Saturday, June 12, 2010

Zakka Sewing


I have set aside my quilting as of late, just briefly, to try my hand at other kinds of sewing.  I was curious about "Zakka" sewing and purchased the book above.  In the book, Zakka is defined as:  "...most Japanese/English dictionaries have translated the word to mean "miscellaneous goods".  That vague definition expanded and evolved over the years and Zakka is now understood as an aesthetic and design style, mainly focused on household items that enhance one's environment.  A lot of handmade Zakka is created with linen and has an organic look."


One of the patterns was to create this little lamb softie.  I have never worked with fleece before and I can say that it was a bit of a challenge for me as it pulls apart and one has to be careful of the grain of the fabric so it does not stretch in a direction that you don't want it to go.


I am not used to sewing such tiny pieces but as she came together I really started to like the personality that began to shine through.  I made her a little book bag as well.


It was a fun project and I hope to make more in the future.  Before I make another stuffed animal, I think I will look for a good book on doll-making.  I'm sure there's many techniques that would make the process easier.  Do you know of any good doll-making books?

Be blessed,

Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday Pretties

Today I'm participating with Joyce from I Love Pretty Little Things in her Friday Pretties.  I love all things vintage and wanted to share with you one of my favorite sites, Posh Girl Vintage.  It is such a fun site for vintage clothing and following are a few of the ones that I find stunning...


















I can't decide which one is my favorite, either the first blue beauty or the last floral purple dress.  Do you have a favorite?

Hugs & Laughter,

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Giveaway Winner!



The winner of the Watermelon giveaway is
Debbie Schulze
"I absolutely love watermelon and it is definitely my favorite.
Your blog was the first one I stumbled upon and have been 
hooked ever since.  Thank you for making each day brighter."

Debbie, email me your address at sewnwithgrace@yahoo.com
I will get your box out in the mail to you!

Thank you to everyone who left comments.
I enjoyed reading them all!
(random.org was used to pick winner)

Have a joyfilled day,

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Showers of Inspiration

I am getting ready to host a bridal shower this month.  During the preparation stage I often go to my old files for inspiration.   I will also frequent wedding sites such as Green Wedding Shoes.  I have found that Etsy offers tons of inspiration and their items can be purchased.  Following is some of the inspirational places on Etsy that I found...


Nathaniel23

Pink Cherry Mama

Tipple and Snack

Miss Pickles Press

Oxford Haven

Craft Zine

May you be inspired to go create!

Joyfully,

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lolly's Fabrics


I have shared with you before that my friend, Nancy, owns a cafe' in Shipshewana, IN.  When I go down to see her I often stop at this fabric store, named Lolly's.


Lolly's is one of the largest fabric stores I have ever been in.  Nestled in the heart of Amish country, it really is a fun day trip.  I am always drawn to the Moda section and all the pre-made items the company has to offer.



There is something for every quilter and it's very (very) seldom I go home empty handed.  The displays are wonderful.


Lot's of inspiration all around and if you haven't come in with a quilt in mind, they certainly will have one for you.


The pattern selection is large and sometimes I just come in to look at patterns and be inspired by all the fabric around me.


Lolly's also sells quilts that have been made by local Amish women.  These are for sale in a separate shop located in the same building.  These are a few of my favorites.  I love anything with a pinwheel!


The softness of the colors and the appliqued bow really caught my attention.  I wish you could see the quilting, it's unbelievable.


The nine patch is one of my favorite blocks so I always spot quilts with it, right away.   You can visit Lolly's on their website.  If any of you plan a trip there, let me know, I'd be happy to meet you there!

Be blessed,

Monday, June 7, 2010

Tickled Pink!


I've been looking forward to sharing with you the latest addition to my kitchen, my new kitchen island!  My friend John made this for me out of an old buffet that he found.   All it needed was some loving care, a fresh coat of pink paint, a new top and it was good to go!


I love the beadboard that he placed on the front of it.  He has stamped his name on the inside of one of the drawers and I love that every time I open it, I think of him.  I have limited storage space in my pantry and am so pleased that this is big enough to hold all of my baking supplies.


My friend, Diane, painted this old Singer sewing machine stand white and asked me if I wanted it - did I ever!  It makes a great end table in the pretty room and a great space to store the cute stuffed lamb that my friend Joyce gave me.  My first machine was a Singer, as was my Mom's and my Grandma's so I especially like having this piece.  I am truly tickled pink!

With joy,

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunday Scripture


"Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire
besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever."

Psalm 72:25&26

Joyfully,

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Silver Beach


When I was a child I lived in St. Joseph, Michigan.  At that time Silver Beach Amusement Park was a big attraction to the area.  Built in 1891, it remained open until 1971.  I was nine years old when the doors closed and I still have some vivid memories of the park.  It held an amazing ferris wheel, the mystical (to me) Shadowland Ballroom and various attractions.  I was not allowed to go on most of the rides because they were very old at the time and there was some concern about safety.


Recently the famous carousel has been returned to Silver Beach.  It is an exact replica of the one that once graced the park.  I have seen it once in the building process.  Quite an achievement for the city and one that means a lot to many people.


When I think about Silver Beach I remember cotton candy, ice-cream, and how I always wanted a balloon.  I recall those creepy attractions like the fortune teller, the fun house with the weird mirrors as well as the sound of the wooden rides creaking.  I still recall the smells; tobacco, popcorn, hot dogs and ruffle cut french fries.


I remember thinking that it was a scary place at night with all the crazy lights and the sound of the water hitting the shoreline.


But, oh, how I wish I could be there one more time.  To really look at it again and to ride all those rides.  It is something, I'm sure, I will never quite experience again.


Have a fun Saturday!

Joyfully,

Friday, June 4, 2010

Time for a GIVEAWAY!!


I have taken a break from quilting this week and have really enjoyed sewing some smaller projects.  I made one of these watermelon pincushions from the Summer 2010 Quick Quilts and liked it so much that I made another one.  Well, I don't need two and thought I'd have a watermelon themed giveaway!


The winner will receive the pincushion, a yard of watermelon fabric, two watermelon buttons, a pad of watermelon paper, the latest edition of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting with (you guessed it) a watermelon quilt on the cover and the latest edition of Woman's Day which has the most amazing picture of a watermelon cake on it's cover.

Here's the details:
Giveaway starts today Friday, June 4 and will end Wednesday, June 9
Tell me what your favorite summer fruit is and be a follower of my blog
Winner to be announced Thursday, June 10

With joy,

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Transformation


I have had this bread box for a couple of years.  Although I love the Morning Glories, it has some pretty rough rust spots in places and is a little too shabby for my kitchen.  So I brought out the big guns and went to work.


Drumroll please...


A few coats later, the addition of some strategically placed wear-and-tear spots, some vintage decals and I have exactly the bread box that I had been envisioning.  If you google vintage decals you'll find some really neat sites.


I've got a lot of paint left over.  I'm wondering what else I can paint pink today?  Have a great Thursday!

Joyfully,