A new craft room

Well, last week was school vacation week, so not too much crafting was accomplished, even though I had had high hopes. Instead, the weather was gorgeous, so we just played outside a lot. I did do a lot of Spring Cleaning, which always makes you feel good when it’s done. And, part of that Spring cleaning was cleaning up our bonus room and doing some re-organizing. My husband uses it as his office, but there is plenty of room in there for me too! Especially now that the boxes from our move from over six months ago have been gotten rid of!

So, I now have a dedicated workspace for my sewing and crafting!! It’s not totally done yet, I need to get some bins or other sorts of organizational tools. But, I did set up my machine, and have my quilting mat and ruler out, and some other things. I’d like to do something to organize my scrapbooking, but one step at a time. For now, I’m excited to have a dedicated crafting space, even if it’s still just a WIP. When I get it more organized, I’ll post some pics.

My embroidered bunny is still in that “almost finished” stage. I was going to make it a little pillow, as suggested in the book’s directions, but I’ve changed my mind as I think that would not get very much use and just sit around. I think I’m going to frame it instead and hang it up somewhere.

I’m also considering trying to make a new bedskirt for our guest bed this week. We’ll see if I find the time. I did get one sewing related thing accomplished last week. I hemmed some new dressy jeans that I got from Banana Republic. I don’t know how tall those designers think people are, but it’s not 5’3″! It was my first hemming job, so I was proud of myself. I think I did them just slightly too short though, so I might need to re-do them. Thankfully, I left plenty of room to do just that.

I decided on the Pink Bird Seed fabric for my free fabric prize from Sew Mama Sew. It arrived last week and is oh so cute! I want to cut out some birds and applique them to some baby tees as gifts.

Sew Mama Sew

I just won a free yard of fabric in Sew Mama Sew’s Free Fabric Friday (FFF) giveaway on their blog! Wow! Fun! SMS’s blog is my favorite crafty blog out there. If you haven’t read it before, check it out. Right now they are doing a tutorial contest. There are some great ideas out there. And of course, the Sew Mama Sew store has some really cool and interesting fabric. Wonderful service too! Now, what to pick??? So many choices! Hmm…

Pink Bird Seed by Alexander Henry

Zinnia – Alexander Henry
Flora Leaf – Cake Rock Beach

Honeycomb Aqua and Brown – Flutterby

Nouveau Trees Green Midwest Modern by Amy Butler

What do you think? I’m leaning towards “Pink Bird Seed” just because I love those pink birds!

Hoop Love Flickr Group

I just found this great Flickr group called Hoop Love Vintage Transfers. It’s full of vintage embroidery patterns that you can download. So many fun things on there! Check it out.

Ginger Blossom

My new 1/2 yard pack of Ginger Blossom from Fabric.com came last week. Oh my! It’s beautiful!!! But, what should I make with it??? I have no idea. The fabric is wonderful though. Buy some, you will not regret it! It looks like they are already out of the 1/2 yard assortment packs though. Hopefully, they will re-stock soon! If you have any ideas as to what I should do with this lovely fabric, please let me know.

I am so weak

Remember that Ginger Blossom fabric that I have been coveting? Well, Fabric.com has an anniversary coupon out for 20% off your entire order and they just got a new shipment of Ginger Blossom in. (Coupon is APRIL2004 and valid until Monday, April 7th at midnight EDT.) They are selling a bundle of 14 different prints, half yards. I was going to ignore the coupon until I made the mistake of reading Sandi Henderson’s blog where she mentioned it in relation to “Ginger Blossom in stock!” At least I had some Paypal to offset it a bit! I also got a half yard of Irish linen. I’m going to try using that for some embroidery. I think it will look beautiful! And I also got some fun retro robot fabric. Not sure what I’m going to do with it, but it’s adorable! I’m thinking maybe some applique t-shirts for the boys. At least I restrained myself from purchasing any of the Amy Butler fabric. They have the new Midwest Modern in stock.

Okay need to stop buying fabric and start using up fabric that I already own. Off to finish some super hero capes for my friend using Puking Pastille’s tutorial.