Monday, July 28, 2008


Here She Is
Now, I don't know if I'm breaking some unspoken Girls gone craf-t rule by posting this since I technically did not make it, but I feel like it took an enormous amount of skill on my part to create it. Those skills are 1.) Getting the seed planted in the tiny cup it came in with the help of a 3 and 5 year old (and subsequently replanting it after said 3-year old dumped it out. Twice). 2.) Carefully taking the plant inside and outside so that it would get used to being outside (I don't know if this was neccessary, it just felt right). 3.) Replanting the pumpkin to a larger pot. 4.) Replanting it again once it was large enough to survive the hard clay encrusted dirt we have here. 5.) Lastly, talking to the little (ok, not so little anymore) pumpkin that has grown. That's right, I said talking. It's supposed to be really beneficial to pumpkin plants. It's true. I read it online. So here she is, in all her green glory. I've always wanted a girl.

Pin Cushion

What's that, you ask? You're dying for yet another pinchushion? Of course you are. This is Maude. She features a mod circular print top, cranberry sides, yellow satin ribbon and matching buttons. Don't worry, I can do more than pincushions, I have more tricks up my sleeves. Be on the lookout for my new line of felt play/tea party food.

Here's another pincushion. I love this chic cranberry/grey/black floral print. Sides are ivory, ribbon is grey grosgrain. Pincushion measures 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 wide and is about 1 1/2 inches tall.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Retro Kitchen Apron

retro kitchen apron
I found this fabric on ebay and I had to have it. I was hoping it would make for a good pocket so I can make the one yard of fabric I bought stretch for a few projects. I'm happy with the way it turned out!

Retro Kitchen Apron: $21.95

Mariposa apron

butterfly apron

Mariposa apron with jumbo red ric rac and giant ruffle.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Princess Pillow

My little girl Franny is the best shopping partner. Last week when we were in St. Louis I took her to H&M with me and she was actually picking out clothes for me. Love her! So when we're shopping for fabric and she picks something out, I have to buy it and make something for her. She loved this princess fabric from walmart- she grabbed the bolts herself and walked them over to the counter so we could have them cut. I followed the ruffle pillow pattern from Sandi Henderson's blog. (I love Sandi Henderson!!) I changed the measurements, though. The pillow pieces are 13" square, and I cut two pieces for the ruffle- each piece approx. 45" by 4.5". I also did not bother with the buttons. I would if they were going to be throw pillows for my couch, but I thought since it was for Franny I would just keep it simple.

Bedside Organizer- Amy Butler Pattern

It's been forever since I've posted anything! We're finally getting settled in our new place and I've put a hold on the painting and I'm back to sewing when I get a chance. I actually finished this little number right before we moved. I LOVE it! If you've never seen this book before, check it out. There are some really fun projects in there. And if my library has it, yours probably does too!

This bedside organizer is perfect for keeping the surface of your night stand clear and free of all the stuff that is usually piled on mine: books, glasses, journal, remote controls, ipod, magazines, etc. It has one very deep pocket for magazines, two large miscellaneous pockets, a pocket for a book, an ipod pocket, 2 pen pockets, and a pocket lined with felt for your eye-glasses. It's pretty cool! There is an organizer for each side of the bed so Bobby gets his, too, and they are connected by a sturdy platform made of duck cloth which lays below the mattress. Nice. And yes, my bed sheets are blue. I don't know why. I'm going to replace our bedding as soon as I can! :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Sweet Baby Bibs

These bibs come in a set of 7 - 1 for each day of the week!  They're made from quilter's flannel which is a high quality flannel so that means they're durable but still super soft.  Technically they are infant size, though I tried them on my 3 year old and I think they'd still get the job done. They have snap closures (which in my experience tends to be harder for the baby to pull off than velcro). Each bib is double sided and features 3 coordinating prints.  This is a set I made for a boy - girl version coming soon.

$16.00 / set of 7

Tufted Pin Cushion

These are not your mother's (or grandmother's for that matter) tomato pincushion.  These tufted pincushions feature two coordinating fabrics with matching buttons and ribbon.  These will quickly replace even your magnetic pincushion (except for when your 3-year-old dumps all your pins on the floor - then you might find the magnetic one handy).  A girl's got to craft and sew in style!

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