Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I heart special orders...

I was sick with bronchitis last week so I haven't been to active on the sewing front. I started on this bag a week ago and finally finished it up and sent it on it's way. Sans illness. Good news is I finally got to work with Etsuko Furuya's Echino fabric. I used every last piece of the half yard I purchased for this bag. It made me so happy that the person who I made it for LOVED it.



Friday, September 26, 2008

Fabic Friday....

I have chosen for this week, Heather Ross's giant octopi in the natural colorway. When I first saw this fabric I fell in love. Being from a sea side town it spoke to me of long days spent at the beach. Heather's fabrics always have a little quirkiness to them and the Mendocino line for Free Spirit is no different. This fabric is ultra soft 100% cotton and is great for quilting or apparel. Click on the picture below to see more of this sea inspired line.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


I am having a sale in my shop. All summer wristlets are now $10 with $2 shipping. It doesn't get any better!

I am currently filling special orders and should have new items in my shop the middle of October. (hopefully) If you see a creation on my blog that I have made for another customer please do not hesitate to convo me through Etsy. It seems like I get more requests from my blog than my shop. Go figure?

Friday, September 19, 2008

Fabric Friday

I have decided that I am going to start showcasing a new fabric every Friday. The first one is by designer Etsuko Furuya for Kokka fabrics. This fabric has a great weight to it and is a linen and cotton blend. I made a hand bag out of this fabric for a special order and loved the feel of it. Very soft and excellent for making bags. This fabric is on the pricey side at $20 a yard, but well worth it.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

preserve everyday

Our family has been using Preserve products since I saw them in my grocery store a few years back. I was always bothered how toothbrushes were just thrown away. If you think about it... if you follow the ADA recommendations and change your brush at least every three months, that's four a year. Multiply that by all the people in th U.S and that's a whole lot of toothbrushes in the landfills!!!

Here is a company that has partnered up with Stonyfield Farms Yogurt that recycles their clean used yogurt containers into Recycline products. That's right....toothbrushes, razors, kitchen plastics and tableware. And the best part, it's bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates FREE! Oh, there is one more really good part....they will take your Recycline toothbrushes and razor handles back and recycle them into plastic lumber for park benches. How cool is that?

O.k. so the real reason why I am posting this on my blog is to share my joy that I no longer have to save all the #5 plastics that come through my household. I have been saving #5 plastics for a million years and have garbage bags full in my basement. I HATE throwing plastic away that is not recyclable in my town. (I know I sound a little bananas) But now I no longer have to save them. Recycline is now accepting all #5 plastics for recycling through their Gimmie 5 program. The only stipulations are they must be no larger that 2x2x2 and must be very clean. Cleaner containers make cleaner recycling.

This is directly from their website:

Here’s how you can Gimme 5!

Many common food containers – yogurt cups, sour cream containers,
hummus tubs, ketchup bottles – are #5 plastics.
We accept any CLEAN whole plastic item with a #5 stamp on the bottom.
Please check to make sure that there are no other materials (paper, screws,
other number plastics) on the items that you send to us.
All #5 plastics sent to Preserve must measure no more
than 2’ x 2’ x 2’.
Make sure that the #5 plastics are clean –
the cleaner the plastic, the cleaner the recycling process.
To help make this program a win for the environment, it is important that you send your plastics back to us via ground shipping (as opposed to air). Reuse a box if you can!
Shipments should weigh at least 5 pounds and no more than 50 pounds. Any package greater than 50 pounds must be pre-approved by Recycline.
Make sure to include your return address on the box and add your name and email address inside the box so we can thank you for your good work.

Send Gimme 5 shipments to:
Preserve Gimme 5
823 NYS Rte 13
Cortland NY 13045

If you have any questions about the Gimme 5 program or need to get a shipment approved,
call us at 888-354-7296.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

My heart sings!

My super hero capes made it to their new homes in Kelowna, BC this week. James and Parker are now officially super heroes and can now fly! The mom of the two boys contacted me and told me how much the boys loved their new capes. Please check out her blog entry here and see pictures of them wearing the capes. (She also said some pretty nice stuff too! Thanks Joanne)

My head is really fat right now and this family is so awesome I am going to explode! James and Parker rock!