March 4, 2015

Pillow Fight!


I’ve spent the last few weeks wanting a new look in my family room. Buying new sofas is not an option, and our Grand Painting Plan isn’t ready yet. So I decided to make new covers for all the throw pillows lounging around the room. Granted, the pillows usually end up on the floor because Little Guy hates to share our sofas with inanimate objects. (And sometimes his parents.) But I was getting tired of the red/brown/beige color scheme we’ve had since we got married. I wanted something bright and fresh. (Perhaps this is due to the 60-degree weather we had for a few weeks when there should have been 6 feet of snow instead.) So off I went with my coupons to JoAnn’s (a.k.a. my second home). I went in thinking green or yellow, and ended up with Husband’s suggestion of “some kind of gold.”



You like? I like. I wasn’t aiming for a French flair, but I think that French writing pillow was the deciding factor. (That fabric was left over from another project, and I hope it doesn’t say anything offensive. I don’t know; I don’t speak French.) I love how these all look together. I experimented with different styles, such as the two large covers with the border/ruffle thing, and the smaller gold/black one with the contrasting piping. (It's hard to see, but the piping is the same fabric as the large floral cover.)


We have a small front room where I teach piano lessons, and I made covers for its resident pillows too.



Yeah, I didn’t realize that dots one would turn out looking like a domino, but whatevs. I still think they’re cute for a music room.


Making pillow covers is one of the least expensive ways to change the look of a room, especially if you already have the pillows. They are super-easy to make, even for a beginner. Here are a couple of great tutorials that I learned from:

http://www.sewmamasew.com/2011/02/how-to-make-a-basic-pillow-how-to-finish-a-pillow-with-binding/
http://cottagemagpie.com/crafts-sewing/how-to-sew-pillow-cover/
 

(And just between us, I never make pillow covers with a zipper. I always do the two pieces in the back that open envelope-style. Because, seriously, who has time to sew a zipper into a pillow cover?)

November 17, 2014

Catching Up


Well. I hope my two readers who are still hanging around had a good late summer and fall. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! (I just wanted to get that out there in case I miss wishing you the best on the actual holiday… which, at this rate, is a distinct possibility.) Since we talked last I have…

Been to Disneyland. (No pictures here because it was 100 degrees and any photos of me were just one big reflection off my shiny, sweaty face.)


Made this bag:



Our household is Utah Ute through and through. Husband recently got assigned to teach the 10-year-old kids at church, and he asked me to make him a bag to carry his lesson stuff in. (Yes, you heard right. Husband actually asked for a bag.) As you can see, it was a very specific request for a manly looking bag. And I used dusty old curtains so it would be even less girly. And since our team is having an exciting and successful season, I’ll just put this out there: GO UTES!


Made this bag:



This was for a giveaway on my Facebook page. (Have you liked my page yet? Go do it and win free stuff. Go. Go now.) This Halloween bag came out so cute it was hard to give away. 


Made soup.



Okay, I didn’t make it, Husband did. But I prepped all the veggies. I usually hate prepping for soup, but we got some fancy new knives that make chopping a breeze. Bring on the soups! Plus, it’s about time I put something food-related on this here blog. 


The Christmas boutique is quickly approaching. I'm almost done with all the totes and scarves I was planning on making. I'm excited to participate again this year!

August 20, 2014

Unwanted


A couple of months ago, Little Guy started using a blanket as a cape. He hadn’t shown interest in wearing a cape before, so I was amused at his newfound interest. And then, of course, I got a sewing idea. I would make him a cape! I was quite excited about it and tried to get Little Guy excited about it as well, but whenever I mentioned I could make him a cape, he told me he wanted his “blanket cape,” which he would then clutch around himself and run away as if I were going to rip it from his little shoulders. 

But I persisted. I found an easy pattern for a double-sided cape and kept talking it up to an unimpressed child. Even as we wandered around the fabric store he kept saying, “I don’t want a new cape!” The only reason he allowed me to put fabric in the cart was because it had trucks on it. So we got home and I feverishly went to work at my sewing machine. A little while later I presented it, glowing with pride, to my son. Now, he’s an honest child, and I think he was breaking it to me gently as he said, “NO!” and ran away. I was devastated. I knew that I was the one who wanted it, not him, but I thought he would at least like it when he saw the finished product. Which you can see here because Husband was able to coerce Little Guy into wearing it for five minutes:



And then he never wore it again. It’s currently hanging in his room looking cute, yet forlorn. A castoff even before the new-fabric smell wore away. Not long after, he stopped using a blanket cape altogether. Yes, I learned my lessons. One was that new isn’t always better. Another was that I need to really consider if a new project is worth it or even wanted (by someone other than myself). 


But I could make a cape for someone else…right?? Yeah, you saw that one coming. My niece turned three this month. She enjoys dress-up much more than Little Guy does, so I thought I’d give the cape one more chance. Here’s the outcome:




I really hope she likes it. But if not, it’ll look really cute as a wall decoration.

August 5, 2014

Newness


It's nice to be back blogging, settling in to our new home by making big messes in the kitchen, and planning new sewing projects. Do you remember the Christmas boutique I participated in last year? Well, I get to do it again this year and I am very excited. I even went to the fabric store yesterday and picked up some awesome fabric for bags. See?


I plan on selling my standard tote bags, and am brainstorming for another item to sell that would be a quick project. I was thinking fun fringed or shirred fleece scarves. I'm also considering making some drawstring backpacks out of Frozen fabric. I still haven't seen that cursed movie, though I'm so sick of it, and I hate that style of backpack, so two things I dislike should go great together. But they would be easy to make, and I know Frozen stuff will sell well to desperate mothers frantically trying to find anything Frozen for their kids for Christmas. Yep, that's me, taking advantage during the giving, sharing, and selflessness of Christmastime. Ha. 

June 14, 2014

Whirlwind to Tornado


I don't like leaving my blog silent for over a month, but this time it was inevitable. In my last post I talked about living in a whirlwind, and if April was a whirlwind, then May was a tornado. Somewhat out of the blue, Husband and I decided to move. In one week's time, we found a house, went under contract with it, listed out current house, and went under contract. [pausing to catch breath] Husband and I have moved once before in our married life, and I hate moving. As organized a person as I am, I would rather throw everything into a truck without rhyme or reason instead of painstakingly wrapping and boxing up every item in our house. Fortunately, our new house is only five minutes away from where we currently live, so an unorganized jumble of household goods falling out of the back of a truck might not be so unrealistic.

A few days ago I packed up all my sewing supplies. I almost cried, which is silly, considering I'm going to see them again in a couple of weeks. But it's like when someone you love goes on a trip, and you're sad when they leave even though you know they're coming back soon. But before I fastened the cover on my sewing machine, I made one last project so I could do a patriotic giveaway on my Facebook page before July 4th rolls around. Here's what I made:



Two adorable little bags! And you can win one! I've been meaning to post all my giveaways here as well as on my Facebook page, but I haven't made the effort. Sorry, all you non-Facebookers out there. These bags are 10x7x2 and are made out of soft quilter's cotton. They are lined with the same fabric the handles are made out of. So if you'd like to win one, leave a comment saying if you want the cream one or the blue one (or either). Winners announced tomorrow, June 15. Giveaway sponsored by me and open to U.S. residents.

If you don't know about my Facebook page, visit here and make sure to "like" it to find out about future giveaways: https://www.facebook.com/catchsomesunshine. (Sorry, no extra entries if you post here and on Facebook.)

See you on the other side of the Big Five-Minute Move of 2014.

May 6, 2014

Solace in a Whirlwind


April was full of stressful, emotional highs and lows. I'm glad that month is over. The only times I had a calm mind were the precious few moments I was able to sew, those moments that were wedged in between everything else that was going on. Remember the diaper bag I made? (You can read that story here.) I wanted to make something for my friend's twins, and since they will be enjoying their first July in a couple of months, I wanted to do something sweetly patriotic.


Can I get an "awww," ladies and gentlemen? These onesies are newborn size, so they are teeny tiny. The girl's star has rounded corners and sweet red flowers, and the boy's star is more pointy with a more masculine (yet still cute) plaid. I'm sure the tots will love them and thank me profusely by spitting up all over them multiple times.