Thursday, February 25, 2010

Waiting

Here it is. My new serger piping foot.

Right now, this is the only part of my new Brother 1034D in my possession. The serger itself is, according to Amazon, hanging out 20 minutes away in West Sacramento.

I feel rather tortured every time my gaze drifts over to my lonely little piping foot. I've read through the instructions at least three times. I've inspected it from every angle. Now I must wait.

Perfectly piped pillows, overlocked fitted diapers, superb seams and gorgeously gathered little girl dresses are just a few hours away.

Sigh.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

An Old Nemesis

It's been 15 years since I last tried my hand at sewing knits.

I can still remember the overwhelming frustration. The rage. The tears. All because of a teal knit dress.

I ripped out seams. I consulted with my mother. I swore up a blue streak as the cursed fabric stretched and moved while I stitched. And I vowed that I would never again pick up a piece of knit fabric.

I managed to avoid knits for quite some time. Yet here I am 15 years later cutting out knit fabric for cloth diapers for Master W. I'm a much more experienced seamstress now, but that old fear is still there.

I'm hoping this time will be different. My new serger is on its way. I'm older and wiser. My sewing knowledge is far superior to what it was when I was a teenager.

It's time to conquer an old fear. I'm ready.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Etsy Baby Shower Gift #4

I discovered a pirate in my mailbox this week.

He had used his sword to shred all of my mail (thankfully, it was all junk) and immediately threatened to make me walk the plank if I didn't immediately hand over any and all doubloons in my possession.

Fortunately, I'm bigger than he is so I simply stuffed him into my pocket and took him back to the house. He's taken a liking to Master W. and is already making plans for the many grand adventures they'll embark on when my little guy is old enough to read a treasure map.

A big thank you to theenchantedcupboard, one of the fabulous Etsians that I was paired with for the Etsy Baby Shower. She is an amazing artist and I'm absolutely thrilled to have been gifted with one of her gorgeous toys. Please stop on by her shop for amazing play sets that will surely send your child's imagination into orbit!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Puzzle Solved

I did it! I finally finished Miss C.'s quilt top.

After finishing up the last of the blocks last week, I spent an evening puzzling the pieces together to create this pretty little scrap quilt. I'm absolutely thrilled about how it turned out.

Next up is selecting the backing fabric, pricing out long arm services and selecting the binding.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Relief

I breathed a huge sigh of relief this week when I finally finished sewing the last block for Miss C.'s quilt. When all was said and done, I was able to eke out the last few blocks with what remained of my fabric and was left with just a few small scraps. I really cut it close on this project. There were more than a few moments when I wondered if I'd made a huge miscalculation when decided to make this quilt a little more free-form and unplanned. Thank goodness everything worked out!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

'80s Upcycling

When I was growing up, my dad had a small woodworking workshop in our backyard. I can still remember gazing at all of the odds and ends packed into the jars and old coffee cans that lined the shelves along the walls, as well as the incredible array of tools housed inside.

One year, Dad decided to make each of us a bank that was cleverly disguised as a miniature safe. He and my mom scoured the second-hand shops until they found a set of old post office boxes that could be repurposed and transformed into the doors for our tiny safes. I don't think Dad thought of it as upcycling back then. He was simply creating something unique and special for his children.

The end result sent our imaginations into overdrive as we schemed about all of the amazing treasures we could lock away, safe from prying eyes. Dad took us aside, one at a time, to pass on the secret two-letter combination, which we promptly committed to heart and vowed never to share with another soul.

Today, I passed my bank on to my son. It had been safely tucked away on a shelf in my closet for the past few years. His great-grandparents like to send him and Miss C. a dollar or two on Halloween, Valentine's Day and other lesser holidays, so I was thinking about buying him a piggy bank. This is much better.

I have so few things I can pass on to my son, since most of my childhood mementos are incredibly girly. But this little bank was a part of my childhood, something made just for me by my dad, Master W.'s Papa.

In a few years, I'll break my childhood vow and share the safe's combination with my son so he can have a special place for his treasures and secrets.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Etsy Baby Shower Gift #3

I had a great time attending this morning's Virtual Baby Shower at the Etsy Labs. It was a great opportunity to meet other shower participants – mamas, mamas-to-be and donating shops – as well as the wonderful Etsy Baby Shower organizers (BuggaLove and DecorativeLabels).

My third gift arrived in the mail this week. BeckyKayDesigns custom made this adorable plush patchwork pup for Master W. I'm always in awe of people who can sew in 3-D to make plush items... but to do it in patchwork too! Wow! I love the adorable fabrics she chose, especially the dog print. This little guy is sure to be one of Master W.'s favorites!

Becky is a very talented seamstress – it really shows in her work. I really appreciate the obvious love and care she put into making this special dog for my son. Be sure to check out her shop for more adorable patchwork pups, beautiful bags and pretty pillows.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Etsy Baby Shower Gift #2

I'm so excited to be one of the lucky mamas chosen to participate in the Winter 2010 Etsy Baby Shower. Each of us has been matched up with five talented Etsians, who are showering us with awesome goodies designed with babies and mamas in mind.

My second gift arrived this weekend: a beyond gorgeous baby travel bag from BabyMeBags. I can't even begin to tell you how thrilled I am to have been matched up with this Etsian. Her talent shines clearly through her work. Every seam has been meticulously stitched and every fabric was carefully chosen to create my beautiful bag. Now I just need an excuse to jet out of town for the weekend so I can show it off!

Be sure to take a peek in this awesome shop for super-stylish weekender bags and pre-packed hospital bags – a perfect gift for the new mama or mama-to-be in your life.