I am a refashioning, sewing, crafting, thrifting, bargain hunting, goodwill lovin' diva with 2 kids, trying to make it all work together.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

There she goes!

There she goes.... she's been prayed over, loved on and is ready to try her wings in the big city. (Why do I feel like I am sending off my first born to college or something???)

Psalm 118:6 (new living translation) "The Lord is for me, so I will not be afraid!"

This is the memory verse we are working on with Grace this week. (She memorized it on the first day...like a sponge... Me, on the other hand had to repeat it over and over and over... and still sometimes get the numbers transposed... ) How fitting to be working on this verse this week.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Shout out

Today I am honored by a shout out from a seriously cool, totally hip, awesome gal who lives in Chicago and just got back from Fashion Week in NYC. UM, yes, I already expressed my jealousy! I met her through ETSY and she has the greatest website full of eye candy!

Today she featured me and my Lovely Nest brand! So sweet! Check it out HERE. Hover over the needles until you see the one that says LOVE IT... and click on it. There we are!

She makes really beautiful jewelery and when she gets her ETSY shop up and ready, I'll show you some of it!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Front Page 4!!

check, check, check it out. Love all these things!!! Woo hoo!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Look what God has done!

Only by the grace of God can I say what I am about to say: my children's clothing will soon be available at a boutique in NEW YORK CITY! ..... ahem...yes, you heard that right... NYC, the Big Apple, baby! Stoopher and Boots will be carrying my items!

I am so humbled and honored to have this opportunity, and let me tell you that it was totally the Lord! The owner of this shop (who is incredibly sweet and kind, by the way) found me through ETSY and contacted me to see if I'd be interested in selling my clothing in her shop! Out of the 6.5 million listings on ETSY, she found mine and that's only by the grace of God.

Just the night before I got the email, I was praying for direction, for peace and for open and closed doors. Wow, talk about answered prayer. Be encouraged, God hears our prayers!!!

So, once I get enough items made, I will be hugging them goodbye, wishing them luck, boxing them up and sending them off to the BIG CITY to fend for themselves! Can you believe it!???

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Front page #3

This little lovely made it to the front page of etsy this morning! Seriously, this is awesome!

Click HERE to see the FRONT PAGE treasury!!! Can't believe it!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pearl and her new coat

Meet Pearl. We just adopted her yesterday. She's a beauty. Here she is wearing her new coat. It was made by yours truly from scratch...from the stash...! One part green fabric that I've had for ages, and one part vintage floral sheet + 4 vintage buttons = pearl's coat.

Here's the lining... cut from a vintage sheet. Yes, she's fully lined, shined and simply divine. (Sorry, that was corny.)
The back with an almost 4 inch pleat. So cute.
Here she is again, in all her glory.
Now the only question is: Pockets or no pockets? I had the pockets on... but then took them off... now I need some advice. Pockets or no pockets... and if pockets are the verdict, which ones??? See below. Floral pockets??

Or green?... Hmmm, I can't decide. What do you think?
Ok, truth is, I made this coat for Harper, but don't tell Pearl, she really likes it and thinks it's her color. I've got to break the news to her sometime, but maybe I'll wait just a little while... since she's new to the family and all... I want her to feel welcome here, you know. So... pockets or no pockets? Pearl isn't giving me any indication what-so-ever... so I turn to you.

Oh BTW.. I made this from a vintage 1970's pattern from the stash! Even better!

Stash Busted, AGAIN! Woo hoo! Check out the stashbusting september challenge here:

linking also here:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Front Page Again

Front page again! I can't believe it... so cool... and so the Lord. A friend told me the other day that people wait years to be featured on the front page of etsy! And the 2nd time in just a month. Don't know what will happen from here, but I am thankful and I am enjoying the process.

Had another blessing today related to the little clothing business. I was able to buy a really nice child sized mannequin for 40$... that's a seriously good deal! I've been dying for one of these for a while... Thankful, and God is faithful and he is working although I have no idea what the plan is. That's Ok.

Oh, and in the world of sewing for my children... I started making an absolutely adorable coat for Harper... as in facings, linings, interfacing, plackets etc... And from a vintage 70's pattern. It's turning out so cute. Can't wait to finish and publish pictures!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Blue Eyed Beauties in Upcycled Dresses

100% Recycled dresses. Stash Busted on these! 1 brown sheet + 3 vintage floral sheets + vintage buttons from the stash.... = Lovely, awesome dresses. Love them!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pockets to Cuffs!

In thinking about Stashbusting September... I realized I had TONS of cuffs left over from men's and women's shirts that I've used for up-cycled projects in the past. So, I had to think of a way to use them!

Here goes: Turn those cuffs into POCKETS!
**I used a boring brown jacket in my daughter's closet, a green tote that I've had in my do-something with this-pile for a while; and some cuffs from my stash

Here's a little tutorial on how to do it.

Step One: Cut the cuffs from the shirt with about a half inch to spare see pic.

Fold over about a quarter of an inch, iron.
Fold over again to the seam of the cuff and sew, using the existing seams as a guide. See following picture:

Excuse the switch in pocket... now we are looking at a jacket that I was sewing pockets on to...same procedure! I have typed out the directions also, just in case you can't see the words on the pics clearly!

Step 2: Locate where you want the pocket, button cuff and pin in place, aligning sides.

Step 3: Sew as shown, follow arrows and sew through all the layers.

Step 4: With pocket buttoned, mark with a pin where the pocket folds to close.
Step 5 (although the pic looks like it says step 6...sorry): Open the pocket and sew straight across just below the level of the pin. I sewed 2 lines of stitching for stability.

Repeat process until all your pockets are sewn in place... Ta Da! Stash BUSTED! Yea!
Try it on bags like this, coats, jackets, pillows, wallets, who knows what else!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Etsy Photo Preview

Check this out! Here is a preview of one of the shots Alana took for etsy. Isn't she AMAZING?

CLICK THIS LINK to go see the picture...I don't want to post the pic here yet without her permission... More to come!