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Thursday, February 25, 2010

My Purple Party Skirt


I made this simple, simple skirt for the purple party. (see the last post) I've been meaning to make myself some skirts anyway. So this one I just took my hip measurements (will not be posting those), divided by four, and cut out two halves on the fold line with a little bit of A-line flair. It's Jennifer Paganelli's Bellbottom fabric, courtesy of my sweet, sweet cousin Marie. Isn't this cute? Elastic in the waist. I know that's not the way to do it for women's clothing, but I always wear shirts untucked, so what's the big deal? It took about an hour.


It snowed again here. Yesterday, the snow looked like God had thrown out handfuls of diamonds, so of course I took some pictures.

Looked even better in person. Anna said the most profound thing, "If God made all the people, why doesn't everyone know Him?" Precisely.

Love,
xoxo

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Purple Potty Party!

Emilie is potty trained!!!! We've been telling her for months that if she would do it, we would give her a purple party. Here is her special outfit. I made up the skirt based on one that's been floating around the internet. I'm sure you've seen it. It's called the Can Can skirt and sometimes the Turkey Trot skirt. It used to be a free tutorial before Christmas but now it's for sale. That kind of made me mad, so I just made up my own version using my All Aflutter skirt as the base. (See the link to that tutorial on my sidebar.)

The shirt is my Mindy of Froglegs and Ponytails. This shirt is called the Carson Ruffle Shirt. I just loved the tutorial. It was PDF which isn't always my favorite, but this one was extremely well written. I have a feeling Mindy will be meeting up with my sewing machine again! Lots and lots of great patterns there. My list is growing and my time is shrinking.

I'm not quite sure the shirt and skirt go together, but they definitely make cute separates and Emilie loves them.


Yea! for Emilie!


Love,
xoxo

Sunday, February 21, 2010

One Million Pillowcase Challenge

Hi there. First off, there are a couple of good contests going on right now that you should enter. I always appreciate it when people "advertise" my contests, so I'm doing it for them too.

Lila Tueller is giving away a QUILT! Can you believe it? Now I hope you don't all hop over there and sign up because then my chances aren't so great. (Ha ha!)

Secondly, one of my favorite designers/ fabric stores is having a giveaway every day this week. Check out Buttercuppity. She'll have you laughing, I guarantee it.

Yesterday, my little quilt club and several extra ladies made pillowcases for the One Million Pillowcase Challenge. You should do this. It's such a good cause. Ours are going to our local hospice and some to foster care. But you can choose where yours go. It's sponsored by American Patchwork and Quilting. My cousin Marie got ahold of my camera and so here I and some of the other ladies are. These are the nicest people you will ever meet.



These are my blog stalkers. I'm so flattered!

Aren't the tables pretty with their blue tablecloths? Marie and I thought they were for decoration but it turned out we just weren't supposed to scratch the tables up! They are pretty though.


Ha ha! Got you Marie!


Love,
xoxo

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Read a Book

If there's anything I like to do as much as sew it's read. I can lose a perfectly good day with the right book. My kids inherited this love of books. Even before age one, we would spend hours reading. That's because my child would crawl to me with whichever book he or she loved at the time and would throw it on me! Now they stay  up until we make them turn off their lamps looking at books and reading stories to themselves.

Todd and I have been so frustrated with the lack of quality children's literature. Do you know what I mean? Everything seems to be about nothing. Or nothing we care to share with our children.

Then one day at the library I stumbled upon a little book called Petunia by Roger Duvoisin. Wow! A story with a moral and so charming too. We quickly checked out every book our library carried by him, which was not so many since these were written in the 50s and 60s.

So I searched Amazon and came up with these. They cost between a quarter and four dollars, because they're old library books. How sad that they were withdrawn! But happy for us. We have a few more coming and I highly recommend him. Especially the Petunia and Crocus the Crocodile lines.

Hope you don't mind a break from the sewing blog.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

Love,
xoxo

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Can You Wonk the Wonk?

Do you think Lilac Lane has forgotten you? I'm so sorry! I just had nothing I could share. First, I made my quilt for the first month of So You Think You Can Quilt. Gotta say, I'm really excited about that one! But we can't show it in any way, shape or form. You'll just have to tune in to Leisel and figure out which one is mine (but I don't think she'll show them until March!)

Then, I completed my third Moda Bake Shop project. Those are top secret too! So finally, today, I have something to show you. My online quilt group, A Dozen Quilters, is making wonky blocks this month. I always make one for me and one for the person who chooses the block of the month. It's Iva's turn. If you've never made one, hop on over to a Dozen Quilters to find out how. Quick and easy but SO fun.

Psalm 106:48

Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, "Amen!" Praise the LORD.


Love,
xoxo

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Love and a Winner!

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The winner is: Melissa C who said, "I love the funky offset point half apron in purple and orange." Thanks, Melissa. You now win a $20 gift certificate to my etsy shop. Just pick out what you like and let me know.

Here is the love:
I made these with a Sew Mama Sew sew-along. They are so cute! You still have time to make and enter one to win a prize. Click here! My kids will love them. And they tend to collect little bits and pieces here and there so I thought this would hold up better than paper.



Love,
xoxo

Monday, February 8, 2010

Can you Can Can?

It's almost Valentine's Day and you know that I had to come up with something cute! It just so happens that one of my favorite pattern designers (remember the Mia shirt and Cupcake dress?), Chelsea of Pink Fig Designs is having a contest this month! It is for her Nie Nie skirt. I just finished making it for Anna.

In my version, there is lots and lots of eyelet. In fact, if you live around Colby, I'm very sorry but you probably won't be able to find any. I literally bought all of Colby, Goodland and much of Hays out. It takes that much. But, the good news it, you don't have to put the eyelet on. It doesn't even suggest it in the pattern. I also added lots of ribbon and lots of pink, pink, pink for Anna.

Awhile back, Heather Bailey was giving this bag pattern away if you bought a little fabric. Of course, I did! It's called the Smarty Jane Book Bag. Isn't it cute? Anna plans to hold all her Valentines in it. And Easter eggs, the last I heard. If you're thinking about buying it, the bag is super easy and took about an hour to make. It's lined, which I really appreciate.

The Nie Nie skirt is not for the faint of heart. Yards and yards of ruffling. It took me a week and you all know that I'm a one day project girl!



I was going to make one for Emilie, but I think I'll make her something a bit different. Maybe this bag from Prairie Flower Farm.
And this skirt from Dana at MADE.





Love,
xoxo

Friday, February 5, 2010

Odds and Ends

Don't forget to scroll down and enter my drawing in the previous post.

Here is Anna and her best friend, Samantha. I made Samantha a hat like Anna's, except in her favorite color purple. Then they dressed alike for their dance lessons.


If you thought poor Anna would suffer without a pillowcase, never fear, here it is. She picked out all these colors herself. Hmm, I wonder if her favorite color is pink?


Oh, and  look at the quilts I made my kids sometime or other.





Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:11
Love,
xoxo

Monday, February 1, 2010

Sew Mama Sew Giveaways!

This month Sew Mama Sew is having giveaways all month long. And one of the prizes is from me! (It's a gift certificate to my etsy shop.) So check them out and sign up!
Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
mstramel.etsy.com
Love,
xoxo
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