Friday, December 26, 2008
kelly jo said... Leftovers are the best!! I'd love the home decor fabrics!
lades, please send me your addresses to katiebhandbags AT gmail DOT com and they'll be on their way to you. thanks for playing everyone!
Monday, December 22, 2008
I'm giving away this, a flat rate box of home decor weight fabric
and a flat rate envelope full of scraps
just leave a comment to be entered. You can leave your preference for which you'd like to receive, or just say "both." I'll pick two winners on Friday.
Hope you're all having fun preparing for Christmas. Things are a little chaotic here. Isaiah is sick, which means I haven't been able to visit John in a few days. And John is at his lowest point right now, at the most risk for infection. Perfect timing, right? God must really have a sense of humor. Anyway, I'm hoping to visit John today and I think Isaiah is getting better. Hopefully there will be some cookie making later. That just might be what the doctor ordered.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Today is a big day! John is receiving his bone marrow transplant. We are very excited for this moment, even though there will still be a lot of waiting to see what happens. I am hopeful and am so grateful for all the prayers and support we have been receiving. We have such amazing families and friends who have helped beyond ways that I could have even asked for. And then there are you guys. People who I don't even know in "real life" that have sent cards, little gifts, special projects, thoughts and prayers. You are really wonderful and I just can't thank you enough. When I started blogging I never thought that I'd become part of such a supportive community. It's really, really special.
So, while I'm waiting with John today, I'll finish up the other mitten for a Christmas gift. I think I'm probably really crazy for thinking I can still make gifts by Christmas. This mitten is the Peek-a-boo pattern on Ravelry. It's really quick and easy, and I just love it! I might have to knit some for myself. I'm sure some of you crazies (that's right, crazies) are still making gifts. Any of you have some really quick and nice gift ideas to make? Knitting or sewing would be great.
Oh, and I just wanted to pass along John's address, just in case anyone wanted to send him a letter or card. He's pretty bored, so he might enjoy the "company" ;) And as always, you can read his updates on his blog.
NIH, CRC RM # NE3-2416
10 Center Dr
Bethesda, MD 20892
Friday, December 12, 2008
I've also been busy with my etsy shop and a craft fair this past weekend. It really seems as though this is the only time of year that I am consistently busy. So my sewing machine has been seeing a lot of action, but between finishing the items and going to the post office, I always forget to take pictures. I've also reduce my scarves from $29 to $25 until Christmas. I have a lot in stock, so I'm really hoping to reduce my inventory. I just don't have the space to store them!
And now a little update on John! He's started his chemotherapy that they administer before the bone marrow transplant to lower the immune system. He's been in the hospital for about 3 days now and has many more days to come. Isaiah and I went to visit him yesterday and we played some games. Isaiah wasn't scared at all (in fact, he was very curious about everything) and was really happy to see John. Hopefully the time will pass quickly. My mom is here visiting for a week and that is certainly helping. John has been able to keep up with his blog. Thanks for all that have been sending well wishes our way. We really appreciate them!
Friday, December 05, 2008
I also finished up the doll dress for my niece just in the nick of time. I didn't get a picture of it actually on the dress, but it's still very, very cute. She seemed to like it.
We've also been busy preparing for John's upcoming bone marrow transplant, which is where honestly all my energy has been the last few days. Between yesterday and today, we're heard some bad and relatively good news. Basically John's tumor is becoming resistant to the chemo, which is obviously not an ideal situation. The good news is that he is still a candidate for a bone marrow transplant. So, as you can imagine, we've been feeling a little up and down the past few days. I just remind myself that things could be worse and at least there are options for his treatments. John has described the situation in a little more detail on his blog.
Lastly, if you're in the MD, D.C., VA area, I'll be doing a craft fair at Washington & Lee High School in Virginia. I'll be participating with other members from CREST, the D.C. area Etsy team. Be sure to stop by if you come!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I got a note on etsy today that one of my wristlets is being featured on Indie Parade Blog. I have to admit I've never seen the site, but you really must check it out. It's full of really cool things!
Isaiah and I are headed up to my in-laws today. I am so excited about cooking, baking, and spending time with family. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and safe travels.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Oh man, I love when I ask for opinions. You guys always have great ideas but it's funny because there are always a million different ideas. They really did help and I can't wait to show you when it's done. It's going to be very, very cute!
This weekend went by really fast. My sister-in-law and kids came into town Friday night. On Saturday, she and I had a day without the kids, and got to play a game of Hide and Seek all around D.C. It was hilarious. It was put on my a group call FART in D.C. We were given clues to find the "hiders" all around the city and then had to get them to sign our card. It kind of felt like a mini Amazing Race. My shins are still feeling it, a harsh reminder that I really need to get back into shape. Anyway, we had a great time and it was so fun to do something unusual.
I've listed two new Dopp Kits today. I also purchased a showcase on etsy for "Gift for Him." I'm not sure if it'll be worth the $15 that it costs, so it'll definitely be a learning experience. I've heard/read that they're not really effective marketing tools, but I figured I might as well give it a shot myself.
Well, that's all that's going on around here. I hope your week is starting off well. I'm so looking forward to Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
My niece's birthday is next week and she is very much into American Girl dolls. I picked up this pattern sometime over the summer with her in mind. It is part of Simplicity's line of reproduced vintage 50's patterns. I'm planning on making View A with this blue print fabric for the skirt that I found in the remnant bin at Joann's. Now I need your opinions! I can't decide on what to do for the for the top and waist. Originally I was thinking a plain white top with a red waist, but now I'm not sure. The pattern uses a blue top, but I think there's enough blue in the skirt and it's really difficult to match the color. So, should I just do the white top and red waist, or should I do a red top with a white waist. These are the options I have for the red part. What do you think??
Monday, November 17, 2008
Well I'm glad I'm not the only one with a million piles in their house. Liz left a comment saying " a creative mess is better than tidy idleness." It really stuck with me, and I don't think I could have said it better! This weekend I was able to make a good dent in them, but I'm coming to terms with the fact that there might always be a pile around. Especially with everything that is coming up in the next few weeks. John started his last round of chemo on Thursday, and is now looking at his bone marrow transplant to take place around the 10th or 11th of December. This means that most likely he'll be in hospital for Christmas, but as long as it means that he's getting better, I'm o.k. with that. Hopefully he'll be able to keep posting here so that everyone can read what's going on with him.
Anyway, I'm still working on my doll quilt. The quilting is proving to be more tricky than I thought it would be. I was intending to use free motioning quilting, but it just take so much effort and I want instant results! I'm hoping to finish it up this afternoon.
In "shop" related news, I've added this quilt and bag. I'll be adding the leather bag later in the day. I've also sent out my first newsletter, which you can also receive, if you'd like, by clicking on the right hand side. It includes a 10% off coupon of your entire order in my shop. I'm interested to find out how this newsletter helps my business. Right now I'm on a trial with constant contact, and I'd like to see if it's worth the monthly fee. I'll report back with my findings for those that are curious too.
Hope your week is starting well. I'm enjoy a nice quiet house and the bright sunlight.
Friday, November 14, 2008
In the sewing room.
In the bedroom.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I finally finished my block for October's Busy Little Quilting Bee. Julia sent out two fabrics, one army green and the other red. She requested red crosses on the green background and no introduction of other fabrics or patterns. This was tough at first. I had a pile of red scraps from the lunchbag tutorial sitting next to me and I was dying to put them in. I resisted and ended up with this block. I had taken a peek at the flickr group and noticed that another member had already done something similar to what I had in mind. So, I came up with this one, inspired by Crazymomquilt's red cross pillow. At first I wasn't all that excited about the colors and the concept, but I think Julia had a great vision that I would have never seen. I am so excited to see how her quilt is going to turn out. Everyone's blocks are looking so good and I think she's going to have the cutest quilt for her nephew. That is if she can give it up!!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Anyway, I didn't have much further to go to finish the shirt, just a few more rows before adding the ribbing. I finished most of it Saturday night while watching Run, Fat boy, Run, which was hilarious. I put the finishing touches on this morning. I really am proud of myself for finally finishing something. It's comfortable and cute, although I probably could have added a few more round to the bottom. I was just wanting to finish it and getting impatient. All that is left to do is block it, and then I'll be wearing this thing everywhere. I may not take it off today. Blocking can wait.
Now to fit something quick and cute for my sister-in-law! Hope your week is starting off great!
Thursday, November 06, 2008
- Linen (or fabric of choice for outside)
- Colored Fabric Scraps
- PEVA Shower Curtain (or plastic/vinyl lining of choice)
A few notes before starting:
-I opted to use a shower curtain from IKEA that is made from PEVA, a food safe plastic. If this is not an option for you, feel free to use whatever you see fit. Since food may come in contact with the lining, I just figured better safe than sorry when it comes to food safety.
- For this tutorial, I am using snaps as a closure. I have also used Velcro, which works well. This is going to be completely based on preference for what to use, but the directions here are for the snaps only.
- Another idea would be to add a handle on the bag for easy carrying. This could easily be done before sewing in the lining, just by adding a length of twill or belting.
-I am using a recycled linen skirt. I often use these as opposed to buying linen by the yard. I like to use linen for this project because I enjoy its likeness to a traditional paper bag.
1. Cut from PEVA (1) 20.75” w x 13.75” rectangle
(1) 6.5”w x 4.5”h rectangle
later you will need more linen for the bag itself, the size will depend on your patchwork strip, but it needs to be at least 20.75” w
3. Pin the strip to a piece of linen that is 20.75”w and at least 6” h. Sew across the width, using a .25” seam allowance. Press toward patchwork piece. Repeat this for the other edge of the patchwork piece.
5. Apply interfacing to the bag piece and the linen rectangle you previously cut. I like to leave a 1” space along the top without interfacing.
6. Match the two 14.75” sides of the bag, sewing along the edge, stopping .25” from the bottom. Backstitch.
7. To sew on the bottom, match one long side of the bottom with the raw edge of the bag where you left a .25” seam. Using a .25” seam, sew along the edge, starting and stopping .25” from the edge. At the end, clip the bag to the seam allowance, being careful not to cut past the stitching line. Continue this around the entire bottom until it is fully closed. Trim corners.
8. Repeat this same process with the PEVA lining.
9. Turn the linen bag inside out and press if needed. Turn the top 1” to the inside, along the entire piece. Open the fold and turn raw edge to crease, pressing along the way. Fold over again, creating a cuff approximately .5” inside
10. Applying the closure: On the front (one of the “long sides”), go from corner to top and press the side. Do this on all four corners.
- On the back side, place snap .75” from top and 1” on side, for both sides.
- Determine the placement of the snaps on the front side from the ones you just places.
They will most likely be about 1” from the sides and 3.75” from top.
- The best way I find to do this (at least with the snaps) is to attach both snaps on the wrong side, then fold the top of the bag like you’re closing it and press hard on the snaps. This should leave an impression for the snap placement, and then you can proceed to attach the snaps
11. To attach the lining: Insert the lining into the bag, wrong sides together. Slip the top edge of the lining under the cuff you created in step 9. Pin horizontally through the cuff to keep from slipping, making sure not to puncture the lining that shows. Sew around the entire edge, catching the lining in the cuff. It is best to sew close to the bottom edge of the cuff inside.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Now, for the giveaway. I just wanted to thank you all for stopping by, leaving comments, and those who posted about it on your blogs. I have discovered 100's of new to me blogs, many that are becoming instant favorites. I never expected this kind of response to this giveaway, but I suppose there are many other fabric addicts out there too. Without further ado the winner of the flat rate box is :
Jacquie (who has a devoted following, let me tell you!) who said
congratulations!! that's a big occasion and you, my dear, know how to celebrate. Alissa, of handmade by alissa sent me. check her out. here's my link. hope you get lots more folks coming by. i'm glad alissa helped me find you.
And because there were so many entrants, I couldn't giveaway just one prize, so two smaller packages will go out to:
Artsymomma and Kristin from KristenUnraveled
Ladies, please e-mail me your address to katiebhandbags AT gmail DOT com
Thanks for playing everyone!
Monday, November 03, 2008
I wanted to try blogging everyday for a month, but it seems I'm already 2 days behind. Better late than never, right? We had a very busy weekend and I'm thankful for a very relaxing day today. And by "relaxing" I mean finally washing the dishes, folding laundry, and cleaning the bathroom. You get the picture. It should be fun times.
Anyway, my craft fair was on Saturday and it was less than I had hoped for. I did the same one last year and it was a raging success, so I'm not sure what happened this year. I was able to make a small profit but, I was really expecting a lot more. Anyway, I know have a lot of new things to upload to my etsy shop, like those mini wallets up there. I always have such a hard time writing descriptions for the product. It may take me a really long time to update. It's really the toughest part for me.
Today is also the last day of the EtsyCREST sale. If you search "etsycrestsale" you can find all the items from sellers participating. I'm still offering 15% off in my shop and I know there are some people with even bigger discounts.
Lastly, and congrats if you made it to the end of this page, I am working on a few tutorials this week. Mainly the lunch bag since that seemed so popular. Hopefully I'll have something to post everyday this month. It'll be a good challenge.
I hope you are all having a fabulous start to your week.
Friday, October 31, 2008
It's officially been two years since I started this little blog. I've never felt more inspired or creative in my life since I became part of this wonderful community. On a daily basis, there are always new ideas, projects, and even more inspiring blogs. I've met some great people here, and even had the chance to meet a few in "real life." I am always amazed at the support and encouragement that you all provide, and for that I am very thankful. I promised a giveaway, so here it is. Since this is primarily a sewing blog, although you wouldn't know it these past few days, I've decided to giveaway fabric. Big surprise, right?
Well, not just any fabric, but some of my favorite prints from people like Amy Butler, Sandi Henderson, and Erin McMorris. I will fill a flat rate box with as much fabric will fit. There might even be some vintage fabric in there too. These are just a few samplings of what is already making it into the box. So how do you win? Well first by leaving a comment mentioning a new blog that you think I might like. If you'd like to "earn" more entries into the contest, post about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to it in your comment, and you'll receive 5 extra entries. Plus, you'll receive an extra entry for every person that you refer that mentions that they came here through your blog. I'll pick a winner on Wed Nov 5. Good luck!
Tomorrow is my craft fair, so wish me luck with that. If you are in the D.C. area, it is at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad from 12-6. Also, a big thank you to everyone who posted they could read this blog through google reader. It really helped me out!