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02 Feb 2012

Our Stitch Winner

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Fingerprint by Ky Anderson

Fingerprint by Ky Anderson via 20x200

Congratulations to our Stitch giveaway winner, Erin, who said:

 I would love to win the magazine and pattern in it. Love your patterns and hope to invest in them all one day:-)

Doesn’t she sound lovely? Happy Sewing, Erin!

PS The fine art print above is by Ky Anderson found via 20×200 and has nothing to do with this post; it is just something that makes me smile.

26 Jan 2012

A Valentine’s Sneak Peak

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We have been really busy here in Charlotte-land, though  the blog has been relatively quiet, project-wise.

One of several things we’ve been working on lately is a trunk show for a brick and mortar shop down South.  We will share the full looks with you in a bit, but for now, these photos show some of the smaller details.  As the palette probably gives away, the show is a Valentine theme.

We had such fun using Moda’s new Domestic Bliss by Liz Scott.  Its pink-red-purple palette is perfect for the holiday and is sure to have broad appeal to the under-8 set.

And what says “winter holiday” more than a little faux fur?

Happy Sewing!


04 Jan 2012

Resolved, Part 1

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After a full week of quiet introspection (read: “cooped up inside with family for days on end”), I have lists for my lists, including many a resolution for 2012. Since my ONLY resolution in 2011 was to make sure I had genuine resolutions for 2012, I can now relish having brought 2011 to a close with resounding success!

Here’s my list of [non-Charlotte related] sewing and craft projects that I have resolved to attempt this year.  Yes, they may seem ambitious, but my hopes are committing them to written–and now a very public, digital–form will inspire me when that inevitable ”what next” moment hits later in the year.

Do you have any craft related resolutions this year?  Big or small, let us know in the comments below!

Erin’s 2012 Sewing and Craft Project List

1. New sewing/craft area–I am happy to report this one is already in progress.  See the blank slate from which the hubster and I started last week:

2. Sewing for me! Specifically:

- Pants!  Already in progress is my quest for the perfect wool trouser for “nice” events.

- At least 1 design from this awesome Japanese sewing book presented to me by my partner in crime, Carla. Thanks, Carla!

- Full pleated skirts in fun airy fabrics for the spring/summer.  I always forget how cool a skirt feels to wear in July/August and I am determined to not wait until July/August to remember this fact.

- A coat…or two. First, I would love to make a nice jaunty topcoat (a la JCrew) with the same beautiful teal wool coating that I used for Nora’s Or-Kestrel Coat last month.  I am also intrigued by this new sporty spring/fall coat from Sewaholic:

- Knit wrap dress (here’s the pattern that I have in my stash)


3. Sweater Knits! This one will probably intersect with #2 above–maybe a dress like this one?


4. Upholstered headboard for Miss N’s new “big girl bed”–another joint project with hubster.  I am thinking something like this:

5. Decorative pillows–for Nora’s new “big girl bed” (see #4) & for our family room


6. A baby quilt for a little girl who just squeaked into 2011 this past week.  Design TBD, but perhaps something inspired by this or this…or possibly this!  [Tara, no peaking!]

7. A large pendant light to illuminate a very dark corner of our family room.  For inspiration, I have my eye on this literary version and for VERY ambitious inspiration, here’s a gorgeous maple veneer pendant:
Can I make it a hat trick of cross-collaborative projects with hubster in 2012?  Will we still be talking to one another? Stay tuned to find out.

8. Stenciling the front entryway of our home. This seems like an easier DIY option than putting up wallpaper–will my theory pan out?  Here is an example of what we are considering.

Hope your 2012 is off to a pleasant start!  I am off to take care of a few things on my list!

Happy sewing!


31 Dec 2011

A New Year’s Sale

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What better way to celebrate the start of 2012 than with a Fabric & Notions Sale?  Now through Jan 22d, you can get up to 30% off on all fabric, notions and One-Click Sewing Kits in our shop.

Plus, for those of you signed up for our email updates, a special offer for further savings will be emailed out in just a few days–so be sure to sign up on the top right sidebar if you have not already!

Looking forward to many fun projects in 2012!

Happy Sewing!
~ Erin

24 Dec 2011

Merry Merry

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Happy sewing,

~ Erin, Carla & Charlotte

22 Dec 2011

Last minute holiday crafting

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Yep, that’s right–it’s been a true crafting affair around these parts, some projects even involving NO SEWING MACHINE. Can you even imagine?

Carla has been busy whipping up a fun holiday skirt for her daughter…

and some hand-sewn felt ornaments based on a few she found on Pinterest. Wouldn’t these be fun to make with older kids?

I cooked up two ornament wreaths shown above to hang on the windows in the dining room.  I took advantage of some last call sales on holiday decor to stock up on the bulbs, got out the hot glue gun and voila!  Only 2 hours later I was ready to snap the final photos.
Here’s the step by step breakdown on making the wreaths.

Select color-coordinated bulbs in varying sizes (1.5-2.5″ in diameter).  In the case of the smaller wreaths I made, I found some larger beads (.5-1″ in diameter) to use to fill in the gaps between the bulbs.  Since you’ll be layering the ornaments, you could use some less than perfect (eg “ugly”) bulbs on the base layer without much showing through. I estimate I used about 50 bulbs for each small wreath, plus another 20 or so beads to fill in gaps.

You will also need the aforementioned glue gun and a wreath base.  I used green styrofoam wreaths and covered them with 2″ wide strips of fabric.  (I was using up fabric, so ended up with the multi-colored look you see below.)  Though you won’t see much of the underlying wreath, enough will show through so that you’ll want it to look presentable.  Tie a short piece of string around the wreath through which you can later feed the ribbon.  Note, it is much easier to do this at this stage rather than after you’ve started affixing the bulbs.

Glue on the largest bulbs first–be cognizant that you evenly distribute them around the wreath, taking care also to evenly distribute colors and textures.  I applied the hot glue to the bulb, then placed the bulb on the fabric.  Man, did that glue set up the second it made contact with the fabric, so be sure to know exactly where you want each bulb before applying the glue.

Once you have the base layer of larger bulbs, start working the smaller bulbs in and around the larger bulbs.  I tried to nestle the “necks” on the bulbs underneath (eg toward the fabric).  I thought it could be distracting if they all faced up, though I did leave a few facing upward for variety.

As you glue, it is important to step back and look at your wreath as it takes form to make sure you’ve kept symmetry among the quadrants and to fill any noticeable gaps.  I also found it helpful to hang the wreath in its intended spot in the window temporarily so I could see it in context. I modified some bulb placements based on the fact that the wreath sat lower than eye level and, if standing close to it, you look upon the wreath at a downward angle.  Based on this, I added more bulbs on the inside bottom of the center opening.

Not bad for a morning’s work.  I think I may make a few of these next year for the kids’ bedroom doors–what do you think?

Happy crafting!

~Erin & Carla

PS Just in case you were starting to think that Carla and I are impervious to failure, I present to you Exhibits A and B, When Holiday Crafts go Terribly, Terribly Wrong: