Friday, November 28, 2008


This year, and every year, I am most thankful for the possesor of that handprint.
We made it together Thanksgiving morning while we watched the parade.
 I painted his hand with fabric paint and he pressed it on the shirt and then we hand painted the details.
He wore it all day with pride,--"Awww mom it's my kirby shirt!" (kirby=turkey)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

librarrrry bag

Have you ever had a professor that made you love going to class even if you weren't all that thrilled about the subject? I had one this semester for Psychology 101, she was amazing and so so funny.
I was actually sad because I took it as an 8 week course and I wish I had time to take more classes with her.
To show my appreciation for making class time so enjoyable I made a special library bag for her daughter who happens to be a classmate of Tony's.
Oh and she likes pirates!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

a bag for me

I needed a new school bag this semester and I had Amy Butler's High Street Messenger Bag pattern in my stash. I really like Amy Butler bags but the amount of pockets can be drag to sew.
This patterns called for a heavy weight decorator fabric but I think the fabric I chose was much too heavy, I'm surprised my machine made it through all the layers!
 I designed the apple appliqué and cut it out of velvet remnants I found at the fabric store.
All in all I'm pleased with it, I have gotten lots of compliments at school and all those pockets come in handy!

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Because the Wall-E costume ended up too heavy I had to think of a something quick for trick or treat-ing. My guy loves robots so I came up with this the day before and it was a huge hit. $4 dollars at the dollar store, $8 dollars at the hardware store and some raiding of the recycle bin and dads work bench and we have a robot costume. I scrounged the sand pail out of the sand box washed it and added sticky foam, pipe cleaners and puff paint. He was super popular all night everyone took pictures of him and gave him extra candy!

Thursday, October 30, 2008


The finished product.
Unfortunately this ended up being way too heavy for the little guy to wear.
He'll be able to wear it in a few years

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Work in Progress

Tony decided he wanted to be Wall-E for Halloween this year and I thought that there would most likely be an amazing assortment of Wall-E costumes but I was wrong.
After searching and searching this is all I could find in the way of costumes and it simply won't do.
This is what we have so far, I'm still working on the head.

Thursday, October 9, 2008


When my son was a baby I could never find onesies that I really loved.
I just wanted to find onesies in basic colors with a simple design and I never could.
My son has been out of onesies for quite a while now and I had stacks of gently used onesies
so I decided to repurpose them for the moms out there who might be looking for an alternative to what is in the store. I dyed them black, gray and navy blue. I found royalty free illustrations in vintage books and made freezer paper stencils for the designs on the front. I'm playing with some embroidery on the mushroom one right now but I like the clean simple look of them.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

eye try

I'm still playing around with freezer paper stencils.
I found this image in a book and enlarged it and made a stencil.
I didn't really know what to do with so I made a purse, it's a little wonky but it works.
The plaid is a vintage find.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Simplicity 4579

This pattern is very short and boxy if you don't make adjustments.
I have a long torso and alter all my patterns but this one was extremely short, it only came to belly button!
I also added some flared panels to the sides to give it some shape and accented those with vintage buttons.
I used this beautiful vintage floral that I had in my stash.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Simplicity 3835

I love the Built By Wendy Simplicity patterns!
I made this tunic top the other day to keep me cool while I'm running around outside with Tony.
 I used red and olive green linen and a thrifted 1970's embroidery pattern for the apple on the pocket

Monday, July 28, 2008

a thing of beauty is a joy forever

Myfriend had a baby shower this week and I wanted to make something special for her.
She has always loved Willy Wonka and so I picked up a new copy of the book for her to read to the baby
I love the illustrations by Quentin Blake and was inspired by them.
I embroidered Willy Wonka, the children, and an Oompa Loompa onto white cotton and made a simple 16 patch quilt with a buttery yellow and a fun purple swirl. The back is a soft green flannel and I quilted it myself by simply stiching around the squares with a zig zag stitch.
It was so much fun to make and so much fun to give!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Retro Rocket Rascals

I love this Michael Miller Retro Rocket Rascals and it goes so well with the retro space theme that I have chosen for Tony's bedroom.
I found the chair in a junk shop and fixed it up. I painted it bright red and gave the seat some padding and covered it in the rocket fabric.
I made the roll up window shade using the rocket fabric and backed it in red.
I've been working on the quilt on and off through the school year and finally finished it over spring break.
Lois my favorite quilter had a stars and moon pattern to quilt it with and I love the results!

Monday, May 26, 2008


We celebrated Tony's 4th birthday with a little Star Wars celebration.
I made his traditional birthday shirt and this year I made some matching pants.
My brother made him the R2D2 cutout.
I tried my hand at cake decorating too with a R2D2 head.
I made the invites using a stamp that I carved.
Tony recieved tons of new Star Wars gear which he is super excited about!

Sunday, May 25, 2008


Tony has caught the Star Wars bug after a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry's Star Wars exhibit.
He loves R2D2 and C3PO (3PO as he calls him) and so I wanted to make him a shirt with the 2 of them.
I used an image from an antique collector's book that my friend Megan gave me and copied it
onto iron on transfer sheets for dark fabric.
This shirt is in heavy rotation and he has been getting lots of compliments to which he replies, "My mommy made this!)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


I made this for my little man using fabric I had in my stash, some vintage and some new.