June 21, 2011

My First Sewing Machine

I just got back from a trip up north visiting family.  Although it was a super quick trip, we certainly managed to pack in a lot.  Starting off with some shopping and pedicures to throwing a birthday party and celebrating Fathers day.  Even though it went by all too fast, it was so great to see my family again. 

One of the highlights of the trip was taking a walk down memory lane. One evening a whole slew of old photographs came out of their hiding place and onto the dining table.  There were a lot of laughs, stories told and things long forgotten were remembered.  But mainly a whole lot of laughs!  The crazy plaid outfits, crazy permed hair and the oh so cool high school moments. 

Among all these memories I came across a photo I never knew existed, my very first sewing machine.  I just knew I had to share this photo with you.  The look on my face as I opened the gift just says it all.  Guess I have had a passion for sewing for quite some time and am happy that it is something that has stuck with me.

Now for the other photos, they will almost certianly never be shown!!  Ok, maybe someday I'll break down and publicly show my crazy permed hair! 

Hope every one had a great Fathers Day weekend too.

June 15, 2011

Bag Madness

I think I have a great excuse as to my lack of blogging the last few weeks, sewing.  Yes, sewing up a storm in fact.  With the weather being quite hot (oh the A/C feels so good these days) I have no problem sitting in front of the sewing maching coming up with new ideas.  I've made a total of 11 bags/wrislets!  Plus I've manage to finish a quilt top, bibs and even make a pair of earrings!  Now that I call accomplishment. 

All thanks to a little bit of motivation.  Between my husband and I, we have 13 birthdays to celebrate from April to July. Plus holidays (Mothers and Fathers Day, Easter, etc) and other random events. Needless to say, its a bit crazy! But I'm thankful because I was able to get my craft on and come up with a few new bag patterns all by my lil ol self, with the exception of the little wristlets

I've also signed up for a gift exchange via Craftaholics Anonymous which I am very excited about. Be on the lookout for what I made and what I recieved in a few weeks.

With all that said, I'm going to leave you with some pictures of the newest bags.

Phew, now back to the sewing room to keep up the good work!


June 2, 2011

Idea Overload


My head is spinning from all the picture overload I am getting over at Pinterest.  Seriously, the person that thought of this is uber genius.  I can now not only drool over ideas and continue to add to my to-do list, but I can categorize, sort and the best part, it keeps track of the source!!!  No longer do I have to remember where I got the idea from and/or create files for all my ideas on my computer. 

There is however a slight downside...you can spend hours at a time perusing all the pins!  Oh, and not to mention the long to-do list that comes from all the super creative ideas that people find and pin.  So addicting! 

If you are interested in creating your own Pinerest account or you are on the waiting list, let me know and I'll send you an invitation (its an invitation only type of thing).  Passing on the generousity of another fellow blogger.  Just leave a comment below or send me an email (danaepm(at)live(dot)com) telling me your email address.

Here are a few of my finds on Pinterest that are on my to-do list!

source http://noemimounier.tumblr.com/post/593274493
source Bella Carta
source Do It Yourself

source Every Last Detail

source Houzz

source Etsy
This is just a small, small fraction of what there is.  Can you see what I'm talking about!  LOVE

PS.  This is by no means a sponsored post, just thought I'd share something that is putting a smile on my face today!