Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Another very cool stop motion video. This one was created by a 23-year-old student, Bang-Yao Liu. He created this for his senior project at Savannah College for Art & Design. Crazy cool stuff!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Handmade Onesies & Baby Burpies Tutorial, a Follow Up

I did a post at the beginning of May that walked through making a handmade baby girl gift. This is a follow up to that.

I recently made some more embellished Onesies and burpies (burp cloths), and took more pictures this time as I went along. I'm a visual learner, so I thought that the pictures may help any of you out there who like to see the steps.


I selected the font that I was going to use, typed the letters out that I needed for this project, enlarged them, and printed them out. I then flipped that print over and outlined slightly around
the letters with a black Sharpie.

The next step is to cut out a piece of Pellon Wonder Under in a rectangular sheet large enough to cover the letter, trace my "backwards" letter onto the paper side of the Wonder Under, again with a Sharpie, and then iron the Wonder Under onto the wrong side of my fabric of choice.

Once it had cooled off to the touch, I cut out the letter using the outline as my guide. Notice that you don't have to cut it exactly as traced, because the paper will be peeled off in the next step. It helps to use sharp sewing scissors, preferably, the tiny kind that let you trim rounded areas easier. Household scissors probably wouldn't be a good idea for this project because you want your edges to be crisp and clean, not jagged.

So now I had this cute letter 'B' ready to go! I carefully peeled the paper backing off to reveal the sticky backing that would adhere it to the Onesie. I centered the letter to the front of the Onesie and ironed it on using the cotton setting on my iron and applying pressure while moving the iron in a back and forth motion for several seconds.

The final step is to sew completely around the letter using the straight stitch on my sewing machine. Notice how I've removed the plastic sliding cover on the left side of my machine to expose the arm. This allows me to put the Onesie onto the machine and not sew through both layers.

The nice thing about having the letter adhered to the fabric is that there are no pins to mess with while sewing. I sew completely around the letter about say an 1/8 - 1/4 of an inch from the outside edge of the letter. It's important not to sew too close to the edge. The only trick to this is making sure that the back side doesn't get sewn to the front! The pictures below show me sewing the letter on and how the Onesie is adjusted throughout the process.

Notice all of the stitches on my machine? I used a couple of them to do the burpies.

The following pictures show the process I used to make them. Please post any questions that you may have in the comments section. Thanks for following along!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Killin' me with CUTENESS

Seriously. These little undies that I stumbled upon on Etsy tonight are a-dor-able! The designer has cleverly named the boys line Small Skivvies, and the girls line Fancy Pants. They're hand dyed and hand sewn. Pricey, but still, SO CUTE! She even has some boxer briefs in adult sizes! Check out Mandy's shop, Smallthreads, on Etsy.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Post Secret

I've been visiting Post Secret every Sunday morning for years now without fail.
I own a couple of the books and will purchase the new one. Any of you familiar with
Frank Warren and Post Secret? Ever sent in a secret of your own? Own any of the books?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Funny The Way It Is (If You Think About It)

Dave Matthews Band

Monday, June 8, 2009

Lucky One

Lucky One is the title of Raul Malo's newest album, but it's also describes the way I feel after attending his concert in Gruene, Texas this past weekend. I met up with two of my closest girlfriends from college there for a Girls Only weekend that would include tubing, shopping, eating, and the concert on Saturday night.

I wasn't familiar with Raul or his music, but Holly planned our trip around him and his band being in town that weekend to perform at the Gruene Hall. She said they were her favorite band and that we wouldn't be disappointed. If Holly liked them I was in, so I packed my bags and headed out of town late Friday afternoon and arrived in Gruene 4 hours later. Holly & Sherri had arrived earlier in the afternoon, and had already checked into the bed & breakfast where we would be staying for the weekend.

Gruene isn't a big town, but what would the chances be that we would end up staying in the same B&B as Raul? On top of that, what would the chances be that we would end up in the room next door to him, or that we would get to meet him and his band? I don't know, but that's exactly what happened! Sherri, being the outgoing girl that she is, took the opportunity to strike up a conversation with Raul as he was walking past our room the morning of the concert. He was so down-to-earth and friendly. She joked with him that she had seen him leave the night before to head over to the Friday night concert, and said that she wanted to know what it felt like to be escorted over to the show. He invited us to walk over with him that night!

We listened as he played his guitar and sang on his porch prior to the concert, and then got to walk over to Gruene Hall with him and the band for the concert. The hall was packed when we arrived and the concert goers were pumped as could be heard through their shouts, whistles, and claps. It was standing room only, and a bit warm with all of those bodies crammed in so close to one another, but it was also FANTASTIC.

Raul plays the guitar really well, has a killer smile when onstage, and his voice is SUPERB. I was blown away by his vocals and by how very talented all of his band members were. It was a weekend that won't soon be forgotten.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Giveaway at the Pleated Poppy!

Want a chance, or 3, or 4, to win one of these babies? Well, if so, head on over to Lindsey Cheyney's blog and check out the details. It's her birthday and she's celebrating the occasion by giving away one of her zippered pouches filled with some of her other goodies to 1 winner. She's a generous and very smart girl! I own 2 of her pouches and they're lovely. Her blog is one of my faves.

Make Your Own Cleaning Products

I got this cool attachment in an email from my and Richard's buddy, Jeff Stokes, this morning. I seriously want to start doing this. It's on my list of "things to do". Who knows when or if I'll ever get around to it, but if so, I now have this handy instruction card saved to my hard drive to refer to. Cool!

Do you live in the DFW area and need a great realtor? Check out Jeff here.