Digitally Crafting

Sometimes I get caught off guard or am out and about and need a quick message.  Are words enough? Rarely.

What’s a crafty girl to do? Well, I grab my phone, open the editor and have at it!

Here’s a few phone digital edits/greetings done latley.

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Inside joke bday wish

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Boozy bday wish

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Virtual hug

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Handsome is as handsome does

Saturday morning command center

Today I have to finish up packing my craft room. A little overwhelming and a little sad, its funny what hits you hardest about change.

I’m getting emotional about this damn place now. Go figure.

Anyway! Here’s what I’m working on now.

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Goodbye craft room, you've been good to me

Pattern Testing: Sweet Simple Dress

Since the Sweet Simple Dress is live over here now, I can share one of the last projects I worked on in our apartment! (I’m in the process of moving and getting a house done/livable so there won’t be many (if any!) projects for the foreseeable future.)

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the photo that I posted when I did a pattern test for Allison over at Freshly Completed. As a pattern tester, I was provided with the pattern to test at no charge to me and remark on, thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you didn’t see the Instagram post, here’s another version

sweet simple dress

This pattern was pretty easily followed and put together, had a bunch of customization options and came out really adorable. Her instructions are clear and there’s nothing “funny” to do. This might even be fun for a child to do with a helper adult for ironing.

(If you’re wondering, the pattern comes with directions for customization which includes sashes, pockets and ruffles! I chose to use the daisy “ribbon” but it had to be hand stitched in and easily took longer than the dress took to sew. You can see more options over here.)

I think it’s available 6 mo to 4T, but it could be adjusted to fit others fairly easily.

I can’t wait to make more of these for gifts!

Thanks for the pattern to test, Allison! It was great as always. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

Seam ripping, cutting and pinning – oh my!

I’ve spent the last two nights doing this

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to parts of this

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(That’s a pile of 50+ year old ties for a special project.)

It’s taking longer than I thought it would and they’re less even than I thought/hoped they’d be, but it’s an important project for Sunday so I’m not going to give up.

Currently, seams are ripped. Tomorrow is ironing and piecing…

Then there’s this

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My purple fabric project is coming along, I cut the seams, pattern and pieces them pinned it together. Before I sew it together I have to decide if it’ll have a drawstring or not. Details.

So this isn’t the post I wanted to write tonight, but it’s where I am. Crafting time can’t always be predicted…especially with new projects you’re figuring out as you go.

Open Eyes lead to crafty finds!

20130501_220437Super close up!

Isn’t it lovely?  Beautifully regal purple with silver stripes and an ivory with gold stripes. It was super inexpensive too. (Without ripping it all apart yet, I have about 2 and a half yards of usable knit fabric I think.)

I saw it peaking out of the rack at a store I popped into last weekend.What store? I’ll give you a hint, I needed crayons. Now, I didn’t expect to find inspiration for a summer skirt that day, but part of being creative and crafty is embracing the inspiration when it hits you.

Hit me, it did; embrace it, I shall!

But, just what was that store? It was K-Mart.

No joke.

It was a clearance rack of winter clothes and for $1.99 each (I found 2 3XLs and 1 XL) these turtlenecks will provide enough fabric for a skirt for me, leg warmers for one of my little friends (maybe two or a tunic dress) and possibly a lovie rattle or stuffed owl perhaps.

Not bad huh?

How is that going to work? Come back (or follow along on facebook) to find out. I don’ t know about you, but I’m pretty excited for my very own New Dress a Day like project. (And do I have MANY more if this goes well!)

What would you make with fabric like this?