Monday, September 28, 2009

fabric run

So this weekend I had to go to the fabric store (surprise surprise I'm really always looking for excuses to go...) and got a bunch of quarters for the small stuff I'm making for Handborn. I'm in love with the following three fabrics!

Watermelon seeds

old school telephones

spools of thread (this may be my favorite)

So I've been quite busy lately just planning and getting things together for Handborn. I'm still thinking of the display I want it to be a little like last years. I will add a coat rack (I need to borrow or buy one) for the bags. I'm gonna start looking around on the internet, checking out what people use for displays when they show at a craft fair.

Oh! I finished a few bags but I think I'll save a show and tell until closer to the date :)

Next blog: Since I'm sort of getting into the spirit I'm gonna do a Halloween crafts post soon...maybe a collective of really cool ideas I've found on the net and some of my own. Can't wait!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


I made these cute house slippers for my sister. I found an easy tutorial in an old magazine and wanted to try it out I used regular felt for the sole since I didn't have wool felt (which is what the tutorial said to use). I think it's such a good project for any of those bigger scraps or quarters you have lying around. I think I'll do a tutorial soon. It's an easy project you can finish in one afternoon. I love this because I'm kind of impatient and I always want to go ahead and finish my projects right away.

In other news I'm going to do Handborn again this year. Handborn is a craft/art fair downtown Modesto. It's in the evening and there's always bands and a fashion show and tons of very cool vendors. I'm happy to be a part of it and glad that I have more time to plan and prepare than last year.

Monday, September 7, 2009

iron-on vinyl

Ok so I was a little skeptical and actually a little afraid to use this type of vinyl. I gotta admit that projects like these where you have to iron-on stuff on other stuff is not really my cup of tea, BUT I tried it today. I bought this pretty fabric and I wanted to make a new makeup bag for myself with it. The problem was that the background is white and I knew it was going to get dirty fast. I had bought this iron-on vinyl a long long time ago that I never used, so I decided to just try it. I gotta say it was really easy and I did like the end result. I would definitely use this again for other projects like wallets, placemats, makeup bags, or lunch totes.

I think there's a few things I would do differently. I would put some interface on the lining before sewing it on and also I would use a different zipper, I used a vintage metal zipper and it just was really hard to cut and work with for this particular project.

Can't wait to throw my old ugly falling apart makeup bag and use this one!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

It's been a while...

I've been around...just not around blogger and that's just NOT right! haha So yeah I'm back on here. I think I'm gonna try posting 2 to 3 times a week.

Today I went to my favorite place ever. THE FABRIC STORE (or two). My default store to go to is Joann's because it's closer to where I live and they always have sales and great coupons (love those 40% percent off coupons!). They have a decent variety of prints and their prices are reasonable. I also like that they have a variety of linen fabric in different textures and colors...I LOVE linen. Now if we are gonna talk about variety and some amazing fabrics...I will take the trip out to the far side of town and go to Beverly's. They have an amazing variety AMAZING. I seriously would go broke if I went there as much as I go to Joann's. I ususally only go there when I can't find what I want at Joann's or when I have some money to burn :) They are pricier and have less sales and coupons than Joann's but their variety makes up for that. They also are one of the best craft stores because they carry pretty much everything you need for any craft.

When I got home today I took Kosmo my chihuahua out to the back yard and it hit me that our lime tree is HUGE and it has tons of limes. My dad planted that tree a few years ago, he brought it from Mexico. These limes are so yummy, and juicy. I cannot explain how much my family and I use lime in everything...specially on fresh fruit. I think I need some fresh cut watermelon with lime juice and a little bit of salt right about now.

I think my squinty eyed dog would agree.