February 27, 2009

Only one hour fifty five minutes left 'till Saturday!

My Dad, Brother and Sister are leaving town for the weekend, and my Mom and I are planning on spending the whole time sewing!!! Oh wait, I have that eight page term paper due Thursday, don't I. Rats, I guess I'll be writing. Perhaps I'll write a page, then sew a dress, then write a page, then sew a dress! Yes I know, my time management skills are superb.

So, while I'm not sewing (boohoohoo) how about you tell me what you are making. If you are in need of inspiration, why not try making this little bag. I made it last year for my Jenny, and it was a quick easy way to use up some cute bits of fabric. If you want something simpler, these little clips look like a fun project. Or how about crocheting your own recycled sandals out of grocery bags (picture #2). Have fun!

February 25, 2009

Little Heart Pokers

A three year old girl, who I was babysitting, found this pincushion in my bedroom and started playing with it and her stuffed animals. I overheard her say to her puppy dog, "now these are the little heart pokers."

Well obviously they are pokers, I wonder who was the silly person who thought we should call them pins! :D

February 22, 2009

The Big Reveal!

And the day has finally come, I am pleased to announce the grand opening of my Etsy shop!

It is actually a joint venture between my Mom and I. We both love to sew, but we can't possibly keep everything for ourselves. So, hopefully someone out there in cyberspace can be blessed by our handmade things.

I hope you can drop by soon!

February 18, 2009


There is a stack of lovelies sitting on my bedside table right now. They all came from my college library which I have fondly dubbed the Bodleian after this amazing place. Sometimes I choose books just based on their covers. Silly I know, but surely you can understand after looking at these.

On top of the stack, German Poems 1800-1850. Slow reading, but look at the beautiful text.

In the middle, The Best Known Works of Henry Ibsen. I couldn't resist, remembering a line from one of my favorite books: "Amatoor dramatics, sir. There's a club of us, rehearses parts whenever we come across one another. It's an Ibsen play, Do you know it?" ~A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King.

And of course on the bottom a book I check out frequently, The Cut of Women's Clothes by Norah Waugh. Very inspiring.

February 14, 2009

Very Mary Poppins-ish

My new carpet bag is nearing completion, and I always feel in a Mary Poppins mood when making carpet bags. Of course it is not actually for me, it is for the living history interpreters at the museum I sew for, but I have a special fondness for it.

The fabric is simply scrumptious! It is a reproduction carpet from the 1800's, made by Family Heirloom Weavers. They are such a great company. Just last week we got a box in the mail with a chunk of Regency reproduction carpet. Incredible is too dull a word to describe its beauty, it was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

This is a close up picture of the frame, which my talented neighbor makes for me. That is also the lining scrunched up down there, I am waiting to attach it until after the handles are attached. There is a board in the bottom to give our bag some shape, and there are four large pockets in the lining.

February 09, 2009

A Stroll about the Garden

How delighted I am to see you my friend, shall we take a turn about the garden? It’s refreshing, is it not after sitting so long in one attitude?

Oh excuse me for walking so slow, I was just admiring the general splendor.

Now this flower certainly complements your fine eyes.

The glories of nature. What are men compared to rocks and mountains

They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life.

You must see this sculpture; it never ceases to give me pleasure.
Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.

My dear, there is no need to hide. The gardener will not be bothered by us.
Shall we sit for a spell in this recess?
To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
We must go on now, I’m very fond of walking.
Look here, we are drawing near the house.

Is it not pleasing?

You are too kind in your flattery. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study?
It was a delightful visit—perfect, in being much too short.

(written by Heidi, with help from Jane Austen) (photos from the lovely Herrenhausen Gardens in Hannover Germany)

February 08, 2009

Sunday Thoughts

Yet he (Abraham) did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully pursuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness."
Romans 4:20-21

February 05, 2009

White Ruffles

~The Chemise Dress~
It's coming along, slowly but steadily. I have spent the last few weekends sewing miles of ruffles. Now I am trying to figure out what color to make the sash, any suggestions?

February 03, 2009

An almost-reveal, the macarena, and how to ruin your camera

I'm just bursting to tell you all of my new endeavor, but now is not the right time for a big reveal. Soon--I promise. Lets just say that my sewing room looks as if a herd of water buffalo ran through it while dancing the macarena! It gets a little crazy when inspiration hits.

Anyways, so that this blog doesn't die, I will show you the interesting effect that can be achieved by spinning, shaking, or jerking your camera while photographing a waterfall.

Cool, right? The beautiful waterfall in these pictures is Strawberry falls, in the Strawberry Mountains. I will try to be back soon with some interesting sewing posts! Have a splendid morning.