Monday, March 23, 2009

check out this sewing blog...

Sew, Mama, Sew!

I came across this blog about a month ago, and fell in love.

*Great ideas

*Great links

*Great tutorials

And, as if that isn't enough, there is a Fabric giveaway every Friday... and this Friday I won!

Not much sweeter than free fabric.

Check it out!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Winners!

Teri,  Jennifer, and Lisa of course all win because they were among the first three to comment, and the randomly generated (Courtesy of random.org) additional winner is.....

Chris!

I have to say that I am really looking forward to this, and I decided to give you all a bit of a choice of gifts.  Here are my ideas:

**A-half apron of which I have a few pattern options, so we can discuss that later if you choose this.

**A scarflet (small version of a scarf, like my button scarf or my ruffle cravat) can be like either of the two made, or I would happily make some modifications that we can discuss also if you choose this option

**Fabric covered wooden hanger and shoe dust bag for your closet

**A Golf club cover

**Surprise gift chosen by me

**Anything you have an idea for as long as it isn't too difficult/time consuming or expensive (email me and well talk, sometimes what you would think would be difficult really isn't and vice-versa)

So dear winners, email me (address is on the right hand side of my blog), and let's let the making begin!  Also, I'll need addresses.

As for the rest of you who entered, I'm a full believer in consolation prizes (even if I don't always practice it), and I have a special handmade gift for all of you as well, so please send me your addresses!

Love to all my readers!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Monkey Pants (finished)

**Still time to enter the drawing portion of my handmade giveaway!

I found this cute little pattern on etsy, check it out:



The gusset is what sold me. I'm a sucker for gussets. And, as a bonus, I also got a cute new nickname for my baby (yes I do in fact call him monkey pants now).

They turned out well, I love and hate sewing knit fabric though. Sometimes it works so well, and then other times it gets stuck in the foot plate (grrrrr). But overall, these were fun to make, and I have plans to make many more!

A side note about the pattern--I altered the legs, I don't care for bell-bottoms on babies, I think they look ridiculous so I straightened them--but that's just me. Also, the instructions are a tad difficult to understand, something got lost in the translation. But, not impossible to follow.



And on a completely unrelated topic-- don't you think my son is adorable?

Specs
Pattern: Monkey Pants by danslalune
Fabric: 100% cotton double knit
Modifications: Length and straightened legs

Saturday, March 7, 2009

First ever Hand Made Giveaway!!!

There's quite the bug going around these days, a handmade giveaway bug. Several of my cousins and my husband's cousin has sponsored giveaways, and I won on my Husband's cousin's blog (ug--can I just call her my cousin too? it's too long to say and type the other thing...), and my cousin's blog, so naturally I wanted to "pay it forward" if you will (plus it was in the rules for one of them).

Here's the deal:

THE RULES:
1. Be one of the first three bloggers to leave a comment on this post, which then entitles you to a handmade item from me.
2. Winners, you must post this on your blog, meaning that you will "Pay It Forward," creating a handmade gift for the first three to leave a comment on your post about your giveaway!
3. You have 365 days to make/ship your item. And, remember: It’s the spirit and the thought that count!
4. When you receive your gift, please feel free to blog about it, sharing appropriate linky love! If you are not one of the first three to comment on this post, you can still play along. Start your own "Pay It Forward" chain and encourage your blogging friends to do the same!

In addition, I would like to pick a random person from the remaining entries (assuming I get more than three) to also give something to, and there will be no obligation to participate in the pay it forward part.


What exactly will you win? I'm not exactly sure. I'm thinking of giving you a few things to pick from, but let's iron out those details later, shall we? For now, just get your entries in! You have until

11:59 PM MST Friday March 13th

to get your entry in (one per person of course). Good luck! And for those of my Male readers, have no fear, I can make stuff for you too, so don't be shy.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

What's next

Knitting and I made up. Actually, I was perusing pattern books before my needles even cooled off. It took me a few days too build back my self confidence though (I'm not exaggerating either, suddenly I wondered if I really could knit or if I had been fooling myself all of these years...), but I finally did, and I ordered some yarn and bought this book:




Isn't that hat adorable? That's what I'll be knitting. Even though technically I still have two more knitting projects to finish (the second of a pair of socks, and two more golf covers for my husband. Coming soon, I promise!!)

Wish me luck--I'm still paranoid that nothing will look good on me anymore...