not quite what your grandma used to make...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Loading up the Etsy shop!

Well I have had a very productive weekend.  

A full day of sewing on Saturday (including finishing a commissioned fantastic 50's style waist apron from left over vintage fabric),

 a baby shower Sunday and more sewing, 

and a whole Monday of taking pictures and listing items on Etsy.  

There's still more to come - I'll be adding new items regularly.  

So check it out.  Maybe you'll find something perfect for your home :)

Have a great week!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Invasion of the Babies!

Lately it seems almost all my projects (commissions especially) are for incoming babies.  i guess it's the age - the last few years it's weddings weddings weddings and now onto the babies!  Thank goodness nursery decor is fun to make. I mean when else do u get to put rockets and robots and baby birds on everything? :)

This week I finished that fun pink blanket to add to the shop and finished a present for my friends baby shower.  I wanted to make them something built to last - decor meets keepsake.  And, of course, I wanted it to be cute and a little retro.  

So I made some adorable wooden alphabet blocks.  

For so many of the kiddos I know, the decor of their room and their favorite color changes as often as the wind blows.  So in wanted to make something that will last the test of time I didn't go with the exact nursery colors now.  

I found this fabulous little pack of scrap book paper (70% recycled paper - bonus!!) patterned with little critters and wall-paper-like patterns (and I'm sure I've mentioned my obsession love for wallpaper)  in pale blues, warm reds, creams, faded browns, and greens.

For this set I also used pre-cut felt letters, but for future sets I think I'm going to print and cut my own from a thicker paper instead - it was hard to find letters in the color and font I really wanted.  

To finish them off I sanded the edges to soft rounded corners and sanded the edges of the paper for a look of age and wear.  Then the whole things was sealed with my favorite non-toxic sealer - matte finish mod podge. 

I think they came out just as good as I imagined!

Oh, and that finished blanket?

That came out pretty good too :)   

Hope everyone had a great week!  Until next time...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Some news and some sewing.

Well May has come and gone and even with a large amount of rainy days here in Portland it's really beginning to feel like summer. Everything is blooming, the apple blossoms that line my street smelled amazing, and now the city smells like ocean and lilacs (my favorite smell) and I've already had one terrible sunburn! And I ended the month with my 28th birthday - celebrated with fabulous friends, a show at the Empire, and dancing into the wee hours.  All in all it's been a pretty good spring.

Also in May  - A Retro Remedy was the featured blog over at Making Jewelry   They have some great blog suggestions - not to mention the shop itself.

I have some orders coming up to work on next - tea towels, toddler pillows, pressed flower cards - as well as some gifts to work on. But for now I'm finishing up unfinished projects and filling up the Etsy shop.

The latest project was inspired by the material itself.  Sometimes when I'm just perusing the bins of fabric ends and remnants, with no planned project i'll just see something that needs to be made .

So I found this super soft, adorable flannel fabric - one piece was pink with white polka dots, another a marbled pink, and the 3rd (perfect for the edging) was stripe of pink, green, and white.  So they became a little throw/ baby blanket embroidered with "sugar and spice" and a big cupcake topped with a cherry. 

Once a take some finished pictures it's heading right to the Etsy shop.  

Until next time - have a great June!