Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I have made plenty bags but this bag was a challenge! Everything that could go wrong, did! I have NEVER unpicked so much in one bag. I was however determined to make the bag and make it well. So here it is! I love it. I used Amy Butler home dec fabric from her new range in a bright orange. The inside is a light blue soft denim. I plan to make another one of these in a soft denim matching a skirt I have cut out soon....
Here is the matching fabric and handles for the Fat Quarter bag.
The skirt is a basic A-line pattern with some darts in the waist as I totally misjudged my waist! Need some brushing up on my measuring skills.
As pleased as I am with my skirt, the bag is really nice! I used firmer interfacing for the lining and it really gives the bag a nice structure. I added lots of pockets inside for all my daily goodies I carry everywhere.
This magazine I purchased at Hobby Lobby has been a great inspiration and I could not wait to get started.
This is such a simple, yet effective, idea. You just cover pieces of polystyrene with your favorite fabric and fix it to the wall. I just used prestic. A few orange pots and one of my two new cane chairs in view. I bought these chairs at a thrift store for $10 each! I am planning to make colourful cushions for the chairs and create a reading corner in the house.
I also made a table runner for my square dining table, using the small stash of orange pom-poms I had and some colourful fabric from Hobby Lobby. You can see a little bit of the large wall unit in the back. I re-arranged the wall unit and put lots of photo frames out as well as a few nice ornaments and on the floor, a new colourful rug. Almost done!
Just a glimpse of some things I did in the kitchen so far. I decided on a turqoise blue colour for the kitchen and found some awesome stuff in my cupboard to use for this corner. (Excuse the dirty dishes just visible below!).
More decorating to come.
Friday, April 24, 2009
First on my LIST was this book. I was delighted to finally find it at Barnes & Noble. LOVE this book and have already cut out 3 skirts based on patterns in this book. I will do a full review in the next month. If you are into making clothes, this book is a MUST have!
Ah, lots of fabulous fabric! There are several more photos, but I won't bore you and post them all. You will see them in my projects coming up!
Plenty of sewing and home dec magazines and idea books as well. Love the variety you can get in the US. The one above is from Better Home and Garden and has fabulous ideas in.
I also bought some pom poms in various colours, lovely fabric for skirts I want to make, some ribbon and other trims, bag handles, etc. I also had a chance to visit a Dollar Tree shop. Wow! That's all I can say. More about my purchases will surface in projects I am busy with over the next few weeks. All I can say is that I envy crafters living in the US as they have such a variety of shops to choose from. All in all, a great trip and a lot of shopping achieved in a short time as this was a business trip.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Two more blankets to sew!