Monday, September 15, 2014

Some mini’s

Lately I have been having a lot of fun making surprise gifts for friends. I always have a list in my head of people that I would like to give something to. It could be in thanks, for an occasion, or just to brighten their day. Here are some of the recent ones below.

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This one was actually a swap with my friend Cheryl. It is Liberty and Essex Linen. I loved making it but it did take quite awhile, each block has 36 little pieces in it.

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 This one is based off my friend Rachel’s tutorial called Raspberry Kiss. I cut into my much loved Cotton + Steel for this one, along with low volume for the backgrounds. This will be sent out in the future so I can’t tell you to whom yet.

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This I sent to my friend Kira. She so kindly sent me a Starbucks You Are Here mug after I commented how much I really wanted one and so I wanted her to know how much it meant to me. This was based off of a Fresh Mini Quilt Club pattern. It was extremely hard to photograph, I don’t know if it was the soft colours. I normally am not a pink girl at all but for some reason that is what ended up happening.

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This is a pillow I made for my friend Karen’s birthday. This was beyond fun to make! It was my first time really using partial seams and it worked like a charm! Karen is pretty darn awesome and I wanted her to know that! This is from Stitch Supply Co.'s Mini Banner Day Quilt.

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And finally, these are some coasters for a friend. As they also haven’t been sent out yet I can’t name the person. But she is a generous, kind soul, and I think she will love these!

I will have more coming as I have more in the works, but right now my main goal is to finish a Yoko Saito pattern for Quilt Market display. It has approximately 800 tiny pieces to it!

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The finished quilt will be 37 3/4” x 37 3/4”!
Hope you all are having a great Monday!  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

GRAND RE-OPENING OF MY STORE!

Sorry about the all caps title but I am excited :)

Since my job and I decided we were on a conscious uncoupling I have discovered that I have more time on my hands. As well, surprisingly, I have a fairly healthy fabric stash. And money does not grow on trees. So, with all the factors I decided that I am going to make a concerted effort at having my business become a success.

DSC02254 I ordered new custom logos, new business cards, worked hard on getting things made and am back in business!

DSC02273 My intention is to keep adding new items weekly. Some will be entirely new (I am hoping on some bags and stuffed toys) and some will just be filling (or re-filling) stock. My items are well made and are great for gifts for friends and loved ones. I am up for custom orders and hope to be able to make your requests come true.

DSC02310  Now… for the first two days, September 1 and 2, there is 10% off with the coupon code GRO10. There is also a local pick-up coupon which you may use if you wish to pick up your items at my house. This code is PICKUP and will remove the shipping from your total. If I have to send it to you, then you have to pay, sorry :) I do always refund shipping overages above $1.

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In addition, Etsy offers you a $5 off your first Etsy purchase (does not have to be from my store specifically). This code is http://etsy.me/1u4KbGz. Etsy is a well established and reputable online marketplace.

I hope you enjoy browsing my shop! LethargicLass <----- shop link :) There is also a link on the right hand side of my blog ----->

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Experiences with dyeing

Hi all!

Still super busy preparing items for my store grand opening on Monday! I should be around a bit more after that :) But today I am going to share my friend’s and my adventures in fabric dyeing.

IMG_2644We used the advice of Jeni from In Color Order and things worked quite well. The colours we used are these four below.

IMG_2648IMG_2646We were lucky that it was a nice day and we could dry them all outside. One thing I think we both agreed on was that it is quite a bit of work, but we also feel it is worth it. 

IMG_2653This was my orange batch. It ended up a bit more salmon/coral that orange but I quite like it. All of my fabrics started off as white on white tonal which is where the great patterns are coming from. This batch I messed up by putting about 6 times more of the yellow than I had intended and then the right amount of red lol.

IMG_2654  This one surprisingly was straight from the Royal Blue bottle. Not really royal, but I quite like the result.

IMG_2655This was my first batch and my attempt at purple. The fabric on the right was an experiment that only went in to the dye water after I was finished with it. It was nice to see it still got colour though, so one can consider that instead of making a new bath.

IMG_2656  For this one I had been hoping for a lime green. I think I will try and tweak this more the next time. The pale one in the middle is a tester just like above, and the dark one on the right is one I stuck in Anne-Marie’s bath for a lark. Also, can you see the one 3 from the left which is all mottled? It was the only one that had that and I have no idea why.

IMG_2657 The yellow probably ended up my favourite as it was the truest to what I was trying to achieve. This one was straight from the Lemon Yellow bottle.

We had a great time doing this and will again in the future. Luckily I have been saving all my white on whites just for this exact thing :)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Coming Soon!

I will be re-opening my Etsy store in a few weeks. There will be a grand opening announcement. I am getting a new logo made and am working like a beaver on creating new stock. Here are just a few fun ones from tonight.

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These are small little Liberty needlebooks shaped liked buttons.

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This is a bigger style, also using Liberty. It has some pockets inside as well.

Until I find a new job I figure I should give myself a good solid effort at trying to make it on my own. I’m not positive it will work, but I am excited about trying :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sewing fun!

Well, I have been adding to my animal repertoire and have been making many more coasters. If any of you are interested, they are $16 with shipping to Canada and the US, and $18 elsewhere. Here are some new ones.

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Cats… although many people have pointed out they look like swans, so it’s kind of two for one :)

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Some pugs… people seemed to really want pugs and then they haven’t sold, so I have these two sets left at the moment.

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and then just to show how they start out after I cut them out. People have asked if I use a machine, but nope, I trace and cut with scissors :)

I also have made this bumble bee pouch as a request after I had one in my giveaway on IG… it is based off of this tutorial and then “bumble bee-ised” LOL. It just popped into my head and I went with it, I think it is pretty cute.

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What have you all been up to?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Dachshunds everywhere!!

While job hunting I have been trying to come up with some ways to make some extra money. It’s been hard as most  of the people who like and appreciate handmade make it, so often they are a hard sell LOL! Well, I came up with dachshund coasters and in 5 days made 44 of them… phew!

IMG_2178 The first set… I really liked the funkiness of them :)

IMG_2238 Liberty of London and dachshunds, match made in heaven :)

IMG_2235And this set is for an auction to help a friend out.

I am happy to say that they have all sold! Now I just need to make more things :)

Vermont :)

My weekend in Burlington was awesome! As usual Vermont is gorgeous to drive through and my Mom and I had a great time! We stayed in a B&B called the Bear’s Lair Inn in Stowe and had amazing breakfasts and a great room!

The highlight of course was meeting Karen and seeing Amy again!

IMG_2099 This is Karen and me in front of her AWARD WINNING quilt :) (She might kill me for that but it was worth it LOL)

IMG_2100 And Amy and Karen in front of Karen’s AWARD WINNING quilt!

We had so much fun and never ran out of things to talk about. And given that these two have been best friends since grade school, never once did I feel like a third wheel! Love you guys! And my Mom kept commenting on how much she really liked those young ladies :)

Not really many photos, I think we were too busy having fun :)