Wednesday, February 5, 2014

a bit of a theme...

greetings! after some encouragement from one of my super crafty instagram friends angie, who blogs beautifully at, i am determined to try to get over my shyness about blogging.
i know she is busy getting ready to open an etsy shop and after having the pleasure of receiving some of her handmade goodies, i can't wait!
it took me scrolling through my ig feed to realize that my crafting/sewing projects have had a certain theme to them lately... i guess i am gaga over gingham! especially red! inspired by the #economyblockalong happening on ig right now, i used some of my all time favorite fabric lines 'sew cherry' by lori holt, to try one for the first time. apparently i need to test my sewing machines 1/4" seam allowance because i lost my outer allowance! oops! i can't wait to try it again but for right now i am using it on a little garland above my sewing desk.
here is a little pendant banner i made for Christmas to hang in mix, my merry little fabric shop. somehow gingham and pom poms seem meant for each other, don't you think?!
again, inspired on ig, this time by Amanda @whimsiedots, i had a sweet time making this hoop! i found the vintage game letters in her etsy shop i love her shop and have enjoyed lots of goodies from it!
here is another hoop i made. using a vintage quilting hoop, more of those vintage game letters, a page from a vintage children's book and a small piece of one of the 'sidewalks'
 coordinates by october aftenoon for riley blake designs, to make this one. it now hangs over the boy's fabric section at mix. 
my latest gingham-y project is just in time for St. Valentine's day. old book pages, red gingham, of course, bakers twine, a hole punch and some heat-n-bond was all it took for this simple banner. i really like using the purple heat-n-bond to fuse fabric to paper. it doesn't leave the ripples i get using glue and it is super easy to use.
i ended up making kits for my local customers. these were just as fun to make as the banner itself. funny how that works sometimes!
i recently stocked a mix of gingham and solids in both my online and brick and mortar shops.  find some red and aqua gingham goodness here.
i don't know about you, but i can't wait for friday! i get to help out at my friend linda's kids craft class which she holds in her in her oober cute craft room. i'll be sure to share lots of pics!
until next time! ~alanna