I'm all smiles and quite proud of my self this week because I finally taught myself how to use a serger.
I scored this Bernina serger at the thrift store several years ago for the insane price of 20 bucks. Crazy...right?
With the help of Youtube I finally sat down a couple of weeks ago and figured it out!!
I know, I know. Using a serger is not rocket science and now I realize that. I don't know why I let this sit and collect dust for so long. Using a serger is FABULOUS :->
I immediately was inspired to dive into my extensive (can you say hoarder) fabric collection and make some pillow covers. I think it's a great way to finally whittle down the inventory and share the vintage fabric love.
These are just a sample of what I made so far, there are many more in my shop and I am adding more every day.
I've just bobbed back up to the surface after being immersed in my sewing room for the past day and half completing a sewing project for a dear friend.
My friend and hairdresser extraordinare Jodi asked me to make a custom diaper bag for her first baby that is coming....well, sometime soon. I jumped on that request and converted it into my gift for the new baby. So when the shower invite arrived a week ago, uh-oh....time to get busy.
But it wasn't going to be that simple. The soon to be new mom had challenged me with a theme of vegetables and a gender neutral palette. Finding cute veggie fabric was an almost impossible task but I finally found the perfect design.
I didn't wish to create a sewing pattern from scratch so I found a cute one on Etsy from this seller.
I like the big pocket on the front and the side pockets with the elastic, perfect for bottles.
I modified the pattern a bit, putting the scalloped pocket on the front and back. I also added a zipper closure to the top.
I absolutely adore these fabrics and I think they fit the veggies for babies gender neutral theme perfectly. Cute little veggie critters and a few friends :->
I modified the pattern again to add an interior zippered pocket. I lined the inside with laminated houndstooth fabric for easy cleanup.
The baby shower is this weekend and I can't wait to see the soon to be mommy's reaction :->
One of my favorite stops while visiting China was to the Longjing Green Tea Plantation in Hangzhou.
Located in a beautiful valley with rows upon rows of tea bushes lining the slopes.
Early each morning the workers fan out across the fields and snip off only the new growth. Then it is all processed by hand.
The most delicious green tea I have ever had.
Everywhere you go in China you see people with their water cups that have green tea leaves floating within.
I'm definitely a convert. This is my special cup from China with a built in strainer, although it's perfectly alright to eat the green tea leaves.
Along with the green tea it is customary to include dried orange peel and hawthorne berries. You can use boiling water or room temperature water. After you fill it up in the morning you can refill it up to five times with the same tea leaves. The "souvenir" that keeps on giving :->