Monthly Archives: May 2010

I Love Sewing for Friends

Almost a year ago, my friend, Laura S. (because I more than one friend named ‘Laura,’ I have to distinguish with last initials), and I made an exchange of talents. She designed and constructed my acting website ( and I sew whatever she wants in exchange. Thus far, I have hemmed curtains (two sets: the first time we used lace…that stretched…not so smart, opps.) and made a table skirt. We’re still on the hunt for the perfect fabric for another table skirt. One thing I love about Laura S. is that she has a great knack for finding free things and fabric remnants (I know, how very Green of her). Remnants are large pieces of fabric that have been left over or cut in odd shapes; thus are sold at major cheap prices – perfect for smaller project – like making sofa throw pillows! So, tonight , after a dinner of Kale & Potato soup, we made a throw pillow to spruce up Laura S.’s sofa.

Front of Laura’s Pillow

The fabric is a Jacquard – which means the pattern design can be seen from the Right Side and the Wrong Side of the fabric. Laura S. decided that she likes the Wrong side better since it was lighter and her sofa is darker. I agreed. So we used the Wrong side as the Right side.

Back of Laura’s Pillow

As we were cutting the fabric, we hit a snag. The remnant was cut in a huge triangle wedge. So, we couldn’t get two identical 25″ squares for both sides of the pillow. Using our creative problem solving skills, we cut two 13.5″ pieces to sewing together to make the 25″ back square (Yes, math majors, I know 13.5 x 2 doesn’t equal 25. You have to add a little extra for sewing seam allowance.) Laura S. made an additional last-minute twist by flipping one of the 13.5″ pieces over so, the back side is half and half. And I think it turned out even better. So “Designer” looking, don’t you think?

I’m absolutely in love with it.

Laura loves her “designer” pillow.

And so is Laura S.


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Another Satisfied Customer – SQUIRREL!

You may recall a few months ago I posted the SQUIRREL quilt, onesie and bib set that I made for my friend Lauren. She ordered the quilt and then we became friends and David and I went to the baby shower. Yay for new friends!

Well, Lauren has since given birth to her son! WELCOME, HUNTER!

You can read her whole story on her blog :

Today Lauren emailed me the cutest picture in the world and titled it, “Another Satisfied Customer.” I just want to eat him up!

It’s moments like this that I get extra excited about what I do. It feels so good to know that one of my creations is so loved and appreciated.

Happy cuddling, little Hunter.

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Appliqued Onsies are too Precious

When I began planning for my friend Brittany’s baby presents, I wanted to make her things she could use but wouldn’t be shoved in a pile with the other million presents she received. Yes, I like my things to be up front and center and USED. None of this put it on a shelf because it’s too pretty thing. No ma’am! Use them! Having twins, I knew she would get two of everything. And because they were premies, I also knew she would mostly small sizes. People tend to buy for the “now baby” instead of thinking ahead to 18 months or larger. That’s when mom and dads really need gifts because the kids have outgrown the majority of the shower gifts by that time. Yes, I know, practical me always thinking ahead like that. After much contemplation, I went with the Bankie option (smaller quilts for the girls to drag around), a stuffed kitty, and appliqued onesies – size 18 months.

Onesies: Kitt and Garet will sport the 4 folded onesies and Rylee gets the sleepy kitty one.

This was my first round of onesies, so I think they turned out very well, considering. I have found a new backing that washes away for future onesies, which is very excited and mesmerizing. I do love them all, but I must say my favorites are the Bunny Bum and then the Squirrel. They’re both so bold and enticing. I mean, who can’t “awww” over an acorn on the baby bum? I know, adorable.

Bunny Bum


Acorn Bum

The Beach scene is special too because it’s a shout out to Pensacola Beach where Brittany and I grew up. Holla! But it almost killed me, along with the Birdie onesie. Soooo difficult.

In honor of Pensacola Beach

The Birdie was extra hard

And because there were five onesies and only two babies, I couldn’t give an odd number, naturally. So, the Sleep Kitty went to my friend Sheree’s daughter, Rylee. She’ll be one soon – I can’t believe it.

Sleep Kitty for Rylee

Yay, for onesies and, yay, for new adventures and successes.

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Kitties benefit from my ADHD

Around Easter, my Mommy sent us a box with two awesome monogrammed towels in it. Little did she know that she sent the bestest gift ever – THE BOX.

Penny immediately staked her claim and has slept in it every day since.

Penny Claiming her Box

We’ve had a few kitty battles over the box, which resulted in Sebastian sulking on the ottoman next to the box.

Penny wins & Sebastian sulks

After a month and a half of the gorgeous brown box sitting in our den, I accepted that it is now a permanent feature. Hence to fore, I decided it needed to blend in instead of looking heinous. Enter the Cat Box Cozy.

Introducing the Cat Box Cozy

The pretty inside once cozied

I bought the Amy Butler fabric for pillows, but I decided Penny would look fabulous sleeping in it. And boy was I right! While my friend Heather was over gabbing today, we said NO to procrastination and made the cozy. It’s basically a pillow case with a square bottom. Sew up the sides, slide the box to the bottom and tuck the ends neatly at the bottom and viola. Cat Box Cozy.

Penny wasn't too sure at first...

I re-introduced Penny to her box and she wasn’t too keen at first. In the original box, there was tissue paper and paper grass in the bottom for her to scoot and wiggle in. So, I put two crumbled plastic bags underneath the fabric and then sprinkled the paper grass on top.

Penny finally approves

That seemed to do the trick. After a few different positions, Penny has officially accepted her prettied up box.

Happy Puss in Boots Eyes


To sleep, perchance to dream...

Kitty is happy and I can’t take my eyes off the purrrdy box.

I’ve been wanting to start a Li’l Bumpkin Pet Line, so here’s the first item!

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The Old Patchwork Quilt

The Old Patchwork Quilt is a poem my Aunt Gail sent to me. She said she thought of me when she read it, aww.

The Old Patchwork Quilt”  by Alice Lewis

As I lie here in bed, All snug, safe and warm, I hear in the distance, The sound of a thunderstorm. The wind is moaning Around the old log cabin That my grandfather built, But I enjoy listening to it, Lying underneath the old patchwork quilt. My grndmother quilted it by hand, So many years ago, The tiny stiches sewn By the oil lamp’s soft glow. The stitches have started to unravel; The colors have faded with time; But to me, it’s more precious Than any treasure I could find.

When I read it, I thought of  my Mom’s quilt that an old neighbor quilted her, by hand, for her wedding over 30 years ago. The lady was not education, didn’t have any work skills or training. Yet, she was able to construct one of the MOST DIFFICULT quilt patterns – the Wedding Ring. I can’t even cut a proper circle, much less make millions of tiny scraps of fabric come together evenly to make enterlocking rings. It blows my mind. The woman was amazing.

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Woolard’s Friends

A while ago I introduced my little mascot, Woolard. He is a small sheep my Aunt, Gail Freeman, made me. The process is Needle Felting. I have no idea how it works, but I think it’s one of the neatest things ever. As you can see, the craftiness runs deep in the family. Not only does Aunt Gail needle felt, she works with stained glass, sews, is a makeup artist and more. She’s always learning something new; I love that about her. She keeps me on my toes.  About a month ago, I got a mystery package in the mail. It was from Aunt Gail. Yay! You know how I LOVE treats! I had sent her some coasters and she sent 3 adorable needled felted kitties in return. 

Three cute kitties


Close up on the face


Kitty Butt

 She kept telling me that my treat wasn’t anything special, but she knows how much I love kitties. To which I say… ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Please, look at the photos again and try to imagine the TIME that went into each kitty. TIME, friends, is very special. What many people don’t realize is that in this day and age where instant gratification, fast food, and mass production rule the world, anything HANDMADE is practically priceless. At one time “Handmade” = “Craftmanship.” A craftsman spent YEARS being an apprentice, learning and perfecting, before venturing out and creating their own product and art. That’s why in my little world, beautiful, custom, handmade things are treasures to me. Just for the TIME and THOUGHT that people put into their creations makes it 10 times more special.

 So, Aunt Gail, my treats ARE special. They are my treasures. I think of you and home every time I pass by and pat them. It’s hard being 2,000 miles away from home, but your art is my comfort and visual reminders of my family. Thank you for taking the time to create and share. It makes the biggest difference in my world.

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Double the Goodness on Mother’s Day Weekend

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mommies!

I went overboard this year. I couldn’t decide what to get my Mom, so I surprised her by flying home to see her for Mother’s Day. I flew into Baton Rouge, LA where my Dad picked me up (he was there seeing his Mom). Then we picked up my other grandma, my Mom’s Mom, Bevie, and then drove to Pensacola. Bevie and I hid in my old room when my Mom got back from work. Dad told her that he got part of her Mother’s Day gift early, but it was too big to leave out, so he put it in my room. “Go look at it,” he says. So, she walks in and there we are standing there. She about fell on the floor she was so shocked; it was the best ever! So, YAY for surprises and Mommy Day.

The bonus of the weekend – there was a baby shower for my friend Brittany and her twin Daughters, Kitt and Garet.



 First, the back history to share why this shower was so very special:

Brittany had to have an emergency C-Section way back in September (they were due in December) due to an unknown blood pressure issue. The girls had to stay in the hospital for 6 weeks, but they are fighters, gained the needed weight and went home. Shortly after, they found out the Kitt had cancer in her right eye. But after surgery, she’s doing great and even has a gorgeous glass eye. I couldn’t even tell which eye is was! Brittany had to tell me. It’s so amazing how technology has advanced over the years. So, after all of that, you can imagine what joy everyone shared yesterday at the shower! (PS: you can read more about Kitt and Garet on their blog : )

Another reason it was so special was because 4 of us gals from high school had some time together again.

Brittany, Kristin, Sheree, and Me (holding Rylee, Sheree’s daughter)

Sheree’s baby shower was a year ago, but Brittany couldn’t make it. We missed Katie yesterday, but reports say she’ll be in town this summer. I feel another trip coming on!

I had a blast making all sorts of treats for Kitt and Garet. I did 2 bankies, a kitty and appliqued onesies. The onesies almost killed me, I’ve never done them before. But I think they turned out beautifully and I definitely know what I would do differently next time to make life easier and not say as  many curse words. Thank goodness my Mawmaw was sitting there just laughing at me the whole time so I didn’t take myself so seriously. Remember, when you’re doing something new there’s this thing called a learning curve…and I have definitely curved!

Two Bankies and a Kitty for Kitt and Garet

Kitty butt!

Onsies: Kitt and Garet will sport the 4 folded onsies and Rylee gets the sleepy kitty one.


All wrapped up


The week has been so relaxing and blissful. Gorgeous weather capped with a yummy lunch at Pensacola’s famous McGuire’s Irish Pub and a walk on the most pristine beach in the world.

Pensacola Beach

Ahhhhhh, relaxation.

 It’s so hard to say goodbye and head back west, but I know I have great things to conquer and creations to cook up. I am so thankful for my Mommy who has giving me nothing but love, support and cheerleading all my life. She instilled creativity in my daily routine. Without her I wouldn’t see the possible creations of the future. And to have such quality alone time with my Mawmaw this week has been priceless. You know life is good when you’re completely satisfied sitting quietly, sewing and eating pound cake. Her laugh is infections and makes me feel like I’m the funniest thing God ever created. And my Daddy, let’s give him 3 cheers. He rearranged his schedule to pick me up and drive me to and from Louisiana so I could pull off this crazy surprise. I’m so excited for our Daddy/Daughter time tomorrow in New Orleans before I fly out…ooooohhhh, Cafe Du Monde. He’s the model of sacrifice and love. I hope I can come close to emulating him in my life.

Happy Mommy’s Day to all you Moms – of children and furry ones. You make this world go round.

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