Monday, May 21, 2012

Sewing Pattern Giveaway

It's once again time for Sew, Mama, Sew's Giveaway Day! I have the same patterns up for grabs as last time. These are my last two!

Simplicity 2381 Bags
Simplicity 2286 Misses' Pull-On Skirt with Trim Variations (Size A)

To enter, just follow my blog and then leave a comment below telling me what sewing project you're working on right now. Giveaway closes May 25 at 8 p.m. EST (5 p.m. PST).

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Meghan's Birthday Ring

Do you ever see something small and insignificant -- a button, a color, a flower -- that reminds you of a friend?

When I saw this bead, I immediately thought of my friend Meghan. She sometimes wears a jade bracelet (in this same color family), and coincidentally has a awesome pair of pants this color. It was only appropriate that I make the bead into a ring to give to her on her birthday.

And whaddya know? She was wearing the matching pants at her birthday party. Perfect.

What I liked about this project: Simple yet awesome

What I listened to while I made this project: The Moody Blues

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cherry Blossom-Themed DC Trip

A few weeks ago, I felt like the earth was literally pulling me south. It was still cold in NYC, and I was feeling uninspired and just -- blah. So I went to Washington, DC.

My first order of business was to make a new tote. I got a canvas Baggu (on sale!) and used my printer and a craft knife to add iron-on cherry blossoms. Instant spring, yeah?

I hung out with good friends, staying in a house with a 24/7 built-in party. My friend Jess was awesome enough to do a full National Cherry Blossom Festival weekend with me, too. I absorbed enough inspiration to last me a few more months, or at least until my next trip south.

The Textile Museum had a really inspiring project called the Wishing Tree. A basket near the garden entrance held fabric strips that had wishes on them, and visitors could choose one to hang on the tree with all the other wishes. I chose one that said, "I wish everything will be just perfect." And then I tied that unrealistic wish right onto the tree while wearing my big sunglasses. (They wouldn't let me take photos inside, but you can see a lot of good images on their site.)

The Japanese flower arranging exhibit at the National Arboreum was also inspiring, although we didn't enjoy the bees swarming our heads outside.

What inspires you when you're in a creative funk?