Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Who's got the Pumpkin?

Pumpkins:)! I'm making these little guys in two sizes for my Bunco group. I'll post them all together when I'm done.......

Monday, September 28, 2009

Halloween:0)...

It's getting to be Halloween sewing time! Sew (Ha! Ha!) guess what I'll be doing tomorrow??? Sewing pumpkins for lucky Bunco winners! Yeah! Guess what else?? Remember when I said my buddy Patty Young www.modkidboutique.blogspot.com sent me that darling "Emma" pattern? Well stay tuned to see what it's going to be. I'll give you a hint: If you don't use a broom to sweep, you might wear this outfit.....HHHMMMM???

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Another Day, Another Dress....

Here's another dress for baby Sophie. I love 30's prints, so I couldn't help sew another dress with this cute pattern:)




*I have to brag about my creative little Mason. First, look at his watercolor tribute to Vincent Van Gogh's "Sunflowers". When he presented it to me, He said "Mom, I know he's your favorite artist, so I had to paint this for you". What a sweetie! I framed it and it hangs in my studio.


Here's the original. It sold in 1987 for 49 million dollars. A record at the time.....


Yesterday we spent the evening searching for leaves for his school project. He arraigned them himself and even decorated the cover. I just had to share........




*Yes, I need a new camera!!!



Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Lil' Pumpkin...







Pumpkin. Pumpkin, Pumpkin. It's getting to be that time of year again, so today I sewed a felted pumkin! Years ago I felted a large pumpkin. I didn't really love it (as you have to for a pumpkin!)so today I cut it into pieces, sewed them back together. I think I love him.....

Monday, September 7, 2009

Baby Sophie's Dress...





I sewed up this little Onesie dress for Baby Sophie. I used this shirring technique http://yourfabricplace.blogspot.com/2009/05/how-to-sew-with-elastic-thread-shirring.html and it was so easy! I hate trying to pull gathers, so using the elastic thread was a lifesaver. The pattern was from http://lilatuellerdesigns.blogspot.com/ but I altered it a bit by using knit fabric. I'm not great with knits, but thanks to my wonderful Mother-in-Laws great tips, I'm getting there:).
This lavender lace trim is from a vintage lot I purchased a few years ago. It's truly one of a kind! Perfect for sweet little Sophie.....




Friday, September 4, 2009

In the begining........

In the 90's My Mom, Dad and I had a craft business called Sweet Pea's friends, so named because we used to call my oldest son Sweetpea (Oh I hope he doesn't read this or he'll KILL me!!). My Dad was a master with wood, especially the lathe, so we started out creating pole snowmen, witches, Uncle Sam & Aunt Samantha, Santa's and bunnies. Later, my Dad created the basic bodies for me, while I sewed the clothes, painted and accessorized Witches, Santa's, Dolls, bunnies, you name it! My Mom is an excellent painter, so she did the master painting. She painted pots, wood signs even custom made (by my Dad) children's furniture. We had such a great time going to craft shows and selling to gift shops around town. One of my greatest Thanksgiving memories was the time we finished up eating, then pulled out the wood snowmen to paint because we had a huge order to fill! After I got pregnant with Mason, I had to slow down so we taught painting classes in my garage. It was so much fun having everyone get together and create! Our classes were always full and always fun:). After Mason was born, we kind of fizzled out. I still did some small projects for a few of my friends (well sewing for the Parade of Homes wasn't small, but fun!), but not like before. In 2003, I started freelancing for Chapelle publications doing Scrapbooking projects of all things! I had never really Scrapbooked before, but I though I would try for creativity sake. I had just finished working on my first project when my beloved Dad died suddenly. I was devastated, but I kept working. I knew that my Dad would be proud of me for what I was doing. After I published my first book, I dedicated it to my Dad. He was always my creative champion. When something didn't look right to me, my Dad would always say "You want it to look homemade, not manufactured. Remember, it's from your heart, ." I'll never forget that. I sure miss him, but I'm glad I do still have some of the projects we made. Emma Jayne has a special handmade table and chair set that she plays with every day and I still have some pole Santa's and pumpkins. I'll never part with those:). I loved working for Chapelle. Fun times. After Emma was born, Chapelle closed and I was so busy with the kids to really do anything other than personal projects. Now I'm doing some freelance web work for http://wherewomencreate.com/ Magazine and it is wonderful! I absolutely love the magazine and all of the creative women involved. So if you have a Facebook or Twitter account, please join us! www.facebook.com/wherewomencreate and Twitter is www.twitter.com/wherewomencreat . I have a personal Twitter too, so follow me at www.twitter.com/paigew . I'm in the process of putting buttons on my page, but there aren't enough hours in the day. For now, enjoy these early crafty moments that I just discovered in an old photo album. I don't have any of these things. I wonder who does?



One of my favorites. The Snow Couple. I wish I had these guys.I LOVED Debbie Mumm and used her fabric whenever I could......
In honor of my husband, The Fly Fishing Santa. No, Bruce doesn't look like Santa, he's a Fly Fisherman:)

Sweetpea himself (he's 15 Now!!!!).
*Remember the Forrest Green/Mauve combo? Gotta love the 90's:). Uncle Sam and Aunt Samantha....

The Moose Couple....

A smaller version.....

Pole Bunnies....




The Bunny Couple.....
*90's florals. These were upholstery fabrics. Does anyone have a couch like that? Pretty popular back in the day........



Witches. I'm really tempted to make one of these again......




Hope you've enjoyed this little "crafty" memory lane:) Have a great day!


* As you can see, I wasn't a great photographer back then either. At least we have digital cameras now............




Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Baby Blankets for Princess Sophia...

One of my oldest (not that we're old, I've just known her since I was 4!) and dearest friends just gave birth to the cutest little peanut! Welcome to the world baby Sophia:). In honor of her birth, I made a few blankets. Happy "Birthday" sweetie! Yes, my cutting table is a huge mess! Time to clean it up, but not before I sew Emma some cute stuff from my friend Patty over at http://www.modkidboutique.blogspot.com/ Seriously, how cute are her patterns? And what about that gorgeous fabric? She's sending me (of course!) the Emma pattern! Thanks so much Patty! Not only is she talented, she's a sweetie! I can't wait to sew it up and post it. Oh and I've got to put an order in on the fabric....Happy Sew day everyone:)