Monday, August 28, 2006

Baby blankie

This is a baby blanket, matching cap and card that I made for a new baby in the family. The blanket is a blue fleece fabric with multi colored hearts on it. The large binding surrounding the edge of the blanket is shiny white with small colored alphabets. The smaller side edges of the blanket features a blue hem binding, simply because I didn't have enough of the other to go around the whole blanket. In the corner of the blanket I made a little gingham fabric bear that I used a zig zag stitch to sew on. The hat features the same large alphabet binding and a crocheted flower with blue beading. I made a card to match by cutting out blue baby feet paper on the front centered with a blue flower and cornered with little silver feet shaped brads, on the inside is a blue transparent bear that is the same as the gingham one on the blanket. I was so pleased to hear back that the blanket is happily in use!

Friday, August 25, 2006

The Little Girl Giant

Isn't she interesting. I wonder how many people it took to sew that dress!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

My own T-shirt!

I got my embroidery machine to do this! It's a learning curve, but worth it!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Who's cross blogging!

Oops, I've been animating!

(the link should be fixed now)

Monday, August 14, 2006


Here is the last photo from my Mom's gift package. I made these bookplates by cutting shapes out of sticky back vellum (some pink plaid and some pink rose) and inking the images on to the front. For the lady, I added little lavender paper flowers with matching rhinestone centers. For the "from the library of" I cut various corner shapes out of shiny paper and glued them on. All my Mom has to do is peel the back off, put it inside her book and sign her name. I like these so much that I made some for my second cousin (and wife) and for my husband and I. Off to try and figure out some functions on my new embroidery machine and later hopefully get some overdue animation work done!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

More of Mom's birthday presents

Here you see some more craft projects that were generated for my Mom's birthday. I went to K-mart and bought two blank bathroom hand towels and one blank kitchen hand towel. For the bathroom towels I used a cotton blue print fabric with small cherries to make the big butterflies. I attached them to the center of the towels using a tight zig zag stitch. I folded over the sides of some light blue oversized ric rac and used two straight stitches to attach them. I then stitched on light blue butterflies that I made out of felt using a smaller zig zag stitch. They seemed to match the ric rac pretty well.
For the kitchen towel I had some fabric that had these large square recipes scattered all over it as part of the print. They are real recipes too! I cut three of the squares out and laid them out at an angle. I fused them first and then straight stitched them on to the towel.
I found a darker blue felt to make the smaller butterflies for this towel.
As a gift wrap I made a draw string bag (like I did for Aunt Roxie) out of the same fabric as the big butterflies and used red felt this time for the little butterflies to make it pop. I think we just have one more of Mom's presents after this one!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Here is another video for you all!

Retromercial: She Caught on Quick (1940)

Get it! The Singer Man does it again!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Retromercial: Three Smart Daughters (1940)

This commercial is a lot of fun, just look at what they made. This one works for me since I just got a Singer sewing/embroidery machine. Does anyone have one? If so I've got a question or two. Enjoy the film.
1957 French Commercial for Necchi Sewing Machines

Check out this nostaligic commercial for a sewing machine!


Confucius: Silence is the true friend that never betrays.

Dwight D. Eisenhower: You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.

Albert Einstein: Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.

Anonymous: Don't people know that when they mess with your head, you don't want to be in their presence.

Abigail Van Buren: People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.

Anais Nin: Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.

Ramona L. Anderson: People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.

Anonymous: Airing dirty laundry in public will make people afraid of you.

Mark Twain: What work I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work I shouldn't have done it. Who was it who said, "Blessed is the man who has found his work"? Whoever it was he had the right idea in his mind. Mark you, he says his work--not somebody else's work. The work that is really a man's own work is play and not work at all. Cursed is the man who has found some other man's work and cannot lose it. When we talk about the great workers of the world we really mean the great players of the world. The fellows who groan and sweat under the weary load of toil that they bear never can hope to do anything great. How can they when their souls are in a ferment of revolt against the employment of their hands and brains? The product of slavery, intellectual or physical, can never be great.

Eleanor Roosevelt: I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

Robert Greeleaf: Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.

Andy Warhol: They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

Anonymous: If others constantly try to draw you down a path of jr. high confusion, don't scratch your head wondering why, back up and continue down your own path, your true companions will be there waiting for you.

Heraclitus: You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing in. ca. 500 BCE

Anonymous: People of common goals who come together are twice as strong.

Helen Keller: No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.

B.F. Teel: Compromising people might be angry at you for making decisions that are wise for your own life, but you must always preserve your own sobriety, safety and sanity - first and foremost.

Pablo Picasso: I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

Anonymous: Chaos should never be the basis of a relationship.

Sophocles: Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.

Thomas Alva Edison: If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.

Theodor Fontane: Happiness, it seems to me, consists of two things: first, in being where you belong, and second -- and best -- in comfortably going through everyday life, that is, having had a good night's sleep and not being hurt by new shoes.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

My Aunt's 90th Birthday present

Okay so you wanted more photos of what I was up to while the blog was quiet. My Aunt Roxie turned 90 years old! For her present I went with a cherry motif. The bag in the top most left hand corner was the bag I made for her while the bag in the top most right was the "gift" bag that I made as a wrapping paper for her presents. The wrapping paper or gift bag was a simple soft flannel cherry fabric with a soft fuzzy heart appliqué and draw string handle. Her actual cherry bag present was made out of cotton and was lined with an attached cream pocket. The top of the bag has a green gingham hem upon which I stitched 3 cherry buttons. For a finishing touch the front has a crochet 3d cherry on it with matching red handle. I also gave her one of those bottle cap necklaces which I packaged in a home made double sided cardstock box (die cut) and wrapped in tissue that I stamped the Gibson girl on. In the photo you see two of those boxes because I gave one Aunt Roxie and I gave one to my Mom. I still have more photos of my moms gifts pending which I will add to the blog later. In the photos you see Aunt Roxie opening her gift and reading my handmade card! (click images to enlarge)
P.S. I've got a couple photos from my animation talk up over at my animation blog, feel free to leave those comments over there, thanks!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


I made this russian matryoshka doll pincushion as a gift for my mom. It was a super easy project since the design was already printed on the fabric. I just cut them out, filled with batting and stitched them together! I really like the matryoshka concept since it reminds me of infinity and pi, my favorite never ending numbers. Wish these little ladies had more of a smile though! They still brought one to me, hope they do the same for you!

I've added a picture of the original fabric - above.