Friday, December 30, 2011

DIY Roman Shades

Today I was finally able to get around to hanging up my new Roman Shades that I made. 
I found a great tutorial on Pinterest! 

They are made from mini blinds and fabric. They were really easy to do and I love the look of them in my entry way! 

Have you found pinterest yet?? 
Pinterest is highly addictive, you will find yourself on there for hours at a time! 
Have fun! 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Burlap and Ruffles

Now that Christmas is behind us, I had to figure out what else to make for my shop. I have made some runners in the past, but wanted to add a bit to them. So I made some ruffles and fabric flowers! 
 I added some vintage buttons and gems for some fun detail.
 Some birds have eyes, and some just a wing. They are all made with a soft ivory fabric with a light grey script print.
 I have had a bin full of vintage lace I bought at a estate sale, I finally found a use for it.

 I made some place mats to match, it looks great all together on a table!!
Any other good burlap ideas out there?? Maybe I will go and get some pin-speration!!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I blame pinterest

I planned to do some holiday baking today. Nothing fancy, just a few different types of traditional holiday cookies, as I had several other things on my to do list for the weekend! That all changed when  I logged onto pinterest! So my morning of baking turned into running around trying to find the perfect cookies cutters and to get more baking supplies. Then I spent the next 8 hours in my kitchen. Also not planned, I was going to wrap, and sew and address cards today. None of that happened! So here is my first attempt at royal icing decorated cookie cut outs. 

Not too bad huh?? Now would I make them again?? NO they are so much work! and as I typed the word NO, I know deep down, I might make them again! 

I also made peanut butter blossoms, my hubby's favorite!

& 2 different types of fudge and snickerdoodles!

I have a love hate relationship with pinterest, have you discovered it yet??
If not you should!
Here is where I got my ispiration, great recipe and an even better tutorial!!! 

Next week I may try these for Christmas eve appetizers! 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wine Bottle Gift Bags

My SIL showed me some of these that she had spotted on a blog last week, they were made out of recycled sweaters and are adorable! I thought I would make some from burlap! 
Since I am in love with my new machine, I decided to embroider one, and added a red stripe ribbon. 
 This one is more masculine, perfect for the guy who has everything!
 And then for some fun, RUFFLES! This one is great for all occasions! Christmas, birthdays & weddings!
My SIL has made some from sweaters & has them on her ETSY site along with her amazing recycled wool sweater mittens! 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

New found fun!

This weekend I decided that with all the sewing I do, that I really needed a better machine. One with more options. So I bought a Husquavarna Viking Sapphire. It is a really nice machine. One thing that was a big selling point was the ability to embroider. Now it has to be done free hand, so it is going to take some practice. Tonight I embroidered a snowflake onto a tree skirt. 
 I simply drew the snowflake on the burlap with a fabric pen and followed the lines.

 I was really happy with how it turned out, tomorrow I am attempting my first name.... YIKES! I have a feeling that may take some more practice!!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mitten Applique Tree Skirt & A Pillow!

Still sewing away!! Yesterday I decided to make some applique tree skirts! This was my first one.
I found the mitten pattern for free on a website that had it in SVG format so I could use it with my sure cuts a lot and my cricut. I cut out 6 pair of mittens with heat n bond and then applied it to different pieces of recycled wool sweaters. 

I ironed each pair in place and then glued on the yarn that connects each pair. It was really fun to make, but a lot more work than the others I have been working on! 

This one has a double muslin ruffle and is 54" in diameter! 

Here is a mitten pillow cover I made the night before! It makes it easier to cut up cute sweaters when this is the outcome!! 

UPDATE May 2013:
If you are interested in this tree skirt it is available in my ETSY shop! I make them to order so the mittens will not be exact. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

More Sewing!

Here is a look at my most recent creations! I have been sewing like crazy lately, but I am having so much fun! 
 Mitten applique pillow...
 Knit Stocking Applique Pillow

Happy Holidays! 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pottery Barn Pillow Knock off!

A good friend of mine sent me the link to a really cute pillow at pottery barn last week. The only problem, the pillow was $49 and that was just for the cover! You still had to buy the actual pillow! So of course, I knocked it off! 
With some burlap, old wool sweaters and yarn, I was able to create this:

I cut the stocking from an old sweater, used heat n bond to attach and then sewed in place. I attached some yarn to the top with permanent fabric glue and sewed the pillow together!

 I like it so much I think I may some more but with different prints and colors!
So what do you think? I do have this one available in my ETSY shop, for much less than pottery Barn, and mine is complete! 
Here are a couple other pillows I made tonight. All 100% recycled products! 

 This was from a sweater that had really cute winter scenes all over it! I have cut them all out to use on various projects!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Chenille Snowman

I was finally able to make a snowman using an old chenille bedspread that I bought at an estate sale last summer. I didn't have a pattern, so I just cut one large circle and one smaller one. Sewed and stuffed and he was done! 
His nose is leftover from the fireworks on the 4th of July! 

I made a few more owls this year!  You can never have enough owls! 

 I am trying to keep up with my tree skirt sales! I was almost sold out, so I was busy all weekend making some more! Each one is different and all are made from recycled burlap, and different fabrics, many bought from estate sales, so each tree skirt is one of a kind!