Wednesday, August 24, 2011

More babies...yep seriously

In case you haven't noticed the trend, everyone around me is having babies. At work, church, even my close friends; I can't escape it! A friend, Jaime,  from church is having a little girl soon so some of the ladies threw her a shower after church and Jaime made out like a bandit with the gifts. It was great to see how generous everyone was! I gave her two of my signature burp cloths for the little one to destroy :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Baby Brown

We've had a lot of babies in my office, but we were fortunate enough to have 2 of those ladies be in my department; Baby Seals and Baby Brown.

Cupcake stand made from cardboard and cans

Filled with goodies :)

Making circle bunting

Monkey burp cloths, compliments of T by T
Opening the group gift

It wasn't long before little Camden was here!! I was able to stop by the hospital to visit them just hours after the birth... it is such an incredible thing to hold something so small!!

Welcome Camden Brown!

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Crystal napkins and a beakless duck

If you have never been to an auction, I highly recommend it. There is a fantastic antique auction just 15-20 minutes from me that runs every Monday night. I went a few years ago with my friend, so when my mother-in-law said she was looking for a cool vanity, I knew right where to point her. The auction posts pictures of most of the big pieces online throughout the week so you can keep an eye on anything you might want. Lo and behold, a perfect vanity came up so we knew we had to go this week!

Sharon got the vanity and I got a bedside table for Trav (finally, he's been putting his things on the floor for months!).

Around the back of the room they have tables with boxes filled with RANDOM things. They are sold off silent auction style starting at $5. I put my name down on 2 of them and ended up getting one for just $5! I didn't even realize what a steal this was until I got it home and started digging...vintage napkins, tablecloths, handkerchiefs, place mats and a whole slew of crystal!
The goods...

Rainbow butterfly napkins

Gingham and polka dots?? Yes please!

These will make great pockets on something...

Half the box was crystal! Ash trays, a decanter, jewelry holder, candlesticks...

I didn't realize until I went to pickup my winnings that along with the side table I bought, came these antique dummy ducks (random, I know)... Travis and I don't exactly decorate with a hunting lodge aesthetic, but there is something charming about them, I'm sure they will find a place to "land" :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fountain of youth

Travis and I met at youth group. Granted I was in high school and he was in middle school (ew, gross, don't worry we didn't even notice each other until college!) That youth group holds a very special place in our heart because we know it has the power to change young people. We still try to help out whenever we can and love going to youth events.

For the last several years, the youth have made a big to-do about Harry Potter. It started out with 2 boys dressing up as Harry and Hagrid and as they years went on, the costume fever started spreading. Over the last 2 years, I have gone as:

Professor Trelawney (with an enthusiastic Cedric)

Professor Umbridge (with Trelawney and Rita Skeeter)
 This year for the grand finale (and midnight showing), I wanted to really go above and beyond and try something no one had tried yet...the Golden Snitch. I found some great gold lame (lah-may) fabric on sale and went to town!

 For Travis' encore as Cedric Diggory, I found 2 shirts around the same size at Goodwill and sewed them together, printed off a Hufflepuff logo and we were good to go!

The original
My version...not too bad huh?

Me, Travis and his sister as the best darn Luna Lovegood ever. And yes, she made that hat

We love getting home at 3am only to have to get up 3 hours later for work!!
My friends are just so proud...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Gettin' organized

Nothing beats good ol' fashioned organization. A few weeks ago, my friend Erin helped me move my sewing room around to give it a lot more space and function. I was perusing the sales at Hobby Lobby recently and found the cutest bin to put small things in for 50% off! Score! Not to mention it screams "primitive" which I am all about right now...

Everything in its place!

Vintage buttons in an old mayo jar my mom gave me

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Just after 4th of July, my husband was rear-ended. His car was totaled, but he was a-ok. Stiff neck for a few days, but no lasting damage. We've had quite a time working everything out with insurance, rentals, etc. so it's been a whirlwind this past month!! We still don't have a replacement over a month later, but if I could sew him a new car, I would!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Baby Seals

The office that I work at is filled with wonderful people. People of all ages and backgrounds with one common goal--have babies. Just kidding, but seriously...there is something in the water here! In 2011, we had 4 women expecting around the same time. Yes, FOUR. If you think this isn't a lot, compare it to the fact that only about 80 folks work here's a lot! (See previous post) So naturally, we have a lot of baby showers which means a lot of chances for me to flex my sewing muscles!!

June was a crazy month. My best friend from work had just learned she was moving to Nashville for her husband's job and I knew we had to throw her a shower/going away party here before she left. We rallied together and gave her a carnival themed shower she will never for get!

Handsewn bunting

Leftover bunting and fun animals

Seals were everywhere (family's last name)

Tiny bunting between the cakes. Who knew I was also a baker?!?!

Can't wait to meet you Baby Seals!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Danger Powers

A very sweet co-worker of mine just left the state of Georgia to follow her husband to another state for a job opportunity. Not only am I so excited for this new phase for them, I'm event more excited for the next phase when Baby Powers is born in 2 months! Before she left, we of course had an office shower for her to celebrate this little life and see her off.

A few months ago I was rummaging through the remnant bin in Joanne's (it's the best!!) and found the cutest flannel with little sailboats all over it. Little did I know, that a few months later I would be making burp cloths for a nautical themed nursery! How perfect is that...

The finished burp cloths

Ready for packaging!
 I also got inspired by a frame I scored at Goodwill that matched the fabric perfectly and decided to make a little piece of art to adorn the nursery with.

"P" for Powers...Baby Danger Powers that is

Ready for the mommy-to-be!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Hit or Missy part 2

As soon as we saw the needle come out of his mouth we knew there had to be more in there. $200 and 2 x-rays later, it turns out there was nothing in him and the needles must have magically disappeared. "Needless" to say, we don't keep the sewing room door open anymore (sorry for the shameless pun).

Even though the pattern was destroyed, I was able to salvage what I could to finish the job, but it also means I can't make that apron style again!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hit or Missy

A friend of mine from college reached out to me and asked me to make her an apron to give as a housewarming gift (excellent idea!). We worked together on fabrics, design, etc. and we decided to use a pattern that I don't use often, but that I love the outcome of. I think I loathe it because it involves SO MUCH bias tape--which means I have to make the bias tape, and then pin it all on. But its good practice and keeps me from making the same thing over and over again:)

I ran into just one snag while making this creation: Ponce. Ponce joined our family just after Thanksgiving and has a penchant for chewing!

The "precious" one
 We usually keep my sewing room shut up so the dogs can't get into it, but my dear husband accidentally left it open one morning on his way out the door--leaving Ponce free reign of the room for 8 hours! Unfortunately I don't have pictures because I was so blind with rage, but when I came home the room was trashed, the pattern was eaten (parts of the pattern were actually still attached to the fabric after I cut it out) and a pin cushion was missing all its pins.

Ponce's "man I was bad" face
I was able to salvage the fabric, but the pattern was destroyed. More importantly, about 10 pins were missing and Ponce's stomach was the only plausible place to look. I called my husband (freaking out). Thank goodness he was on his way home and told me to sit tight. We felt his belly for pain and gave him a few treats to see how he was swallowing. We thought we were in the clear until he coughed up a needle...

to be continued :)