Monday, December 31, 2007

The Season of Coats (or Jackets)

For some reason, I am obsessed with coats. I have been making either coats or jackets for the last several months and I have a few more on my list. Although I made most of them for myself, I did manage to squeeze in one for my five-year-old daughter, Babygirl. I used this fabric and trim,

And I used this pattern
Butterick 4908

The results!

I think she really likes it and besides she looks so cute! I think I will make another coat for her soon.

The Start of A Great New Year!

I'm wishing for the best! I hope you are excited about the new year! I want to take the time to wish everyone a..

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

A Very Special Messege

Everyone should have someone in their life who is considered a soul mate, for me its my big sis Rita. She is an awesome person! Not only is smart, kind, energetic, outgoing and funny; she is always there for me. And I love her for that. Whenever I need someone to talk to, laugh with or when I need a shoulder to cry on, she's there. She even gives great advice (although sometimes its unsolicited) Inside joke.

So on this very special day, I would like wish my sister, Rita a...

Happy Birthday!

Make a wish and blow out the candles!
Love Ya,

Friday, December 28, 2007

Behind These Doors...

Is where all the creativity happens. I don't have the luxury of devoting a room entirely to my crafts, so I stole this idea from HGTV. Instead of having an office in a closet, I have a "sewing room" in a closet. This is what it looks like...
This took about a weekend and cost around $200 (give or take $50). The shelving varies in length and price and can be purchased at any Home Depot. Everything else came from IKEA, one of my favorite places in the world! The desk was only $34! What a bargain! I love it so much, I bought three for various rooms in my home.

Here is another angle of my "sewing room."

The white boxes on the shelf are also from IKEA. They hold many of my notions and some of my special scrapbooking supplies. The large pink boxes house gift wrapping supplies and my bulky fabric stash. The smaller pink boxes hold paper and current projects. Interfacing, printed fabric and fabric scraps are kept in the gray boxes. This shelf is also the home of my acrylic paints, decorating magazines and my tiny serger (which I never use).

I placed a lazy susan on the second shelf to hold glue, markers, colored pencils, extra dressmaker pens, push pins, etc. It really comes in handy!

You can see a great storage find I discovered in the automotive section at Walmart in this photo. It is intended to hold screws and nuts but I used it to store various items including my glue gun, fray check, snaps, needles, etc. I really love it!

Now, let's move over to the other side of the room. Keep in mind this room has to double as a guest room, so I couldn't remove bed.

This is the guest bed, the headboard my made by yours truly. The dresser was also purchased at IKEA and stores patterns and fabric.

Here is a closer look.

The patterns are categorize by garment type, i.e. shirts, coats, pants, etc.

The second drawer is where I store fabric for current projects on my list. The other dresser drawer is always empty, ready for guest to arrive.

On the other wall, I keep my cutting mat behind the folding cutting table.

This is what it looks like unfolded.

Well, that's my "sewing room." I think it came out just like I planned. However, I am always planning, chances are I'll change it again as my needs change.

One last picture, this is one of my favorite tools.

It's a label maker and I use it anywhere, including the sewing room. I am a little bit of a neat freak. I confess.



Monday, December 24, 2007

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I just love Christmas! It's always such a joyful time, especially if you have children like me. Have a Merry Chrstmas from my family to yours!

Starting a blog on Christmas Eve

Crazy Huh! After reading many blogs throughout the entire year, I decided to start my own. I'm a little worried though, it seems like a lot of work but here I go. I enjoy all things creative especially sewing and decorating. I hope to link up with others who enjoy some of the same interest and I figured blogging it the best way.

See ya soon!