Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tuesday Night Plushy

Here is my new bird I made tonight from my hubby's old sweater and my grandmother-in-law's vintage fabric.

I used fusible interfacing on both sides of the sweater material which made it easy to handle.

I am still not quite sure how to stitch the stuffing hole shut in a neat manner, but I unravled some of hubby's sweater and used it as thread to close the hole.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Inherited Antique Sewing Machine

My Mother-in-law delivered this beautiful antique sewing machine to my house today. It belonged to her mother-in-law's mother. It has the instruction book, needles, bobbins & everything that would go with it.

I think I will take it to a repair shop just to fix some cosmetic things. It is still working, the bobbin and needle are still threaded!

I also got tons of vintage sewing goodies to go with it. Fabrics, buttons, notions...

Christmas in August!!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Felt Cat Thing With Action Shots

The Thing

I made this quick felt "thing" stuffed with catnip and bells to watch my kittys fight over. It took me all of five minutes. It was so much fun to watch the kids go at it.

Cupcake Diaper Cover


I appliqued this lil cupcake on a osh kosh diaper cover for my beautiful cousin's unborn daughter! I bet she'll be as cute as a cupcake. Still Friday night & listening to huck. I had to chase the cats out due to the ironing.

Bird Plushy

I made this felt bird plushy tonight while listening to the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and trying to keep my cats off of my sewing tables.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

First Crazy Quilt

Here is my first mini crazy quilt I made a last year. I printed on regular ecru fabric I had in the scrap bin. I am not too proud of it, but I haven't made any new crafty things to post recently.
This is my first attempt at the stitches involved in making crazy quilts. This is definatly super busy. I learned a lot from working on this. This is why I keep my mistakes.

Saturday, August 11, 2007


Ok, I don't have any human children so I post my furry ones. Madison (top) & Yoshi (bottom). I don't know how yoshi fits in there, he is a big boy.

The Applique Experiment


I found this tacky $3.00 shirt at Wal-Mart and made it even tackier by adding my own applique designs & ric-rack.

I learned that if I'm going to applique on a shirt, it should be a plain shirt. I wore this shirt today and everyone kept commenting on the saying and not on the flowers & bird.

Let me add that I'm listening to Jane Austen's, "Sense and Sensibility" E-audio book from my public library.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Maddy has her day

Ok, my darling Maddy (Madison) kitty, here is your post.

Vintage Embroidery Floss

In the package of sewing goodies my darling mum-in-law sent me home with were an assortment of vintage sewing flosses. They are beautiful colors & very glossy.

I also wanted to show the neat wrapper.

Here are the pre-embroidery instructions:

Wash quickly in lukewarm water with ivory soap flakes, rubbing lightly between hands. Rinse in lukewarm water, squeeze water out. Allow to dry. Press under dam not wet cloth with moderately warm iron. Do not boil.

I want to use these, so I have to set aside time for this pre-embroidery ritual.

I believe the floss in the black wrappers must be boiled. I better find instructions online.

Fort Yoshi

Yoshi loves cardboard boxes. He always makes a little fort out of them.

I better post a picture of my other kitty before she gets jealous.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Felt Heart Pincussion

Here is my new monogramed felt heart pincussion. I think I need a pincussion for everywhere I sit. I seem to have piles of pins everywhere in my craft room.

Vintage Sewing Goodies

My mother-in-law sent me home from Sunday dinner with a big bag full of old sewing goodies that belonged to my husband's grandmother. I have tons of ric-rack, lace hem tape & bias tape that have never been opened! Great colors too.

I organized them into two vintage sewing baskets I found at a thrift store.

Thank you Mum!!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Vintage Ice Cream Scoop

Yippie Skippy! I found this red wooden handled ice cream scoop at a thrift store for .50 today!! Someday I would love to have a retro kitchen complete with re-furbished 50's appliances. All red & white of course..