Monthly Archives: June 2011

Sewing 101

I took the plunge – I took my first sewing class! Mama Snod makes such cute things and now that I don’t live near her, I decided it was time for me to jump on the bandwagon.

So I signed up for a pillow sewing class and created this little gem.

I LOVE the fabric – someday when I decorate a place of my own, I want neutral colors for couches and bedspreads so that I can do bold splashes of color. The pillow pattern is essentially two pillows and then those are sewn together, which gives it more of that finished look. It was a 3 hour class and so satisfying to walk out with a finished project.

Mama Snod came to visit this past weekend and we had an amazing weekend of crafting and researching new projects (more to come soon!). I’m so excited to look through tutorials and grow in my sewing skills, but classes are nice too because you learn the tricks from the teacher that you may not learn if just following a blog pattern or something in a book.

Crafting truly is therapeutic – I’m feeling very inspired after spending a few days with The Machine (love you, Mama Snod).


Square Foot Shout Out


This is a picture of our square foot garden.  It is the way to go.  Alley Cat posted hers a few weeks ago, I was waiting for some action before I posted ours.  The idea behind square foot is that anyone, anywhere can garden.  We live in a rental house with really nice grass. I didn’t want to do anything that could ruin the grass and result in us having to reseed.  So, here is our table garden!  (we clearly have a little weight issue in the middle, but I think we’ll survive!)  

We bought the lumber for the sides and then found some plywood on clearance for .50 for the base.  My trusty son helped me put it all together.  We had this old table that we put it on with a little space for water to drain from the holes he drilled in the base.  I love that I don’t have to bend over to Garden and that I don’t have little helpers picking off growing sprouts.  The goal is to divide your area into square feet (which we did with these old shoe strings!) with the understanding that plants only need that much space to grow.  If you haven’t heard of the whole deal, check it out at to learn all the ins and outs.  

Hiding behind the Mustard Greens is a container with some sprouting strawberry seeds, and we also have another container that has some more zucchini (bring on the bread!)

And the best part is…no weeds, tilling, hoeing, backbreaking, grueling work!

Petite Picnic

Who doesn’t love a picnic?  Hopefully, little M will be able to have plenty with this play picnic present!

I know felt fruit are all the rage, but I wanted to use fabric because I had it, and I loved the little patterns on them.  That being said, the internet world is definitely hush-hush on sharing patterns for fruit.  So, aside from the basket, I had to pull out my math side of life, and figure out how to make these work.  A few of these hadn’t undergone the final quality control at this point, like these carrots, but they are still cute!
I originally hoped to put two halves of a watermelon together to make a whole.  Didn’t work out so well for me.

And this pic is a little blurry, but it is supposed to be a cup of milk!  After deciding on this project I went to JoAnn’s and found this perfect tablecloth material in the remnant section.  For .50 it was the perfect addition.  I just finished off the edges with some bias tape.
I love this basket.  I found this pattern while I was making Gage’s Easter basket and have made it several times since.  It’s a great basket to make to put birthday gifts in.  I added the lid to the picnic basket on this one.

All packed up and ready to go!  (with some strings that I promise got cut off before the party!)

Sneak Peek…

I have several birthdays coming up that I am knocking out gifts for.  (while also preparing for a garage sale, a trip out of town, and summer visitors – needless to say the hubster is not loving my crafty side at this point)  But, nonetheless, here is a sneak peek at  this week’s project.

Scrap Happy

Not sure how I came across this  blog but loved this idea when I saw it. It’s been a project months in the making and I was finally able to frame it today.  Why months in the making for this simple project?  Pieces of it kept disappearing!

 Anyhow, I was super happy to use up a lot of scraps as I’ve been trying to organize my sewing space a little better.  Speaking of scraps, check out this blog to see how you can use your scraps of fabric to help tornado victims in Joplin. If you are so inclined you can also use your quilting skills (calling out a distinct few of my readers right now) to make some quilts for families that lost everything.  The organization will send you the fabric and all you have to do is make the quilt tops.  I will be hopping on board and hope some of you will too.