Friday’s Fling

Today is my Friday Fling for my shop: Butterflies and Bumble Bees.

All of my Aprons are on Sale for $20.00!

Cow Girl Apron

Cow Girl Apron accented with Heather Bailey!

Remember that all the proceeds from my sales go to purchase sewing machines for Dalit women in India!!!

Sorry my pics in my shop are distorted….I NEED A MAC!!!!!

Cow Girl Apron Accented with Sis Boom!

Cow Girl Apron Accented with Sis Boom!

Cow Girl Apron accented with Ava Rose!

Cow Girl Apron accented with Ava Rose!

Cow Girl Apron accented with Ava Rose!

Cow Girl Apron accented with Ava Rose!

Visit me today at My Shop!

I’ll be stocking hand dyed Sarongs and Wraps soon!

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Look What’s New!

New Items in My Shop

I had this great idea to use my “old” jeans to make these great reclaimed denim farm girl style aprons. They are accented with great designer fabrics with ample ties. One size fits most and they are each $30 and are available in My Etsy Shop.

All Sewed Up

Aren’t these beautiful. They came from my perennial garden. I really love the Paprika Yarrow, it’s a lovely deep red color.

This weekend I decided to pull my good old sewing machine out of storage. Since I’ve been recovering at a great rate and no longer living in a coma, I have a passion for all the things I’ve loved doing in the past 50 yrs. One of them is sewing. As I posted the other day, my daughter and I are a hankerin for some cute summer skirts. Sew……I made a few. The pattern is super easy, however with my challenged recovering brain, I still have my difficulty with math and logic.

I am the reason seam rippers were invented!!!!! I made one skirt and since it was a wrap skirt I could try it on even though it is for my tiny daughter. OK, I tried it on at least 10 times and was talking to myself to boot, as I usually do…..”these people just don’t know what they’re talking about, this pattern is all wrong.” YES, I did that at least 10 times…..the skirt was all wrong! How could this be???? This is how my brain still works…I just can’t see the problem. (Can you get a whiff of life around here for mostly the past 3 yrs?) It had to be the pattern……then of course the light came on…..oh yea, it’s probably ME!!! I go back to the pattern and sure enough……OK, it was me. ;( That’s why they invented a seam ripper. I had to take the whole thing apart. BUT, the second one I got right….however, I need to alter the pattern. As you can see, the overlapping to tie it causes it to rise….not pretty. Becca wants me to cut the tie off and add a button. That works for me.

Cute red shoes!

I also managed to get this new apron made and I got a looker on the way to pick-up the trash cans this AM! I just waved!!! Hasn’t a guy seen a lady in an apron lately?  I must say, I did have a spring in my step and felt quite feminine in my apron!

Stitching Up Some Summer Fun!

Among all the crafty things I love to do, sewing is one of them. I learned to sew when I was thirteen. It was a very trying jumper. My poor mother, a seamstress, was so patient and I was a brat. When I was a toddler my mom custom made clothing for the wealthier women in our town. To this day, I know how to finish a seam the old way, not using my serger! My love for fiber, food and flowers flourished as I grew up and was a natural genetic addiction. And being the good homeshcool mom that I was, I tried to teach my daughter to love fiber, food and flowers. Her bent is more in the technical realm but she loves design and beauty as you can see here. We did our stint with the Howard County Fair and brought home several ribbons. I also did my time as a blue ribbon quilter and brought home not only ribbons but prize money. As a crafter we never turn down a new passion so my time is divided among many crafty things.

I’ve really been turned onto Amy Butler Designs. Her fabrics and patterns inspire me, mostly because they’re booming with color and design and I lovvvve color! Becca, my 24 yr old daughter, and I have gotten the itch for some CUTE summer skirts. We went fabric shopping the other day and came home with a cute stash. I did buy some lovely fabrics by Amy Butler from Fabrics.com for a slightly discounted price and plan to stitch up some cute items to sell in My Etsy Shop. Ok. I know there’s a theme here: CUTE!

These are the skirts I’m stitching up for Becca and myself.

I have a favorite “April Cornell” apron that I made a pattern from and I’m whipping up some aprons to also include in My Etsy Shop, Butterflies & Bumble Bees.

I hope to get some of these stitched up today. But following my history and anything slightly associated with math ;( I’ll probably remember why the seam ripper was invented! For ME!