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.
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.
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.
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.
These buttons I bought at Joann's. I liked the pearly sheen to them and I don't have any pink earrings.
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.
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.
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.