Wednesday, February 24, 2010

It's Live! It's Live!


The Creative Connection Website is live! Check it out here: www.thecreativeconnectionevent.com .
I'm so excited to be a part of this great event! Go check it out, or better yet, sign up for a class. Some of the biggest and best names in the Crafting business are going to be teaching...You don't want to miss it!!!!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

In honor of Valentine's Day, I pulled out one of my very first sewing projects-A Valentine's sweatshirt cardigan that I made for Justine in 1995. Here are Juss and Colter in their Valentine portrait from that year...
Can you believe they're 15 and 18 now?

A more detailed view...


I didn't even use a sewing machine because #1. I didn't dare try and #2 I couldn't figure out how to work my Mom's old Singer! Everything is sewn by hand. I purchase a child size sweatshirt, cut off the collar and cuffs, cut directly down the center of the front. Then I used fusible web to hold down the 1/2 inch seam all around the cardigan and the cuffs. Next, I sewed a blanket stitch all around. I think I used a cookie cutter for the patter of the hearts, then fused them down and sewed them on with the beads. The buttons are held on using button loops. I did it a little differently, but I found a great tutorial here:http://ysolda.com/support/pictorial-guides/sewn-button-loops/ . Justine absolutely loved this cardigan! She wore it all the time:). I can't believe how well it held up. Now it's Emma's turn! Maybe I'll use this same (except this time I will for sure use my sewing machine!) method and make an easter one. Wouldn't that be cute? On another crafty Holiday note...This year instead of buying the traditional Valentine cards for his class, Mason and I created these:

Luckily I was helping in his class so I could bring them up:). The kids LOVED it and the cost was about the same as the usual buying the Valentines and adding candy). Fun times....Especially crafting with Mason! I hope you have a great Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Vintage Inspiration Monday...

I know, I know. I've been on a HUGE Jane Austen kick. I just can't help it! Last night I ended up watching all of "Emma" on Youtube. I just couldn't wait until next week. Yes, I've read the book and seen numerous screen adaptations, but I still just loved it! And Mr. Knightley? SWOON! Oh he'll never, ever take Mr. Darcy's place, but wow! This version was great! Here's the link if you can't wait either....http://www.youtube.com/user/cat4fab#p/u/23/wIDDka3X-LI . Let me know what you think. Is this your favorite Emma? While you're watching, check out the wonderful costumes. Aren't they beautiful? During the first part of the film, when they were showing the main characters as children, I thought of this image. Sure it's about 50 years later, but the children's fashion hadn't really changed that much. Feel free to click and save this one, just promise you'll keep it for personal use:). Have a great day!