Monthly Archives: October 2016


10-insirationA few weeks ago, I went with Taylor to a cute little local boutique and fell in love with lots of stuff… I could have gone mad shopping! While I picked up a few things, there were several tops that I figured that I could make myself for a lot less (oddly enough we noticed that in some shirts, the larger the size, the price increased as well) and vowed that when I was done with my to do list, that those would become my first ‘selfish sewing projects’.

Consequently, up next is a top inspired by the photo on the left. I’m actually going with a different color scheme which is similar to one they had in the store – a mauve and cream with a suede pocket and elbow patches. I intend on 10-stripefloralusing the Ensis Tee pattern for the base of this project and make a few modifications to make it look more like the photo.

I also plan to sew up a fun raglan that mixes florals and stripes. Oddly enough I love this combination together, although I never would have pictured putting them together, myself. As a bonus, I have a great stripe on hand as well as a beautiful floral. For this one, I plan on using the Rainier Raglan pattern since it has a slightly looser fit and a larger neckband that is similar to the photo on the right.

Hopefully I’ll get both of these sewn up in time for the weekend. It’s finally getting chilly around here and I’m looking forward to getting to wear a fall wardrobe!


A Pinterest-y Project

Instead of sewing, I determined that I needed to start getting ready for Halloween. Besides decorating the house, I decided to tackle a cute Pintrest-y project for the front porch – painted pumpkin planters. I started with 4, $1 trick-or-treat pumpkins and a bit of spray paint.


pumpkin2I opted for the Rust-oleum Universal paint since it not only has a primer, but adheres to plastics as well (plus that spray nozzle\trigger is a bonus) – it’s a bit more expensive than other types of paint, but I figured it would work the best. I ripped out the handle and painted away…. One can should cover 4 pumpkins. However, I decided that my bright blue gnome needed a new shade and painted him too, leaving one pumpkin 1/2 finished. So….. I cracked out the remaining crackle paint that I had (remains from painting a frame for the burlap memory board in the July\August issue of CME).

Unfortunately, the photo doesn’t do them justice – they are much cuter in person. The bronze pumpkins match some metal bronze pumpkin walkway lights I bought years ago and the crackle finish looks like stone. Both paints did very well with coverage and have held up in the rain so far. Best of all? This entire project cost me about $12 (including the mums which were on clearance for .50 each)! Bring on Halloween!

3 Simple Shirts

Last week I mentioned my new machine that I bought to help me embellish shirts… and this weekend I put it to work making a few custom requests from my oldest:


Alright, I’ll admit, this was too easy, but I love it! I did discover that the iron on vinyl film isn’t just expensive, there’s not very much on the roll either (it took 1 1/2 rolls to do these three). Consequently, I decided to order (at Katie‘s suggestion) some from an online retailer who sells various heat-press vinyls, films, etc. by the yard… I even broke down and purchased some glow-in-the-dark material, too. In the meantime, it’s back to some selfish sewing this week (and a few crafty projects too)!

New Toy

Thanks to Katie and all the inspirational t-shirts she’s been designing, I have added a new ‘toy’ to my sewing arsenal – a Cricut Explore Air Express. This little machine is too cool – not only does it do the traditional papercutting, but it does the iron-on vinyl as well. Since it arrived the other day, I decided that I needed to give it a test run and made Easton a Halloween t-shirt:


Agh, I love this thing! So far, it’s easy to use and the results look very professional. Taylor already has some projects for me to work on over the weekend so stay tuned for those next week!


Linky Thursday

This may be one of the cutest t-shirt recycles, ever! Transform your old shirt into a doggie tee!

Get a jump start on winter with this pull-through scarf and fur trimmed glove set.

Learn how to take Melly’s free Blanc Tee pattern and hack it into a cute high low ruffled hem top.

Right on trend for fall, a maxi length cardigan.

The mornings are finally getting cooler. Warm up with a cozy, long-sleeve raglan sweatshirt.

Keep the chill off you at your favorite game with this easy throw stadium blanket.

A great tutorial on how to add a turtleneck to any tee pattern.

I just discovered a slew of Tina Givens clothing patterns (for free), just by signing up for her website.

Looking for a new bag this fall? Go hands-free with this crossbody style. This one is even easier and made from a kitchen towel!

These women’s boxer shorts are perfect for lounging around the house on the weekends.

This free, fitted knit dress make the perfect LBD.

If you’re busy canning your garden’s treasures and love to give them as gifts, be sure to wrap them up with a pretty little gift bag that’s perfectly sized for your jars.

Satin & Rhinestones

10-zipperYesterday, I labored over a satan satin project for hours. While it started off fun, by the end of the day I not only remembered why I hate satin so much, but I discovered I don’t like working with a 5/8″ seam allowance, either. The end result should be killer, but I may have pulled all my hair out by then.

Today’s agenda? Finishing up the satan satin project and shortening a gorgeous rhinestone zipper…. after Googling how to do it, I discovered it’s very similar to pulling out the teeth of metal zippers (with nipper pliers), but with a bit more effort (i.e. get the husband to do it). My only complaint about the zipper is that it doesn’t come in a lot of different colors – so I had to go with one that is highly contrasting. (but still better than white which didn’t look as nice on the cream fabric, IMHO).


10-houseOnce again another weekend flew by and no sewing was accomplished. I did attend a fun craft night – in hindsight, I probably should have taken a bunch of patterns to cut out and prep for sewing, but instead I brought a Halloween house to paint. Unfortunately, we spent more time talking and eating than crafting so my painting is only about 15% finished (so it’s probably better that I didn’t bring sewing after all, right?).

This week, I’m putting the finishing touches on two, very large projects…. then it’s back to selfish sewing! I’ve been mentally preparing my fall wardrobe, so I have several projects that I want to begin next week and a quick-and-easy tutorial planned for this site. What is everyone else working on this week?