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A Crib Skirt

Over the weekend I sewed the Raptor’s crib skirt. OK OK, so I don’t have a crib yet (I have the mattress, does that count?) The crib is on back order and my parents are buying it, so I’m not rushing the process. As long as it’s here for the Raptor to use, then that’s cool.

Anyways, crib skirt. There are SO MANY crib skirt tutorials out there right now! There are beautiful waterfall skirts, and the “stupid easy” crib skirt, plain skirts, ruffled skirts… And it was really difficult to choose which pattern I wanted to use. I did initially think I was going with the waterfall skirt, but ended up using a tutorial from the Hibler House. Her pleated crib skirt tutorial was REALLY easy to follow. I even followed all of the directions- including the starching! I HAD STARCH! (HOLY MOLY, that MIGHT be a miracle!)

I didn’t take photos, or if I did, I won’t show you. It looked like a funeral pall draped over the ironing board. You know, one of these? Except I used the same fabric used on the Raptor’s crib quilt. Anything that is reminiscent of a pall should not be joyously celebrated for my Raptor. So we’ll wait until either it’s on the mattress, propped up and happily demonstrated or until we get the crib.

I was REALLY pleased with the way it turned out (just not draped on my ironing board). The seams are beautiful and it’s nice and modern. It isn’t stodgy or boring and will look darling with the crib and quilt.

OH- here’s the fabric I used. It’s the Keepsake Calico Filigree Purple that I bought at Joanns. Mr. Lulu actually picked it out (I almost picked out the black) but the purple is fabulous and makes everything on the quilt just stand out spectacularly. I AM glad that I bought three yards instead of two because I used just about all of it and you know how it goes- you buy conservatively and end up needing more, so you go back to the store and it’s gone. At least that’s the story of my fabric purchasing life.

So soon- there will be photos. And I don’t think I’ve shared photos of the Raptor’s quilt yet, I’ll have to do that soon, too!

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HI!

Hey there! Hi! YOO HOO! (I really just like saying YOO HOO! <- see, I did it again)

I wanted to update you…no, I haven’t quite moved to Tumblr yet. I know. And no, Jon Hamm did not show up at my house with hockey tickets, or a trip away, or anything like that. Mr. Lulu did make me scream on Christmas morning LIKE JON HAMM was at the door, when my stocking rang…and inside (buried at the very bottom) was a new iPhone 4s. SIRI! She’s my new BFF.

But this isn’t about Christmas past….No. Or New Years…because that too has come and gone and here we are, ten days into the new year. Only 355 days left to accomplish all I need to accomplish! 

Let us start with a list of (and I will put this in big bold letters for dramatic effect) EVERYTHING LULU BEAN WANTS TO ACCOMPLISH IN 2012!!! (if you said it in a big booming voice, you got what I was going for!)

  • Clean my sewing closet. I wish I had taken photos of it to post, but um, its an embarrassment. It needs cleaned, purged, reorganized and made all the better. Are baskets REALLY the best way to store fabric if it ends up in piles? I don’t know. Thoughts, dear reader(s)?
  • Take three more graduate classes (and then I will have one left in 2013 and I will graduate!)
  • Continue to work with the commissions I sit on, without being a poopoo head about it
  • Continue to work with my most awesome church and do the most awesome things for the Most Awesome. (She totally deserves capitals!)
  • Keep my hubby happy. (Make your hobby, hubby. Keep your hubby happy. When he’s a little chubby. He’s the happy pappy. With Rockenschpeel! Flintstones, anyone…anyone…?) This includes renewing our vows at our 10 year anniversary.
  • Redo my screened in porch, which includes painting, replacing wainscotting, cleaning, maybe removing furniture. Why DO we have so much furniture? Again, I’d show pictures, but…it’s scary
  • Sew more. Hey! Look at that! A sewing bullet! And by sewing more, I mean, the quilt top for me. A new dress for me. And work harder to better my sewing skills.
  • Better my sewing skills (totally deserves its own)
  • Learn how to use my serger

It’s going to be an exciting year, this 2012. Iwill do what I always do…get ridiculously busy, freak out, wonder why I do it, enjoy it, and then rinse and repeat. Because that’s what I do. And at 32, I think I’ve become OK with that. I’m not sure Mr. Lulu has…I really don’t think Mr. Lulu is OK with the “freak out” step in all that, but he’s supportive. But I’m sure he’d like to see one of those bullet points “not freak out when I put too much on my plate and can’t deal with it simultaneously.”

So before I leave this posting today, here is the finished quilt I made for my friend April. We are doing a blanket swap. She’s crocheted me a blanket, I quilted her one! It’s so exciting!

April's Quit

This is the beginnings of Charlotte’s quilt. Her mama picked out the fabrics, which are adorable! It’s another Disappearing/ Vanishing 9 patch. When it’s finished, I’ll post more pictures!

 

 

Charlotte's Quilt

 
Till then, happy sewing and happy 2012!
 

 

 

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What Could I Possibly Need?

MORE FABRIC!

YES INDEEDY!!!

I went today and bought a little more fabric for the upcoming Candy Land show. I found I lack in things pink, so I grabbed a couple yards of:

 

I love the pink peacock feathers. It’s just fun. We’ll see what comes out of this, I’m not sure yet. I am sure it won’t get touched till after Thanksgiving though!

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Playing Games…for a cause!

About a month ago, I played a game of telephone (sort of). My good friend Kelly told me that there was going to be a vendor fair and they wanted people to be able to buy and take products, so I contacted the organizers, and now, here I am, preparing for another game….of CANDY LAND!!!

I’m so excited! Thanks for the Mammaries, a local group who raise money for breast cancer research and do the Avon Breast Cancer Walk each year are organizing a giant life size game of Candy Land at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds on December 3, 2011. They are having a vendor fair and many other opportunities for fun that day!

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You’ll find me there with my whole inventory and a few other goodies (busty pin cushions, anyone?) This will be a great opportunity to support a great cause, meet new people, and have a lot of fun! Oh yeah, did I mention Christmas shopping?!

Go check out their blog, Candy Land SOMD, and read The Original Lulu Bean’s profile posted this week!

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Breaking My Own Sewing Rule

When I last left this blog, I posted a picture of my new birthday pj pants. They are pretty awesome. I came home this afternoon from work and took the waistband off, brought the pants up 3 inches so they’d fit better, and reattached the band. They fit now. They aren’t one massive baggy blob.

Somewhere in my head I decided that it wasn’t so difficult to sew a pair of pajama pants. And after years of sewing lots of things, I realized I never have sewn anything for Mr. Lulu. But that breaks my general rule of thumb. My Cardinal Rule. The Rule That Shall Not Be Broke. And I broked it.

My Rule: Don’t sew for anyone but yourself.

There are exceptions to this rule: blankets are ok to sew, some accessories, and embroidery is fine. But sewing clothes is a number one no no. So whatever on earth possessed me to sew for my husband, I will never know.

But the sewing fairy was on my side on this one. Over the weekend, we went to Joanns and Mr. Lulu went through the flannels. We looked at plaids (yawn) we looked at dinosaurs (kinda cool), there wasn’t enough mushroom fabric on the bolt (bummer) but Mr. Lulu kept going back to … puppies.

Maybe this comes from his love of puppy piles, but we brought home some yardage and I sewed him a pair of pajama pants.

It went remarkably well. One, it helps that the pattern is super easy. Two, it helps that the pattern is super easy. :) With a little taking in, hemming of the legs, and fixing the elastic, Mr. Lulu now has a new pair of stylin’ puppy pants.

Puppy Pants

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My New Birthday Suit

Today is my birthday. This is my shameful plug.

No. It isn’t even shameful.

We are all born with our birthday suits on and as we know, growing up, we get new birthday suits. Sometimes they shrink. Sometimes they get bigger. Sometimes we cover our birthday suits with new birthday suits or dresses or…pajama pants.

I woke up this morning, bright and early at 7am and made myself a new pair of pajama pants. Now mind you, I’ve had a Simplicity pattern for pajama pants for about two years now. And I’ve even been in desperate need of new pajama pants for quite some time. My favorite blue pair are thread bare and the elastic is showing and the casing is almost gone and well, they’ve seen MUCH better days.

This week at Joanns, I found a fabric that’s a fuzzy flannel, a ridiculous stripe that I thought would make a good pair of pajama pants. The good news is that it did! The bad news is for the life of me, I can’t seem to get my sizing straight these days. What I thought would fit, was about five sizes too large and my pajama pants resemble something along the lines of a clown suit.

The good news is is that they are SUPER comfy. I mean, SUPER COMFY. AND…AND!!!! I figured out how to use my blind hem foot. Holy moly that is awesome. Who knew a blind hem could be SO amazing and make cool cuffs?

So here’s a bad picture of my new pajama pants. And how ridiculously huge they are. But it’s my new birthday suit. My ridiculous birthday suit for turning another year ridiculously older.

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Pillowcase reconstruction, zipper drama solved.

My writing has been inconsistent lately, but I’ll say my sewing hasn’t. Actually, I’ve been quite busy with my sewing! Mostly I’ve been waiting to have pictures to show, because really, who wants to just read me ramble on? Yeah, that’s kinda what I thought.

I’ve had some time on my hands due to some freak of nature (really) and I’ve been able to sit down at my machine and knock out some projects.

The first two pictures are pillowcase dresses I made for two VERY adorable girls. Hopefully their mama will send me pictures of them with the dress on soon- until then, you get pictures taken by my blackberry and they stink.

Pillowcase dresses are absolutely fun to sew and very customizable. Being my first time sewing them, I looked around the internet and found a TON of tutorials.

 

I also finally sat down to start and finish some skirts for the summer.

The blue polka dot skirt needs a new bottom- like a ruffle. I thought about a white white ruffle, so I’ll probably run out and find some white seersucker to add to the bottom.

And I was so excited about making those pillowcase dresses, I took a pillowcase I picked up at the St. Andrew’s thrift store and turned it into a tank for me!

I think I’m going to add a green ribbon close to where the bottom seam is, about three inches up from the bottom hem. It’s cute and summery. I’ve thought about adding a ruffle to the top of this, but not sure. I have another pillowcase, but I’m just having a heck of a time cutting it apart. The cool thing about this is this tank took about $1 to put together!

OH! And today I finally went to the store where I bought my machine to figure out what was wrong with my zipper foot. Let’s just say….user error. And my face is a little red.

Anyways, back to sewing!

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