Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sunday's blog pick

I get so much inspiration from other blogs. I thought it would be a great idea to occasionally share my favorites.

This week's pick is Poppalina. I don't even remember how I found this blog, but it was one of the first "craft" blogs I started reading. Shula always has such great pictures and I am extremely envious of her embroidery talent. I don't even want to learn how to embroider, because I know I'll never be able to turn out pieces as beautiful as hers. Bonus point: she's an Aussie. (I'm not really sure why that's a bonus point; maybe because I like the Australian accent or the fact that it's warm during Christmas there.)

ahh summer

There were a couple of glorious days when I got to actually hang the laundry outside to dry. It's been raining every day since. As a matter of fact, I had to rush out to get clothes off the line in a sudden storm. Getting pounded with hail while doing so wasn't fun.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

pattern review: prairie girl

I just completed the cute Prairie Girl pattern from Favorite Things. I used Alexander Henry's Aviary print in green. I originally wanted to use the pink and white fabric, but I already told my sob story.

So about the pattern...I bought this originally because I love the look of the shirt. There are also so many different options included in the pattern, that you can use it a few times without making the same thing over and over. You can make a shirt, or dress or have ruffled sleeves, plain sleeves, or none at all.

I made the shirt with plain sleeves. It was a fairly easy pattern to follow. It's definitely for intermediate sewers. I only say that because it assumes the sewer knows things like understitching. If you are a beginner sewer, you probably could still tackle this one with the help of the internet to define a few things for you.

The only bad thing I could find about the pattern is that it's kind of hard to sew the dickie on. The pattern gives the option of sewing snaps to snap the dickie, sewing the dickie directly to the shirt, or buying a cami to go underneath. I don't think the cami underneath would have worked for me b/c the shirt would have opened up too much at the top, but I think that just because I'm a bit large in the bust area. I did manage to sew the dickie on in such a way that it doesn't look bad.

In all, I really liked the pattern and the way the shirt came out. I think next summer, or maybe later this one, I'll tackle making the dress.

I'll try to remember to post a picture of the finished product later, but it's currently being washed since it was lovingly worn for the first time today.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

for daddy

Happy Father's Day!

I got the idea from here.

busy busy

The divine Miss Mattie Mae was baptized a few weeks ago. She did a great job and didn't even cry. Her brothers however were extremely cranky, but immediately got over it when they discovered there was going to be a party (with cupcakes) following Mass. Some very sweet and generous people at our Parish held a very lovely party in honor of Matilda's big day, which brings me to...
A tablecloth and napkins I made for the lovely woman who threw the party. The set is for her kiddie table that her grandkids use. I used the oh-so-adorable Dick and Jane fabric. I love the laminated cotton! I have also been working on several other projects and have even completed some! Someday I'll possibly get around to taking more pics!
Last but not least...summer weather is finally here. This is me enjoying the great breeze just after working a bit in the garden.

Monday, June 2, 2008

mosaic fun

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's mosaic maker.

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name

1. Elaine Davidson - Worlds most pierced woman, 2. Chuy's, 3. The Passage, 4. ♫ YO Yo yo, there's no place like a green penthouse... so i told the genie i wanted to be well hung. ^o^ ♫ nah... wildlife from singapore♫, 5. Cheeky hobbits, 6. water droplets in the shower - o.k. bokeh, 7. "Dreamland", 8. heaven by the spoonful, 9. Aurigid meteorite #1, 10. Serenity 1, 11. Calm Nature Scene12. Not available