Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dressmaker Book Giveaway from FAVECRAFTS...

Book Reviewed by Maria Nerius
...This book really is a very complete bible for the dressmaker...The book has a great primer for getting started including the essential tools, sewing machines, needles, pins, thread, notions, selecting a pattern, adapting patterns, body shape guide and fashion shapes. You’ll have on hand information about seams, seam finishing, darts, tucks, pleats, elastic, gathering, zippers, and bias cut...
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Passion for Paisley!

A set of beautiful Wall Sconces...
I can already picture these on my wall!
(Picture is from Apartment Therapy)
How about this fun Paisley Dachshund handbag
(image from My Designer Handbag)
This chair can easily be recreated with some Paisley fabric & a little skill
  (Chair image from Spent Saturdays)

A lovely Paisley Vase 
(Image of Vase from Furniture From Home)
An adorable Paisley Goddess Sundress...
I love the color combination of the fabric, I will definitely be looking for some paisley fabric soon!!
   (Paisley Goddess Dress from The Pyramid Collection)...they have some pretty AWESOME stuff!

I'll be posting more Paisley Passion soon...I can't get enough!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Decoupage Jewelery Box

This started out as a thrift store jewelery box that was sloppily painted orange, yellow, & purple. I gave it a couple coats of spray paint & used various stickers, scrapbook paper, & glitter to give it more of a "girlish" look.
It was given to my daughter who will soon be passing it down to my granddaughter!


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sewing Machine Cozy

 After noticing that my sewing machine was getting a little dusty & knowing this is not good for her...I decided to make her a cover.

I used upholstery weight fabric that I already had in my stash, & this tutorial.
I did do a couple things differently from the tutorial. I added some medium weight interfacing to the top, & also made the top 6" instead of 4".
I think she likes funky paisley patterns as much as I do!!

From "Yucky" Green Glow, to Shiny Stars Lamp...

This lamp used to be a Bankers Lamp...you know the ones that are brass with a green glass shade...YUK! (no offense to anyone that likes them)
I really didn't like the the glow that the green glass shade gave off when the light was on, & I'm not too big on shiny brass either. 
Soooooo...I spray painted the brass purple, & used spray adhesive on a fabric scrap from my stash to cover the green glass.
I love the way it turned out, especially when it's dark & the light is on...the tiny stars seem to glow.
Here's a closeup of the new fabric shade:

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Decoupage Vase

I made this vase a few years ago,  
it's one of my first projects using Mod Podge.
It consists of:
  • an old white vase
  • picture from a magazine
  • animal print tissue paper
  • Mod Podge
  • decorative trim
  • small branches from the yard
It looks better in "real life" than it does in the photo.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

What it's really all about...

Didn't get anything done as far as any projects are concerned, but that was the farthest thing from my mind considering I got to spend time with my two youngest grandsons...
So precious, I swear they just melt my heart!
(Julian 17 months, Joseph 2 weeks)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I finally managed to get a little something done on the sewing machine...after I dug it out from all the clutter surrounding it!
A pair of "lounge" pants from a bed sheet that had a big rip in it. I seem to be so in love with paisley recently, there are so many different styles & color combos!
I ended up giving them to a close family friend that's like another daughter to me. I love making things & giving them as little surprise gifts for no special reason.
...here are a couple pics of the progress with the "monster" dresser
...& Primed
of course I still have the drawers to do, & find some new hardware, but I'm pretty happy with the progress so far.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I Took The Pledge!

After joining the Wardrobe Refashion web site for 2 months a while back I decided I should join for Life! For the last several years I've really only shopped at thrift stores, yard sales, & stuff like that anyway. I just think it's totally ridiculous to spend tons of money on clothes. I'm kind of new to sewing with a machine...about a year or so & I've only done a few clothing pieces. I think signing up will give me the push I need to do more sewing & refashioning!
So, here's my pledge:

The Pledge

I Eve pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for life. I pledge that i shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoted, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings! Signed Eve.

...I can do this...I know I can...LOL