A great tutorial for curtains

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

 I thought I'd pop in and share a great tutorial for homemade curtains I found. I've wanted to replace the lace valance we had hanging up in our living room that was just blaaaah! I'm embarrassed to show you the before but here it is.

 Pretty bad! Well thanks to Instagram I found several curtain tutorials posted and after checking it out on the blog decided to go to Hobby Lobby today and got some pretty yellow and cream duck cloth and of course used my 40% off coupon. I was planning on running in, getting my fabric, and leaving, but you know how that goes. It's an hour +10 from my house so I haven't been there in a while. Oh goodness I couldn't stop gawking at all the new stuff! I didn't get home till almost 2:30 but still managed to have the curtains done at 4:30 when my hubby called. This tutorial is so well done and this is a very simple process. A beginner sewist could make these curtains. You can find the tutorial here http://www.simplesimonandco.com/2015/09/super-simple-curtain-tutorial-how-to-make-a-curtain-in-6-easy-steps.html/ Here's a few more pics of my new handmade curtains.

 If you've wanted to sew some curtains but were afraid of spending money on fabric you love and being disappointed with the results, try this tutorial! Blessings, Gina

Quilted Christmas stocking tutorial

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

 I made a stocking yesterday for grandson Connor who's due in December and I love how it turned out. A handmade stocking is a gift of love that is sure to be treasured. I love that it looks like it's more complex than it is. You would think this takes hours but I did it in an hour and a half!This would make a great beginner sewing project and the tutorial is so well written and includes photos for each step. You have plenty of time to make one for everyone in the family if you want. The only thing I would add as advice is if you choose a fabric with graphics like the snowman fabric, make sure you place them so that once the stocking is sewn shut their heads aren't getting chopped off. Place them in the middle or on a large area like the toe but not too close to the edge. Also keep in mind after you trim your batting with the strips sewn on she has you cutting an inch off the top of it. See how my piecing looked before trimming?
I lost the sliver of peppermint fabric on top and the cardinal below it. Of course after seam allowance I lost 1/4 in around the entire edge. That's why I advise keeping those images away from the very top or too close to the edge. Here's the awesome tutorial  http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2012/11/christmas-stocking-tutorial.html  Happy sewing! Blessings, Gina

A weekend in Tybee Island and Savannah

Sunday, September 20, 2015

We had a wonderful weekend in my home state of Georgia. Tybee Island is a small beach town full of charming old cottages and some quirky shops. Savannah is a bustling city but a great walking city that offers historic homes, tree lined parks, shopping, dining, trolley tours and interesting statues. I thought I'd share some photos of our memories. No sewing or crafting this weekend but I needed that. I'll catch up this week. Enjoy the photos!

Decorating my door for my favorite season and a few ornament pattern links

Friday, September 11, 2015

Hi ya'll! I am so excited that fall is just days away. It's my favorite season and for many reasons. When I moved to Pennsylvania many years ago I had never seen the true splendor of fall growing up on the Ga/Fl line and I was just in awe and in my glory each fall. Now I've been back in Florida for many years so I have to help things along. It may be 90 but I still put out those decorations, make pots of homemade soup, apple nut bread and go to a big farm for the corn maze, tractor rides and other festivities in October. I introduced you to my vintage screen door my first blog post. It was a yard sale find and I had shelves made for it and did a dry brush paint job with the red paint. I love a fireplace and mantle but when you don't have one, you just have to make do with what you do have. Here's my fall door with some handmade items by me and some yard sale and thrift store finds.

I always start Christmas projects in the fall and I got Josh's ornament done, one for his Mom and Dad, and I'm still trying to figure out a 1st Christmas ornament for Conner. Pinterest has lots of ideas and free patterns. Here's the one for Josh.

This isn't a quick process, it takes a few hours to cut and sew all those individual circles, then handstitch and stuff the ornament before closing. I enjoyed making this and picking out the fabrics. I found the tutorial at http://www.fabartdiy.com/how-to-make-russian-fabric-vintage-ball-ornament/
The blog is in Russian and there are photos but no instructions. I used the lid for a large mouth mason jar and with the photos had no trouble figuring out the steps.
I also made a folded star ornament. This one takes a while too. Lots of squares to cut, fold and iron. It involves a little sewing but only after each round is completed and again when you sew it to the back with the binding. This was fun! You can find the tutorial at http://sometimescrafter.com/2010/12/somerset-ornament-tutorial/

 After making quilts for my 4 children, my stepdaughter, two grandbabies, several missionaries and quilt hangings I made as gifts, I finally started a quilt for me! I want a lap quilt for the couch to cover up with and of course to look pretty. I was looking at my scrap basket yesterday and it's out of control. I realized if I chose the right pattern I could probably make the quilt entirely from scraps. I am doing a Woven Block which will be perfect. Each strip can be made of 2 or more fabrics. They don't need to be the same length just the same width. Skinny pieces can be together and the wider ones together. Here's my 1st block. It's 14 x 14. There will be 9 blocks with sashing in between. It will be colorful for sure!
Time to get a 2nd block done. What are you working on? Have a crafty weekend. Blessings! Gina

New Fabric Storage Baskets for my Etsy Shop

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hi ya'll! Just stopping by to let you know I've got a new item I'm offering in my lil Etsy Shop. These fabric storage baskets are roomy, practical and pretty. They can be used in every room of the house and I love mine which are spread all over. One on the bathroom vanity to hold beauty products, one in the kitchen to hold potatoes and onions, one in my stepdaughters room to hold all those little things that would normally end up on the floor, and several in my sewing/craft room to hold supplies. I spent the last few days sewing these and I'll be listing them this evening on Etsy. If they do well, I'll make more in a variety of fabrics. I hope you'll check them out.  Blessings, Gina