About Me

South Louisiana
I have been married for 20 years to a great husband and we have 8 children ranging in age from 1 to 18 years. I am a homeschooling mom, which can be very challenging. I love sewing, knitting, reading, gardening and have recently started oil painting. I love to create. I really want to have a blog to show off some of the stuff I create, but I also want to share about my life and family. email me at ctrich8@bellsouth.net

Sunday, June 22, 2008

I'm still alive (the kids didn't do me in LOL)

I don't know what my deal was this past week, everytime I would think of sitting down at the computer, I would find something else to do. This is highly unusual for me, I am usually somewhat addicted to this machine lol Also, I needed to take pictures and was very lazy about taking them. I have just been basically lazy lately.

I have been sewing, but I can't show y'all most of it because it is for a swap with Kelci over at Crafty Mama Creations. I got Kelci, and I cannot tell you how nervous I am about this! She is such an expert sewer and I don't want her to be disappointed with what I made her. Jona was a doll and helped me pick out material that she would like : ) I will post her gifts after she receives them this week.

My mom and I went antiquing last Thursday and I found the cutest little red gingham apron. I especially love the feather stitch around the bottom and on the pocket. I never find cute textiles around here, so I was really excited when I saw this!

I also found a vintage pattern and a wall plaque with two little girls sewing. I am going to put it on the wall by my sewing table.

I finished this Simplicity pattern last weekend, but didn't have a zipper for it. I finished it today and like how it came out. I thought I had picked out a pretty drapey fabric that wouldn't be difficult, but I was wrong. This stuff raveled like crazy! I used French seams and it came out fine. I love the finished project, but like I have said before, this kind of fabric is just not fun to sew with. It has a belt that goes with it, but I think I like it loose and flowy. This way I don't have to suck in ; ) Please excuse the bra straps, I think I may have to get a strapless bra for this dress. Ava wanted to be in the picture with me : )

I am so excited! My Mom finally wants me to teach her how to sew!!! I have been trying to get her to learn for years, but she had no interest. We went to JoAnns to get my zipper and some thread and she ended up buying 7 different prints and 3 patterns to make some dresses for herself. I told her I would just sew them for her, but she really wants to learn. She was having a blast picking out fabric, just wait until I introduce her to buying the really cute stuff online lol


Marie said...

Can't wait to see what you made for Kelci. I sent out what I made to my craft swap partner...I hope she likes it!

That apron is adorable! I love the vintage look and feel it has. I can't believe that's you wearing the dress you made. I thought it was one of your daughters until I scrolled down and you said it was you-geez, I don't see where the 10 pounds that you say you need to lose are. I think you're just trying to make me feel better.

HomeJewel said...

What a cute dress! I love it. My sewing pile is getting bigger and you are encouraging me to tackle it.

Kelci said...

I'm sorry, I'm not going to be able to sleep at night until my swap item arrives. I'm so excited! And I can't believe you consulted Jona...now there's an expert seamstress!

And I love the dress...both the style and the print. I wish I knew how to sew well enough to make something for myself.

Tine said...

That's a great dress!
The print is so pretty, and the color!! Oh I wish I could wear something like that :-) But being a pale Dane, that just doesn't look good. LOL!
The apron is cute!
What a lucky find.
I know how you feel about the swaps, I am always nervous, and feel like all the others have 50 times more talent :-( But I have "talked" to some of the others in a a flickr-swap I'm doing, and apparantly we all feel like that!
How fun teaching your mom to sew. That'll be something special for you to do together. But.....who taught you?

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love your new summer dress - it looks so fresh! How wonderful that your Mum is interested in sewing - hope it is the start of a new hobby for her. I love sewing and crafting with my Mum!

Michelle said...

I love the dress!!! I can't wait to see what you made for your swap! :) check out my blog today, I have a surprise for you!

hautemommy said...

Oh that dress is SOOO cute Tonya!!! I really need to get my butt in gear and get some sewing done this summer... you are putting me to shame missy!! :) xoxox!

Trish said...

Oh, I just love swaps and haven't done one in such a long time. I'm thinking of doing a "make wish swap".

You! You have absolutely nothing to worry about in the area of sewing! I, in turn, am absolutely envious of your sewing prowess. Can't wait to see what you make for the swap.

Yea! for mom learning to sew. I felt the same way when my mom took up quilting!

The dress is very cute. I love that neckline and the fabric is just so pretty and summery. I can just imagine wearing it while sitting on the porch with a glass of ice tea. In my imagination, the glass is sweating and there's a paper towel wrapped around it! *laugh*