Sunday, April 27, 2014

New Shorts and Stuff

It has been crazy as usual around here.  Managed to make a few things for me, myself and I.  Love that.  New lounge shorts made out of seer sucker.  Used the Lakeside Pajamas pattern by Grainline Studio for these.  Have plans to make about fifty more!  Love these!  Tip:  I went two sizes up on the pattern.  Washed and dryed the fabric first and they actually shrank even more after the second washing!

A new bag that I carry everywhere, with everything in it, all the time lately.  My mom in law let me borrow her machine so I could make this when we were in Florida.  I just had to have it.  Now.  Lol  I'm addicted to instant pdf downloadable patterns these days, instant gratification.  This one I found here at V and Co - The Beach Bag PDF.  Super easy and quick.

Picked up this awesome Michael Miller fabric for a steal at my favorite textile shop during their awesome remnant sale.  Needed a new pillow case for my car/travel pillow.  Perfect.  I watched this youtube  video tutorial by allpeoplequilt and adjusted the measurements to fit my smaller pillow.

That's all for now folks.  What have you been up to?  Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Soul Path

I love when mystical things flow and happen.  They shouldn't surprise me or leave me in awe, but they always do.  A few weeks ago I painted.  A few weeks ago I bought a beautiful crescent moon necklace and some magical bath salts from this etsy shop  I randomly came across.  This stuff is amazing.  Just gorgeous.  The salts smell so good and dreamy!  Anyway, I have been checking in on the web site and wearing my moon necklace and using my salts.  And, I have been contemplating my "Soul Path".  There are so many things that I am passionate about like sewing, traveling, family, spirituality, health, art and so on.  I've also been feeling a little antsy about what I should be focusing so much of my time on.  We travel like crazy, my husband and I, and I like it.  But it makes it difficult for me to really pour myself into any kind of crafty business on a serious basis.  So I've decided to just enjoy what I do without the pressure of having to turn everything creative in my life into something to sell.  That puts too much pressure on me and sets me up to feel like a failure if I don't happen to sell much.  I enjoy creating, I enjoy sharing my talent.  I enjoy traveling.  I enjoy the mystical.  Here is the painting (my first mixed media on canvas) that I did.  The night I did this painting, I left a space in the center of it with the intention of completing it in the morning.  There are butterflies and flowers and a sun/moon all in the picture.  I set it on the mantle and left it over night.  When I got up to look at it the next day, to my surprise, I noticed a shadowy figure in the spot that I left bare.  It looks like a body with with wings walking on a path.  I'm not kidding.  My husband noticed it too.  I had been planning on stamping "Soul" something on it when it was finished.   So Soul Path is what I decided when I saw that.  It looks like an angel walking through a garden.  I love it.  I believe my muse or angel was helping me out there.  I love the mystical.  My husband and I have a favorite song that we dance to all the time,  Free Into The Mystic by Zac Brown Band / Van Morrison.  It's so us.

Tonight I will be participating in a video group all about finding your "Soul Path".  Coincidence?  I like to think not :)  Happy lunar eclipse.  Here is my painting.  Anyone else have a soul path story?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Top and Bag

I have been sick for almost two weeks.  Which put me way behind on the sewing schedule.  Managed to whip up, take a whole day to, make a muslin and then an actual wearable Tiny Pocket Tank by Grainline.  It was a little more challenging than expected.  Had to play around with a muslin and different fabric for draping and sizing to get the look I was going for.  I love this gauze type fabric I   picked up from Textile Fabric store last year.  I also cut out the Moss mini skirt pattern but there was no way I would be able to get that sucker banged out in any hurry.  That one will have to wait a few days.

Then I decided to make a little quilted cover for my book.  No pattern, just winged it.  Love how this turned out.  Now all I have to do is actually take the time to read it.

So, I will throw it in here when I head to the beach.  This I made today.  I am in love with the sea horse fabric.  The bag pattern is the Hampton Weekend Bag by V and Co.  I adjusted the measurements a bit to accommodate a few towels as well as my book and other beachy things.  Particularly proud of the professional looking hardware that I purchased on line from New York and the little zipper gizzy I made.

Ok.  All ready to to pack this baby up and read, relax and recover!  Have a great weekend!