Wednesday
Nov092016

auction #13 ~ red santa hat mini 

Christmas is sneaking up on us.  Today's auction items are all about this upcoming festive time of year.  (Oh I SO do not want to part with this one ... but I must.)

Size:  12.75" x 14"

Click here to read the original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Saturday November 12th.

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Stay tuned for more ...

Tuesday
Nov082016

auction #12 ~ best buds prototype

This auction is for the BLUE PURSE ONLY, not the pink framed piece shown here or the other pink purse shown in the linked post.

I made this little purse as a prototype for a magazine submission proposal, but then I made a newer version using Scrumptious (by Bonnie & Camille) for the publication.  I don't need to keep this anymore.

Size:  5" tall x 5" wide x 2.5" deep

Click here to read original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Thursday November 10th.

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Tomorrow is all about Christmas :) xo k

 

Tuesday
Nov082016

auction #11 ~ blue sweet orchard pouch

This auctions is for the BLUE POUCH ONLY.  Still super pleased with my little ring snap on the strawberry on the flap ... ;)

Size:  5.25" x 6.25"

Click here to read original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Thursday November 10th.

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One more coming up today!

Tuesday
Nov082016

auction #10 ~ blue strawberry biscuit pouch

Today's theme is "blue" ... the colour, not the mood (or the language). ;)  This is a generous sized, zippered pouch.  Definitely not limited to cosmetics!

Size:  7.25" tall x 9.5" wide x 1.5" deep

Click here to read original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Thursday November 10th.

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More blue offerings later this morning. :) xo k

Monday
Nov072016

auction #8 ~ lollipop napkins

This set of 4 embroidered napkins are quite special to me.  They are prototypes from my book "S is for Stitch" .  I used them to pitch my book idea to my publisher.  But I don't need them.  Maybe you can use them for special parties. :)

Size: 17" x 17".

(I never wrote a blog post about these.)  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Wednesday November 9th.

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Next up, a recent Halloween treat!

Monday
Nov072016

auction #9 ~ candy corn bunting

Never too late to start planning next year's decorations! LOL!

Size:  Each triangle is 6.5" x 7".  The length can be adjusted at least 2 feet longer or shorter (my mantle is 78" across).  I attached the orange bows with a bit of mactac.

Click here to read original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Wednesday November 9th.

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That's it for today.  More tomorrow ...

Monday
Nov072016

auction #7 ~ pink flower sugar easter basket

Today's items all have a "Decorating for Special Occasions" theme.

This little basket is both decorative and functional. I placed a circle of kraft-tex in the bottom to keep it firm.  It won't hold a bowling ball, but it will hold plenty of little Easter treats! :)

Size: 5" wide x 8 .25" tall (including the handle).

Click here to read original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Wednesday November 9th.

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Still two more items to list today ...

Sunday
Nov062016

auction #6 ~ hexagon pincushion & stand

I love this sweet little cushion perched on a wee cake stand.  This auction includes BOTH!  And I'll throw in the two heart pins as well. :)

Size:   Pin cushion is 3.5" across x 1.5" tall.  Stand is 3.5" across x 4" tall.

Click here to read original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Tuesday November 8th.

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More coming tomorrow. :)

Sunday
Nov062016

auction #5 ~ flower sugar christmas pouch

I am definitely suffering from temporary insanity letting go of this one.  Seriously.  Please don't bid on this so I can keep it!  LOL!  (kidding) ;)

Size:  8.75" x 6"

Click here to read original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Tuesday November 8th.

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One more aqua delight coming today ... possibly my favourite.

Sunday
Nov062016

auction #4 ~ pink & aqua santa hat mini

Today's auctions are all about my love of aqua (and pink).  If you like a shabby chic Christmas colour theme, you're gonna want to own this mini!

Size:  10" x 11.5"

Click here to read original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Tuesday November 8th.

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I'll be posting two more items today!

Saturday
Nov052016

auction #3 ~ apple farm baby quilt

This quilt needs a cute little owner!  Do you know one?  Fabric is Apple Farm by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose.  A-dorable.

Size:  36" x 42"

Click here to read original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Monday November 7th.

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Good luck! xo k

Saturday
Nov052016

auction #2 ~ pumpkin coin purse

I know Halloween is over, but there's always Easter, right? ;)  Fabric is Lecien Old/New 30s.

Size: 3 .25" tall x 3" wide

Click here to read the original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Monday November 7th.

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One more listing coming today!

Saturday
Nov052016

auction #1 ~ toy buckets

This was one of the most fun procrastination projects ever!  I still plan to write up a pattern for these.  Fabric is Lecien Retro 30s Child Smile.

Please note that the removable hanging tags ARE included, but the toys aren't!  My daughter would never forgive me if I sold her bear and ... ok, I admit it ... I'm a Tupperware addict! ;)

Sizes: large is 6" tall x 5.25" wide    small is 4" tall x 4.75" wide

Click here to read original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Monday November 7th.

Click here for auction rules.

This is the first of 3 items that will be posted today ... :)

Friday
Nov042016

AUCTION TIME! (and the first blush winner)

OK, hello everyone!  I'm super excited here because it's been a very long time since I've done a thorough tidying up and proper organizing.  In fact, I've never actually felt totally organized since we moved here 2 1/2 years ago.  (That long? Wowzers!) 

It's also been a few years since my last auction and, well, I've amassed literally dozens of "pretty by hand" projects that are now in want of a new home. (Yes I'm borrowing from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice  ... ;)

In case you weren't around here the last time, here's the deal.  As a blogger (and Instagrammer), I make things.  Lots of things.  Some of them are commissions for magazines and fabric manufacturers, some are for blog hops, some are prototypes, and some are purely for the fun of making. 

I keep a few things that I treasure and I gift many things to family and friends.  (I also let my daughters have first dibs.)  But I still have lots left over.  It's not that I don't love them all ... I DO!  It will be difficult to say goodbye.  But I must be disciplined and let go of these pretties that I don't need.  So in case you're interested in snagging something for yourself or as a Christmas gift for someone special, I'm going to auction them off here over the next few weeks.

RULES:

  • I'M IN CANADA, but this auction is open worldwide!  I will ship anywhere!
  • I will post a few items each day - in separate posts/lots - for a few weeks.
  • Each item will be open for bidding for THREE days only. 
  • You can place your bid(s) in the comments section. 
  • Auction is in US dollars. 
  • Shipping will be calculated for the winner.  You will only pay exactly what the post office charges.  (I'm happy to combine shipping!)
  • Winners will be invoiced via PayPal. 
  • Each shipment will include a little thank you gift from me. ;)

The auction starts tomorrow.  Hope I see y'all then! :) xo k

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And congratulations Lori M from Ohio!  You won the First Blush FQ bundle!  Enjoy. :)

Thursday
Nov032016

in the mood for a little christmas yet? 

I made these quite a while ago.  This is the prototype set of my pattern Amy's Pretty Pockets (available here).  I used Flower Sugar in a very deliberate Christmasy palette.  Although I think it's kinda funny that the red gingham reminds me more of a picnic than Santa.

PS:  check back here tomorrow for a little announcement ;)

Monday
Oct172016

first blush ~ and a festive seasonal bunting

 

Hello and welcome to my stop on the First Blush Blog Hop!

When I was invited to participate in this blog hop, I looked at the fabric and thought, "Oh how cute!"  When I opened the bundle a few weeks ago, it was the beginning of October and ... well ... I guess I had Halloween on the brain because I was immediately drawn to the orange, yellow, and white prints.  Next thing I knew I was making a Candy Corn Bunting.

These versatile prints worked so well for this no-sew craft project.  They're super fun to mix and match and are the perfect scale.

I lined each linen triangle with fusible interfacing for body and to support the eyelets.  Then I just used fusible web to adhere the candy corn pieces to each triangle.  I made sure the darkest fabric (orange) is on top so it wouldn't "shadow" through the lighter colours if it was underneath.  And I didn't even bother machine stitching around the edges.  (Shhh, don't tell my mom!)  I suppose I should have, but I figured this bunting isn't going to see any wear.  So I left it raw. ;)

This project required a few trips to the fabric store.  The first time I bought the eyelets, and super skinny ribbon & tulle in orange, yellow and white.

Unfortunately, the skinny ribbon was too skinny.  It just looked super wimpy.  And the tulle?  It is soooooo wispy that I needed way too much volume to make it visible.  So I reluctantly let that element go, and went for a wider ribbon.  It turned out great.  The ribbons really play well with the prints.  And it looks great on my mantle!

Hope my little seasonal make inspires you to be creative with First Blush!  Here are all the other stops on this hop.  


 October 10 – Chris Dodsley, Made by Chrissie D
 October 11 – Sinta at Pincushion (that's me)!
 October 12 -  Fat Quarter Shop
October 13- Windham/Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine
 October 14- Jennie at Clover and Violet
 October 15- Aurifil- Erin Sampson
 October 16- Tina Egner
 October 17 – Me
 October 18 – Allison Harris
 October 19 – Erin Cox
 October 20 – Angie Wilson Gnome Angel
October 21 – Debbie at happy little cottage
 October 22 – Heidi Staples
October 23 – Leanne Elliott
 October 24- Greg Jones Grey Dogwood Studio
 October 25- Wendy Sheppard Ivory Spring
 October 26 – Stephanie Lynn Denton
 October 27 – Lisa Ruble

Now for the super fun part.  For every day of the hop, Windham Fabrics is giving away a First Blush FQ bundle PLUS a small thread box of First Blush from Aurifil!  

To enter today's giveaway, leave me a comment here with yoru favourite Halloween decoration. Contest closes Thursday, October 27th and is open to all. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments posted on blog posts and will be announced Friday, October 28th.

Good luck! xo k

Monday
Oct032016

wistful winds

Adorable.  That's the first word that came to my mind when I first laid eyes on Shari of Doohickey Design fame's latest collection "Wistful Winds".  I mean, melt.your.heart adorable!  The sweet little girls?  Love.  The jelly-candy fresh colours?  Yum.

I whipped up this quick little crib/playmat quilt in whatever spare time I could find over the weekend, which wasn't much.  So I pulled off this project off with a few handfuls of squares & rectangles, and then at the last minute I threw in the white stripes between each column.  Love how that white makes everything just pop.

In case you're inspired to make something similar, cut sizes are:

  • 2.5" squares
  • 2.5 x 4.5" rectangles
  • 1" strips

This quilt is so easy!  Standard cuts, no matching seams, nothing fussy at all.  I was working with Long Quarters, which are 9" x WOF (rather than Fat Quarters) so I made probably THE scrappiest binding EVER!  Love it. :)

Today is the first day of this blog tour so here's the lineup:

October   3rd:     Amy Sinibaldi -  www.nanaCompany.typepad.com
                         Me
              4th:     Amanda Niederhauser - www.jedicraftgirl.com
                         Amy Smart - www.diaryofaquilter.com
              5th:     Meagan Taylor/Kristi Jones - www.meagsandme.com
                         Christine Cook - www.stitchingrevival.com
              6th:     Elea Lutz - www.elealutzdesign.com
                         Jodie Carleton - www.vintagericrac.blogspot.com
              7th:     Sedef Imer - www.downgrapevinelane.com
                         Jina Barney - jinabarneydesignz.com
              10th:   Elizabeth Evans - www.simplesimonandco.com
                         Kimberly Bourne - www.mainstreetmarketdesigns.com
              11th:   Jemima Flendt - www.tiedwitharibbon.com
                         Nadra Ridgeway - www.ellisandhiggs.com
                         Amy Chappel - www.amerooniedesigns.blogspot.com
              12th:   Katie Skoog - www.thesimplelifecompany.com
                         Amber Johnson - www.alittlebitbiased.blogspot.com
               13th:  Angie Wilson - www.gnomeangel.com
                         Clare Horsman - www.claresplaceblog.blogspot.com
                         Deanna Wall - www.stitchesquilting.com
               14th:  Melissa Mortenson - polkadotchair.com
                         Jessica Stewart  - www.izzyandivydesigns.com
                         Shari Butler - www.doohikeydesigns.com

Looking forward to seeing all the lovely makes with this fabric.  Thank you Shari!  So glad you asked me to play along. :) xo k

Friday
Sep302016

playground showcase

I don't need to say anything.  My pictures - and Amy's new fabric, Playground - pretty much sum it all up.

Well, maybe I do need to say something ... now I have a new favourite toss cushion for my favourite chair made with fabric by my favourite designer. :) 

Oh, and one other thing ... "Amy, I heart you girl!!!" xo

I'm the second last stop on this tour.  In case you missed all the other Playground inspiration, here's the roundup.  You seriously need to check them ALL out. You will not be disappointed!  Cross my heart.

SEPT    14: Katie Skoog ~ thesimplelifecompany.com/blog

              15: Michelle Curtis ~ chellesquilts.com

              16: Peta Peace ~ shequiltsalot.com

              17: Minki Kim ~ minkikim.com

              19: Jemima Flendt ~ tiedwitharibbon.com

              20: Tara J Curtis ~ tjaye.com

              21: Alexis Wright ~ mysweetsunshinestudio.com

              22: Melissa LeRay ~ ohhowsweet.com

              23: Ali Brorsen ~ becauseofbrennaclothing.com

              24: Angie Wilson ~ gnomeangel.com

              26: Rachel McCormack ~ woodenspoonquilts.blogspot.com

              27: Stacy Olson ~ stacyolsondesign.com

              28: Shannon Fraser ~ shannonfraserdesigns.ca

              29: Cristi Cooper ~ whimsyquilts.blogspot.com

              30: Guiseppe Ribaudo ~ instagram.com/Giucy_Giuce

OCT        3: Amy Sinibaldi ~ nanaCompany.typepad.com

Wednesday
Aug312016

sew illustrated book tour

Fabric: 

  • Floral is Lecien Child Smile Fall 2016 (available soon!)
  • Green is Lecien Child Smile from a few years ago
  • Linen is Kaufman Essex Natural.

I've long admired Minki Kim's unique talent and love everything she makes.  I am in total and utter amazement at her creativity and skill.  But doing thread illustration myself?  Uh.  The thought of it scared me and - quite frankly - stressed me out!  LOL!

When Minki and Kristin Esser invited me to be part of this tour, I kinda sorta accidentally said yes because Minki has become a good friend of mine and I hate disappointing people.  But then I had many MANY moments of panic when I realized that now I was commited to MAKING something.  I stalled, procrastinated, cleaned the house, went on a holiday, and did almost everything else on my to-do list.  Seeing all the cute and adorable things that people were making from this book and got even more scared.

Sigh.

But even though it's been a while since I put myself this far outside of my comfort zone, I wasn't going to back out.  Not without at least trying.  So I pulled up my big girl pants and got down to it. 

Now I'm not usually one to practice things.  Never really have.  Ask my piano teacher. ;)  If I want to make something, I just do.  If it turns out, great.  If it doesn't, I'll pout for a few minutes and then move on.  It has to be something really special (or a commitment) that inspires me to learn a new skill.  (That sounds dreadfully immature as I read that back to myself ... )

The first task was to choose a project from the book.  Every.single.design in this book is adorable and I love ALL of them!  But I eventually settled on the typewriter tote for a few reasons.  One, I'm a technical writer and I like that it's an (old-fashioned) tool of my trade.  Two, I have an English degree so I'm fond of most things "writing" related.  Three, my mom had a typewriter very much like this one and I used to play with it as a kid.  (Does anyone else remember how heavy the "shift" key was?!) 

My practice consisted of two partial executions of this pattern.  First time I didn't use interfacing ('cause I'm terrible about reading instructions, I'm embarrassed to confess).  And I tried out a few different feet on my machine that were recommended in the book to see which one worked better for me.  And then I just worked on getting used to the rhythm of free-motion drawing.  Not gonna lie ... as you can see in the photo above, I wasn't 100% confident that I was going to get the hang of it.  But I went on to the second practice, which was noticeably better.  Interfacing on the back really helped make my lines neater, and my confidence was growing.

After maybe about 20 minutes of practice I got impatient, as I tend to do when I just want to get on with something.  So I cut a large chunk of linen, drew the complete design, and went to work.

And that's it.  Honestly.  No smoke and mirrors required.  That's all it took to make my very first thread-illustrated design.  And I could not be prouder of myself or more grateful to Minki and Kristin for teaching me something new.

Thank you Ladies! xoxo

Now I need to go somewhere with my pretty, new tote.  I was thinking maybe the Apple store ... LOL!  Wouldn't it be fun to pull your laptop or iPad out of this bag?

If you're even remotely thinking about trying your hand at thread illustration, do yourself a favour and give it a whirl.  In no time you'll be wanting to replicate ... I dunno ... the Sistine Chapel ceiling or the Mona Lisa.  Or even American Gothic!  LOL!  Dive into your stash and start having fun.  (This book is available as an ebook from C&T Publishing so you can download it in a matter of minutes and be drawing within the hour.) Whatcha waitin' for! :) xo

Thursday
Aug252016

sweet orchard tour

(I deliberately fussy cut the flap so the strawberry would be right where the snap goes.  And then I absolutely HAD to make a special trip to the fabric store just to get a package of white "O" snaps so I could frame the little strawberry on the print rather than covering it up.)

Hello!  So glad you stopped by to see what I made with Sweet Orchard by Sedef (of Down Grapevine Lane fame) for Riley Blake.

This is her first (of hopefully many more) fabric collection and it features soft and pretty shades of pink and blue, brighter colours of green and yellow, and then a few kisses of red and gray.  And it has THE sweetest motifs!

As soon as this fabric arrived in my mailbox, I was flooded with inspiration.  Soooo many cute things I want to make with it!  But I had to start somewhere so I went to this sweet little pouch - definitely one of my favourites.  (You can find the pattern on my Pinterest board here.) I think it shows of a few off the prints so well.

You can find all the other stops on this tour below ... believe me, you want to check them ALL out!

Congratulations Sedef!  xo k

15 August Nadra ellisandhiggs.com
15 August Sarah alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk
16 August Jemima tiedwitharibbon.com
16 August Anorina sameliasmum.com
17 August Lisa aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com
17 August Minki minkikim.com
18 August Kimberly fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
18 August Keera livelovesew.com.au
19 August Cassie cassandramadge.com
19 August Liz & Elizabeth simplesimonandco.com
22 August Samantha aquapaisleystudio.com
22 August Xanthe wife-made.com
23 August Peta shequiltsalot.com
23 August Stacy stacyolsondesign.com
24 August Sharon lilabellelane.blogspot.com
24 August Amy diaryofaquilter.com
25 August Sarah piccolostudio.com.au
25 August Kristyne prettybyhand.com
26 August Jennie cloverandviolet.com
26 August Megan quiltstory.blogspot.com