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What I’ve Been Working on…

First off – thank you all for sticking around while I’ve been MIA these past few weeks.  You guys are the best and I seriously appreciate it!  I’m very excited to share what’s been keeping me away from blogging these past few weeks.  Mostly, because this is something I’ve wanted to do for a while.

Originally, I hoped to start an Etsy shop (and I had mentioned it more than a few times) but it never quite panned out.  Recently, thanks to a friend, I learned of Society6 – a great site where I can upload my art and they will print and ship it.  This means I get to focus on being creative – which I think is pretty darn cool.

So cool that for the past two months, I’ve been working on finally creating a shop.

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Yep – I finally did it!

I’ve added some of my photographs, graphic designs (including typography), and watercolors (some of which I’ve been sharing on instagram).  It’s been really nice to pour my time and energy into this and I’m really proud of where I’m at.  In my opinion, there’s a good mix of my work up there, and probably more than enough.

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When you go to my shop, you’ll first land upon my most- recent works, but you can search by which item you’d like as well as which catagory you want (ie. photography, paintings, etc.).

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The best thing about my new shop is that it’s not only prints you can order…

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… There’s stretched canvases, stationary, ipod/ipad cases, samsung galaxy cases, clothes, pillows, tote bags, mugs, and clocks.  Yep – 15 different ways to snag an image you like.  I find it hard to pick a favorite item!

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I hope you all get a chance to check out my shop out and that you enjoy it.  I’ll also be adding a link to the sidebar so you can easily find it in the future because I will constantly be adding :)

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Pillow-Mania

I have slowly been accruing pretty fabrics.  Some are left over from other projects, some are found on sale, some are for future projects.  While I love having them around for future projects, they also kind of haunt me because I should be using them, right?

Well, I finally decided to make a dent in my fabric pile.

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First up was this awesome kelly green fabric I found on sale months ago at Joann Fabrics.  I only grabbed two yards but I wish I had grabbed the whole role.

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You’re probably thinking how creative and/or original I am for covering a green pillow with a green pillowcase.  I’m still a fan of the original pillow, but I am a girl who loves bold colors.  Especially green… and even more so when it’s next to navy.

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I decided to make an envelope pillowcase (when I do this, I always use this tutorial from Teal and Lime).  It was a 30 minute project total – and that includes prep work!  A big part of this was due to my new Fiskars Rotary Cutter.  Guys – if you sew, you should totally invest in one of these (along with a cutting mat and a metal ruler).

It’s a game changer.

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Remember when I mentioned how excited I was for Fall?  Turns out, I’m still crazy excited…  so much so that I had to buy seasonal fabric.  I had originally picked up a cat fabric (this one if you’re curious) but ultimately decided to go with a neutral pumpkin pattern.  From a far, it doesn’t look overly pumpkin (as you can tell below) but there are certainly a ton of pumpkins in our apartment now!

Since I already had the sewing machine out, I kind of had to make the pillow case…

…and then make sure if fit…

…and then admire it.

Yep.  I definitely had to do it.

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I’ve never used orange to decorate in our apartment before, aside from the few mini pumpkins we have.  I’ve got to admit – it’s kind of a fun color to have in here!  It makes me wonder why I haven’t used orange before.  I don’t see it ever being a dominant color, but maybe I’ll start splashing some pops of it around the apartment.

So, that’s where we’re at in our apartment right now.  Tiny changes that I think have added a big punch of much needed color.

Have any of you started decorating for Fall yet?  When are you going to start?  I’m not going to take my decorations out of storage until this weekend, but once it’s Saturday, it’s fair game.  Who’s with me??

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Featured!

CD Disco Ball Craft

I am so very excited to share with you all that my disc-o ball crafts have been featured on Good Housekeeping’s website!  You can check out the article here and get the tutorial here :)

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Quilt #4

Good news, everyone – I finished my third (and last!) quilt of the year!

Let me tell you, I did not think that I was going to survive it (three quilts in five months is quite the task to take on when you’re still kind of a beginner sewer.  Turns out, continually working on quilts made me feel more confident about sewing.  So much so that I even took on a maxi skirt with a knit fabric.  In fact, when something goes wrong now, like the thread bunching, I’m much calmer and quicker to fix the problem.

Honestly, it’s like I don’t even recognize my sewing-self.

But enough about that, let’s start talking about the quilt because I love it and I am dying to share it.  Everything about it is so lovely.  It’s probably my favorite quilt, yet.

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Quilt #4 was for my cousins, whose wedding we went to last year.  They are expecting her first bundle of joy next month and the entire family is over the moon.  This will be the first baby on this side of the family so we are very anxious to meet him or her.

A couple of months ago, I asked the mom-to-be what theme she was going to go with for the baby’s room.  Since the gender is a mystery, the color scheme is gender neutral.  It’ll be grey, white, and teal (dark teal, closer to a navy than a green).  Once the baby is born, the parents will be able to go back and add gender specific colors to the nursery.

Ultimately, this gave me a lot of flexibility when it came to picking out fabrics, although finding the right teal was not easy.  I found some great options on fabric.com and ordered what you see below:

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white |  teal circles | grey chevron | grey polka dot* | goodnight moon
*(no longer available online)

I got a yard of each fabric, with the exception of the ‘Goodnight Moon’ fabric, which I got 1.5 yards of.  This time, I barely had any fabric left over which is a good thing in retrospect, but also nerve-wracking when you’re not sure if you have enough.  At the last minute, I opted to add a strip of the dimpled/dot fabric to give me some peace of mind… and because it is oh-so-soft.

I’m not sure if I’m biased, but this is the first quilt that really feels gender neutral to me.  The first three were all obviously for girls (even though we didn’t know two of their genders) but this one could really be for anyone, and that’s kind of nice.  The greys and the teals aren’t the same shades, but all of the fabrics work well together.  These fabrics I are 100% cotton, which was a new adventure for me since my previous quilts were made with nursery/flannel fabrics.  That means two things:

1) that this quilt is a whole lot lighter (which is perfect for a July baby)
2) this quilt can be used for a long time (not just when s/he is a baby)

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One of my favorite features of this quilt is the back.  The fabric is from the “Goodnight Moon” collection.  Who doesn’t love that book?

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Sadly, I wasn’t able to go to this shower (since Joe and I were at Alumni Weekend), but I heard that the quilt was a big hit.  Funny enough, my mom crafted a baby carriage out of diapers and miscellaneous baby items (sort of like this) using grey chevron blankets and grey polka dot bibs.  It looked like we had coordinated our gifts, even though we hadn’t.

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It’s a little sad to be done quilting for right now, but also kind of exciting.  Now I have all this free time where I can try tackling patterns and making clothes.  As soon as I can figure out the sizes…

Psst – Be sure to check out quilts one, two, and three!

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Maxi Skirt Tutorial

Today, I’ll be sharing my maxi skirt tutorial!

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Since you’re using a jersey or knit material for your skirt. I would highly recommend practicing with some of the scraps.  When you feel comfortable with the fabric, keep practicing a little bit more.  When I was sewing my skirt, the fabric got stuck under the throat plate – multiple times.  Let’s just say that I am now a pro when it comes to removing jammed fabric… as well as taking apart/putting my machine back together again.

I’m not saying that last bit to scare you, but to be completely honest with you.  At the same time, it’s not something to be nervous about or get discouraged by.  If anything, I actually know more about my sewing machine now and feel more comfortable using it for different projects.  I’m already trying to figure out which fabrics to order for my next skirts!  These maxi skirts are a great starter project for clothing because they are very forgiving.  Even though I botched up the sides a little bit, you’d never know once I’ve put on the skirt and I’m walking about.

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Step 1:  You’ll first need to cut the fabric to your size.  I bought 2 yards so I had enough, plus some extra for another skirt, but you should be okay with that amount as well (you can buy more or less depending on your height as I’m only 5’2″).  The easiest way to get the size for the skirt portion is to use another maxi skirt as a template.  If you don’t already own one, you can easily figure out what size these pieces need to be.

You will need two pieces for the skirt and two pieces for the band.  For the length of the skirt, measure from about an inch below your belly button (or where you’d like your skirt to sit) down to the floor, and then add an inch or two – This will be the length of your skirt.  If you’re nervous about the skirt being long enough, make the skirt as long as you want – you can always cut off the excess when you get to step 6.  For the top of the skirt, this should your hips (where you want the skirt to sit), divide that number by two, and add one.  For the bottom of your skirt, you can go two directions.  The first is a less flowy skirt by adding 5 inches to the top of the skirt measurement while the second is adding 10+ inches to the top of the skirt measurement for an option with more flare.  I went with the more flare option.  For the band width, take your waist measurement, divide by two, and then subtract two inches (otherwise it’ll be too loose).  I made my band 10″ long because you end up folding the fabric in half.

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Step 2: Sew along the two sides of the skirt.  If you have a serger, you can use that. I used the stretch overlock stitch (#16 on my machine), but I also think that a straight stitch would work fine, too.  If you’re nervous, you can always go back and do a second stitch next to the first.

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Step 3:  You’re going to start on the band now.  Fold each of the pieces in half (if you’ve used the same measurements as me, the bands should now be 5″ x 10.5″).  Once they’re folded, stack them on top of each other and sew along both sides.  You’ll now have a wonderful band ready to go!  It’s going to look a bit small, so feel free to try it on

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Step 4:  Attach the band to the top of the skirt.  I would highly suggest you pin the band to the stop of the skirt to keep the side seams aligned.  The seams for the band should be on the inside of the skirt where the side seams are.

Step 5:  If you’ve used a serger for this, then go to step 6.  If you haven’t, then you may want to use fold over the extra material to make the band look a little bit neater.  I used a single stitch for this so it wouldn’t be so obvious (you can see what I did at the top of the folded band below).

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Step 6: Hem the bottom of the skirt and enjoy :)

Some Tips to Remember:

  • Pre-wash the fabric before you start using it to avoid shrinking.
  • Cut your fabric so that it stretches horizontally.  When you pull on the fabric, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
  • If the fabric jams in the machine, stay calm and remove the needle, foot, and throat plate.  Attempting to pull the fabric out could result in tearing.

Hopefully my tutorial is straight forward enough.  I think once you make your first maxi skirt, you’ll be able to pop out a few others fairly quickly.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email or comment!

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