Thursday, February 17, 2011

More Pot Holders!

A few weekends ago, my mom and I were in Whipstitch and picked out some great fabrics from their remnant bin! There was just enough to make these sweet pot holders.

I absolutely love the look of a coordinating/contrasting binding, but the only way I knew to do it was to handstitch the back side. I hate doing it! It hurts my hands and takes forever and makes me go batty, and you know I LOVE long projects. NOT. So, I tweeted my frustration, just because that's what I do when I get frustrated. Someone out there cares. Trust me. My twitter friend Belinda, also known as @BGMom1, cared enough to help me out BIGTIME! She walked me right through machine stitching the binding, which was fantastic. I couldn't be happier with the results!

What do you think?

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I adore that black and white houndstooth!

The pot holders are now available in MY SHOP!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

I love this Buttercup Bag

It's in my Etsy shop. Click the link to go to the listing!

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

MacBook Pro Sleeve

I made this laptop sleeve for my precious 15" Macbook Pro. It also matches my Cosmo Bag!

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See how happy my baby looks tucked in to its special sleeve?
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I finished mine with a small magnetic snap, but it could be done with velcro, a button or even without a tab.

This project was super easy and I've made a special formula to figure out how much fabric to cut for both openings on the long side or the short side!

Should I add these to the shop? I'm thinking that if I do, I will show a couple of examples along with some fabric choices since there are so many laptop sizes and shapes out there.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Big Swamp Full of Life

After we visited Robert is Here, I took Marti (my sister in law) to Everglades National Park. The Everglades cover quite a bit of Florida's southern tip. The park is huge, has many many entrances, and I doubt anyone could ever see it all unless it was their job to do so. I wish it were my job. When I see these wetlands, I want to explore and see everything is has to offer. Just the plant life alone astounds me. There is so much information about visiting the Everglades, so I won't bore you with what we did. I will just give you the goods! Enjoy!

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Robert Is Here!

This post has absolutely nothing to do with sewing. I thought you might want to know what else I do besides sew. Yes? No?

Last January, my husband and I ventured down to Ft. Lauderdale for a three-day weekend getaway. We decided to visit the Everglades and on the way to the specific entrance we chose, we happened upon this fruit stand called "Robert Is Here." They advertised key lime milkshakes. If you know me, you know about my love for ice cream and coffee. You ask me if I want ice cream or coffee, the answer is always yes. ALWAYS. I had to get my hands on this milkshake and check out this place with the oddest name in the world. We got the milkshakes. Key lime pie + pie crust + ice cream = heaven. Turns out that this fruit/milkshake stand also has a zoo in the back. I didn't have my camera with me, though, so I didn't get any photos!

So this year when my sister in law and I were planning our we-need-to-get-the-heck-out-of-dodge vacation, I suggested Ft. Lauderdale. It's warm and that's all we were looking for really. I took her to Robert Is Here to get a shake and to take photos of the animals. If you're ever near the western side of Everglades National Park, stop by and see Robert. He really is there. You will love it and so will your kids!

Post on the Everglades (along with some cool photos) coming soon!

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Style Stitches Challenge--February

January's challenge was a success! I love my Cosmo Bag and I've even already used it on a trip as my very large "personal item" on a flight. The bag fits everything I need and fits under the seat on a plane. Enough said. My bag was even featured on JemJam's recap of the January challenge!

Go on over to the Challenge's Flickr group to see all the other lovely bags!

For February, we are creating the Reversible Everyday Shopper. I will be gifting this one (to a very special person--wonder who it is?!?) since I have 8 billion shoppers like this one. Ok, maybe not 8 billion. It's more like 8, but (as they say) Eight is ENOUGH!

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