Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September is National Sewing Month

It's National Sewing Month! At the end of winter last year, I got a great deal on a wool blend fabric for a coat. I have a few coats that I really like but in some areas they need tailoring. This also gives me a challenge.  I've never made a jacket or anything quite that complicated but it should prove interesting.

Joann's had one of it's awesome sales this weekend and I bought a bunch of essentials: thread, buttons, bias tape, tailor's chalk and a few covered button sets. I wanted some fabric but promised the hubby I wouldn't buy any. I did buy some but it was online. I bought some really cute retro fabric and a chalk cartridge set. It's normally $15.99 in stores and it was $4.99 online so I jumped on it.  The refill sets are hard to come buy too.
Here's the fabric. Isn't it cute?  I haven't decided if I want to make a dress or a skirt. It'll moe than likely end up being a skirt. I do love me a good skirt.
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Last week, I bought some vintage fruity beads and a floral bunch cherries and blossoms. I was very crafty this past weekend. I made a tutti fruity bracelet and a tutti fruity brooch. I had one saved to my Etsy Favorited but just couldn't bring myself to buy it. So instead I made it myself. I had contemplated buying these beads for a while. I was afraid that I'd buy them and have no idea what to do with them. That happens a lot with me and bead work.  I'm very happy with the way these two items came out. I like brooches but can never find any that I like. This one I used some lace, card stock, and felt. I sewed all of the beads onto the felt to make sure I didn't loose any beads. The bracelet I just stringed it on elastic string. 

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I've collecting vintage buttons for a while now. I don't have a really big collection but I do have some buttons I really like. Most of them are from the 50's and have a great shape to them.  I finally got around to buyikng some earring posts and epoxy. Let me tell you, the epoxy bought stunk to high Heaven. Like a nasty skunk too. It was weird. I made two pairs and fixed a third. 

This pair was made from some vintage buttons. I had to  remove the shank and glued the posts on. They're a pretty hunter green color.

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This is my Bakelite earrings. They originally had screw back posts and I am terrible at keeping those on. I used to hate clip on earrings but now I can wear them with out a problem. 
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These buttons I bought at Joann's. I liked the pearly sheen to them and I don't have any pink earrings.
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I went on a bit of a craft shopping spree and bought a few bunches of cherries/flowers. I've been wanting to make a cherry floral hair clip. I can never find cherries that I'm happy with. That or they are WAY over priced. I made a couple of hair clips and one cherry brooch.

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This is my brooch. I've seen a lot of awesome cherry brooches especially the Bakelite ones but they are much pricier than anything I'd spend. I mean, if I found a bag of money I'd definitely buy it but not at the moment. I took a spray of cherries from one of the bunches and sewed it to felt that was sewed to the brooch pin. Then for good measure I glued the top of it and the leaves to the felt. It turned out pretty nice.
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Today is my hubby's birthday. He's 28. I'm making him a cake and I think we're going out to dinner.  It'll be my birthday in a few weeks. I really don't feel old. I feel like I'm just starting to live my life. It's probably due to the fact that we're both on our own for the first time. I'm enjoying my time with my husband. It scares me to think that at some point in the future we may have children. I'm so afraid that if we have children we'll end up too stressed to enjoy ourselves. We're in no hurry to have children.

I leave you with a photo of Ridley in my petticoat. Every cat we've ever had has loved being in my petticoats. It's like a crinkly, crisp hideout.

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20 comments:

  1. O,RIDLEY!!! I love how you end with a gratuitious Ridley pic...
    Crikey,Miss, you been crafty! I LOVE your creations,and am inspired!
    The fabric you bought is sweet, and I didn't realise it was sewing month!! I think Sew Retro do a Self Stitched September every year, though?
    Happy Birthday to hubby!!!
    Kids? UGH.
    !!!
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Thank you. I like ending my posts with cuteness. Well Joann's (a huge crafts store chain) says it's sewing month but maybe it's just for sales.

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  2. The fruity bits n pieces are FABULOUS - I especially love the fab bracelet and the cherry/floral hair clip. So clever! Sarah xxx PS I'll pay you a zillion dollars to remove the Word Verification from comments - PLEEEEEASE! It's awful to you and you won't get spam without it. Promise!

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    1. I didn't even realize that I had that on. I removed the word verification.

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  3. I meant "it's awful to USE" (not YOU)! xxx

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  4. I love all the things you've made, especially the bracelet and the cherry brooch. And I can pretty much guarantee you kids will stress you out, they certainly stress me out. My husband's mum had six and she said she wished she'd got six dogs instead. xx

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    1. Thank you. I know kids are stressful but they are also a joy to have around. My mom had five of us. She says she loves us all but if she'd known what children entailed she would have waited longer and had less of us.

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  5. I wish I knew how to sew. It would really come in handy.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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    1. It's never too late to learn. I started off when I was 8 and making dolls clothes. Now I make my own dresses and blouses. It's a great hobby.

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  6. Love your Blog! I just came onto it last night and read the whole thing in one sitting! Love retro & vintage. I could be one heck of a rockabilly gal, but it came back around when, I'm afraid, I'm too old for it. I can relate to your blog 'cause I too am a California girl (northern!), currently living in GEORGIA!!! and miss all my family in CA & Nevada. You didn't ask, but my mommy-bone wants to tell you, don't have kids til you want them. There's plenty of time for that. Be a couple and enjoy the heck out of it!!! Congrats! BTW! Ridley is the BOMB! Love him to pieces! You keep going on this blog girl, you're rockin' it!!!

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    1. Thank you. It's been very different but it's also been really neat. Last year we got (a little bit) of snow and I was thrilled. There is also a lot of rivers and creeks here. It's different but beautiful.

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  7. Love your tutti-fruiti jewelry, especially that fabulous brooch. I'm not sure if you sell your handmade creations, but I suspect you'd have oodles of customers if you were to sell brooches like that on etsy or elsewhere.


    Thank you very, very much for all of your blog comments, hon, they are always wholeheartedly appreciate,

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. omg this brooch and the bracelet are absolutely adorable darling!
      and yes the fabric you bought is fabulous, i think i would make a nice skirt too with it, maybe a circle skirt;)
      wish you a great weekend darling!
      kiss,mary

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  8. Seriously, your brooches are so beautifully made and finished, you could sell them by the truckload. They are so, so beautiful!! And I wonder if I can entice my neighbour's cat into the house by laying all my petticoats on the floor;)). Happy birthday to your hubby and enjoy each day you have together, life is simply beautiful:). xoxo

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    1. Thank you. I really appreciate that. Sometimes I have a hard time finishing jewelry well. The best way to entice a cat if with cat treats and catnip. It works every time.

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  9. OOOOO this post has so much good stuff in it!!! that fruity ensemble is so FABULOUS!! I had no idea September was sewing month!

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    1. Thank you! I'm really happy they looked good.

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  10. OMG! Love these ideas! Especially the buttons you made. I might have to do the same! Genius!

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

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    1. Thank you. I really enjoyed working on them.

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  11. I'm in love with those cherry pieces. You've given me an idea! I have some cherries that have a sparkly finish to them, and I think they're destined for a hair thing

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