Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Crazy Handmade Doll

Just a crazy doll I made.
Handmade Doll
The body fabric, which is pretty loud, 
has umbrellas printed all over it so I chose
 more subtle fabrics for her dress and pantaloons.
I sewed a piece of crochet edging to her forehead to represent a crown,
and the hair is three different colors of yarns with some pink ribbon thrown it.

Handmade doll
Handmade Doll posing with Carl's Sewing Machine
Now if I could just teach her how to sew!

if anyone has a users manual for this machine that they would like to share?????
From what I can gather on the net,
 it's a Sewmor brand that Carl's put their name on.

Till next time, keep creating,

Monday, November 4, 2013

Waxahachie Junior Service League, Christmas Market Preparations

We had a fun and profitable day at The Texas Country Reporter Festival.
With the help of my grandson Brian and 
my daughter Ginger we sold lots of product, kept the money secure,
and generally had a great time.
I sold out of my full aprons and dolls and moved quite a bit of soap.
Needless to say I've been quite busy replenishing the stock
for The Junior Service League Christmas Market, December 6-7
at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Halter Style Apron

This style apron, with it's halter top, seems to fit the broadest range of women.

But, I don't want just one style,
 so I'll be working on creating a more diverse selection.

The taggie monsters and ballerinas are getting some notice also.

Taggie Monsters & Ballerinas

Mini Christmas Stockings

I've also been working on my mini stockings,
I market these as gift bags.

Well, there's a lot yet to be done and only 
32 days left till show time.
Till next time,
happy creating!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Up-cycling an old office chair

New sewing chair
Second hand store, office chair
I found this office chair at my local thrift store for $5.00.
 Pretty ugly wouldn't you say?
But I could see it's potential, a little spray paint, some new fabric
and I would have a great sewing chair.

I took the seat and backrest off, then spray-painted the frame  a gloss black.

Off came the old seat cover.
The foam cushion was still good so all I needed to do make a new cover.
Since the seat frame was metal I couldn't staple a new cover on
 so I opted to sew one.
I cut a rectangle of fabric, hemmed the edges to form a casing, 
 inserted some elastic, 
pulled the elastic tight to form the fabric around the seat and then tied it off.
Kind of like a shower cap.

The backrest was in two parts, front and back, held together with screws.
The leather cover was in good shape so I just covered over it.
I cut a rectangle of fabric for each piece.
Using some embroidery floss, I did a gathering stitch around the edges
of the rectangles, then gathered them up around each piece.
 I also stitched from top to bottom and side to side, 
(kind of like tying up a corset) to get it good and tight. 
After cutting off the extra fabric in the corners,
I screwed the two pieces back together and re-assembled the chair.

I like the vintage vibe of the old steel frame mixed with the modern fabric.
Vintage office chair
What do you think?

Till next time,

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Vintage Dresser Redo

Dresser body

OK, having a few issues with blogger, moving on.....

I found this dresser at my local thrifty several years ago for $50.00.
Although it didn't have any hardware, I thought it was well worth the price,
well made, solid oak, heavy, just needed a little help.
I slapped some pulls on it for the meantime, put it in my bathroom
to house towels etc, and there it stayed, looking forlorn and neglected.
Time for a redo!

After a good clean up, I gave the body several coats of
white latex satin, then did the  drawers in black latex satin.
~~~~Yes, I am painting in my office, library area.
I just put down an old shower curtain as a drop cloth.~~~~

The hardware was an issue...
Over the years I've collected a few drawer pulls and knobs....
You know what I mean, the cheap, falling apart
cabinet or chest by the roadside on trash day?
Grab that hardware!

With what I had on hand, hardware wise,
and a little gold spray paint, I was able to stylishly open the drawers.

Now I have a cute, new dresser in my sewing area to store my fabrics.

Till next time,

Friday, August 9, 2013

New Items For The Fall Shows

Half Aprons
Full Aprons
Dolls and Bags

Lots of exciting things going on here....
~~~~Busy, busy, busy~~~~
I hope you' all have a great weekend.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Everything's Coming up Roses/Free Rose Petal Masque Recipe

Rose Bush

Spring in North Texas, what can I say?
Tornadoes, rain, wind, sun and roses....

Pink roses, red roses, yellow roses, I have them all.
I like to clip a few to bring into the house,
so pretty arranged with a sprig or two of rosemary.
But so short-lived, in a day or two the petals are falling off.

Let's put those petals to use.
I collect the petals and place them into my bamboo steamer basket to dry.
Once they're dried, they go into a large jar and live in the fridge.
Mixed with some old fashioned, rolled oats,
and put into a muslin bag, they make a wonderful soak for the bath.

Perhaps a facial masque.

Rose Petal , Oatmeal and Honey Masque
1 cup dried rose petals
½ cup of old fashioned rolled oats
¼ cup of local honey (farmer's market)
two teaspoons of rose water (recipe below) or distilled water
food processor or blender, bowl, jar, rubber spatula
1. Put the rolled oats into a food processor. Using the "pulse" feature, grind the oatmeal for a few seconds until it resembles a coarse flour.
2. Add rose petals to the oatmeal in the food processor. Pulse again to break up the petals.
Remove mixture to a mixing bowl.
3. Add the rose water or distilled water, and the honey to the rose petals and oatmeal mixture. Mix well. (Add more or less water to form a paste).
4. Apply the rose petal mixture to your face and allow it to stay on for 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and gently towel dry your skin.
Store any remaining masque in a covered jar in the fridge.
Rose Water
1 cup fresh rose petals
2 cups distilled water
tea kettle, bowl, jar, strainer
small pump bottle (found in the beauty travel section at most stores)
In your tea kettle, bring the distilled water to a boil. Place the rose petals in the bowl.
Pour the boiling water over the petals, cover the bowl and let the mixture come to room temperature.
Strain off and compost the petals and pour the rose water into a jar. Keep covered in the fridge.
The rose water can also be used as a facial spritzer, just pour a little in a pump bottle and spritz away.
I hope you give these recipes a try,
and feel free to share your own handmade beauty recipes.
thanks to my sister Jamie for reminding me.
Love and miss you Jamie.
Till next time, enjoy God's gifts!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Handmade Cloth Dolls

Handmade Cloth Dolls
Handmade Cloth Dolls
Handmade doll sales are hit and miss for me at shows,
but I do so enjoy creating them.
I usually take three to every event and since I sold two
at the Bluebonnet Festival I didn't feel guilty
creating a couple more.
Usually, their hair flowers/ornaments are pins
that can be detached and worn on a jacket.
Their necklaces are bracelets, also wearable.
At the price of $14.95 I figure that's a pretty good bargain.
My hubby thinks I way under price my items but in these times,
and vending mostly rural, I feel the best option is
to move items rather than sit on them.
They're approximately 18" tall.
What's your opinion?
Till next time, thanks for your input,

Friday, May 10, 2013

Around the Property



Walnut Tree
Harry and The Bass
This is what's hapening in my yard....
I hope you' all have a wonderful and profitable weekend.`
~~~Happy Mother's Day~~~~
Till next time,

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Bluebonnet Festival

Handmade Soap
Altered Hats

The DIY Mannequin

Little Girl Aprons
Handmade Dolls

Oh my, we had such a great time at the Bluebonnet Festival....
I sold all but one of the altered hats, one of the hat stands and
two of my dolls found new homes.
More aprons, pouches and bags need to be made and
the soap inventory is way low.
Today will be spent making soap.
Guess I'll get a cuppa and get busy!
 Till next time, happy crafting.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Little Girl Apron/Mom Apron and The Dress Form

Where to start?
Little Girl's Apron
We had a super show last weekend.
Sold lots of aprons, baby stuff and of course, soap and bath products.
 Since I lost my job, I've had more time to focus on my sewing abilities,
and it seems to be paying off.
The little girl aprons are a big hit with the Grandma crowd
and the little boy's/matching Dad's BB-Q aprons seem equally as popular.
The Mom aprons and the garden aprons went over well also.
~~~~ As to Miss Mannequin ~~~~
She is un-molded and awaiting her PVC pipe innards.
Till next time,
happy creating!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Vintage, Dressmaker Sewing Machine

My new find...
~ The vintage Dressmaker DeLuxe ZigZag Sewing Machine ~

Vintage Dressmaker Sewing Machine
Vintage Dressmaker Sewing Machine
I've got myself a little sewing factory going on.
The vintage Singer Touch & sew. 1970's
The not so vintage Sears Kenmore. 2003
(I think the Kenmore is getting jealous).
With both a soap factory and a sewing factory going on over here,
the house is, shall we say, getting a little full!
The DIY dress form is still in the works.
Part 2 is on it's way.
Our first show of the season is this Saturday at the Waxahachie Civic Center,
maybe I'll sell enough to justify buying two "new" sewing machines.
Till next time, happy crafting:-)

Monday, March 4, 2013

DIY Tutorial Making a dress form from masking tape and cheese cloth/Part one

Spring shows are fast approaching and I've been doing quite a bit of sewing.
I purchased this dress form last fall on Amazon, perfect for displaying my aprons.
And it cost next to nothing, using my rewards points.
I want another one, but alas, I have no more reward points to use.
What's a girl to do?

A google search for DIY dress form, of course!

Purchased form/Getting started
There were many ways to go about it....
Tee shirt, duct tape, paper mache.....
I chose trash bag and masking tape.
I purchased two different sizes of tape and got to work.

Taping front/Taping Back
I cut a small V in the center of the bag, put it on my form
and started taping the neck area first.
Next was under the bust, then the X from front to back
and then the waist.
I was careful in smoothing the bag over the form's contours and
switched back and forth between the two sizes of tape when needed.

Several layers of tape
My goal was to put on as much tape as possible.
It took me four hours to tape her!!!!
If you look at the first photo you see she's on a tripod type base,
no place to step for holding her in place while taping. 
She and I "danced" around my craft area most of the afternoon.
Almost done!
 Let's get that booty covered!
Protecting stand and floor
After I finished taping her, I taped some bags at the "hem" to protect
the base from the messy glue job that was sure to follow.
I wasn't sure what I was going to use next.
Paper? Muslin?
How about a cuppa while I think about it?
Then I remembered I had this bolt of cheesecloth.
A freebee from my old job, YES!
Glue and cheesecloth

 It's settled then, cheesecloth it is!

I started out by cutting large pieces from the bolt of cheesecloth,
and then cutting those into smaller pieces.
Using a paint brush, and starting at the neck,
I applied a bit of glue to the form, laid the cheesecloth on top of the glue,
then painted on a little more glue.
This approach seemed easier, less messy,
than soaking the cheesecloth in the glue.

I just glued, draped, and trimmed my way around,
util I reached the bottom edge.
I gave her one more layer of cheesecloth, top to bottom,
then set her in front of the fan to dry over night.

I felt like a crazy doctor, putting a full body cast on a patient!

Today, she gets more cheesecloth, and I shall ponder,
how to stuff her and how to attach a stand.
There's a few ideas rolling around inside my head,
we'll see.
 Stay tuned for part two.
Till next time,