Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Schools Open Please Drive Safely

Picture from Moda Bake Shop
College students will soon be on their way back to school. Here are a few projects to make to dress up their dorm room and keep them organized.

Quilted Binder Cover (pictured above)

Friday, August 7, 2009

No New Posts Make A Boring Blog

Wow, it's been a while! How are you my friend? I have been sewing a bunch lately but my son is away at his father's and has the camera. Not only does no new posts make a boring blog but posts with no photos are just as bad! He'll be home next week! Alot of what I've been sewing are gifts that need to be sent off in the mail so until my gift recipients send photos I won't be able to show you what I've been up to. Be patient, I'll be back soon.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Busy, busy, busy.........

The last month and a half has been so busy I've not had time to blog or sew. My family has celebrated 7 birthdays (mine included), my anniversary, Mother's Day and Father's Day. Let's throw in at least 5 ball games a week and I'm officially pooped out and my wallet is empty! Things are starting to settle down around here so I'll be posting more. Until then, have a great day!

Monday, June 1, 2009

And The Winner Is............

Thank you all so very much for the tremendous response to my fabric giveaway! I was completely dumb-founded that I had so many visitors and I hope you will all visit frequently! I went to Mr. Random to help me choose a winner and the lucky number was comment 298. Congratulations Tia, I have sent you an email!
knitaddict said...
I'm thinking Layered ruffle skitrs for my girls!! One in pink the other in blue!I've also got some coral leather waiting to be a handbag but couldn't find the right lining fabric, you may have solved my problem!!Here's hoping!!!Tia xxx

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Fabric Giveaway!

In honor of Sew Mama Sew's giveaway day I have 4 yards of fabric to giveaway! The fabric is from the Urban Farm collection by Ken Beyer of In The Beginning Fabrics. You will received one yard each of (from top to bottom) Urban Farm Floral Collage in pink and black, Barn Collage in pink and black, Dot Grid in blue and black, and Barn Collage in blue and black.
To have a chance to win this 100% cotton fabric just leave me a message telling me how you might use it. Contest is open to international readers. Ends May 31st. I will randomly choose a winner on June 1st. Good luck!


Monday, May 25, 2009

In Rememberance Of......

Today I will honor those in my life who have passed away. I miss you Mom (pictured above), Grandma, Aunt Patti, and Pa-Paw.

Today I will honor those in our armed forces who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Today I will honor the families of our soldiers who also sacrifice so much for our country.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I WON!!!

I love, love, love reading blogs (especially crafty ones) and I love when there is a giveaway. I enter all the time along with 4,000,000 others. Well, today I got an email that I actually won something! I'm so stinking excited!! I entered in a giveaway over at The Fabric Shopper and won this! To make it even sweeter Saturday is my birthday so it's an early birthday present from a complete stranger! WOOOHOOO!

Stay tuned for my own giveaway towards the end of the month (May 27th to be exact).

Friday, May 15, 2009

Craft With Me ~ Pieced Fabric Belt

Here's a fast, fun project to make this weekend. A pieced fabric belt! To get started measure your waist and add about 10 inches to that measurement. Now divide that number by as many fabric pieces you want to use for one side of the belt (I used 4). Record your number somewhere so you can make this project again and again.

2 inch assorted fabric strips (I used 8. 4 for the front and 4 for the back)
Two 1.5 inch D-rings
Heavyweight fusible interfacing
Basic sewing and cutting tools
Cut each fabric piece by your divided number (mine are 2"x12") and cut a piece of interfacing 1.75 inches wide and slightly shorter than your entire waist measurement.
With right sides together and using a 1/4" seam allowance piece together your strips sewing the short edges together to get one long piece, forming the front of your belt. Press seams open. Repeat for the back piece.
Following the manufacturer's instructions fuse your interfacing to the WRONG side of the front belt piece.
Now place the front and back pieces WRONG sides together and sew around the entire belt using a 1/4" seam allowance. Leave a 2"-3" opening for turning. Try to make sure your opening isn't on a seam from pieceing.

Trim all four corners and turn belt right side out. Press. Slip stitch your opening closed.

Top stitch around three edges of the belt, leaving one short end unstitched.

Insert your D-rings on the unstitched side. Fold over about 2" of fabric. Sew as close to the D-rings as possible and as close to the edge of the fold as possible. I like to backstitch the entire width of the belt at this part for added strength.

That's it! Put your new belt on your favorite pants and strut your one of a kind creation!

Please let me know if you make this project. This is my first tutorial so please let me know if the instructions are clear or if you have any questions. Thanks for crafting with me!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Give-away Day is Coming!

If you haven't heard already, Sew Mama Sew is organizing a giveaway day! I guess they did this last year and had some wrinkles to iron out and it seems they have that all worked out. I will be participating in this (though I don't know with what yet) so be sure to come back on May 27th for your chance to win something! For details go here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My Someday List

Photo from Christina

Here are a few things on my "I want to make this" list. Maybe something here will get your creative juices flowing too.

A purse made from men's ties (I want to do a skirt too)
Granny Squares (I've never knit or crochet anything)
Fabric Basket
Doggy Treats
Paper Bowls
A Recipe Holder that can be used for so much more.
Dryer Sheet Applique (pictured above)

Monday, April 27, 2009

It's been too long

It's been forever since I've posted. I have no excuse really. I've not been too crafty either. I finished a baby quilt and gave it to it's recipient late! I've started another quilt, this one for my daughter. I've also done some smaller projects that aren't worth writing about. I've really been wanting to make myself a purse but I keep hitting bumps along that road. I have vowed to have it done by the end of the week come hell or high water! I'm using the Taxi Tote pattern from Anna Maria Horner's book Seams to Me. I can't wait to get it done! What have you been doing?

Thursday, February 5, 2009


My friend Rhonda is doing a give-away over on her blog. All you gals (and guys) out there that like to craft with fabric head on over and get yourself an entry.......tell her Renee sent you! Hhhmmm, maybe I should do a give-away sometime too!

Saturday, January 31, 2009


Today I had a great day with complete strangers! I belong to a Yahoo group for people in Indiana that quilt. One of the girls here in the northern part of the state organized a "sew day" (the southern girls do this often) for us. While we had a small turn-out it was a complete blast! It was great to put faces to names, to make new friends, and to share in something we all love to do. If you belong to any online groups, let me encourage you to organize your own gathering. We each brought a project to work on and a snack to share. We met at a quilt shop and sewed the day away. We gave eachother advise, encouragement, and oohs and ahhs. If you have done this before please share with me your experience with it. I know I had a blast and look forward to doing it again.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Crafty Organization

In my quest to get organized I’ve come across some great tutorials for making storage fun and pretty. Enjoy!

Pennie Pockets (pictured above)
Hanging Bed Organizer
Basket Liner
Charging Basket
Storage Cube
The Undercover Crate
Recipe Card Holder

Also, if you get yourself a copy of Anna Maria Horner’s book “Seams To Me” there are wonderful patterns in there for storage solutions. Happy organizing!

Many thanks to Monica at Happy Zombie for allowing me to use her photo of her Pennie Pockets, I can't wait to make me some!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Everything in its place and a place for everything.

I live in an old house with very few closets or storage spaces. Minimal storage space is a problem for many people but for a crafter it can be a hinderance. For the new year I've decided to get creative with storage issues. I hope you'll comment about your ideas for using the expected for unexpected things. My first idea is for over-the-door shoe holders. I will be taking one (at least) of these and I'll use for my smaller objects, like ribbon, ric-rac, glues, marking tools, scissors, etc. I will choose one with clear pockets so everything can easily be seen. This would also work great for the scrapbookers and stampers with all their little gadgets. Share some of your organizational tips too.

Photo from Check out their website for great organizational products and think outside the box for ways to use them.