Archive for September, 2009

The 3 R’s

Posted in Life, sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2009 by sweetnightmare

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So perfect that this month is sewing month. Just a few days ago I was trying my hardest to follow a pattern for a toddler jumper (even though Reli is no where near being that size yet). After hours of frustration I gave up on it. I went into my room, got an old youth-large band t-shirt and scissors. I took out my frustration on a The Mars Volta t (awesome band BTW, shirt is a bit small on me and that’s why that one got chopped), completely mutilated it lol! But oh- what an awesome out come! I made my daughter an awesome little jumper to play in. It wasn’t hard or frustrating at all, it was actually very exciting! I couldn’t wait to finish and see how it turned out. It is a little big on her but big is good! She’ll grow into it. She’s growing out of everything so fast!

I think that I might post a tut on how to make one. I have plans to butcher another t-shirt! I want to add some ribbon around the waist and maybe some tulle. Can’t wait to experiment again 🙂

DIY or DIE!

Soy Escuchando: The Mars Volta / De-Loused in the Comatorium / Drunkship of Lanterns

Went scissor happy on one of my t-shirts. Love it!

Went scissor happy on one of my t-shirts. Love it!

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Always Learning

Posted in Embroidery, Free Patterns (from other sites), Life, sewing, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2009 by sweetnightmare

So I start the Fall semester in a few weeks and already school is getting into my craft time. I have been preparing for.. getting my textbooks, taking orientation, getting supplies, ugh. I can’t wait to start though!

The last thing that I knitted was a bolero made from Lily’s Sugar and Cream cotton and Lion Brand cotton in Black. I had made it for myself . It was the same pattern that I used to make my daughters bolero (blog entry). When I sewed it up it was big on me and turned didn’t look that great on me. It made my boobs look even bigger than they already are! LOL so I’ll be searching for another pattern to make, I want to have one (that fits) in time for my wedding anniversary next month. I ended up having to gift the bolero, I decided to give it to my grandmother in Puerto Rico. My mom, as I write, is currently visiting her. I wish I could have gone so Abulea could have met my daughter. I forgot to take a picture of the finished project. I asked my mom to take a picture of my Abulea wearing it so I hope she remembers.

Since I last wrote I have picked up a new (well not really new) craft. I am sewing! I haven’t sewn in years! Back  in Middle School I used to make little pillows and I used to paint Lion King characters on them and sell it at school. It was my first business and with my earnings I purchased my first pair of roller blades! Speaking of selling things, I am planning to open an Etsy shop soon 🙂 I have a bunch of stuff I that I’ve made and plan to sell. Can’t wait, I’m not ready yet. I am planning to attend an Etsy workshop that the Lion Brand Studio will be hosting next month. I hope to get some good tips!

I have been also doing a little bit of embroidery. Here is a pin cushion that I made. I got the pattern and idea from Urbanthreads.com It came out pretty good!

Made of felt. Design from UrbanThreads.

Made of felt. Design from UrbanThreads.

I have made a few sewn projects from the book called Bending the Rules of Sewing. I LOVE this book! The patterns are simple but so so cute. The only thing I don’t like is that there is so much errata in it. Luckily I came across the Flickr group and found all the corrections there (though it was too late for two projects). So far my favorite pattern is the Charming Hand Bag. It was the first pattern I made and it turned out decent but there are plenty of hidden mistakes. I also made the No Cash wallet. The concept for that one is so cute.

I also made a little box bag, my new knitting project tote. Isn’t it cute? (see below in the gallery feature I am trying out) That’s another well hidden disaster lol but hey it works and it’s adorable. This is from a free pattern called Perfect Box Pouch. Lucky me! I was able to find the same fabric that she used. I fell in love with it when I saw it, too cute! Even cuter in pink!

I have been going fabric crazy! It’s my new obsession, as if I needed another one. So in addition to the huge yarn stash, I am working on the fabric stash lol

Well I am still crocheting and knitting my little hats for charity. Donation day (on Alana’s Birthday/Angel day) is coming soon. Can’t believe it will be two year since I lost Alana.

Soy Escuchando: MewithoutYou – Brother, Sister  – Wolf Am I! (And Shadow)