Saturday, June 27, 2009

Song for Saturday Morning

Chris Isaak is one of my favorite artists. Songwriter, singer, musician, there anything this guy can't do?

Sad thing is, he's performing at the Ryman in Nashville next month...and I'm not going. I'll just heave a big sigh, watch this video, and pretend I'm there...

Friday, June 26, 2009

Finished for Friday...Groovy Elephant

I would love to be able to say that I've whipped up four or five aprons and other goodies for my empty Etsy shop this week, but nope. I did, however, finish one little sewing project!

I've been wanting to try making another toy since I made these two. This particular doll only uses two pattern pieces, so I thought it'd be easier. And it was...for the most part.
The pattern I used is Simplicity 2613, which shows the toys done up using 30's repro prints, and they are darling. I didn't want to cut into any of my 30's prints for a first time project, so instead, I used a thrifted sheet that I found for .25 at St. Vincent DePaul. My mom bought these same sheets in the 70's...probably at Kmart or Sears since those are the two main stores I remember shopping at as a kid.Believe it or not, I had the most trouble with the felt eyes. For the life of me, I couldn't figure out how to get them on neatly. I tried sewing them can't see it but I made a mess of them. Next time, I think I'll just use fabric glue and embroider the eyelashes only...or use safety eyes...or buttons.

I have a giraffe cut out to try next and hopefully this WILL be the week that I get some more things finished.

With this new puppy in the house, it's hard to get anything done! I feel like I spend 3/4 of my day following her around making sure she isn't peeing/pooping/chewing! But it's so worth it...Mark and I are in love with this dog! I've been given advice from several friends saying to think of her kennel as a today, baby's going in the crib for a while so I can get something done!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Vintage BBQ Aprons

For this week's Vintage Thingies Thursday, I wanted to share more of my vintage apron collection. These are two I'm quite proud of! BBQ aprons for the fellas!

I've had this one a while, and I may have shared it think of this as a return engagement! It was only with slight reluctance that I handed over 25 bucks in exchange for this apron at a local 4H flea market. At the time, it was the first vintage man's apron that I'd come across and I decided I couldn't live without it. The chef's head is a pocket. Still lovin' it!Last Monday I was at another flea market in the area and found this set that included not only the 50's graphic style illustration that I love so much, but a matching chef's hat! And it was a bargain compared to the first apron...only 12.50 for the set!I tried to get Mark to model these for me, but he declined.

Wanna see more fun vintage thingies? Head HERE!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Meet Mya

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I had seen a sweet little puppy face on ...WELL, turns out we were able to adopt that face(and the puppy attatched to it)! We brought her home Saturday, and she's been a wonderful addition to our family of furballs!We got Mya through an animal rescue organization. She was a stray who was picked up and taken to a local shelter. She was adopted but was returned to the shelter when the first owner couldn't get her potty trained. Later, she was placed on by the rescue orginization and we were lucky enough to find her.She's one of the sweetest dogs I've ever met. She LOVES to play but is pretty laid back most of the time. The four cats aren't thrilled that she's living with us, but everyone seems to be slowly adjusting to the new addition. Potty training is going slowly...I'm guessing w/her background, she never had much structure or practice w/it. She's about 6 months old, so still a pup, and I believe she'll get it eventually. She's smart too! She's already pretty good w/sit and we're working on down. Probably should have started with "come" and "stay", huh.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Finished for Friday...or...Oh Look, More Aprons!

I know, I know...I posted about aprons for Vintage Thingies Thursday. But these aren't vintage aprons, these are aprons that I whipped up just this week! Now that I'm back to blogging, I wanted to start participating in Finished for Friday once again. I figure it'll keep me on my toes w/crafting and whatnot.

These two aprons are the firsts of my summer sewing projects.

This one I finished up on Sunday night for my Sister's Mom in Law, Debbie. I thought it would go nicely with her blue kitchen. These aren't my normal style of prints, but I think it turned out nicely. The fabrics really grew on me as I worked with them...the rose print has an almost cottage feel, dontcha think?I was in a blue mood(har har har) this week with my fabric choices... This fabric, however, I did love right away. I finished this apron up on Thursday. It has been a while since I used bias tape on anything. Dear Lord! I forgot that stuff can be the devil to work with! Here's a close up of the print...and my experiment with the neckstrap...
OK, I finished this one a looooong time ago, but I love it. So I'm gonna show it off too...I hope you will indulge me. I love how fabulous fabric can make the simplest of apron styles into something special. This one will eventually hit the Etsy shop...when I have enough stuff to restock it.
And one more thing...we get to bring Mya (Claire) home on Saturday! We are so excited about this furry little addition to our family!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Vintage Thingie Thursday--Vintage Aprons

I love adding to my vintage apron collection. As much as I love making aprons, I love finding vintage ones even more! It's fun to imagine the women who wore these aprons and the circumstances in which they might have worn them. And I'm drawn to the whimsical and sweetness of the fabrics used in these vintage beauties, even though there are gorgeous, fun and funky fabrics widely available today. I suppose it's the nostalgia of a vintage apron(heck, vintage anything)that gets me.

These are two of my more recent vintage apron finds.

This one is even more adorable in person. The print is little clowns/men holding umbrellas and giant raindrops. I love the shades of gray and brown w/the big orange border. SO sweet!And this. Swoon! Cobbler aprons are my favorite style...even though they aren't so figure flattering on me! I don't know why I'm drawn to these more, there's just something a little extra sassy about a cobbler apron!Earlier this week, I scored two more FABULOUS vintage aprons(one is for the fellas). I'll be sharing them next week!

Head over to Coloradolady's blog for more Vintage Thingies Thursday.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Summer break arrived this week! It was way overdue thanks to the 2009 Ice Storm of Death that we suffered through this past Winter. But it's here and I am so looking forward to it! My plans for the summer include:
  1. Rehearsal for Grease(I'm in our community theater production of Grease!!! Did I tell you?)
  2. Reading
  3. Catching up on Movies/DVR'd things
  4. Sewing
  5. Catching up on some things that need to be done around the house.
  6. Maybe a few day trips for shopping/antique malls/flea markets
Now I know that doesn't sound very exciting, but last summer I went to Europe, and that was enough excitement to last me years! Besides, we start back to school on August 4th! Yikes! So only a few weeks of actual summer to enjoy this year and the less I'm doing, the longer it'll seem, right?

The most exciting thing going on this summer??? We're getting a puppy!! Yay! I am so excited...I've wanted a dog forever! I love dogs, and growing up, we always had dogs around the house of every shape size and mixed breed! And even though he only had maybe two dogs growing up, Mark loves any and all animals.

We've worried about having a dog in the same house with 2, then 3, then 4 cats. But we've finally decided(after 21 years) that we have plenty of room in our home(and hearts) for one more set of paws...and there are sooo many dogs out there looking for homes that it was time for us to do our part to help them! I've been scouring Petfinder non stop and have made a few contacts that didn't work out...but have kept up the search and now I have an appointment to meet up with this little sweetie on Monday. Her name is Mya...she's another rescue dog that I saw on Her info is here. I'm praying that we pass the application process and home visit and that Mya passes the "cat test" so that we can adopt her.