Thursday, December 18, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Life seems to be very challenging for me at the moment. I am having the worst time trying to manage it and as such have not blogged in some time. I have two shows coming up and have been busy ramping up for them. Here is a really cute bag I made from vintage fabric.
I will have to make another or I wont be able to part with it! It has silver rope for the handle and silver fabric inside as the lining, with a vintage button accented by a rosette of more silver fabric.
Come by and see me if your local to the central valley. Check my calendar to the right for dates.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I have also started on another project for a local church. I am embroidering 12 vests for a program they have called Well Versed Kids. The kids learn a bible verse and get a patch for each one they memorize. The patches are put on the vest. Its a great idea. The funny thing is I met the woman in charge of it, Debbie at the Wal mart fabric department. She was asking about how to iron the patches on and of course the employee was no help! So I said, well you can use wonder under and we started talking and next thing I know I get an order!
In other news, I also wanted to show off a recent custom that I made for an ebay customer in canada. She loves Donnie of course! I hope she likes it!
Right now Im getting settled in my new place and trying to finish up the vests as I have two more nkotb Jackets to do and then I need to prepare for HandBorn which I am doing on the 29th. Whew! This running your own label stuff is hard work! And to think Im debating a part time job for christmas??? Im just nuts!
Friday, October 24, 2008
I used a tarnished vintage button and made a fabric rosette for the front. i thik It is still very simple looking and polished. The fabrics are from Joanns (I know I know) I couldnt resist. They have the AB look to them. (and who can afford those?) Its a whole new line they have out and they sell one yd of fabric in a package with coordinating FQ stacks so you can do little projects. Clever marketing.
I've updated this post on 11/1 to include nicer photos as well as a pic of the matching pouch I made. It clips on with the attached hook. And Im pleased to say my craftster buddy was exremely happy with it, as was I with her goodies!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I finished the messenger bag I started yesterday. It was a custom order from an ebay customer and I am really excited with the results. Im excited to post so these pics arent that great, I'll get new ones up tomorrow. I did it all from scratch, after reading through a few tutorials found online. It wasnt as hard as I thought it would be. I guess I underestimate myself. It was my first time doing a messenger and the adjustable strap. I amazingly got it all done in about 3 hours and I didnt have to rip too many seams.
This is my favorite project now so far. Of course each project I finish becomes my favorite! But the customer sent me the fabrics and patches and I never would have though of putting all those on a bag. Now I want one!!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Here is a really easy project that I made last night in less than 10 minutes:
It was an oval placemat, and while most would have thrown it out due to looking a bit aged, I saw the vintage charm of it. (of course) I added a big vintage button and instant clutch! Simply fold in half, then sew up the sides. Dont catch the top part in the seam! You cant see but it is folded over and opens out to make the purse wider at the top. I hope that makes sense. It was hard to get a shot of that.
I also picked up some vintage postcards that I must share with you. They are of New York and have the twin towers on them. I think they are early 90's. I just felt a sense of americana when I found them and bought them all to use on postcrossing. See more in my flickr photostream.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Well here it is...the finished top. It took about 5 hours, a lot more than expected but I guess thats ok. I used Simplicity 2933. I love how it came out and it is because it took me so long. There is a reason I dont like working with silkys and this is it. Its so slippery! I repped seams more than once but I am more than satisfied with the end result. The two fabrics go together even better than I imagined! I just love reusing stuff! The downfall....I cut the bottom band a little too short (or Im to fat!) Because its going to be a stretch for it to button around my hips. I really ran out of energy in the home stretch and pushed my self NOT to hurry. I really wanted to get it done to share with you as I am trying to be good about blogging :) So I dont know if I want to tackle ripping it apart and making a new one. I'll think about it though. Also probably because of the same reason the seam on the band is not centered with the side seam but I didnt care much ! :) Everything else about it is gorgeous. You just cant tell from my crappy cameraphone pictures :(
All in all the pattern was really easy to work with and I definitely want to make more of these especially with my cute Raggedy Ann sheets I've been collecting. I should make one for my best friend She loves RA. Ok well until tomorrow or maybe the next day :)
Monday, October 20, 2008
Today was a pretty long day, I spent it with my kids and so I didnt work in the studio until later in the evening. I really was dragging and just didnt feel motivated, but I pushed myself to get at least something done. Well that and the fact that I went to Joanns today to get zippers only to come home and realize I bought two seperating ones when I actually need one and 2 regular zips. So the custom nag I mentioned last post was yet again put on hold.
So I decided to actually bust out a pattern I bough a few months ago and use these two dresses to make into a top. This is the pattern (excuse my cell pics as my camera is broken) its the yellow blouse. And the two dresses ( again horrible pics). The first dress is a pale yellow and its a shimmer satiny with sort of confetti sprinkles. The second dress I am using for the yoke and the cuffs of the sleeves only as I still like the dress and I'm saving as much as I can to alter.
I plan to shorten the length as well as the sleeves and also gather the sleeves at the shoulders. I think it will come out sort of cowgirl sexy. I may add a tulle underskirt and even some lace to the hem. Stay tuned. I plan to finish the top tomorrow and I hope to get some better pics for you :)
Sunday, October 19, 2008
So I now have 50 items in my shop and this week alone I have had 5 sales with 2 the week before that. So Id say thats pretty darn good! I have even done some small changes in an effort to improve my shop and have consistency which if you knew me is pretty difficult to do. The first thing I did was make a new avatar for my etsy store. I then decided that to become recognizable across networks I should change it on the 20+ social sites I belong to, that is if I can remember them all. lol
I started a new bag today which is a custom for a trade Im doing with my friend from craftster Amy. I am working on a tutorial for the bag which will be a revised version of this one. My version will have a contrasting flap and the inside pockets will also have coordinating fabrics. I hope it looks ok and she likes it because she is nervous about my fabric choices. But im excited as its a new challenge for me, and if it works out I'll start making some cool designs in my ever popular vintage sheets.
I will do my best to have the tute up in the next few days, and besides I want you to subscribe and come back for more.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
So today I finished this dress which is a combining of a 70s shirt and this really really long 80s green glitter sweater dress. Which of course looked like it could only be worn for two occasions christmas or st patricks day. Well I could have made them seperates but that is just too much work now isnt it? Besides it seems to be a trend right now to make these high waisted dresses with vintage shirts as Im seeing them all over craftster. be warned that without a belt this dress is not attractive. My husband hated it. He said it looked like a grandmas dress. Well what does he know? My grandma called and she loves it! hahaha
I think it looks sorta boho and yeah I was worried about the glitter in the sweater but I dont know I think with a brown or earthy belt it will play down the cristmassy ness of it. I just only happen to have a red belt on hand. It started out as this before:
Stay tuned tomorrow (I promise!) for another reconstruct and maybe I'll see if i can do a video sew along or something.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
So I am back in the studio and getting inspired by all kinds of goodness. Not to mention that mother nature breeds necessity or in this case ebay has jacked me again so I am now selling stricktly through etsy, which means I gotta take it up a notch!
I have been working on perfecting my bag making skills and I have gotten pretty darn good the past few weeks. Moving from more simple bags to things that are more decorated or pieced together. Here are a few items Ive made recently and I promise a tutorial tomorrow! Its 2 am so I just dont have anything left in me right now :)
Friday, May 9, 2008
And now they're BACK BABY! Oh yeah! I couldn't be more excited about the reunion, except of course for the fact that they aren't coming to a city near me :( Well they will eventually I'm sure. So in the meantime I'll just keep rolling out awesome merchandise I have been making from vintage sheet sets with the guys on it! I made a bunch of tote bags and wristlets which went over really well.
I also made a few tops and baby doll dresses. I have a link to my babydoll tutorial here.
Check out the guys new web site at www.nkotb.com. They are still hot as ever and they sound even more amazing than 15 yrs ago! I cant wait till the album drops! Until then I'm hangin tough in the sewing room!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Well today I decided I would go to ikea and by a drawer and a top for one of the racks I found at the thrift a while back which was missing these. So of course I got there and debated and finally I thought I could get more space if I stacked the racks so I decided to just buy a whole new one. Somehow I thought I would still have two floor level racks and a little counter space but I'm bad at math because I only have 5 racks. Well anyway heres what it looks like now that is half organized.
I spent about 4 hours in there and got 90 percent of my fabric organized. I am so tired I can barely write this post. I had fabric that I forgot about, fabric I didn't want anymore, and fabric that I spent a crapload of wasted time looking for.
Well the good things that came out of this are:
1. I have a huge stack of fabric I can sell on ebay (more money for new stuff :) )
2. I realized I have enough fabric to keep me busy with projects for at least three months (so I really shouldn't buy more)
3. I really do realize I shouldnt buy anymore fabric until I get through some of what I have.
4. I MUST keep on top of this because it is so time consuming to look through piles of stuff.
Here is a pic of my other fabric "bin" and it is now almost empty compared to before:
Its hard to tell but believe me it is half empty. Everything was so crammed before because I just kept buying more stuff and putting it here since it was next to my cutting board.
I still have to figure out what to do with the clothes I have for recons and the two big tubs of scraps I have here:
Here is the angle from the other side of the room
The two boxes are pattern. One is vintage the other modern. I plan to get some of those plastic drawer carts like at Target to store them in. I'm so sick of the boxes they have like that for years.
I also have four containers with all my trims in them. I think it will be nice to get another set of drawers for those and separate by type and color. Because again, I am constantly digging to find what I need.
Well the next two days I'll be off for the most part. I have to help my family with a few things so It will be amazing if I get any work done. I hate that feeling, but at the same time I was telling my best friend It must mean you love what you do if you cant stand NOT to do it for more than a day. :)
Monday, February 25, 2008
I fell in love with her dresses and the awesome stash she scored while thrifting and it inspired me to use some of the heaps of fabric I have laying around. It never seems like I even make a dent! I was most impressed that she actually went home and made something from her thrifty finds right away. My fabrics just get tossed in the never ending, "I'll make a great bag, dress...whatever out of that....someday" pile.
Don't believe me ? Here is a picture of my space about a week ago. I started to attempt to clean it.
Quite the mess isn't it?? Finding time is just so tough. I need to force myself to get it organized and keep it that way because it actually takes me more time to get stuff done since Im looking for things all the time! Egads!
Ok well back to the baby dresses. Like I said I was inspired by kokoleo, and
also weekend I went to a few new thrift stores and I did manage to score some good stuff. Like this huge vintage apron for $2
Surprisingly enough I came home, washed it and immediately made this from it:
It took me about 4 hours, and it was really rewarding once I finished even though I am exhausted from standing so long the past few days. I took my time to pay careful attention to all the details which is something not like me to do. (I like shortcuts!) So I guess thats a good thing. So, I finished that one last night and this morning I made another from vintage curtains, and cut out a third from a vintage pillowcase. I'll get pics of those in the next few days. But I must say I am on a roll. Even though I'm so tired I feel like I can't stop. It is a lot of fun making these dresses though. I just need a model now!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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I'll have cool tunes, and food so come mingle!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I'm really trying but its not going well. Theres just not enough time in the day. I either sew and list or sew and post. I need money more so there you have it. :) Ok so heres what I've been working on this week.
Trying to get through my stash and just make quick simple totes, but I can't do anything quick. Im too much of a perfectionist. I made these two from repurposed t-shirts. I love how the stones one came out. It is listed on my ebay, and the green day one is actually simple. No pockets even. I put it on Etsy. Stop by and look! I'll be working on more and trying to finish unfinished things in between that!
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Anyhow, I really love this British punk outfit, OMG I wish it was my size!!! I think I have a t-shirt like that somewhere so I will try to recreate the look for myself. The best part of the whole thing is the Hat! You should stop by her page and have a look.
Next up for me is finding models and getting some better photos, because I am also really impressed with how nice hers look. Whew! Running a business is lots of hard work!
Friday, January 11, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
I have soo much fabric and its high time I not only made stuff from it, but keep up this darn blog. So I'll just say it now-my new years resolution is to blog!
So I made some really cool bags and a pouch from some nintendo sheets featuring mario and zelda (my favorite!) I am so proud of how cool they came out. They were just simple to make but I think the fabric makes them totally awesome! I am trying to crank out as many as I can because I want to weedle down my fabric stash, as of course I'm always out buying more.
I also made this awesomely cute Rageddy Ann Purse for my best friend. If she actually gets it she'll be lucky! LOL Im getting more confident in my skills and lately I am very happy with all the projects I'm making. I have been taking a little more time to "finish" things. With this purse I am thinking about maybe adding lace or eylet around the top. It is still too plain but cute! Im also debating to have the flap button on the inside vs the outside as it covers up andy's face. What do you think?