For Halloween this year, I decided to be everyone's favorite Diva of Discounts: Flo from the Progressive insurance commercials!
I was going to buy a simple white apron but the craft stores here were constantly sold out, so I ended up buying fabric and making my own. Hand-wrote the Progressive logo on it and colored it in with a fabric marker.
It was such a hit! I wore it to school and all the kids recognized me (except maybe Kindergarteners!).
Here's one a little closer so you can see the lettering on the apron, name tag, and I <3 Insurance button!
My cousin loves skulls, tattoos, etc. so when I saw Badbird's free "death head" pattern, I knew I had to make something for my cousin. She also has a slight obsession with handbags, so I decided on a purse. Can't wait to give it to her for Christmas!
The embroidery: I used a variegated floss on the wings, but it's hard to see.
The bag: based on a pattern out of The Best of Sew Simple Magazine (it's actually the bag on the cover!)
The lining: I love. The handles cost a pretty penny, but I love them too.
And a little change purse/phone/ciggy holder with an M for Melissa:
Through my public library, I attended a 12-session (6 month) lecture series on Jane Austen. Each month featured a different book, so we read all 6 books, like a Jane Austen Book Club. In December we had what the library is hoping to be the first of an annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea and guests were encouraged to come in period attire. So I made plans to construct a dress over Thanksgiving Break.
Pattern: Simplicity 4055
I like the top of one view and the bottom of the other, put a zipper in rather than buttons.
I used a cotton print from the quilting section of the fabric store.
Disappointed that more women didn't dress up! (There were probably 200 in attendance and this is all who dressed up.)
Every Christmas, my dad's family does a white elephant gift exchange. I decided to go eco-friendly this year and make reusable grocery bags. I first got the idea when I saw a pattern on the Burda website. Free!
I searched high and low on the internet for some cool designs to decorate them with. Then off to the fabric store, where I purchased "duck" fabric. Very durable, canvas-like material, comes in lots of great colors!
And now, onto the bags!
A recycle heart
A peace sign made of leaves
And then cute fruits and veggies!
Here are some close-ups of that:
Garlic, the Stinky kid
Carrot, the goofball kid
Heartsick Pear, who loves the studmuffin Apple, and then weirdo Lemon with the sour attitude!
My mom and sis are already going crazy for them, and plotting to pick them in the exchange. Thanks for looking!
My friend Cherie from my book club LOVES the guy that plays Eric on True Blood. As a joke, I made her this pillowcase for her birthday. She loved it! And was embarassed at how "teeny-boppery" she felt for loving it so.
A close-up of the fabric. Tried to find something romantic and vampire-y?
I printed the hot picture on a printer-fabric sheet thing, went through the process of ironing it, wetting it, and ironing it again. Then sewed it on to the fabric. Sew simple! Hehe. Now she can sleep next to her dream man. Thanks for looking!
Being that it is summer, I'm nursing a vicious sunburn, and it's over 100 degrees here in northern California, I decided to make a warm, cozy fleece hat! With ear flaps! Haha. I'm preparing for a trip to Alaska in less than two weeks, and need a hat. Voila! This is the first hat I have attempted. I got the pattern off of this site: http://www.shelby.fi/kaava/403/403.php and then just figured it out from there. I also made it reversible! Yay.
I've painted lots of ceramic plates, but never made a mosaic... until now! It was a lot of work, and I'm not sure if I would be up to attempting another. I made this one for my saxophone teacher at university, as a thank you since I just graduated.
And the final product:
I wanted it to look like stained glass, so I went with the black grout. But looking at the before picture, I kinda wish I had gone with a lighter grout.