Friday, September 27, 2013

Craft Book Month

September is Craft Book Month and Craft Buds is celebrating with a whole month of book reviews, giveaways and a linkup!!  I love books in general, I love to hold them, pet them, smell them, and of course read them for relaxation, instruction and knowledge.  Craft books are one of my faves, I think you can guess why !!!  Now-a- days not only are there instructions for learning and creating a much loved item, but the photography alone is inspiring.  This summer I acquired splurged this beautiful book by Helen Philipps .  

As you can see I have a few pages marked in this book.  This past summer I did quite a bit of hand sewing and the projects in this book are perfect for that.  I was able to complete a few projects and I was pleased with the finish product.  

But my favorite item in the book is this little mouse stuffie...

I named my mouse "Little Miss Stitchy"...I created her to keep me company in my sewing space...Isn't she the cutest?  I made her out of a linen jacket from a thrift find.  Her clothes are quilting cottons, and I just knitted a triangle for her shawl for the cooler months coming up.

 Miss Stitchy Mouse and the Hexagon Doll Quilt are both patterns from the book. I had so much fun creating these sweet little projects......just a few more photos just because I think she is just too cute!!

A better view of the little hexie quilt...

I'm not disappointed that I splurged on this book.  I have completed several other projects and am looking forward to finishing a few more,,,,ssshhhh possible Christmas gifts!!!

Craft Book Month

I'm linking up to the Craft Buds Craft Book Linkup  Be sure to head over and see what other books and project there are to inspire you.

Until next time

Happy Stitching

(and I'm definitely hoping not to take so long to post next time)

xx's Kim 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sweet Pouch Swap 2

I'm very excited to show you the pouch I made for the Sweet Pouch Swap - Round 2, which was hosted by Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts.  My very first swap was the Sweet Pouch Swap last January with Ros of Sew Delicious, so I just had to join in on this one.

My partner was Angie of Dear Spring Green, and she said she like rainbows, greens and linens/natural fabrics.  Since I have made several zipper pouches  I really wanted to try something different.  I came across this little bucket bag and just had to make it.  

I used green linen for the main body part, and cottons for contrast and lining....

I'm on a Hexie kick at the moment so I added a few out of  cottons.........

......and lavender piping to finish it off.  I just think the shape and size of this is just so stinkin cute... I'm hoping Angie thinks so too !!!

I added some "sweet" vintage fq's in greens, vintage buttons in green and to fulfill the rainbow "like" I crocheted a little zippy pouch.  

I didn't forget the chocolates, just forgot to take pictures....maybe Angie will post pictures of them.  I do hope she enjoys her pouch and now I'm excitedly awaiting for my pouch to arrive in my mail box.....You can see other pouches that were made and swapped at the link-up here ..   A big thank you to Alyce for hosting this fun swap,  looking forward to the next one !

Until next time....
Happy sewing, and stitching...

xx Kim

Monday, August 5, 2013

Summer Stitching - A Season by Hand

Summer for me is a time for Stitching by Hand.  With the busyness of gardening , traveling, and just spending time outside I like to have things I can sew-on-the-go!  So following along with Clover and Violet's A Season by Hand was inspiring, and encouraging.  

I have been stitching two different BOM quilt a longs, but they won't be complete till later in the year.  Then there is my hexie addiction which I add to on a daily basis,{I will explain this in another post!!} What could I make for the Season by Hand link up  ?????

Somewhere in my sewing journey I fell in love creating little stuffies.  So I made a "Little Miss Stitchy" to keep me company in my sewing space and hopefully put a smile on anyone who meets her.....

She is sewn completely by hand from linen- (a re-purposed  jacket from thrifting) embroidered face with a yo-yo and lace flower for her "ear" adornment....

....her clothes are hand stitched, and I hand knit a shawl for cooler days to come....

Sitting on a Hexie Doll quilt among some sewing pretties....

She is already feeling at home... <3!!!

Hope you have a wonderful week!!

xx Kim

I'm linking up with

Be sure to hop over and see all the other lovely items 
Stitched by Hand this summer.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Shabby Stitchery Bliss - Jenny of Elephantz

This post is about a blog I started following about nine months ago and totally fell in love with.  It's Shabby and Stitchery used together to create one of a kind "BLISS" as far as I'm concerned!!  Jennifer Reynolds of  Jenny of Elefantz designs and sells embroidery patterns.  She also has a monthly e-zine she publishes full of patterns,tutorials, and a lot of inspiration !!! There are BOM quilt patterns, her Craftsy Shop....well you will just have to pay Miss Jenny a visit to see everything and experience her creativity!!

She has just released a new BOM        
So click on over and see this new pattern!!

I will share a few of the items I've been working on ....First is the Shabby Roses "Beauty", a BOM from the e-zine.

Miss Jenny is doing her's in Red and White, but I'm a Blue and White kinda girl.  
(Hope she doesn't mind)

This is block #3 I just finished...I've never used this applique method with 
stitchery before,,,,I'm Loving it!!!

And this is one of her free patterns....
"Lord Bless You"  which is in her Craftsy Shop also.

In her e-zine she is sharing some cute little patterns for practicing the stitches used in her patterns...These are fun and quick and I'm hoping to be making a needle-book and pincushion from them....

And my all time favorite quilt pattern is her 

I've only got the verse block started, I don't want to rush this one,,I love it soooo much!!

Please forgive me,,,it's wrinkled, but it's just too hot to turn the iron on!!!

Miss Jenny is at this moment having a very generous give-away...So you really should pay her a visit, take a peek at all her wonderful designs and inspiration ... you can tell her I sent you.!  Her button is on my sidebar or you can click here .   Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!!

Until next time

Have fun sewing, and stitching

xx Kim

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Kids Clothes Week-Summer 2013

I spent so much time on the Heirloom Roller Skate Dress that it's already day four of Kids Clothes Week-summer edition.  It's been soooo hot here that it's hard to sit at the machine for any length of time without melting!!!  I will at least have these two items, which is better than the spring edition.  Even with all good intentions I wasn't able to finish anything that week.

You may recall awhile back, Pattern Revolution had a huge give-away.  By the time I entered, I was #10,000 and something, but I entered anyway, can't hurt right???  Well believe it or not I won a prize package of my choice of one pattern from ten, yes, TEN different pattern designers.  I thought I would sew up a top from one of  the patterns I had won.    Yippeee, I felt very,VERY lucky !!!!

Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop was one of the shops I won a pattern from.  We (my daughter and I), chose the Sweetheart Halter Top.  Everything about the top appealed to her.  She loves halters, the sweetheart neckline, and the fullness of the top,

As it turned out this is a win,win pattern....She loves the look and feel.  I LOVE IT because it is a quick, easy pattern to cut, sew and finish!!!  I had a little piece of the blue with white dots border fabric that worked perfectly for this top so I got to use some stash up too.

The pattern is only four pieces and goes together so quickly.  It has a small amount of gathering on the front, a bias binding for the back( where the elastic goes,) and ties.  And because you can mix and match different fabrics you can use up those pretty little pieces that you can't bare to part with.

I used the poofy flower border print for the front, just the plain dots for the back, a piece of embroidered white eyelet for the bodice and pink/white gingham for the bias trim/tie. Amy's tutorial/directions are good with lots of pictures,and she is available to answer questions. If you are a just getting started at sewing, go ahead and give it a try, I think you will love it.  This pattern comes in sizes 6 mons. to 12 yrs.  And if you are an experienced sewist this is a quick to finish, fun to sew, get it done and out the door pattern.    So I would like to say a big THANK YOU  to AMY for my free pattern.  You can meet her on her blog Nap Time Crafters, and see all her other cute patterns at at her shop..    One more photo please...I'm just thrilled she likes it (she said she wants more)!

Hoping you are enjoying your summer.....     

Until next time

Have fun Sewing..

xx Kim

p.s. go check what everyone else is sewing this on the KCW button on the right....

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress "Flipped"

The pattern for the July Flip this pattern hosted by Frances Suzanne is the Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress/Tunic.  It's a good basic style with as many options as there are sewists.  I could see what I wanted to do to flip this pattern right away............but I also wanted my almost 13 yr old to wear it,,,eeeeeek!!!  So I only gave her my general idea of what it would end up as and made sure she liked the fabric choice.

Now, I am a lover of heirloom sewing and create along that line whenever I get the chance.  With that being said, I would have loved to make this in white batiste, with endless pintucks and flowing lace, but like I said, I want Sam to actually wear it, so this is our flipped Roller Skate Dress.!!!

She chose the fabric, we both love high-low hemlines, and I was able to add a bit of pintucks, piping and lace without any complaints...I  wanted pintucks on the bodice, no back seam and the skirt fuller at the hemline. I placed the "cut on fold" line 1" from the fold to allow for the pintucks, and then  I split the pattern from the hem up to the casing line in two different places and added 6 inches to the back and 4 inches to the front.

I attached the lace to the lining and left it free from the dress.

I used the palest pink for the piping, and just a bit of picot satin ribbon for trim between the pintucks on the bodice front.  Because I omitted the seam in the back of the dress I had to hand sew the lining down at the armholes. I used a thread loop for my button closure at the back instead of the loop closure.

Over all I was pleased with working with this pattern as a basis for what I had imagined,( something between a regency era gown and an anthropology fashionista-lol)  and we were both happy with the finished dress.!!  

I'm hoping to make a few more fashions from this pattern, for sure a few of the shorter tunic length tops will be great for school.  Head on over to the Frances Suzanne Flip this Pattern Link Up and see how some other talented Mom's flipped this pattern!!!  While you'r there, take a peek at what these two sisters have sewn up, on their blog.  Some very cute and inspiring ideas,  Thank you for hosting this fun series.
Have you flipped yet ?!!!!

Until next time...
Have fun sewing, creating and "flipping"

xx Kim

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

BUSY, Busy, busy.....

Hello my dear friends...sorry, it's been awhile since my last post.  I have been busy with some sewing and stitching which I will get you caught up on with this post.

First off I have to send a big THANK YOU to a fellow blogger, Samantha of  At Home with Mrs.H. ( I started following her blog during the Sweet Pouch Swap hosted by Sew Delicious).  A little while back Samantha tested a Greenbacks Wallet for Sew Sweetness and then decided to give it away !!  Well shut the door and slap your yourself silly  I was the very lucky WINNER of that gorgeous arrived here a few days ago and I am thrilled to be it's new owner....Just look at the beautiful fabric and the colors are totally ME!!!  and it's  MINE, Mine, mine...I say it three times so my daughter doesn't snatch it up.   


The wonderful Samantha is ALSO a designer of bags/purses and sells her designer bags in her ETSY shop.  She also sells the pdf bag patterns and bag making supplies there if you would rather make one yourself.  So Please click on over and say hi to Samantha .!

Now just a few, okay...a lot of pixs of some of my WIPS.....

 I have been having fun making these little felt dolls/animals with patterns from Gingermelon.  She has some of the cutest patterns out there. I do hope to put these in my Etsy shop soon, or you can always contact me if you want a special one made up just for you.  The little bunny on the right is just a little pattern I'm working on...
These are all hand stitched .

I'm hand stitching quite a few things...I joined the Summer Stitching Club, hosted by Mollie at Wild Olive blog because of my hexie addiction:  And the mother-daughter team at Clover and Violet are hosting A Season by Hand summer sewing series which has some great inspiration...

The solid pink hexie's will have embroidery on will have to check back to see how these turn out !!!

This is a pattern from Jenny of ElefantzHOME-Magazine.  I love her designs.  This one is a BOM called "Beauty"...she does hers in red, but I'm a blue person so hoping mine turns out just a pretty as hers....

This is a pattern/sew-a-long from the GirlsOwnStitchingClub hosted by Red Brolly......  And last but not least is something I have finished ......

I made this for my Mother... a late, very belated Mother's Day gift....I think I'm so far behind I should probably just start over !!!!  She is starting a round of Radiation therapy for a spot on her lung,,,,I'm putting her in God's hands and I'm sure the angels will keep her spirits up. (It will be in the mail soon Mom)

Soooo sorry for the long post..promise I will try to keep up.  Hope your Summer is going well....until next time....

Happy stitching, and Happy Summer

xx Kim

Friday, June 7, 2013

Skirt Week 2013

Skirt week 2013

The sun finally came out and we took some hurried pictures of the skirts I made for skirt week hosted by Crafterhours...

But first of all I would like to explain that I'm an......oddball,,,,when it come to what I wear.  I don't like what's in style, or what everyone else is wearing.  That is part of the reason why I started sewing to begin with,,,I was an old soul even in my youth.  I always leaned toward midi's and maxi's when it came to skirts.  I loved the idea of the swish sound a full skirt makes and lifting the front to climb just seems feminine to me....or if it isn't on the longish side it might as well be "quirky"!!  So here is what made for skirt week......
First off I took this cotton and crocheted lace table oval tablecloth I found at a thrift store...

And made a midi, hi-low skirt...It was a bit breezy, but the sun was shining, finally, so we just snapped a few off.  So that is my feminine Victorian full style.

My quirky turned out like this.....


I used a pattern from the book Sew Serendipity by Kay Whitt....I love her designs!!  She has a couple of new dress patterns out that I can't wait to try, but I already have this book and it is Skirt week.   As you can see it's a mix-it-up have fun with it type of skirt and that's the way I like it.
It has a faced waist, (no waistband) which is my preference also.    Then my daughter loves to model so she went a grabbed the skirt I made for her, a simple elastic waist dirndl with a twist...we used a quilted fabric with appliqued butterflies on it.

So there are my skirts for Skirt Week 2013...Can't believe I got it done, (between deciding to do it, rain, and sun at the last minute) but it's all fun stuff.  There is a lot of inspiration so head on over to see what everyone else has sewn up!!

Until next time....
Happy Sewing

xx Kim