Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hi there, so once again I am having major problems with my server and my website. Several folks have tried several things and it's just not getting straightened out. The site is out in cyber land somewhere and if you click this link, it will take you there. I hope to have the problem corrected soon but thought I would let you know just in case you think I have disappeared.

Thanks from a very grumpy,

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Flower Pincushion and Bowl Project

Hey, Hey, Happy Wednesday! I've got a little project for you. I don't know about you but I can never have enough pin cushions or things to carry my supplies in. I am always on the quest for the perfect way to carry around my projects etc. For awhile now, when I have a "night time, movie watching while I sew project" I carry my supplies up from my studio in a little bowl. It has worked just fine until I came up with this little flower bowl. It's a little fabric bowl but its go a bit of fluff in the center to use as a pin cushion as well. Now I can stick my pins and needles in a little thread and a small pair of snips and I am set to sew.

First of all, do you remember my flower mug rug project here? Well it turns out, its the same pattern pieces. You can find and print them here.

Here's what you will need:
Petal fabric 1/8 yard
Center fabric 8" x 4"
Heavy Craft Interfacing, I used Heat n Bond Fusible Heavy Craft Weight Interfacing
Batting 4" x 4"
Small pom pom fringe 1/2 yard
Felt 4" x 4"
Felt for leaf 4" x 4"
Coordinating floss

1. Start by cutting four sets of petals. Cut 4 petals from the heavy weight interfacing as well. I cut mine a 1/4" smaller so the seams would be nicer and then ironed hem on. Sew around the curved portion of the petal. Clip, turn, and press.

2. Iron on a piece of interfacing to one of the centers of the flower.

3. Divide and then mark with a pin, four quarters on the center. Start by pinning the center of one of the petals to one of the pins on the center. Continue pinning each side until it is completely pin.

4. Continue pinning the three petals on just as you did the first one in step 3. It will be a bit cumbersome at this point, but you're ready to sew around the center now. After sewing clip the edges around the center. Flip the petals up so that the center is the bottom of the bowl.

5. Take the remaining center and place a layer of batting underneath. Next, place a little larger circle of felt underneath the batting. Sew and a spill shape like marked on the pattern piece to hold everything together. Clip every 1/8-1/4 inch around the felt to create a fringe.

6. With floss hand stitch the pom pom fringe around the outside of the circle.

7. Hand stitch the center to the center of the bowl, it will be a bit larger so you'll have to gather the edge every now and then to make it fit in the center. When you gather it that bit the center will pouf up a bit in the middle. Before you reach the end of stitching the center on, tuck in a small amount of fiberfill to fill that space.

8. Cut out a leaf from the green felt. I chose to hand stitch around the outer edge of the felt leaf. Tack stitch it onto the bottom of the bowl.

Hope you had fun,

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Break Camping and Studio Organizing

Congrats to Julie Agler for winning the glamping week Give-A-Way. Thanks for all of your great comments and enthusiasm about the whole week as well, it was super fun.

We were able to get away for a few days this week in the camper. It was a test run to Florida, we have never pulled a trailer before, never hooked anything know, we needed to learn some basics. We ended up at a great RV/campground that had a lot of retirees. A lot of our neighbors had started out in a camper just like ours. They enjoyed seeing ours and some even took pictures to send to other family members. They had loads of great advice and I'm sure they got some good laughs from us not knowing how to work a sewer hose.

I have to say the awning is still may favorite part of the whole camper, followed by my favorite glamping accessories to make my morning mochas.

Yep, I have found a camping espresso maker and a frothed for my mochas. I can't imagine a month out west without my mocha this summer. I was going to bring my big machine but Nik found these alternatives that work pretty darn well.

While I was in Florida I got to have lunch with Caroline from Sew Can She, it was fun to catch up with a friend and talk sewing and quilting. She's got a fun looking retreat planned in October in Key West for the release of her book. I really want to go.

We arrived home on Thursday and I walked in to my studio. It was an absolute disaster from all of the chaos before we left. I couldn't stand to be in there so I took Friday and Saturday to clean and rearrange some things. It's looking much better now. While I was at it, I called a contractor to come look at options for a window. I'm not sure if it can be done, but I have my fingers crossed.

Now that the studio is clean, I am working on some new sewing patterns that will be out in May just in time for Quilt Market and I'm sewing up a new project for you that will be in my newsletter later this week.

Talk to you soon,

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Glamping Week, Cushions, Walls, and Curtains

Happy Friday! Were getting there on the little camper. I had a set back yesterday when I discovered that two of the seat cushions had been cut wrong. I have to take some thing apart and sew them back together, but now everyone has a bed to sleep on, whew! 

Nik and I hung the curtains last night and started moving some things in to the storage area. I am finding it takes a lot of thought to get all those nooks and crannies filled the best way.

We also go the table back in place. It's a bit beat up but it has gold glitter in it that matches the floor so we decided to keep it the way it is.

Then as I said yesterday I had plans for the woodgrain wall we decided to leave. I made up a sheet of decals in my Photoshop program and took them to my local printer. They were able to laser cut vinyl from my image.

Heres the sheet as I am cutting apart all of the words and pieces.

I taped them in to place so I could see where I wanted them. This took me about ten try's before I was happy.

You peel off the backing and with a credit card smooth the vinyl down so that there aren't any air bubbles.

The front peels off and then you have a permanent decal.

I chose a Dr. Seuss quote, "Oh the things you can find if you don't stay behind ".

I also hung up my retro glittered fish that I bought awhile back. It's really the only thing I have for the walls so far. I wanted to get the curtains and cushions in first. We also want to collect things from our travels to hang on the walls. Unfortunately, that's going to take awhile so I will have to keep popping in with those updates as they happen. 

It's going to be raining today so I am going to have to give it a day or two before I can get some awning with lights shots, but those and my other improvements will be coming. In the meantime I took some more photos of my fairy garden so here are those.

And don't forget to enter the Give-A-Way, just a few more days to go.

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Have a great day,

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Glamping Week continues with lots of Paint!

Hey Hey, pippin in for day four of Glamping week to show you the process. We have been working hard and are still working so I don't have tons to show you today. It's been a TON of painting. In honor of glamping week I made a miniature garden for my front porch with my little camper and pin cushion bunting.

We got new tires, hooray!

 I polished the hubcaps. I can't believe how shiny they are now and I didn't have to touch up the red paint at all.

And then the reason I don't have many pictures, we've been painting and painting. It has taken us four coats to get the wood covered up. 

I had originally wanted to leave this wood grain and then we thought we might paint it. Once we started painting and it was taking so long. We decided we should go back to our original plan of woodgrain. I have plans for this wall and I am hoping I will be able to show you tomorrow.

We touched up the rest of the painting in the kitchen as well. I started loading up the drawer and cabinets with the essentials. I just had to take a photo of my silverware. It's one of my favorite purchases. It's a set of all mis-matched handles. 

Okay tomorrow is move in day....should be exciting and I hope to have lots of pictures for you!
Have a great day,

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

More Camper Updates and a Necklace Project, It's Glamping Week!

Hello, Hello, Oh boy there's is a lot of work going on in the camper. We had a late night last night and I think it will be another late one tonight. It's doing along nicely, with just a few setbacks here and there. But before I get going on the updates from yesterday I wanted to share my Travel Trailer Necklace Project with you.

This is an easy one to put together and here's what you'll need.

1 Ceramic Camper Pendant
3 5mm Glass Flag Beads
3 Eyepins 1" in length
Chain of desired length

1. Start by sliding a glass bead onto an eye pin. Close the eye pin by making a wire loop. Do this for all three flags.
2. Connect all three flags together in a row.
3. Connect one end of the chain to one of the ends of the flag string.
4. Slide the pendant on to the chain and connect the remaining chain end to the flag string.

 Now on to the camper updates. First there has been lots of caulking. I hate to think how many tubes we have gone through during this restoration process. Yesterday it was the kitchen that got the caulking.

The backsplash is galvanized steel, that way I can hang things with magnets on it. I'm thinking spices, hooks for potholders, magnet clips, etc. In this little of a space, everything has to be used for storage.

One of the updates that our camper guys did was add a new water tank. They had to special order one that would fit under our bad, I guess they are all bigger now. We also got a hot water heater for under the sink, I think hot water is gong to come in handy, especially with not having a shower and having two pre teen boys.

Here's the fridge framed out and ready to go.

Next was the not so fun job of adding the wood paneling. We used Luan so it could be painted. It doesn't bend well so we had to do some seams that was then covered up with trim board.

We added new seat boards to the dinette. And now the painting has begun. Don't have pictures of it yet, but I will tomorrow. 

Don't forget the Give-A-Way if you haven't joined. I added another option since some folks were having a hard time pinning the post.

Have a great day,

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