Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A case for white baby

After reading the title you may be wondering why on earth I'm writing about a white baby.  It's actually not about a human baby at all.
White Baby is the very much loved blanket that belongs to Jane.  She's had White Baby for forever, or at least her entire life.
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Unfortunately, White Baby hasn't aged very gracefully.  She's a little threadbare, and that's putting it kindly.
Jane and her mother, Melissa, discussed the best way to keep White Baby close by while giving her some protection so that she might be around a little longer. They decided that White Baby needed a protective case similar to a pillow case with an opening so that Jane could put her hand in and feel White Baby when she needed her.
Melissa gave me some dimensions and a color scheme.  Here is White Baby's new home:
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Jane was so pleased with the new case that she gave me this sweet thank you note embellished with a flower, a rainbow, and lots of sparkle.  I just love sparkle, don't you?
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And here is a sweet photo that Melissa took of Jane sleeping with her hand on her precious White Baby who is safe and sound in the new case.
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Don't you just love a happy ending?

Monday, July 28, 2014

More gifts with a message

I mentioned in my last post that I how much I enjoyed creating word art with a special message for new babies.
This embroidery design is probably my favorite because it's personalized.
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For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD,'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11
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This message would be great on a pillow for baby's room too.

Monday, June 23, 2014

A gift with a message

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One of my most popular items are burp cloths.  Sometimes moms buy them for their own babies, but mostly friends and loved ones order them as gifts.  Sometimes I'm given very specific details--colors, fabrics, etc.  Sometimes I'm told to just use boy or girl colors.
If given an opportunity, I try to use one of my word art designs.  They're all special to me because they have a message that can bless moms and babies.  All of the photos here are the same design in different colors and fabrics, but it's really the message that is the focus.
Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.  
Psalm 139:1-6
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For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
Psalm 139:13-16
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How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.
Psalm 139:17-18
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Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.
Psalm 139:23-24
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Woven Headbands

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These woven six-ribbon headbands are so much fun to make!  I enjoy ALMOST every step of the process.
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Sometimes I know what colors I need, but most of the time I just have an idea...something with aqua, something that looks like autumn or spring, or something that will just go with a lot of girly colors.
I've also gotten color inspiration from a clothing store's current collection or a fabric print.  I saw the colors for the headband below on a friend's water bottle cooler and liked the lavender, lime, aqua, and navy together.
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Whether I know the exact colors or not, I start the process the same way.  I have to drag out every.single.ribbon. that I own in 3/8" width.  I'll just say that a ribbon headband day is a messy day.
If I'm going to make a huge mess, I might as well make more than one headband.  I try all sorts of color combinations and shades of the same color.  I have at least twelve shades of pink ribbon and even more shades of green, so mixing and matching takes time.
The best part of all is watching the colors form a design during the weaving.
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What color combinations would you like to see together?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A birthday gift

Last March I got an email from my daughter, Lindsay, asking if I'd make her a quilt that she liked on this blog for Christmas.
I'd never sewn a quilt before, but I thought that nine months would be plenty of time to learn.  Nine months IS plenty of time to learn, but one must start on time if one is to finish on time.
I waited until July to buy fabric.  I must have spent over an hour staring at different shades of greens, blues, and other shades of Kona cotton in the fabric store.  Picking out fabric was definitely the hardest part for me.  I'm not a calico kind of person and neither is Lindsay.  Her quilt had to have fresh, happy colors.
By the time all of the fabric was selected and cut and ready to be sewn it was probably October.  I probably spent a whole day laying out the pattern and mixing colors.
Then came the sewing.   I was really looking forward to this part because I just love sitting at my machine and making stitches.  It's such a calming thing for me. I'll just say that it's a good thing that I love to stitch because I realized more than halfway through that my 1/4 inch seam foot was really giving my a bigger seam.  I had to take out almost all of my stitches and start over.
At this point I realized that I was not going to get this quilt finished in time for Christmas unless I gave up sleeping.  Lindsay's birthday became my new target date.
And here it is!
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Yes, I know that the triangles don't line up perfectly.  I'm aware of every imperfection.  But I'm good with sharing this imperfect quilt with the world.
I loved making it for my daughter.  The colors are so Lindsay.
Here's a closeup of the back and binding.
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I wanted to use text fabric since Lindsay has always been a wordy kind of girl.   Hand-stitching the binding was probably my favorite part of the whole process.
I'm already thinking about what I'd like to do for my next quilt.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Bags

Here are a few bags of various sizes and styles that I've made.

This one is lined with fabric that easily wipes clean.  
It's bigger than it looks, almost a foot wide and seven inches tall.
Lots of stuff will fit in this!



 I love the happy colors in this bag.  Like the one above,
it has a nice wide opening.  This one is a little smaller in size though.



This itty bitty crossbody bag is perfect for a little girl!
I no longer have the dotted fabric, but there are lots 
of other girly prints in my fabric stash.

Monday, March 25, 2013

More banners

I'm back to share more banners.
Lately it seems as if everyone wants the same thing. 
 For a week it's embroidered bows, 
then next week it's clutches. 

These photos are from the two weeks where
banners were the thing.

I LOVE the colors and patterns in these!
The first one was requested for boys, 
but green, yellow, and navy work for anyone. 

Since I had already ordered the fabric for the above banner when
the second request came in, I recommended the same palette.
The only difference in the two banners is the font style

The next photo is just real life. I have three dogs.
You've already met Daisy, the blue-tick coonhound. 
These are the Jack Russells.
One of them follows me all over the house.  
When I'm upstairs working, she crashes on the sofa in my sewing room.
When I'm at the computer, she crashes on the dog bed nearby.
The other dog likes to park himself on the pillows on my bed.

In order to take these photos, I move
all of the pillows on my bed away from the
headboard and hang the banners.
So in the middle of photographing
I happen to really notice the view below the banner.
Sigh.