Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Rainy Days

Well, it is raining here in and we are all trying to remain sane.  My kids wanted to go to the pool today, but it is not gonna happen.  So, we are at home playing on the Wii and trying to come up with things to keep us busy.  What kind of things do you do in the rain?  We have had movie days, Wii days, board game days, and just doing nothing days.  

Yesterday, I started working on knitting, once again.  I keep trying to perfect my knitting skills.  They are getting better, but I am not ready to go beyond the simple scarf, blanket, and wash cloth stage.  My crochet skills are much better.  I don't know why I feel the need to get this knitting thing down, but it drives me nuts that I can't knit.  Isn't that crazy?

I have had a few ideas this morning for fall.  If you go looking on the Simplicity patterns site or on the McCall's pattern site, you can find some inspiration.  I have also seen some interesting pinterest posts.  That is a site that I have yet to explore.  I feel like I already have too many sites to keep up, with Facebook, Etsy, and this blog.

For today, I am back to my knitting.  I am trying to make a basket weave baby blanket.  It is going pretty well, but I am not fast.  Also, if anyone in my family tried to talk to me, I have to finish a set of 5 stitches before they can speak.  It is just hard for me to focus on what I am doing when someone is talking.  I am so very weird. 

For now, my sewing room is a mess and has material waiting to be placed into something cute.  It will have to wait for me for a while.  I just can't get motivated to make anything right now.  Also, I have plenty of things listed on Etsy.  So, if you are looking for anything for Fall, or for baby shower gifts, check out my Etsy shop.  We would love to have you.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Pictures Needed Please

OK, so I am still waiting on Fall pictures from any one out there who is listening.  I am looking for ideas and your pictures would be a great help.  If you will allow me, after you send your picture, I will post it in my blog.  I will not use names or anything like that, just the pictures.  So, if you have any that you are willing to share of kids in Fall clothes.  Dresses, pants, shirts, etc.  Anything that says "Fall".  It can be babies, toddlers, young children, teenagers, or even adults.  You can email them to me or just sent them through Facebook.  So, let's see those Fall pictures of all those wonderful outfits.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Summer Is Almost Over...Bummer.

I know that it is hard to believe, but Fall is coming.  In the South, it is hard to imagine, because we have temperatures that are still in the 90's.  We will continue to have warm temperatures into October and sometimes November.  However, everyone is still getting ready for school to start and getting very excited about the new year.

I have spent some time getting my kids ready for school this year.  I have one going into 8th grade and one going into 6th grade.  My 8th grader is like "No big deal".  He has been there done that for a few years now.  My 6th grader thinks it will be no big deal, but I am sure it is going to be a new world for her.  We did have most of the supplies we needed, but I am adding some other items gradually.  My goal is to be complete before the "tax free" weekend.  I mean, seriously, is it worth the craziness?  I don't think so.  

Sewing Sweet has a very cute outfit for your Back to School needs.  This Back To School Capri Pant Outfit is so adorable with apples on the top.  The pants have elastic waist and the top has a zipper back.  If you are interested, it is for sale on in my Etsy shop.  Check out my listing there for pricing and shipping information. 

I am trying to come up with my next project.  The possibilities are endless and that is what makes it difficult.  I have so many ideas that it is hard to pick just one.  I would like to do another little boy outfit, because there are so few out there.  I would also like to do some more Fall dresses, but I already have 2 dresses and they have not sold.  The other option is another Capri pant set.  Who knows what I will decide to make?  It is any one's guess.

OK, here is what I need from you out there....send me Fall pictures.  I would like to see if you can send me some pictures of little ones in Fall outfits.  That way, I may get and idea from your pictures.  Any picture that has a good view of the outfit.  It can be a dress, a shorts set, a pant set, or anything Fall.  Also, it does not have to be girls outfits.  Little boys out there need some cute things too.  You may send them to me on Facebook or message me and I will send you my email.  Show me your Fall.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

OK, I know I already posted a blog earlier today, but I just finished this and had to share.  I LOVE this pattern.  It is so much fun to make and looks darling on little girls.  This material makes it perfect.  What do you think?  Let me know.
Yes, it is Thursday, and I have not been able to post until right now.  Really, I should be in the sewing room working.  I have a totally cute outfit that is almost finished.  I can't wait to see who purchases this top and short set.  It is one of my favorite patterns.  I will most likely make it again. 

So, the "Name the Bunny" contest has not been a great success, because I have not done a great job of posting.  So, I think we are going to hold off on that for a while.  Things are about to get pretty busy around here with school starting, and I am not sure how it will all work out.  So, for now, save your ideas for the bunny until you hear more.

 My 2 piece 3 month old little boys outfit turned out great.  I was worried it was too girly, but it actually looks very cute.  I can imagine some couple taking their little guy home from the hospital in this.  The embroidery was not bad, but next time I am going to use a tear away stabilizer.  That stuff is so nice, because you can take it off after you stitch, and it doesn't show.  Here is a picture of the outfit.  Now, it just needs a good home. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Happy Monday morning to everyone.  It has been a productive weekend.  I finished the crocheted bunny(see pictures in the blog post before this one), and began working on a 2 piece 3 month old outfit for a baby boy.  It is turning out much better than I had thought.  I was worried about the embroidery, but it looks pretty cute.  I still need to make the pants, put in elastic, and do buttons on the top.  I can't wait to post it on Etsy.  This is only the second little boy outfit that I have done.  I was hoping for a response to the first one, but so far no one wants to purchase the outfit. 

After the baby boy outfit, I have a pillow case dress and a shorts outfit to start. I just can't stop.  Every time I get close to finishing an outfit, I start thinking about what will come next.  These next 2 are gonna be so cute. 

OK, so here is the contest this week.  Name the Bunny.  If you look at my last post, you will see the bunny that I made.  That is this weeks give away.  In order to win the bunny, you must help me name him.  So, every time you post an idea for his name on this blog, I will put your name for the bunny in a hat.  On Friday, I will draw out a name for the bunny.  The person whose bunny name comes out of the hat, will be the winner of the bunny.  There is no limit to how many times you can name him, except for only once a day.  Also, if you share this blog with your friends and they post, you will get and extra entry.  Make sure that your friends put your name in their blog post, so that I know who gets the extra entry.  So, get those creative juices flowing and share my blog with...well, everyone. 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

OK, DRUM ROLL PLEASE....The winner of the blog post is AMBER HILTZ.  Congratulations to Amber.  I will send you pictures of the bags and you can choose one.  Thank you to all of you who posted on my blog.  You are helping me to be better at what I love.

I finally finished my first ever crocheted stuffed animal.  It is a purple bunny.  He is very cute, but he needs a name.  So, that is my next contest.  Post a name for Mr. Bunny on this blog.  The more you post the more you are entered in the drawing.  The reward is the bunny.  Next Saturday, my kids will draw a name to see who wins this guy.  He was a ton of fun to make, but my wrists need a break.  So, no crocheting for me this week. 

This week I will continue to work on a little outfit for a 3 month old boy.  After that, I have 2 shorts outfit options for little girls.  I am looking forward to them.  I have not done just sewing in a while.  I am taking a little break from smocking.  However, never fear, I will get back at it soon.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Bunny Project continues.   We now have a body, 2 arms, and 2 legs.  Tomorrow, my bunny needs ears and a face.  Earlier today he only had one leg and my daughter said he looked like a dufflepud from Narnia.  She is so cute.  We even took a picture.  I will try to post later. 

I still need to start on my little boys outfit.  That is next on the list.  Today, I bought material for 2 more little girls outfits.  One is going to be a 2T size.  It will be a ruffle top and yellow shorts.  The other one maybe another pillow case dress or something smocked.  I am not sure. 

So, more comments are needed.  My blog is lonely.  So, the posts I am looking for today are about your favorite dress.  My sister and I had a dress that we loved to wear when we were little.  It was a dress that I wore in a wedding as a flower girl.  We use to fight over who would wear it.  Now, I can't believe that we fought over it.  It was 70's style dress.  The colors are awful.  So, tell me about your favorite dress you wore as a little girl.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July to all.  I hope and pray that your day has been relaxing and you enjoy celebrating the birth of our country.  My family got the house cleaned and then were lazy for the rest of the day.  I have spent my day on my crochet project.

So, the crocheted bunny is coming along.  I have finished the head, body, 2 arms, and one leg.  Right now it looks like 2 eggs with arms.  I haven't attached the legs.  I think that once I get the legs, ears, and face it is going to look very cute.  Right now it just looks funny.  I am already thinking about what to do next.

The have only been a few posts from the same person.  I guess I need some better  ideas for discussion.  So, for this posts, let me hear what you did to celebrate the 4th of July.  Remember, there is a prize being offered.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday.  It is going to be beautiful here at Sewing Sweet today.  I pray that your day meets you with wonderful blessings from God. 

Yesterday was some what productive.  I am working on my first ever crocheted stuffed bunny.  I finished the body, head and one arm while watching TV with the kids.  The most difficult part, so far, is crocheting while stuffing.  The arms gave the biggest challenge.  They just got so small.  With any luck, today I will complete another arm, 2 legs, and 2 ears.  My only concern is that my wrist will hold out.  I tend to aggravate my carpal tunnel thing in my wrist when I crochet.  Anyway, the bunny is going to be grape purple and have some button eyes.  I can't wait to finish this project. 

On to my contest.  I still need some more posts.  I only got one idea for colors for fall.  So on your comments today, you can leave colors for fall or ideas for other crocheted items.  Remember, every time you post a comment I enter you in a drawing for a small hand made bag.  So, let's get those ideas coming.

Monday, July 2, 2012

OK, so I have had 4 responses to my last blog.  That is a pretty good start.  Here is the plan.  Every time you comment on my blog, I will enter your name in a drawing.  This Friday, I will draw one name out of a hat.  That person will be the winner of a small handmade bag.  I have 2 and you will get to choose one(Pictures to come later).  These would make great Bible carrying bags or small bags for something little.  Anyway, that is the contest, so lets get those comments going.

Today has started out a beautiful day.  Already finished my morning run, and ready to relax by the pool for a while.  After the pool, I am going to try to finish a purple bunny that I am attempting to crochet.  The only thing I am waiting on is stuffing.  This is my first attempt at a crocheted toy, so we will see how it goes. 

The next project is going to be the boys outfit with embroidery on the top.  I found some cute animals, like giraffes and alligators, for the picture.  Also, I have some blue and yellow plaid material.  I am thinking about a pillow case dress, or just a plain sun dress. 

Now, onto these comments, here is what I am looking for...post a comment here about your favorite Fall colors.  I have a few fall dresses on my Etsy site, but I wanted to know what you thing is a popular fall outfit.  It could be for little boys or little girls.  It could be smocked or not smocked, crocheted items might be more difficult since my abilities are still in the practice stages.  So, have fun and remember the more you post, the more you are entered in the drawing for the little bags.  Oh yea, the bags were made by me a few years ago.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

So the booties and bloomers gift is completed and delivered.  These items were made for a little baby that was  born last week.  I can't believe that she will wear these o  ne day.  She is so tiny and pretty.  It was my Pink Petite Four set, but it was done in a cream colored fabric.  I love to make that set because it is beautiful every time I make it. 

This week, I took a little break and did a little crocheting.  I made a washcloth for my kitchen.  I struggle between using a washcloth or sponges for my kitchen.  The problem is I can't always find a washcloth that matches my kitchen.  So, I decided that I would make one.  The crocheted ones work so good when you are scrubbing.  We will see how it works.  I am not sure that I used the correct yarn.  It was a soft yarn for baby items, but it was all that I had. 

I have also been looking at some crocheted toys.  I found a cute bunny pattern to crochet and a precious caterpillar.  I am not sure if I have the ability to construct these items, but I figure that it is worth a try.  So, I may work on those in the coming week.

As far as smocking, I am not sure that the next outfit I make will be smocked.  I am looking into a embroidered little baby boy's pants outfit.  The picture has a bear and some flowers on the top.  I am not sure that I will go with that picture.  I was thinking something like blocks or a train would be cute. 

Basically, my brain is in thought mode.  What can I make next that people will buy?  It would be nice to have some feed back.  If you can think of ideas, I would welcome them.  I want to see how many comments that I can get on this post.  I may have a prize for the best idea.  Hmmm...we will see.