Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Grad Season

Been really busy with stoles.
This is second to the last batch.
Forging on....  ;)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Invite

A dear auntie of mine was married for the first time
at the beautiful age of 70something. 
She is so happy.
...and it is beautiful to see.

I told her that as a wedding present to them
I would help her out with some of her wedding preparations.

First things first,
the invitation.

cardboard stock
Small holed hole puncher

You print the wording onto the vellum paper.
I bought mine at Office Depot and then found out that Target Copy had them too.
They come in regular 8-1/2" x 11" sheets.
I also bought ribbon.
Its cheaper if you buy them by the spool.
I got the spools at Michaels.

I cut the cardboard stock exactly in half.

Then I got the wording printed two per vellum sheet;
then cut smaller than the cardboard stock.
I laid the vellum over the cardboard just the way I wanted it to look.
I then punched two holes on the top where I want the ribbon to go.
(The top picture shows you the template I made to make the hole cutting easier.)

 You will want to get a hole puncher that is smaller than the regular hole punch.
This heart one was all I had.
...and I know that it will be upside down
but that doesn't matter since the ribbon will cover it.

I then put the ribbon through both holes from the front.

You then pull one taught and out of the way 
for the other to be put through and bring it up to the front.

Do it to the other side and voila!

This pretty much shows you the basic guidelines to make your own invitation.
There are so many pretty ribbons out there and different sorts of papers.
You can also play around with different fonts.

Definitely more economical than the price for invitations nowadays!
I made our wedding invites too back on the day.
Who else out there made their own  also?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Making of a Stole

How long will it take?
That's the question I get asked often. 
 It's hard to answer because I hardly ever make just one.
So here's my process.

During my spare time.... 
Like while I'm waiting for T to get done with piano lessons,
I hand cut each letter to be appliquéd.

I have sleeves for each organization that are my regulars.

When there is an order, I buy a bolt of fabric.

I then cut it all out with my self made template.

Then I press them all.  (Help keeps the satin from sliding)

Then I sew all the initial seam.

Next is pressing them all open.

I  then decide which side I want to do first.  
It all depends on the client's design.
This particular one has their organization's letters.

I measure at the lapel and layout each letter.
When layout is just right, I iron on the fusible letters.

Now it is ready to be appliquéd.
Each letter is machine outlined.

Once completed, it is pressed and turned over right sides together.
The second seam is then sewn closing the sleeve.

It is turned right side up and pressed again.
...and put aside.

Now onto the other side.

Once the initial seam is sewn and it is pressed open,
measurements are made and marked as to where the embroidery goes.
...and it is then laid out on the embroidery hoop.

After configuring all the settings on the machine and 
previewing the layout on the fabric and the loop,
The embroidery begins.

I hate this part.
It takes soooo loooong!!
...and I can't leave it alone and have to watch every letter
in case the needle hits a snag.
...and we don't want it to do that because then it mis-aligns the machine
And that's pretty much done for the machine... 
And its off to the machine hospital.
Its so un-nerving!

And once it's done, I'm all like "oooh!!! Nice!" :)

Then its back to the ironing board  for pressing once again.
They are turned right sides together and sewn closed like the other side.
 It is then flipped over and pressed once again.
This is where I take the time ironing.
Because this is really where the stole take shape.

And once it is pressed just the way I like it,
I join the sides.

Then back again to the ironing board.
And everything is pressed once again to get all the last imperfections.

Once in a while, someone pays extra for a lovely message ;)

Now it is time for the cutting board where the bottom angles are measured and cut.

The angles are then sewn together and then once again pressed.

At this time the remaining un-sewn areas are sewn by hand...
At the bottom and by the neckline.

Then given the final pressing.
My iron and I are one at this point...  ;)

...and then the stoles are photographed. :)

So.... now you know!  ;)
That's how long it takes.  ;)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Creative Pizza

I have been craving pizza but was really too lazy to go out and buy.
I knew that I can make one
Using the ingredients that I have in the fridge.
Problem is, I had no pizza dough.

Well I had hamburger buns...
Then put spaghetti sauce on it.
Next came the pepperoni.
Topped it with bacon.
Red and orange bell peppers came next.
Toped off with spinach.
Last was a generous topping of mozzarella.
Baked at 350.

It turned out pretty good.

It was delicious.
I think it was the bacon!  ;)
I have extra... Want some?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Kappa Kappa Gamma Pillows

 I have been selling my KKG pillows as fast as I've been making them.

I'm actually running out of my blue fabrics in my bottomless stash of material.
Thanks to all the Kappa Kappa sisters that have been supportive of my Etsy.

If you have not yet visited my shop, you can do so by clicking here.

Now don't forget to share my links and tell your friends about me!

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Friday, March 14, 2014

The Wizard

What is a wizard without his hat?!
Today S2 brought home his wizard that he made in art.
It has holes because it is supposed to be one of those things
that you put a candle in and the light shines through it.
He tried really hard to make a cape.
...and I'm afraid to ask whether it broke or if it is part of the design.

With his hat on, he looks kinda cool.
Watcha think?

Monday, March 10, 2014

Leprechaun's Luck

I really enjoyed this past weekend.
I did absolutely everything that I wanted to do.
Including a couple of things that I had on my to do list in pinterest.
(which is another post)

But I did do some beading also.

These are St. Patty's earrings for my nieces and sisters and one for T.

I think they turned out well.

What do you think?

By the way, I didn't know what to title this post.  So I asked S2 for a title.
He said Leprechaun's Luck after reading it.
You can determine for yourself how the content fits the title.  ;)