Monthly Archives: February 2008


I really hadn’t intended on making bibs right away. Taylor wasn’t very messy and didn’t drool a lot so we didn’t have a real need for them until it came time for feeding (and then I preferred HUGE bibs that covered most of her clothing). But, as I was brainstorming for ideas to sew up in my latest swap, I decided to one a try.

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It’s either an intense urge to nest or the extra iron that my doctor has told me to take, but either way, I’ve been very hard at work in my sewing room this week. Of the 5 projects that had deadlines, 3 are completely done and out the door (WHEW!!!). I’ve been working feverishly on the other 2 and while I can’t show you exactly what I’m working on, I can show you the fabrics:

I am hoping the projects themselves will be finished up today and the instruction writing and illustrations will be done sometime early next week. Then I can concentrate on sewing up my growing “must make” list!
So what else has been going on this week? I neglected to mention that I stopped by Joann’s over the weekend. I had stopped in to check out the new McCalls and came how with 5575, 5518 (because I’m a sucker for infant bucket hats), and a new pair of scissors which have now been labeled “FABRIC ONLY” on each side (as you can tell someone has dulled my scissors for other purposes). I also started writing for BurdaStyle’s blog! Instead of posting my own projects, I’ll be discussing interesting links (like the kind you see on this site). If you don’t already have it listed, be sure to add BurdaStyle to your bookmarks and feedreaders!
I have a few more photos to upload (and updates to mention), but I’ll save them for tomorrow!

Contests, Contests Contests

Get those creative juices flowing, those sweepstakes forms ready, and be prepared to leave comments – there are lots of contests out there just waiting to be won!
Need a new sewing machine? You could win a Bernina 440QE (with the awesome stitch regulator foot) if you’re the grand prize winner of Benartex’s Piece, Love and Quilts contest. Runner up prizes include notions, books, and a years supply of fabric! [link via BerninaUSABlog]
Montessori By Hand (you may know her best by her latest apron, Emmeline) has created an new apron and she’s letting her readers decide what to name it! The winner of this contest will receive a copy of The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort
If you’ve ever thought of crocheting (or knitting) a Vlad the Impaler hat – here’s your chance to not just create one, but win a copy of the book, AntiCraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister and have your pattern published in the Lughnasadh ’08 issue. For official entry information, check here. [link via futuregirl]
The deadline for Cloth, Paper, Scissors’ Mixed Media Paper Quit is rapidly approaching (March 3), but you still have time to enter your creation. Although there is no grand prize in this one, the selected entries will be displayed at the International Quilt Festival this April in Chicago! [link via Calamity Kim]
The eye candy alone makes me want to win this one – Bunte Fabrics and The Girl Indie Blog have teamed together to give away one yard of Gata Kitty fabric, 2 matching mouse buttons and a yard of polka dot ribbon. For more details, read here.
We all love it – jewelry…. and here’s you chance to win some. Funky Finds has over $500 worth of it to give away, check this blog entry for more entry information.

Oscar Night Fashions 2008

Not that I probably need to tell you, but the Oscars were last night. Like millions of other Americans, I didn’t watch – in fact, I even missed the red carpet arrivals. After surfing the internet and scoping out the styles, I realized, I didn’t miss much. Instead of re-hashing all the Oscar looks (which everyone seems to have done already), I’ll just point you in the direction of some of the best places to gawk – EOnline and FabSugar (my personal favorite since you can vote for your favorite look). My favorite gown of the evening – Heidi Klum. How about you? [photo via FabSugar]

Prints and Preggo Partners

I love having a stash of fabrics – it’s like shopping, but without having to go anywhere! Last night I opened up the closet and looked for possibilities to use with the Jalie twist top and decided on a black and white mod print. Unfortunately, I didn’t label where I got this jersey from but I’m pretty sure that it was Gorgeous Fabrics (if someone has this print please let me know!). I’ll be adding the sidebar up sometime this afternoon with all the details.
In the mean time, partners were announced in the Oh Baby Newborn and Preggo swap! I have a bit of “stalking” to do with my partner, but since she has a website, wist, and great sign up information I’ve already got a few ideas rolling around in my head. Be prepared for some fun baby items in the next month!

Dress For The Zoo

Eva Longoria recent spent a day at the zoo in this adorable dress (I’ve never worn a dress to the zoo, she’s definitely a brave one!). Although the details are difficult to see (this is the best picture showing her wearing it), she’s sporting a design similar to New Look 6696. Closeup photos show that her dress is made up of a raspberry cotton eyelet – perfect for spring. If you’re looking for similar material, you may want to pop over to who has a very pretty red scalloped eyelet in stock.
Edited to add: It looks like the red eyelet is now gone!


After our relaxing afternoon yesterday, I was motivated to get something small accomplished….. so I traced Jalie 2788 (View B – the short sleeves). After talking to Emilie a bit about her maternity version of 2787, I decided not to go up the 4 pattern sizes to accommodate my new bust size (yikes!), but go up 2-3 and use a super stretchy material instead. I visited my stash and narrowed down my fabric options to just a few, but I’m going to think it over before I settle on one.
This afternoon – it’s shopping time. Taylor is in dire need of some spring clothes (even though it feels as if spring will never arrive), so we’re going to see what’s out there – in the mean time, I’m hoping to come back with lots of inspirations for the sewing room!

Periodicals Galore

It’s the weather – gloomy, gray (it’s snowingsleeting outside), and cold that’s making me feel unproductive. Instead of sewing, I’ve armed myself with a plethora of sewing magazines – The new Burda Easy Fashion that arrived yesterday, CraftStylish‘s Quick Stuff to Sew (I’ve already spotted several projects I want to test out), and the latest Sew News (I’m interested in seeing their Spring Trends). Taylor and I plan on wrapping up in blankets reading and watching taped episodes of Project Runway – how’s that for spending an afternoon?
In the mean time, I’ve broken down and purchased a subscription to Ottobre Design – I can’t wait to get my hands on the upcoming women’s issue! I also joined a swap… I know, I know, my ‘to do’ list is a mile long, but I couldn’t pass it up – it’s an “Oh Baby” pregnant and newborn swap. Speaking of ‘to do’s’ I added another…. after seeing Emilie’s adorable Jalie top, I’m motivated to make mine – I’m going to try the twist top version…. but first to trace the pattern!