I attended an estate sale on Saturday in the Foxhill section of Hampton. Foxhill is an old section of town near Grandview beach.
The sale was run by the woman that grew up in this little house. Her parents were both now passed and she was finally ready to let their belongings go and move forward.
She said her momma saved everything and included in the sale were a bunch of sweet little girls dresses. Dresses that had belonged to this woman.
I was really smitten with the little dresses, the fabrics were just adorable. I also acquired a huge stack of 6 barkcloth curtain panels. The woman said they hung in the house in the 50's and she was thrilled that I was going to take all these things and repurpose them. Something about this woman really struck a cord with me.
So I took my treasures home and started getting them washed and freshened up. I jumped right in and created a tote bag from the barkcloth.
I lined the bag with the fabric from one of the little dresses.
So on Sunday afternoon I headed back over to the house. I asked the woman if she remembered me from the day before, I was the one that bought the curtains and dresses to reuse. She remembered and I showed her the tote that I created and told her it was a gift from me for her. She adored it and then when she looked inside and saw her little dress fabric she cried. It was a great weekend :->
Go over to Karen's place and you can find links to many, many wonderful bloggers special creating spaces.
I actually have two crafting/sewing spaces in my home. One is my sewing studio and the other is an area in my media room where I do all my christmas crafting.
I have bragged many times about my new sewing studio. I went into nauseating detail last year about moving it from the third floor windowless room down the the second floor of my house to a room filled with natural light. A quick search of "sewing studio" in the search bar will yield many, many posts about it.
But it's been a year now and the room has continued to evolve or I should more correctly state, fill up with more stuff :->
So I snapped a bunch of new pictures to share here. You can pop over to Karen's place to hook up with lots of bloggers and see their creative spaces too.
Enjoy the tour.
This is the sewing corner.
I have special creations in this cabinet and on these walls.
Every sewing room needs a toy sewing machine collection.
If you want to know how I created this fabric storage/cutting table, read about it here.
My christmas crafting has become such a big part of what I enjoy doing that I have had to appropriate a corner of my media room for full time storage and crafting space for my wreaths.
As you can see, I really have to spread out when I am creating wreaths.
Each wreath takes 80-100 ornaments to complete so it takes a lot of inventory to be able to make just a few of them. I am constantly shopping for vintage christmas treasures to include in them.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing my favorite spaces in my home.
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 :->