Archive for November, 2008

Interesting

I noticed today that these two seemingly very different photographs from recent posts are almost identical, especially after I rotated the one on the left 180 degrees.

Blue and brown is my favorite color combination, so it’s not surprising that it’s found everywhere in our home. But the similar layout and angles and flowers in both photos are an interesting coincidence.

My mom is driving down early for Thanksgiving, and we’re going shopping for wedding dresses tomorrow. Other than actually getting married, this is the part I’m most excited about.

November 25, 2008 at 1:11 pm 2 comments

Happy little accident

This is the apron that almost didn’t happen.

I had the front, liner and (handmade, incredibly time-consuming) binding all sewn together when I noticed a tiny hole near the bottom of the liner fabric. A perfect little triangle. That’s right, a snip mark. Which means I got careless with the scissors at some point and didn’t notice.

My gut reaction was to throw the thing away, because I would never sell something with a hole in it to some poor unsuspecting customer.

But I had spent enough time on it that I didn’t want to throw it away, and I certainly didn’t want to rip out the binding seams and start over. So — simple solution — I covered it with an applique.

And since I hadn’t sewn on the waist tie yet, I could still get in there to finish off the star with a simple outline stitch.

And it totally looks like I meant to put the star there all along. And if you try to say otherwise, I will deny that this conversation ever took place.

November 24, 2008 at 6:02 pm 4 comments

Aprons

I’ve been building up my stash of aprons to sell at Atomic Holiday Bazaar (21 days!).

Here’s that peach gingham fabric that I mentioned in a post a few days ago. The fabric that I, at first, had no clue how to use or what to match up with. The fabric that I now adore and wish I had more of. The fabric that apparently just made me end two sentences in prepositions. Don’t judge.

I lined this apron in pale green polka dots…

…and then turned right around and made another apron in the same colors.

I even lined it in the peach gingham.

I think I may have gone a little overboard with the ricrac on this one.

I also made this colorful little number:

That pink fabric is so rich and vibrant and cheerful.

I lined this one in my favorite Amy Butler.

Alex commented yesterday that it looks like a rainbow exploded in our apartment. He’s referring to the eight million colorful bags and aprons that fill our home. They’ll (hopefully!) be gone soon!

November 23, 2008 at 12:55 pm 3 comments

Rug

I wanted this rug so badly that I went to three Targets to get it.

And now that it’s in our living room, I love it even more.

Have a lovely weekend!

November 21, 2008 at 8:13 pm 1 comment

Familiar

This was a surprising color combination for me. 

I’ve had the peach gingham for a while, and I kept trying to work it into a project, but I could ever quite figure out how since peach is a rare color choice for me. I ended up trying it with the blue and green just to see if it would work, and I absolutely loved it. 

I made two aprons in these fabrics as well, but I haven’t shot them yet. 

I can’t quite place what this fabric combination reminds me of. Maybe a doll I had as a child. Something about it seems really comfortable and familiar.

November 20, 2008 at 7:03 pm 3 comments

House guest

Twenty-five days until Atomic Holiday Bazaar.

And 128 days until our wedding.

But only eight days until Alex’s mother — my future mother-in-law! — flies down from Pennsylvania to spend Thanksgiving with us.

We’re having a big dinner at my sister’s house, and my parents are meeting Alex’s mom for the first time. Very exciting!

In the meantime, I’ve been sewing as often as I can, and I feel like I’m making decent progress.

Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been working on.

Luckily, my future mother-in-law appreciates sewing and crafts, and she knows I have a show coming up, so I don’t have to be embarrassed that we’re having a guest stay with us while my purses and aprons are hanging all over the house.

Good thing, because she’s going to be surrounded by them while she sleeps!

November 19, 2008 at 10:11 pm 3 comments

Chill

There has been a wonderful November chill in the air, which is unusual for Tampa. I love pulling out the sweaters and scarves I only get to wear a few times a year. The cats love it because we open the windows in the middle of the day to let the cool breeze wander through the house.

I’ve been sewing a mile a minute (and have the sore back to prove it), but the sun sets so quickly these days that I have a hard time photographing everything before it gets dark.

Twenty-six days until Atomic, and for the first time since I found out I had been accepted, I’m finally calm about preparing for the show. The other day I asked myself “What will happen if I don’t have enough stuff ready for the show?” Seriously, what’s the worst that will happen? It all sells within the first two hours? Well, now, that would just suck, wouldn’t it? I have enough stuff to fill my booth, and I have enough of a selection to keep people interested. Other than that, there’s not much more I can do except sew my little heart out for the next 26 days.

November 18, 2008 at 6:29 pm 2 comments

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