Entries for the ‘etsy’ Category

Dresden Pillow

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

dresden pillow

I was so excited to help out when Tasha asked me if I would sew a pillow from her new line of fabric-Little Red Riding Hood.  I dug out my old Jr. Elf book for inspiration and fell in love with the opening lines.

as good as bread

“As sweet as sugar and as good as bread” , I loved the idea of comparing the sweetness of a child to bread (f you’ve ever tried to cut out carbs you know how sweet a soft doughy white bread can be!) I decided to use that little phrase as an embroidery design for the center of my pillow.  I fussy cut one of the prints to make sure I highlighted Little Red herself.

embroidery detail

The pillow is a generous 16″ using four of Tasha’s prints. I absolutely love the grey floral that I used for sashing- the colors are just perfect together.  In fact I love the versatility of that print so much that I finished another project with it last night (will share next week).

sashing & trim

If you feel like getting your craft on over this three day weekend the full page PDF color pattern for this pillow is available in my shop as an instant download. This means if you feel like getting crafty at 2 am you don’t have to wait for me to wake up and email you the file (because I will be sound asleep at 2am!).


Have a safe and relaxing weekend!

A Little Thread Action

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Last week I took a quick trip to SAS for some elastic and found this 3/8 of a yard Amy Butler print.  For $1.50 I took it home and turned it into a pillow.  You can’t tell from the pic, but I trimmed it in brown piping to match the couch.  This is the first time I’ve made a pillow for my living room….and, I really really love it!

I keep pinning star quilts on pinterest, I really like the look of the quilted 8 point star.  I googled around and kept finding tutorials for the wonky star- which I didn’t want, I wanted a true star.  I Finally learned it was called a Saw Toothed Star, after a little bit of math I cut and stitched one up.

I’ll be listing it in the shop today or tomorrow for $8, unless you email me now and tell me you want it.  I found the star to be quick to stitch up and am thinking about tackling a throw quilt….after I finish the baby’s quilt (the one I’ve been working on for almost 2 years now!).

On an unrelated note, I overheard my kids discussing the difference between a fart and a toot this morning before school.  There were sound effects.  It was hilarious!!

Weekend Creating

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

First-  I have to tell you I made these Cherry Blossom Pastries over the weekend, they were so easy and a BIG hit with everyone!

Second- I added a few items to the shop this weekend, 2 book marks I had been working on.  I can’t tell you how much I love these bookmarks!  I am forever leaving my books out and around the house, and in turn they are always being picked up and moved around by the kids.  The book marks NEVER fall out.  I love how the elastic keeps the bookmark tight on my book!  I tired to make them reasonably priced based on the amount of detail I put into them.  What do you think?

Breezy Evening

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Monday evening was really a beautiful night, it cooled down and a breeze was blowing.  The son mowed the lawn and its lush greeness called to us.  I told the kids to take their shoes off and feel the soft green grass on their bare feet, it was that wonderful soft squish-y-ness that transports you back to your own childhood. ahhh….

soft green grass

(loving her post bath curls!)

I also added a crossover dress to the shop today.  I finished it Friday except for the button holes.  I loathe button holes…I have a very old machine and while it does have a good button hole stitch its NOTHING like those fancy attachments the newer machines have that practically stitch themselves.  So, I procrastinated them all weekend long and finally just hand stitched them this afternoon.  Hand stitching them took longer, of course, but at least I could watch a little TV while I did it!

Cross over Dress

Sweet Summer Cherries

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

I ended up with not quite enough of the Amy Butler print to make the set; so I had to start again with this cherry fabric.  I really love how this turned out!

Sweet Summer Set

It feels so classic and clean to me.  I can just see a sweet little girl wearing it this summer while wandering in the deep green grass with a slice of watermelon in her hand, can’t you?!

I think the little leg ruffles are my favorite!  The set is listed in the shop….

Shop Update

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

new stuff

New stuff, in the shop, hurry hurry!

Mini Shop Updates

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Well, the kids got home from school before I could get everything listed…so there are more items to come.  First off though, my new fav., hand embroidered and appliqued reusable lunch/snack bags.

Reusable Lunch Bags

I recently made some of these for my son and he LOVES it, they are lined in vinyl which makes them super easy for cleaning!  This set is in the shop.

Also listed- printable birthday labels!  A few more designs to come this weekend (or after the kids are in bed!)

Also waiting to be listed- baby bibs, baby shirts, & vintage little boy patterns!

etsy favorites

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

I spent way too much time on etsy today…repricing everything in the shop.  Everything is now on sale…ridiculously on sale.  I want to get rid of everything and close the shop for a while.  So, click on over there and see if anything tickles your fancy.

Here are some of my etsy crushes today.

etsy favorites

1. lilyqueen
2. lizhutnick
3. messymarthas
4. smallearthvintage
5. vindemialvintage
6. designwilke
7. mariemadelinestudio
8. bluecatvintage
9. heyzee

Oh the irony

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

This week has been crazy.  I have accomplished so much in the last 3 days that I feel like it should be friday; but its not….it’s only Wednesday night.  And the laundry is still waiting for me, but I did get the floors partially mopped, so take that messy house!


As I run around like a chicken with its head cut off (good word, who came up with that little idiom?!), the irony is not lost on me that I created this pillow embroidered with the word “simplify”.


Its in the shop, if you too need a gentle reminder to slow down and simplify.


Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Well, after doing some reprioritizing (ie, I’m simply not going to peel a whole 5lb bag of potatoes to make mashed potatoes for the church party tonight, I am buying the dehydrated stuff.  I simply can’t do everything and something had to give.)  I squeezed in some time to finish a few things.  Be sure you read all the way through, there is a freebie at the end!!

Baby Jacket

Introducing the flannel lined infant jacket, it is in the shop and waiting to keep your little one warm.  I figured now that Heather’s new line of fabric is out (which I bought today) it’s only fitting that I used up what I have left of the Pop Garden line.

Hollywood Kimono Shirt

Also, used up the very last of my AH Hollywood fabric for this adorable little kimono shirt.  I so love these shirts on baby, I’m hoping to make some next week for my little one (i keep telling her each morning that it is a good day to be born- she’s not buying it).  This one is in the shop and ready for wearing!

Now, just for fun, I whipped up some printable holiday gift tags.  Just a little something to perk up your holiday gifts.  Each tag is about 2.5″x1.5″, the pdf is here.

Holiday gift tags