I love the days when I find amazing treasures. It was one of those days when I found these dress forms / mannequins. I am very excited to use these for displays at boutiques. They will be awesome to hang jewelry and more on them. I am also happy to use them for sewing. It will be nice to have different body shapes to create clothes with. I also get to use them for pictures in my online shop. And lastly I am very excited to use them as decorations for my daughter’s 16th birthday party. So many uses equals a happy me!!
Blog Nominations February 25, 2015
I was nominated for the Best Blog award by Marelibu Design (https://www.facebook.com/marelibuDesign). Thank you very much for the nomination.
The questions I got asked are:
1. How did you start sewing?
I started to sew when I was little with my Mom and Grandmother. I also took a sewing class in Jr High.
2. Which sewing machine(s) do you use?
I love, love, LOVE my old vintage Singer Sewing machine. The hubby also got me a new serger for Christmas and it is amazing!
3. Do you use sewing patterns or do you create patterns on your own?
I create my own patterns depending on the material and color combinations for most of the items I make. I do use a pattern for my sweater mittens and mukluks.
4. Cutting fabrics: fun or necessary evil?
I love to cut it and figure out how to make all the different recycled material work together. I actually enjoy this more then the sewing together.
5. Which kind of materials do you use? New or recycled?
Recycled mostly. I love to find vintage fabrics at the thrift store.
6. Which is your favorite selfmade work piece?
I have to admit that I kept my favorite jacket that I made. It is red with a beautiful tribal pattern through out it. I was making it to sell but I just fell in love and had to keep it.
7. For whom do you love sewing most?
My children. I love when they come and help give me ideas for things that they want me to make for them.
8. What is the perfect holiday?
I love Halloween. I like dressing up and hanging out with the family. I love to decorate the house.
9. What makes you laugh?
Funny friends and family are the best. I love it when I laugh so hard my tummy hurts and I have tears in my eyes.
10. Risk or safety?
Both, I think there is an appropriate time for both.
11. Which is the most beautiful season and why?
I love the Fall. I love the colors and the slight chill in the air. I like to harvest the yummy veggies and fruit and of course wear sweaters!
The rules are:
1. thank you / blogger / the dearest award has nominated for you and link his blog / page in your article.
2. answer 11 questions, the blogger who has nominated you, provided you.
3. nominate 5 to 11 other bloggers for the love award, the fewer than 1,000 Facebook followers.
4. putting together a new list of 11 questions for your nominated bloggers.
5. write these rules in your favorite award blog article.
6. inform the nominated bloggers on your blog
My nominations are: Erica Kathleen, Monique Lundstedt, Ingrid’s photography, The Wooden Bee and Junk Gypsies.
My questions for you are:
1. What is the name of your blog?
2. What is your blog about?
3. What items do you make?
4. What brings you joy?
5. What are your other social media sites?
6. Do you sell items at a store?
7. Do you sell items on line?
8. What is your favorite items that you have made?
9. What is your favorite color and why?
10. Who inspires you?
11. If you could have lunch with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Halloween Tombstones the Recycled Way. October 22, 2014
For Halloween this year we wanted to make some tombstones for the front yard…..so I put the hubby on the job. He is a brilliant man and he came up with the best idea for it. Here is a picture of his final product:
This is how he did it:
He works in the construction field so he found this in the dumpster…….nothing warms my heart more then a man willing to dumpster dive for a project!
Then he decided how big he wanted them to stand and cut them out. Warning here…..use goggles to protect your eyes and only use a saw as directed…..we don’t need to add any real blood, body parts etc to the tombstones.
Then you can paint them the color of your choice. I think black or gray would look good. We chose black. You will need to paint both sides and the edges.
Then you will need stencils, or you can free hand it, to create your letters. I love the white letters and how they show up on the black.
Then find some old metal hangers to use fire the legs.
You will need to bend them so they can support the tombstones.
And there you go:
Have a happy Halloween and enjoy your tombstones!
Eco Friendly Jewelry Displays September 24, 2014
I love the shabby chic look and recycling so imagine the happy dance I did to create these awesome displays!
You want to make some for yourself? Here is how to do it:
A vintage suitcase or briefcase
A pair of scissors, glue gun, glue sticks, vintage looking lace, and vintage buttons.
First you measure the lace for the width you want across the suitcase our briefcase.
Then you glue the lace on it. If you want earring ribbons then make sure you glue across the top only so earrings can be hung in the bottom part of the lace.
When glueing the necklace lace on make sure you leave spaces open so the necklace can be hung on it.
Also when glueing on lace measure how long your necklace or earrings are to figure out where to glue the lace at on your suitcase or briefcase.
Last step is to add the vintage buttons to help create that amazing shabby chic look!
I love how these turned out!!!!
Fun at the Balloon Festival August 27, 2014
Saturday night they had a stunning balloon flow:
All day long they had wonderful music playing:
Here are some of the amazing items in our booth and some of the cool people we meet. One of the next things about festivals is seeing friends and making new ones:
I was trying to figure out what to write about this week. I started to think of highlights of the week and remembered this great night my daughter and I created with each other. We decided to pass out tacos around town telling people to have a great night and pass it on or pay it forward. Pass it on or Pay It Forward, it’s a great way to do something good for others. This concept had been around for awhile now and I personally hope it continues to be around forever. It’s an easy way to make the World a better place: do something nice for someone and expect nothing in return back from that person except that they do something nice for another person.
I hope you all have a wonderful week and know the world is a better place with you in it.
Northern Utah Fashion Expo July 27, 2014
We were so happy to be part of and help plan the Northern Utah Fashion Expo. This Expo was a great way to highlight clothes and jewelry made by local Utah people. Carrie and I, who planned it, love giving back to the community as well as supporting local fashion. For this event we helped raise money for Ogden High School Choir and canned food items for the Marshall White Center. This was the first time we personally had our clothes and jewelry on the runway. We loved seeing our clothes walk down the runway on our beautiful models. Here are some of our clothes on the runway.
We also had a super cute kids fashion show. Here are some of our children’s clothes on the runway.
We love that our recycled, upcycled and repurposed clothes got to strut down the runway.