Monday, March 17, 2014

Sewing Share

Hello!!!!

I'm still here.  I've been in a slight lull, and neglecting my blog, but I'm still here.

So how has everyone been out there?  Me, I feel like I'm always working, or exhausted by work therefore I'm asleep, or somewhere between work-exhaust and asleep.  I've done very little thrifting over the last several months, but I have scored a few good finds on my rare outings.  I'm aiming to get a thrift share post up soon. As for now I want to share something that I've sewn.

I'm very to-myself with co-workers and friends when it comes to my sewing and thrifting adventures. I usually keep that kind of sharing to those who share the same crafty/thrifty interest.  However, the other day I heard a co-worker talking to our supervisor (a guy) about shopping for a prom dress for her older daughter.  Our supervisor jokingly told her "why don't you just buy a sheet and make her a dress?"  So I chimed in (in defense for the sheet of course) and said "hey I have over 70 sheets and make stuff with them all the time.  There's nothing wrong with that."  Later my co-worker asked me what I make with the sheets so I told her bags, aprons, pillows...etc.  She then mentioned wanting to make her younger daughter a pillowcase dress, but she doesn't sew. I told her I have a whole bunch of pillowcases (since I've had the "intentions" to make pillowcase dresses, but my daughter is a grown teenager now so I have no guinea pigs) I'll make her a dress and her daughter can be my guinea pig. 

That day, I came straight home and started working on a dress, after Google-ing of course, and checking out a few tutorials.  I have made a pillowcase dress before, but I needed a sizing chart since I didn't have my guinea pig to base the dress size off of so I found The Mother Huddle's awesome tutorial and sizing chart. After reading through the tutorial my arm was twisted and I decided not to cut into a pillowcase and I used scraps instead to make this really cute dress.  Granted this was more work than using a single pillowcase, but it was fun being a little more creative with my sewing.  I used 9 different sheets.


I have to say I'm really happy with it.  Hopefully, my co-worker will be happy with it too.  I'm still unsure on the straps; ribbons opposed to bias tape or a sash made from sheets.  I may lean to ribbon, since I aim for working smarter not harder, and ribbon can be just another craft supply to start hoarding.


What do you think?  Is this something that I can sell?  Let me rephrase that, is this something I can make that people would actually buy?  I may adjust future dresses to be a little more A-Line.  I think this could also be a super cute spring/summer top for women, with a few, flattering adjustments.   In the mean time I need to finish up a skirt I've been working on, since I would like to possibly make and sell vintage sheet womens skirts too. 

So many crafty thoughts in my head and so little time.

Oh, if you want to make your favorite little girl her own vintage sheet dress don't forget you can always buy vintage sheet fat quarters from my Etsy Shop. :-)


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Giveaway Day Winners December 2013

What a week! 

Thank you to all who entered my giveaways, and hello to all the new and long time readers.  I enjoyed reading your comments. 

So now what you've all been waiting for.  The winners of the two giveaways, selected via randon.org are.... 

For the vintage sheet bundle comment number 9.

AlidaP you've won the vintage sheet fat quarter bundle. 


The winner of the diamond/harlequin headband. Comment number 16.

 
Breanna S. you won the headband.


Congrats to you both, and thank you to all who entered. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Giveaway Day December 9 2013 Part 2

Alright here is part 2 of my giveaway, see part 1 here.

I'll say the run down once again.

Sew, Mama Sew's giveaway day is here again.  A week where bloggers and shops can gather to one location and have a giveaway hop.

Sew, Mama, Sew! has broken down on how you can go to giveaways that appeal to you.  If you're interested in handmade/finished product giveaways, or supplies.  Just hop on over to Sew, Mama, Sew! to see the list of all the bloggers and shops who are participating.

So, what will I be giving away?  This fun stylish headband. I love the this diamond/harlequin fabric!


These headbands can be worn narrow or wide, and stretch in the back.

I'm also giving away some vintage sheet fat quarters in another post for Sew, Mama, Sew's giveaway day.  Click here to enter. 

You have up to three entries for your chance to win this headband.

1.) All you need to do to enter is leave a comment.  Any comment is fine.  How often do you use headbands, daily, during workouts or yard work?  Are you feeling the crunch time already for Christmas?  What's on your to-do list?

2.) For a second entry let me know if you follow my blog (recent or old).

3.) Follow me on Facebook.

This giveaway is open within the United States until Friday, December 13th 5:00 p.m. PST.  The winner will be chosen at random that following Saturday, December 14.

If your email address is not set up in your profile please leave it with your comment.

Oh, and just in case you can't wait to see if you won, and want to select your own headband for yourself and as Christmas gifts,  I have some currently listed in my Etsy shop.  Use coupon code SewMama to get 15% off anything in my shop.  


Happy Giveaway Day hopping.

Giveaway Day December 9 2013 Part 1

It's time!  It's time!  Sew, Mama Sew's giveaway day is here again.  A week where bloggers and shops can gather to one location and have a giveaway hop.

Sew, Mama, Sew! has broken down on how you can go to giveaways that appeal to you.  If you're interested in handmade/finished product giveaways, or supplies.  Just hop on over to Sew, Mama, Sew! to see the list of all the bloggers and shops who are participating.

So, what will I be giving away?  A bundle of 9 vintage sheet fat quarters.  Perfect for your last minute holiday projects.



There's so much you can make with these, including stocking stuffers or actual stockings.


I'm also giving away a handmade item in another post for Sew, Mama, Sew's giveaway day.  Click here to enter. 

You have up to three entries for your chance to win.

1.) All you need to do to enter is leave a comment.  Any comment is fine.  Do you love vintage sheets?  Are you feeling the crunch time already for Christmas?  What's on your to-do list?

2.) For a second entry let me know if you follow my blog (recent or old).

3.) Follow me on Facebook.

This giveaway is within the United States until Friday, December 13th 5:00 p.m. PST.  The winner will be chosen at random that following Saturday, December 14.

If your email address is not set up in your profile please leave it with your comment.

Oh, and just in case you can't wait to see if you won, and want to start sewing with vintage sheet awesomeness,  I have some vintage sheet scrap bundles currently listed in my Etsy shop.  Use coupon code SewMama to get 15% off anything in my shop.  

Happy Giveaway Day hopping.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thrift Share Monday - November 11, 2013

Yup, I'm back!  Two Thrift Shares in a row.  :-)

I'm happy that I've managed to get out to some garage/estate sales.  Even though I don't list as much as I should to sell, it still makes me happy to get out and buy awesome things.  I did managed though to get a few new things listed in my Etsy shop this week.  Some vintage sheet scrap bundles and some vintage goods

I have a goal to have at least 100 items listed in my Etsy shop by the end of this week.  That shouldn't be to hard since I'm at 80 right now.  Since I've opened my shop, in 2011, I always have intentions to get a good chuck of items listed for potential Christmas sales, but then I procrastinate and fail. Let's see what happens this year.

So here are my few finds from this weekends outing

Some funky owls.


A tiny vintage suitcase


A sweet cat


This vintage Zig-Zag Zoom game, with all it's pieces.



These snack plates were scored at estate sales the last few months, and are now listed in my Etsy shop.




Snack plates are one of my weaknesses (just in case you haven't heard me say that before).

 
  That's it for this week.  How was your week?  Did you get out and find anything awesome?  If so include your link with your comment.

I'm linking up with
A Living Space
Sir Thrift A Lot
We Call it Junkin

Monday, November 4, 2013

Thrift Share Monday - November 4

It's been long.  Way to long.  I've missed you Thrift Share Monday. Oh how I have wanted to share my finds over the last several months (as sparse as they may have been), but never seem to get to taking pictures and writing a post (guess when you work 6 days a week more sleep happens then anything else).  However, this weekends find led me down memory lane, to almost the beginning of my thrift sharing.

Hello sexy.  We meet again.  Your loveliness was once in my possession.



We've also crossed paths several times since then.  Once at a Goodwill auction where I was out bid.


Then more recently at an estate sale where you were way out of my price range, and gone by half price day.  Even at half price you were more than what I would want to spend. Until now.  I was lucky mom found you, on the third day of a ginormous sale, at 1/2 price.  All she had to tell me was "green and black" and I knew it was you....and it wasn't just you...it was a slew of you on the grandest scale of 81 pieces.



OMG!!!  Seriously!!!  Can you believe this set?  I don't know what else to say about it.  It's awesome!!!  Not only is it awesome....it was at a steal of a price, lunch for me and my two kids at McDonalds cost more then what this set cost.  Yeah....seriously!

It was meant to be, because the first time I had a few of these gorgeous cups and saucers two of the cups broke, and I was left with two extra saucers.  Well what do you know....this set is missing two saucers.  See?  Meant to be.  <3

At this sale I also scored these perfectly pink little cups.



How about these teak goblets?  Two of these are for sure teak (on the left) since they are marked....I'm not sure about the shorter two.




Mom got this crazy looking vintage ice crusher. It really looks dangerous.


I'm a bit dark(sometimes), and maybe it's because Halloween just passed, but when I see this I imagine it in the basement of a chop shop with an array of body organs in it ready to be pulverized.  Gross!  Those spikes mean business. Let's see what it does to some ice, limes and tequila.

So, over the last several months I've done very little thrifting, but on the rare outing I have scored a few pieces here and there.  I'm going to do my best to share these items with you in future Thrift Share Mondays, including today.

Like this super gorgeous, vintage, Italian punch bowl set.


It's currently listed on Etsy, and I know I'll regret selling it....if it ever does sell.  It's just so beautiful, but I can't keep everything.  And in all honesty my theory is I buy stuff I really like or love...so in the event these things don't sell (if I ever get around to listing them) then I will be stuck with stuff I like.  So it's kinda of a win win situation.  I win if I can sell them at a profit or I keep them for the awesome price I bought them for.  Right?

And the last share today is this large set of Franciscan Maytime pieces.  Mom again.  She spotted these and somewhat twisted my arm.  The flowers and colors were just to hard to pass up.  These dishes are individually listed on Etsy for those who are missing pieces to complete their set. 


Thank you for stopping by after my long hiatus. I'm really going to try to get some more Thrift Share posts up this year.  So stay tuned.  :-)


I'm linking up with
A Living Space
Sir Thrift A Lot
We Call it Junkin