Monday, August 30, 2010

Too Hot to Handle!

August is almost over, but BBQ season is still in full swing! So in preparation for next weekend's Labor Day celebration I decided to make some "Pot Pinchers" to use for the pork 'n beans pot! What's hot dogs without the beans? Right?

Of course, I figured, I'd be the one using them since I made them out of floral fabric. But much to my surprise, my DH said, that while he totally wouldn't use the "rick rack" one, he loved the grey/black/citron printed fabric! AND would even use it!

Thus my latest idea...they are so easy to make that I'm offering a class to make them in Sept. It only takes a couple of hours to knock out one and an afternoon for a pair! While these particular pinchers don't go together...still have the other halves to could mix and match using different patterns on different parts of the pincher! And the combination of fabrics and trims i
s endless!

If you can't make it to The Grove for the class, pick up the pattern by "Vanilla House" and get some fun fabrics and get ready for that weekend BBQ!

PS...not too early to think about Holiday gifts!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Baby's on her way!

My sewing studio has been a whirlwind on activity in the last month! My daughter is about 3 weeks away from delivering her 2nd daughter and we've been designing and decorating the nursery for my new granddaughter.

Trysta, my daughter, decided to have birds as the theme so we designed a tree that she put on one of the nursery's walls and then designed birds and leaves to attach to the tree. The tree is a textural wall paper and the birds and leaves are made of 2 pieces of fabric with padding in the middle to give the birds and leaves a little weight.

The beginnings of the Tree!

On the Wall!

To go with that we designed a birdie crib blanket backed with flannel and edged with all the fabrics that we used on the tree. The fabrics are from the "Arcadia" collection by Sanae while the back of the blanket uses "Chirp" designed by Katie Henniger for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

and I mustn't forget "Monster Iris"
who now has a place in the

...guarding the crib!

What a lucky baby!