Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tutorial: Stuffed Animal Backpack Using A Fat Quarter

Eliie got this Velveteen Rabbit along with the book for her 2nd birthday a year and a half ago. 
 I don't think she touched it once because RJ loved it and never let it down, and Ellie was young and didn't seem to care.
1st grade starts this week and the first day is Teddy Bear Day where you can take your favorite stuffed animal.
So naturally RJ needed to sew "Rabbit" his own backpack to ride in for the first day of 1st grade.

{This is a moment where I kind of wish he didn't knew I could sew.}

But he drew me a picture of his idea and picked out a fat quarter of flannel.  
I had the nylon straps and buckle to finish it off.

On to school and I can't believe I will have a kid gone all day.
We will miss him!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A to Z Ribbon Retreat Series

Back To School A-Z Series - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
The ribbon retreat has a really fun series coming the month of August!
Each of us are sharing an idea inspired by a letter and their fabric!
Check out the ladies starting tomorrow at the Ribbon Retreat and I will be over there toward the end of August to share my plan for X!
Yay!  An actual sewing project from Jessica. Shocker!

Back To School A-Z Series - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
The Whole Line Up:
 "A" - Amber, Crazy Little Projects 
"B" - Becky, Patchwork Posse 
"C" - Christine, I Dig Pinterest 
"D" - Amy, Ameroonie Designs 
"E" - Bev, Flamingo Toes 
"F" - Kim, Seven Thirty Three 
"G" - Kimbo, A Girl and A Glue Gun 
 "H" - Meredith, Wait Til Your Father Gets Home 
"I" - liZ, Simple Simon and Co. 
"J" - Sky, Capital B 
"K" - Emily, The Benson Street 
"L" - Adrienne, Free Time Frolics 
"M" - Michele, The Scrap Shoppe 
"N" - McKenzie, Girl Loves Glam 
"O" - Janica, JaniJo 
"P" - Melanie, Find it, Make it, Love it 
"Q" - Elizabeth, Simple Simon and Co. 
"R" - Michelle, The Ribbon Retreat Blog
"S" - Mandy, Sugar Bee Crafts 
"T" - Natalie, The Creative Mom 
"U" - Becky, U Create 
"V" - Kami, Sweet Charli
"W" - Terra, Mama Says Sew 
"X" - Jessica, Running With Scissors
"Y" - Lisa, Mabey She Made It 
"Z" - Jaime, Everyday Art 
Should be fun to gear us up for school starting!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Stained Glass Part 1

So construction has begun on our house.
So far being the general contractor hasn't been too stressful...but we've just begun.

We were so excited to have a building permit we planned a ground breaking ceremony to have a reason for Rhett to cut a ribbon (bucket list item I didn't know about before now) and to spray paint a shovel gold while we dance around a barren desert scrap of land...but Rhett ended up having to work and the next day our hole was excavated and, well, it was just too late for the ceremony.
I promised I'd still get a big ribbon for Rhett to cut and get some huge scissors too...maybe when the house is done we can have a finished ceremony.

So with things actually happening, I realized I'd planned to make 2 stained glass exterior windows and the framers will need to install them sometime in the near future.

I worked for a stained glass artist who lived in my neighborhood on his crew the summer after I graduated high school.
That summer his studio was creating the art glass for the Brazil Sao Paulo LDS temple and I mainly cut glass and foiled the pieces. 
Here's my last day in front of the the glass scenes I helped cut:

And the finished windows in Brazil that I'll never see in person.
Stained Glass mural inside the Sao Paulo, Brazil LDS Temple

So for some reason,  when building our house, I thought why,with my summer of experience 11 years ago, I'll make my own stained glass windows to DIY and save money and have"mom-made" art glass for our home.

My mom took stained glass classes when I was a kid and made transoms above bedroom doors in the home I grew up in, so I thought I'll recruit her help and follow in her footsteps and DIY my own stained glass.
And the nightmare didn't get bad until she left.

My mom and I designed the window in inkscape based on the pattern/ proportion of the inspiration window:
Love this - pale shades, geometric pattern, by Buckcreek Glass
{inspiration window from Buckcreek Glass}

So I drove 2 hours to civilization where there is Fedex Kinkos (where the pattern was printed) and a stained glass studio to buy glass and a few supplies we didn't have.  
My plan was to have a random pattern of clear glass with different textures to add interest and variety.
I was picking through the clear textured glass, and was discouraged to find my favorite ones were expensive and probably out of my budget.  When to my joy I realized in the back there was a clearance remnant glass area and I was able to get all the textures I liked for 60 to 75% off, including one piece of my favorite linen!

So feeling like I made a steal with my clearance art glass, my mom and I got to work cutting and constructing the window.  

Once the window was built with lead between all the glass, I soldered for the first time and did an OK job.
I was better by the end.

Then my mom left.  The window was finished, all I had to do was add glazing putty, make the lead black with acid and clean it.
But while I was attempting to lift it, I moved one corner too high, putting too much pressure on a piece of glass and it cracked!
I was numb. Frustrated, sad, mad.  
And of course, the broken piece was my beloved favorite linen glass.
I just walked away and my husband did research on stained glass window repair, presenting me with my options later that day.
And then while trying to help me, broke the piece next to it.

So now I have a 4' x 4' art glass window with 2 broken pieces....and I'm trying to muster up the courage to touch this thing again.

The nightmare of home building and DIY begins!
If you're interested,  I would like your artistic/ decor opinion.
This window is going above the master tub....if we ever get it to the glass shop to insulate it in a frame so we will stop breaking it.
 I designed the window to have a random little rebel piece, a single orange insert.
It was just one small piece, the rest of the colored glass pieces look black flat, but are actually a slate, smoky blue.
Rhett hated my orange rebel piece, the asymmetry didn't make sense to him.  I repeatedly asked if he was sure he hated it, (hoping he'd see my artistic love for the random imperfect piece) and he was sure, but I wondered if I should just keep it my way anyway...after all I am the artist here.  My mom reminded me it was going in a bathroom that is half his...so I took out the orange.

But now the whole window is practically maimed and I'm considering sneaking my orange piece back in. 
 So vote time:

Should I Leave My Random Orange Rebel Piece?
Yes! Makes it unique and adds an element of surprise.
NO! Keep it symmetrical and traditional. The one orange piece looks like a mistake
Poll Maker

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wedding Dress for Kate

 This is one of my favorite gowns I've ever done. It's so delicate and the draping chiffon makes it suitable for a goddess. It is a silk dress with a draping chiffon overlay with silk petals on the neckline. The gathering on the bodice was done completely by hand, but the skirt is my favorite part. I made it with a layer of silk, two smooth layers of chiffon, and then one draping layer on top. This is one of the few pieces I've done that I think I'll always be impressed with. I love it.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Skirting the Issue with Simple Simons!

The girls at Simple Simon and Co are hosting
Skirting the Issue again for the month of July.
Here's more info if you want to join in the fun and share your skirts with their linky party.
There's even a get-together in Provo Utah July 17th if you're near them.

 I'm sharing my free pattern for the pocket shirred waist for anyone wanting to sew skirts for foster girls.

The first pattern is women's sizing for teen girls:

The same skirt with sizing for girls ages 12 months to girls 10:

Friday, June 27, 2014

Birthday Dress for a Baby Girl

My boy Striker has the most charming little friend. She's a little English girl named Primrose. She just celebrated her first birthday, so I made a little spring outfit for her. I used vintage taffeta for the dress, and a polyester knit for the cardigan and knickers.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wedding Dress for Katie

This was a pretty unique project. Katie found a dress at Anthropologie that had some embroidery on the bodice that she loved. So I took the top half of the dress and added a lace skirt and sleeves. Katie's must-have detail was a sash with a big bow on the back which was made out of the bottom half of the original dress.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dress for Makell

This is a custom dress I made for Makell. I used a gorgeous vintage chiffon. The dress has a boat neckline, half sleeves, a gathered skirt, and a braided sash. I love how feminine and delicate the dress is.

Photos by Faund Images.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Jessica Checking In

Hey, it's been months since I posted anything...mainly because I haven't had much time to make anything! Ugh!

But I just wanted to check in and say hi because I miss blogging and interacting with you guys, but have enjoyed watching Lynette build and create stuff!
Our family recently went to Disneyland.
It was everyone's first time other than my husband.
There were magical moments like fireworks at night with Tinkerbell flying across the sky...
and horrible moments like Micky Mouse shaped blisters on the ball of my husband's feet.
Which is the substance of family vacations I guess, amazing memories littered with mini nightmares along the way right?

My son turned six!
He wanted a Jack Sparrow cake. 
I'm low-key with birthdays and parties in general, nothing like those matching straw parties you see on pinterest.
But if that's all you know you are still excited for a kind of sloppy pirate cake I guess! 

I'm still trying to plow through my classes and taking them in the summer semester.
The spring semester ended with only one week break so that is killing my time and summer!

We haven't started construction on the house yet.
Hoping to get the building permit finally finalized and get a hole dug this month!
But I did score this antique door for free from a kid that works in the cabinet shop.  It's the front door from his families farm in our community...he gave it to me free!
It's going in the attic for the 1/2 bath and I'm going to sandblast the original glass to make it opaque...so stoked to ever get time to sandblast!  I have all the supplies and tools.

I'm also in charge of a 3 day camp for the teenage girls in our church that is the end of this month so once that is over I will have one less thing to stress about!

Other that what keeps me busy we're trying to have a fun summer! 

I actually did sew something a few weeks ago but just need to take pictures to show you!


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