27 December 2009
21 December 2009
20 December 2009
(By the way, the pattern on the fabric is petroglyphs -- like the ancient etchings on the lava rocks in Hawaii. The buttons are made from coconut shells.)
13 December 2009
12 December 2009
02 December 2009
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26 November 2009
I've been doing some recon for weeks on creative ideas for business cards for my xbohica business.
I have also been racking my brain for a couple of months to come up with a solution for tagging the Christmas craft fair merchandise... and tagging it all with care instructions.
Voila! Devon and I putzed around this morning (when I get in a room with my mom or Bri or Devon and sewing machine(s)/craft items, it's like "Wonder Twin Powers: ACTIVATE!" I swear) and ta-da.
I love love love these tags, which double (triple?) as business card, care instructions and price tag (we'll write the price on) and are *so* cute.
We used cardstock weight glitter patterned scrapbooking paper to cut out the base tags with decorative scalloped scissors. Then I printed contact info on a regular paper (cut out to be about the size of a business card). Then I sewed the "business card" onto the tag with a big, fat zigzag stitch in purple thread.
Note: I was too afraid to sew paper on my tricked-out Baby Lock Ellure, so I sewed these on an old 40 year-old Elna that used to be my mom's.
25 November 2009
Her BabyLock tension went psycho and we could not figure out how to fix it. So I pulled the old (40 years old) Elna out of the closet.
Sewing machines are really the power tools of the crafty, you know?
I'm supposed to be ironing some coffee sleeves right now. Don't tell her I'm posting this to my blog instead, ok?
(Note on 12/1/09: I know. I still have a bare concrete floor in my dining room. I hope Santa and his elves are working on that.)
14 November 2009
The corner of a towel, shoved in for hand wiping?
A watch or bracelet, removed to keep it out of the dough?
An elastic band, kept handy to put the hair back when cooking?
A wire tool for pot throwing?
What do you put in your apron pockets?
08 November 2009
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24 October 2009
After working a lot of long hours this last few days for the paying job ;-) I came home expecting to crash into a nap today. But I just couldn't let myself fall asleep. I haven't sewn for a few days and the yearning was overwhelming.
I carefully matched up all the stripes across front, back and flap pieces of the laptop sleeves, trying to achieve a juicy-fruit-stripe impact.
The next project has nothing to do with sewing. I'm going to put away all the sewing things, move all the furniture out of the room and rip up the carpeting from the floor.
Wish me luck!