 😀

Until next time, happy sewing!!!

Such a busy week!

In a good way busy, not like a crazy hair pulling out week.  I somehow feel like I’m ahead of the curve today, which makes me think I’ve forgotten something.  I’m on the look out for…whatever it is.

I’ve been sewing up a storm lately!  And Filofax-ing!  I have been doing a instagram daily photo challenge which has made me kind of pay attention to things a little more.  One of the days was “motivation” and I made something for my filofax just for this day.  It’s a little “tag” that goes into the current month with my monthly goals.  Here it is:


it was really easy to make, just a tag, some washi tape and highlighters.  I really did want something kind of in my face every day that would reaffirm my goals, and this was really helpful to me.  If you’ll notice the first goal is “Finish a Project” which…hello I don’t do that.  But, I figured, even the slightest nudge can get the rock rolling.  Apparently I was right!




I got all those wallets made, which, the last two were unusually easy on my sewing machine and made me very suspicious.  The finishing stitch that goes all the way around is really difficult, even with a denim needle, and I almost thought I’d need to get a different needle, then those two were so simple that I guess not.  I finished making my niece’s little rag quilt bigger, which that was the easy part, the snipping was the killer.  I’d half snipped this and it hurt my my hand so much I just let it sit there for a while.  Some recent events made me decide I need to hurry up and get it sent back.  And then I didn’t want to send her something in the mail and not send my nephew something too, so I made him a little puppy.  What little boy doesn’t need a puppy!?!

I also got in some fabric that my sweet husband ordered for me so I can make myself a new bag.  My purse is still just fantastic, but I need more room now!  My old planner fit perfectly, and my filofax is just a bit bigger.  I’m making The Kennedy Bag using a couple of the light blue and navy patterns from Studio M for Moda, Mixology (cosmopolitan ice blueberry, manhattan blueberry and old fashioned blueberry)  I’m pretty excited about this bag.  I’ve not made a bag with this much hardware, so I’m anxious to see how it’ll turn out.  I ordered some soft and stable to finish it, which should be delivered today, so I can get back to work! 🙂  I also started a cross quilt (because one can never have too many projects at once!) but I think my math may have been a little off, and I need to tweak it.

Another new development: Bread.

I wanted to get a bread maker once we moved, but lucky me, the previous owner left one (amongst less desirable things…) in the kitchen!  Well it’s been sitting there, waiting, and when we got snowed in last week I got a recipe from the devil and tested it out. (After about an hour of cleaning it up omg)  The results:  perfectly edible and yummy bread!  The only tricky thing is making sure it has enough flour or water.  Thankfully my days of working at Papa John’s left me with the knowledge of how dough should feel, not too sticky but not too dry.  Just…almost…tacky.  I immediately wanted to make more bread.  I quickly discovered that some people don’t put the loaf size on their recipes, and my loaf of cinnamon raisin bread (which, was delicious) turned out MUCH larger than my machine was ready to handle, and I caught it just in time to toss it in the oven before it got much bigger and perhaps would have popped the top off of the machine.  It was kind of like the blob.  I then found a much more suited for my machine recipe, and I made a loaf and brought it to work this week.  I think the locals were pleased.  My next loaf project: banana nut bread.  Despite this story I’m going to go get some bananas and walnuts today.  Details to follow.




That’s what’s been going on over here!  Until next time!  Happy sewing!

Someone was listening

Someone read my blog who controls the weather, because last week I got a five day weekend! This big storm blew through and there’s still snow at my house! 




These were just from Monday, the initial snow!  A lot of people to the south of us got mostly ice, but we got about 3 inches of snow on top of a little layer of ice.

Lucky for me this meant I could get a lot of sewing in!

(Note: I wrote this two weeks ago and have been so busy trying to catch up at work I never got to finish.  Now, there is more snow today!  And more sewing has been done!)

I also wanted to touch on something I’m doing in my shop right now. A friend of mine has these two great little kids. Her son has a disease that for a long time they thought was Leukodystrophy. Leukodystrophy is a complex neurological disease that I can’t start to explain. A recent doctor visit has determined that is not what is going on, but it’s something else that they need to do more testing to determine. This little guy is six years old and just as sweet as any kid around. I wish something could be done to finally diagnose him correctly. All these years of doctor’s visits have made things hard for his mom, my friend, financially, so I wanted to help. The navy and white colored wallets for sale in my shop are being sold to raise awareness for Leukodystrophy, and half of the profits, (yea half!) Are going to his mom to help pay for some of his medical bills.

Anyhow, I hope you all are enjoying the weather as best as you can! Al enjoys the part where we are stuck at home.

Until next time! Happy sewing!