Monday, August 9, 2010

I recently purchased an iPod Touch at the request of my 7-year-old boy.  He is verbally challenged and finds it difficult to cope when he cannot communicate his needs.  One of his strengths is technology, particularly computers. This amazing little electronic devise has opened his communication skills, allowing him to ask for things that really excite and motivate him.  There are many "apps" you can purchase that are both educational and engaging.  His favorite one is I Spy, but there are many to choose from, and they are very reasonably priced.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Utility Aprons Made With Eco Friendly Hemp and Cotton

I have finally found the perfect fabric to use as a backing for my utility aprons. This hemp/cotton blend fabric shrinks very little if washed in cold water, and has a linen-like texture without the tendency to wrinkle. It is very durable and comes in a wide variety of colors.  My customers love it, and I love to sew with it! Happy creating!!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Yarn Time!

Ok, so I just finished reorganizing my home studio, and found all of my lucious yarns!  Although it is summer here in Southern Cal., the weather has me feeling like it's January! Not cold, just gray and dreary.  This type of weather drives me straight to my crochet patterns, hook, and yarn.  Today, I am making a cute beanie hat for my 9-year-old fashionista daughter using Patons Grace yarn. It is a fine, cotton yarn with a slight sheen. Very beautiful and easy to work with. This FREE pattern can be found at:

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Amy Butler is one of my favorite fabric designers.  Many of her designs are inspired by nature, and have coordinating fabrics which are grouped together by themes.  This saves me an immense amount of time when I create a design using multiple fabrics. Her fabric is also very durable and comes in a medium-weight which is fabulous for making bags, pillows and aprons.  I made this utility apron using the Daisy Chain Wildflowers Navy(shown in the right column), and a navy denim lining that I found at the local fabric store.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

This apron design is ideal for gardening!  I carry my pruning shears, scissors, staking tape, and seed packets to assist me when I garden. I found this patten in a book by Lexie Barnes. Sew What! Bags: 18 Pattern-Free Projects You Can Customize to Fit Your Needs  I was looking for a way to use my leftover fabric scraps, and love it!  I have made many of them for teachers, weddings planners and carry them at a local plant nursery. Sew What! Bags: 18 Pattern-Free Projects You Can Customize to Fit Your Needs

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Utility Aprons/Tool Belts

As my business evolves, I come to realize that change is a good thing.  I came up with the idea of making these aprons/belts when I needed a handy organizer to carry and store my sewing tools in while I was sewing projects. Thanks to a book by Lexie Barnes, I found a DIY sewing project that allowed me to have the freedom to design and customize something that has become one of my top sellers! They are used by teachers, event planners, florists, gardeners, artists, hair dressers etc...