June 24, 2008

Big Ol’ Catch-up Post

Of the several languages I studied, Latin was not one of them. But when I think about all the things that keep me away from my sewing room, I call them craftus interruptum. Almost definitely not accurate Latin, but a very precise picture of what happens sometimes in my life.

Then there is blogus interruptum. Things that keep me from blogging. Usually the same things that keep me from sewing.

All that to say…this is gonna be one of those great big catch-up posts, so get comfy and grab whatever you drink and here we go!

Jo-Ann’s had a big sale this past weekend and the weekend before. I was able to use several of the 50% off coupons floating around plus grabbed some stuff that was on sale. Here is some of my haul:


Some fun quilting cottons across the top and more muslin and interfacing on the far right. Several cuts of snuggle flannel to make a gift for my neighbor’s new baby (since the crocheted blanket is going so very slowly). A pattern for maternity tops and thread, a tube turner and some fat quarters that caught my eye.

What’s not in this picture is the new 6×24 cutting ruler I had to buy three days ago when mine jumped off my cutting table, hit the leg of my rolling stool and broke into 3 pieces. Thankfully, I had one more 50% coupon.

Before all that shopping, I did finish some sewing. First up, the custom Mix It Up Apron using MM Ginger Blossom:

Very pretty, eh? I really love how these fabrics look together. I’m planning to make a couple more of these for my stores after my break (more on that in a bit).

Next up, I finished the skirt and dresses for my patient friend Bekah.

Strawberry circle skirt. Being the picky sewist that I am, I wanted the strawberries to be upright all around the skirt. Plus the fabric was not quite wide enough for a full circle skirt. So, I cut four panels instead and sewed them together, making a circle. I think it looks great and it has lots of twirl potential.

Two dresses from the same pattern. The left is AH Apples & Pears with MM Dumb Dots in pink for accents. The right is AH Kleo floral and bangle dots in sage. Very cute dresses, both fully lined and the hems are double sided…I don’t know the technical sewing term for it…but it gives the skirt a little extra weight and a nice clean look…no worry about the hem flipping up.

So, for this week, I’m working on the custom Aviary bag (we hammered out the details last week) and hopefully an apron or two for tomorrow night’s stocking at Beautiful Enchantments. We’ve had our store redesigned with lovely new colors and moved our stocking time to 9:30 pm EST on Wednesdays.
Please come check us out!

This will be my last stocking for a month. I’m taking the month of July off from business and custom sewing, to focus on family sewing and to spend time with my blessings, work in my garden and enjoy our summer weather. I’ll be stocking again in early August. But I will be posting here during the month! Showing off the lovely creations my children have been begging for. Maybe even a pic or two of the bounty of our garden. 🙂 And if the littlest one is cooperative, we’ll soon be able to share if our newest blessing will be a boy or a girl. 🙂 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the big ol’ catch-up post!



  1. The AH Kleo fabric is gorgeous. What pattern did you use for the dresses? They are uber cute!

    Comment by Valerie — June 24, 2008 @ 11:12 am

  2. Love, love, love the apron!
    The skirt and dresses are adorable…aprons are my thing.

    You did great at JoAnn’s. You go girl!

    Comment by Judy — June 24, 2008 @ 11:47 am

  3. I adore that apron!! Those colors are so beautiful together. Way to go!

    Comment by summersadie — June 28, 2008 @ 9:23 pm

  4. Great haul! Jo-Ann is hit or miss for me, but when it’s a hit it makes my day.

    That apron name sounds familiar! ;D I suggested it over on SewingMamas under the username sarahksews. Maybe someone else suggested it, too, but I am just beaming right now that you went with the suggestion. The name is perfect for that style apron! Are you planning to make a pattern for it? I really love the design and you have an impeccable taste in fabric mixing and matching.

    Comment by sarahsews — July 18, 2008 @ 7:07 pm

  5. Yes, Sarah, it was you!! It *is* the perfect name and I would never have come up with it myself. I’m still thinking about a pattern…I’ve got a lot on my plate right now…maybe this fall, but then again, maybe not, lol!

    Thanks again for the name suggestion!


    Comment by BlueflowerTreasures — July 18, 2008 @ 9:44 pm

  6. those last two dresses are ADORABLE!

    Comment by Melissa — August 22, 2008 @ 6:00 pm

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