Saturday, May 30, 2009

Thrift finds and time with the grandkids

First I'll show the beautiful Ruby showing off the 3 separate pieces I found. They weren't together and I got them at different places. I found the skirt and hat a while back. The top came from Goodwill this week. The red top Layla is wearing came from Goodwill and matches her skirt perfectly. Also found Ruby's dress there. It was brand new and has a headband.

We all went to the movies Friday to see "Night at the Musuem II". Jakob wanted to see it. It was okay. I had to take out a small loan to pay for movie and snacks. For the 4 of us I spent $50.00. I didn't buy anything for me.
Found this material at a different store. I see a dress or skirt in my future.
Got this gingerbread apron at Goodwill for $.99
This is an apron hanger for my dining room.
I love this candle holder.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Porcelain Doll Thrift

We went to a Yard Sale at a local church Monday. Layla spotted this porcelain doll. I need to give her a makeover. So this is her "Before" picture. I should have her ready by tomorrow. I want her new dress to be similar to this one. This was her Great-Grandmother's doll on her Dad's side of the family. I made this dress a few months ago.
We also found 3 books for Layla. A lizard book, a frog book and a bug book. All of her favorite things. Jakob found a Twister Game. Ruby found some stuffed animals.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Skirt for Layla

Layla picked out this dotted swiss material from my stash I had thrifted. This is possibly the easiest thing to make. Cut 2 pieces of material about twice as long as waist and as long as you want it. Sew up each side. Turn down top and sew, then add elastic. Hem and you are finished.

She loves to pose.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Lori's new top

I made this really cute top for my daughter from Simplicity 3799. It fit her perfectly. She really loved it, even though she doesn't look very happy in the picture.

It was so easy to make. I'm sure I'll make one for myself. The material is Alexander Henry I got at Joann's.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Map and fabric surprises

Found this map fabric at Joann's and I knew Layla would love it. I backed it with recent thrifted butterfly fabric. She wants to put in on the wall, but I will put it down low enough so she can take it down when she wants.
My sweet Aunt Louise thought of me again when she was doing her Spring cleaning. She gave me all of this beautiful fabric. I can't wait to use it.

Monday, May 18, 2009

My bag and a yard sale

This is my first grocery bag. It's made from a shower curtain I thrifted here.
Found lots of material at a yard sale over the weekend. The lady didn't have prices on any thing. She wanted me to tell her the price.
Also got lots of notions.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

My thrift finds

Look at this tiny Precious Moments figurine ($.99). This is about 2 yards of fabric for $1.99. Looks like it may have once been curtains.
2 pillow shams embroidered with Iris flowers. They were $1.99 each
A $2.00 canister for Lori.
Dresser scarf for $2.99.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Jakob's quilt

I love the way this turned out. Made from old jeans (mostly his Dad's). Bought the striped canvas at Joann's. The back is navy flannel. Quilted one square at a time and then stitched rows. Squares are wrong sides together and the ends fray when washed and dryed. Quilting part was easy, the rest not so easy. Each seam has to be snipped 1/4" apart. That took a long time, but worth it.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Finished quilt

I finally finished this quilt for my day bed. It turned out beautiful. I machine quilted. It needed to be longer.
After finishing this I decided it was time to complete the other quilt I had started for Jakob. So I will finish it before I start anything else.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Happy Birthday sweet princess

Got a few more things made for Ruby before the party. A top made from McCall's 5612. This pattern had it's difficult moments. I started out making View D, ditched and recut the top.Strawberry Shortcake dress is from McCall's 4355. Easy as pie and it twirls. Yes she's holding a turtle.
My princess with her crown and Hannah Montana outfit eating her princess cake. She got a lot of pretty things and Pretty Ponies.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The winner is....

Cindy Lou. Email me your address and I will send the purse and fabric to you this week.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

My first give-away

Made this Margaret Sling Bag from Oh Fransson. Outside is Tropical Toille fabric, inside is poka dots with 1pocket. Bag measures 8-1/2 x 11. The bottom is 5 inches wide. Strap measures 32 inches long. This is my first give-away. One of the grandchildren will draw a name Saturday night at 7:00pm. So leave me a comment. Good luck. I'll also throw in scraps of Dora fabric I used on Ruby's dress.

Thrifting on Wednesday

At one store I found pack of ribbons, zipper, 1/3 yard material and 1/2 Curious George flannel material, and a cute pattern.

At Goodwill I found 3 adorable aprons $1.99 each, 4 shirts and a skirt for $.99 each. Some of the shirts are XL. Not sure what to make out of them yet.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

New top from thrifted sheet

I made this top last week from a sheet. It's from Butterick 4549. I didn't realize it had a zipper (on the side) until I got to that part on the pattern . It probably makes it fit better (really like the way it fits. That's what I get for not reading the notions on the pattern. Had to go out and buy a 12" zipper for it. Added 2 inches to the bodice length of the pattern.
I do recommend this pattern.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Gifts for Ruby

Ruby will be turning 3 on the 14th and her party will be Sunday. She was actually born on Mother's Day so a very fitting day for her party. Looks like I will be busy this week making her a few things. Today I made this skirt and added a ruffle. She loves Dora, especially Dora Snow Princess. Added some of the Dora appliques on a shirt.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

A thrift find and my old apron

Thrifting at Goodwill last night I found some nice zippers and Halo Covered Buttons, which I've found before and really love them. Never seen these in stores. The pink invisible zipper was dated 1973. This apron was made by my Memaw Holt for me when I was about 6 years old. I remember it was for Easter so we wouldn't get our outfits dirty. She also made one for my sister. As you can see she embroidered a "B". It's all completely handmade. She never had a sewing machine, but made many clothes and quilted by hand. I took in out and decided to wash and iron it. It had stains on it. Some wouldn't come out. I also noticed some mildew on it.