Sunday, November 28, 2010


Everybody needs a little, right? Tonight, I decided that applied to dogs as well. Mercedes needed a new collar, and with black fur, her new black collar wasn't leaving much of an impression. I searched through my button box, and came up with a package of sew-on pink 'crystals'. It seemed like a match made in heaven.
(isn't my new tea towel cute? My son's girlfriend Rachel gave it to me)

Since I am the Queen of easy crafts, I decided this was the project for me! Wait, did I say it was easy? No. Definitely not. It was very difficult, very tiring work. Here, I'll show you...

First, you try the collar on your long suffering, completely disgusted (but oh so co-operative) dog.

Now doesn't she look happy? When you have the correct fit, take the collar off, and put a pin close to the slide. You don't want the collar to get bigger or smaller while you are sewing. I spaced the crystals out as evenly as I could, but naturally I ended up being at least one short. Figures. Oh well, I think it turned out fairly well and I'm happy.

Mercedes LOVES it. She practically BEGGED me to take her picture in her new finery. Really! I only had to bribe her with one treat, to make her sit still. (she was too busy showing off to Abby, to hold still for a photo session)

I'm pretty pleased with her fancy collar. I looked at similar ones in the pet store for up too $20.00! I love my dogs dearly, but I can't see spending that much on a collar. One down, one to go. Abby, that means you're next!

She's beside herself with joy. Really. She's thrilled. Can't you tell?

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Monday, November 22, 2010

What I Did On The Weekend

I've been dying to make up these two patterns for myself for weeks. But, for one reason or another, it didn't happen. This weekend, I decided that nothing else would get done until I made them! There is just something so satisfying in making your own clothing. I love starting with a piece of fabric, and turning out an item of clothing. (it sounds silly, but it almost has a magical quality to it.) What makes it even better, is that no one else will have the same clothing that you do! I made both of these tops in one afternoon/evening. Both patterns are very quick and easy to sew. Perfect for when you feel the need for something new to wear, but don't want to spend long hours at the sewing machine.

The first one I made is from Jalie #2921, scarf collar top.

I bought the cotton knit jersey fabric for two dollars at Goodwill last week. It is wonderfully soft and comfortable.

Please forgive the crappy pictures. It was so overcast today, and even the house lights didn't seem to improve things. I carried Annie all over the place, looking for better light.

You can see my black gloves peeking out at the neckline, lol. I needed more stuffing, because the center of the collar kept sinking in.

The second top I made is from Kwik Sew #3756. I love the neckline on this top.

I've had the fabric I used for this top for quite awhile. I'm finally breaking into my stash, and making a very small dent in it. Only about one hundred pieces to go, lol! But, I'm sure I can find something to sew!

Annie seems to have a bit of a lurch to her stance. I think she may have gone out for a drink or two after I put her away for the night!

The colour hasn't shown up very well in the picture. It is actually a nice mauve-y taupe.

I love the pussy willow print. I will definitely be making both of these tops again, probably more than once!

I can't resist leaving you with a glimpse of what greeted me when I went to bed last night.

Abby had crawled into our bed and made herself comfortable. Heaven only knows how she manages to get herself under the covers. The orange porcupine, (we call it 'baby') goes everywhere with her. She treats it like her baby, grooming it and protecting it from everyone. We have other toys for both dogs, some of them stuffed animals. I have no idea why she decided to be mother to a porcupine!

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

It's a Start....

With Christmas looming on the horizon, I realized that I had better get myself motivated and start some Christmas sewing! So this morning I rummaged through my stash (and believe me, it took ALL morning!) and found some cute floral cottons to make aprons and matching chef's hats for my two youngest nieces. I know they love to help Mommy and Daddy in the kitchen, so I think these will make the perfect gifts for them. I didn't have a pattern, just made things up as I went along. I think they turned out fairly well.

Both aprons are reversible, making them two aprons in one!

Looks like a cupcake, doesn't it?

The hats make me laugh. They are so cute! I hope the girls like them!

So. Two gifts down, only about a dozen to go! What shall I make next?....

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Girl's 'Cascading Petals' Tee

Remember the little girl's purple paper bag skirt I made a few weeks ago? Just in case you don't, here it is.

Well, I finally broke down and made a cute raglan sleeve tee to go with it. I have had the pattern for more years than I can remember, and I can't even start to count the number of times I've made it. I know that I made it dozen's of times, in all different sizes when my kids were small. It was my go to pattern for just about everything. I used it to make pajama tops, jackets, blouses for my daughter, and shirts for my boys. By changing the fabric and adding a buttoned front, it created a whole new look. Although the pattern is intended for knits, I used wovens too, and just cut the pieces slightly larger. Seriously. If you ever have a chance to get this pattern, do it! You will never regret it. Unfortunately it isn't in print anymore, so it may be difficult to find.

Here is my latest version.

To make the 'petals', I cut circles of the tee shirt fabric, folded them in half, and then in half again and sewed them on. I love the sparkly butterfly buttons. I think they add just a touch of whimsy to the outfit. What do you think?

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cassandra's New Baby

Yes, it's true. My stepdaughter Cassandra has a new baby. He's adorable. I could sit and cuddle him all day. We all love him to death. And his name is Wheezy.

Don't you just love that little face? Wheezy is a miniature dachshund, so he will always be small and adorable. He'll probably grow to about eleven pounds of scampering fun.

On the sewing front, I have made myself a dress! Another item for my fall/winter wardrobe. It is from Burda #7828.

I love this pattern. I've made it at least five times, as both a top and dress, with all different sleeves. It is so comfortable to wear, and very quick and easy to make. In fact, I made this dress in an afternoon.

Please forgive my rotten pics, it was dark when I took them! I absolutely love this fabric, and I'm disappointed that the true colours don't really show. The lighter colour is much richer than it looks in the pic. Oh well, not much I can do. I plan on wearing this dress with my knee high chocolate brown suede slouchy boots. What do you think? Now I need a new necklace! Any ideas? I'd love to hear them! Anne

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