Wednesday, July 31, 2013

a minty sweet hanger

 A very happy day to you!!
Hope that you are having a lovely start to the week and are enjoying some wonderful weather!
Over the weekend I worked on a custom order for some strawberry crocheted hangers for a sweet customer. So, being in the hanger mood, I knew it was time to attempt making one with crochet thread similar to the pretty vintage hangers that I found recently at an estate sale. And, I was surprised that it only took a little longer to make then the cotton yarn ones! Yay!
I crocheted it using a mint variegated thread, which I was excited about until I finished and really didn't like the way the colors were spread out. I was hoping for them to be vertical, but because I made a long chain instead of a short one, it made them horizontal. I tried doing it the shorter chain way, but then all the green ended up on one side and the whites on the other, so I gave up, for now! 
I am thinking that the older variegated thread had shorter lengths of the colors, so it looked more blended? It is still a mystery for now and sorry if I have thoroughly confused you with all this! ;) 
I added some pretty crocheted flowers and just love the sweet touch it gives the hanger. So, it was a good test run and I already have my next one planned, but this one will be a solid color! ;)
Another row of sixteen-patch quilts blocks are finished! Oh, I can't wait for this colorful quilt top to be done!! It just might be one of my favorites so far! What crafty or sewing goodness are you working on this week?

Wishing you all a lovely and crafty week!! 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

vintage fabric scraps

Happy Sweet Day!
Hope that you are having a lovely week and are looking forward to some sweetness this weekend! Thank you all so much for your kind comments on my quilty goodness! You always know how to brighten my day! 
The other day I was inspired through Pinterest to have a little crafty time with some Mod Podge and vintage fabric scraps. I have had this "N" that I bought awhile back at Hobby Lobby and was deciding on covering it in either yarn or fabric, but with a little inspiration, I knew the fabric was the perfect vintagey touch for it! 
So, I layered away with all the pretty fabrics and now have a most lovely vintage letter "N" to display in my living room! A simple and sweet project! 
Another hexie flower finished, and I think that I have finally figured out that I will need to make 28, with some half flowers for the edges. Hopefully you won't get tired of seeing them! ;) 
What are your plans for the weekend? I will be working away on some sewing projects, and planning out my next set of vintage embroidery flour sack tea towels for the shoppe, and these will all be featuring some of the floral gingham fabrics from Lecien's new Flower Sugar line! Can't wait to show you!! 

Wishing you all a beautiful and creative weekend!! 

Monday, July 22, 2013

quilty goodness

 Happy Monday!
Hope that you had a fabulous weekend and enjoyed some lovely weather! It cooled down and even rained over the weekend, which was a nice break from the heat. Thank you all for your sweet and supportive comments on my new items!! You made my day brighter! 
Well, this weekend was quite productive with some quilty goodness!! I finished another barn block, and I'm really lovin' this one!
 I used some of my favorite fabrics and colors together and love how they all compliment each other so sweetly! 
 Only one more barn block to go and then I will be ready to finish my mini Barn Block quilt! 
 My hexie flowers are coming along and this one reminds me of the pretty springtime! 
As I was choosing the fabrics for the next flowers, I thought I would look at a book I have called Warman's Vintage Quilts to look at the vintage Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts to see how the flowers were placed. 
And, came to realize that I am going to have to make a lot more flowers to make a lap size quilt because they are not really in straight rows. These two above are doll quilts, and the ones below are larger sized quilts, and there are so many flowers! So, I am definitely in this project for the long haul! At least I love making them! 
I was thinking that I should start adding the white hexies to the ones I have to see how it is going to start forming and how many I'm really going to need. ;) 
So, the next fabrics are cut and ready to be made into a pretty flower! This quilt will definitely be a labor of love, but I know it will be so worth it in the end!
 And, because I am a girl of many projects, I started making some sweet sixteen-patch quilt blocks yesterday that were inspired by the beautiful quilt made by the most lovely and talented Hen of HenHouse! And, she is as sweet as can be to show you how she made her blocks here, which is super simple and they really become quite addicting! Thank you sweetest Hen for being such an inspiration! 
I am already looking forward to making some more and the best part is picking out the fabrics. And, it really is a great way to use those fabrics that have been waiting patiently to be used again. What projects are you working on this week?

Wishing you all a lovely and crafty week! 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

new items are here!

Happy Sweet Day!
Well, my new vintage inspired embroidery kitchen flour sack tea towels and pot holders are finally here, along with some other sweet goodies all just listed in my shoppe
I started off just with four towels and five pot holders, as I am testing the waters to see how they do. I hope you like them!! And, keep your eye out, as there maybe be more to come! The tea towels are made with new, high quality flour sack, and pre-washed to give it the vintage look and feel! To see more about each towel you can check them out here
And, the sweet pot holders! To see more details about each one you can see them all here
I also added to the shoppe some lovely pillow covers! Two vintagey patriotic flag pillow covers, a sweet vintage kitty embroidered patchwork pillow cover, and a most lovely Wilendur Royal Rose pillow cover, and they each have a sweet scalloped crocheted edging! You can see more about each one here
And lastly, I added a couple more of my vintage inspired clothespin bags!! You can see more about them here
I also added a listing for the sweet kittens washing there mittens clothespin bag that will be made to order using this sweet green plaid and floral reproduction print fabric. I will only be able to make two using this fabric, so get one while you can! You can see more details about this clothespin bag here!
Thank you for all your love and support in my little handmade business!! I appreciate you all so much!! 
Now back to making those cute barns and pretty hexie flowers!! Thank you for all your sweet comments on my little treasures!!
Wishing you a most lovely and crafty day!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

sweet little treasures

Happy Monday!
Hope that your weekend was most lovely! It was a busy weekend of sewing and working on trying to get all my new items finished. I am almost done! ;) 
Last month I went to an estate sale and came home with these small treasures, which sometime are always the best to bring home! This sale had photos to show what was there before, so when I saw the pot holders and tin molds, I knew I had to try to get them, and I did! I look forward to recreating these rose pot holders! 
In the garage was an old chest and hidden deep within were these pretty floral fabrics! There are just scrap pieces left over from her sewing projects, but oh so sweet they are! The one with the tiny pin dots was used for a skirt she made that I saw in the closet. It was so cute, but way to pricey for my budget, so I am happy to have come across the scraps. I have already soaked and cleaned them up, and they are ready to be used in something pretty! 
And, there was a box full of crocheted hangers, not all in the greatest condition, so I snagged these three! 
I love the pretty colors and those sweet flowers!! I have been wanting to try making some with crochet thread, so these are perfect inspiration!
Along with those cute Christmas mice, I came across these goodies! Delicate lace, bells, flower for gifts, and a couple Christmas cookie cutters! Overall it was a good sale and I look forward to hitting the next one! 
Cuteness is coming!! It will be a busy next couple days to get everything done and in my shoppe! So, if I get a little quite visiting, you know why! ;) Hope that you are enjoying some beautiful weather and crafty goodness!!

Wishing you a lovely and creative week! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

cuteness on wednesday

Just a little cuteness for you on this lovely Wednesday!! I found these darling vintage Christmas mice at an estate sale last month, and fell in love with them!! Those smiles just make my vintage heart so happy!! Hope they bring a smile to your face today, too!!
I'll be back later to show you some more of the treasures I found, but these two little guys were the cutest and I just couldn't wait to show you! I actually have them in standing in a jar of buttons on my sewing desk, so I can look at them while I sew! Now, back to creating I go!!
Thank you all so much for you sweet and supportive comments on my new makes and kitchen line!! You are all truly such a blessing to me!! 

Wishing you a beautiful and creative day!! 

Monday, July 8, 2013

hexies, ripple goodness, and a peak

Happy Monday Sweet Friends!!
It is so good to be back and I have missed you all! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend and for those in the states, had a lovely 4th of July! This summer seems to be flying by already, and the heat has definitely not been shy. We were lucky to have a cooler weekend, and are hoping it stays! 
I recently finished two more hexie flowers for my quilt and these both remind of summertime of picnics and homemade ice cream! 
But, I am a little partial to the mint and strawberries, as I love the color mint and sweet strawberries! 
And, these are all of them together! I still haven't decided if I should make 12 or 16. I am kinda leaning 16, to make it a little bit bigger and because I have some more fabrics I would like to use, or just keep it smaller at 12, since I still need to do all the white hexagons in between. 
They each measure about 10 by 10 inches, and I am actually curious if anyone has a vintage Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt to know how big the hexie flowers are in the vintage ones? So, for now I am going to do two more, and go from there.  
I have finally finished all the first rows of colors that I planned to do for the ripple blanket, and love how it is already looking, and I like the creamy white in between the colors!
Now, I need to start repeating the colors until I reach a good length for a lap sized blanket, which will have to wait for those cooler days. 
And, now for a little peak at my new kitchen vintage inspired embroidery line! These are the two samples I made, so hope you like them!! There will be pot holders and flour sack tea towels with vintage embroidery patterns of sweet animals, and maybe more to come!
And, of course the tea towels wouldn't be complete with out a pretty scalloped edging! My favorite! ;) 
The pot holders will all have a sweet gingham binding to match the color of the fabrics with some hand stitching for a sweet handmade touch! 
So, what do you think? I was trying to go for simple vintage style embroidered tea towels and pot holders, but I truly have a hard time keeping anything simple! I am happy with how they turned out, though! ;) 
I will be working away and hope to be able to have everything ready for the shoppe early next week, along with some pillow covers and a couple more clothespin bags. So, it will definitely a busy week, but it is good to be creating again! I have some treasures to share with you that I will post later in the week, too. What sweetness will you be working on or doing this week!! I look forward to catching up with all that you have been up to and creating!
Thank you again for your continued prayers and love!! My husband is still on the mend and making good progress in his health everyday! We have so much to be thankful for!

Wishing you all a most lovely and creative week!!