Sunday, September 28, 2014

Make it Monday

I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying our party!  It's so great to have a one stop shop for so many creative ideas.

If you want to see if your project was featured this week, head over to Distressed Donna Down Home to see what she picked~

Party Every Monday Night
Tamara, Donna, Mitzi
Now let's see what you've created this week!

Party Every Monday Night
Thanks for partying with us!

Sunday Inspiration

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Butterfly Monogram

As the cold weather starts to set in all of the pretty butterflies have flown off to much warmer climates, aren't they smart?  So, I decided to make do with some lovely paper versions I had in my craft stash.

Butterflies, Mod Podge Butterflies, Monogram

Here's what you need if you want to make your own pretty monogram art to put on your walls.

1) Picture Frame
2) Sponge brush and Mod Podge (or your favourite adhesive)
3) Cutting machine or craft knife & scissors
4) Poster Board

1) Cut 2 pieces of poster board to fit your frame.

2) Using just one of those poster board pieces, cut out the initial you want to use with either a cutting machine or print, trace, and use a craft knife.

3) On the poster board that you didn't cut, lightly trace your initial, and then glue your butterflies to the area.  Make sure to overlap the edges and try not to leave any white space.

You will end up with something that looks like this:

4) Once all of your glue is dry, simply layer your cut out board on top of the butterfly collage.

5) And place inside your frame to hang in a special spot.

Butterflies, Mod Podge Butterflies, Monogram

Now I just have to find a room in my house that isn't already taken over by butterflies so that this piece will really stand out.  I love how it turned out!

You could use pictures cut out from magazines, or scrapbust all those small pieces of scrapbooking paper or fabric that you've been storing.  I'm thinking about spelling out my niece's whole name, one frame per letter.  How pretty would that be in her room?!?

What would you put behind your initial?  Leave a comment below~

Check out another way I used these butterflies HERE.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Jacket

You may have noticed that I haven't been doing much crafting lately.  That's because now that the weather has gotten cooler, my sewing spidey senses have started tingling again and I've been spending most of my free time at my machine getting ready for what's to come next month.

All of my fall jackets are actually coats, and I made them several years ago.  You can check them out HERE.  So, I figured that it was about time to update my options.  I really wanted a shorter jacket but not something cropped and I wanted something double breasted.

I briefly thought about piecing my own pattern together from several vintage patterns I liked, but then I found Vogue 8884 and realized that it would meet most of my wish list.

V8884 - I made view A

I used a navy linen that I picked up from the bargain bin and some faux leather buttons from my stash.

I lined the sleeves and the back and then I ran out of lining and I was too lazy to piece another section for the front so I just used some tiny bias tape to finish the edge of the facing instead.

I love this pink polka dot interior against the navy shell.

It's a tiny bit big on me but once we get over our little mini heat wave here (it's only 4 degrees in the morning but by afternoon it's close to 20!), I'll start wearing sweaters and this should be a perfect fit.

I made one really big glaring mistake on this jacket that I could actually fix quite easily but probably won't.  I have too many other things on the sewing table waiting to be sewn up so I'll probably just leave it.  Can you tell what the mistake is?  I'll tell you on Twitter later today~

Have you started your fall wardrobe yet?  Any patterns to recommend?  Leave a comment below~

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pleather for Kids?

I was perusing the new Fall pattern books online last night and came across this pattern from New Look:

New Look 6320

I had to take a second look at it and then really give some hard thought to whether or not I like the thought of making my young niece a pleather dress.

I think this pattern is really age appropriate and tastefully constructed.  I like the length and the fact that it's not skin tight.  And you know what....the more I look at it the more I like it!  It's super trendy, especially with the cute infinity scarf.

I don't especially enjoy working with pleather but I'd do just about anything for my niece...including sewing a pleather dress.

What do you think?  Is there an age that's too young for (p)leather looks?

Have you found any fall patterns that you're excited about?  I think this is the only one out of all the big books that caught my eye.  If you found something interesting make sure to leave a comment below~

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Make it Monday!

Before we party we need to get some business out of the way....

The winners from our big party kick-off are:

And to see if your link from last week was featured make sure to head over to Mitzi's Miscellany to see which projects she chose.

Donna, Mitzi, and I are having so much fun visiting all of your projects.  Keep 'em coming!

Tamara, Donna, Mitzi

Sunday Inspiration

Friday, September 19, 2014

Easy Peasy Kitchen Mat

My kitchen is the only room in my house that I haven't painted or renovated in any way.  Just the thought of doing a kitchen overwhelms me instead I just added a new mat using my new FolkArt Stencils and Paints, so much easier~

Here's what I got in the mail the other day!

Click through HERE to see how to make your own mat~

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sassy Librarian Dress

Fall started to set in here a few weeks ago, which means it's time to start sewing up some lovely long sleeved dresses for work.

New Look Dress, Sewing, Librarian Dress, Argyle, Sewing Patterns

You've seen this fabric on a few pieces already and, believe it or not, I still have enough left for another project.  It's the never ending bolt of argyle.

I used this New Look pattern 6001, View A. (Note this is an old pattern and New Look has since reissued this pattern number for a completely different dress.)

This pattern actually calls for woven fabric but I used something with some stretch to it.  I ended up taking it in a bit on the sides so that I could get a really good fit.  I still inserted the zipper so that I could get that great fit without compromising the silhouette.

Do I look smarter in my fake glasses?

The only thing I don't like about this dress is that I didn't self-line the neck tie.  The pattern doesn't call for it but the whole time I was cutting and sewing I kept thinking I should line this.  But I got lazy and followed the directions.  Now the tie has a front and a backside which annoys me.  I could still go back and add it, but odds are that now it's done I won't.

Have you started your fall wardrobe yet?  Any favourite patterns for fall that you're hoping to tackle?  Leave a comment below~

Check out my Winter Maxi Skirt made with this fabric too~

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Make it Monday + Giveaway

Wow! Thank you everyone for helping us celebrate a great kick-off to our Make it Monday linky party! Donna, Mitzi, and I had so much fun checking out all of your projects.  And, lucky me...I get to pick the features from the first party!

1. Retro Dress & Cardi: I Sew You Sew  /  2. Dangle Hoop Earrings: Mellywood's Mansion
3. Rescarf Rescue: Sadie Seasongoods  /   3. Vintage Lid Towel Hooks: My 1929 Charmer

If you were featured, grab our button and brag about it!

Party Every Monday Night
Now, onto this week's party....

I can't wait to see what you have to share this week!
Party Every Monday Night

DON'T FORGET...the GIVEAWAY is still on for one more week.  If you didn't enter last week, make sure to get your entry in before Midnight Monday.
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