Thursday, August 30

Pillow Door Hanger

Here is a little pillow door hanger I made for a friend at work.  "When Pigs Fly" is kind of an inside joke in our office. 
The Earth fabric is from Michael Miller and is called Eco Friendly, I just love it.  It coordinates with the Save Energy fabric I used on my boss's mousepad back in May.  The Green Leaf fabric is from Amy Schimler for Robert Kaufman Fabrics and its from the Animal Party Too collection.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 26

Zippered Weenie Dog Pouch

We are all set for the first day of school tomorrow.  Micaela is very excited to begin second grade. 
Earlier this week, hubby took her to the optometrist for an eye exam.  Long story short, she needs glasses.  She is very excited.  Yesterday, we went to pick out frames and do some shopping.  She picked out hot pink frames and loves them.

Here she is....
The first thing Daddy did when we got home was give her the 411 on taking care of her glasses.... things like always put them in the case, never clean them with anything except a special cleaning cloth, never lay them face down ect. 

The lens place gave her a hard case but it was kinda plain so I decided to make her a cute one with some of the left over weenie dog fabric from the pillowcases earlier in the week.

This design is from Five Star Fonts and includes stipple quilting, lining and no exposed seams on the inside.  She told me she loves it and requested a different one for every season.  Oh my, the apple doesn't fall from the tree.  Another accessory to add to the many things we already keep track of.  Hope you had a great weekend, thanks for stopping by.

Monkey Bread

I've been baking lately.  This weekend I made a Monkey Bread.  I can't even remember how long it has been since I baked one of these... my husband estimates 5 years.  Once upon a time, I used to make this quite often, so often that I have a fleet of budnt pans so I can make several at once. 

I learned to make Monkey Bread from my Aunt Bettye when I was a little girl, I am thinking I was around 8.  Her recipe is identical to the one found on the Pillsbury bisquit can except she adds pecans or walnuts.  The recipe is a classic and can be found here on the Pillsbury website.

I posted this picture on my Facebook page and I was shocked that I had around 30 of my friends and family "like" the picture and another 10 or so make comments... people dating back 20 years that knew me back when I made Monkey Bread often... even my former boss from 1995!

Hopefully posting this here will bring back memories of a recipe you haven't made in a while too.  Thanks for stopping by  Hope you had a great weekend.   

Friday, August 24

Weenie Dog Pillowcases

Happy Friday!  Today Micaela gets to meet her second grade teacher and she is so excited.  We've been working on finishing up her new room (remember my deadline was by the time school started).  Well I've moved ALL of my craft stuff out, we painted and her stuff is in place.  Now we need to purchase a new desk and dresser. 

Her new color scheme is pinks, black and white, she wants nothing springy.  Well, that all went out the window when I came home from JoAnn with some springy weenie dog fabric.  I thought it was so cute, I could not resist. 

We decided to make pillowcases out of the fabric.  I probably should have monogramed or embroidered and used some contrasting fabric for the band but I didn't have any fabric that was exactly the same blend so I just did the whole thing out of the same fabric and passed on the embroidery 

She tried out the new pillowcases last night and she was excited to read her favorite weenie dog book for bedtime...   This Pretzel book is by Margaret Ray and was written in 1944, it's about Pretzel the longest dachshund in the world and oh so cute! 
Oreo got so excited he joined her in bed too. 
I have more of this fabric so expect to see more things for Micaela made out of it.  Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, August 20

Monogrammed & Appliqued Hand Towel

Good Morning!  It's Monday and it's one more week before school starts....  Micaela can hardly wait for Friday when we go to "Meet the Teacher" at her school.

I got some sewing done over the weekend despite the two birthday parties and alot of back to school shopping.  One of the items I finished which had been on my table for too long was this hand towel.  My friend Kristi recently moved into a new house and she purchased these towels and fabric for me to make for her daughter's bathroom forever ago and I finally got to them this weekend. 

The buttery yellow towels and vintage rose fabric match her bathroom perfectly!   I am so pleased with how they turned out.   I use this font quite a bit because it stitches out so beautifully.

Hope you have a great week, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 19

Monkey Beach Towel

It was a busy weekend with two birthday parties in opposite DFW metroplex counties... one in Denton and another in Tarrant. 

The first party was in Bedford for my cousin's baby girl Mia who just turned one.  So hard to believe this baby is one and walking-running all over the place.  Little Mia is crazy about monkeys and by total chance I found the perfect beach towel to embroider for her.

This is a Jelly Beans beach towel from Kohl's.  Here is a scan of the tag so you can see what the whole towel looks like.

I debated about where to add the embroidery, I think it turned out pretty cute in purple on the leaf (luckily Mia is a short name and it fit just right).  

Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, August 18

Zipper Bag Exchange

EEK, almost two weeks since my last post, sorry about that.  I've been sewing just haven't had all my ducks in a row to post.

I signed up for a zipper bag exchange at my LQS... The Quilt Asylum.  I hadn't set a zipper in well over 20 years, since my tailoring class in college when I had to make myself tailored slacks (those were the days).  Anyway, I thought signing up for the exchange would be a good push to try zippers again. 
I sorta cheated by using an "in the hoop" design to make my first bag.  This is the Chevron Circle Pouch from Embroidery Garden in the 5" size.  It was really super easy.

The button fabric is from Makower UK- The Henly Studio, it coordinates with the sewing machine cover I made for Micaela last year.  The fabric lining on the inside is a random fat quarter from my stash.  I am so pleased with how this turned out.

After making the Chevron bag it was only 2am, so I decided to make another zippered bag because Micaela usually goes with me to the "exchange" and wants to "exchange too.  This is the Butterfly Coin Pouch also from Embroidery Garden.  Micaela actually picked out these fabrics and of course I did the sewing.  It's just as easy as the Chevron Bag just smaller. 

Call me crazy but after those two, I got really ambitious and made a third bag for the exchange in the morning before going to work.  This one was a simple square,  I used the tutorial at So Sew Something and some of the new Keep Calm fabric from Timeless Treasures. 

Here are all the pouches that were exchanged, lots of the regular participants were on vacation so the group was small.  I labeled the bags received with a star. 

Hope you have a great weekend.

Sunday, August 5

Flip Flop Beach Towel

I am back from a week in California.  I arrived on Friday night and quickly had to start sewing because we had a birthday party on Saturday afternoon. 

We had a dry spell of birthday parties the last month or two but we are back in full swing with 3 parties the next two weekends.

Here is a purchased beach towel with a birthday girl's name embroidered on it.  This is one of my favorite fonts for towels...

Love this flip flop beach towel design! {wish I had ironed the towel before taking the picture}.

 Hope you are staying cool in this summer heat, thanks for stopping by.