Monthly Archives: March 2013

Tradition Lives On!

Standard

Spring has sprung!  At least here in Texas…  And what color says spring like the color of sunshine?  My beautifully laminated yellow, gray, black, and white floral cotton was calling to me.  My first Anny Bag of the year, Daisy Dots, is complete!  I used a yellow polka dot for the lining and just happened to have that cute little black and white dot flower for embellishment.  The black polka dot ruffles are a Michael Miller laminated fabric that goes so well with many combinations.  Thank you, Michael!  Three pockets and a magnetic closure make it perfect for traveling and shopping.  The day I completed it I was watching The View and there were models dressed for spring in black and yellow:

IMG_2557              IMG_2549

Another laminated Michael Miller fabric, Secret Garden was perfect for my next bag as well–both lining and exterior.  A popular Amy Butler pattern was used but with a twist.  I multiplied the inner pockets and adorned it with blush colored beading.  Speaking of blush, this bag was called Wine on the Vine.  The beading would have been simple to apply (and was) but the effect looked a little skimpy to me so I added a row of burgundy velvet trim to enhance the effect.  A Jennifer Paganelli design called Queen Street lined the interior.

IMG_2576

Every year I donate a bag to the Salvation Army Benefit Gala’s silent auction.  This year I created Springtime in Paris from a Craftapple pattern called Tailored Bags, and yet another Michael Miller fabric along with his black polka dot.  The main fabric features vintage style scenes of ladies shopping in Paris.  The interior is a cotton called Barefoot Roses from Tanya Whelan.  This was the first time I’ve applied a swivel clasp closure which couldn’t have been easier.  The bag’s nice wide bottom and multiple pockets, including a large pocket on the exterior, would, indeed, be perfect for shopping along the ChampsElysees!  But, seeing as how the bag fits file folders perfectly, it could even be a tote for working at the office.

IMG_2589              IMG_2585

We are taking a cruise next week to celebrate Rick’s retirement from Shell.  So exchanging summer for winter clothing in the closet occupied a day or two since there was a lot of trying on, making packing lists, etc.  But I’ve really been enjoying the posts on The Renegade Seamstress’s blog and took a note from her to modify an item I found left from last summer.  I had purchased a white linen J.Jill dress with a hood online and although I really liked the look, I was not comfortable with the length–too short.  So I cut off about 8-10 inches, leaving enough for a generous hem, and created a top!  Even used the cut off fabric to make pockets–yay!  Add a pair of capris and you’ve got a new outfit! 🙂  I forgot to take a “before” pic but here is the new top:

IMG_2597

We’re having another Open House tomorrow, so Rick and I will take the doggies beachcombing for a bit while our trusty realtor does her thing.  Yes, I still need to keep the sewing room spiffed up and tidy!  Oh–last week the doorbell rang and this lady told me she used to live in our house.  So I gave her and her daughter the tour and she was SO happy to see that I was using the lightfilled upstairs bedroom for my sewing room as that was what she had done when she lived here.  And SEW…the tradition lives on!

Here’s hopping, er hoping, your Easter is fabulous!

P.S.  Had my first Etsy sale last week–a lady from Australia purchased The Anny Bag pattern!

SCRAP HAPPY!

Standard

In February I took a little break from sewing to revisit a lost love–scrapbooking!  When my daughter and granddaughters were here recently, they had so much fun trying to draw from a cute little book I have called “Doodling in French:  How to Draw with Joie de Vivre!”  Easy to follow steps lead you to create drawings of the Eiffel Tower, etc.  So for Valentine’s Day, I sent the book to Jen and the girls along with drawing pads.  But when I purchased the drawing pads they had covers that were not very attractive and rather juvenile.  I bought three, though, and for each one I completely scrapbooked over the original cover with photos that pertained to each girl, along with embellishments like ribbon, flowers, and other 3-dimensional items.  It took longer than I thought but it was really fun and now they each have a unique sketch pad for fun!  Here is a picture of each one:

IMG_2128IMG_2129IMG_2130

Another side step from sewing in February was the opening of my new Etsy shop called, of course, It’s Sew Anny!  While I was in Austin, my daughter graciously agreed to model the bags in her beautiful backyard and that was the final step to photographing and posting my items on Etsy.  Three bags are currently listed which you will see below:

MIDNIGHT ROSE

IMG_2028 - Version 2 IMG_2030 IMG_2316

REGAL ELEGANCE

IMG_1271 IMG_2321 IMG_0996

MINK ME TONIGHT

IMG_2370 IMG_2329

I realize that these bags are from my winter style, but when I heard about the recent blizzard up north I decided that perhaps it wasn’t too late to offer a creation that was warm and cozy!  I did, however, manage to sew one spring time bag recently.  I call it Pretty in Pink since it’s dripping in pink beaded glamour and a precious pink peony.  Here are a few pics:

IMG_2302 IMG_2299

This bag will make a lady very happy since it’s fashioned from laminated cotton and is super lightweight and easy to clean.  Perfect for shopping, traveling, and everyday wear.

I may have mentioned in a previous post that we are selling our house and seeking another historical home here in the East End of Galveston Island.  Today our realtor held an open house.  What does that mean to a seamstress?  It means that my sewing room is beautifully tidy right now.  What else does that mean?  Oh yeah…  Where in the world did I stash certain items to tidy up?  The next month or so just might consist of more than a few games of hide ‘n seek with me searching for essential tools, embellishments and project items that I’ve so very neatly tucked away!   Until next time…wish me luck!!