Thursday, July 24, 2014

Finished!

The cabinet/hutch that I've been working on for ages is finally finished! I am quite pleased with how it turned out, and pretty surprised too. It was one of those things that just never seemed to work out but when it finally did it was better than I imagined. So, here she is....


And before!



Now, I'm no photographer, especially when it comes to furniture, but you gotta have a look at all these lovely little details!


 White, aqua and shades of turquoise!



I left the inside wood but I waxed it to make it nice and smooth.


Now, no matter how hard I try, I just can't capture the true colors very well! But I think the up close ones do show it most accurately. And just for fun, here are a few progress pictures I took when I was getting super excited about how it looked as I waxed it.



 I just noticed that the picture above represents the colors pretty well!


 Shiny and soft! :D



Not shiny and soft yet! See the difference? Oh you'd have to be there to really see it. But I'm sure all you fellow lovers of wax know what I'm talking about.


And one more picture!


Now for the sad part. I can't keep her! We are moving soon so she is for sale. If I have any readers in the Houston/Galveston area interested in buying her, email me (hayleyyvonne87@gmail.com) or comment! Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Almost finished with my hutch



I've been working on this on and off for nearly a year! I'm almost done! Hooray! You can hardly tell in the picture but the body is a very light version of the color on the drawers. I like it a lot!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Adele's second birthday

My little girl just turned two. I've been in a circle skirt sewing mood ever since reading this

So here's the quick dress made just for her little party.

And here is the darling who wore it!
 
I put three layers of tulle underneath and sewed it all to a tee shirt. It's fluffy but not too fru fru, kind of like the two year old herself. :)

The fabric for the number two and headband are scraps from a quilt I made my Gramma when I was a little girl so that's kid of special. Or maybe it means I'm a pack rat? ;) Here are a few pictures from the day.



These little ones are all cousins in one way or another. Wow, we have a lot of kids (and this isn't even all of them).
And the food table and food just to make you hungry!



 Food fit for two year olds!


Yum!

Happy birthday Adele Madelynn!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

sewing machines and sewing stretchy fabric

I have been afraid of sewing with knits/stretchy fabric for so many years. But since I recently updated from having used this sweet old lady for the past 9 years, I decided it was time to get over myself and just learn something new.

I know this is stupid but I want to cry a little when I look at this picture. She was such a faithful little machine and helped me sew so many special things, my wedding quilt, baby clothes, skirts, pillows, curtains...oh dear. But it was time to move on.
I now have this:
 

 So far, I like it very much. Sometimes it sounds like it's struggling a little as I sew but maybe I'm just not used to it's "normal" noises?
Anyhow, I was supposed to be talking about sewing stretchy fabric wasn't I? After experimenting with different stitches and lengths, I figured it out and had a new outfit done in one morning. In case anyone reading this happens to have the same machine as me, I found that stitch number 02 works great for tee shirt like material.


 Now we all know why I always wear sunglasses, I'm squinting like a grandpa and it's a cloudy day.



Before I hemmed. I also might need to do sit ups more regularly?

 Real life.
Oh, and see the little girl matching me? She was so so happy when I gave her her own dress. She hugged me a lot.
 See? Lot's of hugs.


Don't tell her that it isn't hemmed and only took a few minutes to make. Well, I guess you can, she would probably just laugh at you and say "nooo".

Oh, and did I mention that I only spent $5 in all for this fabric? At Walmart. :D

Thursday, June 5, 2014

My oldest is 6!

His birthday was May 2nd so yeah, I'm a month behind. It's ok, he's still cute. ;)
My little (big) boy wants to be a chef. so I made him an apron and hat and bought him a mixing bowl and a few other important cooking things. I like the idea of helping my kids pursue their little ideas.


 Of course when you are a chef you decorate your own cake.


I can't believe I'm the mom of a six year old. I feel like a kid still myself sometimes. But it's fun!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wanna placemat purse?

Hey everybody! Doesn't a purse made out of a placemat sound a little tacky? How about adding some old dress lining and vintage lace and a button? Well wait till you see what I made! I think you'll love it! And I hope you never look at placemats the same way again. :)


The straps are nice and sturdy with two layers of vintage lace.


Ain't she purdy?


 Thanks for the ol' button Gramma!


 See the pocket? It fits my phone perfectly.


 I sewed the lace on by hand.


So I'm not good at modeling apparently.

Not bad for a placemat eh?
And good news, she's for sale in my Etsy shop! Check it out:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/190598136/upcycled-crossbody-boho-purse?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

the messy coat closet

Today I planned to clean up my little coat closet. It was looking pretty messy so I started by completely emptying it. I started with this. Eek!


Yuck!


Once I got it empty, I said "yuck" again. Then I got excited. I guess I get a little silly when I see an empty room, even if it's tiny. So many possibilities!

Three hours later...


I painted, brought in a little book case that had been hanging out in the guest room/sewing room and used the drawer from the blue hanging thing in the first picture.The coats won't be needed for a long time so they are now in the guest room closet. They will probably stay there permanently since we rarely wear coats down here in Texas anyway.



 I hung this cute owl that had been looking for a home for a while and hung my baby bib on it. You can't see it unless you really stick your head in there, but I like it that way. :)


Hooray for turning coat closets into linen closets! I really wanted to buy some nice drawers or something originally but in the end I didn't buy anything new and I might be even happier that way. ;)