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Week 5 Sewing Challenge: Sew Something for Storage

When this week began, I had big plans for sewing some fabric boxes or containers for my sewing studio….organization still on the mind…..and I gotta harness that while the mood strikes, ya know?

But, as I was sitting at my machines sewing garments….this Big Jar ‘O Zippers was staring me right in the face. I realized that I purchased these zippers months ago with plans to make more Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bags…..but I never did. What made me wait so long? Not sure. I made this one for the girls’ room last spring.

And this guy for the boys’ room:

Then made this one for auction shortly after…

I even had a friend order one for her daughter’s birthday:

They seemed popular enough, so perhaps it was just the colors of zippers I had left that was holding me back.

That’s when I find it’s nice to come at it from a different perspective. I went Zipper to Fabric….instead of Fabric to Zipper. Meaning, I used the color of the zippers I had to inspire the fabric choices in these…… and that, my friends, is your weekly glimpse into the crazy train in my brain that led me to the decision to make these this week:

If you’re interested to have one to be your very own, you can bid on them this weekend in the Red Rose Auction House. (Hint: click on those blue words to find the Auction items up for bids)

Our littlest guy loves his so much he fills it half full and sleeps on it like a pillow 🙂

Week 5 of 52 in the books!

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A is for Aylah: CKC Sew the Alphabet

Remember when I said I don’t do resolutions?

Well, this is where I find myself at the beginning of a new year… Signing up for yet another challenge.

I attempted this one last year with CKC’s ABC character sew-a-long. and you saw I made it all the way to letter C! Super impressive, no?

Well, since I did so well last year in following through with my Hexie temperature quilt… I am going to try another challenge as well.

One of my favorite pattern companies is having an alphabet sew-a-long … They have a schedule where every two weeks a letter is posted & participants sew a pattern that begins with that letter.

My personal goal is to sew one of their patterns that I own, but have not sewn up yet. Yes, that means I have probably every letter of the alphabet in patterns of things I have yet to try and sew. Don’t judge me.

For A I chose Aylah’s Knit Twirly Skirt because it is an awesome stash buster for me, and after last weeks 52 weeks sewing challenge, I found a lot of scraps I need to bust.

I had some help with this: I asked Georgia if she wanted to help me make her a new skirt… This girl. If you are a personal friend of ours or you have followed LadyBeez business, our children have been modeling for me their whole lives…

This one, however, certainly has the posing thing down. On top of that she is quite the little designer. So apart from me actually sewing this together, she picked out and arranged all the fabrics.

Oh this mama’s heart. It’s so bittersweet watching your little girl grew up before your eyes. I wish I could freeze time……

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No Sew Fabric Christmas Trees

Happy December!!!!

I know I’ve just been all things Hallmark movies here on the blog lately….but I have been busy doing other more creative activities too.

I really needed to up my Christmas home decor game after watching all those beautiful Hallmark scenes for the last month and a half!

Enter these fabric/trim trees.

Now I’m sure you could find cones in the craft stores…..but I am nothing if not cheap…..so when I saw you could make them from poster board for some pocket change…..I began my forest!

I didn’t use a template at all…..just started rolling poster board into a cone…..taped it all up with good, quality packaging tape….and got to decorating. I got 2 large cones, 2 medium cones, and 2 small cones of varying sizes from one standard poster board.

With only my trusty glue gun as my weapon, I dug through my lace, trim ,and fabric and started construction from the bottom up.

The Lace versions are prefect for a softer look:

These are my kids’ favorites! The green was what I had left of this trim…..but I also love it so much, I might have to buy some more like that. And a straight-up peppermint candy quilting cotton is just glued down in strips.

I then proceeded to fancy it up a bit with the plaid. For this look, I cut 2 inch strips of fabric and ran a long stitch down the center and gathered for a ruffle. (I Know, I said no-sew….you could still totally hand gather the fabric as you glue….but I am all for quick and easy)

Those ones are my favorite!

I’d love to see what you come up with if you make some of your own!

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Temperature Quilt: October 2020

Here we are.

I actually had this ready to post for a couple days now, but I thought I would use this beautiful array of color to brighten your internet eyes today. If you haven’t been off the grid for the past…well, 4 years, you know that here in the United States of America we had a Presidential Election yesterday.

I don’t speak about politics on social media.

There is a reason for that.

It’s not because I don’t care. It’s not because I don’t have an opinion.

It’s because what matters the most to me in this life is not the RED or the BLUE. Politics somehow makes so many people see only those 2 colors around election season.

Those people that don’t vote the same way you do….guess what?

They are your friends.

They are your family.

They are the moms and dads that commiserate over the day-to-day hardships of parenting with you….and also love your children as their own.

They are the healthcare workers caring for you and for your loved ones.

They are the teachers you so desperately respect for their patience and effort to educate your children.

They are the people that you sit next to in church.

They are the kind strangers you pass everyday.

They are the ones that surrounded you when your loved ones died with cards…..and food…….and hugs.

This world is full of all the colors.

This land that we are gifted to be on such a short amount of time…..it’s filled with REDs and BLUEs, yes….but also, Oranges, Yellows, Greens, and Purples. Some days we identify with one color, other days another.

That’s what I’m thinking about today, anyway. I just thought I shared that with you.

So, if you don’t mind….I’d like to show you the pretty Hexie Temperature Quilt I’ve now completed 10 months of.

2 hexies for each day….one for the high temp and one for the low. All Temperature readings are from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Here’s the Legend to refresh you memory, if you need it:

And this is what January 2020- October 2020 looks like in Temperature Hexie Form:

It’s beginning to noticeably cool off in Wisconsin….so you’ll see the greens are making a comeback.

October’s row has been super fun and interesting for me since it’s run the gamut of mid 20’s to above 70…so that means LOTS of color variation!

So, if my little speech up top didn’t help to put you in a kinder, safter, loving space…..I HIGHLY recommend turning on a Hallmark Christmas Movie 🙂 That’s what I’ve been quilting to this month!

(You can see my movie reviews here if you haven’t already)

And now here’s something that you’ll all enjoy!…..the WATCH ME GROW portion of this post.

On to November!

May it be filled with all the reminders of your blessings, and may you take the time to be truly grateful for them ❤️

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Itzy Knit Dress: Pattern Review

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted a pattern review…..but I couldn’t let this one go unnoticed!

It’s everything I love about creating a beautiful, one of a kind, piece of clothing.

First of all, it’s written for KNITS! That means COMFY AND SOFT to my kids.

My favorite part, though….it’s the Ultimate Scrap Buster! This also makes the possibilities endless when it comes to mixing and matching fabrics! (And if you’ve been around here long, you KNOW that’s my jam) An added bonus for kids…it’s a knot closure, so it will last a LONG time as far as fit, because it will grow with you!

This was the first version of the pattern….it’s got a little bit different look, due to some measurement changes, but I love it so much, I still had to show you!

If you need this Pattern in your life (and you do) You can find it here at Create Kids Couture ….better yet, it’s on sale this first release week!

I’m so excited that Itzy Released today! Think I might just have to make another one!