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I’ve finally finished a runner that had been sitting around for a while. All it needed was some hand stitching to finish the binding, but I just kept ignoring it. But it’s finally done!

I haven’t been able to get any good full-length pictures yet, but I couldn’t wait to post a couple close-ups. This is a reversible autumn/Christmas runner with a chevron design.

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The front uses Kate & Birdie Paper Company’s Autumn Woods fabric collection in 2 rows of chevrons with white in between and a border of patterned brown. (This might sound familiar because I used fabric from the same collection for this skirt.) This was my second attempt at chevrons, the first of which ended  disastrously. This time, I was much better about matching up all my squares, and it turned out beautifully.

I quilted on the colored chevrons so it makes a great subtle pattern on the back, which is made of a bunch of Christmas fabric strips of varying widths.

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I love how this one turned out. Once I manage to get some good pictures, it’ll be up in the shop.

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Elves at Work

I realize it’s not even Halloween yet, but, yes, I’m already looking towards the holidays.

I wanted to make some items for the shop, first of which is a stocking in wool felt – just simple and classic. A friend gave me tons of Christmas fabrics to work with, and I whipped up a prototype.

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I used 20% wool felt, which is softer than the 100% acrylic kind, yet still affordable. The stocking has a fold over cuff with hanger, and stitched fabric accents on the heel and toe. The body is sewn together with a decorative overedge stitch in contrasting thread.

I plan to add the option for a big initial on the body too. With Christmas items I want them to be ready to ship, so I’ve started making up a few, but you know how life goes – with sewing just as a side hobby, there are always plenty of other things that come first. Hopefully, I’ll have some stockings up in the shop soon.

But speaking of Halloween, what are you dressing up as this year? Hubs and I haven’t really decided yet, but it might just be a repeat of a year past. I guess it just depends on how much time I have to work on costumes.

Do you have any cheap and easy costume ideas to share? Are you already looking forward to the holidays?

Friday Faves: Letters

I’ve been absent lately just because sewing has dwindled and other activities have increased. However, I’m hoping to add some regularity to the blog with recurring topics, starting with Friday Favs – whatever I find on the lovely interweb that I feel like sharing.

First up: Letters

1. Minimalistic. Geeky. Perfect. The Star Wars alphabet
2. As Scrabble fans, we need some of these giant Scrabble tiles
3. Practical and lovely, Harry Potter alphabet cards
4. Love the cozy, vintage feel of this monogrammed hoop art
5. Z is for Zebra A personal favorite and a Mississippi artist, we actually have the pleasure of owning this and a couple of his other prints
6. The perfect touch – small and dainty letter necklace
7. Vintage speaks to me, like these alphabet wall cards

Business or Pleasure

Some nights I sit down at my sewing machine for hours on end. Once the evening gets late, I have to pull myself hubs has to pull me away from it so I can get up bright and early for my real job. Some days I think, “If I could only sew full time as my job!”

But, I’ll admit, sometimes I get bored with my sewing projects. I don’t particularly like making the same thing over and over again, and if it’s a large project, like a quilt, I will get tired of piecing lots and lots and lots of little pieces together. And I don’t particularly enjoy the photographing and listing part of Etsy. Some nights I’d rather go geocaching with hubs, work on a house project (if I’m feeling particularly industrious), or (most often) just binge watch Netflix. At these times, I’m thankful to have a job that I get to leave and not have to worry about again until the next morning. I like to sew, but it’s nice not having to sew. Somehow that takes the fun out of it.

All that to say, there are a couple sewing projects in the works, but I’m enjoying doing other things for now:

  • Last night I baked my first pumpkin from our CSA and made pumpkin puree, which will shortly be made into pumpkin bread. A third of the puree ended up all over my kitchen floor when I was trying to bag it, but thankfully my dog has a gift for cleaning.
  • I’ve gotten some good use out of my Netflix discs. As fast as I can get them, I’ve watched The Lone Ranger, The Great Gatsby, and The Book Thief (two literary adaptations – I’m not a bookworm in the slightest…), with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on the way. And of course I’ve got my movie snacks. All great movies, by the way: The Lone Ranger greatly exceeded my mediocre expectations, The Great Gatsby was incredibly well done, and The Book Thief was beautiful if you’ve read the book (if not, it could seem disjointed).

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  • I’ve started running again (to make up for all the pizza, ice cream and soda :-D). I’ve dabbled at running in the past but never kept it up; the last time I ran was a 5K in May. So I’m starting over again with the Couch to 5K (C25K) app. I’ve finished the program once before and could run 30 minutes straight without feeling like I was going to die. Great app for beginners and/or out of shape folk like me.
  • I started reading again. One of my loves as far back as I can remember, though it’s been a while since I delved into a good book. But I started I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, same author of The Book Thief. It’s…interesting so far.
  • Spending time with friends – always worth putting sewing on hold. Gracious friends have fed me and kept me company while hubs is out of town. And I’m looking forward to spending this weekend catching up with my old college roommate, who recently moved just over the bridge in Maryland.

I do have a couple sewing projects in the works – some fall and Christmas (already?!) items that I’m really excited about. I’ll get around to finishing them at some point.

What have you been up to lately? If you could make your favorite hobby your job, would you still like it?

Anticipation

We’re past the unofficial start of fall, and just weeks away from the official start. I am ready for pumpkin spice, chili, bonfires and boots. To welcome the change of weather I’m adding a few seasonal items to the shop this month. The first is a girl’s skirt featuring a lovely fabric in persimmon pink with an off-white forest silhouette from Moda’s Autumn Woods collection by Kate & Birdie Paper Co.

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The skirt has a 2″ enclosed elastic waistband with an attached sash, and will fit a young girl, sizes 4 to 6.

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Up close you can see the cute details of the forest life. This sweet little skirt will transition well from summer to fall – just add tights or leggings. Though the days are growing shorter and darker, this delightful skirt will keep your fall cheery and bright .

Just For You

This week I received two requests for custom orders. A friend asked me to make her two capes for her pre-K classroom, and an Etsy customer requested a size 5 toddler outfit in different fabric. My first go with custom orders was so fulfilling for my creative side: the customers had a specific vision in mind, and I got to make that a reality.

For the outfit order, she gave me a general color scheme and I found fabric options, then sent her pictures. Once she picked her fabric and elastic, I whipped up a skirt and bow headband set. The fabric she picked is so fun; it turned out to be such a cute set.

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I really enjoyed making the capes because, seriously, who doesn’t want their own cape? They are double layered in poly-satin, one red with yellow underside and star appliqué, and the other vice versa. I was so excited to deliver them that I forgot to take pictures. Oh well. I enjoyed that this was a new project and it let me practice working with slippery fabric and appliqué. It was slow-going because I wanted to make sure everything went together well and looked good, but it was nice to do something a little different and stretch my skills.

Hubs keeps mentioning he wants a cape now, and I kind of do too. And with Halloween around the corner I’ve actually got an excuse to make some! Though, you have to keep in mind the invaluable warning from The Incredibles:

I don’t think I’ll be running into any missiles, jet turbines, or vortexes, so I should be good.

Don’t forget – back to school sale ends Sunday. Send your little one back in style. Check out what’s available at the Shop link in the top menu. Coupon applies to custom orders too!

Rainbow again

The last rainbow quilt I made got such wonderful feedback, I decided to make another.

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This one is a bit different with a green and white polka dot binding, and backed with an aqua and white geometric print flannel. The days are growing shorter and I can already tell the fall is creeping in, so this flannel will be nice and cozy in the cools days to come.

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In the shop now.

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